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August 2015, Volume 7, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert


Check Your Calendars!!

National Inventor's Month
August

National Back to School Month
August

Women's History Month
August

ACRL: Immersion Program Teacher Track
August 2-7

Bad Poetry Day
August 18

Senior Citizen's Day
August 21

Women's Equality Day
August 26

Library Card Sign-up Month
September

International Literacy Day
September 8

SDLA Conference: Preparing for a Bright Future
September 23-25, 2015

Banned Books Week
September 27- October 3

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 30


Featured e-Resources of the Month
New Computer Skills Center and More Added To Learning Express Library

Library Development

 

National Public Library Statistics show that investment in staff and resources related to greater use of services

Every year the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) compiles a report, Public Libraries in the United States Survey, which outlines national trends in public library services. This year's report looked at the effects public investments have on library services. IMLS researchers found that investments in more staff, print materials and ebooks, programs, and public computers were related to higher levels of visitation, circulation, program attendance, and computer use. Interestingly, they found that libraries that had ebooks in their collections had higher rates of visitation per capita.

The most recent report is based on FY 2012 data from the Public Libraries Survey. Here's a brief summary of the national trends:

Visits to the library peaked in 2009 and have been decreasing since. These numbers do not include "virtual" visits to the library where users can download ebooks through services like South Dakota's Titles to Go or access the many other electronic resources available through library websites.

Libraries saw a 10-year increase of 28% in materials circulated. Children's materials accounted for more than 35% of total circulation.

Program attendance was up 4% from the previous year (FY2011) and up by almost 38% over eight years. Children accounted for almost 70% of all program attendees.

Computer use peaked in FY 2010 and decreased by more than 7% by FY 2012. Library-provided wifi that allows visitors to use their own devices accounts for some of the shift. Those of you who fill out the annual Public Libraries Survey know we are just beginning to try to count this important service.

Nationally, total revenue per capita was $37.98—the highest per capita revenue was $41.14 in FY 2009. Staffing expenses increased by 12% over 10 years, mostly to cover the rising cost of benefits. Staffing accounted for 67.6% of library budgets. Collection spending showed a 21% decrease over a 10-year period. Of the 11.4% of operating expenses spent of collections, almost 17% was spent on electronic materials.

Want to know how our state compares? Download a state profile for South Dakota from the IMLS Research / Data Collection webpage. Remember, too, if you'd like to do a year-to-year comparison of your library's statistics contact the State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends, for assistance.

 

Using HathiTrust for research

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

HathiTrust has over 2,000 digital collections that visitors can use to do research, search for government publications, or just browse and learn. The digital library provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institutions. Users can browse through recently updated or featured collections, or do a search for a particular type of collection, like government publications. "The United States and its Territories, 1870-1925: The Age of Imperialism" is a collection with over 4,000 items. It contains monographs and government documents published in the United States, Spain, and the Philippines between 1870 and 1925. The primary focus of the material is the Spanish-American war and subsequent American governance. There are many more of these types of collections in HathiTrust.

Keyword, subject and advanced searches are available. Users can look at full text of items by making sure the "full view only" box is checked when searching. Many library research and interlibrary loan departments can use the materials in HathiTrust to fill requests.

 

 

 

 

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