“A critical part of the comprehensive and renewed strategy to ensure that students learn to read and are effective users of information and ideas, is the requirement that every school have a school library and that school libraries be staffed by highly qualified, state certified school library media specialists,” commented Beth Fitzsimmons, Chairman of the U. S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) in the recent press release.
For the complete press release, go to: http://www.nclis.gov/news/pressrelease/pr2007/NCLISNewsRelease-SupportCertifiedLibraryMediaSpecialists2007-03.pdf
The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) provides access to information for those with visual, physical, or learning disabilities. The latest Fast Facts, CTBL Provides Essential Service to Community, summarizes the results of the 2006 CTBL customer satisfaction survey. The results show just how much CTBL is valued by the community it serves.
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This collection of national statistics about library workers is gathered by the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees from a variety of sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ARL, ALA, and the Census Bureau.
From ALA’s American Libraries Direct (6/6/07): “This handy, annotated compilation includes employment statistics and projections, notes on diversity and pay inequity, the wage gap, institutional variance, benefits, and unionization in the library profession.”
This document is packed with interesting tidbits. For example, here are three fun facts to know and tell…
* In 2006, there were 229,000 librarians, 119,000 library assistants, and 113,940 library technicians.
* In addition to [all] library workers being poorly paid because they are predominantly female, those library workers who are women may well be paid less than those who are men.
* Most librarians work in school and academic libraries. About one-fourth work in public libraries.
Check it out at: http://www.dpeaflcio.org/programs/factsheets/fs_2007_library_workers.htm.
So, where’s the final data you ask? It will be at least another month until the final data from the 2006 Public Library Annual Report is available. (Note, the preliminary data file is posted on the LRS.org homepage.) I apologize for the delay, but we had half a dozen libraries that were late submitting their reports. Unfortunately, we all pay the price when a library is late submitting its report because the data file is not considered final until it goes through the next two levels of federal edit checks which can only happen after all the statewide public library data is received.
Watch this space for an announcement of the final data…or feel free to email me with questions or concerns.
Thanks for your patience.
Preliminary results of the 2006 Public Library Survey are available and posted at
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Thanks for your patience.
Public librarians may be interested in two recently posted Field Initatied Studies (FIS).
The Graphic Novels FIS is a summary of responses from public libraries to the inquiry regarding where to shelve graphic novels.
The Instant Messaging FIS is a summary of responses received from public libraries regarding an inquiry about policies on instant messaging using the libraries computers.
You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initated Section for more information.
2006 School Library Statistics and Profiles have been compiled and are now available at http://www.lrs.org/school_stats.php.
We’ve just published a new Fast Facts – Statewide Courier Saves Libraries Thousands in Shipping Costs Each Year. This FF is the result of a study to determine the cost-effectiveness of the statewide Courier. And yes, the courier is very cost-effective.