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.
Denise M. Davis, Director, Office for Research and Statistics, American Library Association, reports the release of Librarian Salaries: Have They Kept Pace with Inflation?–an historical overview of data drawn from the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries from 1982 to 2004. This report is available at: http://www.ala.org/ala/ors/reports/LibrarianSalaries1982-2003.pdf.
Included in that report is a summary table that presents mean (i.e., average) salaries for all librarian positions for that period. That table’s direct link is http://www.ala.org/ala/ors/reports/meansalaries.htm.
The 2005 librarian salary report will be published in the Fall as usual, and a summary article will appear in American Libraries about that time.
Contact information for ordering the 2005 report may be found at the bottom of this page: http://www.ala.org/ala/ors/reports/purchaseinfo04.htm. (Note: The price and ISBN number are for the 2004 edition. Do not reorder it by mistake.)
In “Research and Statistics on Libraries and Librarianship in 2004,” Denise M. Davis (Director, ALA Office for Research and Statistics) cited the Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment study under “Research Relevant to All Libraries” as “one of the more significant studies to be completed in 2004.” (The article begins on p. 433, and the 3Rs reference is on p. 435.)
“Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado” is the title of an article in the 2005 edition of the BOWKER ANNUAL (pp. 446-51). This article provides a brief overview of the findings of the 2004 LRS study of the same name. The study was cited by Denise M. Davis, Director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics, as “one of the more significant studies to be completed in 2004″ (p. 435).
Coming soon to a mailbox near you?Colorado Libraries’ summer issue, The Future of Librarianship in Colorado
Using the LRS study, ?Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado? as a starting point, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries includes articles from a wide range of related topics and viewpoints. Look for the following articles:
? Today’s MLIS Students: What’s on Their Minds by Don Dickenson & M. Claire Williamson
? Why am I a Librarian? Conversations with a Cross Section of the Profession by Martin Garnar
? The Resilient Career by Kim Dority
? Back into the Fold: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Information Professionals within Libraries by Marcy Phelps
? Recruitment and Retention in Colorado’s Libraries: A State Library Perspective by Eugene Hainer
? Who Will Replace the Super Heroes? School Librarians and the Retirement Crisis by Jody Howard
? Meeting Recruitment and Retention Challenges Head On by Rochelle Logan & Art Glover
? The Decision to Retire: A Personal Story by Nancy Bolt
Zeth and I really enjoyed being the guest editors on this edition of Colorado Libraries. We would like to thank the authors for their terrific articles and cooperative spirit, as well the Colorado Libraries’ editors for this learning opportunity.
Let us know what you think of the issue. Oh, and don?t forget to take a close look at the very special cover.
For more on The Changing Library Workforce go to: http://www.LRS.org/workforce.asp
A preliminary report on the 2005 Academic Library Impact Study is now available on the LRS.org website at http://www.lrs.org/documents/academic/ALIS_prelim_post.pdf.
The study was conducted by the Library Research Service in association with the Colorado Academic Library Consortium during the spring of 2005. Nine Colorado colleges and universities participated in the study by administering two surveys ? one for undergraduate students and one for faculty who teach undergraduate courses. A total of nearly 3,700 individuals responded to the surveys.
The study was designed to identify ways that academic libraries help students learn and ways that these institutions provide support for faculty members? teaching activities and objectives. Additional analyses of the data will be performed and reported over the next few months.
Library Research Service has recently published new issues of Fast Facts:
1. Librarianship in Colorado School Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 220)
2. Librarianship in Colorado Academic Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 221)
3. Librarianship in Colorado Public Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 222)
4. AskColorado’s First Year Online, by Don Dickenson (No. 223)
View these and other Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts.asp
To encourage participation in the Academic Library Impact Study–which will launch on most participating campuses a week from next Monday–a promotional bookmark is being produced. The bookmark notes prominently that, on each participating campus, there will be two drawings for $25 Amazon certificates, one each for undergraduate faculty and student respondents. In addition, all responding undergraduate students are eligible for a drawing for an Apple iPod Shuffle, the latest product in the iPod ‘family.’ We are hopeful that these incentives will encourage maximum participation. The online survey’s security features will prevent multiple responses per respondent, and the winners will have to produce proof of their status as undergraduate students and faculty.