Welcome to Library Research Service

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.
In Pew survey, three-fourths of Internet users see abundance of information as a benefit, not a burden
By on January 28, 2015 in Technology / The Weekly Number
In today’s diverse information culture, libraries play an important role in promoting the many ways that communities stay informed about the world around them. As digital technologies and media become more and more ingrained in everyday life, Americans are increasingly recognizing their value as an educational and creative outlet. Results out from a new Pew survey indicate that Internet users feel digital technology has had an overall positive impact on their ability to learn and share ideas. This survey is part of a series by Pew to evaluate the impact of the Internet 25 years after its conception. The new study...

Read more

Academic Library Survey moving to IPEDS
By on January 23, 2015 in Academic
Big changes are underway in the area of academic library survey data. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) formerly gathered data on academic libraries via the voluntary Academic Libraries Survey (ALS), which collected statistics every other year from degree-granting postsecondary institutions. Now, the ALS has been rolled up into a new Academic Libraries (AL) component in annual mandatory spring data collection for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data collection for the new 2014-15 IPEDS AL component is going on now and continues through the beginning of April. Data will be released in the IPEDS Data Center. We’re particularly hopeful...

Read more

Half of kids ages 6-17 (51%) are currently reading a book for fun
By on January 21, 2015 in The Weekly Number
There are often debates in the library world about whether or not the younger generation is reading enough, and how much television, computers, and e-devices actually compete for their attention. Scholastic’s Fall 2014 study examines this question, among others, by actually asking kids themselves about reading habits and preferences. The results, culled from a nationally representative sample of 2,558 parents and children, are mixed. The percentage of kids who read has stayed steady since 2010, but there has been a 6% decline in frequent readers (those who read for fun 5-7 days a week). The survey found that half of the kids...

Read more

56% of online seniors (65+) use Facebook
By on January 14, 2015 in Technology / The Weekly Number / Web 2.0
Libraries have fully embraced social media as a way of reaching and engaging with patrons in new ways. But social media is no different than any other technology: Trends and usage ebbs and flows as new groups discover existing tools and new tools become popular. One resource for navigating the changing social media landscape is Pew Research Internet Project, which recently released updates to its research based on a survey of U.S. adults who use the internet conducted in September 2014. Facebook is still king, with 71% of online adults using the site, but this hasn’t changed since 2013. And those...

Read more

Just 20% of teens are purchasing e-books, according to Nielsen study
By on January 7, 2015 in Technology / The Weekly Number
Last month, we reported on Library Journal’s and School Library Journal’s survey of public and school libraries, which indicated that e-book acquisition continues to rise steadily in both settings. However, demand for e-books was found to be lackluster in public libraries and downright disappointing in school libraries. Nielsen recently conducted a study that sheds some more light on e-book usage, specifically among teens. Although teens today are more technologically adept that ever before, 13-17 year olds are slightly more likely to be reading print than adult age groups. For the study, Nielsen combined data from two separate online surveys that together...

Read more

Happy Holidays from LRS!
By on December 23, 2014 in The Weekly Number
Wishing all of our fellow library data lovers a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2015! We will be taking a couple weeks off from the Weekly Number and will return on January 7. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out (or revisit–for long time readers of our blog) this heartwarming post about the power of stories (and librarians!) from December 2010.…...

Read more

More News

POPULAR RESOURCES

  • Public Library Statistics & Profiles
    Dive into annual statistics from the Colorado Public Library Annual Report using our interactive tool, results tailored to trustees, and state totals and averages.
  • School Library Impact Studies
    School libraries have a profound impact on student achievement. Explore studies about this topic by LRS and other researchers in our comprehensive guide.
  • Fast Fact Reports
    Looking for a quick rundown of library research? Check out our Fast Facts, which highlight research and statistics about various library topics.

LIBRARYJOBLINE

See more @ LibraryJobline.org

ABOUT

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).

Staff & Contact Info