Teaching Computer Classes Field Initiated Study

A new Field Initiated Study has been posted to the LRS.org website.
The results of an inquiry regarding Teaching Computer Classes in the Public Library are summarized at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/Teaching_Public_Computer_Classes.pdf.

Daphne

Eastburn_D@cde.state.co.us

Map of Libraries Damaged by Katrina, Rita (from SirsiDynix & NDP)

Courtesy of SirsiDynix’s Chief Statistician Bob Molyneux, here is a link to a map of libraries damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

http://www.libraryndp.info/special_katrina.html

Click on a marker to learn the library’s name and the condition of its facilities.

While on that company’s Normative Data Project website, check out NDP to see if it’s something that might be useful to your library’s managers.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Managing Internet Computer Traffic & Phone Calls for Patrons

Have you ever wondered how other libraries manage the people traffic aimed at their Internet computers? Is it a first-come-first-served proposition? Is software used for this purpose, or is it a paper-and-pencil matter? How long are people allowed to use Internet computers before being required to make way for the next person? This survey by Elbert County Library District director, L. Shaw, also asked whether or not libraries page patrons in response to incoming telephone calls.

For the results of this study, visit Internet Sign-Up and Patron Phone Calls Survey.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

New Colorado Study to Document How School Librarians Teach Information Literacy

The Library Research Service is undertaking a third “Colorado study” of school libraries, with the working title, How School Librarians Teach Critical Thinking. This study, employing an exciting new methodology, will provide the most precise evidence to date on the value of school librarians by focusing on how they teach information literacy skills. Here is a little background on this study.

In 1993, The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement (a.k.a. the first Colorado study) demonstrated on a statewide basis, for the first time, that achievement test scores tend to rise with the size of a school library?s staff and collection, school library expenditures, and the time spent by the school librarian in an instructional role, regardless of the school’s general staffing and funding levels and the community’s socio-economic status.

Between 2000 and 2005, How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards: the Second Colorado Study, and more than a dozen other successor studies, generated remarkably consistent evidence that such relationships continue, especially when academic achievement is measured by state-mandated, standards-based tests. These recent studies further explored the collaborative teaching role that school librarians can play with classroom teachers as well as the additional impact attributable to technology programs that are integrated with, and that expand access to, library resources.

The persuasiveness of all of these earlier studies — the first two Colorado studies and their successors — is limited by the fact that the measure of academic achievement was the percentage of students meeting overall standards for reading, writing, and/or language arts.

Specific information literacy objectives have been integrated into the Colorado Student Assessment Program’s Content Standards. For the first time, LRS researchers now have access to building-level summary data about the performance of students on each of those objectives for making students more critical thinkers about, and users of, information.

In the 2005 Colorado School Library Survey, responding school librarians are being asked new questions about their own activities, questions designed to reveal how school librarians are teaching students to be critical thinkers about, and users of, information.

The Colorado State Library is cooperating with the Library Research Service, a CSL unit operated in partnership with the University of Denver Library and Information Science Program, to provide funding for this research.

Keith
Lance_k@cde.state.co.us

Colorado Libraries to feature The Future of Librarianship in Colorado

Coming soon to a mailbox near you?Colorado Libraries’ summer issue, The Future of Librarianship in Colorado

Using the LRS study, ?Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado? as a starting point, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries includes articles from a wide range of related topics and viewpoints. Look for the following articles:

? Today’s MLIS Students: What’s on Their Minds by Don Dickenson & M. Claire Williamson
? Why am I a Librarian? Conversations with a Cross Section of the Profession by Martin Garnar
? The Resilient Career by Kim Dority
? Back into the Fold: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Information Professionals within Libraries by Marcy Phelps
? Recruitment and Retention in Colorado’s Libraries: A State Library Perspective by Eugene Hainer
? Who Will Replace the Super Heroes? School Librarians and the Retirement Crisis by Jody Howard
? Meeting Recruitment and Retention Challenges Head On by Rochelle Logan & Art Glover
? The Decision to Retire: A Personal Story by Nancy Bolt

Zeth and I really enjoyed being the guest editors on this edition of Colorado Libraries. We would like to thank the authors for their terrific articles and cooperative spirit, as well the Colorado Libraries’ editors for this learning opportunity.

Let us know what you think of the issue. Oh, and don?t forget to take a close look at the very special cover.

Happy reading.
Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

For more on The Changing Library Workforce go to: http://www.LRS.org/workforce.asp

The Use of Time Limits on Public Internet Terminals

This new Field Initiated Study addresses how libraries use time limits, if any, to restrict access to their public Internet terminals and whether such time limits have presented any problems. The study also identifies which libraries allow patrons to access chat rooms or perform instant messaging while using Public Library patron computers.

The study can be found at: Limits on Public Internet Terminals

M. Claire Williamson
Williamson_c@cde.state.co.us

National Survey of State Aid to Public Libraries

Have you wondered which states provide funding for public libraries? Find out the answer to this question and much more. Check out this new informal national study compiled by Dianne Carty, Head of State Aid and Data Coordination, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp

M. Claire Williamson
Williamson_C@cde.state.co.us

The Legality of E-mailing Library Patrons

Our latest Field Initiated Study examines the circumstances under which it is appropriate or not appropriate to e-mail library patrons. Find out what your colleagues think about e-mailing library patrons regarding fundraising events and other library-related issues.

The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp

M. Claire Williamson
Williamson_C@cde.state.co.us

Statistics About Challenges: Update & History

Each year Colorado libraries receive numerous requests for books, videos, and other materials to be removed from circulation, and for access to certain library services and programs to be restricted or modified because of various objections. The latest edition of the Library Research Service?s FAST FACTS series takes a look at challenged materials and services in Colorado?s public libraries. While the focus is on challenges taking place in 2003 (the latest full year of data), the report also offers historical perspectives relating to challenge activities over past five years.

You can find this issue of FAST FACTS at https://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/214_Challenges_Public_2003.pdf.

Don

Don Dickenson
Dickenson_d@cde.state.co.us