Checkouts increased nearly 30% since 2005
10% increase from 2005 to 2007 (2 yr span)
10% increase from 2007 to 2008 (1 yr span)
8% increase from 7/1/08 to 7/1/09
Of particular note in 2008:
32% increase in music
21% increase in audiobooks
15% increase in videos
Loans from other libraries for Milford patrons rose by
more than 200%
Conversely, Milford loaned out 32% fewer items to other
Held nearly 700 library programs in 2008
attended by over 13,000 people.
So far this year…
Job search seminars & networking groups
(profiled in the Nashua Telegraph 4.16.09)
Harry Potter Party
Teen writing club & book clubs for all ages
Read to Feed: Summer Reading Program
(Nearly $4000--funded entirely through grants and gifts)
English as a Second Language classes
Computer skills workshops
More than 25,000 logons to our pcs
Usage does not count our free wireless access
Currently a 15% usage increase over this time last year
Over 30,000 searches using our databases
Increase of 122% in one year
More than 13,000 reference questions answered
Nearly 3,000 residents used our meeting rooms
Reservations by Milford community groups up 12%
2008 Town vote restored Friday afternoon hours
We continue to address current building issues to
lower cost of future addition/renovation project.
Panic alarm system upgraded
New carpeting installed (no taxpayer funds used)
New furnishings for Reference, YA area, Lobby, and
Reading Room area (no taxpayer funds used)
Main floor bathrooms to receive new “equipment”
Exterior doors to be replaced
BOARD & STAFF
Longtime trustee Sandra Hardy resigned & Kristie
Popp was voted in to take her place.
Katie Spofford, our Young Adult Librarian
completed her MLS degree in December.
New staff members include Stephanie Vore-Apple
and Theresa Shea (Library Pages).
Olga Romanenko promoted to Library Assistant.
Since 2005, circulation has increased nearly 25%
Since 2005, our FTE has only risen 8%
(2005 FTE=11.4 / 2009 FTE=12.3)
Demand on staff has increased exponentially in last 4 years
Children’s Room unattended ¼ of the time (liability issue)
Reference Desk unattended ¼ of the time
Longer waits for materials & assistance
Technology maintenance & improvement delays
Staff is overextended & overwhelmed
Current building designed to serve pop. of 12,000
At 15,000+ town residents, we’re currently serving 25% more
than what we should be serving
Turning people away from programs & meeting room space
Young Adult, Children’s, Reference/PC & Audiovisual areas all
vastly undersized for current usage
No “quiet space” for reading or studying
Often no seating or computers available
Moving all furniture out of Children’s Room to hold our biggest
Proposed addition of 20-30 staffing hours
Additional cost would run $13,250-$19,875/year
Explore costs of self-check unit
To date we have done everything physically possible to
better utilize space including re-arranging furnishings &
materials and “weeding” the collection
We are investigating installing doors to the Children’s Room
entrance to lessen the noise heard throughout stacks and
Reading Room areas
Currently on the CIP for a 2012 vote on a renovation &
People turn to their communities even more in times of need.
This is documented in stories which have appeared on
television, the radio, and in every major newspaper in the U.S.
Staffing levels were inadequate to meet the demand for services
before the economy crashed. Now we are simply in triage
mode. We need additional staffing hours.
We will continue to explore inventive ways to streamline
services and use our existing space efficiently.
Despite estimates on the low end of the scale, Milford residents
are getting 4x as much in return for every $1 they invest in their
Library. Can we say as much about our 401k’s?