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3Rs Study Article in 2005 Bowker Annual

“Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado” is the title of an article in the 2005 edition of the BOWKER ANNUAL (pp. 446-51). This article provides a brief overview of the findings of the 2004 LRS study of the same name. The study was cited by Denise M. Davis, Director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics, as “one of the more significant studies to be completed in 2004” (p. 435).

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Colorado Libraries to feature The Future of Librarianship in Colorado

Coming soon to a mailbox near you?Colorado Libraries’ summer issue, The Future of Librarianship in Colorado

Using the LRS study, ?Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado? as a starting point, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries includes articles from a wide range of related topics and viewpoints. Look for the following articles:

? Today’s MLIS Students: What’s on Their Minds by Don Dickenson & M. Claire Williamson
? Why am I a Librarian? Conversations with a Cross Section of the Profession by Martin Garnar
? The Resilient Career by Kim Dority
? Back into the Fold: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Information Professionals within Libraries by Marcy Phelps
? Recruitment and Retention in Colorado’s Libraries: A State Library Perspective by Eugene Hainer
? Who Will Replace the Super Heroes? School Librarians and the Retirement Crisis by Jody Howard
? Meeting Recruitment and Retention Challenges Head On by Rochelle Logan & Art Glover
? The Decision to Retire: A Personal Story by Nancy Bolt

Zeth and I really enjoyed being the guest editors on this edition of Colorado Libraries. We would like to thank the authors for their terrific articles and cooperative spirit, as well the Colorado Libraries’ editors for this learning opportunity.

Let us know what you think of the issue. Oh, and don?t forget to take a close look at the very special cover.

Happy reading.
Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

For more on The Changing Library Workforce go to: http://www.LRS.org/workforce.asp

Printable Copies of Completed 2004 School Library Surveys

If you responded to the 2004 Colorado school library survey and did not print out a copy of what you submitted, here’s a way to do that, just as if you had completed the questionnaire in paper. Go to: http://www.lrs.org/asp_school/survey_04/login.asp. To access your school’s survey, use the same username and passcode that you used for the survey originally. If you have lost track of those two pieces of information, contact Fabian Maes-Sanford at maes_f@cde.state.co.us or 303.866.6906.

Zeth Lietzau, LRS senior research analyst and web editor, came up with this solution for an individual request, but we thought others might find it useful, too.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

New Fast Facts on Librarianship and AskColorado

Library Research Service has recently published new issues of Fast Facts:

1. Librarianship in Colorado School Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 220)
2. Librarianship in Colorado Academic Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 221)
3. Librarianship in Colorado Public Libraries, by Nicolle Steffen (No. 222)
4. AskColorado’s First Year Online, by Don Dickenson (No. 223)

View these and other Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts.asp

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

Diversity Article to Appear in AMERICAN LIBRARIES

AMERICAN LIBRARIES has accepted for publication an article entitled “Racial and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Library Workers” along with a sidebar based on a longer manuscript titled “U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers.” The full text of the latter work will be published as an issue of FAST FACTS. The AL article and sidebar are expected to appear in the May 2005 issue.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Local Data Collection Forms Requested from Colorado Libraries

We would like to add new pages to LRS.org that provide links to data collection forms being used by local academic, public, and school libraries in Colorado. Do you have a form for collecting data about reference transactions? computer use? programs and program attendance? meeting room reservations? technology assistance? scheduling class visits to the library? Etc.

Please send links to your forms, if they are already available online, or send Word, Excel, or PDF files that we are free to post on this page. If you cannot share a paper form in any digital format, fax it to us and we will scan it. In short, we will be happy to receive forms in whatever format they already exist.

–Keith
lance_k@cde.state.co.us
fax 303 866 6940

Outcome Survey on School Library Impact Studies Launched

Under School Libraries, under Impact Studies, note the addition of a link to a new survey. Since the 2000 publication of How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards: the Second Colorado Study, more than a dozen states have conducted similar studies. We thought it was about time to start documenting how such studies are being used and how they are making a difference for school libraries and librarians. If you work in a school library or with school libraries, please take a minute or two to respond to this survey.

— 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

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

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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