Successful Supervision – Registration Required

The Colorado State Library is pleased to offer another round of our in-depth 2-day supervision workshop facilitated by Pat Wagner from Pattern Research Inc.

Using case studies and their own real-life performance management issues, participants will review proven supervision models and apply practical concepts in hands-on work sessions.

Upon completion of the workshop attendees will have the skills needed to:

  • Improve productivity and workplace relationships.
  • Grow the skills and commitment of supervisors and employees.
  • Use positive reinforcement and workplace contracts to effectively manage employees.
  • Better address the lifecycle of an employee, from recruitment and orientation to departure.
  • Better manage workplace conflict, discipline, and termination.

When: April 4 & 5, 2017

Where: Arapahoe Library District Administration Building

Due to high demand, we will limit registration to one staff member per organization. (If for some reason we do not fill all of the slots, we will consider wait list registrants, but will limit to just one staff member per building or location.)

Registration is now full:

However, if you were hoping to register, please send me an email at noting your interest, and include your library location information.

I have started a waiting list for the workshop on April 4 & 5 because we do typically get a few cancelations. Additionally, I can use that list to gauge interest for possibly adding sessions next year and/or  adding regional trainings.

Library Services: Making the atypical, typical

  • Does your library offer unusual services?
  • Is there a population in your community that you are finding hard to reach?
  • Is there an innovative program that you would love to try?

We all know that libraries are so much more than books, but the services and programs we offer to our communities can be as diverse as the population segments we serve.

Join us as we share one library’s journey into “atypical services”…and how atypical is now often the norm. Come ready to share your thoughts and questions as we share unique ideas, brainstorm potential partnerships, and discuss how to define and measure success.

Health and Wellness @ the Library

Interested in consumer health? Registration is now open for the spring offering of the 4-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This free online course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent services and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements of this course. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.

NNLM librarians Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Librarian from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) and Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist from the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are teaming up to teach this class!

The class will run from March 20 – April 21, 2016. We will be using Moodle for this free, self-paced class. More information will be sent out to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20th. Register now at NOTE: If this time frame doesn’t work for you, the next session will be taught in June.

Please contact Kelli by email if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in this NNLM course!

Set Up Your Makerspace for Success

Does your library have a 3D printer, or are you looking to add one?

Incorporating new technology such as 3D printers in libraries can bring unique risks and challenges, but designing makerspaces to focus on access and education can help reduce risk to your library while increasing benefits to your community. Join us as we discuss the balance between intellectual property and intellectual freedom, and how to set up your makerspace minimize legal risks.

We will brainstorm best practices for running your makerspace to help your library accomplish its goals, create educational opportunities, and perhaps have a say in setting future public policy.

Improving Communication and Relationships at Work with DiSC

  • Ever left a meeting frustrated with the conversation and the outcome?
  • Just not connecting with someone at work?
  • Feel like you have interactions that somehow miss the mark?


What if you had a tool to help you better understand and communicate with your work colleagues in a way that they could “hear” you? DiSC is that tool! Join us for this fun and interactive session where you’ll identify your primary behavioral style and guess at others. Then, learn how to talk with others so they’ll listen.

CATS Winter Workshop

Come join CATS (Children and Teen Services Division of CAL) in Colorado Springs at Library 21c on January 30th 2017 for its Winter Workshop!

The cost is $45 for CAL members, $50 for nonmembers.

Registration is now open! Don’t miss this exciting day of learning and networking especially for youth services library staff:


9:00  Library doors open

9:15  Welcome and Introductions

9:30-10:15  Opening Session: Robin Kurz, Emporia State University: Missing from Our Shelves: Librarian Censorship of GLBTQ Youth Titles

10:30-11:15     Breakout Session One (choose one):

  • Katniss for President! Creative Ways to Partner With Schools (Teen)
  • Fun is the Final Product: Process Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Children)
  • STEM Out: Providing STEM Programming in the Community (Both)

11:30-12:15     Breakout Session Two (choose one):

  • Technology, Our Kids, Our Libraries (Children)
  • Teen Librarian-ing for Introverts (Teen)
  • STEAM Works (Both)

12:30-1:30      Lunch

Jean Johnson, Baker &  Taylor: Trends

1:45-2:30       Breakout Session Three (choose one):

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Beginning Readers But Were Afraid to Ask (Children)
  • Movin’ and Groovin’ (Children)
  • STEAM Programming and Maker Spaces for Every Library (Both)

2:45-3:30       Closing Session:  Grey Havens YA

3:30-4:00       Guerrilla Storytime / Guerrilla Teen Programming (Gifts for attendees)

E-rate Applicant Training

CDE is offering E-rate training sessions for Funding Year 2017-18. As USAC continues to adjust procedures to align with the Modernization Order, CDE is providing training to help navigate through the application process. This year training will include an overview and update on program rules and procedures, highlight updates to the eligible services list and an extensive review of the EPC Portal system. E-rate training is free and available for all E-rate applicants and service providers.

It is highly recommended that all E-rate applicants attend this training. Lunch is on your own.

To register, visit

Training Locations

  • Limon Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 9 am – 4 pm East Central BOCES
  • Colorado Springs Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 9 am – 4 pm Pikes Peak BOCES
  • Denver Metro Area Monday, November 21, 2016 – 8 am – 3 pm Denver Public Schools, Acoma Location
  • Greeley Friday, December 9, 2016 – 9 am – 4 pm High Plains Library
  • Alamosa Friday, January 13, 2017 – 9 am – 4 pm Adams State College, Nielsen Library – Library Classroom Lab

The Power to Delight: Providing extraordinary service

People everywhere (including our patrons) have seemingly unending choices when it comes to deciding where to take their business. Consequently, customer experience can make or break the relationships we have with our communities.

In this session we will share concrete tips from non-library service champions, and brainstorm ways to provide extraordinary service in our own organizations. Come prepared to share your own service stories, both good and bad, from within your library and beyond, as we work together to develop new rules of service designed to delight.