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Academic Library Impact Study Underway

The LRS is conducting an academic library impact study to identify outcomes of library services associated with undergraduate students and the teaching role of faculty. Surveys of students and faculty will be conducted this Spring, and a report will be issued in Fall 2005. At this writing, nine Colorado institutions have volunteered to participate in the study:

Five universities:
– Colorado School of Mines
– Colorado State University
– University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center
– University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
– University of Denver

One college:
– Western State College

Three community colleges:
– Front Range Community College
– Otero Junior College
– Pikes Peak Community College

If libraries of other Colorado institutions of higher education wish to participate, they should contact me ASAP.

– Keith
lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Employment Projections Thru 2012 Available from Bureau of Labor Statistics

Are you and your colleagues talking about the retirement, retention, and recruitment issues facing librarianship? Is anybody asking what the outlook is for librarians? Every 2 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues a new series of 10-year national projections for three types of library workers: librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical)–not to mention just about any other job you can think of. The latest at this writing is for 2002-12. (Release of the 2004-14 projections is scheduled to be announced in the November 2005 issue of the MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW.)

Learn about the employment outlook for library worker jobs nationwide on the BLS site at: http://data.bls.gov/oep/servlet/oep.noeted.servlet.ActionServlet?Action=empoccp.

Consult your state labor department about the possible availability of similar projections for your state and smaller units of geography. For contact information, see: http://www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/state_of.htm.

–Keith
lance_k@cde.state.co.us

2000 Census Data Available on Library Workers by Sex and Race/Ethnicity

One of the best-kept secrets on the U.S. Census website is the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Data Tool. Via a fairly simple interactive interface, it is possible to learn the number of library workers of the three types included in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical). For each type of library worker, you can obtain the number of individuals by gender and race/ethnicity. The geography for which data are available goes from U.S. to localities. The one serious drawback is that library workers are not identified by library sector: academic, public, school, special. Still, if you are interested in the diversity issue facing the profession, this is a treasure trove of data.

We’ll be doing some available data research here at the LRS and publishing it both in the library press and our own FAST FACTS later in 2005. Watch for it.

Meanwhile, look at how your own state and community stack up at: http://www.census.gov/eeo2000/index.html.

–Keith
lance_k@cde.state.co.us

LRS-Interactive

Check out the new sections of our site at http://www.lrs.org/interactive!

LRS-i has new budget calculators for academic, public, and school libraries, a dynamic public library statistics page, and school library profiles.

–Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

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