[library-media] Snapshot Day Announcement

Donna Morris dmorris at utah.gov
Mon Mar 15 17:46:59 MDT 2010


                                          SPOTLIGHT YOUR LIBRARY AND 
On Monday April 12, 2010 the Utah State Library (USL), Utah Library Association (ULA), Utah Educational Library Media Association (UELMA), Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and other organizations are participating in “Snapshot 2010-One Day in the Life of Utah Libraries” where libraries can show what happens in a single day in their libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that allow library advocates to prove the value of their libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.
The purpose?  To capture the impact that Utah libraries have on their communities on a typical day. This joint project is a model of collaboration and a great example of a multi-type library project. Photos and events can portray patrons on computers searching for jobs, doings taxes, teens reading, storytelling sessions or community activities of all kinds.
Librarians from all types of libraries are planning to participate: public and academic libraries, school and special libraries, hospital libraries and government libraries; from the tiniest facility to the largest systems.  A quick survey has been created to capture the daily activities of libraries across the state.
"Each day libraries across the state provide accurate information, employment help, assistance with navigating government websites, and a rich cultural experience to Utah’s residents. “Snapshot 2010-One Day in the Life of Utah Libraries”  allows libraries to highlight the activities that occur on a typical day in all types of Utah libraries and gives customers the opportunity to describe the prominent role libraries play in their lives," says Donna Jones Morris Utah State  Librarian.
Ruby Cheesman, President of the Utah Library Association, says: "In these difficult economic times, what might happen if we had no libraries in Utah?  By taking a snapshot of the incredible things that go on every day in Utah libraries, we can make a difference.” 
All Utah libraries will be asked to share how they plan to use the data they collect.  Many   libraries will be using the statistics and comments they gather at a local level. They can include photos, quotes and comments from their customers in their newsletters. Libraries can also share results with mayors, city commissioners and other government officials. They can print photos and send them to their elected officials to showcase what is happening in their library on a daily basis. Photos can be easily posted to a designated flickr account and shared in many ways.  Thanks in advance to everyone participating in “Snapshot Day 2010–ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF LIBRARIES.”
For ideas and easy to follow steps go to: http://utahlibrariessnapshot.pbworks.com/
Or contact: Juan Lee — jtlee at utah.gov or Jeri Openshaw — jerio at utah.gov                     

Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)
dmorris at utah.gov

Utah State Agency hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and closed on Friday. 
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