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ROI Closer Look Published – Colorado Public Libraries Return on Investment 5 to 1

Thanks to the newest LRS staff member, Lisa Boyd, the ROI Closer Look report is finally published. The ROI study took place during a time of considerable upheaval at LRS with a staff change in every single position during the course of the project. So, we are very grateful to Lisa for bringing her considerable organizational and publication production skills to bear on this project. She was able to gather together all the individual pieces of the study and produce a document with all the ROI study findings in one place. Of course, the individual library reports, calculators, and other ROI information are still available on the ROI webpage.

For most of the libraries participating in the study, the return on investment (ROI) was approximately five to one—that is, for every $1.00 spent on public libraries, $5.00 of value was realized by taxpayers.

Data for this study were gathered using a combination of questionnaires, key informant interviews, and available data sources. Almost 5,000 Colorado residents responded to the library use and value survey.

Thanks to the eight libraries that participated in the study. Staff at these libraries generously shared their time and expertise to make this study possible.

– Cortez Public Library
– Denver Public Library
– Douglas County Libraries
– Eagle Valley Library District
– Fort Morgan Public Library
– Mesa County Public Library District
– Montrose Library District
– Rangeview Library District

For more information, please visit our ROI page at: http://www.lrs.org/public/roi/.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Children’s Use of Public Library Services Continues to Grow

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

Come Visit the Gaming Zone at CAL

At the CAL Conference this week, the Colorado State Library booth will have a “Gaming Zone.” Come play Wii video games with CSL staff. Not only will it be fun, but the LRS Research Fellows have compiled research on the connection between gaming and literacy, tips on how to create a gaming program at your library, and more. Come discuss and learn about the possibilities of gaming programs at the library.

Wii hope to see you there!

-Jamie

New Field Initiated Studies

The three new Field Initiated Studies (FIS) posted should interest a wide range of librarians and library directors.

The Criminal and Credit Checks on Employees and Volunteers FIS is a summary of responses to a question regarding who is using criminal and credit checks as a pre-employment screening process. The question was posed to the Colorado Public Library Directors listserv by Claudine Perrault, director of the Estes Park Public Library.

The ILS Used by the Rocky Mountain Chapter and Solo Division of SLA FIS is a summary of responses received by Mariwayne Scully and Emily Lynch of Mountain States Employers Council when they asked the Rocky Mountain Chapter and Solo Division of SLA listserv what Integrated Library System they use, if they are happy with their system, and what previous system they have used.

The Language Competency and Hiring Survey FIS includes the results of a survey posted by Eladia Rivera of the Boulder Public Library to the REFORMA-CO listserv. The survey asked what types of pre-hire evaluations of language proficiency are done, if any, for applicants with second language skills. It was also asked if there was any type of incentive for second language speakers and if so, in what form. Finally, the survey asked if language training for staff was paid for by the library or local government. Many comments were also added by respondents.

For more information, click on the titles above or visit our Field Initated Studies section.

-Jamie

Colorado Summer Reading Programs

We’ve just published a new Fast Facts — Colorado Summer Reading Programs More Popular Than Ever, by Robbie Bravman Marks. Find it on our Fast Facts page.

-Zeth

Challenged Materials – Fast Facts

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.

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts – Computer Users at JCPL

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

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

LRS-Interactive Tutorial Available

Want to get the most out of our dynamic public library statistics pages? We now have a tutorial available which will help you better navigate the tools and find the statistics you are looking for more easily.

Public Library Statistics Available

2007 Public Library Statistics are now available for libraries in Colorado. Public libraries throughout the state completed their portions of the 2007 Public Library Annual Report this spring, and we have now completed state and federal edit checks to ensure the quality of the data.

Check out the stats at http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Colorado Library Districts Show Greater Increases in Public Use and Financial Support than Other Public Library Types

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/

Jennifer French
Senior Research Analyst
Library Research Service

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