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SHLB Coalition report estimates that it would cost $13-$19 billion to connect all community anchor institutions to high-speed broadband internet
By on February 21, 2018 in Technology / The LRS Number
The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition recently released a report prepared by CTC Technology & Energy estimating how much it would cost to expand high-speed, fiber optic broadband internet to community anchor institutions – schools, libraries, hospitals, health care clinics, community colleges, and other public institutions that do not currently have direct fiber connections. SHLB estimates that 34 million people living in the United States do not have access to broadband internet. However, nearly all (95%) Americans live in the same zip code area as a community anchor institution (Anchor). The authors argue that using Anchors as hubs to...

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Library Journal survey finds noticeable differences in genre popularity between print books and ebooks
By on February 7, 2018 in Public / The LRS Number
Library Journal recently published the results of its Materials Survey 2018, an annual survey that gathers materials expenditure and circulation data from public libraries across the United States. Although print book circulation has dropped in the past few years, print book purchases still make up over half (54%) of public libraries’ materials budgets, while netted media (audiobooks, DVDs/Blu-rays, and streaming media) used a little under one-third (30%) of the budget and ebooks used about a tenth (9%). Within netted media spending, audiobook spending rose 16% across all of the responding libraries, including a notable rise in downloadable audio.  Included for the...

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UNICEF report finds that 7 in 10 young people worldwide are digitally connected
By on January 24, 2018 in The LRS Number
UNICEF recently released The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World. This report examines the impact that digital technology has had on the lives of children all over the world. Young people are the most digitally connected age group worldwide. Seven in 10 (71%) young people use the internet, compared to a little less than half (48%) of the total population. However, this leaves out about 346 million young people – more than the total population of the United States – who are not using the internet or other digital tools. The children left out of digital...

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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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