ALA-APA Non-MLS Salary Survey In Progress

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’s Staffing and Salaries page:


Shelving Foreign Language Materials

A Field Initiated Study that may be of interest to public librarians has been posted to the website.
The results of a libnet inquiry regarding shelving foreign language materials in public libraries are summarized at


Some 2005 Colorado School Library Statistics Available

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.


Purging Patron Records

A Field Initiated Study has been posted to the 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


Changing Library Workforce – Updated Resources

Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce ( 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


Random Date Generator Created

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


New LRS Fellows, Practicum Student for 2006

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, 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.


Colorado Academic Library Historic Statistics Available

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 to check them out.


2005 Public Library Annual Report Preview

Are you responsible for filing your library’s 2005 Public Library Annual Report? If so, this message is for you.

The last couple of months I’ve been busy updating the 2005 Public Library Annual Report (aka the Public Library Survey) and doing the requirements testing of the survey software, Collect. It’s a busy time for LRS, but hopefully all the hard work will make the survey easier for everyone.

Many of you will be glad to hear that we’ve eliminated 21 data elements and added just 4 — giving us a net loss of 17! We’ve also updated some of the language and definitions. To preview the 2005 Public Library Annual Report and the Instructions, please visit our homepage at

The survey now…

* uses the term “revenue” instead of “income.” From our point of view, it’s the same thing, we’ve just converted to the language of FSCS (Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data).

* has expanded definitions for “circulation” and “reference questions.” We recently learned that some libraries were not counting this data element correctly, so we’ve clarified these terms. In addition, the definitions for “staff salaries” and “benefits” have been updated to reflect the legal definition of an “employee.”

* includes an updated salary section that mirrors the ALA salary survey. The advantages of this change include fewer data elements, comparability across surveys, and definitions that apply to more libraries. As before, this is intended to be a representative group of positions, not exhaustive. This is one of our most difficult sections to make compatible with all “sizes and shapes” of libraries. It seems everyone organizes their personnel a little differently.

Thanks go out to the 2005 Public Library Survey Review Panel, who helped identify problems with the survey questions and defintions, as well as data collection. They also aided in formulating viable solutions. We weren’t able to accommodate all their suggestions, but we made many of the changes they recommended…as well as a few of our own.

If you have any question or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Academic Library Impact Study Results Available on

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 homepage at 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 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.


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LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. We design and conduct library research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media to inform practices and assessment needs. We partner with the Library and Information Science program at University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education to provide research fellowships to current MLIS students.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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