The Library Research Service generates library statistics and research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media. LRS reports and analyzes statistics on school, public, and academic libraries, and conducts studies on major library issues that are reported in the Fast Facts and Closer Look series. Topics of continuing interest to LRS and its clients are the impact of school librarians on student achievement, public libraries and the use of web technologies, and the changing library workforce.
LRS is an office of the Colorado State Library, which is a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. Additionally, LRS works in partnership with the Library and Information Science program at University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education to offer research fellowships to current MLIS students.
- The Library Research Service provides library professionals, educators, public officials, and the media with research and statistics about libraries.
- To collaborate with clients to design and conduct research projects and apply the results.
- To gather needed data; package it attractively, flexibly, and persuasively; and deliver it on time to clients.
- To enable clients to utilize available data, to collect and report more complete and accurate statistics, and to use both types of data more effectively.
Since 1996 the Library Research Service and the Library and Information Science program at University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education have collaborated in providing research fellowships to nearly 40 library school students. In recent years, LRS has employed two current DU-LIS students as Research Fellows. When vacancies occur, information about the application process will be made available.
An LRS Fellowship is an honor which offers opportunities to begin to develop a professional network, to gain experience both in designing and implementing research and in publishing and presenting its findings, and to develop advanced research and project management skills. Previous recipients are now employed in positions at libraries of all types from Denver Public Library to CNN, University of Chicago to Ball Aerospace.
Colorado State Library
Library Research Service is an office of the Colorado State Library.
Colorado Department of Education
The Colorado State Library is a unit of the Colorado Department of Education.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).