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We conduct research about libraries, provide statistics and analyses to library stakeholders, and work with our colleagues in the Colorado library community and beyond to use data more effectively and persuasively.
160 billion words read in one year via Scribd’s ebook subscription service
By on September 17, 2014 in The Weekly Number
Image credit: Scribd The book subscription service Scribd recently released some brief stats about its service usage as it nears its one year anniversary. While the results are limited to Scribd’s service alone, it captures a snapshot of reading behavior and choices of its readers over the past year. Romance, Mind, Body, & Spirit, and Business were the top book genres begun by readers; the top finished genres were Romance, Fiction, and Kids & YA. The top book was Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, and the most highlighted sentence was from that work as well. For us, the most interesting aspect of this...

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Colorado’s public libraries report 29 challenges in 2013
By on September 10, 2014 in Public / The Weekly Number
Each year, LRS reviews the Public Library Annual Report for information specifically about challenges: How many items were challenged, reasons for the challenges, and what happened as a result of the challenges. In our newest Fast Facts, we take a deeper look into the results as a snapshot of intellectual freedom issues in Colorado for 2013. What’s the verdict? After a peak of 87 in 2004, overall numbers of challenges have gradually decreased, reaching a 10-year low of just 29 challenges in 2013. As for the challenges themselves, most attributes have held fairly steady over time. For the past 5 years,...

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Research Institute for Public Libraries – Summer 2015
By on September 3, 2014 in Public
Are you… … a public librarian, administrator, or other staff interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning? … looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment? … seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact? … committed to leading your organization in making data-based decisions? …eager to develop a peer network  to support your research and evaluation efforts? The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) will bring together people from across the country (rural, suburban, and urban public libraries) in a sequestered environment in Colorado Springs, Colorado for intensive, experiential learning. From July 27-30, 2015, participants...

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Makerspaces in Libraries
By on August 27, 2014 in Beyond Books / Public
Image credit: Anythink Libraries This week, we’re taking a break from the Weekly Number to highlight our other blog series, “Beyond Books.” In our last Beyond Books post, we mentioned Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB, a space for teens to make and play with all things digital media. A small survey released last year shows makerspaces are becoming a solid programming choice for libraries, with 41% of respondents currently offering maker activities and 36% planning to start in the near future. Here are just a few that have caught our eye recently:
  • The Studio – Anythink Wright Farms, Colorado
  • Bad art – alt+library by the...

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1998: Average copyright date of technology books (600s section in Dewey Decimal System) in Colorado’s public school libraries
By on August 20, 2014 in School / Technology / The Weekly Number
These days, it is not uncommon for children to be adept at using the Internet, cellular phones, and/or digital cameras. They might be hard-pressed, however, to find literature in their school libraries that adequately discusses the modern-day use and significance of these technological advancements. Based on results from the 2013-14 Colorado School Library Survey, the average copyright for books that fall in the 600 range (technology) of the Dewey Decimal System in Colorado public school libraries is 1998—when the Internet was a relatively new concept in most households, cellular phones were a luxury item enjoyed by only a select few,...

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96% of Colorado public libraries offer general computer skills training
By on August 13, 2014 in Public / Technology / The Weekly Number
Image credit: Digital Inclusion Survey Full results from the new Digital Inclusion Survey are now available! We shared some features of this public library study a couple of months ago, but since then the entire set of 2013 results have been added to the interactive tools, reports, and state details. Even better: A two-page talking points handout outlines key highlights from the study and offers easy advocacy messaging you can use right away. The state details neatly organize results for each state and compare them to the national picture. For Colorado, here are a few areas where the state is ahead of...

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LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. We design and conduct library research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media to inform practices and assessment needs. We partner with the Library and Information Science program at University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education to provide research fellowships to current MLIS students.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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