Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2014

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Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2014

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.

Results:

- 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.)