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
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.
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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
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.
The study, ” Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social – and Educational – Networking” looks at the usage of social networking by 9 to 17-year olds. Three groups were surveyed for the study: tweens and teens (9 to 17-year olds), parents, and school district leaders.
From the report…
* 59% of online students say they talk about education related topics
* 50% of online students say they talk specifically about schoolwork
* Less than 1% of all students say they’ve actually met someone in person from an online encounter without their parents’ permission
* 84% of school districts have rules against online chatting and 81% against instant messaging in school
Sections of the report include The Positives, The Gaps, Expectations & Interests, and Striking a Balance-Guidance & Recommendations for School Board Members. The study was conducted by Grunwald Associates and underwritten by News Corporation, Microsoft and Verizon.
The report: http://www.nsba.org/site/docs/41400/41340.pdf
Colorado public libraries’ historical circulation data is included in a recent study that is making the rounds on blogs, listservs, and email lists. Written by economist Douglas A. Galbi, “ Book Circulation Per U.S. Public Library User Since 1856,” is an analysis of library circulation trends from various sources going back over 150 years. Included in the analysis is Colorado library circulation data from 1920 through 2000, which appears in an LRS Fast Fact from 2003, “ Colorado Public Libraries Historical Data” written by Becky Russell.
Complete online circulation report from Galbi: http://www.galbithink.org/libraries/circulation.htm
More library data analysis from Galbi: http://www.galbithink.org/libraries/analysis.htm
Homepage for Douglas Galbi: http://galbithink.org/
LRS Fast Facts, “Colorado Public Libraries Historical Data”: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/198_historical_pl_data.pdf
Thanks to Denise Davis at the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and Larry T. Nix, Library History Buff, for emailing this link to me.
The 2006 Metro Report is now available. The Metro Report consists of tables and charts of statistics from selected public libraries in metropolitan areas with operating expenditures greater than $1 million.
Public library directors report increased circulation, program attendance, and computer use, says a recent article in the Boston Globe. “Area directors say they have also seen growth in ways not measured by circulation, like use of public computers and attendance at library programs. “We’re busier than ever,” said Beth Mazin, assistant director of Andover’s Memorial Hall Library. “Our library is jammed with people.”
For more on this story go the Boston Globe online at:
Or the article at:
Good circulation…Internet helps libraries, despite predictions it would spell the end
Librarians working in academic libraries may be interested in the latest Field Initiated Study summarizing a Libnet inquiry posted by Gayle Gunderson, Director of the Colorado Christian University Library, entitled Instant Messaging in Small Academic Libraries.
For more information, you may click on the link above or see our Field Initiated Studies section for more information.
The 2006 Public Library Statistics are now finalized and available on our site. Go to our Public Stats Page to find spreadsheets, PDFs, and interactive statistics for 2006.