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Monday, October 4, 2010

Report of the Library Director for September, 2010

Booksale a success – Long Range Plan complete – Storage area ready for inventory

Circulation for September was 4,171 items. This is down from both peak last month (19.2% decrease), and September of last year (8.2% decrease).
4,498 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 608 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.
Our Laptops were checked out 47 times in September.

New Patron Registrations
15 new patrons registered in September.

Collection Development
We added approximately 154 items to our collection in September.

Over the month, I withdrew approximately 1,500 hardcover books from the collection. The items came from the adult non-fiction collection, along with the fiction collections in storage (Large Print, Science Fiction, Mystery and Adult Fiction).
All the withdrawn items were offered for sale at the Friends of the Library booksale, and then donated to “Got Books”, a booksale and recycling company through Miscoe Elementary school and United Parish Church.

The withdrawals should provide space in the adult nonfiction for 18-24 months of acquisitions, and the storage area is now ready to be re-organized and inventoried.

Audio Visual Collection
Now that the majority of the reference collection has been moved to the circulating non-fiction section, shelf space is available to expand and re-organize the adult Audio-Visual collection.

Long Range Plan
The October 2010 Long Range Plan, and the Action Plan for FY12 have been submitted to the MBLC.

Friends of the Library Booksale
The annual Friends Booksale was held on October 2nd, the event was quite successful, grossing $1,950 for the Friends, which is enough to continue funding the Museum Pass program at its current level. Many ULTRA members volunteered their time to help with the booksale. Thank you to the Friends and all our Volunteers!

Technology Instruction
Most of September was dedicated to collection development and weeding in time to dispose of withdrawn items in the booksale. Now that our immediate collection issues are under control, I will be developing a concrete plan for implementing Technology Instruction classes at the library.
My tentative idea is to hold the classes from 6:30-7:30 on Tuesday evenings, with a 15 minute demonstration / lecture on a specific topic (such as using facebook, or sending email), then the majority of the time for question and answer and drop-in instruction. I’d like to do every Tuesday, but twice per month might be more realistic to start with.

Possible New Computer Server for Town of Upton
Town Manager Blythe Robinson is preparing a warrant article for November 16th town meeting to seek funds to purchase a new computer server and software for the Town. If the project moves forward, the opportunity exists to link the computer in the library office to the town system. This would provide some advantages in data security, and would allow us to participate in town-wide software programs, such as a new email program, and the e-file system.
Our public computers and circulation systems would still remain separate, this connection would basically only apply to the workstation in the library office.

Library book group: met on September 29th.
Senior book group: 4 people met on September 14th.
Thursday storytime averaged 7 children per session.
TinyTots lapsit Tinytots storytime averaged 19 children per session.
Teen Tuesday Ultra members assisted with the Friends booksale.
Library Table: 5 visits, averaged 8 patrons and 21 items.

Upcoming Events in October
1st Grade field trips for the students at Memorial Elementary School to get library cards.

Plans for Next Month

1) Develop plan for Technology Instruction classes.

2) Cleaning and reorganization of Storage.

3) Complete financial report and State certification form.

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