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LRS Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Linda Hofschire is the new Research Analyst at the Library Research Service. Previously she worked as a social science researcher in the fields of Mass Communication and Education, designing and implementing surveys and analyzing statistics. She recently received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

Dave Hodgins is our new Data Coordinator and Web Developer and comes to LRS from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he was Assistant Professor and Access Services Librarian.  Dave’s research interests include library web design and development and the application of new and emerging technologies to traditional library services.

We are all very excited to welcome our new colleagues to LRS and the State Library and look forward to exploring new library research territory with them.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Public Libraries & the Internet – Issue Briefs

Using data from the national Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, issues briefs from the Center for Library & Information Innovation in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland include the following four topics.

Public Libraries and Broadband: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/BroadbandBrief10July10.pdf

Public Libraries and Community Access: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/CommunityAccessBrief10July10.pdf

Public Libraries and E-government: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/EgovBrief10July10.pdf

Public Libraries and Employment: http://clii.umd.edu/sites/default/Briefs/EmploymentBrief10July10.pdf

Issue Briefs: http://www.plinternetsurvey.org:1976/?q=node/17

Full survey results report, available at www.plinternetsurvey.org.

2008 Public Library Survey Report Released: Library Use Up–Way Up–In The Last 10 Years

IMLS recently published the 2008 Public Libraries Survey Report: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/pls/index.asp.

An analysis of the data shows that nationally public library visits and circulation went up 20% from 1999 to 2000 while staff numbers stay the same: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/063010.shtm

CAL Surveys Colorado Library Community

Using an online survey, the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) is soliciting feedback from the entire Colorado library community. Rochelle Logan, current CAL president, wrote:

“It has been quite a few years since CAL conducted a survey to ask you if the association is meeting your needs. With the Board in the midst of writing a strategic plan, we decided it was time to put our finger on the pulse and find out what you want from CAL. Not only are we looking for feedback from our members, but non-members as well. Please take 5 minutes to answer this short questionnaire at http://www.formsite.com/calforms/membsurvey2010/index.html. It is very important that we hear from you as we plan for our future.”

CAL: http://www.cal-webs.org/
Survey: http://www.formsite.com/calforms/membsurvey2010/index.html

The survey closes the end of June, so respond soon!
Thanks.
Nicolle

NCES Releases Report on The Condition of Education 2010

From NCES:
The National Center for Education Statistics today released The Condition of Education 2010, a Congressionally mandated report to the nation on education in America today. It covers all aspects of education, with 49 indicators that include findings on enrollment trends, demographics, and outcomes.

The report projects that public school enrollment will rise from 49 million in 2008 to 52 million by 2019, with the largest increase expected in the South. Over the past decade, more students attended both charter schools and high-poverty schools (those in which more than 75 percent of the students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch). One in six U.S. students attends a high-poverty school; and the number of charter school students has tripled since 1999.

Full report: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/
NCES: http://nces.ed.gov/

New Field Initiated Study – Reports on Diversity and Inclusivity

Two reports have been added to our Field Initiated Studies page!  These reports come from Bonnie McCune and Heidi Baker with the Colorado Special Populations & Issues Committee.

The first, “The Future of Diverse Libraries,” is a survey from library staff members and indicates benchmarks, needs, and future steps. The second, based on personal interviews with leaders, “Key Informants: Opinions and Advice on Special Populations,” gives perspectives and general guidance.

To view these reports, click on the titles above or go to our Field Initiated Studies page at www.lrs.org/field.php.

-Jamie D.

Public Library Search & Compare Tools Updated with 2008 Data

The IMLS search and compare tools have been updated with the 2008 national public library data. 

Search tool: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/search/index.asp
Compare tool: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/compare/index.asp

Preliminary Data from the 2009 Public Library Annual Report Now Available!

Preliminary data from the 2009 Public Library Annual Report is now available.  Click here to access the newest public library data!

Thanks to all of the public libraries that worked so hard on this years Public Library Annual Report!

-Jamie D.

State of America’s Libraries, 2010

ALA just released their State of America’s Libraries, 2010 report.

“The report shows the value of libraries in helping Americans combat the recession. It includes data from a January 2010 Harris Interactive poll that provides compelling evidence that a decade-long trend of increasing library use is continuing—and even accelerating during economic hard times. This national survey indicates that some 219 million Americans feel the public library improves the quality of life in their community. More than 223 million Americans feel that because it provides free access to materials and resources, the public library plays an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.”

For more: http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/americaslibraries/index.cfm.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Fast Facts: More Job Seekers, Fewer Jobs

A new Fast Facts is up!  More Job Seekers, Fewer Jobs: Findings from Library Jobline, Year Three” reports trends found in LibraryJobline.org postings from 2007-2009.  While the number of job postings drastically decreased as the economy struggled, the number of job seekers increased, making the field more competitive.  Click on the title above or visit the Fast Facts page to read more!

– Jamie H.

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