4/30/10

Representing Pueblo to the Nation

By Jon Walker
Executive Director of the Pueblo City-County Library District
(First published in June 2007)
We are very proud at the Pueblo City-County Library District (PCCLD). We are
proud that in 2006 we were selected by residents as the best public service in the
county according to the Denver-based polling firm Ciruli Associates.
We are proud that in 2006 the Hennen American Public Library Rating ranked
PCCLD in the top 24% of libraries in the United States.
We are proud that for the last two years PCCLD has been selected as the top
summer reading program in the state by the Colorado Association of Libraries. We
are so proud that we want to tell others around the nation of our accomplishments
and the great things PCCLD is doing.
This is why it is pleasing to see that PCCLD librarians are being invited
to represent our accomplishments at national library conferences. Richard
Tucey (grantwriter and special collections librarian) recently was selected to be a
presenter at the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA) conference
in October 2007. Richard will be presenting on the topic of our groundbreaking use of
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assist with recent PCCLD decision making
and marketing.
Later, in March 2008, Michael Cox, the teen services librarian, has been invited to
present at the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference. Michael will be copresenting with a colleague from Illinois on the topic of the relevance of adolescent brain development studies in providing guidance on teen readers’ advisory interviews, troubleshooting difficult and easily misunderstood requests, and interacting with teens not excited about books. At that same conference, Sara Erickson (human resources manager), Noreen Riffe (special collections supervising librarian), and I will jointly present on strategies and techniques for building a winning library workplace.
It is wonderful to be able to share Pueblo’s library accomplishments with others. Both LITA and PLA Conferences are prestigious gatherings of professional librarians literally from around the world. Both conferences will attract thousands of attendees. In fact, the last PLA Conference attracted more than 10,000 people.
So, watch out USA as Pueblo librarians toot our horns!

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