2010 Library Snapshot Day

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Texas Library Snapshot Day

Texas Library Snapshot Day Fall, 2010

In anticipation of the state's legislative session, TLA is once again sponsoring Texas Library Snapshot Day. As you may have read in TLACast and other announcements, libraries can designate any single day in October as Library Snapshot Day. This opportunity allows you and us to gather information about library activities. It is a “snapshot” of a day in the life of your library and provides a forum for sharing what happens across the state.  

The Snapshot Day we held last April proved very successful, with over 500 libraries participating. We want to make sure hundreds more libraries participate this fall, as all of the information we collect will help us make our case at the Capitol! We’ve revised the form to make it shorter and easier. Also, there are a few questions geared for each type of library. Information can be submitted by individual branches/ campuses OR by a single system submitting data for all its branches, campuses, etc.

We have set up a special website for this event: www.Texaslibrarysnapshotday.org. There, you’ll find a resource library of template press releases, photo and video release forms, bookmarks, summary sheets, tips for using the information to talk with elected officials, and patron input forms for libraries. You will also find instructions on what data to collect and the survey form itself.  The report of Snapshot Day (held in the spring) is also available.

Thank you, in advance, for helping us make Fall Texas Library Snapshot Day a success! We look forward to finding out what happens in the day in the life of YOUR library!

Spring 2010 Snapshot Day

A total 501 libraries (includes branch libraries and all school campus libraries) participated in Texas Library Snapshot Day, Spring 2010.  We gathered some wonderful input from patrons statewide. And, it is of little surprise that Texans really do love libraries!

Thanks to all the libraries that participated!

SUMMARY

ABOUT TEXAS LIBRARIES
Total Libraries Completing Texas Library Snapshot Day Survey: 501
Total Number of Libraries in Texas1: 6,406
Percentage of Libraries Participating in Snapshot Day (Spring ’10): 7.8%

By Type of Library Participation in Snapshot Day
Academic Libraries: 21 libraries2  (4.1% of 501);  10% of all academic libraries in the state
Public Libraries: 109 libraries2 (21.7 % of 501); 12% of all public library OUTLETS in the state
School Libraries: 367 libraries2 (73.3% of 501); 7% of all school libraries estimated in the state
Special: 4 libraries2 (0.9% of 501); 2% of all special libraries estimated in the state

1 This figure is an approximation and is derived on a count of all public library outlets (total of 878 includes main libraries, branches, and outlets); school libraries (total of 5,136 is equivalent to number of certified school librarians); special libraries (number 190 is equivalent to count of TLA special librarians); and State Library count of 202 of academic library institutions).
2 Total number of libraries participating in the survey is calculated based on total number of libraries completing the survey in proportion to self designation of type of library.

Results by Library Type


In ONE TYPICAL DAY, an ACADEMIC LIBRARY …
•    is visited (onsite and online) by 10,911 students and faculty
•    has over 1,300 visitors to databases
•    has over 900 computer sessions
•    circulates 388 materials
•    has over 150 students participating in library programs or instructional sessions
•    answers 71 reference questions
•    fulfills almost 30 interlibrary loan requests
•    has an average attendance of 50 students in computer and technology classes
•    serves over 61 students in bibliographic instruction
•    is used for completing homework/coursework, accessing databases, conducting specialized research, reading newspapers & magazines, finding entertainment, accessing general reference sources, conducting health or business research, preparing for certification and test-taking, searching for jobs, and building resumès

In ONE TYPICAL DAY, a BRANCH or PUBLIC LIBRARY OUTLET …
•    is visited (onsite and online) by 1,092 people
•    has over 368 visitors to databases
•    offers 176 computer sessions
•    circulates 913 print and AV materials
•    issues almost 12 new library cards
•    has 182 people attending library programs and instructional sessions
•    answers 156 reference questions
•    fulfills over 7 interlibrary loan requests
•    has 115 children, 22 teens, and 19 adults attending programs
•    offers computer classes serving 18 people and library instruction sessions serving 38 people
•    has 37 people in the library for meetings
•    reaches about 91 people through outreach efforts
•    is used for completing homework/coursework, accessing databases, conducting specialized research, reading newspapers & magazines, finding entertainment, accessing general reference sources, conducting health or business research, preparing for certification and test-taking, searching for jobs, and building resumès
  
In ONE TYPICAL DAY, a SCHOOL LIBRARY …
•    is visited (onsite and online) by 256 students and faculty
•    has over 621 visits to databases
•    offers 169 computer sessions
•    circulates 235 print and AV materials
•    has over 110 students participating in library programs
•    provides instructional sessions for over 120 students
•    answers almost 25 reference questions
•    offers over four sessions on computers and technology attended by over 90 students
•    provides tutoring or homework assistance to over 22 students
•    provides bibliographic training to almost 75 students
•    has almost three collaborative sessions with faculty involving almost six other teachers
•    holds over two organized meetings serving almost 40 people
•    is used for completing homework/coursework, accessing databases, conducting specialized research, reading newspapers & magazines, finding entertainment, accessing general reference sources, conducting health or business research, and preparing for test-taking

