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We conduct research about libraries, provide statistics and analyses to library stakeholders, and work with our colleagues in the Colorado library community and beyond to use data more effectively and persuasively.
Join us at the CLiC Spring Workshops–Pueblo
By on April 23, 2014 in Academic / Public / School
Will you be attending the CLiC Spring Workshops in Pueblo this week? If so, we hope you will join us for our two sessions: Don’t Say Cheese: Take Great Photos for Your Website and Social Media Networks, Thursday, April 24, 9:45-11:00 AM, Aspen Leaf, Linda Hofschire & Dave Hodgins Learn how to take better photos with your digital camera, whether you use the camera on your phone, a point and shoot, or an SLR. In this session, we will discuss exposure, composition, photographing people and objects, and basic photo editing. We will also share examples of how libraries are using photos effectively...

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More than three-fourths of U.S. adults 65+ say they need help to learn new technologies
By on April 23, 2014 in Public / The Weekly Number
A recent Pew Internet study investigates older adults – aged 65 and up – and how this group uses technology and interacts online. While this group may be assumed to be late to the technology game, in fact the research shows two different groups: one that has embraced technology and supports its benefits, and a second group that is more distant from all things digital. Here’s a quick snapshot of how older adults are using technology: Nearly 3 in 5 older adults use the internet, almost half have a high-speed broadband connection at home, and 77% have a cell phone (just...

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Top toys & games offered by libraries
By on April 21, 2014 in Beyond Books / Public
Looking to expand your entertainment options? Check out some of our favorite toys and games offered by libraries across the country:
  • Build vocabulary and math skills and learn about American history with Brain Quest from Ann Arbor Public Library.
  • Havelock Public Library (North Carolina) received funding and a grant to support fun and educational toys and games for caretakers and families to enjoy.
  • A children’s librarian at the Ottendorfer branch of the New York Public Library started an informal lending program just for American Girl dolls—expensive toys that not everyone can afford.
  • Pasco County Library System (Florida) offers dozens of adaptive toys suited for...

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More than two-thirds of Americans have high or medium engagement with public libraries
By on April 16, 2014 in Public / The Weekly Number
Library data geeks rejoice! Pew Research recently issued its third stage of research about public libraries, this time presenting a typology that clusters Americans into certain groups based on their connection to libraries. The result is a rich and complex portrait of how public libraries fit into people’s lives—we highly recommend reading the full report! To briefly highlight some of the findings, we’ll focus on the highest engaged library users and non-library users. Three in 10 adults—Library Lovers and Information Omnivores—are highly engaged with public libraries. They’re active community participants, heavy readers, and highly value library services. And they offer one...

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LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. We design and conduct library research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media to inform practices and assessment needs. We partner with the Library and Information Science program at University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education to provide research fellowships to current MLIS students.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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