Apologies for this post showing up again. My blog is, rightly or wrongly, where I archive some of the good stuff we do. A week ago I accidently deleted the following post while dinking around with my ipad. I was able to back key it and have it stay for long enough to write out the post before it disappeared. Jeez. I am so NOT a digital native!
Here it is again from my badly scribbled transcription. I discovered that though I don't keyboard well, without constant practice, I write REALLY badly. Here goes anyway:
Throughout this week, our business manager put together our circ and program stats for our state's annual report. Today, she reported out the final piece.
Holy smokies, my friends, be sure to sit down because I am about to blow you away.
- We offered 39% fewer traditional children's programs in 2011 than in 2010.
- We had 32% fewer attendees at these programs
- Our circulation of children's materials increased 10% (usual increase is 2-3% annually)
- Our circulation of children's materials increased 15%!!!
What!?!?!?!?! How'd that happen?!?!?!?!?
We didn't institute a big weeding project; we struggled with a rather messy transition to a new ILS that often had patrons- and staff - frustrated and we cut the number of programs.
I think it is due to three initiaitives we introduced this year. Each of these encouraged check-outs and return visits to the library and are part of our "stealth" or passive programs:
- 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and here
- Cookie Club
- Encourage kids to check out books as an option in SLP reporting activities.
Thinking outside the box and looking for ways to stretch our staff and resources - but still encourage our families to return and use our services frequently - made the difference. I love it when statistics back up the leaps of faith that we made in changing services.
To find samples of our materials, check out our Winding Rivers Library System Youth website and scroll down towards the bottom of the page!
Image: 'What????' http://www.flickr.com/photos/33501059@N02/4059486159