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.
Bob Molyneux, former director of statistics and surveys at the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), has assembled a large number of digital versions of publications reporting statistics on various types of libraries. As NCLIS is now closed, this data needed a home, and we are proud to partner with Bob to provide an online archive for these files:
Files currently housed in the archive:File Comments
Public Library Data File (PLDF3) Longitudinal data of a universe file of U.S. public libraries, FY 1987-FY 2007. Updated through FY 2007
State Summary/State Characteristics Data File (PUSUM) Longitudinal file of summary data on public libraries at the state level, FY 1992-FY 2007. Updated through FY 2007
Raw data, documentation, reports, and summary analysis of public libraries A substantial number of publications about these libraries is available now.
This is an important, useful archive, and all materials within are in the public domain. Enjoy!
Public librarians involved in programming may be interested in the newest Field Initiated Study. Defining successful programming in public libraries is a collection of responses received from questions sent to the Libnet listserv by Gail Craig of the High Plains Library District.
Click on the title above to view the compiled responses or visit our Field Initiated Studies section.
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/.
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
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!
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.
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.
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