New Data Cleanup Checklist

Most of us are facing an interesting time, to say the least. Our Data Cleanup Checklist offers a few ways to clean up some of your data, while you may have the time.

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Highlighting eResources

During this time, it is more important than ever to let your patrons/students know that you have resources available to them online.
This list is to help you evaluate and maximize your website to let your community know you have these important online resources.

Highlight your online resources on your Home page

How many clicks do your patrons/students have before they reach the resource?
Patrons/students should be able to access the resource from your home page within 1-2 clicks.
Home -> Resource
Home -> Category/Topic/Audience -> Resource

Is it easy to see that you have resources from your home page?
Your patrons/students should see that you have resources available to them immediately when they reach your website. Highlight them in things like a rotating banner.

Do you have a book river in your catalog?
Change the book river to display digital titles instead of the physical ones.
If you are an AspenCat library contact Bob and Lauren to change this.

Organize your resources by topic/category/audience

Do you have a long alphabetical list of resources?
Patrons/students are not going to read though a long list to “see” what you have. If you organize by topic/category they are much more likely to keep looking. Separate out to topics such as: Do It Yourself, Genealogy, History, Current Issues, Health and Medicine.

Do you have different ages mixed together?
If you separate out resources by kids, teens, and adults, patrons will explore further.
Note here: it is ok to repeat resources in multiple topics/categories/audiences.

Name them something that is identifiable to patrons/students

Do you call your resources “databases”?
The first thing most people think of when they hear the word “Database” is a boring long list of information. Name them something like “Online Library” or “Online Resources,” “Research and Online Learning”.

Do you call the resource what the Vendor calls it?
Sometimes vendors don’t always name their products as something recognizable. For example, MAS Ultra means nothing to a patron/student. Explora High School makes more sense.

Include descriptions of the resource

You have now highlighted the resource, organized it, and named it. You have their attention. Don’t lose them now. Tell them what that resource is going to do for them.
OK, so Explora High School makes more sense than Mas Ultra; but ultimately, what is Explora High School? Don’t make them guess.

Free eResources

CLiC uses the power of cooperative purchasing to save libraries money. CLiC works with vendors to provide significant savings for libraries and schools.
During this time, several of our vendor partners are providing their excellent resources for FREE. [Read more…]

Free Resources

CLiC uses the power of cooperative purchasing to save libraries money. CLiC works with vendors to provide significant savings for libraries and schools.
During this time, several of our vendor partners are providing their excellent resources for FREE. [Read more…]

Courier Impacts from COVID-19

Libraries throughout the state have been announcing closures to the public and their communities since Friday, March 13.

CLiC immediately responded by setting up a process for libraries to use in requesting suspension of courier service.

Read more here, along with our recent decision to suspend statewide courier service.

Statewide Library Courier Services Suspended Until Further Notice

LATEST UPDATE: MARCH 26, 2020

CLiC’s mission: Connecting. Energizing. Inspiring. Services for libraries throughout Colorado.

This informs everything we do, along with our other beliefs such as the importance of supporting local decision making by every library in Colorado. But these are unprecedented times.

CLiC has made the decision to suspend statewide library courier service effective March 26, 2020 until further notice. This decision was not made lightly. We believe that right now our priority is to do our part to support the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s “Stay at Home” public health order for the entire state.

For the past two weeks, our Courier Support Team has been in constant communication with colleagues at Western Peaks Logistics, and both of our organizations have made every effort to continue providing delivery services to libraries where desired or possible. We have also heard details from Western Peaks concerning the impact the COVID-19 situation is having on the delivery needs of essential services such as hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. Western Peaks Logistics needs to focus on its role in the supply chain, supporting such critical services.

Libraries are in the business of enriching lives, and it is a worthy endeavor to help people and communities meet local needs and exceed aspirations. Statewide resource sharing is a crucial aspect of the infrastructure we ALL provide to our communities, and at some point in the future this activity will return to normal.

However, we must all recognize the realities of today, that life-saving services within our communities are what come first. Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other health-related, front-line services need to be able to rely on local and regional transportation infrastructure & systems to deliver the products and resources necessary to care for the people in all of our communities.

CLiC is doing its part. We encourage your organizations to do the same.

Be well,
Jim Duncan | Executive Director
and the rest of the CLiC team

 


PREVIOUS to March 26–

Early on March 13, 2020 CLiC began to receive a smattering of calls and emails notifying us of school & library closures AND asking us to suspend courier service. CLiC immediately sent the following broadcast message to every individual listed in our courier management system database…

If your organization makes a decision to close that impacts your courier service (ability of your library/school to send or receive items), PLEASE let us know with a brief email to courierhelp@clicweb.org. Please include your library/school name, courier code, and a good email contact. CLiC is your conduit to informing Western Peaks and its contractors (and drivers).

