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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 LibraryJobline.org. 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
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts: AskColorado Customer Satisfaction High

The results of the 2006 AskColorado Customer Satisfaction survey are examined in this fast facts. Since its inception, AskColorado has steadily increased both in number of user sessions and customer satisfaction levels. To read this fast facts go to http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/255_AskCO.pdf

Best Practices for Scanning and Minors’ Use of the Internet

Librarians working in many types of libraries may be interested in the two most recent Field Initiated Studies (FIS).

The Best Practices for Scanning FIS is a summary of responses from a Libnet inquiry regarding the best methods for scanning large volumes of library materials. Responses primarily include those from academic and special librarians.

The Minors’ Use of the Internet FIS is a summary of responses from a Libnet inquiry regarding policies for minors’ Internet use, primarily in public libraries.

You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initated Studies Section for more information.

-Amanda
arybin@du.edu

New Fast Facts: Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2006

This latest Fast Facts examines the results of the 2006 Challenges to Materials at Colorado’s Public Libraries report.
In 2006, out of the 115 public libraries in Colorado, 23 reported that they received a formal challenge during the year. There were a total of 89 individual challenges to books, materials, events, exhibits, and Internet-related services in the state’s public libraries.
See the complete Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/254_Challenges.pdf

New Fellows at LRS!

LRS would like to announce and welcome our three new Library and Information Science Research Fellows from the University of Denver.

Regina Avila
Myntha Cuffy
Amanda Rybin

They will be assisting with various projects and topics including literacy, public, academic and school libraries.

~Daphne
eastburn_d@cde.state.co.us

2006 State Library Report Published by IMLS

WASHINGTON, DC–The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issued its first library statistics report on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year (FY) 2006. The State Library Agency Report for FY 2006 includes a wide array of information on topics such as libraries’ Internet access, services, collections, staff, and revenue, and is used by state and federal policymakers, researchers, and others…

For more information on the Library Statistics Program, visit: http://www.imls.gov/statistics.

The report is available in PDF format at: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/stla/index.asp.

From IMLS Press Release
November 16, 2007
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Note, the reports from previous years were published by NCES.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

NCES Releases 2005 Stats for Public Libraries

From NCES:
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2005
Description: This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2005, includes information on population of legal service area, service outlets, library collections and services, full-time equivalent staff, and operating revenue and expenditures. The report includes several key findings: Nationwide, visits to public libraries totaled 1.4 billion, or 4.7 library visits per capita. The average number of Internet terminals available for public use per stationary outlet was 11.2.
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For more on Colorado public library statistics, visit: http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Return on Investment Resources for Everyone…Really!

Whether you’re a public library director or–like me–a public library user, there is a return on investment (ROI) resource for you. Check out the…

CALCULATORS
Personal ROI Calculator
This online tool calculates the individual estimated return on investment for the Colorado public library of your choice. Other states have done ROI calculators, but not like this one!

Do you work in a public library? Well, this calculator can be customized for your library’s website. See DPL’s at: http://www.denverlibrary.org/news/dplnews/roi_calculator.html (it is also linked from their homepage). Or if you prefer, it can be a direct link from your library’s website. Link to the calculator on the LRS website and your library’s name can be pre-filled in the drop-down box. Either way, it can be a fun, yet powerful tool to demonstrate the dollar-and-cents value of your library.

Library ROI Calculator
This tool estimates the ROI for your library using a peer-based return on investment calculator.

OTHER RESOURCES
At the CAL Conference last week, Zeth and I did a presentation on the ROI study. The PowerPoint presentation and other resources we discussed can be found on the ROI page.

Other resources on the ROI page include individual reports for participating libraries, newspaper articles, and links to other studies.

Zeth also recently added a function called “LRS Conversation” so that you can share your comments online about the ROI study or the personal ROI calculator. We look forward to reading what you have to say!

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

LRS Activities at CAL 2007

As usual the Annual CAL Conference is packed with LRS activities. Please join us for…

Booth – Friday, November 9, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chat with LRS staff at our booth (#8) in State Library “wing” of the exhibits.

Reception – Thursday, November 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
20 Years…and still counting! Prior to the opening keynote address by Nancy Pearl, the Library Research Service will host a reception celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Session – Friday, November 9 at 10:15 a.m.
“What’s It Worth to You? A Return-on-Investment Study of Selected Colorado Public Libraries”

Awards Dinner – Friday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Keith Lance, former Director of the Library Research Service, will be receiving the Career Achievement Award.

Career Fair – Saturday, November 10 at 4:30 p.m.
LRS will be at the Career Fair to provide information about LibraryJobline.org and how it can help both employers and employees.

Hope to see you there!
~Nicolle

Conference info: http://www.cal-webs.org/conference.html

2007 Public Library Internet Survey Underway

I encourage Colorado public libraries to participate in this important national survey. The findings from this study will give public library administrators, librarians, boards, and advocates powerful data to use when talking about Colorado libraries. This is the kind of data that speaks volumes to legislators, the media, and the general public.

To see last year’s PLIS results, visit the FSU Web site at http://www.ii.fsu.edu/plinternet/.

The goal for each state is a 60% response rate. Any public library or library branch can participate. Access the survey at: http://survey.pnmi.com. See below for more information.

~Nicolle

More information about the study:

A national survey of public library computer and Internet access was mailed to public libraries early September 2007. The study is funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and conducted by researchers from Florida State University’s Information Use Management and Policy Institute, and builds on research conducted since 1994. More information on this project is available at http://www.ala.org/plinternetfunding/, including the recently released report based on the 2006 survey many of you completed.

Your participation in the survey provides public libraries, state library agencies, the American Library Association, policymakers, and others with extremely important data regarding public library computer and Internet access issues, what it takes to sustain public access computer and Internet services in your library, and the impacts of such public access services on the communities that your library serves.

You may access the survey at http://survey.pnmi.com. The survey is web-based and has a total of 21 questions that will take you about 40 minutes to complete. PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY NOVEMBER 25, 2007.

You will need your state assigned Library ID code included in the survey announcement letter you received to initiate the survey. If you have lost that ID number, you can look it up on the survey site. If you have any questions, or need further assistance, please e-mail PL2007@ci.fsu.edu.

Thank you for your help!

John Carlo Bertot, Ph.D.
Professor
College of Information, Florida State University

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