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New Fast Facts on Librarianship and AskColorado

Library Research Service has recently published new issues of Fast Facts:

1. Librarianship in Colorado School Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 220)
2. Librarianship in Colorado Academic Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 221)
3. Librarianship in Colorado Public Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 222)
4. AskColorado’s First Year Online, by Don Dickenson (No. 223)

View these and other Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts.asp

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts on Challenges, Library Jobs, and Power Libraries

Library Research Service has recently published new issues of Fast Facts:

1. No. 214 Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2003, by Don Dickenson
2. No. 216 Librarians Among Top Colorado Jobs, Keith Curry Lance
3. No. 217 Diversity of Colorado Library Workers, Keith Curry Lance
4. No. 218 Hourly Wages of Colorado Library Workers, Keith Curry Lance
5. No. 219 Power Libraries Workshops, Keith Curry Lance

View these and other Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts.asp

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

2002 State Rankings on Public Library Statistics Released

A long-awaited report has finally been released. Public Libraries in the United States 2002 reports summary statistics for a wide range of statistics by both state and population of legal service area. (A link to this report is found under Public Libraries and National Statistics. Use the blue menu bar on the left side of most of our pages to locate it.) The most popular section of this report–one of the appendices–ranks the 50 states and D.C. on selected statistical ratios. Based on this and previous editions of the same publication, LRS is preparing a special report that will analyze the changes in Colorado’s standing in these rankings from 1992 thorugh 2002. There are some very nice surprises to report, so watch for an upcoming issue of FAST FACTS.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Two DU LIS Students Join LRS

Two students in the University of Denver Library and Information Science Program have become the latest members of the LRS staff. They are Michele Kolman-Weber and Jessica Sturgill. They join two other current DU LIS students, Don Dickenson and Claire Williamson.

The LRS is a unit of the Colorado State Library that has been operated in partnership with the DU LIS Program since 1996. As part of that partnership, the LRS provides paid internships to two to five DU students each year. An ever-growing cadre of LRS alumnae now hold important posts in the library community throughout Colorado, in other states and Washington, D.C., and overseas.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Bookmark to Promote Academic Library Study

To encourage participation in the Academic Library Impact Study–which will launch on most participating campuses a week from next Monday–a promotional bookmark is being produced. The bookmark notes prominently that, on each participating campus, there will be two drawings for $25 Amazon certificates, one each for undergraduate faculty and student respondents. In addition, all responding undergraduate students are eligible for a drawing for an Apple iPod Shuffle, the latest product in the iPod ‘family.’ We are hopeful that these incentives will encourage maximum participation. The online survey’s security features will prevent multiple responses per respondent, and the winners will have to produce proof of their status as undergraduate students and faculty.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Diversity Article to Appear in AMERICAN LIBRARIES

AMERICAN LIBRARIES has accepted for publication an article entitled “Racial and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Library Workers” along with a sidebar based on a longer manuscript titled “U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers.” The full text of the latter work will be published as an issue of FAST FACTS. The AL article and sidebar are expected to appear in the May 2005 issue.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Adams State Joins Academic Library Study

With the recent addition of Adams State College, the number of institutions participating in the Academic Library Impact Study is up to 10. The full list includes:

Five universities:
- Colorado School of Mines
- Colorado State University
- University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center
- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
- University of Denver

One college:
- Adams State College
- Western State College

Three community colleges:
- Front Range Community College
- Otero Junior College
- Pikes Peak Community College

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Statistics About Challenges: Update & History

Each year Colorado libraries receive numerous requests for books, videos, and other materials to be removed from circulation, and for access to certain library services and programs to be restricted or modified because of various objections. The latest edition of the Library Research Service?s FAST FACTS series takes a look at challenged materials and services in Colorado?s public libraries. While the focus is on challenges taking place in 2003 (the latest full year of data), the report also offers historical perspectives relating to challenge activities over past five years.

You can find this issue of FAST FACTS at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/214_Challenges_Public_2003.pdf.

Don

Don Dickenson
Dickenson_d@cde.state.co.us

Local Data Collection Forms Requested from Colorado Libraries

We would like to add new pages to LRS.org that provide links to data collection forms being used by local academic, public, and school libraries in Colorado. Do you have a form for collecting data about reference transactions? computer use? programs and program attendance? meeting room reservations? technology assistance? scheduling class visits to the library? Etc.

Please send links to your forms, if they are already available online, or send Word, Excel, or PDF files that we are free to post on this page. If you cannot share a paper form in any digital format, fax it to us and we will scan it. In short, we will be happy to receive forms in whatever format they already exist.

–Keith
lance_k@cde.state.co.us
fax 303 866 6940

How to Handle Oversized Books?

Are you having trouble figuring out how to shelve or store your oversized books? Check out LRS’s most recent Field Initiated Study and find an appropriate solution. The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp

Claire
Williamson_c@cde.state.co.us

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