In ONE TYPICAL DAY, a SPECIAL LIBRARY…
•    is visited (onsite and online) by 671 people
•    has over 707 visits to databases
•    offers 127 computer sessions
•    circulates 170 print and AV materials
•    conducts programs serving 52 people
•    offers two instructional sessions serving 21 people
•    answers 14 reference questions
•    processes 21 interlibrary loan requests
•    has almost 84 children and teenagers attend programming
•    has over 13 people attend meetings
•    is used for completing homework/coursework, accessing databases, conducting specialized research, reading newspapers & magazines, finding entertainment, and accessing general reference sources

In ONE TYPICAL DAY, a 7.8% of Texas libraries report:
•    205,188 people visiting libraries
•    154,967 web visits
•    173,587 circulation total
•    27,151 children participating in programs
•    8,019 adults and teens participating in programs
•    22,748 reference questions
•    is used for completing homework/coursework, accessing databases, conducting specialized research, reading newspapers & magazines, finding entertainment, accessing general reference sources, conducting health information and business research, preparing for certification and test-taking, and searching for jobs and building resumès

 

Typical reference questions during a day in the life of Texas libraries

•    How do I apply for this local grant?
•    Can you help me get an e-mail account?
•    I found a big black rock in the woods on my farm. What is it and how did it get there?
•    How to cite using MLA format?
•    How to use Creative Commons and cite photos?
•    How do you use a computer?
•    Which database should I use for 3rd grade study of Cinco de Mayo?
•    Do you have titles with female protagonists?
•    Where do I find books on UFOs?
•    How can I figure out how to make money off of my ranch?
•    Do you have Wednesday’s paper?
•    I need information on African women body modification.
•    Do you have AV materials that teach Vietnamese?
•    How do I do citations?
•    Where dinosaurs real or just cartoons? (from a toddler)
•    I’m looking for certain career information. Which database should I use?
•    Where do I find information on 1920’s music?
•    Where can I find information on home finances?
•    Where can I find information on jobs without a degree?
•    Defensive driving DVD checkout
•    How do I create a resumè?
•    GED classes
•    Do I need a Hepatitis B vaccine to travel to Central America?
•    I need information on colon and kidney cancer.
•    What test prep books and videos do you have for the pediatric board exams?
•    I need help searching journals not indexed by PubMed.
•    How to make a 2-minute video clip from a DVD
•    How to find financial ratios on a particular industry segment
•    What books do you recommend for toddlers?
•    Do you have a super awesome super hero book?

Examples of customer/student comments about the libraries

•    I (heart) it!!!
•    It’s cool in here! (The school has AC issues)
•    I love the resources, but it’s always cold!
•    Thank you!
•    I’m really glad you carry a large selection of audio books. They were (and are) an invaluable aid to my recovery from a long illness.
•    I love this library. I like that it has an open and airy feel. I find that the most helpful resource is the Refworks.
•    I love that we can check out laptops. It gives Denton campus library a personal and glamorous touch.
•    Not only is the library a beautiful building, but it is a vital part of the University experience. From the many departments that utilize the Library facilities for presentations to the wonderful displays created from the Library vault, it is a place that houses the University’s history and actively supports student learning. I love our library!
•    The library provides excellent online service and helpful staff that allows me to become an educated adult.
•    I love coming to the place to study; quiet environment.
•    It’s the best thing in the community.
•    I love being able to get materials sent from other branches so that I can pick them up here close to home.
•    I want to come here every day.
•    We love it here. We always feel at home and welcome!
•    They [librarians] always make teaching reading easier. Thank you!
•    Wow! I met a real live author!
•    Very friendly staff. Always helpful. Without them, I would not have gotten my EMT Basic License. Thanks for the wonderful help I always receive from them.
•    We need funds for a renovated building.
•    I utilize the library 3x weekly for tutoring elementary students.
•    Great staff.
•    La biblioteca (El Paso Memorial Park) es como un oasis para mì, puedo encontrar los libros que busco y las revistas tambièn y libros para me pequeño Terremoto!
•    Enjoyed the Texas Bluebonnet Award Tea and mini contest.
•    I don’t know what we would do without the library. The Harris County Library System is the best. We are all blessed.
•    We use this library every week. When I was out of a job, I came every day. The less money you have, the more important the library becomes.
•    I truly enjoy the Learning Commons because of the relaxed social atmosphere, yet scholastic environment. I have used this space to complete most of my reading assignments this semester and have grown deeper in many friendships because of this place.
•    I love the e-books!
•    This library comes in handy A LOT!
•    The library is the bomb.
•    I have read all the Bluebonnet books. Now what?

 

For questions, contact Gloria Meraz.

Created on Aug 26, 2015 | Last updated August 26, 2015