Renovations – ATM articles – Brainstorm
February was disrupted due to the renovations.We went to limited services on Feb 24th.This disruption will continue through March.
February circulation activity was 3,780, which is 19.9% lower than last month, and
23.4% lower than last year.
Also due to our closing, this is the first month in over
five years that circulation of Upton
owned items was higher than activity at our circulation desk.
Laptops: 13.Nooks: 3.Games: 46.
Upton Library currently has 1,772 items checked out to 338
Digital Content Use
BYKI: In February,
1 user accessed byki for a total of 3 hours.Our top language was English.
circulation to Upton
patrons: 233, eAudio circulations: 75.
Wowbrary: We have 140 active subscribers to Wowbrary. (+2)
New Patron Registrations:8 new patrons registered in February.
New Items: We
added 217 items to the collection in February. +
processed in February: 11.
Programs Library book group: 6 people met on Feb
25th. Senior book group: 12 people met on Feb
averaged 4 children per session for 3 sessions. TinyTots lapsit averaged 5 children
per session for 3 sessions. Library Table: 3 visits, averaged 8
patrons and 27 items.
Lego Days: averaged
2 children for 1 sessions.
Library had several
snow closings in February – 5 hours closed on Feb 5th and 10 hours
closed on Feb 13th.During
the storm on Feb 18th, we stayed open, and served 11 patrons between
3pm and 8pm.
Plans for Next Month
1) Library Renovations!
2) Clean and weed in Storage areas
3) Develop new services for reopening
Planning and Design Grant – ATM Warrant
with the Finance Committee and the Town Manager, I have a revised set of draft
warrant articles to present to the Trustees.
What I will
recommend to the Trustees on Mar 3rd is that they submit two warrant
articles instead of three, and make the appropriation of funds contingent on
our being awarded a provisional grant from the MBLC.
If we don’t get a
grant award, I would suggest that the Trustees and/or feasibility committee
reconsider our options and develop a detailed plan and request for
appropriation for a fall special town meeting.
is downstairs removing the old carpet as I write this report.
The moving out
process went very smoothly.Storage
trailers rented from Miniwarehousing are installed on the Thompson Family land
on Grove street.Library staff were able to pack the
collection into boxes in one day, and the Worcester County Sheriff’s work
release program moved the boxes and furniture into storage over two days.
Unpacking will be
more time consuming, as we need to make sure items are put back in the proper
places.I am going to schedule three
days for moving boxes back in, and at least four days to reshelve items.
– Library space is turned over to the general contractor for work to be
– Library materials moved back into the building.
– Regular library services resume
Circulation Desk and New Furnishings
After April 1st,
I will make a wish list and then a plan for purchasing and installing new
circulation desk, furniture and posters for the library.I am prepared to go three to six months using
folding tables as circulation space until we can get a quality, custom made
circulation desk installed.
I will also make a
plan to present to the Trustees to use some of our library funds to purchase
new furnishings after we reopen.During
the moving out process, it became clear how old, damaged and unattractive many
of our current furnishings have become.(chairs, desks, posters)
New services / programs brainstorm
During March, the
staff and I will be brainstorming ideas for new services and programs that we can
offer once we re-open.I will have more
details at our April meeting, but here are some ideas I’m tossing around:
Better display /
more displays for new materials
and access on public computers to digital content
Use movie public performance
license – ‘movie nights’ and/or ‘movie discussion group’
Digital programs for
children – ‘spaceship bridge simulator’, library minecraft server?
(firefighter?police officer?) for
Storage Area use plan
Our storage area in
the attic is currently too full.We need
to reduce the weight of materials in this area.
We currently have
approx. 4,500 items in the storage area, as well as extra shelving, furniture
Over the month of
March, I’d like to do the following:
- Reduce number of
items in storage to approx. 2,000.To
accomplish this, we will withdraw most of the juvenile, reference, and
nonfiction materials currently in storage.These items have been untouched in storage for over a year, and
contribute greatly to the weight problem.Items to be kept in storage will be: juvenile materials that directly
support the local curriculum, and fiction materials that are the older works of
popular, prolific authors.
- Evaluate the
stored furniture and shelving.I’ve been
stashing extra shelves, desks etc.. in the attic just in case I find a use for
them.With the renovations and the new
layout, it is time to finally get rid of most of these items.Anything that is still in good shape can be
offered on the public surplus auction site.Other items will need to be disposed of.
- Encourage Friends
of Library to hold spring booksale.With
the storage items, plus the items I’ve been withdrawing from the collection to
prepare for the move, we have a large number of booksale items.I’d like to keep one of our storage trailers
across the street for a few months, and try to hold a booksale in May or June
to keep these items out of the attic.
Ereader / eContent / digital resources
After doing some
investigation, I have a proposal for the Trustees regarding our eContent funds.
I would like to keep
the eContent special article funds for another year, and use them to pay for
the voluntary extra assessment by CWMARS to fund eContent, and reserve the
remainder to support the Statewide eBook platform, currently in limited
For this year, I’d
like to spend up to $1,200 from the FY13 expense account to purchase a
subscription to World Book Online reference center.
-World Book Online
is the best product that I reviewed for non-fiction digital content.Nonfiction ebook purchases were too expensive
and specific compared to a general reference product.For our budget, we would only have been able
to purchase a very limited number of ebooks.We used to offer access to Grolier Online (another children’s online
encyclopedia product) that was purchased by the MBLC for the entire state, but
that access was discontinued in 2011.
- The appropriation
that was made in May 2011 for the purchase of eContent is worded such that I
don’t think we can use it for a subscription database.I’d like to preserve these funds for at least
one more fiscal year, and use them to pay the extra CWMARS assessment for
eContent, and to support the upcoming Statewide ebook platform.
- The Statewide
ebook platform is a new service currently being tested in a handful of
libraries.Its goal is to provide free,
accessible econtent through public libraries to all residents of the commonwealth.The funding model and specifics are still
being formulated by the MLS.I
anticipate sometime in FY15, the service will be rolled out to more libraries,
and that the MLS will be asking for voluntary funding contributions.