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 http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/214_Challenges_Public_2003.pdf.
We would like to add new pages to LRS.org that provide links to data collection forms being used by local academic, public, and school libraries in Colorado. Do you have a form for collecting data about reference transactions? computer use? programs and program attendance? meeting room reservations? technology assistance? scheduling class visits to the library? Etc.
Please send links to your forms, if they are already available online, or send Word, Excel, or PDF files that we are free to post on this page. If you cannot share a paper form in any digital format, fax it to us and we will scan it. In short, we will be happy to receive forms in whatever format they already exist.
fax 303 866 6940
Are you having trouble figuring out how to shelve or store your oversized books? Check out LRS’s most recent Field Initiated Study and find an appropriate solution. The study can be found at: http://www.lrs.org/field.asp
Under School Libraries, under Impact Studies, note the addition of a link to a new survey. Since the 2000 publication of How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards: the Second Colorado Study, more than a dozen states have conducted similar studies. We thought it was about time to start documenting how such studies are being used and how they are making a difference for school libraries and librarians. If you work in a school library or with school libraries, please take a minute or two to respond to this survey.
The LRS is conducting an academic library impact study to identify outcomes of library services associated with undergraduate students and the teaching role of faculty. Surveys of students and faculty will be conducted this Spring, and a report will be issued in Fall 2005. At this writing, nine Colorado institutions have volunteered to participate in the study:
– Colorado School of Mines
– Colorado State University
– University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center
– University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
– University of Denver
– Western State College
Three community colleges:
– Front Range Community College
– Otero Junior College
– Pikes Peak Community College
If libraries of other Colorado institutions of higher education wish to participate, they should contact me ASAP.
The 2004 Colorado Public Library Annual Report (survey) was opened to public library directors on January 3, 2005. Links to the survey and to help documents are at LRS.org. The submission deadline is March 15, 2005.
To date six libraries have submitted their reports and 20 others have started the process. Thank you to the following libraries? directors who have already finished their reports:
Eagle Valley Library District
Kiowa County Public Library District
Penrose Library District
Rocky Ford Public Library
Security Public Library (first library to submit their report!)
Southern Teller County School/Public Library District
If you need help with access to your survey or have a question, please call LRS at 303-866-6900 or e-mail us at LRS@LRS.org.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has had a series of New Measures Initiatives going for years. Finally, somebody is tracking the various efforts on behalf of public libraries to develop new measures, especially outcomes.
Intrigued? For more information, visit this page on the website of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science: http://www.nclis.gov/statsurv/NCES/newmeasures/index.html.
Are you measuring some new statistic–or an old one in a new way? If so, please comment.
One of the best-kept secrets on the U.S. Census website is the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Data Tool. Via a fairly simple interactive interface, it is possible to learn the number of library workers of the three types included in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical). For each type of library worker, you can obtain the number of individuals by gender and race/ethnicity. The geography for which data are available goes from U.S. to localities. The one serious drawback is that library workers are not identified by library sector: academic, public, school, special. Still, if you are interested in the diversity issue facing the profession, this is a treasure trove of data.
We’ll be doing some available data research here at the LRS and publishing it both in the library press and our own FAST FACTS later in 2005. Watch for it.
Meanwhile, look at how your own state and community stack up at: http://www.census.gov/eeo2000/index.html.
Are you and your colleagues talking about the retirement, retention, and recruitment issues facing librarianship? Is anybody asking what the outlook is for librarians? Every 2 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues a new series of 10-year national projections for three types of library workers: librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical)–not to mention just about any other job you can think of. The latest at this writing is for 2002-12. (Release of the 2004-14 projections is scheduled to be announced in the November 2005 issue of the MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW.)
Learn about the employment outlook for library worker jobs nationwide on the BLS site at: http://data.bls.gov/oep/servlet/oep.noeted.servlet.ActionServlet?Action=empoccp.
Consult your state labor department about the possible availability of similar projections for your state and smaller units of geography. For contact information, see: http://www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/state_of.htm.
Check out the new sections of our site at http://www.lrs.org/interactive!
LRS-i has new budget calculators for academic, public, and school libraries, a dynamic public library statistics page, and school library profiles.