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Monday, February 4, 2013

Report of the Library Director January 2013

Universal Class Online  – Origami Puppets Feb 19th  – Photocopier not repaired

January circulation activity was 5,505, which is a 22.6% increase from last month, and 12.2% higher than previous years.   January is typically higher than December circulation, but not to this extreme.  Our patron visits count in January was slightly below average.
Laptops: 5.  Nooks: 6.  Games: 99.

Unique Patrons
265 Upton patrons checked out items in the last week of January.

Digital Content Use
BYKI: In January, 11 users accessed byki for a total of 10.6 hours.  Our top languages were Spanish and English for Spanish speakers.
Wowbrary: 2 new users signed up for Wowbrary, for a total of 119 active subscribers.
Overdrive: eBook circulation to Upton patrons: 146, eAudio circulations: 25. 
New Patron Registrations:  25 new patrons registered in January.
New Items: We added approximately 90 items to the collection in January.
Passport Applications processed in January: 23.

Library book group: 6 people met on January 30th.
Senior book group: 9 people met on January 8th.
Thursday storytime averaged 3 children per session for 10 sessions.
TinyTots lapsit averaged 4 children per session for 3 sessions. 
Library Table: 5 visits, averaged 11 patrons and 37 items.
Lego Days: averaged 10 children per session for 4 sessions.

Special Events
A Spanish storytime was held by parents in the Spanish Immersion program, 5 students attended on January 24th.

Upcoming Events in February
Feb 5th – 6pm-8pm  Pastel Painting Workshop for Adults with Gregory Maichack
Feb 19th – 3pm-4pm Origami Puppets with Debbie O’Carroll

Plans for Next Month
1) Budget and Warrant articles for FY14
2) Implement Winter programs
3) Photocopier replacement

Evergreen Update
Our Evergreen circulation system was upgraded to version 2.3 this month.  The latest updates have failed to fix the response time problems, and in fact have made the system slower to respond, especially in accessing patron records.  This has led to longer than usual wait times in person and on the phone when trying to renew items, check out items and look at the status of holds.  CWMARS is working on solutions to the problem, but most likely staff and patrons will be dealing with the wait times until at least the next Evergreen release in the summer.

Library Improvements
Susan Barba and I have been working on a cost estimate for our library improvement project.  The initial price estimates for the flooring and painting were lower than expected, but the total project cost has begun to climb up again.  The estimate for a new circulation desk was higher than we hoped ($7,000), and we’ve had to revise our labor estimates due to the State law requiring all contractors to pay “prevailing wage” for work on public projects.  This law causes a 50% or higher increase in the labor costs.  I hope to have a detailed cost estimate for our meeting, but we are back into the $50,000 range, instead of $35,000.

Universal Class
Our subscription to the online education resource “Universal Class” has begun.  The website for patrons to access the service is set up, and I have done some testing of the account creation process.  This service is not yet advertized to the public, but I have already recommended it to one patron who was looking for Microsoft Excel instruction.  I will be promoting the resource during February.

iPads for patron use
Two iPads are available for patron use within the library.  I have downloaded a handful of apps for patrons to use, and turned on privacy and security settings in the software that will hopefully protect our patron’s privacy and prevent disruption of the devices.
So far, the iPad has attracted some attention at the circulation desk, but has not been borrowed for extended use.

Photocopier replacement

The photocopier has gone from “needs repair” to “needs to be replaced as soon as possible”.  Because of the age of the machine, few companies are willing to service it, and the one company that was willing to send out a technician has been unable to locate the replacement parts needed. 
It has been out of order for over a month, and patrons have few other options for photocopying services.  I recommend we discuss purchasing a replacement photocopier with a budget of up to $5,000 drawn from the Library revolving fund and expense account.

Disclosure of uncompensated position
During the State Ethics training course, I became aware that I need to file a disclosure form with the Trustees because I hold both a full-time compensated position (Library Director), and an appointed uncompensated position (Land Stewardship Committee) in the same town.  I will present this form at the Trustee meeting, and then it will be archived by the Town Clerk in case of any future conflict of interest.

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