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The Use of Time Limits on Public Internet Terminals

This new Field Initiated Study addresses how libraries use time limits, if any, to restrict access to their public Internet terminals and whether such time limits have presented any problems. The study also identifies which libraries allow patrons to access chat rooms or perform instant messaging while using Public Library patron computers.

The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp
M. Claire Williamson
Williamson_c@cde.state.co.us

2004 Colorado Public Library Statistics Available

The 2004 Colorado Public Library Statistics are now availabe. View the Master File (in Excel) or use the Interactive Statistical tool to view statistics.

Statistics and Profiles in the traditional LRS formats will be available shortly.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

2003 Data on U.S. Public Libraries Released by NCES

On June 10, the National Center for Education Statistics released the national public library database for 2003. The direct link to this file is http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2005362.

The 2003 edition of the E.D. TAB report, Public Libraries in the U.S., is not yet available, but we are watching for it and will let you know when it is available, too.

To stay on top of the latest available data and reports from NCES about public libraries, visit LRS.org’s National Statistics page for public libraries: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/national.asp.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

The Legality of E-mailing Library Patrons

Our latest Field Initiated Study examines the circumstances under which it is appropriate or not appropriate to e-mail library patrons. Find out what your colleagues think about e-mailing library patrons regarding fundraising events and other library-related issues.

The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp

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

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

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