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CLiC: Helping you make sense of Census 2020

The Census is coming so start prepping now!  We’re not talking canned goods and barrels of bottled water. We’re talking library expertise – using every resource at hand to build strong communities.

CLiC is gearing up to connect libraries to an array of resources designed to help you go beyond survival mode and be a key player in getting a complete count in your community.

Census folks at both the State and Federal level recognize that libraries will be a powerful partner in getting a complete count for Census 2020.  As a result, libraries across the state have a seat at the planning table on both local and state level Census committees.  Sara Wright, CLiC Deputy Director, is a member of the state Complete Count Campaign (CCC), a governor’s commission established to increase awareness about Census 2020.

Here at CLiC we are prepping our website to be Census Central for Colorado libraries. In the coming months we’ll start curating a collection of resources.  These will fall into two broad categories, informing your community AND training your staff.

The go to authority in Colorado for Census 2020 is the State Demography Office where you will find the official Colorado Census 2020 web page.

Take a look at the fact sheets prepared by the Demography office. Want to get involved in your community?   Need some basic Census 101 info?  What about guidance on the proposed citizenship question?  There’s a fact sheet for that!  Best of all, there is a fact sheet just for public libraries!

Here are a few more Census 2020 resources to get your started.

CLiC kicked off our census support efforts at the 2019 Spring Workshops with a session by Adam Bickford of the State Demography Office,  “Demography, Libraries and the 2020 Census.” The presentation is available on our website.  Adam reminds us that “the census is a cornerstone of our democracy” and shares facts on why the census is important, easy, and safe.

 

New Collection Unveiled

Created specifically for small and rural libraries.

It began with an observation: every week, we see email messages on listservs asking, “Hey, does anyone have a policy on [topic] they’d be willing to share?” followed by lots of “YES! I’m interested, too!”

An idea took root. CLiC’s Sara Wright and ARSL President Kieran Hixon started fertilizing their plan. What if there could be a central place where policies could be stored, searched and retrieved (but without a lot of complication)? How would it be nurtured and grown? Who would tend to this evolving tree of knowledge?

And the Tech Gnomes at CLiC went to work with their Digital saws and Hexcoded glues and Bit-sized hammers…

A new Public Library Policy Collection web site was grown — a mix of organic matter and online carpentry. The collection is the tree; the interface is the tree house.

We hope you enjoy playing in it.

   

Created by CLiC staff with ARSL enthusiasm. Hosted by CLiC!

Libraries Under Attack

Schools and libraries possess the expertise and responsibility to choose, license/buy and manage digital content useful to their local communities.

Some individuals in Colorado are attacking libraries and librarians for doing that work and are claiming that databases and e-book collections are full of pornography. These individuals are demanding a statewide ban of all databases and certain e-book products.

This new guide will help the reader better understand these claims. It offers practical information, strategies and facts for libraries and schools to use in discussing this topic with their local communities.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

Wi-Fi Woes?

Maybe your wifi is unreliable, or on the slow side. Or maybe you’re tired of “gathering” wifi usage statistics in your library by roving around with a clipboard, counting people on their devices.

Our solution is simple, affordable and elegant.

“Our wifi network is awesome – this is obviously a very slow time of the year in La Veta, but there are still cars parked outside every evening when we leave the library.  Right now, with the bakery & the coffee shop closed for owner vacations, people without wifi have literally no other place to get online…

“Anyway – we love our new access points – our patrons are spoiled & don’t even know it, but we do!  Thank you again for this great solution!” – La Veta Public Library

Installed in 12 locations as of Dec 2018:

  • West Custer County Library District (Westcliffe)
  • Penrose Public Library
  • John C Fremont Library (Florence)
  • La Veta Public Library
  • Fowler Public Library
  • Carnegie Public Library (Trinidad)
  • Spanish Peaks Library District (Walsenburg)
  • Flagler Community Library
  • Northern Saguache County Library District (Saguache & Crestone)
  • John Rawlings Heritage Center (Las Animas)
  • Lake County Public Library (Leadville)
  • CLiC (yes – we use this system, also!)

Interested? Read a little more, then contact us!