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Librarians Feel Effects of Economy

Has your job changed as a result of the recession? You’re not alone.

Our latest Fast Facts, Libraries and Librarians Feeling Effects of Economic Slowdown, discusses the results of a 60-Second Survey conducted earlier this year. Respondents’ personal observations indicate requests for help and use of library services have increased, along with the stress felt by librarians. To read more, visit our Fast Facts page or click on the link above.

Library Jobs in Colorado: What Does Tell Us?

Are you curious about the library job market in Colorado? Our latest Fast Facts, Library Jobs in Colorado: What Does Tell Us?, analyzes the job postings on since 2007. Some of the topics discussed are the total number of job postings, job postings by library type, and degree requirements. Read more about the changes (and similarities) over the past few years by clicking on the title above or by going to our Fast Facts page.


Libraries and the Economic Recession Survey Results

In April, we launched the 60-second survey, “Libraries and the Economic Recession.” This survey was prompted by several news articles discussing the recession’s impact on libraries and librarians.

We wanted to know what folks on the front lines had observed about the economy, and how the recession had impacted their work and their career plans. Nearly 500 people responded.

The results indicate that libraries are indeed seeing increases in use and requests for assistance, and librarians are feeling the squeeze themselves.

When asked, “In the last 12 months, have you had to help more library patrons with the following services,” 70 percent selected “computer use,” which included help with software and Internet searching. More than three in five (66%) said they’ve had more requests for assistance with job-seeking activities, such as online job applications and resume preparation.


Similarly, when asked, “In the last 12 months, have you personally noticed an increase in use of the following resources in your library,” 67 percent reported increases in public access computer use by patrons, while more than half said they’ve noticed an increase in library visits (63%) and circulation of materials (54%).


When asked, “To better serve patrons, do you feel a need for additional professional training in any of the following areas,” nearly half of the respondents (46%) indicated they could use training on available public assistance/social programs.


When asked, “As a result of the current economic downturn, do you feel a need for additional training in any of the following areas for your own professional development,” more than two in five (44%) said they would benefit from stress management training. One in three (31%) indicated they could use additional training on how to deal with difficult patrons.


In addition, more than half the respondents shared personal observations about how the recession is impacting their libraries and their patrons.

More detail about the results of this 60-second survey will be published in an upcoming edition of Fast Facts. Let us know what you think about the recession’s impact on libraries by leaving a comment below.


New Fast Facts: Colorado Public Librarian Salaries

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.


New on! has something new to check out! We have added links to other websites that could be useful resources to the library job hunter. The categories for the links included are Professional Resources and Organizations, Education, Colorado Resources, Other Library Job Searches, Job Hunting Help, and Suggested Reading.

Some examples of the websites that we have linked to are the Colorado Association of Libraries website, the Colorado Department of Education webpage on the process for educator licensing for K-12 librarians, and ALA’s webpage on accredited library and information science programs. Other useful links include examples of possible library interview questions, blogs about library job hunting, and tips for cover letters, resumes, and interviews.

So, stop by the new page to check out the resources we have compiled, or look for the link “Resources for Job Seekers” on the home page of Hot Jobs

Wondering how many people are looking at that job you posted to Or how many others are checking out the positions you are applying to? Now you can easily find out that the Young Adult Information Services job at JCPL has been viewed over 400 times in the last week, or that people have looked at Douglas County Libraries’ Reference Librarian position over 700 times in the last 2 weeks.

See what jobs people are looking at here:

Happy Hunting,

Wage Calculator now available

Have you ever looked at an hourly salary on a job posting and wanted to quickly know how it translated to an annual wage? Or vice versa? The Library Research Service now provides a simple wage calculator which allows you to provide hours worked per week and an hourly, weekly, monthly, or annual salary, and return wages for all of those time frames. Additionally, this calculator has been integrated into Colorado State Library’s Now, as you look at a job posting, clicking on the word “Calculate” next to the salary information will open up a new window with our wage calculator, preloaded with the salary data for that job.

Zeth celebrates its first birthday

One year ago today, on January 16, 2007, the Colorado State Library Jobline moved to a new, more interactive home — In the year it’s been up, it has been a huge success — 680 job positions have been posted in nearly all types of libraries. Almost 500 job seekers have signed up for MyJobline, with 371 of them receiving email notifications and 129 getting personalized RSS feeds sent to them when jobs are posted that meet their criteria.

LRS Alumni selected as an Emerging Leader

Holly Cole, an LRS Alumni, was chosen to be an Emerging Leader with ALA for 2008. Holly is currently working as a Youth Services Librarian/Assistant Branch Manager with the Weber County Library System in Utah. Way to go Holly! We’re so proud!!

2007 ALA Salary Survey Results Now Available

ALA announced this week that the 2007 edition of the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic” and “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic” are now available. Published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the survey reports the median salary for librarians is up 2.8 percent to $57,809 in 2007.

ALA Press Release & ordering information:


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