Thursday, November 16, 2017

UPDATE. Superior Public Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2016






Other circ/program attendance posts:
Madison Public Library.  (10/29/2017)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (10/29/2019)
Brown County Public Library.  (10/30/2017)
Appleton Public Library.  (10/30/2017)
Waukesha Public Library.  (10/30/2017)
Kenosha Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Marathon County Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (10/31/2017)
La Crosse Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Neenah Public Library.  (10/31/2017
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire.  (10/31/2017)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (10/31/2017)
Racine Public Library.  (11/1/2017)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (11/1/2017)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (11/1/2017)
Middleton Public Library.  (11/2/2017)
8/31/2016 update starts here.



Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)


Original 8/25/2015 post starts here.



Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

How libraries rank




Related reading:
From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers -- and Beyond.  (Pew Research Center, 3/13/2014)
  • Summary of Findings
    • Broad themes and major findings
      • Public library users and proponents are not a niche group
      • Americans' library habits do not exist in a vacuum
      • Life stage and special circumstances are linked to library use and higher engagement with information
    • The spectrum of public library engagement in America
      • High engagement
        • Library Lovers (10%)
        • Information Omnivores (20%)
      • Medium engagement
        • Solid Center (30%)
        • Print Traditionalists (9%)
      • Low engagement
        • Not for Me (4%)
        • Young and Restless (7%)
        • Rooted and Roadblocked (7%)
      • Non-engagement
        • Distant Admirers (10%) 
        • Off the Grid (4%)
      • Typology snapshot:  Groups by level of engagement with public libraries (pie graph)
      • Public library engagement:  Group overviews (table)
    • Group portraits (each of 9 includes the following information)
      • Overview
      • Who they are
      • Lifestyle
      • Relationship with libraries
    • General patterns in Americans' engagement with libraries
      • Socioeconomic status
      • Parenthood
      • Ties to learning acquisition
    • Broader trends in Americans' information  habits
      • Acquiring information is often a social process in which trusted helpers matter
      • Technology use is not so much a substitute for "offline" activities as it is an enhancement tool
      • Libraries score high ease of access and use -- even among those who are not frequent users
      • There are people who have never visited a library who still have positive views of public libraries and their roles in their communities

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities.  (Pew Internet, 12/11/2013)
  • The important of public libraries to their communities 
    • If your local library closed, what impact would that have on you and your family?  On your community?  ( bar graph)
  • Though many libraries are seen as important, there are varying levels of enthusiasm for different services
    • How important are these services to you and your family?  (list of 9; bar graph)
  • Most Americans know where their local library is, but many are unfamiliar with all the services they offer
    • How well informed do you feel about the different services your public library offers? (bar graph)
  • 54% of Americans have used a library in the past 12 months and 72% live in a "library household"
  • Most Americans who have ever used a library have had positive experiences


Parents, Children, and Libraries.  (Pew Internet, 5/1/2013)

  • Part 1:  A profile of parents
    • Demographic profile of a sample of parents vs. national parameters (table)
    • Demographic profile of parents and other adults (table)
  • Part 2:  Parents and reading
    • Reading frequency for parents and other adults (table)
    • Types of books read in past 12 months differs for parents and other adults (column graph)
  • Part 3:  Parents and reading to children
    • How often parents read to children, by age of youngest child (table)
    • Characteristics of parents who read to their child every day (table)
    • Parents say reading print books is very important to their children (pie graph)
  • Part 4:  Parents and libraries
    • How important libraries are to individuals and their communities 
    • How important libraries are to parents
      • How important are libraries (bar graph)
      • Library use among parents and other adults (table)
      • Characteristics of parents by library patronage (table)
    • Recollection of library use by family members and experiences at libraries
      • Overall library experiences are positive for almost all Americans (bar graph)
      • Parents are more likely to have a library (bar graph)
    • Changes in library use in recent years 
      • Changes in library use (bar graph)
      • The main reasons parents' library use has increased in the past 5 years (table)
      • Frequency of library visits, parents and other adults (bar graph)
    • Activities at libraries
      • What parents do at libraries (bar graph)
      • How often people get help from library staff (bar graph)
      • How helpful was library staff (bar graph)
    • How much people know about what their library offers
      • How much do you feel like you know about the different services and programs your public library offers?  (bar graph)
      • How much do parents know about the different services and programs the public library offers?  (bar graph)
  • Part 5:  Parents, children and libraries
    • Parents value libraries for their children
      • Importance of libraries to parents (bar graph)
      • How important are libraries for children (bar graph)
      • Reason for importance of libraries (bar graph)
      • Parents who say each is a MAJOR reason libraries are important (table)
      • Library use by children (table)
      • Frequency of children's visits to library in past 12 months (pie graph)
      • Child's age makes a difference in how library is used (column graph)
    • Parents' experiences (focus group responses)
    • Community
    • Responsibility  (Several parents in our focus groups said that they wanted their children to use the library so that they could learn about personal responsibility, as well as how to act appropriately in public spaces.)
    • Safety
  • Part 6:  Parents and library service
    • What is important for libraries to offer
      • What parents think is important for libraries to offer (bar graph)
      • Parents who say EACH is important for libraries to offer (table)
    • Public priorities for libraries
      • What services and program libraries should (and should not) implement (bar graph)
      • Parents are more likely than other adults to support a few changes to library service (bar graph)
    • The new services peoplel say they would and would not use 
      • How likely say they would be to use various library service (bar graph)
      • Parents are more likely than other adults to say they would use new library offerings (bar graph)
      • Parents of teenagers are more likely than other parents to say they would use some of these library services (column graph)
  • Part 7.  Librarians' thoughts
    • Early childhood literacy and programs for children
    • Coordinating with schools
    • Tutoring and help with schoolwork
    • E-books & tablets
    • Interactive experiences
    • On reaching parents
    • On using space in the library
    • Libraries as general information resource for parents
    • What libraries should change

