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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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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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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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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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At Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, November 29, the Board voted to take action to purchase a facility adjacent to the Chapel Hills Mall. The facility was formerly occupied by MCI and is located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive on the corner of Chapel Hills Drive and Jamboree Drive. The building is 112,883 square feet (a little less than twice the size of the East Library) and it has two loading docks. This purchase will increase the District’s total square footage by almost 50 percent without any new debt to the residents of El Paso County.

The preliminary contract price is $3.75 million. This equates to approximately $33 per square foot, which compares very favorably to an estimated cost to construct a new library facility of about $250 per square foot. A building of this size would have cost the District $28 million.

The District is using fund balance and the current operating budget to fund the purchase of this facility. There is no debt, and no taxpayer dollars will be used for interest expense. There will be some renovation and repair costs, and the District has money set aside in the budget to cover such costs.

This facility will ease the burden on other heavily used libraries by allowing the District’s Information Technology Department, Community Engagement and Outreach Office, Finance Department, Human Resources Office, Collection Management, and the PPLD Foundation to relocate, thus freeing up space at the East Library, Penrose Library, and the Knights of Columbus office building for other uses such as more space for the public.

The facility will also feature a Creative Computer Commons, a prototype library facility that will provide information technology and electronic resources to the public. Classes will ensure participants are comfortable with technology and have the skills needed in the current job market. Emerging technology will be available for hands-on use. It will offer both educational and entertaining programs and resources. Finally, like all library locations, it will become a community center for its area, with a meeting room, study space, and community partnerships.

“The Pikes Peak Library District is a vibrant entity in which the demand for services increases every year. This transaction will go a long way toward helping our staff meet the increasing needs of our citizens.” said PPLD Chief Finance Officer Michael Varnet.

The timeline for opening is still tentative, but the District hopes to have the new facility open by the end of 2012.


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Six Women Playwriting Festival

Each year, the Millibo Art Theatre (formerly Manitou Art Theatre) presents The Six Women Playwriting Festival. The mission of the festival is to present theatre that explores the human experience and the human spirit through the examination and presentation of dramatic work.

PPLD TV captured the 2011 festival performances. Below, you can watch Off to Summer (Written by Tira Palmquist; Directed by LeAnne Carrouth; Performed by LeAnne Carrouth and JaNae Stansbery). To view the other plays, click here or tune in to PPLD TV (Comcast 17, Falcon Broadband 75) on Sun., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.; Tue., Nov. 8 at 9 p.m.; or Wed., Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.

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You can join Pikes Peak Library District's Goodreads group to find out what PPLD patrons and staff are reading and share your own reading selections! You can read and post book reviews, join discussions, and discover upcoming literary events in this free and fun online group.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to create an account, join our group, and add books to our shelf.

Click here to visit PPLD's Goodreads group.

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