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Initial Reports Indicate 2010 a Record Year for Library

Initial Reports Indicate 2010 a Record Year for Library

An initial view of statistical reports of library usage for 2010 suggests it was a record-setting year in almost every category.
Great River Regional Library has more cardholders than ever before. It has checked out more items than ever before, in more checkout sessions than ever before. More requests were placed by patrons than in any other year. These increases imply more searching for items by staff, more shelving of items, more intralibrary delivery and generally increased workload.
The Internet use count increased, but staff are reluctant to draw conclusions in this area. During 2010 an automated count system kicked in, replacing the previous manual count of Internet uses. However, additional computers were placed at some libraries with high demand, and there is little doubt that many individuals who do not own their own computer now count on library computers for some important services.
The addition of state Legacy funds, dedicated to arts and cultural heritage programming, has dramatically increased the level of programming at libraries so as to make year by year comparisons difficult. But even the traditional Summer Reading Program saw an increase in 2010.
One thing that did not go up was the library budget. The library’s operating budget decreased by 2.335 percent from 2009 to 2010. All staff were required to take two furlough days within the year.

Borrower Count
Jan. 1 2010     133,707
Jan. 1 2011     140,524

Circulation Totals (items checked out)
2009 circulation total     4,098,201
2010 circulation total     4,129,443

Requests Placed
2009 requests placed     1,169,554
2010 requests placed     1,278,073

Checkout Sessions
2009 checkout sessions     714,670
2010 checkout sessions     727,096

Internet Use Count
2009 total Internet use count     263,790
2010 total Internet use count     371,556

Summer Reading Program
2009 Summer Reading Program participants     11,497
2010 Summer Reading Program participants     11,985