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2007 Public Library Statistics are now available for libraries in Colorado. Public libraries throughout the state completed their portions of the 2007 Public Library Annual Report this spring, and we have now completed state and federal edit checks to ensure the quality of the data.
Check out the stats at http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php.
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/
Senior Research Analyst
Library Research Service
Summer reading programs are an integral part of public library culture, and many libraries strive to serve all ages including children, young adults, and adults. Some fun facts about summer reading include:
• In the summer of 2007, nearly 205,000 Colorado children participated in summer reading at their public library. In fact, over the past 10 years, approximately 1.5 million participants registered for summer reading programs at Colorado public libraries.
• Children in every income group who read six or more books over the summer gain more in reading achievement than children who do not.
• On average, children from low-income families lose nearly three months of grade-level equivalency during the summer months each year, compared to an average of one month lost by middle-income children.
• Despite some studies that claim teenagers are reading less than ever before, in January 2005 the Gallup organization asked 1,078 teenagers, ages 13-17 about the books they read for pleasure over the last six months. 82% said they had read at least one book.
• Libraries have used blogs as a platform for presenting adult summer reading programs to their patrons. The creator of Maggie Reads (http://www.maggiereads.blogspot.com) notes that in the summer of 2007, her first blog-based reading challenge prompted comments by over 80 bloggers in the community.
The Colorado State Library provides additional summer reading resources for libraries at:
Sources (in order of being quoted):
Maggie Moran. (2008). Reading + blogging: One perfect adult summer reading program. Mississippi Libraries, 72(1), p. 6-8.
Librarians working in public libraries may be interested in the newest Field Initiated Study (FIS).
The Programming Policies and Evaluation FIS includes a summary of responses from two Libnet inquiries regarding public library programming policies and evaluation procedures. It provides examples of actual policies and evaluation forms used at a variety of public libraries in Colorado.
For more information, please click the title above or visit our Field Initiated Studies section.
Librarians working in school, academic, special, and public libraries may be interested in the newest Field Initiated Study (FIS).
This study includes two documents, compiling resources about the responsible disposal of library materials. The Recycling in Libraries document includes a summary of the responses from three Libnet inquiries regarding weeding and disposal policies at public, school, academic, and special libraries. The Weeding document is a list of resources collected for Library People, Colorado’s statewide friends group.
You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initiated Studies section for more information.
Preliminary statistics from the 2007 Colorado Public Library Report are now available. Most libraries have completed the report, and more edit checks will be run on the data in the next few months, but you can access the data now at http://www.lrs.org/public/stats.php?year=2007. Enjoy!
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
Have you ever looked at an hourly salary on a job posting and wanted to quickly know how it translated to an annual wage? Or vice versa? The Library Research Service now provides a simple wage calculator which allows you to provide hours worked per week and an hourly, weekly, monthly, or annual salary, and return wages for all of those time frames. Additionally, this calculator has been integrated into Colorado State Library’s LibraryJobline.org. Now, as you look at a job posting, clicking on the word “Calculate” next to the salary information will open up a new window with our wage calculator, preloaded with the salary data for that job.
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