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SNAPSHOT: A Day in the Life of the Washington State Library

WTBBL book recording supervisor Theresa shares a laugh with volunteer narrator Rick.

On Monday, April 9, the Washington State Library participated in Washington Library Snapshot Day–a statewide effort to promote the important work libraries do every day.  We collected usage statistics, customer comments, and photographs depicting everyday activities at the Washington State Library, its 16 branches, and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.

On Library Snapshot Day, the Washington State Library, including its branches throughout the state:

  • Was open for business for a total of 96.83 hours.
  • Answered 524 reference questions.
  • Was visited by 1,108 patrons (in-person).
  • Received 927 unique visitors to its website.
  • Circulated 4,493 items.
  • Provided 307 individual sessions to persons needing to use computers or access the Internet.
  • Provided one-on-one help with computers/technology 86 times.
  • Borrowed 66 items by interlibrary loan and lent out 17.
Jeannie Remillard and library assistants at SCCC

Jeannie Remillard and her crew at the Stafford Creek Correction Center Library in Aberdeen, WA.

A few more  numbers:

  • Washington library patrons asked 121 questions using the Ask-WA virtual reference service; libraries across the state answered 115 questions from around the world.
  • Our Digital Collections and Resources received 1,102 visits.
  • The WSL-coordinated Washington Anytime Library saw 575 new checkouts/downloads made by 421 unique patrons.  Of these, 389 transactions were eBooks, and 186 were audiobooks.
  • The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library saw 54 volunteer hours for the day.

All in a day’s work!

For more great snapshots of life at the Washington State Library, click here.


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