While public library usage is up overall statewide (by 10% according to the January 2015 Siena Poll) System wide circulation of library materials is on a downward trend. To combat decreasing circulation MHLS is launching initiatives to help member libraries increase circulation.
The initiative consists of two parts:
1: A pilot “Increasing Circulation Incubator Project” matching up ten member libraries to explore, implement and report out on best practices, policies and procedures to increase circulation. Library directors that have agreed to devote their time and energy to this project are:
- Susan Ray, Catskill Public Library
- Susan Totter, Dover Plains Library
- Jen McCreery, Desmond-Fish Library (Garrison)
- Julie Dempsey, Highland Public Library
- Sarah Potwin, LaGrange Library
- Stephanie Harrison, Millbrook Library
- Jeannie Bogino, New Lebanon Library
- Patti Haar, Patterson Library
- Erica Freudenberger, Red Hook Public Library
- Kara Lustiber, West Hurley Public Library
2: A year-long continuing education line-up accessible to all interested member libraries to assist with optimizing collection development, marketing of library collections and the user experience in our libraries.
For a full listing of upcoming continuing education opportunities that are schedule for your library’s staff please read the article in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.