"State of the Library" January 2011


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Department report for town government on the activities of the Wadleigh Memorial Library, Milford, NH.

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"State of the Library" January 2011

  1. 1. Wadleigh Memorial Library<br />2010: The busiest year on record @ your library<br />
  2. 2. People<br />Library cards<br />1000 new cardholders last year<br />Registrations have increased an average of 10% each year since 2007<br />Currently almost 12,000 registered cardholders<br />Visits<br />Library patrons made nearly 15,000 visits per month to their library.<br />
  3. 3. People<br /><ul><li>Staff Retirements , New Hires, & Promotions
  4. 4. Library Page Anne Zahn retired after 11 yrs.
  5. 5. Arleen Levenson, Head of Circulation, retired after 13 yrs.
  6. 6. Heather Stearns & Kyle Scripter hired as Library Pages.
  7. 7. Mary Ann Shea promoted to Head of Circulation.
  8. 8. Board of Trustees
  9. 9. ChrisCostantino & Mary Burdett re-elected for 3 year terms.
  10. 10. Kim Paul appointed as Alternate.</li></li></ul><li>Checkouts (circulation)<br />In 2007, our circulation topped 200k for the first time.<br />3 years later, another record broken when we surpass 250k.<br />Checked out 265,862 items in 2010—up 7% in 1 year.<br />During the last 5 years, circulation increased 42%.<br />
  11. 11. Checkouts (circulation)<br />Children’s books up 5%<br />Museum passes up 6%<br />Audiobooks up 6%<br />Videos up 10%<br />Downloadable audiobooks & ebooks up 34%<br />
  12. 12. Programs<br />Overall, held fewer programs than 2009 but participation increased to record numbers. <br />Nearly 18,000 attendees took part in 765 programs.<br />Teen programming *did* increase to meet demand. <br />Held 38% more programs; attendance increased 36% <br />Programs included book launch parties & book-to-movie celebrations; teen craft series; Wii tournaments and “wireless” gaming (read: board games); book discussion groups; animanga club<br />If you build it…they will come!<br />
  13. 13. Programs<br />Other programs included:<br />Visit by NY Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett<br />Regularly scheduled storytimes & baby lapsits<br />Book discussion groups for all ages <br />Family activities such as Bedtime Bingo and Lego “block parties”<br />Volunteer-led ESOL tutoring<br />PAWS to Read<br />Town “Big Truck Day”<br />
  14. 14. Services<br />Over 25,000 logons to our pcs (includes partial year of wireless use statistics).<br />Nearly 22,000 searches on reference databases.<br />Over 10,000 reference questions answered.<br />Meeting room reservations increased 17% to 424.<br />Attendance at community group meetings increased 11% to 3,349 people.<br />
  15. 15. The Wadleigh Steering Committee has met weekly since CIP committee moved our project to a 2014 vote.<br />We’ve been working with the architects that won the AIA-NH design competition.<br />Architects have submitted a proposal including a team of engineers and project manager. <br />Steering Committee is reviewing the proposal and the suggested team.<br />Facilities<br />
  16. 16. At the conclusion of the process our plan is to present this year’s CIP with detailed architectural plans and an estimated cost.  The goal is to hold our position for a 2014 vote. <br />In addition, the committee has met with 4 fundraising consultants in anticipation that we will need to solicit private funding to supplement what the town will accept on a warrant article.<br />Facilities<br />
  17. 17. Facilities<br />To help improve safety & security, the library installed surveillance cameras in late 2010.<br />With 15,000 visits a month, space remains a dire need. Space for…<br />requested items until they’re picked up<br />returned items until they can be reshelved<br />materials purchased to meet the demand<br />efficient work and traffic flow<br />people of all ages to meet, study, work<br />
  18. 18. In summary<br />Library staff has worked extremely hard to meet the increasing demand on library services.<br /> As citizens search out ways to make their dollars stretch, they’re rediscovering their library—some for the first time.<br />
  19. 19. “Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”<br />--Former First Lady Laura Bush <br />So what card is in your wallet?<br />