Numbers Don’t Lie

20 Mar

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.


Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Numbers Don’t Lie

  1. sharonw817

    March 22, 2014 at 4:36 am

    The numbers do bear out that there is a lot of good activity happening in our library. And I can only imagine those numbers growing even more with the current exceptional personnel we have managing our library.

    • azlelib

      March 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks, Sharon! We’re excited to see what the next several years bring!


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