This year at the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) will commemorate ten years of speakers at Julie J. Boucher Memorial Lecture on Intellectual Freedom. Karen Bary, current IFC Chair, notes, “On this tenth anniversary we are not only looking back, but looking ahead, aware that intellectual freedom is under assault as never before.”
The 2006 “Julie” lecture is Saturday, November 11th at 9:30 am. This year’s speaker is Brent Hartinger , young adult author and founding member of the blog AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom . As a warm-up to the lecture, the IFC has started its own blog about Brent and his book, The Geography Club. To participate in this interesting online discussion go to: http://ifreadingmatters.blogspot.com/. It’s fun and easy to participate.
In addition, to the lecture there will be a reception Saturday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with Julie’s parents, Virginia and Stanley Boucher and her brother, Jello Biafra, the celebrated punk icon and performance artist. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Check your conference schedule for more information about this and other intellectual freedom events at the CAL Conference.
For more information about Julie Boucher and the lecture and awards named in her honor, please visit the LRS page at http://www.lrs.org/boucher.asp and the CAL-IFC page at http://www.cal-webs.org/boucher.html. More intellectual freedom links can be found on LRS.org at http://www.lrs.org/ifree.asp.
See you at CAL!
The 2006-07 School Library Survey is now open. If you are a school librarian, you can fill it out at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. If you need your login information, call us at 303-866-6900.
In its October 2006 issue (page 12), Cable in the Classroom has just published an article by me entitled Five Power Roles for Librarians. The article is available online at: http://www.ciconline.org/AboutCIC/Publications/cicmagazine.htm.
This article is based on the PowerPoint presentation, Five Roles for Empowering School Librarians, available at: http://www.lrs.org/impact.php.
School librarians may be interested in a Field Initiated Study posted regarding Internet Filtering in public and private schools. A survey was posted to Survey Monkey by Leroy Smith, inquiring about the implementation and effectiveness of internet filtering in public and private schools.
A summary of the survey results is available in our Field Initiated Studies section at:
As you probably already know, Barbara Dey has retired from the Colorado State Library (CSL) and Deb Gettings, the LRS Administrative Assistant, is the new coordinator for the CSL Jobline.
With the change in regime, we thought this would be a good time to give the Jobline an update. We are moving Jobline to a database system so that the service can be searched and customized by users?-both employers and job seekers. Set for release in January 2007, features on the new Jobline will include employer registration, customized job description templates, and searching capabilities.
In addition to user features, the new Jobline database will allow LRS to generate and report data about job openings in Colorado libraries. Based on the data collected, we hope to produce meaningful statistics about the changing library job market in the state.
For us, this is the logical next step for Jobline and has the potential to make it even more valuable to the library community.
Last week Jobline Advisory Panel members met with LRS staff to help guide decisions about development, usability, and data reporting. The panel, consisting of librarians and human resources folks from all four library types, made many helpful suggestions which are being incorporated into the new design.
Want to see what?s happening for yourself? Stop by the LRS booth at the CAL Conference for a preview of the new Jobline website. We’d like to show you what we’ve done and get your feedback.
An article entitled Scientifically-Based Research on School Libraries and Academic Achievement will be included in the first edition of a new series, The Best of Knowledge Quest. Originally published in the May/June 2004 issue of Knowledge Quest–a journal of the American Association of School Librarians–the article was co-authored by Keith Curry Lance and Becky Russell (then an LRS Senior Research Analyst, now with Denver Public Library). Co-editors Donald Adcock and Patricia Montiel-Overall identified the article as one of “a select number of outstanding articles on a topic of current interest to the profession that have appeared in Knowledge Quest during the past few years.”
On Monday, June 26, the American Association of School Librarians and Scholastic Library Publishing co-sponsored a national town meeting on the role of school libraries in school recovery in the Gulf coast states. School Libraries Work! Rebuilding for Learning featured a keynote speech by First Lady Laura Bush followed by a panel discussion in which I took part. AASL has launched its own blog to provide a forum for discussion of the issues that arose, and it can be found at: http://blogs.ala.org/aasl.php.
A Scholastic brochure entitled School Libraries Work! summarizes the many studies of school library impact that began with the first and second Colorado studies. An updated 2006 edition of that brochure is available at: http://librarypublishing.scholastic.com/content/stores/LibraryStore/pages/images/slw_06.pdf.
Since then, however, studies have been released by Wisconsin and Ontario. Links to those study reports are available at: http://www.LRS.org/impact.asp, and their findings are summarized in another presentation I made in New Orleans, the PowerPoint file of which is also available on that page (i.e., The Future of School Librarianship: Review of Research and Implications for Practice).
School librarians may be interested in a Field Initiated Study posted regarding Teacher Librarians and Media Specialists in Colorado elementary schools. An informal survey was conducted by Connie Masson of the St. Vrain school district with 15 school districts responding. The results of the survey are available in our Field Initiated Studies section at:
LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.
School Librarians –
First we gave you statistics, then profiles . Now, compare your school’s library statistics with peers of your own choosing. Check out the 2005 Interactive School Library Statistics. They can be found at : http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/stats05/.