Below is a list of closures reported to CLiC as of Thursday 3/26/2020, 2:45 PM. There will be no more updates to this list for the foreseeable future.

To be clear, effective 3/26/2020 CLiC is suspending courier deliveries to ALL libraries, schools, academic institutions and other organizations, including any NOT listed here.

Workshops & COVID-19

Keep on eye on this space for the latest in CLiC updates involving Spring Workshops…

MARCH 17, 2020

CLiC’s approach to COVID-19 remains focused on planning, pragmatic action and no hysteria.  Things are changing quickly as closures are happening across the state – quite possibly including YOUR library.

We’ve made the decision to cancel ALL Spring Workshops, including Pueblo which was scheduled for April 27 & 28.

We’re communicating this additional cancellation of Pueblo Spring Workshop to you within hours of our decision so that you can do your part.

  • If you reserved lodging in Pueblo, we advise you to cancel immediately, before any penalty is assessed. If you reserved through discounted room blocks at either of the two hotels identified by CLiC, here are those contacts:
    • La Quinta Inn & Suites Pueblo: 866-527-1498 or 719-542-3500
    • SpringHill Suites Pueblo Downtown: 719-546-1234
  • We are currently working on plans to provide a virtual alternative to the Spring Workshops.  Right now all library staff are busy with local responses to COVID-19.  Any virtual workshop will be planned for late spring or early summer.  Not to worry – we’ll keep you up to date on new plans.

Our decision was easy, because it was NOT based on emotion, and certainly NOT in reaction to the recent deluge of media reports, announcements of closures, and event cancellations from businesses, sports leagues and entertainment industries.

Primary factors behind our decision:

We’re informed by FACTS, along with scientific and medical information from the CDC & NIOSH, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Tri-County Health Department (Adams, Arapahoe & Douglas Counties).

When a credentialed and experienced infectious disease expert, epidemiologist, or other scientific specialist or public health official knowledgeable about this topic speaks, we listen. As seen through the eyes of these credible sources, there are two fundamental facts about viral outbreaks of this nature:

  • There is a clear mandate for all of us to slow the onset of a virus like COVID-19, systemically.
  • Organizations like CLiC are responsible for eliminating opportunities for a virus like COVID-19 to spread rapidly through our communities. We take that responsibility seriously.

An additional factor: in monitoring communications among Colorado libraries, we see an emerging trend – library staff members are simply focused on taking care of local affairs, trying to figure out what the “new normal” will look like, and how to best serve their communities right now.

Now, to address key questions you likely have:

Do I need to do anything about requesting a refund for my previously-paid registration?

Nope, we have you covered, and CLiC will be issuing those refunds as a routine matter. We’ll contact you individually if necessary.

Has CLiC considered alternatives, like a virtual conference?

Definitely. We’ve already laid the groundwork for what that virtual experience would look like, and planning the logistics. Presenters: stay tuned. While we don’t think it’s feasible to offer the exact equivalent of a multi-track, multi-session, in-person conference like a Spring Workshop, we do believe online versions can still be jam-packed with quality content.  You’ll hear more on this in a few weeks after we firm up plans.

Is CLiC shutting down courier services?

No, that’s a local library-by-library decision. And there’s so much more to unpack in that question. Please rest assured that our organization has been communicating directly with ILL staff, directors, library leaders and others concerned about our state’s resource-sharing infrastructure. To see the latest on this, visit our Library Closures Update & Courier Services page.

 


MARCH 12, 2020

As we’ve communicated previously, CLiC’s approach to COVID-19 is all about planning, pragmatic action and no hysteria.

We’ve made the decision to cancel Spring Workshops in Grand Junction (March 19-20) and Fort Morgan (March 27). As of today, the Pueblo workshop is still scheduled, but we’ll continue to monitor this evolving situation. More about the factors for our decision to cancel the first two workshops can be found further down in this message.

We’re communicating to you within hours of our decision so that you can do your part.

  1. If you reserved lodging in Grand Junction, we advise you to cancel immediately, before any penalty is assessed. If you reserved through discounted room blocks at either of the two hotels identified by CLiC, here are those contacts:
    • Hampton Inn Grand Junction: 970-243-3222
    • SpringHill Suites Grand Junction: 970-424-5777
  2. Since you already committed to attending and/or presenting, consider holding these dates open in your schedule…because CLiC is already planning virtual/online conferences to replace these two in-person events. These would be held on the same dates as the in-person conferences: March 19-20 and March 27. More details to come soon.

Our decision was easy, because it was NOT based on emotion, and certainly NOT in reaction to the recent deluge of media reports, announcements of closures, and event cancellations from businesses, sports leagues and entertainment industries.

Primary factors behind our decision:

We’re informed by FACTS, along with scientific and medical information from the CDC & NIOSH, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Tri-County Health Department (Adams, Arapahoe & Douglas Counties).

