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Random Date Generator Created

We have recently added a new tool to LRS-Interactive. The Random Date Generator allows users to generate a number of dates in any given calendar year, using limitors such as excluding specific days of the week and allowing only a certain number of dates per month.

Use it – and bookmark it – at http://www.lrs.org/interactive/randomdate.asp

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

LRS-i Featured at CAL Workshop

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.

Zeth

lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Website Based on AASL Closing Session Launched

For the closing session of AASL’s recent National Conference–whose theme was “Every Student Succeeds @ Your Library”–a panel explored the role of research in development of and advocacy for quality school library programs. Panelists included LRS director Keith Curry Lance as well as Steven Baule, superintendent for Community Unity School District #201 in Westmont, IL; Mike Eisenberg, dean of the Information School at the University of Washington; and Ross Todd, associate professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and director of research for the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL).

The website includes contributions made by the panelists during the closing session as well as before the AASL National Conference. Visit it at: http://oii.org/ferdi/AASL_ClosingSession.html.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Power Librarianship Preconference Files Available

The PowerPoint file used at the recent AASL preconference–Power Librarianship: Research-Based Strategies for Leadership, Collaboration, and Technology Integration–is now available at http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp. Pdf files of handouts utilized at that event are also available. Others are welcome to use these files, but we would appreciate being notified in advance. Also, please encourage participation in the School Library Studies Outcome Survey at http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

2005 Colorado School Library Survey Now Open

The 2005 Colorado School Library Survey is now open. Fill out the survey for your school at http://www.lrs.org/schoolsurvey. If you need your schools login information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Additionally, the 2004 School Library Profiles are available for those schools that filled out last year’s survey. They have been relaunched this year in a new pdf format. Enjoy.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

“””Future of Librarianship in Colorado”” Journal Articles Now Online”

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.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

New Colorado Study to Document How School Librarians Teach Information Literacy

The Library Research Service is undertaking a third “Colorado study” of school libraries, with the working title, How School Librarians Teach Critical Thinking. This study, employing an exciting new methodology, will provide the most precise evidence to date on the value of school librarians by focusing on how they teach information literacy skills. Here is a little background on this study.

In 1993, The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement (a.k.a. the first Colorado study) demonstrated on a statewide basis, for the first time, that achievement test scores tend to rise with the size of a school library?s staff and collection, school library expenditures, and the time spent by the school librarian in an instructional role, regardless of the school?s general staffing and funding levels and the community?s socio-economic status.

Between 2000 and 2005, How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards: the Second Colorado Study, and more than a dozen other successor studies, generated remarkably consistent evidence that such relationships continue, especially when academic achievement is measured by state-mandated, standards-based tests. These recent studies further explored the collaborative teaching role that school librarians can play with classroom teachers as well as the additional impact attributable to technology programs that are integrated with, and that expand access to, library resources.

The persuasiveness of all of these earlier studies?the first two Colorado studies and their successors?is limited by the fact that the measure of academic achievement was the percentage of students meeting overall standards for reading, writing, and/or language arts.

Specific information literacy objectives have been integrated into the Colorado Student Assessment Program?s Content Standards. For the first time, LRS researchers now have access to building-level summary data about the performance of students on each of those objectives for making students more critical thinkers about, and users of, information.

In the 2005 Colorado School Library Survey, responding school librarians are being asked new questions about their own activities?questions designed to reveal how school librarians are teaching students to be critical thinkers about, and users of, information.

The Colorado State Library is cooperating with the Library Research Service?a CSL unit operated in partnership with the University of Denver Library and Information Science Program?to provide funding for this research.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

3Rs Study Cited in 2005 Bowker Annual Research Review

In “Research and Statistics on Libraries and Librarianship in 2004,” Denise M. Davis (Director, ALA Office for Research and Statistics) cited the Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment study under “Research Relevant to All Libraries” as “one of the more significant studies to be completed in 2004.” (The article begins on p. 433, and the 3Rs reference is on p. 435.)

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

3Rs Study Article in 2005 Bowker Annual

“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).

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Colorado Libraries to feature The Future of Librarianship in Colorado

Coming soon to a mailbox near you?Colorado Libraries’ summer issue, The Future of Librarianship in Colorado

Using the LRS study, ?Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado? as a starting point, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries includes articles from a wide range of related topics and viewpoints. Look for the following articles:

? Today’s MLIS Students: What’s on Their Minds by Don Dickenson & M. Claire Williamson
? Why am I a Librarian? Conversations with a Cross Section of the Profession by Martin Garnar
? The Resilient Career by Kim Dority
? Back into the Fold: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Information Professionals within Libraries by Marcy Phelps
? Recruitment and Retention in Colorado’s Libraries: A State Library Perspective by Eugene Hainer
? Who Will Replace the Super Heroes? School Librarians and the Retirement Crisis by Jody Howard
? Meeting Recruitment and Retention Challenges Head On by Rochelle Logan & Art Glover
? The Decision to Retire: A Personal Story by Nancy Bolt

Zeth and I really enjoyed being the guest editors on this edition of Colorado Libraries. We would like to thank the authors for their terrific articles and cooperative spirit, as well the Colorado Libraries’ editors for this learning opportunity.

Let us know what you think of the issue. Oh, and don?t forget to take a close look at the very special cover.

Happy reading.
Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

For more on The Changing Library Workforce go to: http://www.LRS.org/workforce.asp

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