A new Fast Facts from Library Research Service examines the trends evident among a cohort of school libraries that have consistently responded to the annual Colorado School Library Survey. These trends include more group visits to the library, a greater emphasis on technology, increased circulation, and more frequent use of interlibrary loan.
Fast Facts: http://www.lrs.org/fastfacts/index.php?year=2008
The first year of job postings on LibraryJobline.org has been reviewed and shows some interesting trends in library employment.
The data indicate that new library jobs are being created, the requirement for an MLIS varies by library type, and that there is an increase in desire for Spanish-speaking employees.
See the Fast Facts article here: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/257_jobline.pdf
Comment on the article here: http://www.lrs.org/blog/
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Librarians working in public libraries may be interested in the newest Field Initiated Study (FIS).
The Programming Policies and Evaluation FIS includes a summary of responses from two Libnet inquiries regarding public library programming policies and evaluation procedures. It provides examples of actual policies and evaluation forms used at a variety of public libraries in Colorado.
For more information, please click the title above or visit our Field Initiated Studies section.
Librarians working in school, academic, special, and public libraries may be interested in the newest Field Initiated Study (FIS).
This study includes two documents, compiling resources about the responsible disposal of library materials. The Recycling in Libraries document includes a summary of the responses from three Libnet inquiries regarding weeding and disposal policies at public, school, academic, and special libraries. The Weeding document is a list of resources collected for Library People, Colorado’s statewide friends group.
You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initiated Studies section for more information.
Preliminary statistics from the 2007 Colorado Public Library Report are now available. Most libraries have completed the report, and more edit checks will be run on the data in the next few months, but you can access the data now at http://www.lrs.org/public/stats.php?year=2007. Enjoy!
National Library Week is observed each year in April, generally the second full week.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of National Library Week.
The 2008 theme for National Library Week is “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.”
Julie Andrews is the official voice for National Library Week 2008. Check out her Public Service Announcement.
Learn more about National Library Week.
The United States Library of Congress is in charge of appointing the national Poet Laureate. This tradition began in the U.S. in 1937. The current Poet Laureate is Charles Simic .
You can read his poem “At the Library” here.
Literacy Through Poetry gives graduate students and elementary students an opportunity to communicate and learn together through poetry.
This brief report from the Ohio Literacy Resource center describes some ways (and presents some “whys”) for using poetry in adult literacy education.
The Academy of American Poets has a wealth of information and ideas for celebrating National Poetry Month http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/102
Former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins has initiated a literacy program called Poetry 180, targeted at high school libraries and classrooms. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/
Wondering how many people are looking at that job you posted to LibraryJobline.org? Or how many others are checking out the positions you are applying to? Now you can easily find out that the Young Adult Information Services job at JCPL has been viewed over 400 times in the last week, or that people have looked at Douglas County Libraries’ Reference Librarian position over 700 times in the last 2 weeks.
See what jobs people are looking at here:
The latest Fast Facts from LRS looks at data from the 2005 NCES Public Libraries in the United States survey report. Released in November 2007, this report shows that Colorado public libraries have responded positively to changing information needs. The data suggests a positive relationship between new media and technology acquisitions and library use in general.
See the complete Fast Facts at: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/256_CO_PL_NCES.pdf
Have you ever looked at an hourly salary on a job posting and wanted to quickly know how it translated to an annual wage? Or vice versa? The Library Research Service now provides a simple wage calculator which allows you to provide hours worked per week and an hourly, weekly, monthly, or annual salary, and return wages for all of those time frames. Additionally, this calculator has been integrated into Colorado State Library’s LibraryJobline.org. Now, as you look at a job posting, clicking on the word “Calculate” next to the salary information will open up a new window with our wage calculator, preloaded with the salary data for that job.