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Average Copyright of Colorado School Library Books Fast Facts

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).


2005-06 School Library Challenge Survey In Progress

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, 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

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 or 303.964.5459.

Martin Garnar, Reference Librarian

The summary data will be reported on the CAL-IFC website ( and shared with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom. I encourage all school libraries to report their challenges before the May 15th deadline.


Keith Curry Lance Receives ASCLA Leadership Award

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:

Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries

The Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries 2006 has been posted to 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


2005 Colorado School Library Data Elements Posted

The 2005 Colorado school library data elements are posted (with the exception of school library staffing information). You can find this information at:

This information is compiled from answers submitted by 700 + school libraries responding to the 2005 School Library Survey.


Magazines and Databases in School Libraries

School Librarians may be interested in a newly posted Field Initiated Study on the website.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding magazines and databases in school libraries are summarized and can be found at


Some 2005 Colorado School Library Statistics Available

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.


Changing Library Workforce – Updated Resources

Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce ( 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


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


LRS-i Featured at CAL Workshop

The dynamic section of, 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 If you find any errors or have suggestions, please pass them along to me.


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