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Colorado Academic Library Historic Statistics Available

Historical analysis tools for Colorado academic library statistics are now available. These tools offer an interactive way to view academic library statistics collected during the federal Academic Library Survey dating back to 1994. Go to http://www.lrs.org/asp_academic/historic/index.asp to check them out.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

2005 Public Library Annual Report Preview

Are you responsible for filing your library’s 2005 Public Library Annual Report? If so, this message is for you.

The last couple of months I’ve been busy updating the 2005 Public Library Annual Report (aka the Public Library Survey) and doing the requirements testing of the survey software, Collect. It’s a busy time for LRS, but hopefully all the hard work will make the survey easier for everyone.

Many of you will be glad to hear that we’ve eliminated 21 data elements and added just 4 — giving us a net loss of 17! We’ve also updated some of the language and definitions. To preview the 2005 Public Library Annual Report and the Instructions, please visit our homepage at http://www.LRS.org.

The survey now…

* uses the term “revenue” instead of “income.” From our point of view, it’s the same thing, we’ve just converted to the language of FSCS (Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data).

* has expanded definitions for “circulation” and “reference questions.” We recently learned that some libraries were not counting this data element correctly, so we’ve clarified these terms. In addition, the definitions for “staff salaries” and “benefits” have been updated to reflect the legal definition of an “employee.”

* includes an updated salary section that mirrors the ALA salary survey. The advantages of this change include fewer data elements, comparability across surveys, and definitions that apply to more libraries. As before, this is intended to be a representative group of positions, not exhaustive. This is one of our most difficult sections to make compatible with all “sizes and shapes” of libraries. It seems everyone organizes their personnel a little differently.

Thanks go out to the 2005 Public Library Survey Review Panel, who helped identify problems with the survey questions and defintions, as well as data collection. They also aided in formulating viable solutions. We weren’t able to accommodate all their suggestions, but we made many of the changes they recommended…as well as a few of our own.

If you have any question or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
~Nicolle

steffen_n@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6927

Academic Library Impact Study Results Available on LRS.org

From March through May 2005, a study examining academic library usage and outcomes was conducted by the LRS in association with the Colorado Academic Library Consortium. Over 3000 undergraduate students and nearly 400 faculty from nine Colorado college and universities participated in the study. The results of the undergraduate and faculty surveys are now available via links on the LRS.org homepage at http://www.lrs.org/documents/academic/ALIS_Stu_expanded.ppt and

http://www.lrs.org/documents/academic/ALIS_Fac_expanded.ppt.

There is also a link for a PowerPoint that Keith Lance and I presented at the Colorado Academic Library Association (CoALA) meeting at the Colorado Association of Libraries conference in November at http://www.lrs.org/documents/academic/impact_prelim.ppt. This presentation focuses on how students and faculty respondents use library resources differently among the participating institutions.

The final report for the Colorado Academic Library Impact Study is scheduled for completion in early 2006.

Don

dickenson_d@cde.state.co.us

2005 Library Ballot Measures Update

The good news for Colorado public libraries in November’s election results is even better than we thought. See the updated edition of the November 4 issue of FAST FACTS, now titled Eight Out of Eleven Colorado Library Ballot Measures Win Voter Approval. Two additional positive votes–both for Ignacio Library District (one for operations and another for building)–raised the success ratio for library ballot measures this November to almost three out of four.

Keith

Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

LRS-i Featured at CAL Workshop

The dynamic section of LRS.org, LRS-Interactive was featured in a presentation given by Keith and myself at the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference last weekend. Included in the presentation were demonstrations of the historic analysis tools for Colorado public libraries and the 2004 School Library Profiles.

Additionally, we are currently working on a new element to that section of the site – historical analysis tools for the state’s academic libraries. If you’d like to help us test them, they’re found at http://www.lrs.org/asp_academic/historic. If you find any errors or have suggestions, please pass them along to me.

Zeth

lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

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

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