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Retirement of Keith Curry Lance and Appointment of Nicolle Steffen

Keith Curry Lance, Ph.D. has retired after 20 years at the Library Research Service (LRS) and 22 years at the Colorado State Library. While Director of LRS, Keith cultivated a center for library research that is one of only a few in the United States. LRS has developed a national reputation for groundbreaking studies about the impact of libraries on student achievement, as well as providing data and tools for public libraries to assess the value and use of their services to the public. Over the past 10 years, LRS has partnered with the University of Denver?s Library and Information Science program, enabling students to actively participate in the research process. Dozens of students have benefited from the mentorship provided by Keith and the staff at LRS.

LRS will continue under the leadership of Nicolle Steffen, MLIS, who was recently appointed the new Director. She has been the Associate Director since 2001. Previously she was with Regis University?s Dayton Memorial Library. Nicolle received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA). She has served as chair of the CAL Intellectual Freedom Committee and has just accepted an appointment to the ALA Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory Committee.

LRS will continue to provide the library community, educators, public officials, and the media with research and statistics about libraries.

Daphne
Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

New DU Research Fellows Appointed at LRS

The Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library and the University of Denver (DU) has awarded its two latest DU Research Fellowships to Beth Strickland and Carla Molliconi. Both new Fellows are candidates for the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the LIS Program in the DU College of Education. They are the 18th and 19th MLIS candidates to receive this honor since 1996. The LRS recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the partnership between the Colorado State Library and DU that makes possible this fellowship program.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

New LRS Fellows, Practicum Student for 2006

The Library Research Service is ringing in the new year with two new LRS Fellows, Daphne Eastburn and Holly Cole, and a new Practicum student, Schanie Cairns.

Daphne has already updated the Research Methods page on LRS.org, added several new entries to that site?s Field Initiated Studies page, and is updating the mini-brochure, Quotable Facts About Colorado Libraries.

With Daphne, Schanie will be producing a series of ?boilerplate? surveys to assist library managers in assessing user needs, customer satisfaction, and economic value. Schanie will also be contributing to projects related to the changing library workforce, including planning for a longitudinal study of the developing career paths of University of Denver library and information science graduates.

Holly is producing the LRS?s first performance rankings of public libraries in the state, modeling a process that will also be undertaken nationally on behalf of the Federal-State Cooperative (FSCS) for Public Library Data.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

AskColorado Use Continues to Grow in Second Year

The AskColorado statewide virtual reference service recently completed its second year, gaining momentum and receiving positive feedback from its users. Read details about user feedback during AskColorado’s second year of operation at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/231_AskCo.pdf.

Keith

Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

Nominate today for ’05 Julie J. Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom

The Colorado Association of Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee is now accepting nominations for the Julie J. Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom. Named for former LRS Associate Director, Julie Boucher, the award honors individuals and organizations that have actively promoted intellectual freedom in Colorado.

Who do you know that is deserving of recognition for their work on behalf of intellectual freedom?

To nominate someone for the award: http://www.cal-webs.org/awards.html

For more information about Julie Boucher and the award named for her:
http://www.cal-webs.org/boucher.html & http://www.lrs.org/boucher.asp

Deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. June 15, 2005.

New Fast Facts on U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers, 2002-12

Library Research Service has recently published a new issue of Fast Facts:

The U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers, 2002-12, by Keith Curry Lance (No. 224)

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

Fabian
maes_f@cde.state.co.us

Two DU LIS Students Join LRS

Two students in the University of Denver Library and Information Science Program have become the latest members of the LRS staff. They are Michele Kolman-Weber and Jessica Sturgill. They join two other current DU LIS students, Don Dickenson and Claire Williamson.

The LRS is a unit of the Colorado State Library that has been operated in partnership with the DU LIS Program since 1996. As part of that partnership, the LRS provides paid internships to two to five DU students each year. An ever-growing cadre of LRS alumnae now hold important posts in the library community throughout Colorado, in other states and Washington, D.C., and overseas.

Keith
Lance_K@cde.state.co.us

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