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Zeth
-lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Library Workers: Facts & Figures, 2007

This collection of national statistics about library workers is gathered by the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees from a variety of sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ARL, ALA, and the Census Bureau.

From ALA’s American Libraries Direct (6/6/07): “This handy, annotated compilation includes employment statistics and projections, notes on diversity and pay inequity, the wage gap, institutional variance, benefits, and unionization in the library profession.”

This document is packed with interesting tidbits. For example, here are three fun facts to know and tell…

* In 2006, there were 229,000 librarians, 119,000 library assistants, and 113,940 library technicians.

* In addition to [all] library workers being poorly paid because they are predominantly female, those library workers who are women may well be paid less than those who are men.

* Most librarians work in school and academic libraries. About one-fourth work in public libraries.

Check it out at: http://www.dpeaflcio.org/programs/factsheets/fs_2007_library_workers.htm.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

LRS.org has gone .php

LRS.org has undergone a major behind-the-scenes overhaul, switching hosts, and changing our programming language from .asp to .php. The big advantage that you’ll see from this change is that the features on the LRS-i section of the site should retrieve data much more rapidly. The downside is that you’ll need to change your bookmarks and links from .asp to .php. We have suffered some growing pains as we’ve done this, and are still catching some bad links that did not make the crossover. If you notice any dead links, or strange site (mal)functions, please let me know.

Also, for those of you receiving our feed through an RSS reader, you’ll need to repoint your readers to http://www.lrs.org/blog/rss.xml to get our feed.

Thanks for your patience.
Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Statewide Courier is a Savings

We’ve just published a new Fast Facts – Statewide Courier Saves Libraries Thousands in Shipping Costs Each Year. This FF is the result of a study to determine the cost-effectiveness of the statewide Courier. And yes, the courier is very cost-effective.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

School Library Statistics and Profiles

2006 School Library Statistics and Profiles have been compiled and are now available at http://www.lrs.org/school_stats.php.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Zeth Lietzau new Associate Director of LRS

The Colorado State Library (CSL) announces the appointment of Zeth Lietzau as Associate Director of the Library Research Service (LRS). Lietzau has served as a Research Analyst of LRS since 2003, and has worked as Information Services Librarian at the Belmar Branch of Jefferson County Public Library since October 2004.

Lietzau received his Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver and his BS in Spanish from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL).

As an LRS research analyst, Lietzau has been instrumental in transforming the web presence, LRS.org, into a dynamic web site that offers interactive statistics, and in the redesign of the CSL’s LibraryJobline.org. He has also overseen projects such as the annual Colorado School Library Survey and the current Courier Cost Analysis Study, and has been involved in a number of LRS publications.

Literacy in Everyday Life–The Latest Literacy Report from NCES

FROM NCES:
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) just released Literacy in Everyday Life, the most recent publication of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). This report provides extensive information on the literacy of American adults age 16 and older and changes in their performance since 1992. Furthermore, it examines the relationship between literacy and several demographic variables including education, occupation, and income.

Findings include the following:
* Women have closed the gap with men in Quantitative literacy. They are doing better than men in Document and Prose literacy.
* Younger and older adults have lower literacy than adults in other age groups.
* Median weekly earnings increased with each level of literacy.
* At each higher level of Prose literacy, more adults were employed full time.
* Approximately 51 percent of adults with Below Basic Document literacy and 43 percent with Below Basic Quantitative literacy believed their job opportunities were limited a lot by their lack of computer skills.
* The percentage of parents who never helped their school-age child with homework declined at each higher Prose literacy level.
* Approximately half of US citizens of voting age with Below Basic Prose and Document literacy reported voting in the presidential election of 2000 compared with 84 percent of citizens with Proficient Prose and Document literacy.

Full results are available at: http://nces.ed.gov/naal/

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

School Library Survey Preliminary Results Available

The 2006 School Library Survey took place this fall. We are still going through the process of edit checks to ensure good data, but preliminary results are now available in spreadsheet form at http://www.lrs.org/documents/slmc06/School_Library_2006_Preliminary.xls

LibraryJobline.org Goes Live

Starting today, the CSL Jobline has a new name, new address, and new functionality.

New Name and Address
Library Jobline is the new name for the Colorado State Library’s online job posting service, which can be found at www.LibraryJobline.org.

New Functionality
By setting up an account, users will be able to customize their job seeking and job posting process. Both employers and job seekers will enjoy a newfound independence as they are able to post and search for jobs 24/7* using their customized profiles.

How does it work?
Library Jobline is a database of job openings in libraries and related organizations. Employers populate the database with their job postings and job seekers are able to search the database based on their personal criteria.

How do employers use it?
Their first time to Library Jobline, employers set up an account with their name, location, contact, and other basic information found in their typical job ad. This basic information will automatically populate that employer’s job listings from that point forward. Of course, every job is different, so each individual job posting has fields for describing that particular job. Employers can also create job profiles that can be used again and again for frequently posted job ads.

How do job seekers use it?
Job seekers will go through a similar procedure, except they will set up an account that includes specifications about the job they are seeking, like type of library and salary range. Or job seekers can bypass setting up an account and simply search the database to locate jobs of interest to them.

Why the change to a database system?
Two reasons, really. First, it was time to update the Jobline to include more interactive features that accommodate today’s library and information professionals, including searching and email alerts.

Second, as inveterate statistics geeks, the Library Research Service (LRS) staff wanted to capture all the valuable data that is generate by the online job postings. Mining Library Jobline for data will provide statistics about actual jobs in the library and information professions. Over time, consistent collection of this data will allow the LRS staff to track trends in the library job market in Colorado, providing valuable information to employers and library staff alike.

Why LRS?
Some of the most frequently asked questions at LRS concern salaries, job availability, and the status of library jobs. These issues strike very close to home for all of us. Obviously, we already have many sources of data to answer these types of questions. However, we are always looking for more information on this very popular and important topic. Library Jobline seemed too good a data source to pass up.

Library administrators and human resources managers should note that this project is not intended to gather data on a particular library. In fact, data will be reported in the aggregate in order to encourage comprehensive reporting by users.

What’s “old”?
Library Jobline will have the same 24/7 access* users now find so convenient and unlike some national websites, it’s a free service to both job seekers and employers.

*Note, to prevent spam and other misuse of the site, job postings are reviewed by LRS staff before going live online. Most jobs will be on Library Jobline the same day they are submitted. However, depending on the day and time, some job postings may take up to 2 business days to appear on the site (i.e., job postings submitted on the weekend or during holidays will take longer).

Questions? Need Help?
There is an online FAQ included on Library Jobline. Need more help? You can contact a member of the LRS staff at LRS@LRS.org or 303-866-6900, we?ll be happy to answer your questions and get you started.

The LRS staff would like to thank the terrific, hard-working Jobline Advisory Committee and the legion of testers from libraries across the state for their wonderful suggestions, repeated website testing, and good humor during the six-month development process.

We welcome your input, please contact us with your questions and suggestions at LRS@LRS.org or 303-866-6900.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

National Report Indicates Many Students Lack Information Literacy Skills

As reported in eSchool News ( http://www.eschoolnews.com, 11/28/06), researchers from ETS in Princeton, NJ found that, despite the frequently assumption that students are tech-savvy, “?the majority of high school and college students lack the proper critical thinking skills when it comes to researching online and using sources.”

For the complete story: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6725

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

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