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Link to Study on Teens & Public Libraries

Teens in the Library – Findings from the Evaluation of Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development is a study by Chapin Hall, the Center for Children at the University of Chicago. This report describes the findings from the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development Initiative, a 3-year, 9-site initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation to develop innovative models for public libraries to provide high-quality educational enrichment and career development programs serving underserved low-income children and youth.

For a link to the study report, visit http://www.lrs.org/topics.asp and look under the first heading, Children and Youth Services. While there, take note of the many other topics on which the LRS monitors, and provides links to, research. We would be please to hear your suggestions for new topics or new links to be added under existing topics.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Nominate today for ’05 Julie J. Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom

The Colorado Association of Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee is now accepting nominations for the Julie J. Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom. Named for former LRS Associate Director, Julie Boucher, the award honors individuals and organizations that have actively promoted intellectual freedom in Colorado.

Who do you know that is deserving of recognition for their work on behalf of intellectual freedom?

To nominate someone for the award: http://www.cal-webs.org/awards.html

For more information about Julie Boucher and the award named for her:
http://www.cal-webs.org/boucher.html & http://www.lrs.org/boucher.asp

Deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. June 15, 2005.

2004 Metro Report for Public Libraries – Preliminary Report Available

Library Research Service has recently completed the preliminary 2004 Metro Report for Public Libraries. (Formerly known as the Jeffco Survey). The report can be viewed by visiting 2004 preliminary results at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/metro.asp

The Metro Report consists of information on metropolitan libraries with operating expenditures over $1,000,000. The report includes information on Operating Income, Operating Expenditures, Capital Outlay, Materials Expenditures, Circulation Figures, Volumes in Collection, and more.

A map of Colorado metropolitan areas can be viewed at http://www.lrs.org/documents/metro/metro.pdf

Michele Kolman-Weber
Kolman-weber_M@cde.state.co.us

State Questionnaires for Public Library Surveys Available Online

For several years, LRS.org has included a page of links to the public library statistics pages on other state library agency websites. Now, that page also includes links to the questionnaires used to collect those data. A few states are missing data and/or survey links. We would be happy to hear from those of you not yet represented on this page.

The Other States’ Statistics page on the Public Library section of LRS.org can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/other.asp.

The next step in the development of this page will be to collect links to the definitions and/or instructions that accompany each state’s questionnaire.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts on U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers, 2002-12

Library Research Service has recently published a new issue of Fast Facts:

The U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers, 2002-12, by Keith Curry Lance (No. 224)

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

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts on Colorado Public Library Paraprofessionals

Library Research Service has recently published a new issue of Fast Facts:

Colorado Public Library Paraprofessionals, by Zeth Lietzau (No. 215)

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

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

New Study Regarding the Use of Christian Fiction Labels

Many libraries in Colorado are using “Christian fiction” labels for some of their collection. To learn more about the rationales behind the use of such labels and what others have to say about it, check out our new Field Initiated Study on the topic. The study can be viewed at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp

M. Claire Williamson
Williamson_C@cde.state.co.us

Printable Copies of Completed 2004 School Library Surveys

If you responded to the 2004 Colorado school library survey and did not print out a copy of what you submitted, here’s a way to do that, just as if you had completed the questionnaire in paper. Go to: http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/survey_04/login.asp. To access your school’s survey, use the same username and passcode that you used for the survey originally. If you have lost track of those two pieces of information, contact Fabian Maes-Sanford at maes_f@cde.state.co.us or 303.866.6906.

Zeth Lietzau, LRS senior research analyst and web editor, came up with this solution for an individual request, but we thought others might find it useful, too.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

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

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