Monday, November 2, 2009

Report of the Library Director for October 2009

Circulation
Circulation for October was 4,451 items. This is a slight decrease from last month, September 2009 (2.1% decrease) and nearly identical to last year, October 2008.
4,737 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk.

New Patron Registrations
21 new patrons registered in October, and 88 first graders got library cards as part of the annual field trip.

Collection Development
We added approximately 123 items to our collection in October.

Public Computers
The new printer, laptops and wireless network have been in public use for the last month. The printer is much faster and reliable, and I am planning on removing all but 1 of the small desktop printers. I will retain one for people that want to use their own paper. The laptops have been in high demand, especially with some of our regular teenaged patrons. This frees up the desktop stations for people making a quick visit to check email. The wireless network has been used several times.
My only concern at this point is that the lack of restrictions on the printer is leading to people printing pages they don’t really need, and taking printouts without paying the 10cent fee. I have posted some more signs and staff will be reminding patrons that there is a printing fee.

BBC Audiobooks collection
We have been enrolled in the BBC audiobooks on CD standing order plan since July, and I am pleased with the quality and selection they offer. Most of the new audiobooks are checked out within a few days after I put them on display. By the end of the year, we will be out of space on our current audiobook shelves, so I am thinking of ways to find more space or possibly move that collection again.

Reserve period
We have changed the length of time we hold a requested item for pickup after it arrives in Upton down to 7 business days (9 calendar days), instead of our previous 12-14 days. This change brings us in line with CWMARS policy, and was required so our policy would correspond to some automated features of the CWMARS system, such as the pickup dates included in email notifications and in the online catalog.
Because of this change, we adjusted how we send second notifications. All patrons will now receive a reminder phone call if the item is not picked up within 4 business days, the item will then be held for 3 more business days, and then returned to the owning library.
Aside from a few hiccups (one patron got phonecalls on 3 successive days), the new system seems to be going smoothly, and I have already noticed that holds are being picked up more promptly.

Programs
Library book group: 9 patrons met on October 28th.
Senior book group: 9 people met on October 6th.
Thursday storytime averaged 6 children per session.
TinyTots lapsit averaged 24 participants.
Teen Tuesday was held October 13th.
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 6 patrons and 20 items.

Special Events in October
October 19th and 26th : The first grade classes from Memorial School visited the library for a tour, and 88 children got new library cards.

Volunteers
16 items were delivered to 2 patrons on October 6th.

Upcoming Events in November:
Library Schedule: Closed Wednesday, Nov 11th, Open 10-2 on Wednesday, Nov 25th, Closed Thursday Nov 26th and Friday Nov 27th, Open 9-2 on Saturday Nov 28th.

Nov 13th: annual ULTRA book buying trip to Barnes & Noble.


Plans for Next Month


1) Remove desktop printers, and continue to evaluate laptop and printer use.

2) Complete action plan update for long range plan.

3) Begin process of annual staff reviews.

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