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60-Second Survey: Future of the Book

Recently, news outlets and blogs have been busy deriding and celebrating the recent ascension of e-readers. The growing popularity of this new format has come with murmurs about the death of paper books and some even surmise that as technology advances libraries will cease to exist!

Taking notice of the chatter, Library Research Service has decided to survey librarians on the matter. This new 60-Second Survey asks your opinions on e-readers and how you think they will transform reading. Will e-readers be the demise of the paper book? What will libraries circulate? What is the future of the book? You tell us.
Click the link below to take the 60-Second Survey.

Survey closed–thanks for your interest.

Interlibrary Loan in Colorado

A new Fast Facts has been published! This Fast Facts, State’s Collaborative Climate Fosters Interlibrary Loan in Colorado,  examines interlibrary loan (ILL) use among Colorado’s public and academic libraries, as well as how ILL use impacts circulation overall.

Read this Fast Facts by going to our Fast Facts page, or click the title above!

-Jamie

Public Libraries & Web Technologies – What’s Happening?

LRS is proud to announce the release of our most recent Closer Look Report, “U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies.” In the spring of 2008, we visited the websites of nearly 600 public libraries in the United States, including all Colorado public libraries, looking for the presence of web technologies, including those identified as “Web 2.0.” This report details our findings about what public libraries are doing on the web, and the characteristics that “early adopters” share.

Find the report, and a Colorado-specific Fast Facts report, on the report page:

http://www.lrs.org/public/webtech

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

LRS is searching for a new DU Research Fellow

We’ve recently watched one of our University of Denver Research Fellows graduate and move on to her professional career – good luck Briana, you’ll be missed. But as one door closes another opens, and now we’ve started the process of hiring a new Research Fellow. As the result of our partnership with DU’s LIS program which allows us to employ 3-4 current DU LIS students as Research Fellows. More information about the Fellowship is available at http://www.lrs.org/fellowship.php.

If you are a current student in the DU LIS program and think the Fellowship sounds like a good opportunity, or if you know someone in the program who you think would be a great fit for us, our online application form and instructions are available at http://www.lrs.org/rfapp.

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

LRS Study Featured in Computers in Libraries Magazine

If you or your library subscribes to Computers in Libraries magazine, look for my article – U.S. Public Libraries and Web 2.0: What’s Really Happening? – on page 6. Find information about the publication at http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/oct09/index.shtml. The article is the first publication recapping our recent study, “U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies.” We are also tying up the loose ends on a Closer Look Report detailing results of the study, and working on a Colorado-specific edition of Fast Facts. Watch for those publications soon on the PL Web Tech study page.

-Zeth

2009-10 Colorado School Library Survey Now Open

Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2009-10 Colorado School Library Survey, open now at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 to get your information.

-Zeth

“ASK” – A National Campaign for Reference?

In late 2008, LRS opened up a 60 Second Survey and asked librarians about the importance of reference, the future of reference, and the promotion of reference.

While the results have been on www.LRS.org for some time now, we have a new Fast Facts, “ASK” – A National Campaign for Reference?, that analyzes the findings and the comments left by respondents.

Take a look at what we found on the LRS Fast Facts page, or click on the title above for a pdf.

-Sean

Follow LibraryJobline.org on Twitter!

LibraryJobline.org is now on Twitter! Follow LibraryJobline.org at http://twitter.com/libraryjobline.

If Twitter isn’t for you, you may also sign up for My Jobline, where you can chose to receive emails and/or RSS notifications when jobs that meet your criteria have been posted.

Or, you can receive RSS notifications of all job postings here!

Showing Films at the Library

Librarians interested in showing films at their libraries will be interested in the newest Field Initiated Study. Tara Bannon of the Denver Public Library asked the Libnet listserv which libraries show films to the public. The new Field Initiated Study, Showing Films in the Library, is a compilation of the responses received.

Click on the title above or go to our Field Initiated Studies page to read more.

Challenged Materials in Colorado’s Public Libraries, 2008

Curious about the challenges received by Colorado’s public libraries? Read our newest Fast Facts, Challenged Materials in Colorado’s Public Libraries, 2008. More than one out of ten public libraries in Colorado received a challenge in 2008. Read more by clicking on the title above or by going to our Fast Facts page.

-Jamie

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