Colorado Library Districts Show Greater Increases in Public Use and Financial Support than Other Public Library Types

This latest issue of Fast Facts compares libraries districts to their non-district peers to determine if they continued to show strong financial stability since the budget cuts of 2002. And if library districts have increased their funding more than non-district libraries, have they also increased the utilization of their resources and materials more than the other library types?

See the Fast Facts article here: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/260_PL_districts_jur.pdf

Comment on the article here: http://www.lrs.org/blog/

Jennifer French
Senior Research Analyst
Library Research Service

School Library Cohort, 2005-2007: Trends to Watch

A new Fast Facts from Library Research Service examines the trends evident among a cohort of school libraries that have consistently responded to the annual Colorado School Library Survey. These trends include more group visits to the library, a greater emphasis on technology, increased circulation, and more frequent use of interlibrary loan.

Fast Facts: http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts/index.php?year=2008

-Amanda
arybin@du.edu

New Fast Facts: Colorado Public Libraries Respond Positively to Changing Information Needs

The latest Fast Facts from LRS looks at data from the 2005 NCES Public Libraries in the United States survey report. Released in November 2007, this report shows that Colorado public libraries have responded positively to changing information needs. The data suggests a positive relationship between new media and technology acquisitions and library use in general.

See the complete Fast Facts at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/256_CO_PL_NCES.pdf

-Amanda
arybin@du.edu

New Fast Facts: AskColorado Customer Satisfaction High

The results of the 2006 AskColorado Customer Satisfaction survey are examined in this fast facts. Since its inception, AskColorado has steadily increased both in number of user sessions and customer satisfaction levels. To read this fast facts go to http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/255_AskCO.pdf

New Fast Facts: Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2006

This latest Fast Facts examines the results of the 2006 Challenges to Materials at Colorado’s Public Libraries report.
In 2006, out of the 115 public libraries in Colorado, 23 reported that they received a formal challenge during the year. There were a total of 89 individual challenges to books, materials, events, exhibits, and Internet-related services in the state’s public libraries.
See the complete Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/254_Challenges.pdf

Fast Facts Notifications Available via RSS

Have you set up your RSS reader yet? If so, here’s another resource to add – you can now subscribe to our Fast Facts Notification RSS feed at http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts/rss.xml

If you haven’t subscribed to any RSS feeds yet, here’s your chance. Sign up with an RSS reader (google, blogglines, etc.) and paste the above URL as a new subscription.

Zeth
-lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

LRS.org has gone .php

LRS.org has undergone a major behind-the-scenes overhaul, switching hosts, and changing our programming language from .asp to .php. The big advantage that you’ll see from this change is that the features on the LRS-i section of the site should retrieve data much more rapidly. The downside is that you’ll need to change your bookmarks and links from .asp to .php. We have suffered some growing pains as we’ve done this, and are still catching some bad links that did not make the crossover. If you notice any dead links, or strange site (mal)functions, please let me know.

Also, for those of you receiving our feed through an RSS reader, you’ll need to repoint your readers to http://www.lrs.org/blog/rss.xml to get our feed.

Thanks for your patience.
Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us

Is $40,000 the Magic Number

The latest Fast Facts titled, Is $40,000 the Magic Number? may be of interest to public librarians in Colorado.

It focuses on the recent American Library Association~Allied Professional Association declaration that beginning professional librarians should be paid a starting salary of no less than $40,000.

If you would like to find out where Colorado stands in regards to this issue, check out this Fast Facts issue at:
http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/250_40000.pdf

~Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Statewide Courier is a Savings

We’ve just published a new Fast Facts – Statewide Courier Saves Libraries Thousands in Shipping Costs Each Year. This FF is the result of a study to determine the cost-effectiveness of the statewide Courier. And yes, the courier is very cost-effective.

Zeth
lietzau_z@cde.state.co.us