An article entitled Scientifically-Based Research on School Libraries and Academic Achievement will be included in the first edition of a new series, The Best of Knowledge Quest. Originally published in the May/June 2004 issue of Knowledge Quest–a journal of the American Association of School Librarians–the article was co-authored by Keith Curry Lance and Becky Russell (then an LRS Senior Research Analyst, now with Denver Public Library). Co-editors Donald Adcock and Patricia Montiel-Overall identified the article as one of “a select number of outstanding articles on a topic of current interest to the profession that have appeared in Knowledge Quest during the past few years.”
On Monday, June 26, the American Association of School Librarians and Scholastic Library Publishing co-sponsored a national town meeting on the role of school libraries in school recovery in the Gulf coast states. School Libraries Work! Rebuilding for Learning featured a keynote speech by First Lady Laura Bush followed by a panel discussion in which I took part. AASL has launched its own blog to provide a forum for discussion of the issues that arose, and it can be found at: http://blogs.ala.org/aasl.php.
A Scholastic brochure entitled School Libraries Work! summarizes the many studies of school library impact that began with the first and second Colorado studies. An updated 2006 edition of that brochure is available at: http://librarypublishing.scholastic.com/content/stores/LibraryStore/pages/images/slw_06.pdf.
Since then, however, studies have been released by Wisconsin and Ontario. Links to those study reports are available at: http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp, and their findings are summarized in another presentation I made in New Orleans, the PowerPoint file of which is also available on that page (i.e., The Future of School Librarianship: Review of Research and Implications for Practice).
School librarians may be interested in a Field Initiated Study posted regarding Teacher Librarians and Media Specialists in Colorado elementary schools. An informal survey was conducted by Connie Masson of the St. Vrain school district with 15 school districts responding. The results of the survey are available in our Field Initiated Studies section at:
LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.
School Librarians –
First we gave you statistics, then profiles . Now, compare your school’s library statistics with peers of your own choosing. Check out the 2005 Interactive School Library Statistics. They can be found at : http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/stats05/.
The Average Copyright of Colorado School Library Books is (Still) 15 Years Old Fast Facts is posted. This Fast Facts looks at the averages of Colorado School Library collections (including volumes per student, average copyright year, and print spending per student).
Once again the Colorado Association of Libraries? (CAL) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is collecting statistics on challenges in the state?s school libraries. Martin Garnar, past chair and longtime IFC member, recently asked schools to report challenges.
Calling all school librarians and media specialists! The CAL Intellectual Freedom Committee needs your help. We’re conducting our annual survey of challenges to materials in school libraries. Please download the survey (available at http://cal-webs.org/faxcover2006.pdf), fill it out, and fax it back to 303-982-0708 — a cover sheet is provided for your convenience.
Alternatively, you can return it two additional ways:
REGIS, Denver; attn. Martin Garnar
Attn: School Library Survey
3333 Regis Blvd., Mail Stop D-20
Denver, CO 80221-1099
Collecting this information helps us keep track of what’s happening in our state. Please take a moment to fill out the survey right now and send it in today. Surveys will be accepted through May 15th, 2006. If you have any questions, contact Martin Garnar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.964.5459.
Martin Garnar, Reference Librarian
The summary data will be reported on the CAL-IFC website (http://www.cal-webs.org/ifreports.html) and shared with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom. I encourage all school libraries to report their challenges before the May 15th deadline.
We?re so proud! Keith is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASLCA) Leadership Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award at a luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in June. In a recent press release, the ASCLA awards committee chair, Ruth O?Donnell, said, ?Keith?s work in library statistics and service evaluation has been vital for library development in the nation. Every library director, regardless of library type, owes him a debt of gratitude because of his leadership.?
No one is more deserving. Congratulations Keith!
On behalf of the entire LRS staff & alumni
For more information on the award: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=119809
The Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries 2006 has been posted to lrs.org. Significant statistics and facts regarding public, academic and school libraries are listed in the publication. It can be found in the Quotable Facts section at http://www.lrs.org/documents/quotable/QF_Colorado_2006.pdf.
The 2005 Colorado school library data elements are posted (with the exception of school library staffing information). You can find this information at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/stats_2005.asp.
This information is compiled from answers submitted by 700 + school libraries responding to the 2005 School Library Survey.