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Lack of diverse books is mirrored by a publishing industry that is 79% white, according to the Diversity Baseline Survey
By on February 3, 2016 in The Weekly Number
Many industries, libraries included, are trying to find ways to increase and promote diversity, but as it turns out the source of much of our information may also have natural bias. In 2015 Lee & Low Books conducted a Diversity Baseline Survey in order to better assess what diversity existed in the book review and publishing industries. The voluntary survey was sent to 13,237 people (with a 26% response rate) across 8 review journals and 34 publishing firms. In 2014 the Cooperative Children’s Book Center found that just 2% of children’s books were by Black/African American authors, and over the past...

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Study published in C&RL indicates 3 information literacy skills are the most important to employers: innovation, critical thinking, and collaboration
By on January 20, 2016 in Academic / The Weekly Number
We know now that strong information literacy skills are very important in both the academic and work environments. In a new study published in College & Research Libraries, Victoria Raish and Emily Rimlaud seek, through a nation-wide survey of employers, to find out employers’ perceptions of critical information skills and their potential acceptance of a new technological measure of student skills, called digital badges. Digital badges, as described by the authors, are a digital representation of an ability gained that “certifies skills at a more granular level.” The authors argue that this method of representing accumulated knowledge of various literacy skills...

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American Libraries covers LRS session at ALA Midwinter
By on January 12, 2016 in Public
LRS staff enjoyed presenting “Data Visualization for the Rest of Us: A Beginner’s Guide” at ALA Midwinter. This was an encore presentation from the 2015 Research Institute for Public Libraries. Check out American Libraries’ coverage of the presentation to learn how we got started with data visualization as well as our tips for making numbers and charts more accessible. And, don’t forget – registration for the 2016 Research Institute for Public Libraries opens January 26, 2016!…...

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65% of Overdrive survey respondents say they visit a library in person or online at least once per week
By on January 6, 2016 in Public / The Weekly Number
The ebook and audiobook platform Overdrive recently released results from a survey of public library website users that investigated their preferences and use of library resources, in particular print and digital books. More than 16,000 respondents shared their opinions and behaviors to shed light on how public libraries are meeting these users’ needs. More than 2 in 5 (43%) of respondents reported visiting the library—either in person or online—more than once per week, with a total of 65% saying they visit at least once per week. Of course this survey polled those who were already at a library’s website, so this...

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98% of CTBL survey respondents rate their satisfaction with CTBL services as “excellent” or “good”
The results are in for the 2014 Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) Patron Satisfaction Survey, which seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the library and overall satisfaction with its services. Highlights from the survey are detailed in our new Fast Facts report and previously published Closer Look report. CTBL provides free library services, including recorded books, Braille materials, large print books, and descriptive videos, to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print because of physical, visual, or learning disabilities. Out of 6,500 active individual patrons, CTBL distributed the survey to an age-stratified sample of 1,733 patrons, and received...

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Public Library Survey Compare Tool re-released to the public
By on December 8, 2015 in Public
For all your public library data needs as we wind down 2015, check out the newly re-released Public Library Survey (PLS) Compare Tool from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and its national Public Library Survey. The tool features data from about 9,000 public libraries in the United States and territories. The most recent available data is from Fiscal Year 2013. The tool is handy for looking at other libraries based on variables and comparisons you select. You can also choose specific public libraries you’d like to compare if you’re looking to do some benchmarking. Find all of IMLS’s public...

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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.

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