Library Technology

Research Projects

Colorado Digitization Project Report 2001
A Comparison of Web-Based Library Catalogs and Museum Exhibits and Their Impacts on Actual Visits: A Focus Group Evaluation for the Colorado Digitization Project. This report evaluates user perceptions of the relative merits of the catalog and the exhibit approaches to providing access to digital information.

Computer Statistics

Census Bureau Information and Communication Technology Survey

Supplemental to the current Annual Capital Expenditure Survey (ACES), the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Survey collects investment figures related to technology falling below a company’s capitalization threshold.

Computer Almanac: Interesting and Useful Numbers about Computers

Data relevant to computers including the Internet, programming, crime, interfaces, speed, home & work, and marketing.

U.S. Census Bureau–Computer Use and Ownership

Provides data on level of access and use of computers in 1984, 1989, 1993, 1997, and 2000.

National Commission on Libraries and Information Science

Internet Costs and Cost Models for Public Libraries offers practical cost information related to Internet connectivity and services to help librarians plan for an appropriate level of Internet service, and train staff and the local community about connectivity options, configurations, alternatives, and costs.
Internet Costs and Cost Models for Public Libraries: Final Report

E-Rates Statistics

Colorado Technology in PreK-12 Education: Universal Service Fund (E-Rate) for Schools & Libraries

Includes links to Colorado training and resources, Schools & Libraries Division (official source for information on the E-Rate program and applications), and national reports and resources.
E-Rate Resources

E-Rate Information for Schools and Libraries

The Colorado State Library’s E-rate page includes information on how to apply for E-rate, students determining discounts, technology planning, and other resources. See: E-Rate Resources.
The Colorado School E-rate page is at: E-Rate Assistance for Schools & Libraries.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Gates Library Foundation Technology Inventory Glossary

This list provides definitions for technology terms found in the Gates Library Foundation applications as well as the 1998 Colorado Public Library Annual Report.

WebJunction

In 2002, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) a three-year grant to build a portal for public libraries and other organizations that provide open access to information. Building on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s five-year-old U.S. Library Program, which has provided over 40,000 computers with Internet access to more than 10,000 libraries across the United States and Canada, WebJunction is the work of five organizations, led by OCLC.

Internet Statistics

International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC)

Guidelines for Statistical Measures of Usage of Web-based Indexed, Abstracted, and Full Text Resources
Describes the types of use data and measurement that the ICOLC members expect from vendors of web-based indexed, abstracted, and full-text resources.

Nua Internet Surveys

Source of information on Internet demographics and trends in categories including business, social, and technical. Studies are provided on Internet use in the classroom, how many people make online retail purchases, whether Internet use is displacing social and leisure activities, and more.
Click Z Nua Archives

Pew Internet & American Life Project

The Pew Internet & American Life Project creates and funds research on the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the workplace, schools, health care, and civic/political life. The Project conducts frequent surveys and issues timely reports on the Internet’s growth and social impact.

Digital Divisions: There are clear differences among those with broadband connections, dial-up connections, and no connections at all to the Internet

Project COUNTER

Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative designed to serve librarians, publishers, and intermediaries by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics.

Who’s Wired and Who’s Not: Children’s Access to and Use of Computer Technology

Approaches the Digital Divide as it relates to children. Fall/Winter 2000

Library Journal Marketplace Articles

Automated System Marketplace, Library Journal

Database Marketplace, Library Journal

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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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