Reporting Statistics – Division of Library Development

The Division of Library Development (DLD) has provided guidance for reporting statistics for the 2020 Annual Report, which will be completed in February 2021, that notes the current state of the annual report instructions as they relate to counting programs and hours open. This is not reflective of the reality of delivering library services in the COVID-19 era. MHLS recommends that all online programs offered and attendance at these programs be counted as well as counts for other services delivered remotely, regardless of the current annual report instructions. All libraries should make a local determination for how they will collect statistics for their own decision-making and for reporting to their local stakeholders; it may be necessary to track statistics separately for the Annual Report. To read the full text from DLD please visit