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LIS starting salaries are up almost 3% for new graduates according to Library Journal survey

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As part of our periodic look at Library Journal’s Placements &Salaries Survey, we found good news rolling out overall for 2013 graduates. The 2014 survey looked at just over 2,000 of last year’s LIS graduates in order to assess changes in job description, salary, and geographic distribution across the profession. The general trend appears to be for positive growth – average starting salaries are up 2.6% across the board compared to 2013, and average starting salaries have risen above $45,000. The graduates also reported a slightly shorter job search, at an average of 4.2 months.

One component driving this improvement was an expansion of responsibilities across the digital sector of the field. Librarians are increasingly taking on responsibilities such as managing social media, digital asset/content, and digital projects. Out of all of the positions reported, those whose applicants garnered the highest starting salaries were data analytics, emerging technologies, knowledge management, and user experience/user interface design, all positions that offered an average starting salary over $55,000. Graduates entering into user experience/ user interface design positions started with salaries a staggering 53% higher than the average LIS graduate, at $70,026.

But here is the catch. Many of these digital positions still only account for a small portion of the total positions being filled by new graduates. For example, digital content management jobs were only a fraction (3%) of the total placements, and while they had a significant concentration in Western states and salaries were slightly higher than average, the overall starting salary for this position actually decreased somewhat from 2013 (by 5%). So what does all of this mean? Positions with substantial digital components are becoming more common, especially in private industry, archives, and public libraries, but this growth is not necessarily consistent across library type and geographical area. In the coming years, we will certainly have to keep an eye on this trend towards the digital LIS professional, as well as how positions and wages compare to those across the field.

Want to see how your library position or region is faring? You can access the full data from the survey here.

Note: This post is part of our series, “The Weekly Number.” In this series, we highlight statistics that help tell the story of the 21st-century library.

New Public Library Data Tools

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We are excited to present a brand new set of tools for interacting with data from our Public Library Annual Survey. The new tools are packed with features, including:

  • Quickly locate data for a single year and statistic group
  • Build custom data sets by specifying years, statistics, libraries, etc.
  • Visualize data using graphs and maps
  • Export data in .csv format

Did you know that Library Research Service now has over 25 years’ worth of public library data available? Our new tools make finding and analyzing this data simple!

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New Glee! Article in School Library Journal

Check out Julie and Chelsea’s piece about representing real school librarians on the hit TV show Glee!:

Hey, ‘Glee.’ Get Real: It’s time for the TV series to make room for a genuine librarian

Special thanks to Keith Curry Lance, who designed the poll that inspired this article.

~Julie

New LRS Research Fellow Positions Open for Current DU MLIS Students

Are you interested in learning more about all types of libraries in Colorado?

Do you like to write?

Do you want the opportunity to work with a variety of LIS professionals?

If you’re a current DU MLIS student and you answered “yes” to any or all of the above, we encourage you to apply for the LRS-DU Research Fellowship. Please see the description below for more information about the available positions (yes, there is more than one) and the application procedure.

(In case you are experiencing déjà vu… Yes, we have reopened the research fellowship search. We received feedback that the original deadline in December was ill-timed.)

Library Research Service (LRS) is excited to announce the availability of two Research Fellowship positions, available February 2012.  For over 15 years LRS has collaborated with the University of Denver Library and Information Science program to provide Fellowships to current DU LIS students.   LRS Fellowships are an excellent way to gain valuable professional experience and skills within a variety of research-related activities.  They also provide opportunities to publish and present findings at the local and national level.  LRS Fellows touch, to varying degrees, almost everything that the LRS produces, from blog posts and Fast Facts on LRS.org to research reports and presentations.

 The Positions

The first position is a one to two-year appointment (based on graduation date) located at the Colorado State Library in downtown Denver.  The person in this position will participate in the full breadth of activities and services that LRS performs, such as data collection and analysis, report writing, contributing to LRS.org and LibraryJobline.org, and enhancing LRS’s social networking presence. The position works 20 hours per week and offers flexible scheduling to fit with your graduate coursework and responsibilities. LRS Research fellows are employed on part-time, temporary, at-will bases, and earn $17.50 per hour.

The second position is an appointment as a contractor working with LRS and State Library staff on the State Library’s Public Computer Centers (PCC) in Colorado Libraries Project (http://coloradovirtuallibrary.org/btop/), a $3.3 million grant project that will create and equip computer centers in public libraries throughout the state. We anticipate approximately 400 contract hours, to be completed between February 2012 and June 2012. For the PCC project LRS’s responsibilities are data collection and analysis that contributes to project evaluation.

