Posts for January 2012
In fall 2011, LRS analyzed school library staffing data and Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) reading scores over time. The findings indicated that Colorado schools that either maintained or gained an endorsed librarian between 2005 and 2011 tended to have more students scoring advanced in reading in 2011 and fewer students scoring unsatisfactory, compared with schools that either lost their librarians or never had one. In 2011, schools with at least one FTE endorsed librarian averaged significantly higher advanced CSAP reading scores and significantly lower unsatisfactory scores than schools with less than one FTE endorsed librarian. These findings remained significant when controlling for poverty.
These findings and more are discussed in our newest Closer Look Report, “Change in School Librarian Staffing Linked with Change in CSAP Reading Performance, 2005 to 2011.”
Edited: January 17th, 2012
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 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.
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.
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:
- Online application: http://surveys.lrs.org/respond.php?sid=133
- Cover letter
- 3 – 5 page writing sample (this should be a previous work, such as a report or presentation for a class)
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.
Edited: January 10th, 2012