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Banned Books Week and Public Library Challenges in Colorado

The upcoming Banned Books Week, from September 30-October 6, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of this annual collaboration between  librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and all types of readers. ALA  and other organizations in these fields use this week to draw attention to issues of censorship and celebrate freedom of ideas by focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books.

In Colorado, 60 items were challenged in our public libraries in 2011. Our new Fast Facts report, Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2011,  gives more details on the types of items that were challenged (more religious books than ever before) and the results (just one book was removed from collections).

Read the report here, and learn more about Banned Books week, including events and displays nationwide, at http://www.bannedbooksweek.org.

~Julie

Off to a Good Start: A Look at First-Quarter 2012 Statistics from LibraryJobline.org

A recent LRS Fast Facts used statistics from LibraryJobline.org, an online service for job seekers and employers hosted by LRS, to assess the state of Colorado’s library job market in 2011 as compared to previous years. The report showed that after bottoming out in 2009, Colorado has seen a slow but steady increase in the number of library jobs posted per year. Additionally, interest in those positions, as evidenced by the number of views per job, has dropped off. While starting salaries have increased slightly for positions that did not explicitly require an MLIS, the starting salary for positions which did mandate an MLIS were stagnant.

Data from LibraryJobline.org from the first quarter of 2012 suggests good news for those seeking library jobs in Colorado. On average, there have been 33 new jobs posted per month, as compared to 26 jobs per month in 2011—an increase of 27 percent. In contrast to the first quarter of 2011 alone, in which an average of 27 jobs per month were posted, 22 percent more jobs were posted in the first quarter of 2012 (Chart 1).

New jobs posted from January to April of 2012 were viewed an average of 761 times each, a decrease from 1,951 views per posting in all of 2011. This decrease could signify a less competitive job market, although it could be attributed to other reasons, such as the rise in the number of Library Jobline users who receive news about available positions via email, RSS feed, or Twitter.

These “Hot Jobs” were viewed more than any others in the first quarter of 2012:

Librarian, High Plains Library District, Erie Community Library

  • 1855 views
  • $20/hour
  • 30 hours/week

 Senior Librarian, The Denver Public Library, Hampden Branch Library

  • 1828 views
  • $22.05/hour
  • 40 hours/week

 Library Assistant (Substitute), City and County of Broomfield, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library

  • 1734 views
  • $15/hour
  • On call

Only 22 percent of first-quarter 2012 LibraryJobline.org postings required an MLS or MLIS degree, as compared with 33 percent in all of 2011. Nineteen percent would give preference to candidates with an MLS or MLIS, and 59 percent of all first quarter 2012 postings did not specify any such preference or requirement (Chart 2).

Of 147 jobs that were open (not posted) in the first quarter of 2012, 17 (12%) did not list starting salaries. With those exceptions, the average starting salary for positions that did not require or prefer an MLIS was $19 per hour, or $2 more than the average starting salary for similar positions in 2011. The starting salary for positions that preferred an MLS/MLIS dipped by $2 however, from $21 to $19 per hour. Starting salaries for positions that required an MLS/MLIS rose slightly, from an average of $24 per hour to $24.25.

Data from the first quarter of 2012 does not conclusively show changes, either for the better or worse, to the library job market in Colorado. However, this information does help job seekers and employers to stay abreast of library hiring trends.

~Chelsea

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Clearer Skies Ahead? Using Statistics from LibraryJobline.org to Gauge Changes in Colorado’s Library Job Climate

Data pulled from Library Jobline, the online matchmaking tool for library job seekers and employers maintained by LRS, shows that in 2011, Colorado’s library job market continued to improve for the second consecutive year since the most recent recession.  The average number of jobs posted per month and annually rose from previous years, and starting salaries increased for positions which did not require an MLIS degree.  In addition to examining 2011 data from Library Jobline, this Fast Facts also looks at national trends, using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Library Association, and Library Journal. Click here to read the Fast Facts report in its entirety. Also, an update to this information, discussing Library Jobline data from the first quarter of 2012, can be found here.

