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For those of you who are procrastinators . . .

The deadline for the 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey Has Been Extended to November 30, 2011. How cool is that?? If you could pass on the word to any school librarians you know who aren’t in CASL, I’d be eternally grateful.
If you have not yet responded to the survey, it can be accessed at http://http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey/.
You may not think it’s as urgent as an actual fire, but this year, as we continue to face yet another budget shortfall, it is more important than ever for us to provide critical data to our non-librarians/administrators who are the decision-makers of continued funding. You will notice in the newly revised survey that we will be able to provide a more accurate snapshot to administrators of what a school librarian SHOULD look like. Statistics from this survey will also help to show them what their students are missing when there is not a teacher-leader in the library.

We appreciate you investing the anticipated 15 extra minutes to help us with this bigger-picture goal that will ultimately impact all of us. For questions regarding the survey, or to obtain your username and password, feel free to call Library Research Service at 303-866-6900 or email http://lrs@lrs.org to get your information.

Becky Russell | 21st Century School Library Specialist | Colorado Department of Education |303.866.6772 | russell_b@cde.state.co.us

“A highly effective school librarian Is viewed universally by the school as an instructional leader and serves as chair of committees that support instructional school goals.” View more “Highly Effective School LIbrary Program Competencies” at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/powerlib/index.htm


Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled to mark-up (vote on) the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) beginning on Wednesday, October 19.  As of now, Senator Murray (D-WA) has done a good job including libraries into the legislation; however there are still areas where there needs to be more.  There is an amendment that will be introduced during the mark-up by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) that will further address school libraries’ role in education.
Senator Michael Bennet sits on the Senate HELP committee and will be voting on this amendment when it is introduced.  Please call Senator Bennet today at 202-224-3121 and ask him to support the Whitehouse/Murray amendment on school libraries.
This legislation, if passed, will impact education policy in this country for years to come, so it is critically important that we make sure libraries are included in this bill.

Highly Effective Library Application Extension!

Despite the rather boring title, those of you who are considering applying for “Highly Effective” recognition may be excited to learn that we have extended the Highly Effective Application Recognition deadline to November 23rd.

If you or other librarians would like to apply for this esteemed recognition, you now have a few more weeks to prepare an application! Very exciting!  We have totally revamped this program (formerly known as the Power Libraries Program). 

Application information as well as information to participate in the H.E. program is at our website:

Channeling Your Inner Diva or Dio!!

Looking for fun at #CALCON11? Check out the photobooth in the exhibit hall! Silly hats, funny props, and photos (sponsored by the CO State Library)
See our own Michelle Gebhart’s photo shoot for an idea of what it’s all about!

All around the state, Great Ed Action volunteers are making phone calls, talking at work and on the playground, and speaking to community groups in support of Proposition 103, the citizen initiative to start reinvesting in our schools colleges and universities.

Here’s what they are telling us:

1)  A lot of folks are unaware of the impact that three years of cuts have had on Colorado’s students.  They are shocked to find out about classes of 40 kids, schools without arts, classrooms without books, and tuition increases of 20 percent.

2) Many have never heard of Proposition 103 and are unaware that Colorado voters finally have the opportunity to stop short-sighted and irresponsible cuts to education.

3) Once they know about the impact of the cuts and the opportunity to stop them, most folks support Prop 103.

People are responding to our message.  But will enough of them hear it? 

Will you help us deliver it?

We’re about one-third of the way to our goal: 21,000 volunteer calls and/or letters to targeted voters by October 14 (when most will start receiving their ballots). 

Here are the easy ways you can help us reach “21K in 21 Days”.

  • Volunteer in our office (making calls and writing letters) and receive a limited-edition yard sign!  We don’t have many, so come in soon!   Call before you come (303-722-5901) to make sure we’re in.

Colorado voters finally have an opportunity to stop the cuts.  Just a few minutes of your time today will help ensure that, on November 1 (Election Day), you’ll know you did your part to put Colorado back on track.


Lisa Weil
Policy Director
Great Education Colorado
1000 E. 16th Avenue, Suite 018
Denver, CO 80218

Extra CAL School Library Session

Judy Barnett and I will be offering an unlisted session at the CAL Conference on the new Highly Effective School Library Program. This would be a great “appetizer” session to Doug Johnson, who will be presenting at Session 5 and is also our lunch keynote speaker that day. We hope you can make it!!

Highly Effective School Library Programs for the 21st Century:
Power Libraries for All

Learn about significant changes in the newly revised Power Library Program! Find out how our new program can help ALL school librarians become 21st century learners and leaders that will result in improved student achievement.

When: Saturday, October 15th, 9:45 – 10:45 (Session 4)

Where: JQH Boardroom

New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores


Read Keith Curry Lance’s newest study (see link from LRS Twitter post yesterday) that has just been published in the September, 2011 issue of School Library Journal.  It’s quite exciting.  How can we use this to inform our non-librarian constituents?

Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores: bit.ly/nlUhRX #school #libraries