On Monday, June 26, the American Association of School Librarians and Scholastic Library Publishing co-sponsored a national town meeting on the role of school libraries in school recovery in the Gulf coast states. School Libraries Work! Rebuilding for Learning featured a keynote speech by First Lady Laura Bush followed by a panel discussion in which I took part. AASL has launched its own blog to provide a forum for discussion of the issues that arose, and it can be found at: http://blogs.ala.org/aasl.php.
A Scholastic brochure entitled School Libraries Work! summarizes the many studies of school library impact that began with the first and second Colorado studies. An updated 2006 edition of that brochure is available at: http://librarypublishing.scholastic.com/content/stores/LibraryStore/pages/images/slw_06.pdf.
Since then, however, studies have been released by Wisconsin and Ontario. Links to those study reports are available at: http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp, and their findings are summarized in another presentation I made in New Orleans, the PowerPoint file of which is also available on that page (i.e., The Future of School Librarianship: Review of Research and Implications for Practice).
School librarians may be interested in a Field Initiated Study posted regarding Teacher Librarians and Media Specialists in Colorado elementary schools. An informal survey was conducted by Connie Masson of the St. Vrain school district with 15 school districts responding. The results of the survey are available in our Field Initiated Studies section at:
The 2005 Public Library Metro Report has been posted on LRS.org at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/metro.asp. This report includes selected statistics for Colorado libraries located in metropolitan areas (map, definition) and with total operating expenditures exceeding $1 million.
We welcome your comments and questions. This is considered preliminary data, so please share any corrections you would like to make before Friday, June 2, 2006.
LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.
The 2005 Colorado Public Library Statistics are now available. Go to http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.asp to see preliminary results. Interactive statistics are available at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/stats05.
School Librarians –
First we gave you statistics, then profiles . Now, compare your school’s library statistics with peers of your own choosing. Check out the 2005 Interactive School Library Statistics. They can be found at : http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/stats05/.
Once again the Colorado Association of Libraries? (CAL) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is collecting statistics on challenges in the state?s school libraries. Martin Garnar, past chair and longtime IFC member, recently asked schools to report challenges.
Calling all school librarians and media specialists! The CAL Intellectual Freedom Committee needs your help. We’re conducting our annual survey of challenges to materials in school libraries. Please download the survey (available at http://cal-webs.org/faxcover2006.pdf), fill it out, and fax it back to 303-982-0708 — a cover sheet is provided for your convenience.
Alternatively, you can return it two additional ways:
REGIS, Denver; attn. Martin Garnar
Attn: School Library Survey
3333 Regis Blvd., Mail Stop D-20
Denver, CO 80221-1099
Collecting this information helps us keep track of what’s happening in our state. Please take a moment to fill out the survey right now and send it in today. Surveys will be accepted through May 15th, 2006. If you have any questions, contact Martin Garnar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.964.5459.
Martin Garnar, Reference Librarian
The summary data will be reported on the CAL-IFC website (http://www.cal-webs.org/ifreports.html) and shared with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom. I encourage all school libraries to report their challenges before the May 15th deadline.
The Average Copyright of Colorado School Library Books is (Still) 15 Years Old Fast Facts is posted. This Fast Facts looks at the averages of Colorado School Library collections (including volumes per student, average copyright year, and print spending per student).
The ” Home-Based Education and Colorado Public Libraries” Fast Facts has been posted. This issue focuses on the relationship between public libraries in Colorado and curriculum material for home-based education.
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.