About Keith

  • Consultant, RSL Research Group
  • Creator & Author, Star Libraries/LJ Index of Public Library Service, Library Journal
  • Principal Investigator, SLIDE: The School Librarian Investigation–Decline or Evolution?

Keith Curry Lance is a consultant who works with libraries and related organizations as a researcher, statistician, public speaker, proposal writer, and facilitator.  He was the founding Director of the Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library in 1987.  Since leaving that position in 2007, he has focused on consulting both independently and with the RSL Research Group, based in Louisville, Colorado.

Keith is best known in the school library community as the principal investigator of the most prolific research team studying the impact of school libraries and librarians on academic achievement and student learning. That team is now involved in another landmark study to investigate what’s really going on behind the data indicating dramatic losses of school librarians since the Great Recession.

He is best known in the public library community as the co-creator of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service and a long-time state and national leader in the development and use of public library statistics.

Keith is working more and more as a member of proposal-writing teams and an evaluator of LSTA- and other federally-funded projects. He is also available, and experienced, as a focus group interviewer and a neutral process-focused facilitator of guided discussions.

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