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The Future of the Book 60-Second Survey Results

Last winter, LRS posted a 60-Second Survey on “The Future of the Book.” More than 1,300 people responded, with nearly 950 leaving additional comments about their thoughts on the topic.  With all that information, we were able to write two Fast Facts providing analysis of both the results and the comments.

The comments proved to be one of the most interesting aspects of the survey, revealing passionate and philosophical thoughts on the future of paper and electronic books. Six common themes emerged as influences on future format choices: the existence of multiple formats, technological advantages, emotional/aesthetic appeal of paper books, content, cost, and change over time/generation. The first Fast Facts addresses results and comments related to cost and technological advantages of paper versus electronic formats, while the second report discusses the remaining comment categories and how they related to the type of library in which survey respondents worked and whether they owned an e-reader.

~ Jamie H.

Study Shows Summer Reading Programs Close Reading Gap

Published earlier this year, The Dominican Study: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap showed that “Students who participated in the public library summer reading program scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who did not participate.” For more see…

Executive Summary
http://www.dom.edu/academics/gslis/downloads/DOM_IMLS_research_in_brief_FINALweb.pdf

Final Report
http://www.dom.edu/academics/gslis/downloads/DOM_IMLS_book_2010_FINAL_web.pdf

Public Libraries & the Internet – Issue Briefs

Using data from the national Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, issues briefs from the Center for Library & Information Innovation in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland include the following four topics.

Public Libraries and Broadband: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/BroadbandBrief10July10.pdf

Public Libraries and Community Access: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/CommunityAccessBrief10July10.pdf

Public Libraries and E-government: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/EgovBrief10July10.pdf

Public Libraries and Employment: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/EmploymentBrief10July10.pdf

Issue Briefs: http://www.plinternetsurvey.org:1976/?q=node/17

Full survey results report, available at www.plinternetsurvey.org.

2008 Public Library Survey Report Released: Library Use Up–Way Up–In The Last 10 Years

IMLS recently published the 2008 Public Libraries Survey Report: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/pls/index.asp.

An analysis of the data shows that nationally public library visits and circulation went up 20% from 1999 to 2000 while staff numbers stay the same: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/063010.shtm

CAL Surveys Colorado Library Community

Using an online survey, the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) is soliciting feedback from the entire Colorado library community. Rochelle Logan, current CAL president, wrote:

“It has been quite a few years since CAL conducted a survey to ask you if the association is meeting your needs. With the Board in the midst of writing a strategic plan, we decided it was time to put our finger on the pulse and find out what you want from CAL. Not only are we looking for feedback from our members, but non-members as well. Please take 5 minutes to answer this short questionnaire at http://www.formsite.com/calforms/membsurvey2010/index.html. It is very important that we hear from you as we plan for our future.”

CAL: http://www.cal-webs.org/
Survey: http://www.formsite.com/calforms/membsurvey2010/index.html

The survey closes the end of June, so respond soon!
Thanks.
Nicolle

New Field Initiated Study – Reports on Diversity and Inclusivity

Two reports have been added to our Field Initiated Studies page!  These reports come from Bonnie McCune and Heidi Baker with the Colorado Special Populations & Issues Committee.

The first, “The Future of Diverse Libraries,” is a survey from library staff members and indicates benchmarks, needs, and future steps. The second, based on personal interviews with leaders, “Key Informants: Opinions and Advice on Special Populations,” gives perspectives and general guidance.

To view these reports, click on the titles above or go to our Field Initiated Studies page at www.lrs.org/field.php.

-Jamie D.

Public Library Search & Compare Tools Updated with 2008 Data

The IMLS search and compare tools have been updated with the 2008 national public library data. 

Search tool: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/search/index.asp
Compare tool: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/compare/index.asp

Preliminary Data from the 2009 Public Library Annual Report Now Available!

Preliminary data from the 2009 Public Library Annual Report is now available.  Click here to access the newest public library data!

Thanks to all of the public libraries that worked so hard on this years Public Library Annual Report!

-Jamie D.

State of America’s Libraries, 2010

ALA just released their State of America’s Libraries, 2010 report.

“The report shows the value of libraries in helping Americans combat the recession. It includes data from a January 2010 Harris Interactive poll that provides compelling evidence that a decade-long trend of increasing library use is continuing—and even accelerating during economic hard times. This national survey indicates that some 219 million Americans feel the public library improves the quality of life in their community. More than 223 million Americans feel that because it provides free access to materials and resources, the public library plays an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.”

For more: http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/americaslibraries/index.cfm.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

2009 LSA Populations Posted

The 2009 Library Service Area Populations are posted on the Colorado Statistics/Profiles  page (scroll down to open the 2009 LSA Populations Spreadsheet). This is the latest legal service area population data. These LSA population figures will be used for each public library on the 2009 Colorado Public Library Annual Report.

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