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 17, 2018.

Cost: The institute fee is $1,200, which includes registration, three nights lodging, and most meals.

And, we’re excited to announce that up to 20 scholarships are available to staff working in rural and small public libraries in the United States. These scholarships are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be employed by a U.S. public library that is located in a rural area AND serves a population of less than 25,000. To determine whether your library meets these criteria, please see this webpage. In addition, you must be a first-time participant of RIPL – if you have already attended a national or regional RIPL event, you are not eligible for a scholarship.

For more information and to apply, please see Scholarship applications are due by 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on Friday, October 27, 2017.

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


Save the Date: 2018 Kraemer Copyright Conference

The 2018 Kraemer Copyright Conference will be held June 4-6 on the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus. Due to popular demand, we are expanding the event to three days! Once again, thanks to the generosity of our conference sponsors, registration for the event will be free.

This year the conference will explore in-depth the exceptions in US copyright law that impact libraries and academia as well as international law and treaties pertaining to copyright. Proposals for break-out sessions, panel presentations, and contributed paper proposals will be accepted through December 15, 2017 and can be submitted through the conference website:

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the program review committee for session proposals. More information about this opportunity can be found here:

Conference registration will open in late January, 2018.

Book Buzz at the Denver Public Library

Save the date for February 8th, 2018!

Denver Public Library is excited to partner with the Association of American Publishers to host Book Buzz at the Denver Public Library, Central Library as we spread the word about great new and upcoming titles from top publishers. This is a free event, open to everyone.


The event is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8th, 2018, with books for youth in the morning and books for adults in the afternoon. Lunch and a selection of advance review copies will be provided. Email and names will be shared with publishers.

We are capping registration at 120 and will notify those that are accepted to go. Please share with any of your staff that you think would be interested. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions by emailing Hana Zittel,, Dodie Ownes,, or

CATS Winter Workshop

Join us for the CATS (CAL Children and Teen Services Division) Winter Workshop on Monday January 29, 2018!



*Those who applied for the state library’s scholarship should not register for the conference yet. Any questions please contact Beth Crist at



Library doors open

Welcome and Introductions

9:15am – 10:00am Open Session – The Venue
Serving our Immigrant Youth: Public Libraries as Catalysts for Refuge and Change

10:15am – 11:00am
Breakout Session One (choose one):
1. Summer (Mis)Adventures! Change is Hard: How one Public Library Took a Leap and Learned A Lot (All) – The Venue
2. When Leveling Helps, When It Doesn’t, and How Libraries Can Make the best of It – (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
3. Coding Programs and Resources at the Library (Tween/Teen) – ENT Meeting Room

11:15am – 12:00pm
Breakout Session Two (choose one):
1. Paint, Furntiure, and the tech, oh, my! Designing a Teen Space (Teen) – The Venue
2. Baby Signs Storytimes (Young Children) – Children’s Programming Room
3. But I’m Boooooorrrrrred! Decoding the Tween brain (Tween) – ENT Meeting Room
12:00pm – 1:15pm
Lunch – The Venue
1:15pm – 2:00pm
Baker and Taylor – The Venue

2:15pm – 3:00pm
Breakout Session Three (choose one):
1. Sensory Storytime for Kids, Teens, and Adults; The Why’s and How’s (All) – The Venue
2. Libraries, Luchadores, and La Familia: Public Libraries Go To the Mat for Latinos (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
3. Tough Topics: Developing a Teen Resource Guide (Teen) – ENT Meeting Room

3:15pm – 4:00pm
Closing Session – The Venue
Denver Urban Garden’s Healthy Bodies, Healthy Gardens Curriculum for Youth

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Children/Teen Brainstorming Session – The Venue

CSL in Session: When a Patron Needs More Than a Book: Transformation has no due date

  • Have you accidentally helped a library patron transform?
  • Are you ready to be an intentional champion for your library users?

Join us as we explore services that make all the difference. Together we will share stories of extraordinary library moments and identify common ways library staff help people grow and learn in transformative ways. Walk away with an understanding of how libraries change lives and gain ideas for what you can do to provide more meaningful library services. Together we will discover how to shift libraries from places of transaction into spaces for interaction, and transformation.

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