School Librarians may be interested in a newly posted Field Initiated Study on the LRS.org website.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding magazines and databases in school libraries are summarized and can be found at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/Magazines_databases.pdf.
The 2006 National Survey of Public Library Internet Connectivity is now under way and can be found at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org/. With the results of this year’s survey, John Bertot and Charles McClure of Florida State University’s Information Institute plan to “help public libraries develop advocacy strategies for developing sustainable funding sources for public access Internet services and resources.” All public libraries are welcome to participate in the survey, which will be open through March 17, 2006.
I urge all public library directors to respond to this important survey.
More than 3000 public and academic library directors have received instructions for participation in the first Non-MLS Salary Survey. This survey, being conducted by the ALA Allied Professional Association (APA), will provide vital information about compensation for the majority of staff in libraries. The envelope has the ALA-APA logo. The deadline is March 3, 2006.
Because this survey utilizes a random sample, you must be invited to participate. Volunteer responses are not being accepted.
If your public or academic library is invited to participate in this survey, please do so. A high response rate is key to the success of the survey.
When the report becomes available, we wil provide a link to it on LRS.org’s Staffing and Salaries page: http://www.lrs.org/topics.asp#staff.
A Field Initiated Study that may be of interest to public librarians has been posted to the LRS.org website.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding shelving foreign language materials in public libraries are summarized at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/shelving_foreign_language_materials.pdf
Some of the 2005 Colorado School Library Statistics are being released. The files currently available are the Master File (in Excel and PDF format), the School Profiles, and the Benchmarks.
A Field Initiated Study has been posted to the LRS.org website that may be of interest to public librarians.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding purging patron records in public libraries are summarized at
Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce (http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp) webpage, including links to studies from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
There are also some very interesting articles & a presentation about the changes taking place in the library profession. Look for links to these articles:
* A Look at the Generations: Retirements and Rejuvenation of the Library Workforce
* A Worldwide Shortage of Librarians
* Diversity In The Library Workforce
* The Entry Level Gap
* Moving On Out
* Fixing the First Job
We have recently added a new tool to LRS-Interactive. The Random Date Generator allows users to generate a number of dates in any given calendar year, using limitors such as excluding specific days of the week and allowing only a certain number of dates per month.
Use it – and bookmark it – at http://www.lrs.org/interactive/randomdate.asp
The Library Research Service is ringing in the new year with two new LRS Fellows, Daphne Eastburn and Holly Cole, and a new Practicum student, Schanie Cairns.
Daphne has already updated the Research Methods page on LRS.org, added several new entries to that site?s Field Initiated Studies page, and is updating the mini-brochure, Quotable Facts About Colorado Libraries.
With Daphne, Schanie will be producing a series of ?boilerplate? surveys to assist library managers in assessing user needs, customer satisfaction, and economic value. Schanie will also be contributing to projects related to the changing library workforce, including planning for a longitudinal study of the developing career paths of University of Denver library and information science graduates.
Holly is producing the LRS?s first performance rankings of public libraries in the state, modeling a process that will also be undertaken nationally on behalf of the Federal-State Cooperative (FSCS) for Public Library Data.
Historical analysis tools for Colorado academic library statistics are now available. These tools offer an interactive way to view academic library statistics collected during the federal Academic Library Survey dating back to 1994. Go to http://www.lrs.org/asp_academic/historic/index.asp to check them out.