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In Colorado school libraries, librarians are engaging with their school community and e-book use is on the rise
By on January 11, 2018 in School / The LRS Number
Every year, the Library Research Service conducts the School Library Survey to understand the state of school libraries in Colorado. This year there was a 29% response rate. Out of the 315 libraries that completed the survey, 56% have a certified teacher librarian or media specialist on staff. Between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the median number of e-books increased and physical books decreased for elementary, middle, and high school library collections. For elementary and middle schools, the median number of computers also increased. Most of the other statistics in the survey remained consistent between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. School libraries staffed by a certified...

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Registration for RIPL 2018 opens January 17
By on January 8, 2018 in Public
Are you… … a public librarian, administrator, or other staff interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning? … looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment? … seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact? … committed to leading your organization in making data-based decisions? …eager to develop a peer network  to support your research and evaluation efforts? Launched in 2015, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) brings together people from across North America (rural, suburban, and urban public libraries) for an intensive, participatory learning experience. Offered by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado...

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Happy Holidays from LRS!
By on December 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
Wishing all of our fellow library data lovers a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2018!…...

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Fourth-graders in the U.S. rank 15th in literacy in an international reading literacy study
By on December 13, 2017 in The LRS Number
The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a first look at the results of the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the new ePIRLS. This assessment is administered every five years to fourth-graders in participating countries around the world. PIRLS assesses student performance in reading literacy, while ePIRLS, administered for the first time in 2016, measures students’ approaches to informational reading in an online environment. The overall PIRLS average reading score for fourth-graders in the United States was  549 out 1000 possible points, ranking 15th out of the 58 countries participating. The U.S. average score declined from...

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Study finds that the learning environment at home prior to kindergarten impacts children’s academic performance in 5th grade
By on November 30, 2017 in The LRS Number
A study recently published in Applied Developmental Science measured the connection between children’s home environments before kindergarten and children’s academic skills during their 5th grade year. The study found that “early home learning environments related to children’s academic skills up to 10 years later across all subgroups studied–White, Black, Hispanic, English-speaking, Hispanic Spanish-speaking” (13). Children’s early learning environments predicted their academic skills the summer before they began kindergarten, and their academic skills at that time predicted their academic skills in 5th grade (12). The researchers concluded that “experiences parents provide their infants as early as the first year of life may...

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation study shows that academic library employees remain mostly female and white despite a push for diversity
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently released the results of a study examining diversity in academic libraries. Ithaka S+R was commissioned to survey member institutions of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to find out how the academic library community perceives its progress towards more inclusive and diverse libraries. Across the ARL libraries surveyed, about 3 in 5 (61%) library staff are women and 2 in 5 are men (38%). These gender ratios remain consistent across levels of management and seniority, but begin to vary among different positions within the library. More than 4 in 5 (84%) library communications positions are...

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