The Muskingum County Library System has just received its final statistics for the usage of library resources in 2012.
1.5 millions items were used, borrowed or accessed through online resources and now that the numbers are in, the decisions for 2013 are in the works.
"What we are doing this week is gathering and meeting with our team members and asking ourselves, in digging deeper, what do these numbers tell us," said Assistant Director Blair Tom. "And then make a plan to move forward in response to what we learn from those numbers and establish benchmarks for those measurements so that we are certain we are adding value to Muskingum County residents through their libraries in 2013."
During these meetings, the team will try to determine a balance between the decrease and increase in popularity between different collections at the library. For example, the CD-ROM circulation was down but the downloadable collection was up 13%.
"I think we will have a really good sense in Muskingum County of where that sweet spot is in balancing programs, services and resources. In Muskingum County and nationally we fully anticipate downloadable will continue to grow. "
Blair also said the point of reviewing the previous years statistics is so the library continues to improve and add value.