NYLA is holding its fifth annual “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library” initiative Monday, January 13, 2014 through Friday, January 31, 2014. Our past SnapShotNY programs have been incredibly successful with over 60 libraries participating. Let’s try and double that number for 2014!

Take pictures. Record short videos. Let everyone in NY know why our libraries are so essential.

Pictures and videos are worth thousands of words. But, nothing speaks about how essential libraries are like statistics. You know the drill—collect statistics for one day in your library.

  • Patron visits
  • Number of public computer sessions
  • Reference questions answered
  • Number of children at programs (including school visits as well as library-sponsored programs)
  • Number of adults at programs
  • Total circulation for the day
  • Website hits

We’ll once again use Survey Monkey to collect your statistics. To make it easier to be a part of, you can pick any day (hopefully one that is statistically relevant) between the 13th and 31st  for your libraries to join in this event.

You can download and print flyers for you to run off and place around the library asking people to go to www.protectnylibraries.org and tell us why their library is so essential. We’ve gotten some great stories in the past and hope to collect a whole new crop this year.

The deadline for submitting statistics, pictures, videos and user testimonials is Friday, January 31 — you can send your photos as you take them.

The purpose of SnapShotNY is to provide tangible proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to our communities, in our schools and on our college campuses.

We’ll be making the Survey Monkey link available shortly and get you flyers to put up in your library. Photos should be sent directly to lpost@commervices.net

Remember, our deadline is January 31st. We’ll need a few days to compile everything for Library Advocacy Day, Thursday, February 27 in Albany.