CHNC News: New titles and a New Partner

In March, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) and its new partner the Clear Creek County Library District, added two new titles to CHNC –  The Silver Plume Coloradoan, 1881-1884 (159 issues) and the Silver Standard, 1885-1907 (1142 issues).  Both of these newspapers were published in Silver Plume, Colorado, Clear Creek County.   Silver Plume, […]

Update! Your Digital Collections and the Digital Public Library of America

The Colorado State Library is excited to announce that Colorado and Wyoming are now a new Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), our new name, is one way to share your unique digital collections with a wider audience. The DPLA website is a portal that […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, March 31, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries. News from the Colorado State Library is at the bottom. Let’s open the Grab Bag! National Library Week is April 9-15, so look for announcements for special events and programs from your library in the […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, March 17, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. News from the Colorado State Library is at the bottom. Let’s open the Grab Bag! Honoring Women in March Many Colorado libraries offer special programs in March to celebrate Women’s History Month. Here are just […]

State Library Presentations at CLiC Spring Workshops 2017

Colorado State Library staff will be giving several presentations at the 2017 Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) Spring Workshops, which will be held in Grand Junction on March 20 & 21, Fort Morgan on March 31, and Pueblo on April 24 & 25. Here is a handy list. We will update this post to include links to […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, March 10, 2017

Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. Scroll to the bottom for news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Grab Bag! Building, Making, and Creating in March East Morgan County Library is featuring a Service of the Week […]

Newspaper Digitization: New and Lower Prices!

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) has recently lowered its pricing for digitizing newspapers and adding it to the free-to-use online collection.  Currently CHNC has over 900,000 pages of historic newspapers from over 200 titles representing 54 of the 64 Colorado counties; with more always on the way.  The new prices for the following processes are: […]

Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) Celebrates 25 Years of Sharing

Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) has been Colorado’s reciprocal borrowing program since 1991. (You may know it by its older name, Colorado Library Card.) CLC allows patrons of member libraries to borrow directly from other member libraries. Most libraries already participate in the program and have their own established lending guidelines. To celebrate the 25th anniversary […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Mailing Lists 101

Consider the humble mailing list: it may look like regular email, but this communications workhorse has the power to create communities centered around specific topics. If you’ve ever wondered about mailing lists—whether you should join one or how to get the most out of those you’ve already joined—then keep reading. The Colorado State Library hosts […]

Update: Colorado-Wyoming DPLA Service Hub

Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America Representatives from Colorado and Wyoming cultural heritage organizations are currently planning the creation of a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) service hub. These service hubs are state, regional, or other collaborations that host and/or bring together digital objects from institutions within their respective communities. […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: A Partnership in Eagle County

Providing online access to a community’s history can be a difficult process.  Local history can be represented by artifacts, documents and photographs that can be scattered across different institution types. However, collaborations across institutions can make the process of bringing community history together easier.   The Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical […]

Search the World’s Historic Newspapers

          The Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection is happy to announce that we are now part of Elephind. brings together many of the world’s online historic newspapers into one free search engine.  By searching in Elephind you can simultaneously search newspaper sites from Colorado to Australia, rather than individually searching each […]

Small Grants Available for Digitization and Preservation

Each year two Colorado granting agencies, Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) and the Colorado Historic Records Advisory Board (CHRAB), offer small grants that fund a wide variety of digital projects, but each program allows for the submission of digitization and preservation projects.  Many institutions have been awarded grant funds for the digitization of historic newspapers. […]

Digital Collections Planning Group, Meeting Notes, November 2016

Members of the Digital Collections Planning Group met on November 17, 2016.  The following was discussed by the group. Updates from the previous meeting CAL/MPLA conference: The Colorado State Library shared hub information at the State Library booth.  A lightning round presentation about the Co-Wy DPLA hub initiative was also given.   Technology meeting with DPLA: […]

Heroes Remember

In honor of Veterans Day, Touring Colorado’s Collections is highlighting Mesa County libraries collection, The Veterans Remember Project, that recently went online.  The Veterans Remember Project is part of the Mesa County Libraries 970West Digital Collection that “visually captures the unique aspects of life in western Colorado.”  The collection includes photographs, videos and artwork.  The […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Local History Told Through a Quilt

Typically historical collections made available online for research often come in the form of letters and photographs.  But history can be told through many different types of collection items, including three dimensional artifacts.  The Vail Public Library’s Vintage Vail Quilt is a perfect example of this.   The Vail Public Library recently put the Vintage Vail […]

New Granting Program Available to Preserve at Risk Recordings

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has just announced that they have been awarded $2,725,000  by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. In order to develop the new regranting program, CLIR  is partnering with the Northeast Document Conservation Center […]

Co/Wy Service Hub meeting with DPLA Staff, Meeting Notes, September 2016

Members of the Digital Collections Planning Group (DCPG), the Metadata Working Group, the Technology Working Group and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) staff met in September to review the Co/Wy Service Hub initiative.  The following areas were discussed: Overview of the DPLA and its potential Kelcy Shepherd, DPLA’s Network Manager, gave an overview of […]

Spotlight on Sharing: Library-Created Apps

In 2016, two new apps were launched through the collaborative efforts of Colorado libraries and their partner organizations. Both are free to download from the App Store or Google Play.   The CO Play & Learn app, created by Colorado librarians through a grant from the Boulder Library Foundation, provides early literacy learning for parents […]

CHNC News: We’ve added a new county!

Huerfano County history can now be found in CHNC.  The Walsenburg World, published in Huerfano County from 1889 to 1933, has recently been added to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. The name comes from the Spanish huérfano meaning “orphan”, and the County was named for the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark. Huerfano County was one of […]