RIPL Regional

What’s next? Thanks to the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we will be taking RIPL on the road in 2017 and 2018! Our IMLS grant is funding a series of two-day, state/regional events around the United States in 2017 and 2018 – the RIPL Regionals. These are scaled-down versions of the national data boot camp, but provide the data and evaluation training necessary to begin using data to plan for your library’s future.

Colorado RIPL Regional – Registration is now open!

50 participants from Colorado public libraries will engage in two days of hands-on, intensive workshops about…

  • Designing outcome-based evaluation of programs and services
  • Assessing the needs of your community
  • Techniques for tracking public library data and using these data for planning, management, and demonstrating the library’s worth
  • Using data and stories to document the impact of your library

Participants will walk away from the RIPL Regional with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success.

CSL in Session: Growing Readers Together: Early Literacy Services Beyond Your Library

Your library has a thriving storytime program, strong collection of board and picture books, perhaps parenting classes, and other services to support young families inside your library, but now you want to share those services beyond your library walls? How can you reach parents, unlicensed childcare providers, and young children that don’t come to your library–often the very population that needs library services the most?

Join us for this interactive session to explore valuable community partnership opportunities, promotional possibilities, and methods for providing outreach to families, unlicensed childcare providers, and beyond. We will discuss research-based practices in Colorado libraries; potential collaborations; challenges and successes around outreach; and come away with practical ideas you can implement in your library.

CASL “Spring Fling” of Learning

Join us for some learning to refresh and reboot you for next year! The awesome CO Association of School Librarians are hosting a “Spring Fling” of learning on Saturday, May 6th. We learners will:

  • Gain skills  on meaningful ways to prove our worth!
  • Explore other topics ‘unconference’ style.
  • Get to explore RAFT Colorado, where our event will take place.
  • Receive Continuing Ed credit.

All for less than $40!  Seriously?!?! Space is limited, so register today!

Bring your own device and join us to learn with National Board Certified Teresa Lansford (bio below), who will be facilitating our morning learning with strategies for data-driven instruction that will provide insights for how we can use data to inform, influence and garner support from our communities. Our afternoon sessions will be unconference-style to meet our unique needs.

Teresa Lansford is a National Board Certified Teacher with an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma and 14 years of experience in education. Mrs. Lansford serves on several technology and leadership committees and has been the recipient of numerous grants including the Cox Innovation in Education Grant, Scholastic Patterson Grant, Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant, and Target Field Trip Grant. For the past 5 years she has also served in the capacity of data consultant both within her building and district; helping librarians and administrators access student data for meaningful goal setting and advocacy.

2017 Colorado Interlibrary Loan Conference

Registration is open for the 48th Annual Colorado Interlibrary Loan Conference!

Conference Information

The 48th Annual Colorado ILL Conference will be May 4-5, 2017 in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado.  Topics that will be covered are Copyright, Mindfulness and Movement, Working with Authentic Purpose, the ILL Code, OCLC updates and panels comprising librarians from unique libraries, power users and ILL marketing.


Breckenridge, Colorado ( is a popular town with year round activities located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, approximately an hour and fifteen minute drive from Denver. The conference will be held at the massive Beaver Run Resort ( When making reservations be sure to mention the ILL conference for room discounts.

For transportation from DIA to Breckenridge you can contact Colorado Mountain Express.

Summit County has free bus service between Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge. Information can be found here.


The Registration cost for the conference is $130 and you can register here for the 48th annual Colorado ILL Conference.

This year’s Preconference will focus on Illiad, Swift and a courier update for Colorado libraries.

Please continue to check Colorado ILL Conference website for programing updates and additional lodging/dining options.


If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor please contact Matthew Diven at or 970-491-7699.

The 2017 sponsors include Rapidill, OCLC, and Exlibrisgroup.


We invite you to join library colleagues from Colorado and beyond for the 48th Annual Colorado Interlibrary Loan Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Colleague Connection 2017: Complex Challenges/Compelling Solutions

Colleague Connection is an annual continuing education event organized by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries (CoALL), Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), Rocky Mountain Special Library Association (RMSLA), Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML), and the University of Denver Library and Information Science program. The popular event brings together library students, paraprofessionals, librarians, library administrators, trustees, vendors, and friends of libraries from across the State for an evening of networking, learning, and community.

This year’s event, with featured speaker Deb Zell, is focused on Design Thinking – addressing complex challenges with compelling solutions. This interactive and engaging session will illustrate the methodology of Design Thinking to address actual library challenges/issues/problems submitted by attendees!  Design Thinking is used to solve complex issues – like how to make library services more appealing to users, or how to better understand your user’s library experience – by drawing on logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning.

Our speaker began her career in technology a decade ago. After launching a website for Charles Schwab which was a complete failure with users, Deb was puzzled by how she could follow the ‘right’ process (working with extremely smart engineers, talented designers, and lots of data) and fail so miserably.  She learned the answer and has spent the last eight years practicing Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design, working with both startups and Fortune 500 companies.

The event will be held at Ruffatto Hall on the University of Denver campus on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00-8:30pm. A networking happy hour from 5:00-6:30pm is followed by dinner and the featured speaker.

Cost: $40.00. Please consider sponsoring student attendance at this event ($25 per student).


Questions: please contact Dana Abbey at or 303-724-2110.

Kernel of Knowledge

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages

Join us for a one-hour webinar on HealthReach, a quality multilingual, multicultural public health resource developed by the National Library of Medicine. HealthReach provides patient education materials in a number of languages and formats, a collection of tools for healthcare providers, and a collection of information on special topics, such as Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health and Mental Health. This session will be presented by two members of the HealthReach team from the Division of Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine, Laura Bartlett and Michael Honch. For more information and to register:

Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Networking Event

COPIC Office – 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230 – Mile High Room, 2nd Floor

Please join the Colorado Health Literacy Coalition for its first networking event. Meet and talk with people who are interested in health literacy from a variety of settings while enjoying morning-time beverages and refreshments. Our generous sponsors have allowed us to make this event free! And parking is free too.


QUESTIONS: Contact Dana Abbey at

Crisis in the Library: Are You Prepared?

This webinar is for the library workforce with ten simple steps to take to be aware of potential hazards and serve as a guide to actions needed to be ready for any disaster affecting the library!

The session is based on the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning developed by Dan Wilson at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia Health System. Participants will be shown the tools to assess risk, identify core services and resources at the library and what can be included in a one page disaster plan.

Although the webinar is a good overview for those in health sciences libraries, all kinds of libraries can benefit from and adapt the information to their needs. For more information and to register: