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New DU Research Fellows Appointed at LRS

The Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library and the University of Denver (DU) has awarded its two latest DU Research Fellowships to Beth Strickland and Carla Molliconi. Both new Fellows are candidates for the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the LIS Program in the DU College of Education. They are the 18th and 19th MLIS candidates to receive this honor since 1996. The LRS recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the partnership between the Colorado State Library and DU that makes possible this fellowship program.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

2006-07 School Library Survey – Open

The 2006-07 School Library Survey is now open. If you are a school librarian, you can fill it out at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. If you need your login information, call us at 303-866-6900.

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Cable in the Classroom Article: Power Roles for Librarians

In its October 2006 issue (page 12), Cable in the Classroom has just published an article by me entitled Five Power Roles for Librarians. The article is available online at: http://www.ciconline.org/AboutCIC/Publications/cicmagazine.htm.

This article is based on the PowerPoint presentation, Five Roles for Empowering School Librarians, available at: http://www.lrs.org/impact.php.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Internet Filtering in Schools

School librarians may be interested in a Field Initiated Study posted regarding Internet Filtering in public and private schools. A survey was posted to Survey Monkey by Leroy Smith, inquiring about the implementation and effectiveness of internet filtering in public and private schools.

A summary of the survey results is available in our Field Initiated Studies section at:

http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/internet_filtering_in_schools.pdf

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

CSL Jobline Gets an Update

As you probably already know, Barbara Dey has retired from the Colorado State Library (CSL) and Deb Gettings, the LRS Administrative Assistant, is the new coordinator for the CSL Jobline.

With the change in regime, we thought this would be a good time to give the Jobline an update. We are moving Jobline to a database system so that the service can be searched and customized by users?-both employers and job seekers. Set for release in January 2007, features on the new Jobline will include employer registration, customized job description templates, and searching capabilities.

In addition to user features, the new Jobline database will allow LRS to generate and report data about job openings in Colorado libraries. Based on the data collected, we hope to produce meaningful statistics about the changing library job market in the state.

For us, this is the logical next step for Jobline and has the potential to make it even more valuable to the library community.

Last week Jobline Advisory Panel members met with LRS staff to help guide decisions about development, usability, and data reporting. The panel, consisting of librarians and human resources folks from all four library types, made many helpful suggestions which are being incorporated into the new design.

Want to see what?s happening for yourself? Stop by the LRS booth at the CAL Conference for a preview of the new Jobline website. We’d like to show you what we’ve done and get your feedback.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Salaries of Academic Librarians in the West & Southwest Region

A new issue of FAST FACTS titled Salaries of Academic Librarians in the West & Southwest Region has been posted. This issue examines the salaries of academic librarians by position and library type for the West and Southwest region. The salaries of the region are compared to the average salaries of other regions and the nation as reported in the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 2005.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/245_ALA_Academic_%20Salary.pdf

Jennifer
french_j@cde.state.co.us

NCES Releases 2004 Public Library Data and Report

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.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Easy Access to Key Public Library Statistics

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).

-Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Bibliostat CONNECT Discounts Available to Colorado Public Libraries

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 trevor.allred@btol.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.

http://www.informata.com/images/connect.pdf

Our thanks to Chris Brogan at the Arapahoe Library District who initiated the discussion with LRS that led to this offer.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Special Library Salaries in Mountain Region Lag Behind Nation

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.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/243_Special_Library_Salaries_w_KL_change.pdf

Holly
cole_h@cde.state.co.us

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