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.
School Librarians may be interested in a newly posted Field Initiated Study on the LRS.org website.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding magazines and databases in school libraries are summarized and can be found at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/Magazines_databases.pdf.
Some of the 2005 Colorado School Library Statistics are being released. The files currently available are the Master File (in Excel and PDF format), the School Profiles, and the Benchmarks.
Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce (http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp) webpage, including links to studies from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
There are also some very interesting articles & a presentation about the changes taking place in the library profession. Look for links to these articles:
* A Look at the Generations: Retirements and Rejuvenation of the Library Workforce
* A Worldwide Shortage of Librarians
* Diversity In The Library Workforce
* The Entry Level Gap
* Moving On Out
* Fixing the First Job
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
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.
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.