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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

U.S. Public Libraries and Web 2.0

I’m currently at the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey. In a few hours, I’ll be presenting on results from our study “U.S. Public Libraries and Web 2.0.” We will be releasing data in report form shortly, but in the meantime, here’s a link to my presentation.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/web20/pub_libs_web_20_ppt.pdf

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

LRS.org turns a decade!

Almost exactly 10 years ago, LRS.org went live. Yes, we’ve inhabited cyberspace that long – how do you think we got such a great URL? In those 10 years, our website has received about 16 million hits from around 2.5 million visitors. We’ve also redefined ourselves a few times. Here’s what what we looked like in one of our original incarnations (thanks Archive.org!):

We moved to the current look at the beginning of 2005, which suggests it’s high time we rethink our web presence. Look for something new next summer, and in the meantime feel free to give us advice – in the comments or via email.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

New School Library Fast Facts

Today we release a new Fast Facts about school libraries, More School Librarians for Metro Areas, Fewer for Non-Metro, which details trends in school library staffing throughout the state. The timing of this report is appropriate, as next week we will open the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey.

See this and others at our Fast Facts page.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

New Field Initiated Studies

The three new Field Initiated Studies (FIS) posted should interest a wide range of librarians and library directors.

The Criminal and Credit Checks on Employees and Volunteers FIS is a summary of responses to a question regarding who is using criminal and credit checks as a pre-employment screening process. The question was posed to the Colorado Public Library Directors listserv by Claudine Perrault, director of the Estes Park Public Library.

The ILS Used by the Rocky Mountain Chapter and Solo Division of SLA FIS is a summary of responses received by Mariwayne Scully and Emily Lynch of Mountain States Employers Council when they asked the Rocky Mountain Chapter and Solo Division of SLA listserv what Integrated Library System they use, if they are happy with their system, and what previous system they have used.

The Language Competency and Hiring Survey FIS includes the results of a survey posted by Eladia Rivera of the Boulder Public Library to the REFORMA-CO listserv. The survey asked what types of pre-hire evaluations of language proficiency are done, if any, for applicants with second language skills. It was also asked if there was any type of incentive for second language speakers and if so, in what form. Finally, the survey asked if language training for staff was paid for by the library or local government. Many comments were also added by respondents.

For more information, click on the titles above or visit our Field Initated Studies section.

-Jamie

Colorado Summer Reading Programs

We’ve just published a new Fast Facts — Colorado Summer Reading Programs More Popular Than Ever, by Robbie Bravman Marks. Find it on our Fast Facts page.

-Zeth

New Research Fellows

The LRS is going through a bit of a transition, as we welcome a brand new set of Research Fellows from the University of Denver. Briana Hovendick, Sean Lamborne, and Jamie Archuleta all joined our ranks in the last few weeks. It’ll be exciting to move forward with our new corps. Join me in welcoming them to the crew.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Challenged Materials – Fast Facts

Our latest Fast Facts has just been published – Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries.

See our Fast Facts page to find out what was challenged last year.

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

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