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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve just released our latest Fast Facts – Computer Users at JCPL are More Likely to be Very Active Patrons. About a year ago, we collected computer usage data from Jefferson County Public Library, and found that patrons who were using the library’s computers also tended to check out more materials.
See more at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/261_jcpl_computers.pdf
Want to get the most out of our dynamic public library statistics pages? We now have a tutorial available which will help you better navigate the tools and find the statistics you are looking for more easily.
2007 Public Library Statistics are now available for libraries in Colorado. Public libraries throughout the state completed their portions of the 2007 Public Library Annual Report this spring, and we have now completed state and federal edit checks to ensure the quality of the data.
Check out the stats at http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php.
While I was at ALA, I had the chance to be exposed to several sessions that presented research that is in a very similar vein to what we’re doing here at the LRS. I’ll mention three such studies that I was able to learn about:
The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill is doing a study that is very close to our hearts – the Workforce Issues in Library & Information Science (http://www.wilis.unc.edu/index.html). They’re treating it as a two-step process. First, they’ve surveyed LIS graduates from their school dating to 1964, and are currently processing that data. Next, they will be using what they’ve done to attempt to develop a model for career tracking of LIS graduates. It should be interesting to see what they come up with.
Second, Old Dominion University is conducting an exploratory study of the relationship between National Board Certification (NBC) in Library Media and Information Science (LMS) and student academic achievement ( http://www.odu.edu/~spribesh/imls-nbc.shtml). This is well in line with the school library impact studies done by LRS and others found at http://www.lrs.org/impact.php.
Finally, I got to sit in on a session presented by OCLC which discussed their study, “From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America” (http://www.oclc.org/reports/funding/default.htm). They’re analyzing the data from a very large study of library support that found, among many other things, that the library’s most committed funding supporters are not the heaviest library users.
Though all of these studies are still in the data analysis stage at the moment, I look forward to seeing what comes from them.
This latest issue of Fast Facts compares libraries districts to their non-district peers to determine if they continued to show strong financial stability since the budget cuts of 2002. And if library districts have increased their funding more than non-district libraries, have they also increased the utilization of their resources and materials more than the other library types?
See the Fast Facts article here: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/260_PL_districts_jur.pdf
Comment on the article here: http://www.lrs.org/blog/
Senior Research Analyst
Library Research Service