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Jefferson County Public Library Names Eric Roberts Director of Information Technology

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 19, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has named Eric Roberts to the position of director of information technology (IT), effective March 3, 2014. 

“We are pleased that Eric will be joining us,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “The role that technology plays in libraries cannot be overstated; it is a critical enabler for the Library, our patrons and our community. Eric’s extensive experience in IT development, infrastructure and management should stand us in good stead as we work to provide 21st century library services.”

In his new role, Roberts will be responsible for the overall planning, policy creation, direction, and operation of the Library’s IT department. He is charged with setting the Library’s technology vision and strategy; recommending and implementing appropriate technologies for patron access and use; overseeing computer services, applications, systems, networks, security and communications; and managing a staff of 11. 

Roberts brings nearly 20 years of experience in information technology. Prior to joining JCPL, he served as a Senior IT Project Manager for Jefferson County. He has held senior-level positions with a number of technology companies, including Pacific Metrics Corporation; Blue Dot Solutions; Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company; and Triad Financial Corporation. In 1997, he co-founded and served as chief technology officer for Grey Zone, Inc., an Internet software company delivering solutions in Web security, content management, eCommerce and portal technology to Fortune 500 companies. Roberts holds a B.A. degree in computer science from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Roberts replaces Steve Endicott, who resigned in June, 2013 to accept a position with Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

 

March Madness Mega Used Book Sale Headed to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 14, 2014) If you’re looking for a great deal on books, movies and music, the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL will hold its annual Mega March Madness Used Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave, Golden.

This year, the sale will feature more than 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and much more. Books will be available from 50 cents to $2.50, with hardback fiction for just $1. Sunday is Bag Day, where for $6 you can fill up a grocery bag full of items.

“The March Madness Mega Used Book Sale is about more than finding your next great book,” said Natalie Martinez, executive director, Library Foundation. “It’s about improving library services across the county. As with all our book sales, the proceeds will help fund great programs at Jefferson County Public Library, including the Summer Reading Club, the Culture Pass program, JCPL2Go Tablets and other high impact programs.”

Last year the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL raised more than $325,000 from these book sales to support library programs and services. More information is available on book sales and events at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or by calling 303-403-5075.

About the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends
The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends work to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit the community. The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library is a county-wide organization dedicated to enhancing the programs and resources of our libraries. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Jefferson County Public Library to Hold Community Meetings

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 13, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) has scheduled a number of community meetings throughout its service area. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on library services, solicit input from library patrons and other Jefferson County residents and respond to community concerns. Meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates and times.

• Monday, March 3, 1-2 p.m. - Arvada Library, 7525 West 57th Ave., Arvada
• Thursday, March 6, 4-5 p.m. - Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada
• Tuesday, March 18, 2-3 p.m. - Golden Library, 1019 10th St., Golden
• Friday, March 21, 4-5 p.m. - Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles Ave., Littleton
• Monday, March 24, 3-4 p.m. - Evergreen Library, 5000 Hwy 73, Evergreen
• Friday, March 28, 4-5 p.m. - Belmar Library, 555 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood
• Tuesday, April 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Ye Olde Firehouse, Depew St. & West 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge

All interested parties are welcome to attend any and all meetings.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Free Tax Help Offered at Jefferson County Public Library

(Lakewood, Colo. – Jan. 24, 2014) Beginning Feb. 1, Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) will offer free tax preparation assistance to individuals who require help filing their tax returns.

Each year, JCPL partners with AARP to offer free counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand to help people on a walk-in basis at the Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries, and by appointment at the Evergreen and Golden Libraries. Space is limited for this popular series, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early. Location, time and date information can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/research/taxes.

The Library will also offer open computer times at the Belmar Library’s Computer Training Center to file taxes online. In addition, a limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms and instruction books will be available at all JCPL locations while supplies last.

Additional resources on tax information and tax help can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/research/taxes.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Great Decisions Program Returns to Columbine and Evergreen Libraries

(LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Jan. 21, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library announced today that it will once again be offering the popular Great Decisions program at the Columbine and Evergreen Libraries. This popular foreign policy discussion group is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about current events.

Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include:

Defense Technology: What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?

Israel and the U.S.: The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old “special relationship.”

Turkey’s Challenges: Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. As the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.

Islamic Awakening: The aftermath of the Arab Spring has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. How have the countries in the Maghreb reacted, including Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began? Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region?

Energy Independence: In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?

Food and Climate: As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?

China’s Foreign Policy: What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia?

U.S. Trade Policy: America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns – they also include the sales pitch. The logic behind this pitch, or “economic statecraft,” is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. will gain valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy. Now, as China and other emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence, Secretary Kerry will take the reigns as a free market matchmaker.

Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and continue on select Mondays through May 19. The Evergreen Library will begin its 10th year of hosting the Great Decisions program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will continue through Monday, May 5. See jeffcolibrary.org/events for exact date information.

Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information visit jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

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