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Monday, December 3, 2012

Director's Report for November 2012

Design project underway – 1870 maps of Upton – iPads for public use

Evergreen reports are still unreliable, but using the same reports I’ve used for the last few months, we saw a small increase in circulation during November.  Our November circulation activity was 4,900, nearly identical to last month, and 5.4% higher than previous years.
Laptops: 9.  Nooks: 8.  Games: 78.

Unique Patrons
392 Upton patrons have items due in the next 3 weeks (this seems low compared to previous months.)

Digital Content Use
BYKI: In November, 6 users accessed byki for a total of 30.0 hours.  Our top languages were English for Spanish speakers, Spanish, and German.
Wowbrary: 3 new users signed up for Wowbrary, for a total of 116 active subscribers.
Overdrive: eBook circulation to Upton patrons: 155, eAudio circulations: 30. 
New Patron Registrations:  10 new patrons registered in November. + 40 First Graders.
New Items: We added approximately 53 items to the collection in November.
Passport Applications processed in November: 10.

Library book group: 6 people met on November 28th.
Senior book group: 6 people met on November 6th.
Thursday storytime averaged 7 children per session for 8 sessions.
TinyTots lapsit averaged 6 children per session for 3 sessions. 
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 8 patrons and 26 items.
Lego Days: averaged 4 children per session for 4 sessions.

Special Events
First Grade Field Trips – 40 children attended on November 5th.
Crossroads Learning Center theatre performance – 90 people attended Nov 18th.
HungryTown folk music concert – 11 people attended Nov 26th.

Plans for Next Month
1) Circulation clerk training
2) Library improvement planning
3) Collection development – Adult Nonfiction
4) FY14 Budget / end of year reports

Staff News
Matthew has been appointed to the MassLNC development committee as a representative of CWMARS libraries.  This group is responsible for prioritizing and evaluating improvements to the Evergreen software system.

Fines Policy
Based on our discussions in October, and information provided by CMWARS, I’d like to change my recommendation and suggest adopting a no-fines policy for FY14.  28 out of the 155 CWMARS members currently do not change daily overdue fines, and implementing the change using Evergreen software will be easy.  Changing our policy will have some impact on the Revolving fund revenue, and should be considered in the FY14 budget.

Circulation Clerk Position
Interviews have been completed and I will be bringing a recommendation to the Trustees to rank our top three candidates and make a job offer.  I’d like the start date to be as soon as possible, and definitely no later than Jan 1st.

Library Improvements
Susan met with several Trustees and myself and we’ve made some progress on the library design project.
Lighting and Ceiling – options here are straightforward.  We’ll be replacing the ceiling tiles with new white tiles, and installing recessed fluorescent lights over the collection.  Hanging lights will provide extra illumination and emphasis over the Circulation Desk.
Carpet – We have decided on using carpet tiles with a subtle striped pattern.  Susan will bring several tiles of our top 3 color choices so we can further evaluate them.
Painting – Paint color will be based on our carpet choice.  We are leaning towards a light blue “Nantucket Fog” color.  Susan will investigate what kind of paint or sealant is required to cover our textured walls.
Circulation Desk – We are doubtful that our current circulation desk will survive being moved.  Matthew will research options and requirements for a replacement desk.
Budget – Inclusion of the Circ desk will likely push the budget up above the $50,000 and closer to $60,000.  The trustees should start thinking about how the project should be funded.
Our next meeting is scheduled for 6:15pm on Weds, Dec 12th.

Collection Development
Nicole has nearly finished examining the Picture Book Collection.  About 1/3 of the collection was moved to storage, creating more room for display in the children’s area.  Her next project is to move on to the Juvenile Non-fiction collection.  Our goal is to separate the Juv. non-fic into a permanent collection that remains on the shelves and a rotating collection that cycles between storage and display.
Matthew has moved on to the Adult Non-fiction, and is doing an extensive weeding project.  My goal is to identify and withdraw approx. 750 volumes from the collection, which will make room for the Audio-Visual collection to expand.

Historic Maps
I purchased two historic maps of Upton that are plates from an 1870 atlas of Worcester County.  I intend to buy protective frames for these maps and display them in the library.

iPads for Public Use
I purchased two iPads (ipad 2 with wi-fi), and accessories for use by the public within the library.  I am currently setting these up and would welcome suggestions for apps that should be installed on them.

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