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Materials Spending of Comparable Front Range Libraries

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.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Correctional Librarians Vital to Inmates’ Academic Success

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).

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

Library Materials Security

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.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Coffee Shops in Libraries

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.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Keith Curry Lance Receives ASCLA Leadership Award

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!

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us
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

Quotable Facts about Colorado Libraries

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.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Colorado Public Library Performance Rankings Fast Facts

The Colorado Public Library Performance Rankings Fast Facts has been posted. This Fast Facts focuses on six output measures (from the 2004 data) to determine how well Colorado’s public libraries rank when compared to each other.

http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/232_PL_Rankings.pdf

Holly
cole_h@cde.state.co.us

Non-MLS Salary Survey Deadline Extended

Quoting an e-mail from Denise Davis, Director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics:

The deadline for completing the Non-MLS Salary Survey has been extended until March 17. More than 3000 public and academic libraries were included to participate in this very important survey. The survey is being administered by the Management Association of Illinois on behalf of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association
(ALA-APA) and American Library Association (ALA).

Please contact Jean Hannon at jhannon@hrsource.org, or call 630-963-7600 to find out if your library has been selected for the survey, or if you would like to participate even if you have not been selected.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

2005 Colorado School Library Data Elements Posted

The 2005 Colorado school library data elements are posted (with the exception of school library staffing information). You can find this information at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/stats_2005.asp.

This information is compiled from answers submitted by 700 + school libraries responding to the 2005 School Library Survey.

Holly
cole_h@cde. state.co.us

Magazines and Databases in School Libraries

School Librarians may be interested in a newly posted Field Initiated Study on the LRS.org website.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding magazines and databases in school libraries are summarized and can be found at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/Magazines_databases.pdf.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

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