Libraries, or should I say librarians, are obsessed with statistics. Keeping track of numbers helps us justify funding and prove to the public that we’re serving their best interests. We take note of how many people use our computers on a given day, we track program attendance, and we record how many times an electronic resource like Mango Languages is used each month. Having access to numbers like these gives us power. It allows us to track our progress over time – is computer usage going down? Is program attendance going up? Why? We can spot trends and work to improve.
I did some quick calculations of some of the numbers since the Azle Memorial Library opened its doors, and they’re big! Get ready to have your socks knocked off! Total circulation since March 30, 2009 is 1,081,087. That’s right – that’s over a million, folks! We’ve issued 12,984 new cards. The library has hosted 1,103 programs with more than 48,000 people in attendance. Volunteers have donated 3,910 hours of their time to helping us by cleaning and shelving. And we now have more than 19,000 registered patrons.