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About Library Development Director, Sharon Morris

Sharon came to the Colorado State Library in 2001 and became director of library development in 2008. She has led several statewide initiatives including the Colorado Public Computer Center grant.
Having earned a doctorate in managerial leadership in libraries from Simmons College (ABD), Sharon provides training, facilitation, and coaching on library, organizational, and community development.

Recent venues:

  • Community Group Facilitation – Southern Weld, Chaffee county, Gunnison county, Mancos
  • Library Administrative Teams – Douglas County Libraries, Denver Public Library
  • Library Boards of Trustees (Strategic Planning & Board Retreats) – Boulder, Montrose, Mancos, Spanish Peaks, Gunnison
  • Library Staff Training Days – Pikes Peak Library District, Aurora Public Library, Arapahoe Library District, Douglas County Libraries
  • Library Professional Associations – Public Library Association, Colorado Association of Libraries, Colorado Association of School Libraries, Paraprofessionals, Colorado Library Consortium, American Library Association, Oklahoma Library Association
  • Non-library – Colorado Municipal League, New Media Conference, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
  • Presentations

Colorado Association of Libraries, Co Association of School Librarians, ILEADUSA- Colorado, District 11 librarians (2013-14); Oklahoma Library Association Residential Institute with Peter Bromberg (2013) University of Denver MLIS Course with Jamie LaRue (2012).

Libraries, Workforce, & Economic Development (including digital literacy)
Colorado Workforce & Libraries Partnership – National Workforce Conference (2014) Success through Libraries – Colorado Municipal League Conference (2013), Colorado Public Computer Centers – Panel at New Media Conference (2013), Project Encompass – Community meetings on digital literacy -Chaffee County (2013), Weld County (2012); Training for Maryland librarians (2013)

Library Trends & Future of Libraries
Board presentations – Montrose Public Library (2014, 2013), Boulder Public Library (2013),
Staff days – Pikes Peak Library District (2013), Aurora Public Library (2012), Loveland Public Library (2008), Douglas County Libraries (2007-08)
New Directors Forums (2014, 2011, 2009)
Colorado Association of Libraries Conferences (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

Management & Supervision
Managing the Talent - with Jamie LaRue - Public Library Association (2014), Colorado Library Consortium regional workshops (2013); CSL in Session (2012)
StrengthsFinder (2009-2014) leveraging strengths for organizational success, Denver Public Library Administrative Team, CAL Leadership Institute, University of Denver MILS course, Fort Lewis College, Leawood Elementary
Facilitating Effective Meetings (2014) – School library facilitators, CSL in Session

Other Topics - Customized and based on request
Happiness & Libraries – ARSL (2014), Colorado Paraprofessionals (2014)
What Would Walt Do: Quality Service in Libraries – Douglas County Libraries Staff Day (2013)
Benefits of Early Literacy – Arapahoe Library District Staff Day (2012)

Contact Sharon ( 303-866-6730)

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