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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.
More than two-thirds of Americans are wielding smartphones today, Pew finds
By on November 18, 2015 in Technology / The Weekly Number
After taking a look around you, it will likely come as no surprise that smartphone ownership has been skyrocketing in recent years. Pew Research conducted a technology device ownership survey this year, and found that more than two-thirds (68%) of Americans now own smartphones, a 35% increase since 2011. Tablets are the only other device that saw a strong increase in ownership – almost half (45%) of U.S. adults own a tablet computer today, compared to just 3% in 2010. What’s more, of the 1,907 U.S. adults that were surveyed, it was found that this sharp increase in smartphone and tablet...

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Congratulations to the 7 Colorado Star Libraries for 2015!
By on November 4, 2015 in Public / The Weekly Number
7 libraries in Colorado have been named Star Libraries by the 2015 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. Colorado ranks 11th out of 41 states with star libraries, and is tied with three other states (Indiana, Alabama, and Missouri) that also have 7 star libraries. The 7 star libraries in Colorado are:
  • Arapahoe Library District
  • Denver Public Library
  • Douglas County Libraries
  • Holyoke/Heginbotham Library
  • La Veta Regional Library District
  • Limon Memorial Library
  • San Miguel Library District #1 (Telluride)
Although a few libraries that were Colorado star libraries last year are no longer represented on the list, Holyoke/Higenbotham is a new addition to the star library cohort this year. The...

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RIPL 2016 Facilitator Opportunity
By on November 2, 2015 in Public
Are you interested in attending the 2016 Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL)? Do you have facilitation skills that you want to use at RIPL? We will be selecting up to 10 RIPL participants to serve as facilitators during the institute.  Facilitators should…
  • already be planning to participate in RIPL because of their interest in strengthening their skills in data and evaluation,
  • have experience facilitating small group activities and discussions, and
  • be committed to encouraging participant involvement in group activities and discussions and fostering connections among participants, instructors, and staff.
Prior experience with data and evaluation is a bonus, but is not required. Background: RIPL is designed...

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The 2014-15 School Library Survey data is now available
By on November 2, 2015 in School
The 2014-15 Colorado School Library Survey data has been posted at http://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/annual-statistics/. From this page, you can view individual school library profiles for all schools that completed the survey as well as statewide estimates and benchmarks for selected statistics, and use our interactive tool to explore the data in more depth. There is also a Fast Facts available that presents highlights from the 2014-15 results. Many thanks to all of the Colorado schools who participated in the survey!…...

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LJ reports that more than four-fifths of new library graduates are employed full time, up 19% from 2013
Library Journal has released the findings from their 2015 Placement & Salaries Survey, which tracks yearly trends in employment among newly graduated MLIS students. In 2014, out of 4,331 estimated library school graduates, 32% participated in Library Journal’s survey. The results show an overall increase in full-time employment among new graduates, as well as steadily increasing salaries, though many new librarians are frustrated at the rigor of the application process and the number of available entry-level positions that actually require an MLIS degree. The number of new library school graduates with full-time employment increased from 70% in 2013 to 83% in...

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Research Institute for Public Libraries – Scholarship Opportunity for Coloradans
By on October 22, 2015 in Public
The Colorado State Library is offering up to 6 full scholarships to the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) in fall 2016. This national event, hosted by the Colorado State Library and CLiC, will offer three days of hands-on, intensive workshops about:
  • Evaluation design and implementation
  • Data collection and use for strategic planning
  • Measures for reporting library impact
  • Tips for aligning research efforts with national initiatives such as Edge Benchmarks, the Impact Survey, and Project Outcome
The ideal candidate for this scholarship is:
  • Interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning.
  • Looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment.
  • Seeking to learn...

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  • Public Library Statistics & Profiles
    Dive into annual statistics from the Colorado Public Library Annual Report using our interactive tool, results tailored to trustees, and state totals and averages.
  • School Library Impact Studies
    School libraries have a profound impact on student achievement. Explore studies about this topic by LRS and other researchers in our comprehensive guide.
  • Fast Fact Reports
    Looking for a quick rundown of library research? Check out our Fast Facts, which highlight research and statistics about various library topics.


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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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