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Monday, November 1, 2010

Report of the Library Director for October, 2010

83 first graders visit Library – DVD collection expands – Friends plan Winter programs

Circulation
Circulation for October was 3,809 items. This is down from both last month (8.6% decrease), and October of last year (14.4% decrease).
Our number of visitors during our sample week in October increased slightly over last year (Oct 10 – 603 visitors, Oct 09 – 592 visitors)
3,987 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 530 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.
Our Laptops were checked out 59 times in October.

New Patron Registrations
12 new patrons registered in October, and 83 first graders received library cards.

Collection Development
We added approximately 125 items to our collection in October.

Book withdrawals are done for a while, Eileen and Regina are helping me go through the DVD collection, repairing items that need it, and withdrawing those that are too badly damaged to be rescued.

I have begun an item by item inventory of the Storage collection, so far the Large Print, Mystery and Science Fictions items in storage have been tallied.

Audio Visual Collection
I have shifted the DVD collection and TV Show collection into the shelves that used to house the reference collection. The audiobook on CD collection is still very cramped. Lisa and I are looking for a suitable new bookshelf for the children’s collection to house the juvenile audiobooks, which would in turn free up space for the adult audiobooks. Because we need a shelf that is narrower than standard 36” width, our options are limited, and we haven’t found a shelf we like for an affordable price yet.

Friends of the Library
The Friends are planning their winter programs.
The second annual Cookie Swap is scheduled for Dec 16th, at the library.
In January and February, the Friends would like to sponsor a 6 week knitting class to be held in the library from 7pm-9pm on Thursday evenings. Because this program would require keeping the library open after hours, the Friends and I are requesting that the Trustees approve spending approximately $180 from the wages account to pay staff to stay late.

The Friends are looking for new officers and volunteers. If you know anyone that would like to support the library, please let them know that the Friends are in need.


Online Language Instruction
Matthew attended a webinar demonstration of another online language instruction product, called “Byki” and sold by Recorded Books. I have contacted recorded books about setting up a free trial. The trial period will be 2 weeks, and provides access for only one person, so instead of everyone evaluating the product on their own, I will schedule a demonstration and exploration time for interested patrons and trustees. A Tuesday night would work best for me, hopefully November 16th or 23rd.

Wowbrary
The CWmars resource sharing committee has been discussing the web service “Wowbrary”. This is a company that automates the compiling of a list of new acquisitions and sends them in a weekly email update to library patrons. The emails are attractively formatted, and patrons often ask me if there is any way they can get a list of the latest arrivals at the library. The service would cost between $400 and $500 per year, depending how much of a discount we get for a group purchase through CWmars. I would like to pursue this service, and would consider asking the Friends of the Library to fund it.

Programs
Library book group: 6 people met on October 27th.
Senior book group: 3 people met on October 5th.
Thursday storytime averaged 7 children per session.
TinyTots lapsit Tinytots storytime averaged 19 children per session.
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 9 patrons and 23 items.

Special Events in October
First grade classes from Memorial School walked down to the library for a tour and to receive library cards. 83 students registered for new cards.

Staff
Matthew is planning on taking vacation December 7th-10th.

Upcoming Events in November
Library closed days:
Nov 11th, Thurs – Closed
Nov 24th, Wed – 10am-2pm (early closing)
Nov 25th, Thus – Closed
Nov 26th, Fri – Closed
Nov 27th, Sat – 9am-2pm (regular hours)

Plans for Next Month
1) Byki demonstration
2) Continue Storage inventory / reorganization
3) Schedule winter programs

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