Save the Date: RIPL 2018

The Colorado State Library and Colorado Library Consortium are excited to announce that the next Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) will take place July 29-August 1, 2018 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Join 110 public library staff from the United States and beyond for an immersive, bootcamp-style event to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. The registration fee and other details will be announced in fall 2017, and registration will open January 15, 2018.

Don’t want to wait until summer 2018? We’re offering regional events in Maine (August 2017), Texas (October 2017), and New York (April 2018). Check out for more information.


Save the Date: CLEL Annual Conference

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is committed to training and staff development.  We have a yearly conference to fill this need.  We provide workshops, keynotes and networking to anyone who is involved or wants to be involved with early literacy.  Past conferences have had information about brain research, working with the bilingual community, sensory storytimes and much more.  We encourage you to join us each year for an educational day!

The 2017 CLEL Conference will be held on

Friday, September 8th, 8:30-5:00 at

Best Western Plus Hotel and Convention Center

1900 Ken Pratt Blvd. Longmont, CO 80501.

Save the Date – Libraries as Community Catalysts Virtual Conference

The Colorado State Library  has partnered with the state libraries in Georgia, Iowa, and Maryland to offer the first-ever multi-state library virtual conference on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm MDT on the topic of Community Building. We will explore how libraries are working in their communities to bring about positive change around a shared vision or goal. 

Topics include: Libraries for Peace and Social Justice; Collective Impact; Ritual and the Future of Libraries; Technologies as Community Builders; Working with Refugees, Seniors, Community Food Programs and more.  The conference will be free, open to all Colorado library staff, and you can join any time. 

More information, including registration will be coming your way soon!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!


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.

Breezing Along with the RML: Mapping Your Customer’s Journey in the Library

A customer journey map provides a way to chart patrons’ experiences in using both physical and virtual library spaces. It helps tell the story of a person’s experience with your library from the first contact through the process of using services and resources.

Journey mapping can be a great tool for any size library to recognize the needs and emotions of users, locate their “pain points” in interacting with your services, and identify potential solutions. In this webinar you will be given an overview of the topic, a brief guide to creating your own customer journey map, and additional resources to help you get started.

To register, visit: Sponsored by NNLM MidContinental Region.

CSL in Session: Check Out an Experience!

We all know that libraries are about more than books, indeed, we offer our communities a wealth of experiences when they walk through our doors. But how can we provide experiences that extend beyond the library walls? Join us as staff from the Longmont Public Library, the Wilkinson Public Library, and the Colorado State Library share information about the unusual items their libraries circulate. Bring your own thoughts and ideas to share as we brainstorm the why’s and how’s of circulating experiences.

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals

“The No Kid Hungry campaign has created Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals, a training program designed to support all caregivers- including informal family, friend & neighbor care- by teaching techniques for serving healthy meals and creating positive food environments for children.  No Kid Hungry is interested  in expanding this program, particularly in Southern Colorado communities.  This webinar will provide a basic overview of the program itself, as well as discuss opportunities for partnership with local organizations such as libraries, schools, child care centers, etc.”

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CSL in Session: Look at me when I’m talking to you!

Look at me when I’m talking to you: getting ahead by improving your listening skills. In our high-tech and often stressful world, communication is becoming more important than ever. If this is true, then why are so many of us such poor listeners? Becoming a better listener will allow you to become more productive, avoid conflict, improve accuracy, and build better friendships and careers. During this session you will discover how good your listening skills are and what you can do to improve them.


Come learn more about the app Vroom! This webinar cover the science behind this app, related available materials, a discussion on how Vroom might be used in a library setting, and ways to become an official community partner. 

The webinar will officially start at 11:15 am, but the ReadyTalk system will be available at 11:00am so you can login early to make sure the technology is working.  Users have the option to use the web to view and listen, but it usually works best to use the phone for the audio side of things.

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Audio Conference Information:

Dial-In Number(s):

U.S. Toll: 303.248.0285

Access Code:  8638016