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Ike Garst Memorial Service

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Ike Garst, my Dad, former owner of Berthoud Pass ski area, professor, entrepreneur, and much loved friend, passed away on August 1 in Denver, Colorado.

The Garst family will hold a memorial service and celebration of life this Saturday, August 5, at 1:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church located at 1820 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202. **If you intend to come, please let us know so we can help the church plan by filling out this form:** 

Remembrances can be added as a comment here, or sent to the family at

Obituary below:

Clarence E “Ike” Garst was born on August 22, 1950, in Hillsboro, Illinois, to Naomi and Clarence E “Zeke” Garst.  When Ike was nine months old, the family moved to a farm near Buffalo Center, Iowa, where Ike grew up. He lived and worked on the farm alongside his grandparents, parents, and brother. Ike was baptized and confirmed in the Buffalo Center Methodist Church. He graduated from high school in 1968, having played football, run track, and participated in Future Farmers of America, among other activities.

Ike then attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, obtaining a degree in History and Business.  After college, he taught school and coached in the Hawarden/Ireton, Iowa, school system, and then returned to farming. As a winter diversion, Ike spent two seasons managing the Quadna Mountain Ski Area in Minnesota. During this time, he developed a love of skiing that would lead him West. In 1976, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked for the Keystone Ski Area, but ever the entrepreneur, Ike wanted more. With help from his Iowa family, along with a good deal of confidence, hope, and resolve, Ike purchased the Berthoud Pass Ski Area in early June, 1977, at the age of 26. A few days later, he returned to Iowa where he married Lucy De Bonis on June 4. Less than a week later, the couple returned to Berthoud Pass to begin their life together.

Ike and Lucy owned and operated the area for ten years, where they lived year-round in the lodge at 11,314 feet. During this time, they welcomed two daughters, Beth and Nicole. Ike was an innovative ski area operator, and is most remembered for being the first in Colorado to allow snowboarders on the lifts. Despite being a skier himself, Ike is affectionately known as the “Father of Colorado Snowboarding.”

After leaving the area in 1987, Ike and Lucy came down the hill and settled in the Denver area and welcomed their third daughter, Ashley, into their lives. Ike then taught entrepreneurial studies, and continued the varied life of an entrepreneur. He started and sold companies in the financial services industry and served as a consultant. In 2004, he returned to the mountains and the ski industry in Summit county, maintaining other side ventures.

Ike enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, skiing, and being outdoors. He remained a student of History, and was an avid reader and museum patron. Ike maintained his faith through membership at Trinity United Methodist Church. He was devoted to his family and friends and was the consummate conversationalist and host.

After a 12-year battle with brain cancer, Ike was admitted to the Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center. He passed away on August 1, 2017, at the age of 66, with family by his side. Ike is survived by his wife, Lucy; daughters Beth, Nicole Forsythe (Chuck) and Ashley (Sam Opp); grandson Colin Forsythe; mother Naomi; brother Gary (Debby); extended family members and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Zeke.  As a final gift to others, Ike donated his body to medical and scientific research through the Anatomical Board of the State of Colorado.

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August 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm

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Agile, Applied: Conversations with Local Leaders

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Join me to talk about #Agile, #Scrum, and transforming your business and work! Download the flyer: agilescrumlunchesktos_2015.


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September 24, 2015 at 1:14 am

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Learning to Teach Online – resources for instructors

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Lately I’ve been (lightly) dabbling in podcasting with my colleague, Alan, over in Kirkwood’s Distance Learning department. It’s been a fun monthly plunge into some issues in education – considering blended courses, teacher presence, motivation and engagement in the classroom, and this Friday, we’ll look at new online instructor trLTTO Imageaining.

Alan introduced me to the Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) project out of the University of New South Wales in Australia. In my work as a librarian, interacting with all kinds of faculty who teach face-to-face, online, and in blended environments, it’s fantastic to be able to hear from instructors all over the world about what it’s like to teach online. I particularly learned some interesting things from the Managing Your Time When Teaching Online video/resource packet, and Creating eBooks for Distance Education.

Happy learning, all!

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April 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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And then there were three

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Greeting again, world.

It’s been too long, but you know what? I had a baby, and have an exciting new (full-time) job.

Stay tuned for changes to this blog – though I suppose that’s the death-knell of many a blog, eh?

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June 30, 2011 at 12:08 am

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OMG! Ponies!

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In my Digital Preservation class, taught by Professor Jerome McDonough, we recently discussed the following slide as an example of the translation of meaning across various formats. I’d be doing a disservice to the world if I didn’t share it here for your delight:

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September 1, 2010 at 12:57 am

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Some real-life data librarian interview questions

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I was recently lucky enough to see the following from-real-life interview questions asked by major universities in the hiring of data librarians, and wanted to share them with you. Though many are standard, and likely not a surprise to anyone who has interviewed before, I found the question about travel particularly interesting – surely universities want well-rounded, worldly librarians, but I can’t help but rankle at the potential bias toward those who are more affluent.

Although these are specific to a small subset of academic library jobs, I’m also curious to hear from you about questions you’ve been asked (or have asked others) in library interviews – what surprised you? What questions were you not prepared for? What lessons have you learned from seeking jobs (or hiring) in LIS?

  • What are your professional aspirations, and how do you see this position fitting them?
  • Are you more interested in data or in science librarianship?
  • Based on what you know of this position, what are the major challenges and how would your skills address them?
  • In reference to the role of libraries in e-science, Anna Gold has stated – ‘Key to libraries or librarians playing more ‘upstream’ roles in data science is their ability to position themselves as partners in research.’ What strategies might you engage to do this? What challenges do you foresee?
  • How do you see the relationship of the data curation position with science librarians and faculty, given existing relationships?
  • Have you travelled and how many languages can you speak?
  • What about this position is appealing to you?
  • A major part of this position is to create best practices in data management, support data standards and data curation, and promote data access and reuse for the science community. all of these will involve outreach efforts to other librarians and scientists.
  • How would you establish such outreach and who would you engage?
  • What might the outcome of these efforts be?
  • What role do such professional users of the system play in its design?
  • Describe your technical skills including data frameworks and standards for data and metadata description, curation, preservation and access.
  • What do you consider the most significant gaps amongst the integration of library, data management and scientific workflows and what actions can help fill these gaps?
  • Talk about a particular challenging situation in coordination, and how you successfully resolved the challenge.
  • Describe your ideal work situation.
  • Do you have questions for us about the institution and/or position?

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August 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

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New school year, new blog name

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It has been a long summer. And while the humidity and temperature aren’t yet aware of the shift to Fall, I’m heading back for my last semester in my Master’s program at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Today, in fact, is my first day of classes, and with the launch of a new semester, I’m also changing this here blog’s name.

What has been known as Libraries with/out Walls is, as you’ve seen, now “Library On/Library Off.” I’m changing the name in recognition of the many other initiatives by a wide range of organizations called “Libraries without Walls,” and to blog about my areas of interest that others may not always categorize as “library” related – hence the library off. As always, I hope you’ll let me know what you think by commenting away,  dropping me a line via email or catching me on Twitter.

As far as my classes for this semester, I’m taking Information Modeling with Karen Wickett, Digital Preservation with Jerome McDonough, and Electronic Publishing: Technologies and Practices with Julia Flanders. (You can read the course descriptions here if you are so inclined:

Here’s to Library On!

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August 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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