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School Library Survey Now Open

The 2007-08 School Library Survey is now open. School librarians can fill out their survey at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. If you would like to complete the survey for your school, but have not received your login information via mail or email, please contact us and we can provide that information.

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

LRS Stats Used in Post Article

Just when you thought nobody was lookin’ libraries make the front page of the Denver Post! Although some of the “facts” quoted in the article weren’t strictly accurate (CO has 115 library jurisdictions, not 114), it was generally an informative, favorable piece about Colorado libraries.

Libraries attract record crowds: Public libraries evolving to meet demand for digital services By Kimberly S. Johnson

http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_6913453

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Keith Talks about School Libraries

Catch the video of former Director of the LRS Keith Curry Lance talking about a national school library survey to collect trend data.

Available from http://alfocus.ala.org/videos/aasls-school-libraries-count-survey.
-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Academic Library Survey Results Now Available

Looking for results from the most recent Academic Library Survey? Want to find out how your library stacks up againist others in terms in the number of reference questions asked, or in relation to the number of electronic journal subscriptions currently held, or in total operating expeditures? Find this information and more by accessing the results of this biannual survey by clicking on this link: http://www.lrs.org/aca_stats.php

Results from the Academic Library Survey can also be retrieved by clicking on the link for “Colorado Statistics” under the “Academic” category listed on the toolbar to the left on the LRS website. Formatted statistics of the survey, including totals and averages, will be coming soon and will be announced on the blog once they are posted.

~Beth
Strickland_B@cde.state.co.us

Who Knew? Back to School Fun Facts

In 2006, Colorado had 1,420 school libraries staffed by 1,652 FTE staff–817 of them endorsed school librarians. Collections included nearly 14 million print books and a total circulation of 36 million. School libraries had 14.8 million individual visits and 1.5 million group visits, underscoring the library as a place for students to study, conduct research, meet with each other, and, most importantly, learn information literacy.[1]

Sixty-two percent of college students said they would choose an electronic textbook over a new print textbook, according to a new study by Versaware.[2]

15 states (alas, not Colorado) had ‘Sales Tax Holidays’ during the month of August – periods of time with no sales tax on certain school-related items.[3]

“We expect more than 53 million students to be enrolled in the nation’s elementary and high schools this fall, and that’s even higher than the total enrollment in 1969 when the last of the baby boomers were still in school,” says Robert Bernstein of the U.S. Census Bureau.[4]

The US produced 10 billion pounds of apples in 2006. The chances are good that the apples your children present to their teachers or enjoy for lunch were grown in Washington state, which accounted for more than half of the nation’s total production.[5]

Average annual 2005 earnings of workers 18 and older with an advanced degree was $79,946. This compares with $54,689 a year for those with bachelor’s degrees, $29,448 for those with a high school diploma only and $19,915 for those without a high school diploma.[6]

13.6 million computers are available for classroom use in the nation’s 111,000 elementary and secondary schools; that comes down to 1 computer for every 4 students.[7]

The average cost before financial aid for one year of a full-time master’s degree education at a public institution in 2003-04 was $21,900 (includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and other living expenses).[8]

The average cumulative amount borrowed for a master’s degree for those graduating in 2003-04 was $27,200.[9]

Back-to-school spending is estimated reach $17.6 billion, up from a poor showing of $13.4 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2006 Back-to-School Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Average back-to-school spending by category and family for primary and secondary school age children: [10]

* Electronics/Computers: $114.38
* Apparel/Accessories: $228.14
* Shoes: $98.34
* School Supplies: $86.22

For more Back to School Fun Facts visit:

Facts for Features at the U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/010218.html

IES’s Back to School Statistics at the NCES: http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372

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[1]LRS.org Big Facts: http://www.lrs.org/quotable.php
[2]InternetNews.com: http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/5541_550821
[3]Stateline.org: http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=232007
[4]U.S. Census Bureau, RadioZone: Quotes & Sound Bites: http://www.census.gov/pubinfo/www/radio/sb_03back2school.html
[5]USDA: http://www.nass.usda.gov/index.asp
[6]U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/009749.html
[7]U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03ff-11.html
[8]Institute of Education Sciences: http://nces.ed.gov/das/library/tables_listings/show_nedrc.asp?rt=p&tableID=2146
[9]Student Financing of Graduate and First-Professional Education, 2003–04: Profiles of Students in Selected Degree Programs and Part-Time Students (See Table 2.13.) at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006185
[10]About.com: Retail Industry: http://retailindustry.about.com/od/sales_holiday/a/back_to_school.htm

Spanish-Speaking Populations

Librarians who work with Spanish-speaking populations may be interested in two recent Field Initiated Studies entitled, Colorado Latinos and Information: Key Informant Interviews with Latino Organizations and Information-Seeking Behaviors of Spanish-Speaking Populations: An Annotated Bibliography.
These Field Initiated Studies are the result of a Service Learning Project completed by Catherine L. Meis, a graduate student at the University of Denver’s Library and Information Science program. The end goal of this study was to help AskColorado assess potential Spanish use of the AskColorado Spanish queue.

For more information, you may click on the above links or see our Field Initiated Studies section for more information.

~ Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

2007 ALA Salary Survey Results Now Available

ALA announced this week that the 2007 edition of the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic” and “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic” are now available. Published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the survey reports the median salary for librarians is up 2.8 percent to $57,809 in 2007.

ALA Press Release & ordering information: http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/august2007/alaapa07.htm

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts – CSAP Scores Higher in Schools with Staffed Libraries

Recent CSAP and school library staffing information released by the Department of Education shows that students in schools with staffed libraries do better on CSAP scores than those without staffed libraries.

See the Fast Facts

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Where are all the library jobs?

Do you want to know where library jobs are? Now you can see them on the map.

As the next step in its evolution, LibraryJobline.org now offers maps showing the location of current library job openings in Colorado and elsewhere. There are three ways to access the maps:

• Check out the locations of all current job openings at http://www.LibraryJobline.org/map.php,
• Search LibraryJobline.org at http://www.LibraryJobline.org/search.php and view a map of positions that meet your search parameters, or
• Login to MyJobline ( http://www.LibraryJobline.org/mylogin.php) and view a map of positions that fit your personal criteria

Happy searching!

Special Libraries Page

Librarians who work in special libraries may be interested in research information posted on our Special Libraries page. As you come upon information that you think should be included on this page, please e-mail us and let us know.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

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