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Public Libraries in the Digital Age

Pew researchers gave a presentation at COSLA‘s spring meeting this week, “Public Libraries in the Digital Age.” The presentation slides as well as fact sheets on e-reading and Pew’s timeline for their 3-year study of libraries can be found at this link: http://pewinternet.org/Presentations/2012/Apr/Public-libraries-in-the-digital-age.aspx.

~Linda

Pew Research Posts a Sneak Peek of Their Research Timeline for Their 2-Year Study of Libraries

Pew Research has posted a timeline of the various research activities they will engage in for their 2-year study of libraries (funded by the Gates Foundation). Their first major report from this study, on e-reading, has received widespread coverage over the past week. Upcoming activities include:

  • a survey of librarians regarding e-books,
  • studies on library use by community type and habits of younger library users,
  • a study on the role of libraries in special populations, and
  • a study of library users’ needs and experiences, from which library user typologies will be developed.

Pew Research is also looking for volunteer study participants. If you’re a librarian working in a public library that has e-books available for checkout, or if you ever check out or download e-books from a public library, you can sign up here.

~Linda

 

New Fast Facts: Public Library Challenges, 2010

Every year, LRS collects information from Colorado public libraries on challenges to their materials and services. 66 challenges were reported in 2010, with challenges to Internet sites and videos both surpassing books for the first time. Read our latest Fast Facts for more: Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2010.

~Julie

Preliminary 2011 Public Library Data Now Available

Preliminary data from the 2011 Colorado Public Library Annual Report is now available: http://www.lrs.org/documents/plstat11/preliminary_2011_public_library_data_20120403.xls

Preliminary Status
A few libraries are still working on getting their data in, however, the vast majority have submitted their reports. The data is considered preliminary until we receive data from all public libraries and all edit checks have been resolved.

About Edit checks
The first round of edit checks are done before respondents complete and submit the survey. The second, third, and even fourth, round of edit checks are done by state library staff (read: me) in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal agency that collects and verifies the public library data for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

 Questions? Need more information?  Contact me at steffen_n at cde.state.co.us.

 Thanks to all the public library directors (and their staff) for submitting data for the PLAR.
~Nicolle

High Traffic, Low Cost: The Colorado Courier Continues to Save Libraries Millions Annually in Shipping Charges

In Fall 2011, we conducted a study of the statewide courier system to determine the quantity and type of materials that libraries were sending via the courier system, and then to estimate, based on these numbers, the system’s cost effectiveness versus using a commercial service. Our results showed that the courier system continues to provide substantial cost savings to participating libraries. Colorado libraries send an estimated 5.9 million items annually via the courier system. Compared with the costs of using a commercial shipping service (USPS, UPS, or FedEx), they save up to an estimated $7.1 million per year by using the courier.

Find out more in the Fast Facts report.

~Linda

Change in School Librarian Staffing Linked with Change in CSAP Reading Performance, 2005 to 2011

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.”

~Linda

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.

2010 Academic Library Statistics Published

This week the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) published Academic Libraries: 2010 First Look a biennial report that  summarizes services, staff, collections, and expenditures of academic libraries in 2- and 4-year, degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 Highlights from the report include:

• Academic libraries held approximately 158.7 million e-books and about 1.8 million electronic reference sources and aggregation services at the end of FY 2010.

• Academic libraries spent approximately $152.4 million for electronic books, serial backfiles, and other materials in FY 2010. Expenditures for electronic current serial subscriptions totaled about $1.2 billion.

• During FY 2010, some 72 percent of academic libraries reported that they supported virtual reference services.

• Academic libraries reported 88,943 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working in academic libraries during the fall of 2010.

To view the full report please visit
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2012365

Library Visits at Historic High — Visits Top 1.5 Billion

In a press release issued today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) confirmed what most public library staff already knew—library visits are up, way up. In the last decade public libraries were visited 1.59 billion times, a 24.4% increase in visits per capita and total visits increase of almost 40%.

From IMLS:  “The Institute’s analysis of the data showed that per capita visits and circulation rose in the century’s first decade. The number of public libraries increased during that period but not enough to keep pace with the rise in population. Library staffing remained stable, though the percentage of public libraries with degreed and accredited librarians increased.

The report also found that the nature and composition of collections in U.S. public libraries is changing, indicating that library collections are becoming more varied. Although the volume of print materials decreased over the 10 years studied, collections overall continued to grow because of increases in the number of audio, video, and electronic book materials.

The role of public libraries in providing Internet resources to the public also continued to increase. According to the report, the availability of Internet-ready computer terminals in public libraries doubled over the course of the decade.”

Press release: http://www.imls.gov/library_visits_at_historic_high.aspx

Report: https://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/pls/index.asp

IMLS: http://www.imls.gov/

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