This latest Fast Facts examines the results of the 2006 Challenges to Materials at Colorado’s Public Libraries report.
In 2006, out of the 115 public libraries in Colorado, 23 reported that they received a formal challenge during the year. There were a total of 89 individual challenges to books, materials, events, exhibits, and Internet-related services in the state’s public libraries.
See the complete Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/254_Challenges.pdf
This latest Fast Facts examines the results of the 2006 Challenges to Materials at Colorado’s Public Libraries report.
AASL announced yesterday the release of “School Libraries Count! A National Survey of School Library Media Programs 2007” an annual survey of school libraries.
From ALA website:
AASL releases report on first longitudinal survey
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has just released the results of its first longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count!
The survey, conducted January-March 2007, gathered data in a number of areas, including library staff, collections, technology, class visits and budgets. AASL will be using the data to develop tools to help library media specialists advocate at the local, state and national level.
“In a time of budget cuts and confusion about the role of library media specialists,” said AASL president Sara Kelly Johns, “it is more critical than ever that both the profession and educational decision-makers understand the state of the nation’s school library media programs.”
The survey will be conducted annually and will result in a longitudinal series that will provide data on the health of the nation’s school library media programs. The second survey is scheduled to open at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
Nancy Everhart, chair of the AASL Research and Statistics Committee, said, “The data from this survey will be valuable to researchers and practitioners alike. Researchers can use it to support further studies, and practitioners can use it to compare their programs to national benchmarks.”
More about the study: http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/slcsurvey.cfm
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) just released, “The Reading Literacy of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context Results From the 2001 and 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).”
According to this report, “On average, U.S. fourth-graders scored higher than their peers worldwide, with average scores higher than the PIRLS scale average (540 vs. 500), and a greater percentage of U.S. students reaching each achievement benchmark compared to the international median percentage…
The average score for U.S. students was:
* higher than the average score in 22 education systems
* lower than 10 education systems and
* not significantly different from 12 education systems.”
Full report: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008017
Information about PIRLS: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pirls/index.asp
The British journal Education reported on results from the Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO. Their review of the research indicates that 15 year-old girls in all 43 countries surveyed are surpassing their male counterparts in literacy. Source: Girls out-read boys worldwide. (2003). Education, 109, 1, Retrieved November 14, 2007, from Academic Search Premier database. Full research report available at http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/43/9/33690591.pdf
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Literacy Initiative for Empowerment ( LIFE) seeks by 2015 to help reduce by half the rate of adult illiteracy in the world. LIFE operations, a global strategy to raise awareness on the importance of literacy are country-led, respond to country-specific needs and priorities, and correspond to national capacities. Designed to further the goals of the UN Literacy Decade (2003-2012), LIFE is being implemented in 35 countries with a literacy rate of less than 50 per cent or a population of more than 10 million illiterates.
Source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?newsid=19773&cr=literacy&cr1 =
“A poll commissioned by Teletext in 2007 questioned 4,000 adult readers on their reading habits. The survey found the top 10 fiction books that Britons cannot finish are:
1) Vernon God Little, D.B.C Pierre (35%)
2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K Rowling (32%)
3) Ulysses, James Joyce (28%)
4) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis De Bernieres (27%)
5) Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (24%)
6) The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie (21%)
7) The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (19%)
8) War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (18%)
9) The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (16%)
10) Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky (15%)”
-“A survey of 1,000 people for Bedtime Reading Week 2002 found the most popular place to read was in bed (65% of the sample). 25% relax with a book in the bath, 10% take a book to the loo (mainly men), almost half like to read on holiday and a third read on the journey to work. Over a third of those interviewed said they wish they had more time to read.”
-“Surveys by Muse, BML, DCMS, CIPFA in 2006 found that 47% of UK adults are registered with their local library”
-“A survey by Book Marketing for World Book Day 2001 found that the average British reader reads for between 4 and 6 hours a week. In Scotland the average is 5.8 hours. 54% said they read for relaxation or to relieve stress.”
“Iceland is full of readers. Iceland has the highest number of book readers per head of population in the world. This correlates with the fact that it has a near 100 percent functional literacy rate.”
Source: Literacy in Iceland from Australian School Library Association Inc. (ASLA) http://www.asla.org.au/pubs/access/a_commentary_180204.htm
According to the 2000-20004 estimated figures from the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Institute for Statistics, China has a 90.9% literacy rate and an illiterate population of 87 million.
The latest National Endowment for the Arts report draws on a variety of sources, public and private, and essentially reaches one conclusion: Americans are reading less. The 99-page study, “To Read or Not to Read,” was released November 19, 2007 as a follow-up to a 2004 NEA survey, “Reading at Risk,” that found an increasing number of adult Americans were not even reading one book a year.
Among the key findings:
Americans are reading less – teens and young adults read less often and for shorter amounts of time compared with other age groups and with Americans of previous years.
