April Meeting Minutes, 2014

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No meeting next month. Our next meeting will be Friday, June 13th and the topic is reluctant readers and graphic novels we will also try to talk about teen volunteers, time permitting. Don’t forget about the CLA annual conference at the end of the month.

Today’s topic is Statistics:

Jennifer brought in a Prezi based on information from Tom Newman.

Statistics help you see trends from year to years, helps you get more money, collection development, prove your worth, and compare your library/collection/department to others.

The state collects lots of statistics from library directors so even if you aren’t collecting stats there are probably some from your library.

As a YA librarian you could/should keep track on program attendance, ya circ as a percent of total circ, reference questions, and trends.

Polling teens about their opinions on programs can give you good stats too.

Tom Newman has created easy charts that you can use to compare yourself to state average and to other libraries. You can find these charts here.

It is important to tell directors what you are doing. Keep stats and send them monthly or annually reports about what you are doing in the library and out–don’t forget professional development, passive programs and in house activities.

Next we did a quick recap of last meetings summer reading topic.

Different program include kool aid tattoos or brush bots.

Please talk about your program and share your ideas in the comments or tell us how you used statistics to advocate for something in your library.

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