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.

Save the Date – Mental Health Issues in Libraries

We are working with LeFaro Consulting to offer a 4 hour workshop on dealing with mental health issues in our libraries. The goal of the training is to increase the knowledge, confidence, and comfort of library staff interacting with community members experiencing mental illness.

Registration: We anticipate registration opening by April 10, 2017 and will have room for 30 participants.


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:

Financial Literacy for Library Staff

The Colorado State Library is partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to promote their Community Financial Education Libraries Project.

The goal of this project is to help libraries become the go to location in their community for free financial education tools and resources, and as part of this goal, we are offering a one day training session on free financial education tools and resources for librarians.

Topics this workshop will cover include:

  • An overview of the Community Financial Education Libraries Project
  • Basic Financial Planning
  • Common Cents for Colorado
  • Retirement Planning
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Partnerships

When: April 14, 2017

Where: Pikes Peak Library District – Library 21c

Registration Fee = $0.00
There is no charge for this workshop. Workshop registration includes the speaker and materials for the workshop. (Lunch will be on your own).

Registration: Please fill out this short registration form to secure your spot!


Spring Treasures Event

The Friends of the Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder, will be sponsoring their Spring Treasures Event.

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theatre, Linda Arroyo-Holmstrom and Marjorie K. McIntosh will speak about the Boulder County Latino History Project and what has been learned from the research.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and Marjorie McIntosh will sign copies of her book (which will be for sale at the event) immediately following his presentation.

For more information, please contact Lisa Kippur,, (303) 492-7512 and visit