~Chelsea

School Librarian Numbers Decline from 2004-2005 to 2010-2011

Our new Fast Facts discusses recent trends in public school librarian staffing and student enrollment. Based on an analysis of National Center for Education Statistics data, public school librarian staffing numbers remained relatively stable from 2004-05 (the first year this data was reported) to 2007-08. However, these positions nationwide declined by 8 percent from 2007-08 to 2010-11, while the total number of students increased by 2 percent. In Colorado, this gap was more pronounced: school librarian positions fell by 9 percent during this time period, while the total number of students rose by 5 percent.

 

National 2010 Public Library Data Now Available

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today:

IMLS is pleased to report that the latest update of the Public Libraries Survey (PLS) data (FY2010)  is now available on the IMLS web site:  http://harvester.census.gov/imls/data/pls/index.asp.

We wish to thank the Chief Officers, State Data Coordinators, other State Library staff, the IMLS Library Statistics Working Group, the Census Public Libraries Survey team, and the public library directors and their staff, for their continued dedication and support of the PLS.

The PLS report will be released towards the end of September.

IMLS Public Libraries Search and Compare Tools – Updated with 2010 data

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS):

The Public Libraries Search and Compare tools have been updated with the FY2010 PLS [Public Library Survey] unimputed suppressed data.

Please see http://www.imls.gov/research/public_libraries_in_the_united_states_survey.aspx and click on the links provided.

New Fast Facts: ALA-MLS Librarian Staffing Levels in Colorado and U.S. Public Libraries

Our new Fast Facts, “ALA-MLS Librarian Staffing in Colorado and U.S. Public Libraries,” will pique the interest of anyone who has wondered about the distribution of librarians to ALA-MLS-accredited librarians, or about the proportions of librarians to other staff, in Colorado or the U.S. at large. Based on an analysis of Colorado and national public library staffing data, we found that in spite of the recent recession, these ratios have remained relatively stable over time, and that Colorado is keeping pace with national trends. The Fast Facts is available here.

~Chelsea

Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey – Products You and Your Libraries Can Use

The 2011-2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS) study results are in and all the various resources based on the data are now available to you and your libraries. Many thanks to all the libraries that participated in the study!

Products You and Your Libraries Can Use

– State Data/Handouts. www.plinternetsurvey.org
Colorado: http://www.plinternetsurvey.org/advocacy/state-details?id=CO

– Issue briefs:  These are 4-page briefs in the areas of Broadband, Community Access, Digital Literacy, E-government, and Employment (example: http://www.plinternetsurvey.org/sites/default/images/Briefs/EgovBrief2012.pdf)

– Sample op-ed templates, press releases, press kits, and more — all in the Data in Action section of the ALA study website at http://www.ala.org/research/initiatives/plftas/data_in_action

– Infographics: http://ipac.umd.edu/news-and-events/us-public-libraries-weather-storm

More reports:

– ALA’s Libraries Connect Communities  digital supplement  (http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/4673a369). This provides a nice summary of the entire study, has selected state data, and also key survey data.

– The full survey report (http://plinternetsurvey.org/sites/default/files/publications/2012_plftas.pdf). This has all the survey data, including more granular data at the state level than appears in the digital supplement).

– Survey executive summary (http://plinternetsurvey.org/sites/default/files/publications/2012_plftasexecutivesummary.pdf). This is a high level and more graphical presentation of selected survey data.

New Pew Study: Libraries, Patrons, and E-Books

Pew has released the results of their study on libraries, patrons, and e-books. They found that 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. However, the majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library. A results summary as well as links to the complete report and topline questionnaire can be found here.

~Linda

2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Report Now Available

ALA has just released the results of the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study. The press release, with links to the full report, an infographic, press kit, and other information, is available here.

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