Will you be attending Computers in Libraries this year? If so, we hope you’ll join us on Monday, April 8 at 3:15 pm in the International Ballroom West for our presentation, “Web Technologies and User Engagement.” We will share our latest results from our biennial study of the websites of nearly 600 U.S. public libraries, including:
- which web features, such as sharing interfaces, virtual reference, and blogs, are most common on U.S. public libraries’ websites as of 2012,
- the extent to which public libraries use responsive and/or mobile-friendly web design, and
- public libraries’ integration with various social media networks.
Our discussion will be framed in terms of the implications of these web features for usability and patron engagement.
Are you offering computer assistance in your library – either one-on-one or classes?
Are your open access computers consistently occupied?
Do you wonder what impact these services are having, and how to strategically plan and promote these services?
Join us for:
Knowing Who is Using Your Computer Center: The Key to Savvy Planning & Promotion
Tuesday, April 16
noon – 1 pm
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/btop/ (Please have headset and prepare to participate via chat)
Find out the results of a survey of more than 7,300 public computer center users throughout Colorado, including who is using the computers during open access time, who is taking classes, and how these services are impacting users’ lives.
Discover ways to use these results to better plan and market your services now and in the future.
BTOP libraries that participated in this study by gathering surveys will receive custom reports for your public computer center.
All public library staff are welcome to join and participate.
Presenters: Susan Burkholder, Linda Hofschire, and Sharon Morris of the Colorado State Library
Preliminary data from the 2012 Colorado Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) is now available: : http://lrs.org/documents/plstat12/preliminary-2012-plar-2013-03-22.xls.
A few libraries are still working on getting their data in, however, the vast majority have submitted their reports. The data is considered preliminary until we receive data from all public libraries and all edit checks have been resolved.
About Edit checks
The first round of edit checks are done before respondents complete and submit the survey. The second, third, and even fourth, round of edit checks are done by state library staff (read: me) in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal agency that collects and verifies the public library data for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Questions? Need more information? Contact me at steffen_n at cde.state.co.us.
Thanks to all the public library directors and their staff for submitting their PLAR data.
Our new Fast Facts presents the results of a study of the early literacy information available on Colorado public library websites. The findings indicated that most libraries broadly referenced early literacy information on their websites, but fewer referenced early literacy skills, discussed the long-term benefits of early literacy, or provided information on the importance of reading aloud.
The Fast Facts also links to an early literacy resource guide provided by the Colorado State Library that libraries can use on their own websites. With the 2013 One Book 4 Colorado event coming this spring, this resource may be particularly useful to libraries as they develop materials and plan activities for this event.
Through a $3.3 million, two year project that began in spring 2011, the Colorado State Library is overseeing the installation of 88 new and enhanced Public Computer Centers (PCCs) throughout Colorado. These PCCs provide internet access and computer training to foster broadband adoption. In 2012, LRS surveyed more than 7,300 PCC users to determine the impacts the PCCs are having on their lives. The results showed that the top outcomes of respondents who used the PCCs during open lab times were to communication with someone (52%), look for employment (38%), and use the printer, scanner, or fax (33%). Top outcomes of computer class attendees included getting better at using the computer (68%), the internet (49%), and software (38%) after taking a computer class. One respondent commented: “Probably the most valuable resource, dollar for dollar, available to community. I have found jobs…researched…located tax information, and have done school work over the years. Thank you!!”
Highlights of the study can be found in our one-page infographic, or for all the details, see our Closer Look Report.
From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS):
IMLS 2010 Public Library Survey Results Announced: Libraries doing more with less – Local government taking larger funding role Press Release
Highlights from the Report
Public Library Services and Operations
- Public libraries offered 3.75 million programs to the public in FY 2010, which amounts to an average of at least one program a day for every library system in the country. The majority of these programs (61.5%) are designed for children. Attendance at programs has continued to rise, indicating an increased demand for these services.
- Public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials in FY 2010, the highest circulation in 10 years, representing a continued increasing trend. Circulation of children’s materials has increased by 28.3 percent in the last 10 years and comprises over one-third of all materials circulated in public libraries.
- The composition of public library collections has changed dramatically in recent years. While books in print continue to dominate the physical portion of the collection, making up 87.1 percent of the total in FY 2010, the share of non-print materials, including audio and video materials and electronic books, has increased. The number of e-books has tripled since FY 2003. In FY 2010, there were 18.50 million e-books available for circulation.
