A recent study of libraries in Colorado?s correctional facilities shows that librarians are an invaluable source of information to inmates enrolled in academic courses. In a recent Fast Facts, guest author Schanie Cairns, concludes, ?Librarians in correctional settings may be a patron’s most important access to the outside world of news, events, ideas, and knowledge. This kind of access to information as well as access to literacy skills instruction is essential to student success in formal education.?
For more information, see the Fast Facts, ?How Librarians Help College Students at Colorado Correctional Facilities? (http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/233_DOC.pdf).
We?re so proud! Keith is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASLCA) Leadership Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award at a luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in June. In a recent press release, the ASCLA awards committee chair, Ruth O?Donnell, said, ?Keith?s work in library statistics and service evaluation has been vital for library development in the nation. Every library director, regardless of library type, owes him a debt of gratitude because of his leadership.?
No one is more deserving. Congratulations Keith!
On behalf of the entire LRS staff & alumni
For more information on the award: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=119809
The Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries 2006 has been posted to lrs.org. Significant statistics and facts regarding public, academic and school libraries are listed in the publication. It can be found in the Quotable Facts section at http://www.lrs.org/documents/quotable/QF_Colorado_2006.pdf.
More than 3000 public and academic library directors have received instructions for participation in the first Non-MLS Salary Survey. This survey, being conducted by the ALA Allied Professional Association (APA), will provide vital information about compensation for the majority of staff in libraries. The envelope has the ALA-APA logo. The deadline is March 3, 2006.
Because this survey utilizes a random sample, you must be invited to participate. Volunteer responses are not being accepted.
If your public or academic library is invited to participate in this survey, please do so. A high response rate is key to the success of the survey.
When the report becomes available, we wil provide a link to it on LRS.org’s Staffing and Salaries page: http://www.lrs.org/topics.asp#staff.
Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce (http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp) webpage, including links to studies from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
There are also some very interesting articles & a presentation about the changes taking place in the library profession. Look for links to these articles:
* A Look at the Generations: Retirements and Rejuvenation of the Library Workforce
* A Worldwide Shortage of Librarians
* Diversity In The Library Workforce
* The Entry Level Gap
* Moving On Out
* Fixing the First Job
We have recently added a new tool to LRS-Interactive. The Random Date Generator allows users to generate a number of dates in any given calendar year, using limitors such as excluding specific days of the week and allowing only a certain number of dates per month.
Use it – and bookmark it – at http://www.lrs.org/interactive/randomdate.asp
Historical analysis tools for Colorado academic library statistics are now available. These tools offer an interactive way to view academic library statistics collected during the federal Academic Library Survey dating back to 1994. Go to http://www.lrs.org/asp_academic/historic/index.asp to check them out.
From March through May 2005, a study examining academic library usage and outcomes was conducted by the LRS in association with the Colorado Academic Library Consortium. Over 3000 undergraduate students and nearly 400 faculty from nine Colorado college and universities participated in the study. The results of the undergraduate and faculty surveys are now available via links on the LRS.org homepage at http://www.lrs.org/documents/academic/ALIS_Stu_expanded.ppt and
There is also a link for a PowerPoint that Keith Lance and I presented at the Colorado Academic Library Association (CoALA) meeting at the Colorado Association of Libraries conference in November at http://www.lrs.org/documents/academic/impact_prelim.ppt. This presentation focuses on how students and faculty respondents use library resources differently among the participating institutions.
The final report for the Colorado Academic Library Impact Study is scheduled for completion in early 2006.
The dynamic section of LRS.org, LRS-Interactive was featured in a presentation given by Keith and myself at the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference last weekend. Included in the presentation were demonstrations of the historic analysis tools for Colorado public libraries and the 2004 School Library Profiles.
Additionally, we are currently working on a new element to that section of the site – historical analysis tools for the state’s academic libraries. If you’d like to help us test them, they’re found at http://www.lrs.org/asp_academic/historic. If you find any errors or have suggestions, please pass them along to me.
Edited by LRSers, Zeth Lietzau and Nicolle Steffen, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries journal featured articles about ?The Future of Librarianship in Colorado.? See all nine feature articles from this issue on LRS?s The Changing Library Workforce page at: http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp.