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.
This year at the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) will commemorate ten years of speakers at Julie J. Boucher Memorial Lecture on Intellectual Freedom. Karen Bary, current IFC Chair, notes, “On this tenth anniversary we are not only looking back, but looking ahead, aware that intellectual freedom is under assault as never before.”
The 2006 “Julie” lecture is Saturday, November 11th at 9:30 am. This year’s speaker is Brent Hartinger , young adult author and founding member of the blog AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom . As a warm-up to the lecture, the IFC has started its own blog about Brent and his book, The Geography Club. To participate in this interesting online discussion go to: http://ifreadingmatters.blogspot.com/. It’s fun and easy to participate.
In addition, to the lecture there will be a reception Saturday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with Julie’s parents, Virginia and Stanley Boucher and her brother, Jello Biafra, the celebrated punk icon and performance artist. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Check your conference schedule for more information about this and other intellectual freedom events at the CAL Conference.
For more information about Julie Boucher and the lecture and awards named in her honor, please visit the LRS page at http://www.lrs.org/boucher.asp and the CAL-IFC page at http://www.cal-webs.org/boucher.html. More intellectual freedom links can be found on LRS.org at http://www.lrs.org/ifree.asp.
See you at CAL!
The Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library and the University of Denver (DU) has awarded its two latest DU Research Fellowships to Beth Strickland and Carla Molliconi. Both new Fellows are candidates for the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the LIS Program in the DU College of Education. They are the 18th and 19th MLIS candidates to receive this honor since 1996. The LRS recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the partnership between the Colorado State Library and DU that makes possible this fellowship program.
The 2006-07 School Library Survey is now open. If you are a school librarian, you can fill it out at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. If you need your login information, call us at 303-866-6900.