The Requirements

In addition to being currently enrolled in the University of Denver MLIS program, applicants must demonstrate solid writing skills, an interest in research and data collection, and an appreciation for the roles they play in supporting and advancing library services.  The ideal applicants for this position will be individuals with good project management skills who are equally at ease working independently and with a team.  They will have basic knowledge of technology and software solutions (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).  Most importantly, they will be eager to learn and explore.

About LRS

LRS is a unit of the Colorado State Library, a division of the Colorado Department of Education.  Our mission is to provide library professionals, educators, public officials, and the media with research and statistics about libraries. We do this by conducting regular surveys of public, school, and academic libraries, and by making data available on LRS.org.  LRS also maintains LibraryJobline.org, the State’s online library job board.  For a fuller description of what we do, visit http://www.LRS.org.

The Application Process

Think LRS might be a good fit for you?  Applicants must complete and submit the following application materials by January 25, 2012:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Luisa Davila at Davila_L (at) cde.state.co.us.  Applicants will be emailed confirmation of their submission. Interviews will be conducted Friday, February 10,2012.

New Fast Facts: CTBL Continues to Earn High Marks

In 2010, LRS administered the fourth patron satisfaction and outcome survey for The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL). Our results indicated that the vast majority of patrons are highly satisfied with CTBL service. Nearly all respondents gave high ratings for their overall satisfaction with CTBL and individual service components. Beyond the high ratings, the comments left by survey respondents give testimony to how important CTBL is to its patrons. Comments show that through CTBL, patrons are able to read for pleasure, stay informed, and feel connected.

To learn more about our findings, click here to access the Fast Facts.

We’re on Twitter!

Did you know that LRS is now on Twitter? We use our account to highlight new research and statistics from the field, share resources for libraries to use for advocacy and decision-making purposes, get feedback about LIS trends and hot topics, and more!  This is also a great way to communicate with us if you have a quick question or comment. Come join the conversation–you can find us at @LRS_CO.

~Linda

2011 State of America’s Libraries — ALA Releases Annual Report

From ALA:

“Library trends of the past year are detailed in the State of America’s Libraries, 2011, released during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011, by the American Library Association.

Even as budget-cutters take aim at libraries and their services, more than two-thirds of the 1,000-plus adults contacted in a survey in January said that the library’s assistance in starting a business or finding a job was important to them, according to the poll, conducted for the American Library Association (ALA) by Harris Interactive.

Sixty-five percent of those polled said they had visited the library in the past year; women are significantly more likely than men (72 percent vs. 58 percent) to fall into this category, especially working women, working mothers and women aged 18-54. Overall, 58 percent of those surveyed said they had a library card, and the largest group was, again, women, especially working women and working mothers. College graduates and those with a household income of more than $100,000 were also well represented among card holders, according to the survey.”

Report: http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/americaslibraries2011/index.cfm

Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2009

Every year, LRS collects information from Colorado public libraries on challenges to their materials and services.  Nearly 1 in 5 libraries reported a total of 48 challenges in 2009, the lowest number in a decade.  For more details on the reasons for and results of those challenges, read our latest Fast Facts:  Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2009.

~ Jamie H.

Deadline for Completing the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey is Nov. 30

The deadline for completing the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey is November 30, 2010. Participation by all public schools in Colorado is vital! The results of the survey provide library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. If you have not yet responded to the survey, it can be accessed at: http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. For questions regarding the survey, or to obtain your username and password, feel free to call Library Research Service at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org.

~Linda

LRS.org, Nicolle Steffen Win Awards at the 2010 CAL Conference

LRS and its director, Nicolle Steffen, won awards at this past weekend’s annual Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) Conference. LRS.org, which provides dynamic, on-demand access to statistics for public, school, and academic libraries in Colorado, received the Library Advocate Award. This award recognizes far-reaching, sustained contributions to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the state of Colorado. Nicolle received the CAL President’s Award for providing superior service and support to the organization in the past year in her position as treasurer.

A number of past and present LRS staff attended the awards banquet, including Nicolle Steffen, Keith Lance, Rochelle Logan, Zeth Lietzau, Jennifer French, Dave Hodgins, Linda Hofschire, and Jamie Helgren.

~Linda

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