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Wage Calculator now available

Have you ever looked at an hourly salary on a job posting and wanted to quickly know how it translated to an annual wage? Or vice versa? The Library Research Service now provides a simple wage calculator which allows you to provide hours worked per week and an hourly, weekly, monthly, or annual salary, and return wages for all of those time frames. Additionally, this calculator has been integrated into Colorado State Library’s LibraryJobline.org. Now, as you look at a job posting, clicking on the word “Calculate” next to the salary information will open up a new window with our wage calculator, preloaded with the salary data for that job.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Who Knew – Fun Facts about Football and Literacy

In the spirit of this weekend’s Super Bowl, we have collected resources relating how football is being used to promote literacy around the globe.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) reports that enterprising librarians at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) are using fantasy football to teach information literacy. “Fantasy football sessions created the building blocks for future information literacy successes by bridging the students’ existing experiences to the skills required for college.”

http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crlnews/backissues2008/january08/librariansport.cfm

http://fantasy-football-librarian.blogspot.com (Blog)

Reading The Game (RTG) is a partnership with the National Literacy Trust in the United Kingdom, working with professional football (soccer for those of us in the States) to promote literacy and to raise reading motivation for all ages. Thanks to funding from the Football Foundation, a unique post was established in 2002 at the NLT to help strengthen the role of football as a key motivational force in raising literacy standards for both children and adults. Reading The Game was launched at Manchester City Football Club on 25th September 2002. This partnership will continue for another 3 years from January 2008. http://www.nationalliteracytrust.org.uk/About/footballfoundation2007.html

The Houghton Mifflin Company’s online Education Place includes an interactive, football-themed literacy website for kids called “Tackle Reading.” Kids can use this website to set reading goals, find books, get reading tips, print bookmarks, read player’s stories, play football word games, and more.

http://www.eduplace.com/tacklereading/

The Wright Stuff
A New Orleans teacher’s encouragement has resulted in a literacy club whose student members are writing a novel about themselves as first-year college students.

Reading instructor Danyel McLain has helped eight of her students at Henry C. Schaumburg Elementary School form the club which has penned the story called “504 Boyz Go to College.” It tells the tale of first-year Louisiana State University students who are members of LSU’s band and football and basketball teams. So far the boys have written six chapters and plan on writing four more.

To keep the boys interested in writing, McLain helped them form the club, complete with its own logo and t-shirts. To celebrate their achievements she organized book signing in the school’s cafeteria.
“I didn’t think I was that smart before,” said Joshua, 14, one of the writers. But, he says, “I pay attention. I do my work.”
SOURCE: New Orleans Times Picayune, January 8, 2008

http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-26/1199773259152710.xml&coll=1

Introducing First-Year Student-Athletes to the Library:
The Michigan State University Experience
Athletics on college campuses is one of the oldest traditions in higher education. To this day, most institutions of higher education have intercollegiate athletic programs which means that a large number of student-athletes exist on American campuses. Student-athletes, like other special populations on campus, have unique needs that make them different from other students. One area that student-athletes need help in is in accessing and learning how to use the library system on their campus.

http://www.libraryinstruction.com/athlete.html

Rams Reader Team/ Literacy Initiatives:
The Rams place a high priority on literacy and partner with area organizations to increase interest in reading, provide free books for underserved communities and train tutors. The Rams also encourage youth to tackle reading by joining the Rams Reader Team , a program that targets kids from kindergarten to high school. Participants are encouraged to visit their local library, sign up to be a Rams Reader Team member, and choose a book from the reading list created from suggestions by the St. Louis Rams football players and chairman and owner, Georgia Frontiere. To reinforce the importance of literacy, each week during the program, players visit libraries and schools to read to children.

http://www.stlouisrams.com/OffTheField/ProgramsAndEvents/

Other Super Bowl tidbits:
— The Super Bowl represents the No. 1 at-home party event of the year (even bigger than New Year’s Eve) and the No. 2 food-consumption day of the year.
— Approximately $55 million will be spent on Super Bowl food this year.
— Ten million man-hours is spent on Super Bowl food preparation.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/19089/super_bowl_sunday_partying_eating_and.html

LibraryJobline.org celebrates its first birthday

One year ago today, on January 16, 2007, the Colorado State Library Jobline moved to a new, more interactive home — www.LibraryJobline.org. In the year it’s been up, it has been a huge success — 680 job positions have been posted in nearly all types of libraries. Almost 500 job seekers have signed up for MyJobline, with 371 of them receiving email notifications and 129 getting personalized RSS feeds sent to them when jobs are posted that meet their criteria.

Literacy and Libraries in Prison

The U.S. Department of Education recently released the report, Literacy Behind Bars: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey. This report summarizes the findings of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) which assessed the English literacy of incarcerated adults. The first assessment since 1992, the 2003 assessment was administered to approximately 1,200 inmates (ages 16 and older) in state and federal prisons, as well as to approximately 18,000 adults (ages 16 and older) living in households. The prison sample is representative of the 1,380,000 adults in prison and the household sample is representative of the 221,020,000 adults in households in 2003. Both the 1992 and 2003 Assessments, define literacy as: “Using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”

The assessment indicates there is a direct link between literacy and participation in certain activities in prison such as reading, using computers, using the library, and being given the opportunity for certain work assignments.

