SEAN:Hello - We are Research Fellows with the Library Research Service My name is Sean Lamborne and I am second year student. My concentration is in Reference and User Services and I plan to work in public libraries. JAMIE:And I’m Jamie Daisey – I’m a second year student, my concentration is Reference and User Services and I hope to work in public libraries when I graduate. The goal of this presentation is to provide you, as aspiring librarians, with an increased awareness of the things that the Colorado State Library, and specifically the Library Research Service, do, as well as provide a brief overview of the DU-LRS Research Fellowship.
NRS, or Networking and Resource Sharing, manages statewide services and projects to build partnerships and cooperative technology resources for libraries across the state. NRS manages multiple significant programs, one of which is: AskCOA free reference and information request chat service for Colorado residents to contact librarians with reference questions in English or Spanish. AskCO is a real time “Human Powered Search Engine,” that helps all ages research and find the information that fulfills their needs.There more than 75 participating libraries in Colorado so if you end up working for any of those libraries, you may be involved. Also, AskCO has a MLIS Volunteer program that allows you to receive AskCO training and provide volunteer reference service while you’re in school. Other NRS programs include:SWIFT (StateWide Inter-Library Loan Fast Track) Plinkit (Public Library Internet Kit)Colorado Historical Newspaper Collection. We recommend you visit the state library website to learn more about NRS because as a librarian many of these programs will be useful to you and your library.
JAMIE:State PublicationsThe State Publication unit of the Colorado State Library provides Coloradans with FREE permanent public access to state government documents. This unit collects statistical reports and different government agency publications. They are then cataloged and copied. The original copy is held in the state publications office and the copies are distributed to depositories around the state for access.Their collection is available to you and to your patrons as Colorado residents. Library Development and InnovationOffers consultation and presentations to school, public, and state institutional libraries. This unit supports Colorado libraries with literacy and life-long learning initiatives, library programs and outreach, and consultation on instructional design and technology.The Library Development and Innovation Unit of CSL will be your go-to unit when you are looking for help or information concerning best practices, reading programs (including summer reading), support through tool kits and support for your own professional development
Annual SurveysLRS administers annual surveys of Colorado’s public and school libraries. LRS also helps in the administration of other national surveys. These surveys include basic information about collections, staff sizes, expenditures, circulation, and services.Annual surveys are required by law for public libraries. The school library survey, on the other hand, is voluntary, but does have a very high response rate. This data helps administrators track trends and make decisions.The data is available to view online and by using LRS-i, an interactive tool available on the LRS website. Using LRS-i, users can compare their library to others and select the specific data they would like to view, such as circulation numbers or collection information.We will do a short demonstration on how to use LRS-i now. We have both used this tool as students in a few situations (explain that during the demo of LRS-i).LRS also conducts Sixty Second surveys:60-Second Surveys attempt to capture the perceptions and knowledge of respondents on a single timely topic. The online surveys are distributed electronically via email, listservs, blogs, etc. Results are reported briefly on the LRS blog and in more detail through Fast Facts. One of the surveys was on the Value of the MLIS degree – Obviously a topic that both librarians and paraprofessionals are passionate about,This one 60-second survey produced three Fast Facts to discuss. One that reviewed the data,One that examined the comments by survey participants, A third giving the perspective of a student, and former research fellow, after she spent many hours dissecting the data and comments gathered from the survey results.
The data is available to view online and by using LRS-i, an interactive tool available on the LRS website. Using LRS-i, users can compare their library to others and select the specific data they would like to view, such as circulation numbers or collection information. We will do a short demonstration on how to use LRS-i now. We have both used this tool as students in a few situations (explain that during the demo of LRS-i).Demonstration of LRSi includesVisits/programs/reference transactionsFor…Boulder/Denver/JeffCo/Arapahoe/Douglas librariesAnd libraries with over 100,000
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LRS news and updatesFinally, we’d like to tell you how to keep in touch with us!Blog – You can receive the LRS blog through an RSS feedFacebook – We have a Facebook page if you like to get updates through FacebookLibrary Jobline and Colorado State Library are on Twitter –-LibraryJoblineand- CSLMichelle
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