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Monday, February 1, 2010

Report of the Library Director for January, 2010

Circulation
Circulation for January was 4,007 items. This is a scant decrease from last month, December 2009 (2.1% decrease) and less than last year, January 2009 (5.5% decrease).
4,346 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 494 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.

New Patron Registrations
16 new patrons registered in January.

Collection Development
We added approximately 115 items to our collection in January.
I would like to re-evaluate the cost of our newspaper subscriptions. We currently subscribe to 4 daily newspapers, at a significant annual cost. I recommend cancelling our subscription to the Boston Globe. The Globe costs twice as much as our other papers, and the Sunday content is duplicated between the Globe and the Telegram. Since these papers do not circulate, we have only anecdotal evidence on usage. A handful of patrons (5 or so) look at the papers weekly, and they also get occasional use from other patrons.
Paper Annual Cost
Boston Globe $588
Milford Daily $180
Worcester Telegram $288
Wall St Journal $249

Converting the Reading Area to a Young Adult Area
This project is proceeding nicely, and is nearly complete.
The new magazine storage and display units are installed, and we moved one shelving unit to create a semi-isolated reading area.
Various collections have been shifted and moved, so all the Young Adult materials are in the previous reading area.
I am very pleased with the results, we gained collection space for the Young Adult fiction and Large print collections, and the new reading area is aesthetically pleasing. We did lose sight and sound contact between the circulation desk and the director’s office, and patrons that prefer the desktop workstations instead of using the laptops have a longer wait time because of the change from 3 to 2 desktop computers.

The remaining tasks are to:
Move 3 pieces of unused furniture upstairs to storage, finish evaluating the local history collection, move some remaining reference books out of the young adult area, utilize new display space at the front of the library.

Magazine Collection
As part of the re-organization process, Sue, Lisa and I have been discussing modifying our magazine collection.
Currently, we subscribe to 62 magazine titles, weekly and monthly titles are interfiled, we do not allow the most recent issue to circulate, and keep a total of 2 years of back issues, 1 year in the library and 1 year in storage.

The changes I am planning to implement after our subscription renewal in May are:
Split magazine collection into weekly and monthly titles.
Monthly titles will be reduced to 48 subscriptions, all issues will circulate, and we will keep only 1 year of back issues, all in the library, none in storage.
Weekly titles will be reduced to 7 subscriptions, the most recent issue will not circulate, and we will keep only 4 months of back issues, all in the library.
Storage of back issues upstairs will be limited to those titles with archival value, such as “National Geographic”.

Programs
Library book group: 4 people met on January 27th.
Senior book group: 8 people met on January 5th. Thanks to Eileen Rakitin for coordinating and leading this discussion.
Thursday storytime averaged 6 children per session.
TinyTots lapsit averaged 18 participants. Lisa is working with the parents to offer self-guided activities and playtime after the TinyTots sessions.
Teen Tuesday 8 young adults attended on January 13th. We usually have 8-15 teenagers using library space in the hours after school from 2-6pm.
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 7 patrons and 16 items.

Volunteers
11 items were delivered to 1 patron on January 6th.

Staff
Donna Kempton has been out for the month of January with a broken leg. Everyone has chipped in to do extra work and cover her circulation and technical services duties, but we are all eagerly waiting for her to return.
She is expecting to be out of work for another 2-4 weeks.

Upcoming Events in February
Children’s Performer for February Vacation:
Mark Binder, storyteller, sponsored by Fulti, Feb, 17th, 10:30am, Nipmuc Auditorium
Plans for Next Month

1) Submit budget request to FinCom

2) Finish reading area reorganization

3) Weeding of adult fiction and non-fiction

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