Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2015

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In April 2015, 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.


- 4-minute video 
- Document with complete results and participating libraries
- #IDSnapshotDay

 53 libraries participated, submitting statistics and/or photos:
• 32 public library locations
• 14 school libraries
•   5 academic libraries
•   2 special libraries

In one day in these Idaho libraries:
• 26,225 people visited the library.
• 80 classes visited school libraries.
• 33,555 items were circulated.
• 3,015 reference questions were answered.
• 525 unique searches were made in research databases.
 72 job seekers were helped (résumé, job search, etc.).
• 1,900 students were helped (homework).
• 3,383 people used the public access computer (Internet/word processing/games, etc.)
• 1,473 student computer users
• 2,672 people used the Internet with their own devices.
• 590 volunteer hours were worked at libraries.
• 604 people were taught computer/device/Internet skills.
• 220 library cards were issued/borrowers were registered.
Libraries also reported Tumblebooks and One-Click Digital usage, Spring Book Sales, ISAT testing, after-school meetings, Food for Fines drive, and students working on shelving skills.

Programs and activities:
• 1,710 people attended programs.
• 179 toured their library.
• 352 people learned about the library in outreach visits to schools or other agencies.
• 511 people attended classes (technology, tutoring, ESL, etc.)
 684 people in community groups used meeting rooms.
Public library activities included 3D printer demonstrations; story times with puppet show, goats, and llamas; book sales; music and movement programs; child care outreach; and celebrating National Library Workers Day with tokens of staff appreciation.
School libraries had game day at lunch, art shows, computer programming before school, activities, earth day stories, online make-up tests, poetry creations, Book Fairs, Faculty Training Sessions, ISAT testing, and a visit from the Trio outreach group from Idaho State University. 

Examples of reference questions:
• What is the meaning of the word “ubiquity”? 
• What kind of economic relationship does Japan have with the U.S.?
• Where can I find information on social media? 
• How come this unicorn book is in the non-fiction section?
• Can you help me find what kind of rock this is?
• How do I post to Craigslist?
• I’m looking for books about transitioning from a crib to a bed.
• Tax forms? Can you tell me the addresses to mail in my state and federal taxes? How do I get an extension form from the IRS?
• I'm looking for a good book, what can you recommend?
• Looking for women in military that were pilots, especially circa ww2 
• Resume writing, school reports on dinosaurs/other animals, gardening, palmistry, grilling recipes, readers advisory in genre fiction. 
• How can I print pictures that are not pixelated?
• How do I print from Goggle Docs?
• Where can I find historical information about Caldwell or [an old Caldwell business]?
• Can I get [business/personal] phone number? Where can I find biographies?
• Can you help me find an obituary from [month/year]? 
• From a student: What are examples of methods to improve job satisfaction for nurses?
• Classes researching Mythology: a lot of interest there. World War 2 and Religion were among reference requests as well.

Comments from library users:
• I just love this library! Great selection and wonderful, helpful staff. A really great educational tool for the entire Community.
• Patron submitting interlibrary loan request said he used to live in New York City and used the great public library there, and that the CDA (Coeur d’Alene) Library offers a very impressive collection and ILL service for a library of its size.
• Thanks for having us in the library. It always feels so good to be in here. (staff member after meeting)
• We love our Cascade Library!! 
• "My heart is full of books!"  -- A quote from a student the previous week at our book fair. 
• Thank goodness for libraries.
• Thanks for all of your hard work answering my reference questions in January.  It helped me settle a bet!
• We love that you can check out iPads now.
• I love the Collister library because the staff lives to serve!
• Great books!
• The amazing staff!
• I love that the library is fun!
• Computers
• The kind staff, the children’s programs!"
• From a parent: This doesn’t look like my high school library! I'd hang out here all the time if I could.
• You all do great programming! I don’t feel like I’m part of a community until I have my public library card.
• This library does a great job of having a variety of programs and is a wonderful part of the community.
• One husband who was sent on an errand by his wife, walked in and saw how busy the Library was and told his wife he would have never dreamed that the Library was that busy!  It was fun to see it from his perspective!  Also, our UPS driver delivered packages that day and he said he is always amazed by how many people are in the Library! 
• Thanks for getting all the books I request!!! I come to the library regularly and use different services each time. We are weekly visitors and enjoy selecting books from your library. The gals and guys that work here are very kind, friendly and helpful. We also like some of the classes you have offered in the past.  The staff is so helpful. I love all of the movies at the library. Everyone helps with what I need.
• You’ve moved everything around! The Young Adult area is so much brighter!
• It’s nice that the library stays open later for the night owls.
• We love the changes. The library looks great. 
• From a student: My life would've been soooo much easier if I had started using the library earlier in my program.
• From a professor: I wish I could get in your head and search like you do. 
• Grateful to have a place to go where we can ask questions, explore books and do fun crafts.
• The McCall Library is the Trader Joes of libraries, it doesn’t have a lot, but all the good stuff! 
• We were told we are their favorite library and very kid friendly. 
• Our “Take a Chance at the Library” winner said “I never win anything!” when she got the call about winning a Kindle Fire for her participation in our March Family Night Event.  We are always complimented on how nice the library looks and friendly the staff it is.  They always comment on how nice our Maker Space is and how helpful our employees are. 
• We love the legos! 

  • See Idaho Snapshot Day 2014 results here.
  • See Idaho Snapshot Day 2013 results here.

Snapshot Day showcases the valuable services Idaho’s libraries provide to patrons and students. Show your stakeholders what the library does!In April 2015, during National Library Week, Idaho libraries from around the state will track 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.

How to participate in Idaho Snapshot Day 2015

Choose any day during National Library Week -- Sunday April 12 to Saturday April 18, 2015.
You can even share your Idaho Snapshot Day activities using the hashtag: #IDSnapshotDay
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. 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 12-18 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 12-18.
  7. Submit your statistics on the online survey at by Thursday, April 23, 2015.
  8. Submit any photos to by Thursday, April 23, 2015. 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)
Questions? Contact:
Teresa Lipus (ICfL) at  
Jeannie Standal (ICfL) at
Sarah North (College of Western Idaho) at
Read more about Library Snapshot Day on the American Library Association's website at