2007 ALA Salary Survey Results Now Available

ALA announced this week that the 2007 edition of the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic” and “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic” are now available. Published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the survey reports the median salary for librarians is up 2.8 percent to $57,809 in 2007.

ALA Press Release & ordering information: http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/august2007/alaapa07.htm


Where are all the library jobs?

Do you want to know where library jobs are? Now you can see them on the map.

As the next step in its evolution, LibraryJobline.org now offers maps showing the location of current library job openings in Colorado and elsewhere. There are three ways to access the maps:

• Check out the locations of all current job openings at http://www.LibraryJobline.org/map.php,
• Search LibraryJobline.org at http://www.LibraryJobline.org/search.php and view a map of positions that meet your search parameters, or
• Login to MyJobline ( http://www.LibraryJobline.org/mylogin.php) and view a map of positions that fit your personal criteria

Happy searching!

Social Networking Study Released by NSBA

The study, ” Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social – and Educational – Networking” looks at the usage of social networking by 9 to 17-year olds. Three groups were surveyed for the study: tweens and teens (9 to 17-year olds), parents, and school district leaders.

From the report…
* 59% of online students say they talk about education related topics
* 50% of online students say they talk specifically about schoolwork
* Less than 1% of all students say they’ve actually met someone in person from an online encounter without their parents’ permission
* 84% of school districts have rules against online chatting and 81% against instant messaging in school

Sections of the report include The Positives, The Gaps, Expectations & Interests, and Striking a Balance-Guidance & Recommendations for School Board Members. The study was conducted by Grunwald Associates and underwritten by News Corporation, Microsoft and Verizon.

The report: http://www.nsba.org/site/docs/41400/41340.pdf
NSBA: http://www.nsba.org/site/index.asp


Historical Circ Data Creates Some Buzz

Colorado public libraries’ historical circulation data is included in a recent study that is making the rounds on blogs, listservs, and email lists. Written by economist Douglas A. Galbi, “ Book Circulation Per U.S. Public Library User Since 1856,” is an analysis of library circulation trends from various sources going back over 150 years. Included in the analysis is Colorado library circulation data from 1920 through 2000, which appears in an LRS Fast Fact from 2003, “ Colorado Public Libraries Historical Data” written by Becky Russell.

Complete online circulation report from Galbi: http://www.galbithink.org/libraries/circulation.htm
More library data analysis from Galbi: http://www.galbithink.org/libraries/analysis.htm
Homepage for Douglas Galbi: http://galbithink.org/
LRS Fast Facts, “Colorado Public Libraries Historical Data”: http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/198_historical_pl_data.pdf

Thanks to Denise Davis at the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and Larry T. Nix, Library History Buff, for emailing this link to me.


2006 Metro Report Now Available

The 2006 Metro Report is now available. The Metro Report consists of tables and charts of statistics from selected public libraries in metropolitan areas with operating expenditures greater than $1 million.


Stats Show Libraries Increasingly Popular

Public library directors report increased circulation, program attendance, and computer use, says a recent article in the Boston Globe. “Area directors say they have also seen growth in ways not measured by circulation, like use of public computers and attendance at library programs. “We’re busier than ever,” said Beth Mazin, assistant director of Andover’s Memorial Hall Library. “Our library is jammed with people.”

For more on this story go the Boston Globe online at:

Or the article at:
Good circulation…Internet helps libraries, despite predictions it would spell the end


Instant Messaging in Small Academic Libraries

Librarians working in academic libraries may be interested in the latest Field Initiated Study summarizing a Libnet inquiry posted by Gayle Gunderson, Director of the Colorado Christian University Library, entitled Instant Messaging in Small Academic Libraries.

For more information, you may click on the link above or see our Field Initiated Studies section for more information.

~ Daphne

2006 Public Library Statistics — Available

The 2006 Public Library Statistics are now finalized and available on our site. Go to our Public Stats Page to find spreadsheets, PDFs, and interactive statistics for 2006.


Who Knew?…Harry Potter Fun Facts

LRS would like to pay homage to Harry Potter fans this month by sharing some fun facts about the books and movies that have given many of us so much joy. So, as some of you wait for the minutes to pass until you can pick-up the FINAL book in the series this Saturday, here are some facts to tide you over…

Harry Potter as Book:

• The Harry Potter series has sold 325 million copies worldwide with 121.5 million in-print in the U.S. alone.

• The sixth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sold a record-breaking 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours. The same book also broke records by selling more than 11 million copies in the first nine weeks.

• The U.S. version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is being printed at the R.R. Donnelley publishing plant located in the rural town of Crawfordsville, Indiana. The town of Crawfordsville does not have a single bookstore.

• Of the 12 million first-print copies of the 784-page Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book, 65% will be printed on paper accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. This is the largest purchase of FSC certified paper to be used in the printing of a single book title.

Harry Potter as Library Book:

• The Harry Potter Series ranks #7 on the American Library Association’s (ALA) list of 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books 1990-2000.

• Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling ranks #4 on ALA’s list of Top Ten Challenged Authors 1990-2004.

• As of July 17, 2007, Denver Public Library patrons have placed 1,468 holds on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This includes holds placed on the print book, audio book, and large print book.

Harry Potter as Stamp:

• Britain’s Royal Mail has issued a series of seven stamps depicting the covers of Harry Potter books.

• Approximately 340,000 people have pre-ordered the Harry Potter stamps which break the 300,000 record set by the Beatles stamps released in January 2007.

Harry Potter as Movie:

• The recently released movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix earned $44.2 million in the first 24 hours of its release, making it the biggest single-day gross in box office history.

• The same film made $77.1 million during its opening weekend which brings its U.S. total to $140 million after five days. The worldwide total is at $352 million so far…

Sources (in order of being quoted):