When a credentialed and experienced infectious disease expert, epidemiologist, or other scientific specialist or public health official knowledgeable about this topic speaks, we listen. As seen through the eyes of these credible sources, there are two fundamental facts about viral outbreaks of this nature:

  • There is a clear mandate for all of us to slow the onset of a virus like COVID-19, systemically.
  • Organizations like CLiC are responsible for eliminating opportunities for a virus like COVID-19 to spread rapidly through our communities. We take that responsibility seriously.

An additional factor: in monitoring communications among Colorado library leaders and various public employers, we see an emerging trend — toward barring unnecessary business travel by employees. If the organizations that employ our valued workshop presenters mandate such travel restrictions, that will have an impact. We believe it is prudent to stay ahead of the curve.

Now, to address key questions you likely have:

Do I need to do anything about requesting a refund for my previously-paid registration?
Nope, we have you covered, and CLiC will be issuing those refunds as a routine matter. We’ll contact you individually if necessary.

Has CLiC considered alternatives, like a virtual conference?
Definitely. We’ve already laid the groundwork for what that virtual experience would look like, and planning the logistics. Presenters: stay tuned. While we don’t think it’s feasible to offer the exact equivalent of a multi-track, multi-session, in-person conference like a Spring Workshop, we do believe online versions can still be jam-packed with quality content.

Is CLiC shutting down courier services?
That’s off topic. And there’s so much to unpack in that question. Please know that our organization has been planning and taking pragmatic action with no hysteria on ALL of our service fronts… from courier to AspenCat, from Colleague on Call to cooperative purchasing, and beyond.

 


MARCH 10, 2020

Everywhere you turn there’s news of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has made its way into Colorado. Inevitably, whether you’re a scheduled presenter or registered attendee, you’ve no doubt wondered, “What’s happening with the CLiC Spring Workshops?”

Here’s the latest.

We’ve been watching this evolving situation for months, staying abreast of the latest credible information published by a variety of sources. So we’re NOT scrambling. Our mantra: Planning, Pragmatic Action, NO Hysteria.

As of March 10, the Spring Workshops are still rolling. With these caveats:

  1. We strongly suggest that any individual who is sick, or has contact with someone else is sick, should NOT attend. This applies to presenters and attendees equally.
  2. Any individual who is concerned about attending, for any reason, should feel free to make that personal decision – with no judgment and no penalty from CLiC.
  3. Registration will be fully refunded by CLiC to any person who has already paid, no questions asked.

We simply ask that individuals communicate. If you’re registered to present or attend, and decide not to, please send email to clichelp@clicweb.org or use our online form.

Now, to address key questions you likely have:

Is CLiC staying the course no matter what?
No, that would be stupid. We’re actively monitoring this evolving situation, AND we are in communication with the venues where spring workshops are hosted. For instance, if Colorado Mesa University were to close its venue, that would be a determining factor involving the Grand Junction event.

But what about protecting those with underlying health conditions? Isn’t CLiC endangering them?
Please refer to caveats 1, 2 & 3 above.

Has CLiC considered alternatives, like a virtual conference?
Absolutely. In fact we’ve already laid the groundwork for what that virtual experience would look like, how we would pivot and potentially deliver a modified version of a spring workshop through our online platform.

Is CLiC shutting down courier services?
Uh, that’s off topic. But again, know that our organization has been planning and taking pragmatic action with no hysteria on ALL of our service fronts… from courier to AspenCat, from Colleague on Call to cooperative purchasing, and beyond.

Census 2020 For Libraries

JOIN US FOR AN ONLINE CENSUS PARTY

This is not a webinar! You will not only hear from the experts, but we will begin with professional storyteller Megan Wells to inspire us all. You will also be able to participate in the call, ask questions and talk with fellow library staff.

So make sure you have a cup of coffee and your favorite morning snack so you can relax and enjoy the one-hour event.

This unique and highly engaging online experience is exclusively for Colorado library staff to share best practices, answer questions and get excited to start the countdown to the count! Meet some of your peers from around the state while hearing from top census experts and Jim Duncan of CLiC.

Our panelists include:

Natriece Bryant Deputy Executive Director, CO Dept of Local Affairs

Rosemary Rodriguez
Executive Director, Together We Count Colorado

Gillian Winbourn
Project Director, Together We Count

Jim Duncan
Executive Director Colorado Library Consortium CLiC

Join the party
Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 10am

Registration is mandatory!

You can register for your library and have your team meet in a conference room, or register individually.
Let’s see how many Colorado libraries we can gather together at the same time!

CLiC is Closed – January 20

A friendly heads up that the CLiC office will be closed Monday, January 20 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This is a day to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of one of America’s greatest leaders.

Learn more by visiting: https://thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king/

– CLiC Staff

 

Explore AspenCat’s New Discovery Layer

On January 27th, we will be moving to a new discovery layer.

No need for a lifeboat, however, since the look and feel will be very similar! [Read more…]