Dear Public Librarians,
How many times a day do you help someone with a resume? How many people do you help apply for a job online? How many books or DVD’s do you check out to patrons each day? How many people walk through your doors each day?
The Alabama Public Library Service needs your help. We are taking a snapshot of a typical day in the life of Alabama’s public libraries. All the public libraries in the state are encouraged to join this initiative to help us show our worth. This is a day to collect pictures and statistics throughout that day to combine together for overall totals. These snapshots of our libraries are a great way to show patrons, boards, towns and the legislature just how important Alabama’s public libraries are.
Snapshot Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2012. All libraries are encouraged to schedule programs and collect pictures and statistics on this day. Because it may be difficult for some libraries to participate on that specific day, libraries may choose any day from September 24-28 to take part in. This way, all libraries have the chance to join in.
Statistics gathered throughout the day include the number of patrons that you help with jobs or school, number of reference questions answered, circulation, number of program attendees, number of patrons that come to the. Libraries also have the opportunity to collect patron comments that can also be shared. All together, this project should help create a picture of how important public libraries are to our communities.
For more information, please visit: https://snapshotdayalabama.wordpress.com, watch the APLS listserv or contact Denise Wetzel or Stephanie Taylor at 1-800-723-8459.