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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courtesy of SirsiDynix’s Chief Statistician Bob Molyneux, here is a link to a map of libraries damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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.
The PowerPoint file used at the recent AASL preconference–Power Librarianship: Research-Based Strategies for Leadership, Collaboration, and Technology Integration–is now available at http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp. Pdf files of handouts utilized at that event are also available. Others are welcome to use these files, but we would appreciate being notified in advance. Also, please encourage participation in the School Library Studies Outcome Survey at http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp.
For the closing session of AASL’s recent National Conference–whose theme was “Every Student Succeeds @ Your Library”–a panel explored the role of research in development of and advocacy for quality school library programs. Panelists included LRS director Keith Curry Lance as well as Steven Baule, superintendent for Community Unity School District #201 in Westmont, IL; Mike Eisenberg, dean of the Information School at the University of Washington; and Ross Todd, associate professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and director of research for the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL).
The website includes contributions made by the panelists during the closing session as well as before the AASL National Conference. Visit it at: http://oii.org/ferdi/AASL_ClosingSession.html.