There are no cases of Ebola in Colorado, but the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants Coloradans to be aware of the threat and what they are doing to combat it.  They have launched a slogan "Facts, Not Fear" and have posted current information on a new Ebola webpage.  This page includes information and guidance for both the public and for health care providers.  It also links to information from the Centers for Disease Control.  Also found on the webpage are posters, webinars, and public service announcements that can be used to help educate the public on the recent Ebola scare. 


Genetically Modified Foods

One of the questions on this year's ballot concerns whether or not food should be labeled to state whether it contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  For the pros and cons of Proposition 105, see this year's Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book).  Two fact sheets from Colorado State University offer background on the issue.  See Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods from the CSU Extension, and A Risk Perception Analysis of Genetically Modified Foods Based on Stated Preferences from CSU's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.


Degree Within Reach

Colorado college students have long enjoyed a program where they can transfer their credits from community college to a 4-year institution to earn a Bachelor's degree.  Now, the Colorado Department of Higher Education has introduced a new program, called "Degree Within Reach," a program of "reverse transfer."  Their website explains:

Degree Within Reach is the state of Colorado’s way of describing “reverse transfer,” a new process allowing students who have transferred from a Colorado community college to a Colorado university to combine credits from both institutions and apply them towards an associate’s degree.

If you are a transfer student, this means you can complete the associate’s degree you started at your community college while still working toward your bachelor’s degree. You could be eligible even if you left a four-year institution before earning any degree.

For more information on how to get started in the program, click on the link to the program website above. For more information on transfer, visit the Colorado Community College System's transfer agreements website or search our library's web catalog for additional resources.


School Librarians

School librarians play an important role in students' education.  To find out how, check out the Colorado State Library's DVD and brochure, Your School's Team Deserves a Star PlayerThe DVD is available for checkout from our library.  For more in-depth information about the value of school librarians, see School Librarians Continue to Help Kids Achieve Standards, a publication of the Library Research Service.  Check out our web catalog for more resources, including non-governmental publications that can be found in our library's Professional Collection.


Online Vehicle Registration Renewal

Did you know that you can renew your vehicle registration online?  There's no longer any need to send a check through the mail, or stand in line at the DMV (although persons without internet access can still use these methods).  To renew your plates, simply go to the Colorado Department of Revenue's Online Vehicle Registration Renewal website and follow the prompts.  For more information on motor vehicle registration in the state of Colorado, see the Department of Revenue's Division of Motor Vehicles website.