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Beyond the Shelves – March 2015

In a recent ALA (American Library Association) survey, libraries reported upswings in patron use of the following services:

36% increase in use of technology classes

58% increase in use of electronic resources/books

60% increase in use of computers

74% increase in use of WiFi 

 A 2013 report by the Pew Research Center on the library habits of young adults concluded that “Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and the Internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.”

This study discovered that people under 30 years old are as likely as adults that are older to visit a library, borrow books in print and browse the library shelves at comparable rates. When library patrons were asked what was “very important” for libraries to offer, the responses were as follows:

80% – Librarians to help people find information they need

76% – Research resources such as free databases

75% – Free access to computers and the Internet

75% – Books for people to borrow

72% – Quiet study spaces

72% – Programs and classes for children and teens

71% – Job and career resources

Public libraries remain valuable resources for people of all ages in communities everywhere. Libraries are so valued by the patrons that they can hardly meet the growing need for a variety of customary and innovative services.

Paraphrased from the article, Think We No Longer Need Libraries? Think Again., by Karen Cator, CEO at Digital Promise and former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. (www.linkedin.com)

 

Abbeville Memorial Library

Annual Statistical Data Comparison for 2011-2014:

   2011       2012      2013        2014       2011/2014

 Total Library Attendance   

23,656

 

24,964

 

25,507

 

31,759

 

+ 8,103

Number of Programs

17

14

25

61

+44

Program Attendance

289

438

1,420

1,461

+1,216

Number of Computers

13

19

19

19

+6

Computer & WiFi Users

7,885

13,131

12,031

14,257

+7,588

Number of Employees

2.5

2.65

2.65

2.65

+.15

Circulation (Checkouts)
Adult Books print

9,651

8,814

8,026

7,697

-1,941

Young Adult Books

print

98

216

218

287

+189

Juvenile Books print

4,046

3,833

4,981

4,548

+502

*Non Books (cd, dvd)

1,516

1,268

2,392

2,420

+904

Ebooks

0

0

314

1,151

+1,151

Total Circulation

15,311

14,131

15,931

16,103

+1,696

Over the past four years, Abbeville Memorial Library has shown an increase in almost all areas represented on the chart above. Library attendance has increased 41% since 2011. We also have more people using our computers and WiFi than ever before.

 

Although the number of printed books being read by adults has decreased over the past few years, the number of ebooks being read has increased greatly. By including ebooks in our library’s collection, our total number of items in circulation has grown rather than decreased.  The main goal is to keep people reading whether it is with an electronic device or a printed book.

Abbeville Memorial Library offers many more programs for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.  We have an indoor walking/exercise class that meets two mornings each week and will be adding two more of those classes in the evenings beginning in March.  We are preparing for our National Library Week programs and activities that will take place in April.  This year, our Summer Reading Program will take place each Wednesday in June at 10:00 at the Boys and Girls Club. (We have outgrown the library meeting room!)  Mark your calendars!

SEE YOU AT THE LIBRARY!

Debbie McLain, Library Director

Operating Hours

Monday
9:00 am -5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am -6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am -5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am -6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am -5:00 pm

Computers shut down 20 minutes before closing.

Library Board Trustees

Chair - Catherine Killebrew
Maribeth Bedsole
Dean Cost
Willadean Hall
Gayle Thomas