Ever wonder how a return on taxpayer investment in public libraries can be quantified? Our latest Fast Facts, Colorado Library Return on Investment: 5 to 1, discusses how the Library Research Service calculated return on investment (ROI) for eight public libraries from across the state.
Interested in the work prison librarians are doing? Check out our new Fast Facts Restorative Librarianship in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This edition consists of a look at Colorado’s “Out for Life” program – an Institutional Library Development (ILD) program designed to promote libraries’ role in helping prisoners successfully reenter society.
Take a leisurely look at the new Fast Facts! “Book, Newspaper, and Periodical Prices, 2004-2010″ examines past pricing for library materials and includes calculations for future pricing if the current pricing trends continue.
Read the complete report on the Fast Facts page.
LRS has published a new Fast Facts, “Colorado Public Librarian Salaries Keeping Pace with National Averages.” The report compares salary data collected by LRS to national averages reported by the American Library Association.
Read the full text on our Fast Facts page.
A new Fast Facts has just been published. Interlibrary Loan Among Academic Libraries – Ups and Downs in Colorado, examines interlibrary loan trends. Find out what is increasing and what is decreasing.
Read this Fast Facts and more at our Fast Facts page.
The use of public library resources and services by children has been on the rise both in Colorado and in the U.S. as a whole over the past 10 years. Read the details in our new Fast Facts, The Kids Have It, by Robbie Bravman Marks
Today we release a new Fast Facts about school libraries, More School Librarians for Metro Areas, Fewer for Non-Metro, which details trends in school library staffing throughout the state. The timing of this report is appropriate, as next week we will open the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey.
See this and others at our Fast Facts page.
Our latest Fast Facts has just been published – Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries.
See our Fast Facts page to find out what was challenged last year.
We’ve just released our latest Fast Facts – Computer Users at JCPL are More Likely to be Very Active Patrons. About a year ago, we collected computer usage data from Jefferson County Public Library, and found that patrons who were using the library’s computers also tended to check out more materials.
See more at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/261_jcpl_computers.pdf
This latest issue of Fast Facts compares libraries districts to their non-district peers to determine if they continued to show strong financial stability since the budget cuts of 2002. And if library districts have increased their funding more than non-district libraries, have they also increased the utilization of their resources and materials more than the other library types?
See the Fast Facts article here: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/260_PL_districts_jur.pdf
Comment on the article here: http://www.lrs.org/blog/
Senior Research Analyst
Library Research Service