You may not realize it, but libraries are constantly keeping track of statistics. We keep stats on items in, items out, reference questions, cataloged books, internet users, volunteer hours, genealogy users and much more. And once a year in or around November, libraries have what we call a “typical week”. It’s a week without any holidays where we attempt to measure all of these things, as well as foot traffic into the library and social media stats. The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports gathers all of this data to see how libraries are being used, and to better allow us to offer services to our communities.
If you see us clicking this week, we’re counting. It’s funny because it often takes us a few days to get into the routine, and then once we’ve all become good at it, we’re done. It won’t be over for our Head of Library Services, however. She’ll have to put all the data together for the annual survey and see how it compared to previous years. I bet you’d be surprised at what we discover! If you’d like to see some of the previous statistics gathered, drop by this webpage for some of the details on public libraries in Ontario.