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Carolyn Coulter

PPLD Information Technology and Virtual Services Officer Carolyn Coulter has been honored in Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers issue, which recognized 53 outstanding library professionals committed to providing excellent service to meet the needs of the people they serve.

Coulter has served as PPLD’s ITVS Officer since 2005. Prior to that, she was Chief Technology Officer at the Boston Public Library. Coulter was chosen as a 2012 Mover & Shaker because of her diligent work to keep public libraries relevant and on the front edge of IT and industry trends. She has had an immense impact on her IT team, on PPLD, and the Colorado Springs community. Coulter serves on the Board of Directors of Inside Out, a nonprofit that serves GLBT youth, and she was recently appointed to the Pikes Peak Community College IT Advisory Board. This year, she did a presentation on circulating eReaders at a Colorado Public Library Administrators session; she participated on Colorado's Broadband Technology Opportunity Program laptop loan webinar panel; and, she recently was a presenter/panelist for Public Library Association’s eReader webinar. She has served on the American Library Association’s Website Advisory committee, and in 2011 she assisted in writing Colorado Library Technology Standards. She has also served as advisor on IT issues to neighboring libraries.

During 2010 and early 2011, PPLD implemented a number of initiatives championed by Coulter. PPLD completed a District-wide RFID conversion; installed its first Library Express kiosk location at First & Main Town Center; moved to a Drupal based website; launched its mobile app; began circulating eReaders with pre-downloaded titles; created and demonstrated a mobile Gadget Garage throughout locations in the District; and held its first-ever virtual All-Staff Meeting, remoting-in 12 facilities, among other projects. She has been a proponent of eServices, and this year, oversaw the implementation of music downloads, increased streaming video from PPLD’s website, and emphasized and grew the eBook collection.

In 2013, PPLD will complete and launch its next innovation: C3 (C-cubed), a new 35,000 square-foot "Creative Computer Commons at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. The facility will be a District-wide destination for knowledge creation – complete with hardware, software, media resources, and staffing to assist library users. C3 patrons will be able to create novels, videos, music, online scrapbooks, family histories, and other creative products using the resources there. Coulter led a team that drafted basic specs and a concept plan for the C3 space. She never wants PPLD users or staff to be left behind in technology developments and is constantly seeking new ways of doing library work and redefining the parameters of library service. She wants libraries to be a continuing “force for good” in the world, and to succeed through technology and innovation.

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"Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Your books are better than some juice. Something something something Bruce. I’m not great with rhymes. Caboose."

- Ellen DeGeneres

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Zooglobble, a popular and comprehensive website for kids' music news, reviews, and interviews, has selected a PPLD TV production as one of the Top 10 Kids Music Videos of 2011: "Bartleby Finkleton Will Not Take a Bath”, written and performed by Colorado Springs musician Steve Weeks.

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According to OverDrive, one of our CyberShelf vendors, Penguin will no longer offer additional copies of eBooks and download audiobooks for library purchase. Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. For library patrons, this means Penguin eBooks will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps.

OverDrive is continuing to talk to Penguin about their future plans for eBook and digital audiobook availability for library lending.

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NEW! Suggest Audio Titles from OneClickdigital

Suggest Titles for Purchase from OverDrive

Did you know that many eMaterials that are unavailable via CyberShelf are unavailable because several publishers refuse to sell or license titles to libraries? Why are we able to purchase print books for lending at our brick and mortar locations, but not able to license the same titles for our online location? Does this seem wrong to you? It does to us, too.

Voice your opinion to these publishers that deny eMaterials to libraries:

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000
http://simonandschuster.com/about/contact_us

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256
libsales@brillianceaudio.com

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We're sad to hear of the loss of Whitney Houston. What an amazing voice. Whether you're a new fan or a follower from the 80s, you can download up to three of her songs for free from Freegal. All it takes is your library card number and PIN.

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PPLD TV

Do you watch PPLD TV on Comcast 17 or Falcon Broadband 75? Do you watch online at PPLD.TV, Vimeo, YouTube, or on Facebook? Each week, our Library Out Loud electronic newsletter also features a different PPLD TV production. Here's your chance to share your feedback about our programming and schedule. Please click here to take a quick viewership survey.

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Care and Share

Come to the library and apply for assistance programs in a confidential setting. On the third Friday of each month at Ruth Holley Library from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fountain Library from 2 - 5 p.m., Care and Share can help you apply for SNAP (formerly food stamps) or Colorado Employment First (increasing employment for food assistance recipients). Applications are also available for LEAP, the program designed to help pay heating costs. Care and Share can also supply nutrition information and connections to local food banks. Call (719) 528-1247, x4602 for more information.

To apply for assistance, you will need to bring the following: proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.); proof of residence (rental or mortgage agreement); proof of immigration status for non-citizens; proof of monthly income (pay stubs, Social Security or VA benefit letters, etc.); proof of out-of-pocket child care expenses (bills, receipts); proof of monthly shelter costs (utility bills, property taxes, etc.); proof of monthly out-of-pocket medical expenses for elderly or disabled; and Social Security Numbers for all applying.

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PPLD Expands Genealogical Resources

Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections is thrilled to be the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. PPLD patrons now have convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch, the world’s largest repository of genealogical records. These records are stored on microfilms at the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

You can request this microfilm using the convenient ordering system at http://www.familysearch.org/films. There is a nominal fee of $5.50 per reel to cover shipping and handling. Once the film arrives at PPLD Special Collections, patrons can use the microfilm readers in the department to view it and make photocopies. Special Collections staff can help patrons see what is available and help with questions regarding film orders.

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Here is Arjun Gheewala’s film A Lame Story, an entry in PPLD’s 2011 Teen Filmmaker Festival. His movie artfully demonstrates the power of books.

Submissions were required to have the following elements:
Theme: Adventure
Word: Rosebud
Object: Cape with the color red somewhere in it
Place: Library

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