Many prisons have a library that is available to inmates. However, the opportunity for a prisoner to actually use the library is influenced by a variety of factors including; the hours that the library is open, procedures that inmates must go through to request a visit to the library or delivery of books from the library, and the extent and variety of reading materials available. (According to the Directory of State Prison Librarians 2002, 826 state prisons have a librarian. This is approximately 62% of state prisons according to the most recent report on the number of state correctional facilities in the U.S.)

In general, prison inmates who use the library have higher average prose and quantitative literacy than inmates who never use the library. The report explains, “Library use can be related to literacy in two ways; adults who have higher literacy levels may be more likely to want to access the library and find things to read, and adults who use the library and read more frequently may improve their literacy levels.”

This report is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2007/2007473.pdf

~ Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

2007-2008 Preliminary School Library Statistics Released

The 2007-08 Preliminary School Library Statistics are now available from our school statistics page. This year, a record 819 schools responded to the survey. Take a look at the statistics and school library profiles to see how your school library stacks up.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts: AskColorado Customer Satisfaction High

The results of the 2006 AskColorado Customer Satisfaction survey are examined in this fast facts. Since its inception, AskColorado has steadily increased both in number of user sessions and customer satisfaction levels. To read this fast facts go to http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/255_AskCO.pdf

Best Practices for Scanning and Minors’ Use of the Internet

Librarians working in many types of libraries may be interested in the two most recent Field Initiated Studies (FIS).

The Best Practices for Scanning FIS is a summary of responses from a Libnet inquiry regarding the best methods for scanning large volumes of library materials. Responses primarily include those from academic and special librarians.

The Minors’ Use of the Internet FIS is a summary of responses from a Libnet inquiry regarding policies for minors’ Internet use, primarily in public libraries.

You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initated Studies Section for more information.

-Amanda
arybin@du.edu

Who Knew – Books and the holidays

Publisher is matching donations — a new book for each dollar given — at First Book through December 31st.
Every dollar donated through Dec. 31 to First Book will be matched by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing with an entire book, up to a million new books. First Book is a nonprofit organization that gives away new books to children in need. When a donation is made the giver can download and personalize a card to notify someone of the gift, or an e-card can be sent instantly. To donate go to First Book’s site at http://www.firstbook.org

Book stores show strong jump in sales from November to December.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. retailers with sizable jumps in sales between November and December 2006 were as follows: book stores (86 percent); clothing stores (49 percent); jewelry stores (155 percent); radio, TV and other electronics stores (60 percent); and sporting goods stores (65 percent).

Source: Service Sector Statistics

http://www.census.gov/mrts/www/mrts.html

Obama’s book tops Amazon’s popular gift list
Amazon.com’s most popular gift for 2006 was Barack Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope. It was the only book among their 19 most popular gifts for the year.

http://www.amazon.com/Most-Popular-Gifts-of-2006/lm/R11C4C9IL2I0UD

Boston-area library in 15th year of holiday book-giving program
The Acton Memorial Library in Acton, Massachusetts is currently in its 15th year of the popular Holiday Book Program. Donors purchase pre-selected titles from the library’s “wish list” in order to add to the library’s collection. The giver receives a card and a bookplate to dedicate to recipients with their name inside the purchased book, and a chance to be the first to read the book once it is processed. Last year, gifts totaled more than $1,500.

http://www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/Good-Word-No95.pdf

New Fast Facts: Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2006

This latest Fast Facts examines the results of the 2006 Challenges to Materials at Colorado’s Public Libraries report.
In 2006, out of the 115 public libraries in Colorado, 23 reported that they received a formal challenge during the year. There were a total of 89 individual challenges to books, materials, events, exhibits, and Internet-related services in the state’s public libraries.
See the complete Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/254_Challenges.pdf

National Report on School Library Programs Released

AASL announced yesterday the release of “School Libraries Count! A National Survey of School Library Media Programs 2007″ an annual survey of school libraries.

From ALA website:

AASL releases report on first longitudinal survey

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has just released the results of its first longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count!

The survey, conducted January-March 2007, gathered data in a number of areas, including library staff, collections, technology, class visits and budgets. AASL will be using the data to develop tools to help library media specialists advocate at the local, state and national level.

“In a time of budget cuts and confusion about the role of library media specialists,” said AASL president Sara Kelly Johns, “it is more critical than ever that both the profession and educational decision-makers understand the state of the nation’s school library media programs.”

The survey will be conducted annually and will result in a longitudinal series that will provide data on the health of the nation’s school library media programs. The second survey is scheduled to open at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Nancy Everhart, chair of the AASL Research and Statistics Committee, said, “The data from this survey will be valuable to researchers and practitioners alike. Researchers can use it to support further studies, and practitioners can use it to compare their programs to national benchmarks.”

More about the study: http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/slcsurvey.cfm

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

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