Every year, the Library Research Service surveys Colorado public libraries about challenges to their materials or services. The libraries that report receiving one or more challenges are then asked to provide additional information. This Fast Facts addresses the number, nature, and outcome of the challenges reported in 2017.
Postings for library jobs continued to rise in 2017, according to LRS’s popular library job posting website, LibraryJobline.org. In 2017, 701jobs were posted—the most ever since the service’s launch in 2007. Average hourly salaries for both Academic ($22.06) and Public ($22.26) library positions remained steady. The average hourly salary for School libraries ($19.86) continued to rise and has recovered from its low in 2015 ($16.62). Read on to learn more about how the rest of 2017 shaped up.
Check Out Colorado State Parks, the result of a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, provides 297 Colorado libraries with two park passes and adventure backpacks filled with information and educational activities. Patrons of participating public, military, and academic libraries can check out a backpack for a week at a time to visit state parks for free. In 2017, 806 patrons completed a survey about their experience with the program.