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Friday, February 4, 2011

Director's Report for January, 2011

Wowbrary newsletters begin – Snow closes library for 3 days – Knitting classes a hit!

Circulation for January was 3,660 items. This continues our downwards trend, and is slightly down from both last month (3.6% decrease), and January of last year (8.6% decrease).
3,843 items were checked out at Upton’s circulation desk, and 561 interlibrary loan requests were placed by Upton staff.
Our Laptops were checked out 16 times in January, laptop use has dropped by nearly half compared to previous months.

Digital Content Use
BYKI: 21 users accessed byki for a total of 29.4 hours in January. The most popular language was French, followed closely by English for Arabic speakers, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.
Wowbrary: 17 new users signed up for Wowbrary, for a total of 20, and the newsletters produced 48 click throughs to the library catalog.

New Patron Registrations
19 new patrons registered in January.

Collection Development
We added approximately 102 items to our collection in January.

Winter Weather
We were closed due to snow for 25 hours in January. In addition, on February 3rd, melting snow caused some leaks in the attic of the Knowlton-Risteen building. Paul Marchand, our custodian, was able to move our books in the storage area that were being affected, so only about 10 books were damaged beyond repair.

I am very happy with the Wowbrary product. In addition to the new item notifications, the service includes automatic updates on the library and staff facebook pages, and Library news and events can be included in the newsletters. The Milford Daily news article generated some interest, and I will continue advertizing the service.

Budget for FY2012
The draft budget was submitted to the Finance Committee, and we are scheduled to discuss our request with them on February 16th.
I have continued to communicate with the Personnel board about FY12 wages, and the other personnel policy questions we had. Based on the latest information from the P. Board, the Trustees should discuss if they want to revise the department wages request to reflect a 4.5% FY10-FY12 increase, instead of a 4% increase.

Library book group: 7 people met on January 26th.
Senior book group: 5 people met on January 4th.
Thursday storytime averaged 6 children per session for 6 sessions.
TinyTots lapsit Tinytots storytime averaged 17 children per session for 3 sessions.
Library Table: 3 visits, averaged 8 patrons and 21 items.

Special Events in January
Knitting classes: Both the Children’s and Adult knitting classes are full, with 6 and 10 participants respectively. Feedback from this program has been very positive, and some participants are discussing creating a regular knitting group to meet informally at the library.

Patron Packet / Pamphlet
I have a draft version of the Patron pamphlet completed! It needs to be polished up, and I need to investigate printing options, if we should print them ourselves or see what a professional printer would charge.

Plans for Next Month
1) Continue work on Budget with FinCom
2) Finish Patron packet
3) Continue to publicize digital resources

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