Teen Mental Health: In their own words

  • With Beth Crist, Cameron Riesenberger, and Christine Kreger
  • Originally aired 02/20/2020
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Teen suicide is on the rise nationally, and Colorado’s statistics are higher than many other states. In this interactive session we will highlight this issue by sharing interview clips from teens who have experienced mental health issues, Colorado specific research, and we will brainstorm how libraries can be part of a larger community conversations.


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Friends with Benefits

  • With Joanna Nelson Rendón and Rebecca Philipsen
  • Originally aired 12/12/2019
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No, not those kind of benefits! Join us as we walk you through programming designed to help your teens develop their social and emotional skill set. These skills are important for future success, plus the programs that develop them have a variety of helpful side effects! We’ll talk about programming for all budgets and sizes of libraries, everything from Dungeons & Dragons to a Yo-Yo club! We’ll also show you how your summer reading program can address this issue, plus discuss how to take on reluctant admins who are hesitant to greenlight ‘just for fun’ programs.


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Unearthing Seed Money: Locating grants to fund your project (The Colorado Edition)

Jean Marie Heilig

Intimidated by the grant writing process? Start off in the right foot by joining us for a discussion on selecting a funder that shares your library’s vision. Learn about the different types of grants and funders and how to locate the one that best fits your project. Also, hear about the most frequent reasons funders reject proposals.

Discover how to locate and apply for grant funding that will turn your project into a reality!


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Conducting the Reference Interview: How to Ask Better Questions to Make Customers Happy

  • With Robin Filipczak and Stacey Grijalva
  • Originally aired 11/06/2019
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“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.

Join us as we break down the process into simple steps and discuss solutions to common problems. Participants will leave with a 6-step tool kit to asking better questions so customers leave happy.

This class is intended to give an introduction and basic overview of the reference interview. The class is aimed at front-line staff and librarians who want a refresher.

Recommended Pre-Session Reading:


Session Handout (PDF)

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Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Outreach for K-3rd Graders

  • With Liesel Schmidt & Gigi Pagliarulo
  • Originally aired 11/04/2019
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Part 4 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. We’ll discuss outreach best practices, different types of outreach currently being piloted in Denver, as well as challenges and successes.

Missed the first 3 parts of this series? View the archives listed below!

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Bullet Journaling: The Magic Bullet for Increased Productivity

Do you struggle each day to get through your “to do” list? Are you losing track of projects and missing deadlines because you don’t have a system to manage all of your responsibilities? In this session, you will learn about an increasingly popular planning method – bullet journaling – as a means to gain control of your work and personal lives. We will also consider the bigger picture about productivity by discussing how we can exploit our natural tendencies to increase motivation and optimize our workflow. Come to the webinar ready to share your best productivity tips and tricks


  • Session Slides (PDF)
  • Four Tendencies Quiz
  • Bullet Journal Tool Recommendations
  • Facebook Group
  • Productivity Tools
  • Productivity Tips
    • I try to find blocks of uninterrupted time…coming in early, working at a different location for an afternoon.
    • I have to shut my office door and put earbuds in otherwise I am watching and eavesdropping on the circ desk.
    • I use a Gantt chart with To Do, Pending, Doing, & Done on sticky notes.  I also love Google Keep!
    • I like to go hide in the other end of the building in the basement. It’s really the only way to get people to not interrupt. Not an option for everyone…
    • Putting on headset…but without sound. Staff think I’m listening to a training session


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Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Collection Development for K-3rd Graders

Amy Forrester
  • With Amy Forrester & Sarah Dutelle
  • Originally aired 09/24/2019
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Part 3 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. Selecting, cataloging, and shelving books for developing readers presents a number of unique challenges. We’ll talk about ways DPL has evaluated and enhanced their collection to make developing reader titles more accessible. Information on DPL’s recent diversity audit will be shared.

Session Slides with notes (PDF)

Missed the first 2 parts of this series? View the archives listed below!


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Danger in the Comfort Zone: How to change when change isn’t coming naturally

Jean Marie Heilig

Rationally we know that change is imminent and to stay relevant we must adapt quickly, but emotionally we want to stay in our “comfort zone.”  In this session you will learn how to change when change doesn’t come naturally by mastering new habits and skills.  After all, for things to change, somebody has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your team.

Note: There are 3 videos we used in this session that do not play in the archive. You can watch the videos on your own by clicking the links below. The links are also available from the slides in Adobe Connect.


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2020 Census + Libraries = Complete Count in Colorado

Sara Wright
  • With Adam Bickford and Sara Wright
  • Originally aired 07/18/2019
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Libraries will play a crucial role in getting a complete count for the 2020 Census.  Join us and Adam Bickford from the Colorado State Demography Office as we discuss this critical role for libraries, outline the  implementation plans for the 2020 Census and demonstrate demography data resources you can start using right now.


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CSL Resource Kits: What’s In Them For You!

Kieran Hixon

The Colorado State Library Resource Kits are bundled tools and materials that enable you to provide exciting programs to engage with your community in new and interesting ways.

Join us as we discuss how to take advantage of the ‘Let’s talk about it!: CSL Big Red Resource Kits’ kits in order to gain awareness of social issues facing our communities, hold community conversations, and how to work with identified under-served patrons more successfully.


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