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2005 Public Library Stats Finalized

After months of reporting, reviewing, and verifying the 2005 Colorado Public Library Annual Report is complete and the data finalized.

Look for the latest public library statistics on LRS.org at:

Statistics and Input-Output Measures for Colorado Public Libraries

http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/stats_2005.asp

Colorado Public Library Interactive Statistics

http://www.lrs.org/asp%5Fpublic/stats05/

And for a perspective over time, try the Colorado Public Library Historic Statistics

http://www.lrs.org/asp%5Fpublic/historic/

Thanks to all the respondents who provided additional information as I worked through the reams of edit checks. Working together we?ve collected data that is useful to the entire public library community.

Remember, it is never too early to start planning for this year?s report. Many of the statistics on the annual report require year-round planning. We?ve got tools and strategies for making data collection easier for you and your staff. For example, the LRS Random Date Generator < http://www.lrs.org/interactive/randomdate.asp> is a great tool for determining the dates for periodic data collection.

If you need help with your data collection or have questions about the annual report, please feel free to contact us anytime. We?re always happy to help.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2005 Fast Facts

The new Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2005 Fast Facts has been posted. This Fast Facts not only looks at challenged materials in Colorado public libraries in 2005, but at some trends over the years as well.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/241_Challenged%20Materials%20in%20Colorado%20Public%20Libraries_%20Rev.pdf

Holly
cole_h@cde.state.co.us

2005 Public Library Metro Report

The 2005 Public Library Metro Report has been posted on LRS.org at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/metro.asp. This report includes selected statistics for Colorado libraries located in metropolitan areas (map, definition) and with total operating expenditures exceeding $1 million.

We welcome your comments and questions. This is considered preliminary data, so please share any corrections you would like to make before Friday, June 2, 2006.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Salaries of Librarians and Other Professionals Working in Libraries Fast Facts

LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/238_BLS_lib_salaries.pdf

Jennifer
french_j@cde.state.co.us

Colorado Public Library Statistics Available

The 2005 Colorado Public Library Statistics are now available. Go to http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.asp to see preliminary results. Interactive statistics are available at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/stats05.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Home-Based Education and Colorado Public Libraries

The ” Home-Based Education and Colorado Public Libraries” Fast Facts has been posted. This issue focuses on the relationship between public libraries in Colorado and curriculum material for home-based education.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/234_Homeschool.pdf

Holly
cole_h@cde.state.co.us

Materials Spending of Comparable Front Range Libraries

Steve Wasiekco of the City of Aurora, Library, Recreation & Cultural Services created a report demonstrating the annual materials spending for the years 2000-2006 of selected front range public libraries based on data supplied by each library.

The study is titled “Materials Spending of Comparable Front Range Libraries” and is located in our Field Intitiated Studies section at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/materials_spending_analysis.pdf.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Correctional Librarians Vital to Inmates’ Academic Success

A recent study of libraries in Colorado?s correctional facilities shows that librarians are an invaluable source of information to inmates enrolled in academic courses. In a recent Fast Facts, guest author Schanie Cairns, concludes, ?Librarians in correctional settings may be a patron’s most important access to the outside world of news, events, ideas, and knowledge. This kind of access to information as well as access to literacy skills instruction is essential to student success in formal education.?

For more information, see the Fast Facts, ?How Librarians Help College Students at Colorado Correctional Facilities? (http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/233_DOC.pdf).

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Keith Curry Lance Receives ASCLA Leadership Award

We?re so proud! Keith is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASLCA) Leadership Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award at a luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in June. In a recent press release, the ASCLA awards committee chair, Ruth O?Donnell, said, ?Keith?s work in library statistics and service evaluation has been vital for library development in the nation. Every library director, regardless of library type, owes him a debt of gratitude because of his leadership.?

No one is more deserving. Congratulations Keith!

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us
On behalf of the entire LRS staff & alumni

For more information on the award: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=119809

Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries

The Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries 2006 has been posted to lrs.org. Significant statistics and facts regarding public, academic and school libraries are listed in the publication. It can be found in the Quotable Facts section at http://www.lrs.org/documents/quotable/QF_Colorado_2006.pdf.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

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