- Public access computer use continued to be one of the fastest growing services in public libraries. In FY 2010, public libraries reported a computer use rate of more than one use for every five visits to the library. Public libraries have responded to demand by increasing access, doubling the number of public computers in the past 10 years.
- Physical visits to libraries decreased 1.1 percent in 2010. (Note: the survey does not collect data on online visits or transactions of public libraries.) Physical visits remain strong with an overall 10-year increase of 32.7 percent from FY 2001-FY 2010. On average, Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year, a ten-year increase of 21.7 percent.
Public Library Resources
- Public libraries had $11.3 billion in revenue in FY 2010, a decrease of 3.5 percent from FY 2009, after adjusting for inflation. Although local governments have generally been the largest source of revenue for public libraries, they have had to take on an even larger role as state support declined over 10 years.
- Public libraries reported operating expenditures of $10.77 billion dollars in FY 2010, the first decrease since FY 2001. Although expenditures across all U.S. public libraries were $36.18 per capita, per-capita expenditures varied greatly by state, with spending as low as $15.99 and as high as $67.78.
Public Library Workforce
- The recession has had an impact on the public library workforce, which has decreased by 6,385 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff since FY 2008, a decrease of 3.9 percent. Staff-related expenditures were $7.21 billion, 67.0 percent of public library expenses in FY 2010.
- Librarians made up one-third of all library staff. Although the majority of these librarians hold a Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA-MLS), only half of all libraries reported having a librarian with an ALA-MLS on staff.
A copy of the FY 2010 Public Library Survey can be accessed online at: http://www.imls.gov/research/public_libraries_in_the_us_fy_2010_report.aspx
Blog post by IMLS Director Susan Hildreth: http://blog.imls.gov/?p=2645
Questions? Comments? Contact Nicolle Steffen at: steffen_n at cde.state.co.us
Pew Internet has released their latest findings from their multi-year library research project. Highlights of these findings, which focused on the reading and library habits of young Americans, included:
- 4 in 5 young Americans ( ages 16-29) read a book in the past year
- 1 in 5 read an e-book
- 1 in 10 listened to an audiobook
- 3 in 5 used the library
- Young Americans are more likely to read e-books on a cell phone or computer than on an e-reader
- Nearly half (47%) of young Americans read long-form e-content (books, magazines, newspapers)
When further subdivided by age, Pew researchers found that:
- High schoolers (16-17) were most likely of the subgroups to have used the library in the past year, to have checked out print books, and/or to have received research assistance
- College-aged adults (18-24) had the highest overall reading rates
- Adults in their late twenties (25-29) expressed the greatest appreciation for libraries in general
For more details, see http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/10/23/younger-americans-reading-and-library-habits/.
The final Census edit checks are done and I want to thank everyone who helped with annotations and corrections. Of course, the completion of the edit check process means the 2011 Public Library Annual Report data has been finalized and published to LRS.org.
You can access the data in several ways…
1) Colorado Public Library Interactive Statistics (LRS-i): This tool allows for quick extraction of public library data for customized reports. Main page: http://www.lrs.org/public/stats.php
2) Colorado Public Library Statistics: Annual library-by-library data for Colorado’s public libraries in PDF and Excel format, including Salary Tables, Input-Output Measures and State Totals and Averages. 2011 data: http://www.lrs.org/public/cannedstats.php?year=2011
3) Historic Colorado Public Library Interactive Statistics: Similar to the Public Library Interactive Statistics, this tool extracts time-series data (as far back as 1987) for a single library or a group of libraries. Main page: http://www.lrs.org/public/historic/
Coming soon is an update of the resort category for libraries. (Thanks to Claudine for the reminder.)
In September 2010, the Colorado State Library (CSL) secured a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This grant funded 50 grantees to build or enhance Public Computer Centers (PCCs) in 88 high-need urban and rural communities in Colorado with high poverty rates, ethnic diversity, low broadband penetration, and/or limited access to public computers. Our new Fast Facts series provides highlights of the CSL BTOP project’s first year, including:
Visit CSL’s BTOP website to learn more about the project.
The upcoming Banned Books Week, from September 30-October 6, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of this annual collaboration between librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and all types of readers. ALA and other organizations in these fields use this week to draw attention to issues of censorship and celebrate freedom of ideas by focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books.
In Colorado, 60 items were challenged in our public libraries in 2011. Our new Fast Facts report, Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2011, gives more details on the types of items that were challenged (more religious books than ever before) and the results (just one book was removed from collections).
Read the report here, and learn more about Banned Books week, including events and displays nationwide, at http://www.bannedbooksweek.org.