Library Services in the Digital Age.  (Pew Internet, 1/22/2013)

  • Part 1:  The role of libraries in people's lives and communities
    • Family members' library use from childhood
      • Did anyone else in your family use public libraries when you were growing up?  (table)
    • Americans' library use
      • Have you ever visited a library or bookmobile in person?  (table)
      • Visited a library in-person in the last year?  (table)
      • A snapshot of Americans' library use habits (table)
    • Experiences at public libraries are positive
    • How important libraries are to individuals and their communities
    • How important are libraries to you and your family?
      • How important are libraries?  (bar graph)
    • Libraries' importance to the community as a whole
      • How important are libraries? (table)
  • Part 2:  What people do at libraries and library websites
    • Activities at libraries
      • (bar graph)
      • Browse the shelves for books or media
      • Borrow print books
      • Research topics that interest them
      • Get help from a librarian
      • Sit, read and study, or watch or listen to media
      • Use a research database
      • Attend or bring a younger person to a class, program, or event designed for children or teens
      • Borrow a DVD or videotape of a movie or TV show
      • Read or check out printed magazines or newspapers
      • Attend a meeting of a group
      • Attend a class, program or lecture for adults
      • Borrow or download an audiobook
      • Borrow a music CD
    • How frequently people receive assistance from library staff
      • (bar graph)
        • by race/ethnicity
        • by household income
    • Use of library websites
      • (table)
    • Changes in library use in recent years
      • The main reasons patrons' library use has changed in recent years (table)
    • Technology users and library use
      • Tech users more likely than non-tech users to say they use the library less than they used to (bar graph)
  • Part 3:  Technology use at libraries
    • Those who have used free internet and computers in their communities (table)
    • Use of computers and the internet at libraries
      • Internet use at libraries (table)
    • How important is free internet use at libraries?
      • (table)
  • Part 4:  What people want from their libraries
    • How much people know about what their libraries offer
      • How much do you feel like you know about the different services and programs your public library offers?  (bar graph)
    • What is important for libraries to offer?
      • What people think is important for libraries to offers? (bar graph)
      • Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to see various library services as 'very important' (bar graph)
      • Women are more likely than men to see various library services as 'very important' (bar graph)
    • Examples
      • Librarians to help people find information they need
      • Borrowing books
      • Free access to computers and the Internet
      • Quiet study spaces for adults and children
      • Programs and classes for children and teens
      • Research resources such as free databases
      • Job, employment, and career resources
      • Free events and activities, such as classes and cultural events, for all ages
      • Free public meeting spaces
    • Public priorities for libraries
      • What services and programs ;libraries should (and should not) implement (bar graph)
      • Coordinate more closely with schools in providing resources to kids
      • Offer free early literacy programs to help young children prepare for school
      • Have completely separate locations or spaces for different services
      • Have more comfortable spaces for reading, working, and relaxing at the library
      • Offer a broader selection of e-books
      • Offer more interactive learning experiences similar to museum exhibits
      • Help users digitize materials such as family photos or historical documents
      • Have most library service online so users can access them without having to visit the library
      • Make most services automated
      • Move some print books and stacks out of the library to free up more space
    • The new services people say they would (and would not) use
      • How likely American say they would be to use various library services (bar graph)
      • Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to say they would use the following services (bar graph)
      • Examples
        • An online research service where you could post questions and get responses from librarians
        • A program that allowed people to try out the newest tech devices or applications
        • Personalized online accounts that give you customized recommendations for books and services based on your past library activity
        • A cell phone app that allows you to access and use library services from your phone and see what programs the library offers
        • Library kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself
        • A cell phone app that helps you locate material within the library by guiding you with GPS
        • E-book readers already loaded with the book you want to read
        • A digital media lab where you could create and upload new digital content like movies or your own e-books
        • Classes on how to download e-books to handheld devices
        • Classes or instruction on how to use handheld reading devices like e-book readers and tablet computers 
  • Part 5:  The present and the future of libraries
    • Libraries' strengths
    • What should be libraries' 'guiding principle'?
    • Things to change
    • Library innovations
    • Roadblocks and concerns


Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities.  (Pew Research Center, 12/20/2012)

  • Urban/Suburban/Rural
    • Book readers
    • Device owners
    • Among e-book readers
    • Purposes for reading
    • Library activities
    • Where people get book recommendations


Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits.  (Pew Internet, 10/23/2012)

  •  General reading habits
    • Book readers by age (graph)
    • Book formats read in the past year, by age group (graph)
    • E-books beyond e-readers (graph)
    • How e-content has affected younger Americans' reading habits
  • When to borrow, when to buy
    • Thinking about the last book you read, in any format, did you... (graph)
  • Library use
    • Library use in the past year (table)
    • How important is the public library to you and your family?  (graph)
  • How library patrons' habits have changed since they began borrowing e-books
  • Library patrons' experiences with e-book borrowing
    • How they find out about e-books
    • The checkout process
  • Non e-book borrowers

Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)



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