“Library trends of the past year are detailed in the State of America’s Libraries, 2011, released during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011, by the American Library Association.
Even as budget-cutters take aim at libraries and their services, more than two-thirds of the 1,000-plus adults contacted in a survey in January said that the library’s assistance in starting a business or finding a job was important to them, according to the poll, conducted for the American Library Association (ALA) by Harris Interactive.
Sixty-five percent of those polled said they had visited the library in the past year; women are significantly more likely than men (72 percent vs. 58 percent) to fall into this category, especially working women, working mothers and women aged 18-54. Overall, 58 percent of those surveyed said they had a library card, and the largest group was, again, women, especially working women and working mothers. College graduates and those with a household income of more than $100,000 were also well represented among card holders, according to the survey.”
Every year, LRS collects information from Colorado public libraries on challenges to their materials and services. Nearly 1 in 5 libraries reported a total of 48 challenges in 2009, the lowest number in a decade. For more details on the reasons for and results of those challenges, read our latest Fast Facts: Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2009.
~ Jamie H.
The deadline for completing the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey is November 30, 2010. Participation by all public schools in Colorado is vital! The results of the survey provide library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. If you have not yet responded to the survey, it can be accessed at: http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. For questions regarding the survey, or to obtain your username and password, feel free to call Library Research Service at 303-866-6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LRS and its director, Nicolle Steffen, won awards at this past weekend’s annual Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) Conference. LRS.org, which provides dynamic, on-demand access to statistics for public, school, and academic libraries in Colorado, received the Library Advocate Award. This award recognizes far-reaching, sustained contributions to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the state of Colorado. Nicolle received the CAL President’s Award for providing superior service and support to the organization in the past year in her position as treasurer.
A number of past and present LRS staff attended the awards banquet, including Nicolle Steffen, Keith Lance, Rochelle Logan, Zeth Lietzau, Jennifer French, Dave Hodgins, Linda Hofschire, and Jamie Helgren.
The Web site just launched for Colorado’s new library awareness campaign, “What’s Next?!”. Check it out at http://www.whatsnextlibraries.org/. LRS staff is providing the content for the “Did You Know” page–a regularly updated collection of interesting facts and statistics about libraries. You can subscribe to the RSS feed for “Did You Know” via this link: http://www.whatsnextlibraries.org/category/Did-You-Know/feed
Last winter, LRS posted a 60-Second Survey on “The Future of the Book.” More than 1,300 people responded, with nearly 950 leaving additional comments about their thoughts on the topic. With all that information, we were able to write two Fast Facts providing analysis of both the results and the comments.
The comments proved to be one of the most interesting aspects of the survey, revealing passionate and philosophical thoughts on the future of paper and electronic books. Six common themes emerged as influences on future format choices: the existence of multiple formats, technological advantages, emotional/aesthetic appeal of paper books, content, cost, and change over time/generation. The first Fast Facts addresses results and comments related to cost and technological advantages of paper versus electronic formats, while the second report discusses the remaining comment categories and how they related to the type of library in which survey respondents worked and whether they owned an e-reader.
~ Jamie H.
Linda Hofschire is the new Research Analyst at the Library Research Service. Previously she worked as a social science researcher in the fields of Mass Communication and Education, designing and implementing surveys and analyzing statistics. She recently received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.
Dave Hodgins is our new Data Coordinator and Web Developer and comes to LRS from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he was Assistant Professor and Access Services Librarian. Dave’s research interests include library web design and development and the application of new and emerging technologies to traditional library services.
We are all very excited to welcome our new colleagues to LRS and the State Library and look forward to exploring new library research territory with them.
IMLS recently published the 2008 Public Libraries Survey Report: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/pls/index.asp.
An analysis of the data shows that nationally public library visits and circulation went up 20% from 1999 to 2000 while staff numbers stay the same: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/063010.shtm
A new Fast Facts is up! “More Job Seekers, Fewer Jobs: Findings from Library Jobline, Year Three” reports trends found in LibraryJobline.org postings from 2007-2009. While the number of job postings drastically decreased as the economy struggled, the number of job seekers increased, making the field more competitive. Click on the title above or visit the Fast Facts page to read more!
– Jamie H.