CHICAGO – At every turn, news reports and research indicate fairly dramatic changes in U.S. library funding, services and staffing – most occurring in the last 18 months. According to a new report prepared by the American Library Association (ALA), libraries of all types are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn while managing sky-high use.
Compiled from a broad range of available sources, The Condition of Libraries: 1999-2009 presents U.S. economic trends (2009), and summarizes trends in public, school and academic libraries across several library measures, including expenditures, staffing and services. The report also highlights trends in services provided to libraries by library cooperatives and consortia.
[More at: http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2010/january2010/outlook_ors.cfm]
Reports by library type: http://www.ala.org/ala/research/index.cfm
Thank you to all 710 respondents to the 2009-10 Colorado School Library Survey. Preliminary data is now available from our school library statistics pages (http://www.lrs.org/school_stats.php). If you responded to the survey, please take a minute to review your data and make sure it is accurate. Respond to us with any changes.
A new Fast Facts has been published! This Fast Facts, State’s Collaborative Climate Fosters Interlibrary Loan in Colorado, examines interlibrary loan (ILL) use among Colorado’s public and academic libraries, as well as how ILL use impacts circulation overall.
Read this Fast Facts by going to our Fast Facts page, or click the title above!
Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2009-10 Colorado School Library Survey, open now at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 to get your information.
Are you curious about the library job market in Colorado? Our latest Fast Facts, Library Jobs in Colorado: What Does LibraryJobline.org Tell Us?, analyzes the job postings on LibraryJobline.org since 2007. Some of the topics discussed are the total number of job postings, job postings by library type, and degree requirements. Read more about the changes (and similarities) over the past few years by clicking on the title above or by going to our Fast Facts page.
The 2008-09 School Library Profiles have been created and are now available for all school libraries that responded to this year’s survey. To access them, go to http://www.lrs.org/school/profiles08/index.php.
Thank you to all 830 schools who responded.
The 2008-09 School Library Survey closed a few weeks ago, and preliminary results are now available on our school library stats page — http://www.lrs.org/school_stats.php
If you completed the survey, please take the time to review our data and let us know if you find any discrepancies. We’re still working on the 2008-09 School Library Profiles, and will release those in January.
At the CAL Conference this week, the Colorado State Library booth will have a “Gaming Zone.” Come play Wii video games with CSL staff. Not only will it be fun, but the LRS Research Fellows have compiled research on the connection between gaming and literacy, tips on how to create a gaming program at your library, and more. Come discuss and learn about the possibilities of gaming programs at the library.
Wii hope to see you there!
The deadline to respond to the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey has been extended until November 26, 2008. So far we have about 500 responses, and are looking to break last year’s record of 817. If you’re in a school library in Colorado, and haven’t completed the survey yet, please do so at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. If you need your login information, contact the LRS.
Today we release a new Fast Facts about school libraries, More School Librarians for Metro Areas, Fewer for Non-Metro, which details trends in school library staffing throughout the state. The timing of this report is appropriate, as next week we will open the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey.
See this and others at our Fast Facts page.