[library-media] Snapshot 2011: A Day in the Life of Utah Libraries

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Mon Mar 21 17:51:29 MDT 2011

SNAPSHOT DAY is happening again! - Visit the planning site now:
This is a great opportunity to document all the things you do in the
course of a day in the library. Keep statistics, ask for patron
comments, take pictures of things happening at the library - not only
your programs, but things like people using your computers, searching
for books, asking for your help, reading the newspaper, checking out at
the circ desk, making copies, etc. Then contribute your story to the
statewide library Snapshot 2011.
The official press release follows.

March 21, 2011
Contact:  Jeri Openshaw – 801-715-6737
   Claudia Nakano – 801-859-8443
   Communications Director, Utah Department of Community and Culture
UtahStateLibrary (USL), Partners and USL Bookmobiles
Take a Snapshot of Utah Libraries
The Utah State Library (USL), Utah Library Association (ULA), Utah
Educational Library Media Association (UELMA), Utah Academic Library
Consortium (UALC), USL Bookmobiles and other organizations are
participating in “Snapshot 2011–One Day in the Life of Utah
Libraries”where libraries can show what happens in a single
day in their libraries. For example how many books are checked out, or
how many people receive help finding a job or doing taxes and homework.
This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and
stories to help prove the value of libraries to decision-makers and
increase public awareness. This is in connection with National Library
Week April 10–16 and libraries can choose any day during that week to
spotlight their library.
The purpose is to capture the impact 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 plan to participate including
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.
“Libraries across Utah are more essential than ever in this unstable
economy. They provide information, employment help, assistance with
navigating government websites, and a rich cultural experience to Utah’s
residents,” says Donna Jones Morris, Utah State Librarian. “In its
second year, Snapshot Day gives libraries the chance to spotlight
activities that occur on a typical day in all types of Utah libraries.” 

“Snapshot Day also gives customers the opportunity to describe the
prominent role   libraries play in their lives," says Utah Library
Association President Andy Spackman. “In these difficult economic times
it’s clear that libraries are a valuable resource and it makes us wonder
what would happen if we had no libraries in Utah.” 
Utahlibraries can use 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 to share.  For instructions:
The Utah State Library is a Division of the Utah Department of
Community and Culture.  For more information contact: Jeri Openshaw at
801-715-6737 or jerio at utah.gov 
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