CALCON 2012 - Running with Innovation: The 2012 CAL Conference

Innovation is more than implementing a new technology, it is the philosophy to create and implement new ways to improve our current practices and services. Innovation is rarely an easy process and could easily end in a blatant failure, but there is also the potential for success. However, you never know until you formulate the idea and run with it. Ready, Set, Go! Innovating Colorado Libraries was the theme of the 2012 Conference of the Colorado Association of Libraries and Colorado libraries responded sharing their most innovative ideas.

Guest Editor Bio: 

Tabatha Farney was the 2012 chair of the CAL Conference Planning Committee. Originally from Illinois, she earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She came to Colorado in 2007 and has been an active CAL member ever since. Outside of CAL, Tabatha is the Web Services Librarian for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where she has the pleasure of developing and maintaining the library’s website and other web technologies along with doing reference services, collection development, instruction, and research. She was named a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader.

Seana O'Grady served as Co-chair for the 2012 CAL Conference. She has been a member of the CAL Conference Planning Committee, in a variety of capacities for six years. She is the Senior Librarian of Books & Borrowing at Denver Public Library's Central Library and is responsible for a team of roving librarians. In her nine years at DPL she has served as the coordinator for RFID conversion, planned the logistics for moving most of the Central's adult print collection as part of the Central Library Redesign project, and is currently helping lead efforts for more streamlined collection maintenance practices for the system. Seana earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.

Ms. Victoria West-Pawl is responsible for providing complete digital library services and academic support to the Colorado State University-Global Campus Community. She also provide resources and library instructions to students and faculty, along with coordinating reference services via phone, email and instant messaging. In addition to managing the online library system, she work with the course development team to ensure copyright compliance and APA formatting for all courses. Ms. West-Pawl comes to CSU-Global with 22 years of library service. The past three years she have served as Co-Chair, Chair, and Past-Chair for the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference Planning and the Colorado Association of Special Libraries. This past year she was also the Chair of the Site Selection Committee for the Colorado Association of Libraries. Previously, as an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Library Services for Online Learning at National-Louis University (NLU), Ms. West-Pawl not only created the first online credit course in Information Literacy, but was also instrumental in developing online library services and resources to provide greater access to online students and working adults at NLU. She possess a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, a Master’s of Science of Instructional Design from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy Technology and Human Services from National-Louis University.

Failing Forward - An Example of Failing Forward

When I was asked to be a guest editor for this issue of Colorado Libraries, I was honored and a little intimidated. What could I contribute? I am the District Librarian for a large school district in the northern part of the state. I came to realize that I have a unique perspective on what it is like to take the risk and fail forward. The St. Vrain Valley School District is one reason Colorado has the reputation for innovation that it currently enjoys.

Follow up to the article "Competencies for Technology Trainers: Developing New Skills for Staff in Public Libraries" in 36.2

As a follow up to the article "Competencies for Technology Trainers: Developing New Skills for Staff in Public Libraries" by Crystal Schimpf in 36.2, I want to draw your attention to  Here, the Colorado State Library BTOP Project has gathered instructor materials and information related to technology training in public libraries for folks teaching public computer classes or training staff to be better one-on-one tech tutors.

Call for Articles: Colorado Libraries 36.4: Failing Forward

“Failing Forward” is a popular quote by author John Maxwell.  It describes trying something new and innovative knowing that you might not succeed. When we take calculated risks with the intention of improving our communities, we might get lucky and succeed right out of the starting gate or,  as often happens, we might “fail forward” -- in other words, even if things don’t initially work out as planned and we have to work through some kinks along the way, we know that we are headed in the right direction because of our underlying goal.

Raising the Bar

Annie Epperson and Amy Phillips have the pleasure of presenting this issue of the Colorado Libraries which investigates how Colorado libraries and librarians are "Raising the Bar." The theme was inspired by David Lankes' 2011 talk "Killing the Library Quickly" ( in which he made such provocative statements as:

Guest Editor Bio: 

Annie Epperson is an academic librarian who has been with University of Northern Colorado since 2004 providing library instruction and reference services. Amy Phillips is a former public and academic librarian and currently is pursuing a doctorate. Both of us have been active in Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) through various activities, ranging from presenting on gaming in public libraries to serving as liaison with Mountain Plains Library Association.  This is the first project on which they have collaborated.   

Issue 36.1 is now available!

Announcing the first issue of the New Colorado Libraries! We hope you enjoy this issue, which features articles created from sessions from the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference (CALCON) 2011, held in Loveland back in October. Moving forward, the first issue of each volume of Colorado Libraries will feature top content from CALCON.

Issue 35.4 Now Available!

The Colorado Libraries editorial staff are pleased to present issue 35.4, guest edited by Karen Sobel of the University of Colorado Denver's Auraria Library. The theme for 35.4 is "Great Librarians in the Making." This issue marks the last of the content that was planned before the publishing hiatus in 2009, which marks an important milestone in our transition from print to online!

Book Reviews Returning to Colorado Libraries!

Love books? Like writing? Looking for a way to get involved with CAL? Colorado Libraries is looking for a few good book reviewers to help connect our readers with the best new works in the field! Whether you already have a special book in mind, and want to share your thoughts, or just want to help us wade through the pile of review copies we regularly receive, we'd love to hear from you. Really. We currently have more books than reviewers!

Themes and Guest Editors Needed for 2011-12 Issues

The Colorado Libraries editors are seeking CAL member input in selecting the four themes for the quarterly issues of volume 36. What are the burning issues in librarianship in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region that you would like to see explored in issues 36.1-36.4?