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School Library Studies-Next Steps

In response to some questions we’ve received about our School Library Journal article and our future plans for school library research:

The results reported in this article represent the first part of a larger study we are conducting to look at the relationship between school librarian staffing and achievement scores. Our next step is to do a more in-depth analysis of Colorado schools, where we have access to staffing and achievement test data at the building level (the data used for our SLJ article were at the state level). Look for a report of the results in the coming months. We encourage others to pursue this type of research in their state/region.

~Linda

New study shows that as the number of school librarians increases, so do NAEP reading scores

A new study by LRS staff past and present finds that in states that gained school librarians between 2004 and 2008, NAEP 4th grade reading scores increased at a greater rate than in states that lost librarians during this time period. These differences were particularly pronounced for poor, minority, and ELL students. See the complete report here: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/printissue/currentissue/891612-427/something_to_shout_about_new.html.csp

~Linda

Our new American Libraries feature article– “Who’s the Boss”–is now available

Last November, we asked you in a 60-second survey to share your opinions about privatization and public libraries. We just published the results of this study as a feature article in American Libraries: “Who’s the Boss? Does Private Management Have a Place in Public Libraries?”. Access the article here. The study’s results were also summarized in an earlier blog post.

Thanks again to everyone who responded to our survey! Your participation and thought-provoking comments provided us with an excellent foundation from which to work as we wrote the article. We’re excited to continue sharing your opinions about hot topics in LIS in future studies.

~Linda

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Librarian Job Satisfaction Survey

Library Journal’s 2011 Job Satisfaction Survey–Rocked by Recession, Buoyed by Service:  “Budget cuts from coast to coast have turned up the heat, but librarians still love their jobs. Realistically, however, money shortages have reduced advancement opportunities and many feel they’ll have to leave libraries before retiring.”

Read the article at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/newslettersnewsletterbucketljxpress/890617-441/lj_2011_job_satisfaction_survey.html.csp

Read about the results from the LRS survey “What is the Value of an MLIS to You?” at: http://www.lrs.org/news/2011/06/14/results-from-the-60-second-survey-what-is-the-value-of-an-mlis-to-you/

The Impact of the Recession on Public Library Use in Colorado

LRS is excited to announce the release of our most recent Closer Look report, “The Impact of the Recession on Public Library Use in Colorado.” We examined Colorado public library use prior to and after the recession’s onset. Our findings indicated that from 2006 to 2007 (prior to the recession), visits per capita, circulation per capita, program attendance per 1,000 served, and Internet computer use per capita remained relatively static or decreased in Colorado public libraries.

In contrast, visits, circulation, and program attendance all increased during the recession (from 2007 to 2009) by at least 11 percent for libraries serving large communities (populations of 25,000 or more). Higher use during this period was also seen in resort communities. Visits, circulation, program attendance, and Internet computer use all increased by between 6 percent and 28 percent in public libraries serving these communities. Libraries serving small communities (populations under 25,000) were not included in the study because of missing and anomalous data.

Public libraries have been a key resource for Coloradans during both the recession and the post-recession recovery period, providing community gathering space, access to entertainment and educational resources, and information about job hunting, economizing, and other topics that are particularly relevant during this time.

Find the report as well as a Fast Facts highlighting key findings at http://www.lrs.org/recession.php

~Linda

Colorado School Library Salaries: Mixed News

Based on data collected by the Colorado Department of Education, the state’s school librarian/media consultants and assistants have seen notable increases in their salaries in the last five years. For the librarians, that increase has kept them in the ballpark with national salary averages for school librarians, but Colorado school library assistants continue to earn much less than the national average. Read more in the latest Fast Facts—Colorado School Library/Media Center Salaries: Mixed News.

Reminder: School Library Survey Webinar this Thursday, February 17

The Library Research Service will be hosting a School Library Survey Webinar this Thursday, February 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The purpose of the webinar is to get feedback from school librarians about the annual Colorado school library survey—suggestions for improvements, changes, additions, deletions, etc.

To participate in the webinar, you will need an Internet connection for your computer and a separate phone line. Attendees will be able to communicate with each other both on the phone and via text chat.

Step 1: Access the meeting room online:  http://connect.cboces.org/sls/.   Please choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name when you log in.

Step 2: Upon entering the meeting room, you will see a pop-up form to Connect My Audio.  You have the option to “Dial-in to the conference,” or, to “Receive a call from the meeting (Dial-out).” If you choose to receive a call, be sure your phone is on the hook so the call can come through!

Note: if your phone line has an extension, please use the Dial-in option.  The call out option is automated and can’t handle an extension.

In advance of the meeting, please run through the connection test: http://connect.cboces.org/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Please consider logging in to the meeting 5 – 10 minutes in advance to make sure we can troubleshoot any technical issues, and not take time away from our session to do so.

We encourage you to review the current school library survey prior to the meeting, so that you will be prepared to provide feedback, and to print a copy for use during the meeting so that you won’t have to toggle between windows on your computer. You can access it at http://www.lrs.org/documents/slmc10/survey.pdf.

Questions? Contact Linda Hofschire at Hofschire_L@cde.state.co.us.

~Linda

School Library Survey Webinar on February 17

The Library Research Service will be hosting a School Library Survey Webinar on Thursday, February 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The purpose of the webinar is to get feedback from school librarians about the annual Colorado school library survey—suggestions for improvements, changes, additions, deletions, etc. To participate in the webinar, you will need access to the Internet as well as a separate phone line.

Interested in attending? Please email Linda Hofschire at Hofschire_L@cde.state.co.us to get information about how to access the webinar.

View the current school library survey at http://www.lrs.org/documents/slmc10/survey.pdf.

~Linda

Preliminary 2010-11 School Library Survey Results Now Available

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey. Preliminary results are now available at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey/prelim.php. If you responded to the survey, please take a minute to review your responses and make sure they are accurate. Please respond with any changes to the email address listed below.

Thanks!

Linda

Hofschire_L@cde.state.co.us

The Power of Stories

It’s no secret that we like numbers here at LRS. Give us a rich data set and we will get lost in it for days. However, we also recognize the power of good stories to resonate with people on a deeper level than numbers often do. Take Olly Neal’s story, for example. In the late 1950s, Olly was a high school senior in Arkansas who liked to cut class and get in fights. One day, he was in the school library and noticed a book by African American author Frank Yerby. While it interested him, he was concerned that if anyone saw him checking it out, they would tell his friends he liked to read and then his reputation would be ruined. So, he hid the book under his jacket and walked out. After finishing the book, he returned to the library to sneak it back on the shelf, was pleasantly surprised to discover another Yerby title there, and snuck that one out as well. This process repeated itself several times over the course of the semester.

Thirteen years later, Olly ran into his school librarian while attending his high school reunion, and she told him she had spotted him when he “stole” his first Yerby book. Initially, she wondered why he was trying to smuggle the book out of the library when he could check it out for free. But soon she caught on to his motives, and decided to encourage his budding interest in reading any way she could. Unfortunately, the works of African American authors were not widely available during that time period, and neither the school library nor the other local libraries had additional Yerby titles. So, she drove to a library in Memphis to pick up another Yerby title for him to read. She repeated this process each time he took out a book. Olly credits his school librarian, and the extraordinary efforts she made on his behalf, with getting him interested in reading. This interest set him on a path that ultimately led to his acceptance to law school. Today, Olly is a judge for the 1st Judicial District in eastern Arkansas.

Listen to Olly tell this story here, courtesy of StoryCorps.

Do you have a story about how your library has impacted you or someone you know? Share it here.

~Linda

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