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Powering Small Libraries

AspenCat is a shared catalog (integrated library system-ILS) that includes more than 100 libraries and more than a million items. Participating libraries share more than 4,500 physical materials and ebooks each month.

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Sending and receiving right from your back door

CLiC’s key service that delivers physical materials between member libraries throughout the state, as well as providing connections to resource sharing in other states. Learn More!

Growing Library Staff

CLiC is dedicated to providing affordable continuing education opportunities in-person and online for library staff.   
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On the ground for libraries across Colorado

CLiC is meeting libraries at their point of need with three regionally-based consultants. Consultants work with libraries to support them with operations, governance, community engagement and more.   
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Saving money? Yes please!

CLiC enables libraries to have access to electronic resources, databases, supplies and more through discounts negotiated by CLiC.   
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Pushing the envelope

Staff members constantly scan the horizon for new opportunities beyond our core services. We'll even experiment, try out new products and services to see if they meet libraries' needs. Learn More!

Why CLiC?

Whether your library is large, small, or somewhere in the middle, CLiC makes things happen. We are your colleagues and part of the Colorado library community.   
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InfoBase – Content to Power Learning

CLiC is pleased to announce the newest edition to our list of discounted resources. InfoBase has a variety of online databases, eBook collections, and streaming video collections that include great tools. [Read more…]

Change in service to mountain (and other rural) communities

MARCH 20, 2019 —

Yesterday afternoon CLiC was informed by American Courier that its material transportation services, which reach many mountain communities across the state, will see some changes. This morning, we were informed that several libraries in the NE part of the state ALSO will experience this change in providers.

American Courier has shifted its primary subcontracted carrier (for certain routes) to a new company. Libraries listed below WILL be affected by this change in contracted carriers. New drivers can be expected, along with a period of rocky transition.

Here’s an analogy: think of it like mail service at your house. One day you might have one mail carrier delivering letters and bills — then the individual retires — and the next day you see a different mail carrier. Bottom line: you’ll still get mail.

Communication is key. Please let us know how things are shaping up in terms of material delivery to your library, where you’re seeing problems, and when you’re receiving good service from a driver, too.

In addition, there is significant potential for new routing to be established. CLiC is actively communicating with American Courier to learn more about ALL of these potential changes. Please submit a report about any issue your library encounters, using our forms. Thank you for your vigilance and communication as we monitor this evolving situation.

Libraries affected:

 

 

CLiC Dropped from Lawsuit

Centennial, CO— 2/27/2019Last week a small group of parents calling themselves Pornography is Not Education (PINE) dropped their lawsuit against the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), a nonprofit organization that serves several hundred libraries, schools and academic institutions across the state. The complaint, filed with Arapahoe County District Court in October 2018, was the result of a two-year campaign by the parents to censor and remove a variety of educational research products from schools and libraries across Colorado.

The lawsuit claimed that CLiC knowingly brokers various forms of pornography, including sexually explicit materials in the form of graphic images, obscene text, advertising for sex toys, and active links to escort service web sites. The suit further claimed that CLiC markets such content to schools and libraries.

“Librarians occupy a crucial role as professional selectors and managers of content, from books to e-resources… not pornography,” said Jim Duncan, Executive Director for CLiC. “In today’s Information Age, we celebrate the services provided by these qualified and knowledgeable individuals working throughout Colorado’s libraries and schools. CLiC supports and helps libraries achieve greatness in our communities daily.”

Prior to the lawsuit, the parents threatened legal action against Cherry Creek School District, and they claimed victory for that district’s decision to remove vast amounts of educational material from its schools, including several thousand magazines, newspapers and other forms of electronic research resources. Local news coverage by Denver’s Channel 9News, highlighting the parents’ censorship success in pressuring the school district’s decision, rippled through other schools and districts served by CLiC.

EBSCO Information Services, also named in the lawsuit, is a leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, and e-books to libraries of all types across the country and internationally. PINE has dropped the lawsuit against EBSCO as well. Although not named in the lawsuit, other vendors of products licensed by libraries, such as Gale/Cengage, ProQuest, and OverDrive also have been cited by the parent group as delivering pornographic content to schools and libraries.

“Money and time spent on CLiC’s legal defense in this frivolous lawsuit could have been better used to support schools, libraries, and our communities,” Duncan said. “CLiC unifies libraries so that they deliver a valuable return on taxpayer investments… throughout our state’s many diverse regions, from rural to suburban to urban to mountain communities.”

“Parents, grandparents, community leaders and students — across Colorado — continue to trust librarians. They are right to value the services and rich resources offered by libraries and schools,” he said.

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Media contact:

Jim Duncan, Executive Director
720-739-3679
jduncan@clicweb.org

Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) Regional Workshops

Registration Open!

LRS and CLiC staff will be in your area soon to share expert guidance in collecting and using data you need every year for the PLAR.

Workshops will include practical techniques for making data collection easy, ways to use the data for strategic planning, and ideas for demonstrating your library’s impact using the data you’ve collected for the PLAR.

Any staff who work on the PLAR are encouraged to attend. The Pueblo, Brush, and Grand Junction workshops will focus on strategies for addressing the challenges that small and rural libraries face when collecting and reporting PLAR data, whereas the Denver workshop will have more of an urban/suburban library focus. However, staff are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most convenient for them.

Click on a location to register:

  • Pueblo – Pueblo City – County Library District – Rawlings, 100 E Abriendo Ave.  Wednesday, February 6, 10:00-2:30
  • Brush – East Morgan County Library, Thursday, February 28, 10:00-2:30
  • Grand Junction – Mesa County Libraries – Central Library, Wednesday, March 20, lunch available at 12:30, workshop 1:00-5:00. The CLiC Grand Junction Spring Workshop will begin the following morning, Thursday, March 21.  The Colorado State Library will provide up to 5 lodging stipends covering hotel costs for one night for participants attending both the PLAR Workshop and CLiC Spring Workshop. Applications are due February 1. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please see https://s.lrs.org/PLARstipend
  • Denver – Denver Public Library – Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch, Wednesday, May 1, 10:00-2:00 (both in-person and virtual options for attendance)

 

Questions?  Just ask at lrs@lrs.org or clichelp@clicweb.org.

On the ground, at the point of need

Where is Ross? He can be found roving all across the Western Slope.

CLiC Consultants – your colleagues on call. They create connections for libraries: one-on-one visits or one-with-many gatherings. They share their expertise, inform about library trends, teach skills, support library initiatives, and most of all listen.

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The best part; as your colleagues on call, their help is FREE. Each one is a quick phone call or email away.