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2008-09 School Library Profiles Now Available

The 2008-09 School Library Profiles have been created and are now available for all school libraries that responded to this year’s survey. To access them, go to http://www.lrs.org/school/profiles08/index.php.

Thank you to all 830 schools who responded.

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Reference Service – Where is it Going? Survey Results

In December 2008, we launched the 60-second survey, “Reference Service – Where is it Going?” The survey was prompted by a discussion on a listserv for librarians working on virtual reference desks around the country. (Thanks Kris Johnson for the tip!)

Clearly a hot topic, we received 1,500 responses from library staff and others reading library blogs, listservs, etc.

Not surprisingly, respondents indicated that reference services are important to both the public and the library itself.

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When asked “how great is the need for librarian-assisted search services in today’s information environment,” nearly everyone (99%) said it was needed or greatly needed.


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Similarly, respondents thought reference was vital to the library as an institution. 98% of respondents indicated important or very important when asked “how critical are reference services to the survival of libraries?”



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Respondents widely believed that virtual reference will play a big part in the future of library services. Asked “do you think virtual reference services are the future of library reference” nearly 9 out of 10 respondents said “yes.” However, most did not believe it would replace in-person reference.


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In spite of its importance, respondents felt reference was not promoted adequately. 9 out of 10 indicated “the library profession should do more to promote reference services.”


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Recently there has been discussion among librarians about establishing a national effort to promote reference services at libraries. For example, an “ASK” campaign that would be similar to ALA’s “Read” campaign. The majority of respondents (83%) thought “a professional organization should launch a national campaign promoting reference services at libraries.”


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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 reference services in libraries by leaving a comment below.

-Zeth & Nicolle

Interlibrary Loan Among Colorado Academic Libraries

A new Fast Facts has just been published. Interlibrary Loan Among Academic Libraries – Ups and Downs in Colorado, examines interlibrary loan trends. Find out what is increasing and what is decreasing.

Read this Fast Facts and more at our Fast Facts page.

-Jamie

School Library Survey Preliminary Results

The 2008-09 School Library Survey closed a few weeks ago, and preliminary results are now available on our school library stats page — http://www.lrs.org/school_stats.php

If you completed the survey, please take the time to review our data and let us know if you find any discrepancies. We’re still working on the 2008-09 School Library Profiles, and will release those in January.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

New on LibraryJobline.org!

LibraryJobline.org has something new to check out! We have added links to other websites that could be useful resources to the library job hunter. The categories for the links included are Professional Resources and Organizations, Education, Colorado Resources, Other Library Job Searches, Job Hunting Help, and Suggested Reading.

Some examples of the websites that we have linked to are the Colorado Association of Libraries website, the Colorado Department of Education webpage on the process for educator licensing for K-12 librarians, and ALA’s webpage on accredited library and information science programs. Other useful links include examples of possible library interview questions, blogs about library job hunting, and tips for cover letters, resumes, and interviews.

So, stop by the new page to check out the resources we have compiled, or look for the link “Resources for Job Seekers” on the home page of LibraryJobline.org.

Who Knew?… Twilight Fun Facts

In recognition of the highly anticipated Twilight film, here are some fun facts about the series.

Twilight is the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan, who moves to a small town in Washington State and falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. Published in 2005, the book was followed by New Moon in 2006 and Eclipse in 2007. The books have sold 8.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Publisher’s Weekly.

Author Stephenie Meyer, a Phoenix housewife with a degree in English from Brigham Young University, based the first novel on a vivid dream she had in 2003 (Stephenie.Meyer.com).

Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight saga, sold 1.3 million copies on its publication date, August 2, 2008. Little, Brown reported it as the highest single-day sales in the company’s history (Publisher’s Weekly).

The Twilight books have been translated into 37 languages and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, according to the Daily Telegraph (UK).

The Twilight series has drawn frequent comparisons with the Harry Potter series in terms of its cultural impact. Eclipse knocked the last installment of J.K. Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, to the #2 spot on the Barnes and Noble Fiction Bestseller’s list when it was published, and the series has made Meyer a millionaire many times over. The Twilight film was be released on Nov. 21, the same date the next Harry Potter film was originally going to be released (Wall Street Journal).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours, according to the New York Times. The Potter books have been translated into 67 languages and sold 400 million copies worldwide (BBC). And while the four books in the Twilight series weigh in at 2,458 pages, the seven-part Harry Potter series breaks the scales at 4,100 pages (Wall Street Journal).

The series’ has not escaped controversy. Citing concerns about age-appropriate content, the Capistrano Unified School District in California banned the books from middle school libraries in September 2008 – only to reinstate the books four days later without explanation (Orange County Register).

Children’s Use of Public Library Services Continues to Grow

The use of public library resources and services by children has been on the rise both in Colorado and in the U.S. as a whole over the past 10 years. Read the details in our new Fast Facts, The Kids Have It, by Robbie Bravman Marks

Come Visit the Gaming Zone at CAL

At the CAL Conference this week, the Colorado State Library booth will have a “Gaming Zone.” Come play Wii video games with CSL staff. Not only will it be fun, but the LRS Research Fellows have compiled research on the connection between gaming and literacy, tips on how to create a gaming program at your library, and more. Come discuss and learn about the possibilities of gaming programs at the library.

Wii hope to see you there!

-Jamie

School Survey Deadline EXTENDED

The deadline to respond to the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey has been extended until November 26, 2008. So far we have about 500 responses, and are looking to break last year’s record of 817. If you’re in a school library in Colorado, and haven’t completed the survey yet, please do so at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. If you need your login information, contact the LRS.

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

News about American Libraries

From the folks at ALA:

1. Our weekly e-newsletter, American Libraries Direct, is now available to anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members. The sign-up form, as well as the FAQ, is at http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/aldirect/aldirect.cfm .

2. American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop, http://www.al.ala.org/insidescoop/ . Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.

3. Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the American Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives, which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly to http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/alonlineebrary/alonlineebrary.cfm . First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues. To download, go to http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ala/Download . Firefox 3 users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround, http://www.ebrary.com/kb/users/ff3install.jsp , to make the ebrary reader work with their browser.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

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