• Less than one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier. Among 17-year-olds, the percentage of non-readers doubled over a 20-year period, from nine percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004.1
• On average, Americans ages 15 to 24 spend almost two hours a day watching TV, and only seven minutes of their daily leisure time on reading.2
Americans are reading less well – reading scores continue to worsen, especially among teenagers and young males. By contrast, the average reading score of 9-year-olds has improved.
• Reading scores for 12th-grade readers fell significantly from 1992 to 2005, with the sharpest declines among lower-level readers.3
• 2005 reading scores for male 12th-graders are 13 points lower than for female 12th-graders, and that gender gap has widened since 1992.4
• Reading scores for American adults of almost all education levels have deteriorated, notably among the best-educated groups. From 1992 to 2003, the percentage of adults with graduate school experience who were rated proficient in prose reading dropped by 10 points, a 20 percent rate of decline.5
The declines in reading have civic, social, and economic implications – Advanced readers accrue personal, professional, and social advantages. Deficient readers run higher risks of failure in all three areas.
• Nearly two-thirds of employers ranked reading comprehension “very important” for high school graduates. Yet 38 percent consider most high school graduates deficient in this basic skill.6
• American 15-year-olds ranked fifteenth in average reading scores for 31 industrialized nations, behind Poland, Korea, France, and Canada, among others.7
• Literary readers are more likely than non-readers to engage in positive civic and individual activities – such as volunteering, attending sports or cultural events, and exercising.8
Less than one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier. Among 17-year-olds, the percentage of non-readers doubled over a 20-year period, from nine percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004.1
On average, Americans ages 15 to 24 spend almost two hours a day watching TV, and only seven minutes of their daily leisure time on reading.2
LRS would like to announce and welcome our three new Library and Information Science Research Fellows from the University of Denver.
They will be assisting with various projects and topics including literacy, public, academic and school libraries.
WASHINGTON, DC–The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issued its first library statistics report on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year (FY) 2006. The State Library Agency Report for FY 2006 includes a wide array of information on topics such as libraries’ Internet access, services, collections, staff, and revenue, and is used by state and federal policymakers, researchers, and others…
For more information on the Library Statistics Program, visit: http://www.imls.gov/statistics.
The report is available in PDF format at: http://harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/stla/index.asp.
From IMLS Press Release
November 16, 2007
Note, the reports from previous years were published by NCES.
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2005
Description: This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2005, includes information on population of legal service area, service outlets, library collections and services, full-time equivalent staff, and operating revenue and expenditures. The report includes several key findings: Nationwide, visits to public libraries totaled 1.4 billion, or 4.7 library visits per capita. The average number of Internet terminals available for public use per stationary outlet was 11.2.
For more on Colorado public library statistics, visit: http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php.
Whether you’re a public library director or–like me–a public library user, there is a return on investment (ROI) resource for you. Check out the…
Personal ROI Calculator
This online tool calculates the individual estimated return on investment for the Colorado public library of your choice. Other states have done ROI calculators, but not like this one!
Do you work in a public library? Well, this calculator can be customized for your library’s website. See DPL’s at: http://www.denverlibrary.org/news/dplnews/roi_calculator.html (it is also linked from their homepage). Or if you prefer, it can be a direct link from your library’s website. Link to the calculator on the LRS website and your library’s name can be pre-filled in the drop-down box. Either way, it can be a fun, yet powerful tool to demonstrate the dollar-and-cents value of your library.
Library ROI Calculator
This tool estimates the ROI for your library using a peer-based return on investment calculator.
At the CAL Conference last week, Zeth and I did a presentation on the ROI study. The PowerPoint presentation and other resources we discussed can be found on the ROI page.
Other resources on the ROI page include individual reports for participating libraries, newspaper articles, and links to other studies.
Zeth also recently added a function called “LRS Conversation” so that you can share your comments online about the ROI study or the personal ROI calculator. We look forward to reading what you have to say!
As usual the Annual CAL Conference is packed with LRS activities. Please join us for…
Booth – Friday, November 9, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chat with LRS staff at our booth (#8) in State Library “wing” of the exhibits.
Reception – Thursday, November 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
20 Years…and still counting! Prior to the opening keynote address by Nancy Pearl, the Library Research Service will host a reception celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Session – Friday, November 9 at 10:15 a.m.
“What’s It Worth to You? A Return-on-Investment Study of Selected Colorado Public Libraries”
Awards Dinner – Friday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Keith Lance, former Director of the Library Research Service, will be receiving the Career Achievement Award.
Career Fair – Saturday, November 10 at 4:30 p.m.
LRS will be at the Career Fair to provide information about LibraryJobline.org and how it can help both employers and employees.
Hope to see you there!
Conference info: http://www.cal-webs.org/conference.html
The deadline for completing the 2007-08 school library survey has been extended. If you haven’t had the chance to complete it yet, you now have until November 21 to do so. Help us provide a more complete picture of what school libraries are doing for Colorado’s children by completing the survey at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey.