Stories from the Field

At CLiC, we connect with rural libraries and provide hands on support for almost any kind of project. This includes school libraries, public libraries, special libraries and higher ed libraries. If you're rural, we are here to help. This space highlights stories about how CLiC Colleagues on Call connect across the state.

Dolores School District
Elementary Collection Project – May 2023

Space to comfortably collaborate

Anna Szczepanski, CLiC Colleague on Call, spent three days at the Dolores Elementary School Library (in the Southwest near Cortez) working on a collection project. Collaborating with the district librarian and an excellent volunteer, they spent a combined 60 hours weeding over 800 volumes and re-arranging the library. The result?

  • A clean, up-to-date collection
  • A layout that flows from the picture books to readers up to genrefied non-fiction and series/chapter books, so students can independently discover areas of the library as their reading proficiency grows
  • An additional eight shelves of display space for face-out dynamic shelving featuring new, high-interest, or curriculum-related materials.
Want an extra set of hands for your big collection project? Help is just an email away:

The brains behind the project, Katherine Freeman, District Librarian.

Spanish Peaks Library District’s
Talk in an Elevator Day – July 2023

Delivering a true elevator speech

After helping Spanish Peaks Library District trustees with their elevator speeches as part of a board development workshop, they invited Chelsea Coleman, CLiC Colleague on Call, to their National “Talk in an Elevator Day” advocacy event. It was a clever way to use their speeches while building community support for renovating their building.

The library sits on the first floor of an old school building, while the second and third floors sit empty. Guests heard the speeches as they rode in the elevator to tour the floors needing renovation. The library offered a vision board to gather feedback, hors d’oeuvres, and takeaway gifts. What a great way to get community support for capital improvements!

Want to learn more about board development sessions that the Colleague on Call team offers? Help is just an email away:
A photo of a takeaway gift box

A takeaway gift box