"Every spring, Delta County Library staff has the opportunity to network with library professionals from across the state, develop valuable job-related skills and keep up-to-date on information that is specific to public libraries in the state of Colorado," states district director, Lea Hart, of the recent two-day spring workshop offered by the Colorado Library Consortium. "This annual event connects us to significant resources as well as useful contacts with other library districts, the state library and academic libraries statewide."
The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) is a member-based, nonprofit organization that supports libraries with a statewide courier service for sharing materials between individual libraries and library districts. "We take advantage of many opportunities provided by CLiC, from statewide interlibrary loan and courier services to group pricing on electronic resources," says Leah Morris, collections and systems administrator for Delta County Libraries. "Without the help of CLiC, we would be much more limited in the services and materials we could offer to our patrons."
CLiC also provides an effective way for libraries to stay connected with each other, the Colorado Association of Libraries, the Colorado State Library and other important library groups throughout the state. The annual spring workshops offered by CLiC are one of the ways that these groups can come together to share valuable professional knowledge and information. Delta County Libraries' staff attended the workshops offered March 20 and 21 at Colorado Mesa University.
A broad range of topics was covered such as intellectual freedom, building great collections, developing successful partnerships, strategies for community engagement, creating effective programs, digitizing historic newspapers, methods for data collection and analysis, how to turn classics into bestsellers and much more. With multiple topics offered during each session, library staff could attend the workshops most suited to their role with the libraries. "Our teen librarians learned about strategies for engaging the teen population while our systems administrator developed new strategies for data visualization," Hart commented.
The CLiC workshops are just one of the ways that Delta County Libraries supports its staff with professional development opportunities. "Our strategic plan for the next three years outlines objectives for staff development that include both internal and external training opportunities," Hart says. "We are committed to providing on-going, excellent service to our patrons here in Delta County and supporting a highly-skilled, valued staff is one of the ways we achieve that goal."