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Librarians Feel Effects of Economy

Has your job changed as a result of the recession? You’re not alone.

Our latest Fast Facts, Libraries and Librarians Feeling Effects of Economic Slowdown, discusses the results of a 60-Second Survey conducted earlier this year. Respondents’ personal observations indicate requests for help and use of library services have increased, along with the stress felt by librarians. To read more, visit our Fast Facts page or click on the link above.

User Satisfaction with AskColorado

Our latest Fast Facts, User Satisfaction with AskColorado Continues, details the results of a 2008 survey of AskColorado users. This survey gathered valuable data on how patrons are using Colorado’s free, 24/7 virtual reference service. To learn more, visit our Fast Facts page or click on the title above.

Library Jobs in Colorado: What Does LibraryJobline.org Tell Us?

Are you curious about the library job market in Colorado? Our latest Fast Facts, Library Jobs in Colorado: What Does LibraryJobline.org Tell Us?, analyzes the job postings on LibraryJobline.org since 2007. Some of the topics discussed are the total number of job postings, job postings by library type, and degree requirements. Read more about the changes (and similarities) over the past few years by clicking on the title above or by going to our Fast Facts page.

-Jamie

Patron Satisfaction with the Colorado Talking Book Library

Our newest Fast Facts, Patrons Continue to Love CTBL Service, examines the results of the 2008 Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) patron satisfaction and outcome survey. Similar to previous years, CTBL patrons are very happy with CTBL. To read more about this valued service, go to our Fast Facts page or click on the title above.

Colorado Libraries Internet Connectivity: Results of the Gates Foundation Broadband Assessment Project

Are you interested in Internet connection and its administration throughout Colorado’s libraries?

Between October 2008 and March 2009, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveyed America’s libraries to learn more about their Internet connectivity. Results were distributed to each state in April 2009.

Out of the 248 libraries (outlets/branches) in Colorado, 242 responded to the survey (98%). The results give a candid assessment of library Internet connections across the state. Data herein covers a variety of topics, including: Number of outlets that provide Internet access to the public, type of Internet service connection, download speed, cost of Internet connection, and more.

A few highlights from the results:
-All but one outlet/branch in Colorado provides Internet access to the public

-Nearly three out of ten (29%) of Colorado’s library outlets receive some Internet connectivity for free, although they may pay for additional connections

-The average cost for library Internet connections is $4,452 per year per outlet

Other findings for the Broadband Assessment project can be found at:

http://www.lrs.org/documents/public/broadband_2009.pdf

Enjoy,
Sean

Colorado Libraries Return on Investment

Ever wonder how a return on taxpayer investment in public libraries can be quantified? Our latest Fast Facts, Colorado Library Return on Investment: 5 to 1, discusses how the Library Research Service calculated return on investment (ROI) for eight public libraries from across the state.

U.S. Library Data Archive Now Hosted on LRS.org

Bob Molyneux, former director of statistics and surveys at the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), has assembled a large number of digital versions of publications reporting statistics on various types of libraries. As NCLIS is now closed, this data needed a home, and we are proud to partner with Bob to provide an online archive for these files:

http://drdata.lrs.org

Files currently housed in the archive:File Comments
Public Library Data File (PLDF3) Longitudinal data of a universe file of U.S. public libraries, FY 1987-FY 2007. Updated through FY 2007
State Summary/State Characteristics Data File (PUSUM) Longitudinal file of summary data on public libraries at the state level, FY 1992-FY 2007. Updated through FY 2007
Raw data, documentation, reports, and summary analysis of public libraries A substantial number of publications about these libraries is available now.

This is an important, useful archive, and all materials within are in the public domain. Enjoy!

Zeth
-lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Restorative Librarianship in the Colorado Department of Corrections

Interested in the work prison librarians are doing? Check out our new Fast Facts Restorative Librarianship in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This edition consists of a look at Colorado’s “Out for Life” program – an Institutional Library Development (ILD) program designed to promote libraries’ role in helping prisoners successfully reenter society.

New Field Initated Study – ID Requirements for Library Cards

A new Field Initiated Study (FIS) has been posted! ID Requirements for Library Card Registration consists of responses compiled by Heidi Baker, of the Special Populations Committee, from several questions posed to the Libnet and REFORMA-CO listservs. The questions posted to the listservs asked about the identification requirements libraries have for patrons to obtain a library card.

To see this Field Initiated Study, click the title above or go to our Field Initiated Studies section.

-Jamie

Libraries and the Economic Recession Survey Results

In April, we launched the 60-second survey, “Libraries and the Economic Recession.” This survey was prompted by several news articles discussing the recession’s impact on libraries and librarians.

We wanted to know what folks on the front lines had observed about the economy, and how the recession had impacted their work and their career plans. Nearly 500 people responded.

The results indicate that libraries are indeed seeing increases in use and requests for assistance, and librarians are feeling the squeeze themselves.

When asked, “In the last 12 months, have you had to help more library patrons with the following services,” 70 percent selected “computer use,” which included help with software and Internet searching. More than three in five (66%) said they’ve had more requests for assistance with job-seeking activities, such as online job applications and resume preparation.

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Similarly, when asked, “In the last 12 months, have you personally noticed an increase in use of the following resources in your library,” 67 percent reported increases in public access computer use by patrons, while more than half said they’ve noticed an increase in library visits (63%) and circulation of materials (54%).

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When asked, “To better serve patrons, do you feel a need for additional professional training in any of the following areas,” nearly half of the respondents (46%) indicated they could use training on available public assistance/social programs.

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When asked, “As a result of the current economic downturn, do you feel a need for additional training in any of the following areas for your own professional development,” more than two in five (44%) said they would benefit from stress management training. One in three (31%) indicated they could use additional training on how to deal with difficult patrons.

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In addition, more than half the respondents shared personal observations about how the recession is impacting their libraries and their patrons.

More detail about the results of this 60-second survey will be published in an upcoming edition of Fast Facts. Let us know what you think about the recession’s impact on libraries by leaving a comment below.

Briana

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