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National Survey of State Aid to Public Libraries

Have you wondered which states provide funding for public libraries? Find out the answer to this question and much more. Check out this new informal national study compiled by Dianne Carty, Head of State Aid and Data Coordination, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp

M. Claire Williamson
Williamson_C@cde.state.co.us

Link to Study on Teens & Public Libraries

Teens in the Library – Findings from the Evaluation of Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development is a study by Chapin Hall, the Center for Children at the University of Chicago. This report describes the findings from the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development Initiative, a 3-year, 9-site initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation to develop innovative models for public libraries to provide high-quality educational enrichment and career development programs serving underserved low-income children and youth.

For a link to the study report, visit http://www.lrs.org/topics.asp and look under the first heading, Children and Youth Services. While there, take note of the many other topics on which the LRS monitors, and provides links to, research. We would be please to hear your suggestions for new topics or new links to be added under existing topics.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Historic Public Library Statistics Available

The Library Research Service has just launched a new host of interactive tools that allow the viewing of Colorado Public Library Statistics as far back as 1987. With these tools, you select the years you would like to view, public libraries for which you would like statistics, and specific statistics that you would like to view. Your selections are reported in tabular or graphical format. Find these tools at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/historic.

- Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

2004 Metro Report for Public Libraries – Preliminary Report Available

Library Research Service has recently completed the preliminary 2004 Metro Report for Public Libraries. (Formerly known as the Jeffco Survey). The report can be viewed by visiting 2004 preliminary results at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/metro.asp

The Metro Report consists of information on metropolitan libraries with operating expenditures over $1,000,000. The report includes information on Operating Income, Operating Expenditures, Capital Outlay, Materials Expenditures, Circulation Figures, Volumes in Collection, and more.

A map of Colorado metropolitan areas can be viewed at http://www.lrs.org/documents/metro/metro.pdf

Michele Kolman-Weber
Kolman-weber_M@cde.state.co.us

State Questionnaires for Public Library Surveys Available Online

For several years, LRS.org has included a page of links to the public library statistics pages on other state library agency websites. Now, that page also includes links to the questionnaires used to collect those data. A few states are missing data and/or survey links. We would be happy to hear from those of you not yet represented on this page.

The Other States’ Statistics page on the Public Library section of LRS.org can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/other.asp.

The next step in the development of this page will be to collect links to the definitions and/or instructions that accompany each state’s questionnaire.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts on Colorado Public Library Paraprofessionals

Library Research Service has recently published a new issue of Fast Facts:

Colorado Public Library Paraprofessionals, by Zeth Lietzau (No. 215)

View these and other Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts.asp

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

New Study Regarding the Use of Christian Fiction Labels

Many libraries in Colorado are using “Christian fiction” labels for some of their collection. To learn more about the rationales behind the use of such labels and what others have to say about it, check out our new Field Initiated Study on the topic. The study can be viewed at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp

M. Claire Williamson
Williamson_C@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts on Librarianship and AskColorado

Library Research Service has recently published new issues of Fast Facts:

1. Librarianship in Colorado School Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 220)
2. Librarianship in Colorado Academic Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 221)
3. Librarianship in Colorado Public Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 222)
4. AskColorado’s First Year Online, by Don Dickenson (No. 223)

View these and other Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts.asp

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

2002 State Rankings on Public Library Statistics Released

A long-awaited report has finally been released. Public Libraries in the United States 2002 reports summary statistics for a wide range of statistics by both state and population of legal service area. (A link to this report is found under Public Libraries and National Statistics. Use the blue menu bar on the left side of most of our pages to locate it.) The most popular section of this report–one of the appendices–ranks the 50 states and D.C. on selected statistical ratios. Based on this and previous editions of the same publication, LRS is preparing a special report that will analyze the changes in Colorado’s standing in these rankings from 1992 thorugh 2002. There are some very nice surprises to report, so watch for an upcoming issue of FAST FACTS.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Diversity Article to Appear in AMERICAN LIBRARIES

AMERICAN LIBRARIES has accepted for publication an article entitled “Racial and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Library Workers” along with a sidebar based on a longer manuscript titled “U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers.” The full text of the latter work will be published as an issue of FAST FACTS. The AL article and sidebar are expected to appear in the May 2005 issue.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

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