FY14 Annual Report July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 Vernon Area Public Library 300 Olde Half Day Rd Lincolnshire, IL 60069 847-634-3650 • www.vapld.info
Director’s Overview Fiscal year 2014 was a tremendous year of growth, renewal, and revitalization for the Vernon Area Public Library District. Our newly renovated public spaces have allowed us to feature and offer more of the popular materials, programs, and services that our residents requested in last year’s community survey. Based on the feedback that we received from that survey, we adopted a new Strategic Plan that identifies Popular Materials, Educational Support, Technology, and Customer Service as our top priorities. We have already begun making strides toward achieving the goals we have set for those areas. inclusive. Library staff regularly visits and works with Stevenson High School’s Life Skills and e-books and digital content to our collection Transition special education classrooms. And we of more than 276,000 items. We have created have added storytimes and other activities for “Popular Picks” collections of DVDs and CDs, special needs children and their families to our and a “New” Blu-ray section to make it easier for regular schedule. our users to find the hottest media. We began implementing a new collection management Technology. Many of our resources are system to help us more quickly and efficiently utilized 24/7. Last year, our website was viewed create a collection that matches our users’ more than 712,000 times. In-house, we have reading interests. It appears to be working, as we checked out over 960,000 items during fiscal added the Macintosh platform, and we offer iPads that patrons may check out. We are year 2014. offering more technology based classes than ever before, plus one-on-one “Advice for Your Educational Support. Early Literacy Device” sessions. Our new media lab opened is a high priority, and an area where our library this summer. really shines! In FY2014 we increased attendance in Early Literacy programs by more than 151%. Customer Service. The Community Staff made videos of storytime songs and Survey showed that our staff is highly valued fingerplays, and placed them online where parents and caregivers can access them anytime. by the public. This year we created a new staff recognition program that supports a We also received a grant from the Illinois new “Standards of Service.” We started a new State Library to create a new English Literacy volunteer program this year as well. At the end of Collection, which is expected to be on shelf FY2014, our Library had 44 volunteers who had later this fall. In addition to our Early Literacy donated more than 990 hours of service. initiatives, we have been working to be more
Popular Materials. We have added more
This annual report presents basic library statistics, and helps to illustrate the scope of the resources, programs, and services that we offer to the community.
items available for checkout* 3%
Adult Print 79,339
Teen Print 3,798 29%
Youth Print 91,062 eBook & eAudiobooks 60,388 Audiobooks 8,858 Magazines 3,854 eMagazines 2,088 DVD/Blu-ray 15,468 Music 10,676 Other 807
new physical items were ordered, processed, and added this year
* Not included: Freegal music downloads, for which an item count is neither feasible nor meaningful. Patrons have access to the whole of the Sony Entertainment catalog of music, comprising hundreds of thousands of songs. 2
Collection eBook and downloadable audiobook collection Overdrive eBooks 34,781 Overdrive eAudiobooks 18,936 OneClickdigital eAudiobooks 5,483 3M eBooks 741 eBooks on library devices 447
Physical versus digital items
There are 213,862 physical items Physical items in the libraryâ€™s collections, and Digital content 62,476 digital items* 77%
items borrowed in FY 2013-14
Adult Print 218,302 Teen Print 15,700
Youth Print 353,395 eBook & eAudiobooks 42,768
Audiobooks 34,867 Magazines 14,345 eMagazines 12,375 DVD/Blu-ray 206,325 Music CDs 36,553 Music downloads 14,689
of physical item checkouts were staff-assisted
of all circulation was generated by resident cardholders
Vernon Area Public Library District cardholders and 12,948 registered reciprocal borrowers
Physical versus digital borrowing Print still reigns supreme for books. Digital formats are gaining share for music and magazines.
6% 29% Print & CD Audiobooks
46% Music CDs
eBooks & eAudiobooks
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) The library is a net lender.
visitors to the library*
computer use sessions
connections to our Wi-Fi
study room uses
reference questions answered
table games played, crafts made, and other selfdirected activities conducted in Youth Services
* Not included: visitors to the Library Annex, attendees at library events at other locations 6
Our Online Gateways
2,192,656 catalog pageviews
pageviews via the library app
email reminders and notices sent
Facebook fans, 1442 Twitter followers, and 555 Pinterest followers
Programming Number of classes, performances, and special events 323 Adult
Summer Reading Summer Reading Club remains our most popular library-wide initiative. In summer 2013, 458 adults, 305 teens, 1165 school-aged children, and 240 infants and toddlers participated.
Community Involvement 44 volunteers gave
of their time. Their contributed labor is valued at $23,839.
The community dropped into our new Better World Books collection box. Of those, 71% were recycled and 29% were reused. None were added to a landfill.
pounds of produce were donated
to the St. Mary of Vernon Food Pantry from our library garden, grown and harvested by volunteer families and groups.
We worked with including the Lincolnshire Garden Club, Lions Club, Move for Hunger, Lurie Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Meals on Wheels, The Pajama Program, Project Linus, SWALCO, Vernon Township, Von Sydow Movers, Zenegler Cleaners, and others to provide opportunities for patrons to give back to the local community through Food for Fines, the Glass Slipper prom dress collection, a pajama and bedtime book collection, Reuse-a-Shoe, Toys for Tots, and various family service projects.
Published on Aug 28, 2014
Report detailing the collection, circulation, facility use, online access, classes and events, and community involvement of the Vernon Area...