This year at the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) will commemorate ten years of speakers at Julie J. Boucher Memorial Lecture on Intellectual Freedom. Karen Bary, current IFC Chair, notes, “On this tenth anniversary we are not only looking back, but looking ahead, aware that intellectual freedom is under assault as never before.”
The 2006 “Julie” lecture is Saturday, November 11th at 9:30 am. This year’s speaker is Brent Hartinger , young adult author and founding member of the blog AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom . As a warm-up to the lecture, the IFC has started its own blog about Brent and his book, The Geography Club. To participate in this interesting online discussion go to: http://ifreadingmatters.blogspot.com/. It’s fun and easy to participate.
In addition, to the lecture there will be a reception Saturday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with Julie’s parents, Virginia and Stanley Boucher and her brother, Jello Biafra, the celebrated punk icon and performance artist. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Check your conference schedule for more information about this and other intellectual freedom events at the CAL Conference.
For more information about Julie Boucher and the lecture and awards named in her honor, please visit the LRS page at http://www.lrs.org/boucher.asp and the CAL-IFC page at http://www.cal-webs.org/boucher.html. More intellectual freedom links can be found on LRS.org at http://www.lrs.org/ifree.asp.
See you at CAL!
As you probably already know, Barbara Dey has retired from the Colorado State Library (CSL) and Deb Gettings, the LRS Administrative Assistant, is the new coordinator for the CSL Jobline.
With the change in regime, we thought this would be a good time to give the Jobline an update. We are moving Jobline to a database system so that the service can be searched and customized by users?-both employers and job seekers. Set for release in January 2007, features on the new Jobline will include employer registration, customized job description templates, and searching capabilities.
In addition to user features, the new Jobline database will allow LRS to generate and report data about job openings in Colorado libraries. Based on the data collected, we hope to produce meaningful statistics about the changing library job market in the state.
For us, this is the logical next step for Jobline and has the potential to make it even more valuable to the library community.
Last week Jobline Advisory Panel members met with LRS staff to help guide decisions about development, usability, and data reporting. The panel, consisting of librarians and human resources folks from all four library types, made many helpful suggestions which are being incorporated into the new design.
Want to see what?s happening for yourself? Stop by the LRS booth at the CAL Conference for a preview of the new Jobline website. We’d like to show you what we’ve done and get your feedback.
Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released an ED TABS report, Public Libraries in the U.S., FY 2004. Today, NCES released the data file underlying that publication. LRS staff will begin to analyze these data and will produce issues of FAST FACTS as well as manuscripts to be submitted to library magazines and journals. Links to all NCES publications and data files on public libraries may be accessed at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/national.asp.
If you have a research question which might be answerable utilizing basic data about the outlets, staffing, revenues, expenditures, collections, technology, and/or service outputs of the nation’s public libraries, please contact us.
We’ve added a new section to the public library statistical tools on the LRS-Interactive section of our site. Now it is possible to access–with the click of a single button–a set of selected statistics which summarize the general health of a public library. These “bell-weather” statistics were chosen based on the findings of a thorough analysis of the latest Colorado public library statistics. It’s available at the bottom of the pages of each of the historical tools found at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/historic, and on the 2005 data page (http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/stats05).
The Library Research Service has secured with Informata (Baker & Taylor) a set amount of credit to be used toward individual-library subscriptions to Bibliostat Connect at a 50% discount. This offer is available on a first-come-first-served basis for a limited time to Colorado public libraries. Interested libraries may contact Trevor Allred at email@example.com or 801-756-3000 for more information.
Bibliostat Connect is a Web-based tool that allows libraries to conduct quick, easy, and graphical peer comparisons using FSCS (national), PLDS, state, and Census data. These comparisons can then be used in budget proposals or presentations to secure additional resources and to identify strengths and weaknesses for planning purposes. An annual subscription includes unlimited software access within the library, toll-free technical support, and on-line tutorials and help. See the brochure link below for additional information.
Our thanks to Chris Brogan at the Arapahoe Library District who initiated the discussion with LRS that led to this offer.
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
Colorado Public Library Interactive Statistics
And for a perspective over time, try the Colorado Public Library Historic Statistics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.