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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

Colorado Public Library Performance Rankings Fast Facts

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.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/232_PL_Rankings.pdf

Holly
cole_h@cde.state.co.us

ALA-APA Non-MLS Salary Survey In Progress

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.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

2006 Public Library Internet Connectivity Survey Now Open

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.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

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