Colorado Writes


Catch-all column, last thing in each issue, edited by Nina?

Choosing the Risks and Receiving the Rewards: One Participant’s View of the Risk & Rewards Conference

Excerpted from the blog So Tell Me Why You Want to Work in a Library...

Stepping Outside the Traditional Technical Services Role

Purpose

The current board of TSAD attended sessions that seemingly had nothing to do with their jobs. Erica Olivier, Chair, and Liz Neuhalfen, Chair-Elect, avoided anything technical services-related and chose programs that would, instead, help to bring diversity and thoughtfulness to TSAD in the coming year, as well as to strengthen their professional skills outside of the cataloging realm. Technical Services is not a small room, disconnected from the rest of the library and we aim to reflect that in our division.

Erica's Perspective

Beyond the Echo-Chamber: Library Messaging in the Social Networks

Colorado Writes

Ned Potter in his blog post “Moving beyond the Echo-Chamber” defined the echo-chamber as an ‘enclosed space’ where like-minded people quote your own beliefs back to you. He asks the library community: “What if we’re only really preaching to the converted? What if we have our own echo-chamber, beyond which lie the people we really need” to convince to stay worthy and relevance?1

About the Author(s): 

Valerie Horton is the Executive Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).

Aspen Walker is the Executive Assistant to the Director at Douglas County Library.

Katie Klossner is the Community Relations Manager for Douglas County Library.

Victoria Petersen is the Technology Manager at Mancos Public Library.

Melissa Powell is a Library Consultant at TLG Consulting.

Michelle Gebhart is the Web Content Coordinator at the Colorado State Library.

Judy Van Acker is a regional library consultant for the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).

Laurie Kubitz-Maness is a Web Developer at Denver Public Library.

Column Editor(s): 
Melissa Powell

The Future of US Libraries in a Peak-Oil World

Colorado Writes

Libraries in the United States are currently facing cutbacks at the same time dealing with increased usage, resulting from economic hard times. When citizen patrons are in desperate need of information to deal with dramatic changes in their lives, they turn to libraries for the latest news to deal with these challenges.

About the Author(s): 

Eric R Green is Library Director and adjunct Sociology instructor at Lamar Community College, Lamar Colorado.

Column Editor(s): 
Nina McHale

Read, Record, and Remember: Keep a Book List!

Colorado Writes

Books did not make George Washington Vanderbilt II wealthy or famous—his family name did that. But books were his life. While Vanderbilt’s grandfather, father and older brothers spent their lives collecting and managing the family’s unprecedented railroad and shipping fortune, George read. He read as a child, he read while traveling abroad, he read at his North Carolina estate, Biltmore. While recovering from appendectomy surgery in Washington D.C., he turned page after page of Henry Adams’ third volume of History of the United States. He never finished it.

About the Author(s): 

Shannon Sharkey is a History Master’s Candidate at University of Colorado Denver.

Column Editor(s): 
Nina McHale