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
Librarians working in many types of libraries may be interested in the two most recent Field Initiated Studies (FIS).
The Best Practices for Scanning FIS is a summary of responses from a Libnet inquiry regarding the best methods for scanning large volumes of library materials. Responses primarily include those from academic and special librarians.
The Minors’ Use of the Internet FIS is a summary of responses from a Libnet inquiry regarding policies for minors’ Internet use, primarily in public libraries.
You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initated Studies Section for more information.
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
LRS would like to announce and welcome our three new Library and Information Science Research Fellows from the University of Denver.
They will be assisting with various projects and topics including literacy, public, academic and school libraries.
WASHINGTON, DC–The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issued its first library statistics report on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year (FY) 2006. The State Library Agency Report for FY 2006 includes a wide array of information on topics such as libraries’ Internet access, services, collections, staff, and revenue, and is used by state and federal policymakers, researchers, and others…
For more information on the Library Statistics Program, visit: http://www.imls.gov/statistics.
The report is available in PDF format at: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/stla/index.asp.
From IMLS Press Release
November 16, 2007
Note, the reports from previous years were published by NCES.
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2005
Description: This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2005, includes information on population of legal service area, service outlets, library collections and services, full-time equivalent staff, and operating revenue and expenditures. The report includes several key findings: Nationwide, visits to public libraries totaled 1.4 billion, or 4.7 library visits per capita. The average number of Internet terminals available for public use per stationary outlet was 11.2.
For more on Colorado public library statistics, visit: http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php.
Whether you’re a public library director or–like me–a public library user, there is a return on investment (ROI) resource for you. Check out the…
Personal ROI Calculator
This online tool calculates the individual estimated return on investment for the Colorado public library of your choice. Other states have done ROI calculators, but not like this one!
Do you work in a public library? Well, this calculator can be customized for your library’s website. See DPL’s at: http://www.denverlibrary.org/news/dplnews/roi_calculator.html (it is also linked from their homepage). Or if you prefer, it can be a direct link from your library’s website. Link to the calculator on the LRS website and your library’s name can be pre-filled in the drop-down box. Either way, it can be a fun, yet powerful tool to demonstrate the dollar-and-cents value of your library.
Library ROI Calculator
This tool estimates the ROI for your library using a peer-based return on investment calculator.
At the CAL Conference last week, Zeth and I did a presentation on the ROI study. The PowerPoint presentation and other resources we discussed can be found on the ROI page.
Other resources on the ROI page include individual reports for participating libraries, newspaper articles, and links to other studies.
Zeth also recently added a function called “LRS Conversation” so that you can share your comments online about the ROI study or the personal ROI calculator. We look forward to reading what you have to say!