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.


Third Annual Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Conference

Third Annual Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Conference: Health Literacy: Building Bridges Within & Between Organizations

When: Friday, November 3, 2017

Where: University of Colorado Hospital Conference Center

With Presentations From

  • Dr. Cynthia Baur, PhD, Director, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy & Horowitz Endowed Chair in Health Literacy, University of Maryland School of Public Health
  • Toni Cordell, National Speaker in Health Literacy

Attend To:

  • Connect with other champions of health literacy
  • Increase your knowledge of and skills in health literacy
  • Improve written and spoken communication with your patients or clients in a variety of settings

Who Should Attend?

  • Clinicians
  • Health Educators
  • Public Health Workers
  • Families
  • Health Insurance Enrollers
  • Medical and Family Health Librarians
  • Patient Navigators
  • Students
  • Hospital Representatives
  • Healthcare Marketers and Writers
  • Anyone Interested in Health Literacy!

Registration is now open!

  • Register now through Sept 30th for the early registration price of $50.
  • Students and Navigators receive 50% off registration. Use code HLCONF at checkout. Please be prepared to show identification upon check-in. Click here to register.

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to pay by check, please use discount code PAYBYCHECK to bypass the credit card payment. Please make a check payable to UCH-Foundation with fund#14401 on the memo line. Mail to: Allison Knaus 12401 E. 17th Ave. MailStop F448 Aurora, CO. 80045.

For questions, contact Alli Knaus 720-848-7477 or Monique McCollum 720-848-1075.

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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!

When: Friday, September 8th, 8:00-5:00 at

Where: Best Western Plus Hotel and Convention Center | 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, CO 80501.

Fee: $55 – Continental breakfast and lunch included. Payment information will appear after you click “submit.”*

Conference Registration can be found here! Registration closes on August 25, 2017.

12 scholarships are available this year! For the scholarship application, please click here.

Accommodations: CLEL has been given a discounted rate at the Best Western Hotel in Longmont. Call 303-776-2000 to book rooms.

Adult Programming Summit

Interested? Please complete this form by 7/12/17. We will send out an email with more details early in August. More than one person from a library is to welcome attend.

August 25th, 2017 9am-4pm at Library 21c, Colorado Springs, CO

Questions? Contact Christine Dyar at 719-884-9672

CSL in Session: Workplace Bullying: words can hurt more than you think

Remember being bullied in grade school? The tears, fears, and anxiety of facing bullies may have shaped who you have become today. Do you ever wonder what happened to those bullies? It’s sad to say but many have grown up and are now creating havoc in our libraries! This engaging session will show you how to remain calm and stay strong when coping with the bullies you work with or serve in your community.

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

We will also be recording this session. All archived sessions are available on the CSL in Session website.)


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.

We have an amazing lineup of sessions for the day, featuring great presenters!

The conference is be free, open to all Colorado library staff, and you can join any time during the day.

Click here to register!

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.”

Click here to join the meeting: