31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference

The 31st Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference will be held at the University of Colorado – Denver’s Auraria Campus on Saturday, April 13, 2019, with keynote speakers Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg.

This unique annual event brings together librarians, teachers, authors, and teens themselves to celebrate and share their love of teen literature. The conference offers many diverse sessions and top name YA authors, featuring keynote speakers Sandhya Menon and Bill Konigsberg.

Conference registration will open February 4; mark your calendars as this one always fills up FAST!

http://coteenlitconf.wixsite.com/ctlc

Scholarships are available; apply by January 9 at https://www.coteenlit.org/grant-applications.

Save the Date – Successful Supervision

Registration will open on February 25, 2019!

Due to high demand, we will limit registration for each workshop to one staff member per organization on a first come first serve basis. (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.)

The Colorado State Library is thrilled to partner with Pat Wagner to offer our Successful Supervision Workshop.

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 life cycle of an employee, from recruitment and orientation to departure.
      • Better manage workplace conflict, discipline, and termination.

Requirements:

  • Participants must be currently working as a supervisor in a Colorado library (Includes public, school, academic and special).
  • Participants must be available to attend both days of the workshop.

Questions? Contact Christine Kreger at kreger_c@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6946

CLiC Spring Workshops – Ft Morgan

These conveniently located workshops are an excellent all-around opportunity for learning, networking, sharing, and exploring new ideas about youth services and all aspects of libraryland. With a wide range of session topics and excellent keynotes, you’re sure to find many relevant opportunities.

The conference agenda is available and registration is open.

http://www.clicweb.org/continuing-education/spring-workshops/

CSL in Session – The Compassionate Librarian

Big issues like homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and poverty are at the height of our current conversations, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. You might even start to feel burnt out or afraid to face your customers. This session is going to address ways that you can build your own personal capacity to deal with challenging situations at work, give you the tools to understand how trauma and mental illness might be impacting your patrons, and actionable ways you can avoid compassion fatigue.

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.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org

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

CLiC Spring Workshops – Grand Junction

These conveniently located workshops are an excellent all-around opportunity for learning, networking, sharing, and exploring new ideas about youth services and all aspects of libraryland. With a wide range of session topics and excellent keynotes, you’re sure to find many relevant opportunities.

The conference agenda is available and registration is open.

http://www.clicweb.org/continuing-education/spring-workshops/

Save the Date! Public Library Annual Report Workshop in Grand Junction

Are you interested in learning practical techniques and strategies for streamlining your Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) data collection and using the data for decision-making, strategic planning, and communicating the impact of your library?

This winter and spring, the Colorado State Library and CLiC will offer free, interactive PLAR workshops in Pueblo, Brush, Grand Junction, and Denver. Roundtrip mileage and lunch for all participants will be provided by the Colorado State Library and CLiC.

Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.

Here are the event details:

Mesa County Libraries – Central Library, Wednesday, March 20, lunch available at 12:30, workshop 1:00-5:00.

The CLiC Grand Junction Spring Workshop will begin the following morning, Thursday, March 21.

The Colorado State Library will provide some lodging stipends covering hotel costs for one night for participants attending both the PLAR Workshop and CLiC Spring Workshop, based on need. Information about the travel stipend application process will be available by January 7, 2019 at lrs.org and will be posted on various email lists.

Advance registration is required

Questions? Please contact Linda Hofschire, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library, hofschire_l@cde.state.co.us or 303.866.6827.

Conducting the Reference Interview

Note: all of the in-person seats are full, but remote access is available. Contact Robin Filipczak (rfilipczak@denverlibrary.org) directly if you are interested.

“Do you have any books on law?”

“I need information on bats.”

Have customers ever asked you general or ambiguous questions like these? How do we connect customers with exactly what they need when the way they ask for something is open to many interpretations?

Enter… the reference interview! The purpose of a reference interview is to find out what a customer wants so library staff can match the information need with the library’s resources.

Virtually everyone who works in a library will conduct a reference interview at one time or another.  Join us as we break down the process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a certificate of completion and a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy.

RSVP: To attend this Denver Public Library-sponsored training, please email Robin Filipczak (rfilipczak@denverlibrary.org) with your name, organization, and preferred contact information.

Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Regional – Utah

Registration will open Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM Mountain at ripl.lrs.org/ut2019.

The next Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Regional event will occur March 6-7, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah. What is a RIPL Regional? It’s a scaled-down version of the national data boot camp – 2 days, 4 instructors, and up to 70 public library participants from Utah and beyond – that provides the training necessary to begin using data and evaluation for managing, planning, and communicating impact. This event is co-hosted by the Salt Lake City Public Library and the Utah State Library, in partnership with the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium.

Thanks to the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Salt Lake City Public Library, Utah State Library, and the Colorado State Library, this event will be offered at no cost to participants. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.

For more information, please see the event webpage. Questions? Email ripl@lrs.org.