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School Library Survey Preliminary Results

The 2008-09 School Library Survey closed a few weeks ago, and preliminary results are now available on our school library stats page —

If you completed the survey, please take the time to review our data and let us know if you find any discrepancies. We’re still working on the 2008-09 School Library Profiles, and will release those in January.


Come Visit the Gaming Zone at CAL

At the CAL Conference this week, the Colorado State Library booth will have a “Gaming Zone.” Come play Wii video games with CSL staff. Not only will it be fun, but the LRS Research Fellows have compiled research on the connection between gaming and literacy, tips on how to create a gaming program at your library, and more. Come discuss and learn about the possibilities of gaming programs at the library.

Wii hope to see you there!


School Survey Deadline EXTENDED

The deadline to respond to the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey has been extended until November 26, 2008. So far we have about 500 responses, and are looking to break last year’s record of 817. If you’re in a school library in Colorado, and haven’t completed the survey yet, please do so at If you need your login information, contact the LRS.


New School Library Fast Facts

Today we release a new Fast Facts about school libraries, More School Librarians for Metro Areas, Fewer for Non-Metro, which details trends in school library staffing throughout the state. The timing of this report is appropriate, as next week we will open the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey.

See this and others at our Fast Facts page.


School Library Cohort, 2005-2007: Trends to Watch

A new Fast Facts from Library Research Service examines the trends evident among a cohort of school libraries that have consistently responded to the annual Colorado School Library Survey. These trends include more group visits to the library, a greater emphasis on technology, increased circulation, and more frequent use of interlibrary loan.

Fast Facts:


Weeding and Recycling in Libraries

Librarians working in school, academic, special, and public libraries may be interested in the newest Field Initiated Study (FIS).

This study includes two documents, compiling resources about the responsible disposal of library materials. The Recycling in Libraries document includes a summary of the responses from three Libnet inquiries regarding weeding and disposal policies at public, school, academic, and special libraries. The Weeding document is a list of resources collected for Library People, Colorado’s statewide friends group.

You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initiated Studies section for more information.


Wage Calculator now available

Have you ever looked at an hourly salary on a job posting and wanted to quickly know how it translated to an annual wage? Or vice versa? The Library Research Service now provides a simple wage calculator which allows you to provide hours worked per week and an hourly, weekly, monthly, or annual salary, and return wages for all of those time frames. Additionally, this calculator has been integrated into Colorado State Library’s Now, as you look at a job posting, clicking on the word “Calculate” next to the salary information will open up a new window with our wage calculator, preloaded with the salary data for that job.


2007-2008 Preliminary School Library Statistics Released

The 2007-08 Preliminary School Library Statistics are now available from our school statistics page. This year, a record 819 schools responded to the survey. Take a look at the statistics and school library profiles to see how your school library stacks up.


New Fast Facts: AskColorado Customer Satisfaction High

The results of the 2006 AskColorado Customer Satisfaction survey are examined in this fast facts. Since its inception, AskColorado has steadily increased both in number of user sessions and customer satisfaction levels. To read this fast facts go to

National Report on School Library Programs Released

AASL announced yesterday the release of “School Libraries Count! A National Survey of School Library Media Programs 2007” an annual survey of school libraries.

From ALA website:

AASL releases report on first longitudinal survey

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has just released the results of its first longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count!

The survey, conducted January-March 2007, gathered data in a number of areas, including library staff, collections, technology, class visits and budgets. AASL will be using the data to develop tools to help library media specialists advocate at the local, state and national level.

“In a time of budget cuts and confusion about the role of library media specialists,” said AASL president Sara Kelly Johns, “it is more critical than ever that both the profession and educational decision-makers understand the state of the nation’s school library media programs.”

The survey will be conducted annually and will result in a longitudinal series that will provide data on the health of the nation’s school library media programs. The second survey is scheduled to open at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Nancy Everhart, chair of the AASL Research and Statistics Committee, said, “The data from this survey will be valuable to researchers and practitioners alike. Researchers can use it to support further studies, and practitioners can use it to compare their programs to national benchmarks.”

More about the study:


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