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.
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.
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).
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!
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
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.
The Colorado Public Library Performance Rankings Fast Facts has been posted. This Fast Facts focuses on six output measures (from the 2004 data) to determine how well Colorado’s public libraries rank when compared to each other.
The 2006 National Survey of Public Library Internet Connectivity is now under way and can be found at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org/. With the results of this year’s survey, John Bertot and Charles McClure of Florida State University’s Information Institute plan to “help public libraries develop advocacy strategies for developing sustainable funding sources for public access Internet services and resources.” All public libraries are welcome to participate in the survey, which will be open through March 17, 2006.
I urge all public library directors to respond to this important survey.
More than 3000 public and academic library directors have received instructions for participation in the first Non-MLS Salary Survey. This survey, being conducted by the ALA Allied Professional Association (APA), will provide vital information about compensation for the majority of staff in libraries. The envelope has the ALA-APA logo. The deadline is March 3, 2006.
Because this survey utilizes a random sample, you must be invited to participate. Volunteer responses are not being accepted.
If your public or academic library is invited to participate in this survey, please do so. A high response rate is key to the success of the survey.
When the report becomes available, we wil provide a link to it on LRS.org’s Staffing and Salaries page: http://www.lrs.org/topics.asp#staff.
A Field Initiated Study that may be of interest to public librarians has been posted to the LRS.org website.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding shelving foreign language materials in public libraries are summarized at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/shelving_foreign_language_materials.pdf
Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce (http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp) webpage, including links to studies from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
There are also some very interesting articles & a presentation about the changes taking place in the library profession. Look for links to these articles:
* A Look at the Generations: Retirements and Rejuvenation of the Library Workforce
* A Worldwide Shortage of Librarians
* Diversity In The Library Workforce
* The Entry Level Gap
* Moving On Out
* Fixing the First Job