RE: Library Statistics Question

 
From: "Sharon Rawlins srawlins@njstatelib.org " ...@njstatelib.org>
Subject: RE: Library Statistics Question
Date: July 17th 2017

Hi, Sharon,

 

I don’t know if you intended to ask the entire listserv this question. It did go out to everyone, so I’ll answer it that way as well – since the listserv is a forum for discussion and not just

meant for announcements.

 

According to the program definition as outlined by IMLS that is used by state data coordinators:

 

A children’s program is any planned event for which the primary audience is children and which introduces the group of children attending to any of the broad range of library services or activities for children or which directly provides information to participants. Children’s programs may cover use of the library, library services, or library tours. Children’s programs may also provide cultural, recreational, or educational information, often designed to meet a specific social need. Examples of these types of programs include story hours and summer reading events. Count all children’s programs, whether held on- or off-site, that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the library. Do not include children’s programs sponsored by other groups that use library facilities. If children’s programs are offered as a series, count each program in the series. For example, a story hour offered once a week, 48 weeks a year, should be counted as 48 programs. Exclude library activities for children delivered on a one-to-one basis, rather than to a group, such as one-to-one literacy tutoring, services to homebound, homework assistance, and mentoring activities. This figure is a subset of the Total Number of Library Programs (data element #600) https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS_Defs_FY2014.pdf

 

(I interpret this to mean that your one-on-one storytime program is more of a homebound one,  and in that situation, would be counted as a reference question).

 

As for your second question. I would say it counts for a program as defined above (notice the definition doesn’t indicate that there has to be a certain # in attendance, just that it was a planned event for an audience). So, it would be a program (with 0 attendance). I think we’ve all had programs where no one or only one person showed up!

 

Hope this is helpful!

 

~Sharon

 

 

Best regards,

 

Sharon Rawlins, MLS

Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning

NJ State Library

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From: njy...@njstatelib.org [mailto:njy...@njstatelib.org]
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 7:45 AM
To: NJ YAC <njy...@njstatelib.org>
Subject: Library Statistics Question

 

Hi Sharon,

 

I hope your summer is going very well. 

 

I have a general library statistics gathering question.  I welcome your statewide perspective, as it relates to the information that libraries report to the state.

It may read like a math problem - or philosophy question! 

 

If a librarian gathers books and craft materials on a particular theme for a 30 minute storytime at the library for a child and parent who cannot attend the regularly scheduled  storytime because the child has an autoimmune disease and can't be in a group of children, does that one-on-one storytime count as program that can be reported to the state? 

 

And I thought of a related program question!  If any program (movie, book club, stoytime, chess, writers group) is planned and set up, and the audience doesn't show up for a myriad of reasons, does that event count as program offered to the community?

 

Many thanks for your insight!

 

All the Best,

Sharon Orlando

 

 

 

 

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