Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2014

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Welcome to the Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2014 page!

In April 2014, during National Library Week, Idaho libraries from around the state tracked their activities with statistics and photos, creating a snapshot of a day in the life of Idaho libraries and capturing the impact they have on their communities.


-  5-minute video
-  Document with complete results and participating libraries

38 libraries participated:
• 28 public library locations
• 8 school libraries
• 1 academic library
• 1 special library

In one day in these Idaho’s libraries:
• 19,139 people visited the library.
• 79 classes visited school libraries.
• 22,440 items were circulated.
• 1,321 reference questions were answered.
• 914 unique searches were made in research databases.
• 70 job seekers were helped (résumé, job search, etc.).
• 1,250 students were helped (homework).
• 2,858 people used the public access computer (Internet/word processing/games, etc.).
• 1,625 people used the Internet with their own devices.
• 155 volunteer hours were worked at libraries.
• 197 people were taught computer/device/Internet skills.
• 313 library cards were issued/borrowers were registered.
Libraries also reported assisting patrons to their vehicles, doing interlibrary loans, helping with tax information, and taking care of online renewal requests.

Programs and activities:
• 1,255 people attended programs.
• 7 groups (from 2 to 20 people) toured their library.
• 604 people learned about the library in outreach visits to schools or other agencies.
• 524 people attended classes (technology, tutoring, ESL, etc.)
• 369 people in community groups used meeting rooms.
Public library activities included storytimes, workshops, book discussions, book sales, poetry contest, EMT-testing in the multi-purpose room, a birthday party scavenger hunt, “My First Books” outreach at the local school, a National Library Workers Day celebration to appreciate staff, and a Truck Rally that included the bookmobile and food trucks offering dishes with names related to a book.
School libraries had study halls, duel enrollment classes for students, school groups and clubs, and Business Professionals of America activities.

Examples of reference questions:
• Inquiry of specific books, info about new books we have.
• Would you please help me find materials on a prominent figure in American history?
• Does the library have wifi?
• Readers advisory e-reader assistance.
• Locating books for classes: presidents, biographies, states.
• Low-cholesterol diet recipes.
• I want to learn French. What resources do you have?
• I need information about Dutch Japanese trade during the Tokugawa Shogunate.
• Can you help me research media’s effect on alcohol consumption?
• Do you have the Moscow newspaper from 1893?
• Help finding tax forms.
• Helped an out-of-state guest with a lost filling find a dentist.

Some comments from library users:
• Our Community would be lost without our library!
• The library is where I like to use the computers during my lunch.
• I think it is great that you have a new Teen Space.
•  You guys are so helpful and friendly. We love our library.
• “My favorite place.” “My second home.” “It’s nice to have a comfortable place to come and spend some time.”
•  One teacher at the professional development class said, “This is the best hour of professional development I've ever had!” (This after we introduced her to WorldCat and LilI databases.)
•  I believe a library is one of the single most important resources a town should have.

(See Idaho Snapshot Day 2013 results here.)

How to participate in Idaho Snapshot Day 2014

Choose any day during National Library Week -- Sunday April 13 to Saturday April 19, 2014.

Idaho Library Snapshot Day is designed to capture the impact that Idaho libraries have on their communities on a typical day. Snapshot Day is also a great time to collect library user comments and take photos for your website or other promotional materials.

How it works:
Idaho libraries--public, school, academic, and special--document their activities for one day and then enter the results on the online survey at The information will be compiled on an online Results page on the Idaho Commission for Libraries website and the Idaho Library Association website.
  1. Select a day during the week of April 13-19 to participate.
  2. Let your staff know you are participating in Library Snapshot Day.
  3. Print the Printable Survey Form. Review it with your staff and keep copies at all of your service desks.
  4. Download any of the other Customizable Tools below that will be useful for your library (Photo Release Form, Library User Comment Forms, etc.)
  5. Watch for reminder emails/updates on LibIdaho.
  6. Participate on whichever date you’ve selected between April 13-19.
  7. Submit your statistics on the online survey at by Thursday, April 24, 2014.
  8.  Submit any photos to by Thursday, April 24, 2014. Photo size should be about 1 MB to 3 MB.
  9. Watch for a link (on LibIdaho) to the “Results” page after April 30.
Customizable Tools:
(adapted from tools shared by the American Library Associations and libraries that have previously held Library Snapshot Days)
Online Form for Submitting Statistics:


Questions? Contact:
Teresa Lipus (ICfL) at  
Jeannie Standal (ICfL) at
Sarah North (College of Western Idaho) at
Rebekah Hosman (Grangeville Centennial Public Library)
Read more about Library Snapshot Day on the American Library Association's website at