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2012-13 Colorado School Library Survey Now Open

Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2012-13 Colorado School Library Survey. It can be accessed at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. In addition, the survey’s results serve as the basis for studies that demonstrate the impact of school libraries on student achievement.

Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org to get your information.

Results Are In! – Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey

The 2011-2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS) study results are in and all the various resources based on the data are now available to you and your libraries.
Of particular interest:

Many thanks to all the libraries that participated in the study!

New Evaluation Shows that AskColorado User Satisfaction Is High

LRS just released its evaluation of the 24/7 virtual reference services AskColorado and AskAcademic, based on surveys of nearly 1,300 users of these services during 2011.

LRS has served as the external evaluator of AskColorado since its inception in 2003. Across our five evaluations (ranging from 2004-2011), we’ve found that user satisfaction with the service has steadily increased. In 2011, the service received its highest ratings yet, with four out of five users rating the librarians as “very helpful” or “helpful,” and six out of seven users saying that they would be “very likely” or “likely” to use the service again.

At a time when libraries are struggling with service interruptions due to branch closures and reduced hours, respondents’ comments indicate that AskColorado fills these gaps by enabling users to connect with a librarian from any location at any time. As one user commented, “My expectations were low, given it was midnight on a Sunday night, but [the virtual librarian] gave me one of the best customer support sessions I’ve ever had. Friendly, professional, not working from a stilted script.”

In addition, AskColorado also helps to raise awareness of library resources. “Learned how the library can help me” has been a top outcome of using the service across all five years of our evaluations. Respondents may even use the services to gauge whether a trip to the library is worth their time. For example, one user commented: “This feature showed me how I might find info at the library, making it worth a trip downtown on a Saturday. LOVED this.”

The highlights of the evaluation are available as a Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/305_2011AskCOAskAcademicEvaluation.pdf, or you can view the full report at http://www.lrs.org/documents/closer_look/AskCOAskAcademic2011_Closer_Look_Report.pdf.

Deadline Extended for 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey

The deadline for completing the 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey has been extended to November 30, 2011. Participation by all public school libraries is vital!

We have made substantial revisions to the survey based on respondents’ comments to better reflect the current state of school libraries, and we look forward to getting the input of all Colorado public school librarians! The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting.

For questions regarding the survey, or to obtain your username and password, feel free to call Library Research Service at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org to get your information.

Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS)

60% is the magic number!

A magic percentage for public libraries, really. “How is it magic,” you ask. It is the response rate each state must reach in order to have state-level reports from the National Survey of Public Library Funding and Technology Access (PLFTAS). Reports like the State Briefs found here.

Want to be part of the magic?

  1. Take the survey here
  2. Look up you library’s survey id here
  3. More information here Continue reading ‘Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS)’

2011-12 School Library Survey Now Open

Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2011-12 Colorado School Library Survey.

The Library Research Service (LRS) has made substantial revisions to the survey based on respondents’ comments to better reflect the current state of school libraries, and looks forward to getting the input of all Colorado public school librarians!

The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org to get your information.

New 60-Second Survey: What is the Value of an MLIS to you?

On behalf of the Library Research Service:

In 2008 Library Research Service (LRS) launched our first 60-second survey, “What is the Value of an MLIS to You?,” in response to lively discussions about this topic on various listservs. Close to 2,000 library professionals weighed in, with over 1,000 leaving thoughtful comments about the MLIS degree. Three years later, as libraries and the environments in which they serve continue to change and evolve, LRS wondered how has the value of an MLIS fared?

LRS has launched a new 60-Second Survey on the value of an MLIS to you. Do you feel your MLIS degree was/is worth the time and money invested in it? If asked today, would you recommend pursuing an MLIS degree? You tell us.

Take the 60-Second Survey on the Value of an MLIS Degree to You

Please pass this on to your colleagues-locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

REMINDER: School Library Survey Webinar this Thursday, February 17

The Library Research Service will be hosting a School Library Survey Webinar this Thursday, February 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The purpose of the webinar is to get feedback from school librarians about the annual Colorado school library survey—suggestions for improvements, changes, additions, deletions, etc.

To participate in the webinar, you will need an Internet connection for your computer and a separate phone line. Attendees will be able to communicate with each other both on the phone and via text chat.

  • Step 1: Access the meeting room online. Please choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name when you log in.
  • Step 2: Upon entering the meeting room, you will see a pop-up form to Connect My Audio. You have the option to “Dial-in to the conference,” or, to “Receive a call from the meeting (Dial-out).” If you choose to receive a call, be sure your phone is on the hook so the call can come through!

School Library Survey Webinar on February 17

Library Research Service will be hosting a School Library Survey Webinar on Thursday, February 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The purpose of the webinar is to get feedback from school librarians about the annual Colorado school library survey—suggestions for improvements, changes, additions, deletions, etc. To participate in the webinar, you will need access to the Internet as well as a separate phone line.

Interested in attending? Please email Linda Hofschire to get information about how to access the webinar.

View the current school library survey (PDF)

Deadline for Completing the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey is November 30th

The deadline for completing the 2010-11 Colorado School Library Survey is November 30, 2010. Participation by all public schools in Colorado is vital! The results of the survey provide library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting.

For questions regarding the survey, or to obtain your username and password, feel free to call Library Research Service at 303-866-6900 or email lrs@lrs.org.