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Monday, February 28, 2011

Director's Report for February, 2011

Display space popular – more about eBook purchase – public Fax and Scanner use

Circulation for February was 3,997 items. This is slightly more than last month (9.2% increase), and nearly identical to February of last year (0.2% decrease).
4,138 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 530 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.
Our Laptops were checked out 21 times in February.

Digital Content Use
BYKI: 24 users accessed byki for a total of 39.2 hours in February. The most popular languages were Italian and Japanese, followed by Spanish, German, French and Chinese.
Wowbrary: 11 new users signed up for Wowbrary, for a total of 29, and the newsletters produced 63 click throughs to the library catalog.

New Patron Registrations
19 new patrons registered in February.

Collection Development
We added approximately 154 items to our collection in February, much higher than usual.

Outgoing Fax Service
I noticed that we seemed to be sending quite a few faxes for patrons in February, so I checked the usage of this service for the last few months.
November – 4 Faxes
December – 4 Faxes
January – 3 Faxes
February – 6 Faxes
Not a massive demand, but steady use of the service, and greatly appreciated by the patrons that need it.

Display Space
Our public display space in the Library is attracting patron attention, and use of the space is now reserved through June.
Our March display is stained glass artwork by Eileen Rakitin, April will be a local photographer, May is a genealogy display by Regina, and June is another Upton photographer.

New Public Scanner
The Town Manager’s office had a surplus desktop scanner available for any department that could make use of it, so I took advantage of their offer and replaced our public scanner. The new one is faster and easier to use. Like the fax machine, scanning service is used infrequently, but is a real benefit to the patrons that need it as they often don’t have any other options besides the library.

Special Article to purchase eReaders and eBook content
During the Library’s budget presentation to the Finance Committee on February 16th, a number of questions were asked about our warrant article request for $3,400 to start an eBook collection.
I’ve been trying to prepare answers to the questions because they are likely to be asked by voters and patrons.
One source of confusion is the difference between the downloadable ebooks offered by CWMARS, and this new collection.
Downloadable content is for patrons that own their own device (Nook, Sony E-reader, Ipad) and want to borrow content from the library. This can be done through the CWMARS overdrive system.
This article would provide the devices pre-loaded with content for patrons that don’t already own a personal device.
It is also important to note that this purchase is not a subscription model. Whatever we purchase with the money this year is ours to keep, even if we decide not to invest any more money in this collection in future fiscal years.

The Finance Committee was curious to know which other libraries are already lending eReaders. After some quick research in the catalog, the following CWMARS members are lending eReaders:
Kindle – Northampton, Princeton, West Brookfield, Hudson (3), Pittsfield, Lunenberg (5), Northborough (4),
Nook – Northampton (2), Princeton, Northfield, Sturbridge (2), Amherst, Auburn (6), Pittsfield
Sony eReader – Pittsfield, Springfield (5)

Upton would definitely be an early adopter of eReader loaning, but there are a significant number of other libraries lending, or thinking about lending, eReaders.

Library book group: 6 people met on February 23rd.
Senior book group: 5 people met on February 8th.
Thursday storytime averaged 7 children per session for 8 sessions.
TinyTots lapsit Tinytots storytime averaged 17 children per session for 4 sessions.
Library Table: 3 visits, averaged 10 patrons and 24 items.

Upcoming Events in March
March 17th 6pm-8pm: Booksigning with Upton author Janet Goodfriend and her new novel “For Love of Art”.

Plans for Next Month
1) More publicity of Wowbrary
2) Begin planning Summer Reading Program
3) Follow-up with Price quote on Staff Laptop

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