School Librarians –
First we gave you statistics, then profiles . Now, compare your school’s library statistics with peers of your own choosing. Check out the 2005 Interactive School Library Statistics. They can be found at : http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/stats05/.
Once again the Colorado Association of Libraries? (CAL) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is collecting statistics on challenges in the state?s school libraries. Martin Garnar, past chair and longtime IFC member, recently asked schools to report challenges.
Calling all school librarians and media specialists! The CAL Intellectual Freedom Committee needs your help. We’re conducting our annual survey of challenges to materials in school libraries. Please download the survey (available at http://cal-webs.org/faxcover2006.pdf), fill it out, and fax it back to 303-982-0708 — a cover sheet is provided for your convenience.
Alternatively, you can return it two additional ways:
REGIS, Denver; attn. Martin Garnar
Attn: School Library Survey
3333 Regis Blvd., Mail Stop D-20
Denver, CO 80221-1099
Collecting this information helps us keep track of what’s happening in our state. Please take a moment to fill out the survey right now and send it in today. Surveys will be accepted through May 15th, 2006. If you have any questions, contact Martin Garnar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.964.5459.
Martin Garnar, Reference Librarian
The summary data will be reported on the CAL-IFC website (http://www.cal-webs.org/ifreports.html) and shared with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom. I encourage all school libraries to report their challenges before the May 15th deadline.
The Average Copyright of Colorado School Library Books is (Still) 15 Years Old Fast Facts is posted. This Fast Facts looks at the averages of Colorado School Library collections (including volumes per student, average copyright year, and print spending per student).
The ” Home-Based Education and Colorado Public Libraries” Fast Facts has been posted. This issue focuses on the relationship between public libraries in Colorado and curriculum material for home-based education.
Steve Wasiekco of the City of Aurora, Library, Recreation & Cultural Services created a report demonstrating the annual materials spending for the years 2000-2006 of selected front range public libraries based on data supplied by each library.
The study is titled “Materials Spending of Comparable Front Range Libraries” and is located in our Field Intitiated Studies section at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/materials_spending_analysis.pdf.
A recent study of libraries in Colorado?s correctional facilities shows that librarians are an invaluable source of information to inmates enrolled in academic courses. In a recent Fast Facts, guest author Schanie Cairns, concludes, ?Librarians in correctional settings may be a patron’s most important access to the outside world of news, events, ideas, and knowledge. This kind of access to information as well as access to literacy skills instruction is essential to student success in formal education.?
For more information, see the Fast Facts, ?How Librarians Help College Students at Colorado Correctional Facilities? (http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/233_DOC.pdf).
The summary of a Libnet inquiry regarding library materials security has been posted to the Field Initiated Studies section of lrs.org.
The Library Materials Security Field Initiated Study can be found at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/materials_security.pdf.
The summary of a libnet inquiry regarding coffee shops in libraries along with a document regarding requests for proposals has been posted to the Field Initiated Studies section of lrs.org.
The Coffee Shops Field Initiated Study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/coffee.pdf.
We?re so proud! Keith is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASLCA) Leadership Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award at a luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in June. In a recent press release, the ASCLA awards committee chair, Ruth O?Donnell, said, ?Keith?s work in library statistics and service evaluation has been vital for library development in the nation. Every library director, regardless of library type, owes him a debt of gratitude because of his leadership.?
No one is more deserving. Congratulations Keith!
On behalf of the entire LRS staff & alumni
For more information on the award: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=119809
The Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries 2006 has been posted to lrs.org. Significant statistics and facts regarding public, academic and school libraries are listed in the publication. It can be found in the Quotable Facts section at http://www.lrs.org/documents/quotable/QF_Colorado_2006.pdf.