Save the Date: CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) Conference

This conference is the only one in the country to focus on library services to young children and their family! The 2018 conference will be bigger and better than ever; don’t miss this unique opportunity to focus on early literacy and network with like-minded colleagues!

Registration and more about this event will be available soon!

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This is the largest Colorado-based library conference, with plenty of great sessions specifically about youth services plus many other useful topics around librarianship, plus 3 days of excellent networking opportunities.

Submit your proposal for a session by February 15!

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Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade

You know what you want to know and how to ask the right questions. Now what? This session will delve into assessment tools and data collection methods—and how to choose the method that works best for you. You also will learn how to analyze your data and turn it into information your library can use. Don’t worry if using qualitative and quantitative data is new to you. You’ll gain the insight you need to use both with confidence.

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Presented by Linda Hofschire, PhD, Director, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library; and moderated and co-presented by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research, OCLC Research

Who should attend?

Public, academic, or research library staff who:

  • have never worked with data before,
  • have some experience but need a refresher, or
  • would like to learn how to best leverage assessment data to benefit their library.

Adult Programming Summit

Register now for the 3rd annual Adult Programming Summit to be held at Bemis Public Library in Littleton on Friday, August 10th from 9am-4pm.

Come away with fresh ideas for programming and partnerships, learn how to use outcome based evaluations to measure a program’s impact and get advice and  tips from other colleagues around the state.

Register today! Space is limited to 40.


Tackling Wicked Problems through Deliberative Engagement

The Colorado State Library is delighted to offer this workshop focused on increasing the capacity of library staff to host and facilitate productive community conversations.

When: Monday August 6, 2018 from 9 AM – 5 PM

Where: Loveland Public Library, Gertrude B. Scott Room | 300 N Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 | Map

Cost: There is no cost for this workshop. Lunch is included.

Register now!

This workshop will:

  • Introduce the concept of “wicked problems” as a framework to better understand difficult issues and examine recent research on social psychology to help explain why quality conversations regarding wicked problems can be so difficult.
  • Review deliberative engagement techniques that are specifically designed to engage wicked problems by working to avoid triggering the worst in human nature and alternatively tapping into our best features.
  • Focus in particular on the National Issues Forum process, which is particularly well suited for libraries to utilize to engage their community.  The workshop will include hands on facilitation training using the NIF materials.

The workshop will be led by Martin Carcasson, Ph.D., professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD), and the current president of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Christine Kreger, Professional Development Coordinator at or 303-866-6946.

Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) Mini Conference

Please join us for a day of workshops and discussions focused on the issues of privacy and intellectual freedom in libraries.

August 3, 2018
9:30am to 4pm


Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

2401 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205

Cost (Includes Lunch):

CAL Members: $30

Non-CAL Members: $40


Library Privacy in Today’s World

Jamie LaRue, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom

Is privacy still relevant in an Amazon-age where people routinely “give away” their own information online? This workshop will explore some of these trending topics, including looking at the role of library boards, staff and leaders in implementing and upholding policies and practices regarding patron data and libraries being seen as neutral, safe community spaces. This workshop is a must for anyone who deals with the public, as well as those wanting to learn more about or contribute thoughts to these topics.

Minds Unlocked: Supporting Intellectual Freedom Behind Bars

Erin Boyington, Colorado State Library Adult Institutions Senior Consultant

Many libraries in Colorado already serve the incarcerated, but public librarians inevitably face the challenge of censorship. Jails and prisons don’t always have clear or consistent policies, so through this workshop librarians would practice advocacy skills specifically created to persuade an audience of skeptical wardens, sheriffs, and other correctional staff.

When Values Collide Among Staff Members and Patrons

Pat Wagner

With the increased polarization in American society, it’s not surprising when strong disagreements occur among library employees, among patrons, and between employees, patrons, and visitors to the library. For example,:

  • The employees who vent about religion and politics as if everyone is “just like them”.
  • Patrons who appear to show up with a chip on their shoulder about their political beliefs and attempt to engage others in debates..
  • Employees and patrons that believe they have a 1st Amendment right to be obnoxious and rude to each other, based on the “s/he started it” theory of constitutional law.

Each situation is unique, however, it’s important for the library to establish a culture and a set of policies based on respect and to be willing to support those policies with action.

Topics include establishing policies and procedures that focus on behavior (how people act, not why), the importance of consistency at service desks, bringing in outside “officials” to champion better behaviors, information about who interprets First Amendment rights, basic techniques regarding reducing the drama, and creating a space for civil discourse.

RIPL 2018

Registration is now full!

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.


CSL in Session: Wake Up! Are you sleepwalking your way through the day?

Did you know that getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising?  Sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The damage from a lack of adequate sleep can occur in an instant (car accident) or over a period of time. Ongoing sleep problems can increase your risk for chronic health problems. It can also affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Join us as we discuss how sleep and lack of sleep affects us and brainstorm the changes you need to make to experience a good night’s sleep!

CoALA Bi-annual Summit

The Colorado Academic Library Association, CoALA will have its bi-annual Summit on July 17th at the University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons.

This year, the theme is: Diversity and Inclusion in the Academic Library.  The keynote speakers will be Dr. Myron Anderson, Associate to the President for Diversity at Metropolitan State University and Brenda Allen, Vice-Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver- Anschutz Medical Campus. Stay tuned for further details.


Cost to attend:
CAL Member: $30
CAL Non-member: $40
Students: $20
Lunch will be on your own! 

First 10 registrants get a free copy of the book Difference Matters: A Resource on Diversity, Identity and Communication by Dr. Brenda Allen.


Colorado Librarians Touch the World: An International Librarianship Colloquium

The colloquium will take place on Friday, July 13th at the Auraria Library, 1100 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80204 on Auraria Campus from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

  • Colorado librarians will share about a variety of International library experiences.
  • International guest librarians from La Salle University in Mexico City will present on practices implemented in their academic library.
  • A virtual presentation from renowned International Librarian, Lauri Bridges, from Oregon State University.

Lunch and light refreshments will be served.