A preliminary report on the 2005 Academic Library Impact Study is now available on the LRS.org website at http://www.lrs.org/documents/academic/ALIS_prelim_post.pdf.
The study was conducted by the Library Research Service in association with the Colorado Academic Library Consortium during the spring of 2005. Nine Colorado colleges and universities participated in the study by administering two surveys ? one for undergraduate students and one for faculty who teach undergraduate courses. A total of nearly 3,700 individuals responded to the surveys.
The study was designed to identify ways that academic libraries help students learn and ways that these institutions provide support for faculty members? teaching activities and objectives. Additional analyses of the data will be performed and reported over the next few months.
On June 10, the National Center for Education Statistics released the national public library database for 2003. The direct link to this file is http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2005362.
The 2003 edition of the E.D. TAB report, Public Libraries in the U.S., is not yet available, but we are watching for it and will let you know when it is available, too.
To stay on top of the latest available data and reports from NCES about public libraries, visit LRS.org’s National Statistics page for public libraries: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/national.asp.
Have you wondered which states provide funding for public libraries? Find out the answer to this question and much more. Check out this new informal national study compiled by Dianne Carty, Head of State Aid and Data Coordination, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp
M. Claire Williamson
Our latest Field Initiated Study examines the circumstances under which it is appropriate or not appropriate to e-mail library patrons. Find out what your colleagues think about e-mailing library patrons regarding fundraising events and other library-related issues.
The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp
M. Claire Williamson
The Library Research Service has just launched a new host of interactive tools that allow the viewing of Colorado Public Library Statistics as far back as 1987. With these tools, you select the years you would like to view, public libraries for which you would like statistics, and specific statistics that you would like to view. Your selections are reported in tabular or graphical format. Find these tools at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/historic.
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.
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.
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
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.
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