Colorado State Library Presentations at 2021 CLiC Spring Workshops

Colorado State Library staff will be giving a wide variety of presentations at the 2021 Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) Spring Workshops, which will be held virtually on April 22 & April 23. We hope to “see” you there!

See the CLiC website for schedules, session details, and registration.

April 23, 10:20-11:05 am

TEEN MENTAL HEALTH: IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Christine Kreger (Colorado State Library) & Panel

In this interactive session, we will highlight this issue by sharing interview clips from teens who have experienced mental health issues, exploring Colorado specific research, and looking at how the pandemic has placed additional stress and challenges on teens. We will brainstorm how libraries can be part of larger community conversations and assist teens in need.

April 23, 11:10-11:55 am

PROVIDING IDEAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERY CHILD!
Joyce Johnson & Gail Yerbic (Colorado State Library)

Children’s services are a bedrock of public libraries and have been for over a century. But these days, many young children also spend time in preschool and childcare programs, while others learn and grow at home. So, just where do young children learn best? Wherever the principles of Ideal Learning are followed!  Join Growing Readers Together staff Joyce Johnson and Gail Yerbic to discover the principles of Ideal Learning, including their origin in the Early Care & Education field, what they teach us about supporting children’s learning, and whether or not they apply to the library setting. (Spoiler alert- they do!)

April 23, 12:30-1:00 pm

STATE LIBRARY UPDATE
Nicolle Davies, Assistant Commissioner (Colorado State Library)

April 23, 1:10-1:55 pm

THAT’S NOT WHAT I MEANT: IMPROVING ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS
Jean M. Heilig (Colorado State Library)

The internet offers a variety of communication channels that most of us are relying on during the Pandemic. Personal relationships aside, poor online communication skills can harm your productivity and effectiveness. This means more emails, phone calls or repeated work when something is misunderstood. In this session we will discuss simple ways to improve your online communication skills with both your co-workers and patrons.

April 23, 2:00-2:45 pm

EMPOWERING TEENS THROUGH CONNECTED LEARNING
Beth Crist (Colorado State Library & Catherine Boddie (Arapahoe Libraries)

Teens learn best when their experiences are guided by their own interests, supported by their peers and mentors, have tangible connections to real world career and civic opportunities, and include diverse backgrounds. The Connected Learning model builds on these principles, and libraries are the perfect environment for this type of learning, providing a place for teens to connect, engage, learn, and thrive. In this interactive session, explore the benefits of Connected Learning, what it looks like in different library settings, and how you can cultivate it in your library, using content from YALSA.

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