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Colorado Public Libraries Spend Less on Collections, Slip from Top of Rankings

Two new issues of FAST FACTS consider how Colorado’s public libraries rank compared to their counterparts in other states nationwide.

“Colorado’s Low Ranking on State Funding for Public Libraries Plummets Further” describes how the state’s investment in library collections dropped from 50 cents per capita to a nickel per capita during the budget cuts of recent years. This issue is available at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/229_State_Funding_Ranking.pdf.

“State’s Public Libraries Still Place Colorado in Top 10 But Rankings Slipping After 2002-03 Cuts” describes the impact of the state’s recent fiscal crisis on the performance rankings of the state for public library service. That issue is available at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/230_State_Output_Rankings.pdf.

Keith

Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

AskColorado Use Continues to Grow in Second Year

The AskColorado statewide virtual reference service recently completed its second year, gaining momentum and receiving positive feedback from its users. Read details about user feedback during AskColorado’s second year of operation at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/231_AskCo.pdf.

Keith

Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

6 Out of 9 Colorado Library Ballot Measures Pass

A new issue of FAST FACTS–”Six Out of Nine Colorado Library Ballot Measures Win Voter Approval”–summarizes the library-related results of the elections finalized on November 1, 2005. This issue is available at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/228_Library_Ballot_Measures.pdf.

If your ballot measures is not mentioned, please send information about it and we will update this issue.

Keith

Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Teaching Computer Classes Field Initiated Study

A new Field Initiated Study has been posted to the LRS.org website.
The results of an inquiry regarding Teaching Computer Classes in the Public Library are summarized at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/Teaching_Public_Computer_Classes.pdf.

Daphne

Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Map of Libraries Damaged by Katrina, Rita (from SirsiDynix & NDP)

Courtesy of SirsiDynix’s Chief Statistician Bob Molyneux, here is a link to a map of libraries damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

http://www.libraryndp.info/special_katrina.html

Click on a marker to learn the library’s name and the condition of its facilities.

While on that company’s Normative Data Project website, check out NDP to see if it’s something that might be useful to your library’s managers.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Power Librarianship Preconference Files Available

The PowerPoint file used at the recent AASL preconference–Power Librarianship: Research-Based Strategies for Leadership, Collaboration, and Technology Integration–is now available at http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp. Pdf files of handouts utilized at that event are also available. Others are welcome to use these files, but we would appreciate being notified in advance. Also, please encourage participation in the School Library Studies Outcome Survey at http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Website Based on AASL Closing Session Launched

For the closing session of AASL’s recent National Conference–whose theme was “Every Student Succeeds @ Your Library”–a panel explored the role of research in development of and advocacy for quality school library programs. Panelists included LRS director Keith Curry Lance as well as Steven Baule, superintendent for Community Unity School District #201 in Westmont, IL; Mike Eisenberg, dean of the Information School at the University of Washington; and Ross Todd, associate professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and director of research for the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL).

The website includes contributions made by the panelists during the closing session as well as before the AASL National Conference. Visit it at: http://oii.org/ferdi/AASL_ClosingSession.html.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

2005 Colorado School Library Survey Now Open

The 2005 Colorado School Library Survey is now open. Fill out the survey for your school at http://www.lrs.org/schoolsurvey. If you need your schools login information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Additionally, the 2004 School Library Profiles are available for those schools that filled out last year’s survey. They have been relaunched this year in a new pdf format. Enjoy.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

“”"Future of Librarianship in Colorado”" Journal Articles Now Online”

Edited by LRSers, Zeth Lietzau and Nicolle Steffen, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries journal featured articles about ?The Future of Librarianship in Colorado.? See all nine feature articles from this issue on LRS?s The Changing Library Workforce page at: http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp.

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Managing Internet Computer Traffic & Phone Calls for Patrons

Have you ever wondered how other libraries manage the people traffic aimed at their Internet computers? Is it a first-come-first-served proposition? Is software used for this purpose, or is it a paper-and-pencil matter? How long are people allowed to use Internet computers before being required to make way for the next person? This survey by Elbert County Library District director, L. Shaw, also asked whether or not libraries page patrons in response to incoming telephone calls. For the results of this and other field-initiated studies, visit http://www.lrs.org/field.asp.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

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