Save the Date: Minds Unlocked: Supporting Intellectual Freedom Behind Bars

Come learn about the realities of correctional censorship and how you can be a powerful and articulate voice in your community. In this interactive webinar, practice real, tested strategies and techniques to support intellectual freedom in seriously unfree spaces.

Jails and prisons don’t always have clear or consistent policies. Advocacy skills honed for an audience of skeptical wardens, sheriffs, and other correctional staff are key to a front-line librarian’s success.

Even if you don’t currently serve those in corrections, you can learn something from this session. See and discuss examples of real-life censorship, and how public attention helps the underserved push back against arbitrary decisions.

ACRL Scholarly Communication RoadShow

On Friday, May 24th, Auraria Library and the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (Alliance) will be hosting the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Scholarly Communication RoadShow. This RoadShow covers scholarly communication fundamentals including the publishing landscape, copyright, and library engagement. Auraria Library has also selected two areas of concentration for the afternoon sessions: Scholarly Publishing & Open Access and Open Education, with information about outreach and programming interspersed.



University of Colorado at DenverLawrence Street Center-Terrace Room


Questions? Contact Kelly McCusker at

Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Results and Methodologies of the 2018 From Awareness to Funding Study

What motivates people to vote in favor of library funding? OCLC posed this question a decade ago, which led to the 2008 report, From Awareness to Funding, which provided ground-breaking insights into voter support for libraries. Ten years later, OCLC and ALA partnered to conduct a follow-up study to understand what may have changed in voter attitudes and behaviors over the past decade. In this webinar, the OCLC research team will discuss the key results, suggest areas for action, and then will describe the methods used to create the survey, collect and analyze the survey data.

Presenters: Sharon Streams, WebJunction/OCLC, Janet Hawk, OCLC, Peggy Gallagher, OCLC


For more information, including connection instructions, please see

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

Join our Webinar on May 21 for information on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

On May 21 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT, the CFPB will present a webinar that will review information about resources that the CFPB provides to communities to help prevent the financial abuse and exploitation of older people. A representative of the Elder Fraud Prevention and Response Network in Montana will discuss the experience of collaborating with libraries.  Other speakers include a librarian and one of their partners who works to raise awareness of elder fraud and exploitation in their community.

Join the webinar on May 21 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm MDT by calling 888-795-5920 and entering Passcode 997066.

To view the presentation during the webinar, go to

There is no cost for participating in the webinar.

June 15 has been designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons.

Get more information about CFPB resources for older Americans.


Ken McDonnell

Financial Education Program Analyst

Office of Financial Education

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Office: 202-435-7303 | Email:|  Mobile: 202-440-3699 |

2019 REFORMA CO Conference

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Araujo’s! We’ll have breakfast burritos (vegetarian option available) in the morning and build your own loaded nachos (vegetarian and vegan option available) for lunch. Don’t forget to join us for breakfast and networking starting at 8 am.

We are pleased to announce that Jorge Argueta will be the 2019 REFORMA CO Conference keynote speaker! Jorge Argueta is a prize-winning poet and author of more than twenty children’s picture books, including Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, which won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and was named to USBBY’s Outstanding International Book List, the ALA Notable Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. En carne propia: Memoria poética / Flesh Wounds: A Poetic Memoir is his adult poetry collection.

We’re still looking for a few more volunteers to help us out on the day of the conference. Volunteers receive free registration for the conference including lunch! Please email Monica Lozano ( ) if you’re interested in helping out.



REFORMA Colorado

Save the Date: Reforma Colorado Conference

REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.  The Colorado Chapter works on matters of importance to Colorado’s Latino/Hispanic communities; this conference supports that mission by providing high quality professional development and networking opportunities to Colorado library staff.

Submit your proposal for a session by January 18!

Find out more about Reforma Colorado and the conference at

Curious about Library Supervision? Part II

To register for this workshop, email Christine Kreger directly at This registration applies to the in-person session on May 15, 2019 only.

    • Interested in moving into a supervisory position in libraries, but wonder if it is the right career path for you?
    • Curious about the specific skills needed to be an effective supervisor?

Part I  will be offered in-person on May 1, 2019 and online on May 8, 2019

Join us for this unique look at the life of a library supervisor. During this 2-part workshop, Pat Wagner will share her perspective on what the job entails, the challenges, the rewards, and the quirks of being a boss.  Interested participants will also have the opportunity to submit a resume for anonymous review in during Part II.

Part II 

Pat will share overall themes from the resumes submitted (everything will be anonymous), as well as strategies for effectively applying for supervisory positions.

Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Literacy-Based Programs for K-3rd Graders

Part 2 of a 4 part series about services designed for kids K – 3.

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. Using the skills as a framework, we’ll look at strategies for developing programming intentionally created to support developing readers. Program examples will be shared, along with the challenges and successes of each.

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.

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

CATS Spring Workshop

Register now for the CATS Spring Workshop – a free workshop for youth services professionals. We have a full day of presentations lined up that will help you improve your services to children and teens, including: early literacy and tough topics for teens. The Spring Workshop will take place on Friday, May 10th from 8am-4pm at the Durango Public Library in Durango, CO. Light snacks will be served in the morning; lunch will be on your own, but a list of nearby restaurants will be provided. There will also be ample time for networking and information sharing with other youth services professionals.


8-9: Light refreshments and networking.

9-10: Tour and Spotlight of the Durango Public Library.

10:15-11: Drag Queen Storytime.

11:15-12: Middle Grade Programming.

12-1:30: Lunch on your own.

1:45-2:15: Let’s Talk About… Tough Topic Bags.

2:15-3: Early Literacy with Bright by Three.

3-4: Networking and Idea Sharing.