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.
The deadline for the School Library Survey has been extended to November 24. If you haven’t filled out your survey, go to http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey to do so.
From 2-3pm on Saturday, November 11, I will be presenting a session by this title at the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference. The presentation will be videotaped to be one of two pilot projects for online delivery of professional development opportunities via LRS.org. The PowerPoint presentation for this session will be posted on LRS.org after the conference.