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Makerspaces in Libraries
By on August 27, 2014 in Beyond Books / Public
Image credit: Anythink Libraries This week, we’re taking a break from the Weekly Number to highlight our other blog series, “Beyond Books.” In our last Beyond Books post, we mentioned Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB, a space for teens to make and play with all things digital media. A small survey released last year shows makerspaces are becoming a solid programming choice for libraries, with 41% of respondents currently offering maker activities and 36% planning to start in the near future. Here are just a few that have caught our eye recently:
  • The Studio – Anythink Wright Farms, Colorado
  • Bad art – alt+library by the...

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1998: Average copyright date of technology books (600s section in Dewey Decimal System) in Colorado’s public school libraries
By on August 20, 2014 in School / Technology / The Weekly Number
These days, it is not uncommon for children to be adept at using the Internet, cellular phones, and/or digital cameras. They might be hard-pressed, however, to find literature in their school libraries that adequately discusses the modern-day use and significance of these technological advancements. Based on results from the 2013-14 Colorado School Library Survey, the average copyright for books that fall in the 600 range (technology) of the Dewey Decimal System in Colorado public school libraries is 1998—when the Internet was a relatively new concept in most households, cellular phones were a luxury item enjoyed by only a select few,...

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96% of Colorado public libraries offer general computer skills training
By on August 13, 2014 in Public / Technology / The Weekly Number
Image credit: Digital Inclusion Survey Full results from the new Digital Inclusion Survey are now available! We shared some features of this public library study a couple of months ago, but since then the entire set of 2013 results have been added to the interactive tools, reports, and state details. Even better: A two-page talking points handout outlines key highlights from the study and offers easy advocacy messaging you can use right away. The state details neatly organize results for each state and compare them to the national picture. For Colorado, here are a few areas where the state is ahead of...

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90% of Colorado libraries received state funds in 2013-14
By on August 6, 2014 in Academic / Public / School / The Weekly Number
In 2013, the Colorado State Legislature granted $2 million for libraries to support or enhance early literacy and early learning educational materials. For 2014-15, this funding was renewed and the application period is open now! In the meantime, we’re taking a look back to highlight how 2013-14 went. Through a non-competitive grant process, each eligible library received $3,000 plus remaining funds designated on a per capita basis. You can find a breakdown of the 2013-14 awards here. For 41 libraries, the grant more than doubled their collection budgets. Nine in 10 Colorado libraries received funding: 88% of all academic libraries, 94%...

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61% of library user quiz-takers say their library’s closing would have a major impact on them
By on July 30, 2014 in Public / The Weekly Number
Image credit: Pew Internet Project We recently shared Pew Internet Project’s new community quiz tool for libraries to find out how engaged their users are. Now Pew has released some data about the more than 15,000 library users who’ve already used the quiz and compared them to their national library typology findings. Of course the results aren’t really surprising: More than 6 in 10 of the quiz-takers fall into the “Library Lover” category, which was just 10% of the national study. About a quarter (26%) of quiz-takers were in the “Information Omnivore” category, a bit closer to the national picture with 20%...

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Kids involved in summer reading program were up to two times more likely to read every day
By on July 23, 2014 in Public / The Weekly Number
Image credit: East Lansing Public Library Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a children’s literacy nonprofit, recently released results of a summer reading survey it undertook with Macy’s. More than 1,000 parents of 5- to 11-year-olds were asked about their opinions about their child’s reading habits and summer reading. (We should also point out that this survey was “intended to gain mediagenic findings” for an RIF campaign in partnership with Macy’s.) Parents reported their child reading more during the summer, spending an average 5.9 hours per week reading books, than during the school year, with an average 5.4 hours reading per week. In addition,...

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