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Friday, October 2, 2009

Director's Report for September, 2009

Circulation for September was 4,546 items. This is a slight decrease from last month, August 2009 (3.2% decrease) but a slight increase from last year, September 2008 (3.9% decrease).
4,660 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk.

New Patron Registrations
18 new patrons registered in September.

Collection Development
We added approximately 150 items to our collection in September.

Highlights from State Financial Form:
This month, the second half of our annual report to the MBLC is due, the financial report and certification application.
We met all the requirements for certification in FY09, the two main ones being the municipal appropriation, and our materials expenditure. We are required to spend at least 19% of our appropriated budget on materials, and in FY09, we spent 22%.
Compared to FY08, our total expenditures for FY09 were nearly equal. We spent significantly less in FY09 on supplies and programs, and slightly less on materials, while spending more on salaries and wages.
Our materials expenses were slightly down in all categories, except for a 9% decrease in book expenses, and a 19% increase in DVD expenses.
The recession hit our trust funds, in FY09 their value decreased by $270, instead of the $2,077 interest income we accrued in FY08.

Public Computers
The new printer, laptops and wireless network have been installed and are ready for public use. The printer and wireless access are currently in use, both are open and unrestricted, not requiring any passwords or special permission to use. This is most convenient for both patrons and staff, but I will be keeping an eye on usage for any potential abuse of the resources.
The laptops need some more work with configuration, software installation and check-out procedures before they are ready for public use. Once the laptops are being used, my plan is to remove one of our current desktop workstations to make room for a display area or more shelving.

Replacement Library Card Policy
Our current policy states that replacement library cards can be purchased for a fee of $3.00. Last year when we began requiring patrons to present their library card for all transactions, we offered free library cards to all patrons. I would like to revisit our library card replacement policy, so all staff can act consistently. I recommend we revise our policy to charge $1.00 for a replacement card, and stop offering free replacement cards.

Library book group: met on September 30th.
Senior book group: 8 people met on September 1st.
Thursday storytime averaged 5 children per session. Afternoon storytime has resumed, and attendance has been sporadic, ranging from a high of 9 to a low of 2.
TinyTots lapsit resumed on September 11th, and averaged 18 participants.
Teen Tuesday was attended by 11 young adults.
Library Table: 5 visits, averaged 9 patrons and 18 items.

Special Events in September
September 16th, 7 members of Ultra teen group participated in a trivia contest hosted by Shrewsbury public library.
September 17th, Financial Seminar was canceled because of no participation.

16 items were delivered to 2 patrons on September 1st.

Upcoming Events in October
October 19th and 26th, the first grade classes from Memorial school visit the library for a tour and get library cards.

Plans for Next Month

1) Finish preparing new laptops and remove 1 desktop workstation.

2) Prepare action plan update for long range plan.

3) Return to weeding projects.

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