Thursday November 25, 2010

A Snapshot in the Statistical Life of Mosman Library: 21 years on

In 1989 we had one CDROM machine to access an encyclopedia. Jump ahead 21 years to 2010 and we subscribe to 25 online databases that library clients can access from home, average over 10,000 Internet bookings a year and have an average of 1858 people take advantage of our wireless connectivity.

In 1989 we lobbied for Sunday opening hours. We were able to convince the Council using statistics taken over a trial opening period (275 visits, 360 book issued) that it was worthwhile opening on Sundays. 21 years on and we are now open every Sunday from 10am-4pm and enjoy a daily average of 710 visits and 800 items issued.

The table below shows that over the past 21 years some things haven’t changed all that much, and we are proud that we continue to be a relevant and valuable resource to our community.

  1989 2010
Total registered borrowers 21,230 – 84% of the population
(Total population of Mosman 25,309)
22, 175 – 86% of the population
(Total population of Mosman 25,760)
Total Stock 96,656 100,431
Total items acquired 4356 10,326
Total circulation 364,000 387,929
Total visits 131,040 259,461

— Posted by Jane Broadbere, Information Services Librarian in  |  Permalink

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