Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released an ED TABS report, Public Libraries in the U.S., FY 2004. Today, NCES released the data file underlying that publication. LRS staff will begin to analyze these data and will produce issues of FAST FACTS as well as manuscripts to be submitted to library magazines and journals. Links to all NCES publications and data files on public libraries may be accessed at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/national.asp.
If you have a research question which might be answerable utilizing basic data about the outlets, staffing, revenues, expenditures, collections, technology, and/or service outputs of the nation’s public libraries, please contact us.
We’ve added a new section to the public library statistical tools on the LRS-Interactive section of our site. Now it is possible to access–with the click of a single button–a set of selected statistics which summarize the general health of a public library. These “bell-weather” statistics were chosen based on the findings of a thorough analysis of the latest Colorado public library statistics. It’s available at the bottom of the pages of each of the historical tools found at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/historic, and on the 2005 data page (http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/stats05).
The Library Research Service has secured with Informata (Baker & Taylor) a set amount of credit to be used toward individual-library subscriptions to Bibliostat Connect at a 50% discount. This offer is available on a first-come-first-served basis for a limited time to Colorado public libraries. Interested libraries may contact Trevor Allred at email@example.com or 801-756-3000 for more information.
Bibliostat Connect is a Web-based tool that allows libraries to conduct quick, easy, and graphical peer comparisons using FSCS (national), PLDS, state, and Census data. These comparisons can then be used in budget proposals or presentations to secure additional resources and to identify strengths and weaknesses for planning purposes. An annual subscription includes unlimited software access within the library, toll-free technical support, and on-line tutorials and help. See the brochure link below for additional information.
Our thanks to Chris Brogan at the Arapahoe Library District who initiated the discussion with LRS that led to this offer.
A new issue of FAST FACTS titled Special Library Salaries in Mountain Region Lag Behind Nation has been posted. This issue focuses on the special library sector and salaries as reported by the Special Libraries Association.
An article entitled Scientifically-Based Research on School Libraries and Academic Achievement will be included in the first edition of a new series, The Best of Knowledge Quest. Originally published in the May/June 2004 issue of Knowledge Quest–a journal of the American Association of School Librarians–the article was co-authored by Keith Curry Lance and Becky Russell (then an LRS Senior Research Analyst, now with Denver Public Library). Co-editors Donald Adcock and Patricia Montiel-Overall identified the article as one of “a select number of outstanding articles on a topic of current interest to the profession that have appeared in Knowledge Quest during the past few years.”
After months of reporting, reviewing, and verifying the 2005 Colorado Public Library Annual Report is complete and the data finalized.
Look for the latest public library statistics on LRS.org at:
Statistics and Input-Output Measures for Colorado Public Libraries
Colorado Public Library Interactive Statistics
And for a perspective over time, try the Colorado Public Library Historic Statistics
Thanks to all the respondents who provided additional information as I worked through the reams of edit checks. Working together we?ve collected data that is useful to the entire public library community.
Remember, it is never too early to start planning for this year?s report. Many of the statistics on the annual report require year-round planning. We?ve got tools and strategies for making data collection easier for you and your staff. For example, the LRS Random Date Generator < http://www.lrs.org/interactive/randomdate.asp> is a great tool for determining the dates for periodic data collection.
If you need help with your data collection or have questions about the annual report, please feel free to contact us anytime. We?re always happy to help.
The new Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2005 Fast Facts has been posted. This Fast Facts not only looks at challenged materials in Colorado public libraries in 2005, but at some trends over the years as well.
On Monday, June 26, the American Association of School Librarians and Scholastic Library Publishing co-sponsored a national town meeting on the role of school libraries in school recovery in the Gulf coast states. School Libraries Work! Rebuilding for Learning featured a keynote speech by First Lady Laura Bush followed by a panel discussion in which I took part. AASL has launched its own blog to provide a forum for discussion of the issues that arose, and it can be found at: http://blogs.ala.org/aasl.php.
A Scholastic brochure entitled School Libraries Work! summarizes the many studies of school library impact that began with the first and second Colorado studies. An updated 2006 edition of that brochure is available at: http://librarypublishing.scholastic.com/content/stores/LibraryStore/pages/images/slw_06.pdf.
Since then, however, studies have been released by Wisconsin and Ontario. Links to those study reports are available at: http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp, and their findings are summarized in another presentation I made in New Orleans, the PowerPoint file of which is also available on that page (i.e., The Future of School Librarianship: Review of Research and Implications for Practice).
School librarians may be interested in a Field Initiated Study posted regarding Teacher Librarians and Media Specialists in Colorado elementary schools. An informal survey was conducted by Connie Masson of the St. Vrain school district with 15 school districts responding. The results of the survey are available in our Field Initiated Studies section at:
The 2005 Public Library Metro Report has been posted on LRS.org at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/metro.asp. This report includes selected statistics for Colorado libraries located in metropolitan areas (map, definition) and with total operating expenditures exceeding $1 million.
We welcome your comments and questions. This is considered preliminary data, so please share any corrections you would like to make before Friday, June 2, 2006.