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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Snapshot PA Day

Libraries of all types all across PA recently celebrated Snapshot PA: One Day in the Life of Pennsylvania Libraries. Snapshot PA is a project, initiated by the Pennsylvania Library Association and Commonwealth Libraries, to capture the impact that PA libraries have on their communities on a typical day. Once the information from all libraries is gathered, processed, and disseminated, I will share it. In the meantime, here is what we reported from Bailey Library:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Door count/Customer visits: 2,959
Circulation of monographs and media: 190
Materials borrowed via ILL: 60
Materials loaned via ILL: 30
Reference desk questions: 54
One-on-one (in librarians’ offices) reference questions: 11
Instruction sessions: 1 class / 16 students
Online databases searches: 10,440

We also gathered some wonderful comments, such as the following:

"When I typically think of a library, I have images of women in tiny glasses with angry expressions prowling the aisles of books to pounce on anyone who isn’t being silent and still. While we do have our fair share of women with small glasses, all of the librarians are pleasant to work with. The atmosphere is laid-back, which has allowed Bailey Library to become a central hang-out for students at Slippery Rock University."

If you have any questions about our findings or about Snapshot PA, please contact Cathy Rudowsky at or at 724-738-2657.


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