The good news for Colorado public libraries in November’s election results is even better than we thought. See the updated edition of the November 4 issue of FAST FACTS, now titled Eight Out of Eleven Colorado Library Ballot Measures Win Voter Approval. Two additional positive votes–both for Ignacio Library District (one for operations and another for building)–raised the success ratio for library ballot measures this November to almost three out of four.
The dynamic section of LRS.org, LRS-Interactive was featured in a presentation given by Keith and myself at the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference last weekend. Included in the presentation were demonstrations of the historic analysis tools for Colorado public libraries and the 2004 School Library Profiles.
Additionally, we are currently working on a new element to that section of the site – historical analysis tools for the state’s academic libraries. If you’d like to help us test them, they’re found at http://www.lrs.org/asp_academic/historic. If you find any errors or have suggestions, please pass them along to me.
A new issue of FAST FACTS–“Six Out of Nine Colorado Library Ballot Measures Win Voter Approval”–summarizes the library-related results of the elections finalized on November 1, 2005. This issue is available at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/228_Library_Ballot_Measures.pdf.
If your ballot measures is not mentioned, please send information about it and we will update this issue.
Two new issues of FAST FACTS consider how Colorado’s public libraries rank compared to their counterparts in other states nationwide.
“Colorado’s Low Ranking on State Funding for Public Libraries Plummets Further” describes how the state’s investment in library collections dropped from 50 cents per capita to a nickel per capita during the budget cuts of recent years. This issue is available at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/229_State_Funding_Ranking.pdf.
“State’s Public Libraries Still Place Colorado in Top 10 But Rankings Slipping After 2002-03 Cuts” describes the impact of the state’s recent fiscal crisis on the performance rankings of the state for public library service. That issue is available at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/230_State_Output_Rankings.pdf.
A new Field Initiated Study has been posted to the LRS.org website.
The results of an inquiry regarding Teaching Computer Classes in the Public Library are summarized at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/Teaching_Public_Computer_Classes.pdf.
Courtesy of SirsiDynix’s Chief Statistician Bob Molyneux, here is a link to a map of libraries damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Click on a marker to learn the library’s name and the condition of its facilities.
While on that company’s Normative Data Project website, check out NDP to see if it’s something that might be useful to your library’s managers.
Edited by LRSers, Zeth Lietzau and Nicolle Steffen, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries journal featured articles about ?The Future of Librarianship in Colorado.? See all nine feature articles from this issue on LRS?s The Changing Library Workforce page at: http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp.
Have you ever wondered how other libraries manage the people traffic aimed at their Internet computers? Is it a first-come-first-served proposition? Is software used for this purpose, or is it a paper-and-pencil matter? How long are people allowed to use Internet computers before being required to make way for the next person? This survey by Elbert County Library District director, L. Shaw, also asked whether or not libraries page patrons in response to incoming telephone calls. For the results of this and other field-initiated studies, visit http://www.lrs.org/field.asp.
Denise M. Davis, Director, Office for Research and Statistics, American Library Association, reports the release of Librarian Salaries: Have They Kept Pace with Inflation?–an historical overview of data drawn from the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries from 1982 to 2004. This report is available at: http://www.ala.org/ala/ors/reports/LibrarianSalaries1982-2003.pdf.
Included in that report is a summary table that presents mean (i.e., average) salaries for all librarian positions for that period. That table’s direct link is http://www.ala.org/ala/ors/reports/meansalaries.htm.
The 2005 librarian salary report will be published in the Fall as usual, and a summary article will appear in American Libraries about that time.
Contact information for ordering the 2005 report may be found at the bottom of this page: http://www.ala.org/ala/ors/reports/purchaseinfo04.htm. (Note: The price and ISBN number are for the 2004 edition. Do not reorder it by mistake.)
“Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado” is the title of an article in the 2005 edition of the BOWKER ANNUAL (pp. 446-51). This article provides a brief overview of the findings of the 2004 LRS study of the same name. The study was cited by Denise M. Davis, Director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics, as “one of the more significant studies to be completed in 2004″ (p. 435).