The 2006 School Library Survey took place this fall. We are still going through the process of edit checks to ensure good data, but preliminary results are now available in spreadsheet form at http://www.lrs.org/documents/slmc06/School_Library_2006_Preliminary.xls
Starting today, the CSL Jobline has a new name, new address, and new functionality.
New Name and Address
Library Jobline is the new name for the Colorado State Library’s online job posting service, which can be found at www.LibraryJobline.org.
By setting up an account, users will be able to customize their job seeking and job posting process. Both employers and job seekers will enjoy a newfound independence as they are able to post and search for jobs 24/7* using their customized profiles.
How does it work?
Library Jobline is a database of job openings in libraries and related organizations. Employers populate the database with their job postings and job seekers are able to search the database based on their personal criteria.
How do employers use it?
Their first time to Library Jobline, employers set up an account with their name, location, contact, and other basic information found in their typical job ad. This basic information will automatically populate that employer’s job listings from that point forward. Of course, every job is different, so each individual job posting has fields for describing that particular job. Employers can also create job profiles that can be used again and again for frequently posted job ads.
How do job seekers use it?
Job seekers will go through a similar procedure, except they will set up an account that includes specifications about the job they are seeking, like type of library and salary range. Or job seekers can bypass setting up an account and simply search the database to locate jobs of interest to them.
Why the change to a database system?
Two reasons, really. First, it was time to update the Jobline to include more interactive features that accommodate today’s library and information professionals, including searching and email alerts.
Second, as inveterate statistics geeks, the Library Research Service (LRS) staff wanted to capture all the valuable data that is generate by the online job postings. Mining Library Jobline for data will provide statistics about actual jobs in the library and information professions. Over time, consistent collection of this data will allow the LRS staff to track trends in the library job market in Colorado, providing valuable information to employers and library staff alike.
Some of the most frequently asked questions at LRS concern salaries, job availability, and the status of library jobs. These issues strike very close to home for all of us. Obviously, we already have many sources of data to answer these types of questions. However, we are always looking for more information on this very popular and important topic. Library Jobline seemed too good a data source to pass up.
Library administrators and human resources managers should note that this project is not intended to gather data on a particular library. In fact, data will be reported in the aggregate in order to encourage comprehensive reporting by users.
Library Jobline will have the same 24/7 access* users now find so convenient and unlike some national websites, it’s a free service to both job seekers and employers.
*Note, to prevent spam and other misuse of the site, job postings are reviewed by LRS staff before going live online. Most jobs will be on Library Jobline the same day they are submitted. However, depending on the day and time, some job postings may take up to 2 business days to appear on the site (i.e., job postings submitted on the weekend or during holidays will take longer).
Questions? Need Help?
There is an online FAQ included on Library Jobline. Need more help? You can contact a member of the LRS staff at LRS@LRS.org or 303-866-6900, we?ll be happy to answer your questions and get you started.
The LRS staff would like to thank the terrific, hard-working Jobline Advisory Committee and the legion of testers from libraries across the state for their wonderful suggestions, repeated website testing, and good humor during the six-month development process.
We welcome your input, please contact us with your questions and suggestions at LRS@LRS.org or 303-866-6900.
Starting today public library directors all over Colorado will be filling out their 2006 Public Library Annual Reports. Also known as the public library survey, the annual report is mandated by law and gathers data about Colorado public libraries for inclusion in national (NCES) and state (LRS) statistics. These statistics provide library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. The report deadline is March 16, 2007.
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A Fast Facts titled Colorado Public Librarians Eligible for Public Assistance has been posted. This issues focuses on salaries of key positions in Colorado public libraries and demonstrates how some librarians in Colorado are paid such low salaries that they may qualify for public assistance.
The issue can be found in our Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/247_public_%20salaries.pdf
As reported in eSchool News ( http://www.eschoolnews.com, 11/28/06), researchers from ETS in Princeton, NJ found that, despite the frequently assumption that students are tech-savvy, “?the majority of high school and college students lack the proper critical thinking skills when it comes to researching online and using sources.”
For the complete story: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6725
How much is the public library worth to you? Your family? Your community? These are some of the questions return on investment studies can answer.
The LRS study, “What’s It Worth to You? A Return-on-Investment Study of Selected Colorado Public Libraries” is designed not only to yield an overall return-on-investment figure for Colorado public libraries, but also to generate similar figures specifically for education and economic development uses of the state?s public libraries.
Two library districts are key partners in this study: Douglas County Libraries and Rangeview Library District. In addition, six other libraries representing various types and sizes of Colorado communities will participate in the study, including Fort Morgan Public Library, Montrose Regional Library District, Eagle Valley Library District, Mesa County Public Library District, Cortez Public Library, and Denver Public Library.
As a result of this project, library administrators and advocates will be able to express the value of public library services in specific dollar-and-cents terms. Example: ?For every dollar invested in public libraries, residents of [participating community?s name] receive $x.xx worth of value in return.? They will be able to describe the variety of different reasons that individuals use public libraries, as well as the contributions of libraries to economic development and education. Library contributions to the latter two specific areas will also be expressible in ROI terms.
Preliminary findings will be published in Fall 2007.
The 2006-07 School Library Survey is now closed. The LRS would like to extend a big thanks to all 778 schools that responded. Results from the survey will be posted to LRS.org shortly.
The Future of Librarians in the Workforce —
An important IMLS research study of current and future library staffing needs is now underway. This important study will produce estimates of the size of the library workforce and the skills required of current and new workers now and in the next ten years. It will also be used by IMLS policymakers and others who determine federal, state and local policy, and for educators of librarians and others who work in libraries.
Currently, the groups of special and public surveys have been distributed. If you have received a survey notice, please use your unique survey link to access and fill out the survey. If you have lost or misplaced your unique survey link, please contact Sarah via email at: Sarah@libraryworkforce.org.
We will be sending out the survey information and links to academic and school libraries in January, 2007.
Your help is very important to this project! Please help spread the news about this project to your colleagues. For more information, please visit the project website at: http://libraryworkforce.org.
From: Sarah Aerni
Research Assistant, School of Information and Library Science
I encourage you to participate in this important study about librarianship in the U.S.
Last Saturday, during the 2006 Annual Conference of the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), it was standing-room-only for the LRS session, Must-Know Strategies for Analyzing and Presenting Your Library’s Data. The space allotted for the concurrent session seated about 25, and several later arrivals stood throughout the event. The PowerPoint file used for this presentation is available on the CAL website at: http://www.cal-webs.org/handouts06/MustKnow.ppt.
10) Enter to win an LRS messenger bag.
9) Get the latest Fast Facts…and suggest topics.
8) Catch up on the latest LRS research, like the current Return on Investment study for public libraries.
7) Pick-up your free, official LRS pen.
6) Find out if you qualify to participate in the Third Colorado School Library study.
5) Hear about Keith’s latest travels and Nicolle’s Jack Russell Terrier (just wanted to see if you were paying attention).
4) Share your research needs with LRS staff.
3) Meet the LRS staff…put faces with those email addresses.
2) Learn about podcasts coming soon to LRS.org.
1) Discover what the new LibraryJobline.org can do for you.