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CLEF Silent Auction Fundraiser Needs You!

Remember that we need your stuff for the Colorado Library Educational Foundation silent auction! The silent auction held at CAL is CLEF’s one fundraiser. In 2011, CLEF awarded almost $4,000 in scholarships for CAL members to attend professional development workshops and the Annual Conference. The importance of these scholarships cannot be underestimated. Quite a few of the folks applying for the money said that without it, they could not attend the conference or workshops offered through CAL.

We ask you to donate an item, service or event to the auction. Over the years, CAL members have been known to donate themed gift baskets, gift cards to a store or spa, themed dinners in their homes, knitted or sewn garments, home-brewed beer, you name it. Please consider contributing to the auction and completing the form with your contact information and what you are donating.

Thank you



The annual CAL Conference is right around the corner. If you are wondering if the Conference is pertinent to you as a school librarian, the answer is YES!  There are many sessions that are relevant to school library programs, or pertain to all types of libraries.

And our very own President Elect, Becky Johnson, from East Middle School in Grand Junction will be honored as the Colorado School Librarian of the Year!
Visit the CAL website for more information and to register.


CASL Kick-Off to TIE – Register Now!

Monday, June 20, 2011, Copper Mountain

CASL will again host a preconference to the Technology in Education Conference (TIE) .

Click here to register!

(This takes you to the TIE registration – which is also where you register for the CASL Kick-Off to TIE – even if you are not attending TIE)

One Scholarship still available from CLEFhttp://www.formsite.com/calforms/CLEFscholsprngapplicaton/index.html

   * CASL’s PreCon to TIE 2011 is not your usual “sit ‘n git!”  
   *Come share your ideas, and learn from your colleagues “unconference” style!

Inspired by Dr. Joyce Valenza’s “Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians”, within our school level groups, we will consider the big ideas, share our current practices, and brainstorm how we can move ahead.

8:00 Welcome & Announcements

8:30  Learning Tools Smackdown!

      • This is a rapid-fire look at some of the greatest Web 2.0 Tools available and currently being used in school libraries.
      • Audience participation expected!!! Plan to share your favorite tool and samples of how you’ve used it with students!!!

10:15   Unconference Session 1:  Reading & Collection Development

11:45  Networking Lunch

12:45   Unconference Session 2: The Information Landscape, Access, Equity, Copyright, Copyleft & Information Ethics

2:20 Uncoference Session 3:  Advocacy & Leadership: Participating in a PLN

3:50     Wrap Up Plus/Delta

2011 Kick-off to TIE Unconference Wiki 


Credit Available from University of Colorado Denver: UCD Credit for CASL Pre-Conference

More info on credit requirements:  CASL_TIE2011_Assignment

Co-Sponsored by the Colorado Association of Libraries and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)

2009 CASL Kick-Off to TIE Wiki: Click Here

Colorado Association of Libraries Advocacy Task Force Initiative

Shared on behalf of CAL President-Elect, Linda Conway:

The Colorado Association of Libraries has a new Advocacy Task Force.  Our focus this year is on School Libraries.  Our school librarians and libraries need help. Many librarians have lost their jobs; many libraries are losing their funding. Clearly, the good work librarians do is not sufficient to save our libraries. We need to do something different.

We have designed a Toolkit for school librarians to use to advocate for their jobs and their libraries.  There are letters and links to share with your community advocates.  There is an easy to follow Advocacy Made Easy Document that you can use to guide you. This short document outlines a process to recruit non-librarians to speak to funding decision-makers on behalf of school libraries and librarians. You provide them with your success stories and they present them to the community.  Click Here to access the Toolkit.

If there are questions, comments, or concerns please e-mail: lindaconway@rocketmail.com

Love Your Library – Colorado Snapshot Day

Grab your cameras and take some pictures

of the great work you are doing in your libraries!

As part of our advocacy work, the Colorado Association of Libraries is encouraging libraries to take part in “Colorado Snapshot Day.” The goal is to show the work of libraries across the state on one day, this year they have chosen Feb. 14.  We would love to have school libraries be a large part of this initiative.  You can post your photo’s on the Flickr site; the directions are at: http://www.cal-webs.org/2011%20CAL%20Lobby%20Day/SnapshotUploadToFlickr.pdf

The photos will also be used during the March 3 Legislative Day at the Capitol.  Please consider participating in this event.  It’s an easy way to advocate for school libraries!


Not only is the annual CAL Conference over, but so is the wonderful year CASL has had with Nancy White and Diane Caro at the lead as our Co-Presidents. This past year has been full of success and accomplishments because of these two wonderfully dedicated leaders. Nancy has opened doors to new opportunities for all school librarians. She created and shared with every Teacher Librarian a wonderful advocacy PowerPoint.  She has propelled her district into the 21st Century and continually reaches out to everyone by sharing her expertise so willingly. And she has worked endlessly to redefine the role of teacher librarians and reeducate teachers, administrators, district personal, and those at the state level, the value we  have in raising student achievement. I admire her, and although I can never fill her shoes, I will endeavor to do so.  I’m also thankful for Diane’s humor and uplifting spirit that carried us through the year!  Her insight at the University level was most helpful and appreciated.   Thank you Diane and Nancy for a wonderful year at CASL!

Yvonne Miller
President, CASL 2010-11

CASL Virtual Meeting at CAL 2010

For all of those unable to join in the face-to-face meeting at CAL on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 12:00 noon, here is an opportunity to participate in the conversation! In our CASL meeting at CAL, we will have round table topics aligned to the different subcommittees we will be forming for CASL this year. Please consider leaving your comments and feedback on these posts to participate virtually! If you would like to volunteer for one of these subcommittees, or if you just would like to share your ideas, please leave a comment!

Additionally this year at CAL, we will be launching a “letter to the editor” campaign –to share our stories and help our communities better understand the important work that you and your school library do to assure all students have opportunities to acquire important 21st century skills identified in the revised Colorado Content Standards.

If you would like to participate, you can use the template linked below to craft your letter.   Also, you will find links to easily locate Colorado Newspapers as recipients of your letter.

Template for Letter to the Editor:  TemplateforLettertotheEditor

Colorado Press Association

Lastly, we want to share with you a PowerPoint presentation, “School Libraries and Learning” with a script that any school librarian can adapt and make your own by putting in your own pictures, stories, and statistics.  Use this to advocate for your program by sharing at a school parent or faculty meeting.  The links are below.

School Libraries and Learning

School Libraries and Learning Script

We are looking forward to an exciting year in CASL and hope that many of you will choose to become involved!

Nancy White
Co-President, CASL 2009-10