Saturday, September 7, 2019

UPDATE. Beloit Public Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2018

Beloit Public Library calendar

Ranked by percentage change in program attendance 2017-18, high to low

Beloit Public Library in the news:
First class , library help kids to spiffy up in preparation for the first day of school. (Beloit Daily News, 8/29/2019)
The Reading For Haircuts event put on by the Beloit Public Library and First Class Cosmetology School is in its fourth year, and instructor Briana Thomas said this was the most well-attended year yet. While kids get their ears lowered, they were able to pick from a wide selection of books to read from the library.

Related posts:
Madison Public Library. (8/26/2019)
Milwaukee Public Library.  (8/27/2019)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/27/2019)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/27/2019)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/28/2019)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/28/2019)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/29/2019)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/29/2019)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/30/2019)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/30/2019)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/31/2019)
Racine Public Library.  (8/31/2019)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire.  (9/1/2019)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (9/1/2019)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (9/2/2019)
Middleton Public Library.  (9/2/2019)
West Allis Public Library.  (9/2/2019)
Brookfield Public Library.  (9/3/2019)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (9/3/2019)
Sun Prairie Public Library,.  (9/4/2019)
Verona Public Library.  (9/4/2019)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (9/4/2019)
West Bend Community Memorial Library.  (9/5/2019)
McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids.  (9/5/2019)
La Crosse County Library.  (9/6/2019)
Franklin Public Library.  (9/7/2019)
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha.  (9/7/2019)

10/17/2018 update starts here.

Beloit Public Library in the news:
Beloit Public Library changes service model.  (Beloit Daily News, 6/28/2018)
The approach, which many libraries are moving toward, is called a service-based floor model. A project team of staff members have been working on implementation for close to a year and the library board has expressed support for the new model 
Unlike in the past when a staff member usually was seated at the reference desk, staff members will now be on the move. By being up on their feet, they can help with other projects when not at the desk. With staff members being trained in all departments, it will reduce times when patrons get shuffled from one staff member to the next for different questions.
Library looks to stem losses at  Blender Cafe.  (Beloit Daily News, 7/5/2018)
In June of last year the library and multiple groups launched the Blender Cafe, a space aimed at giving Beloit Memorial High School students interested in culinary and hospitality fields first-hand job experience. 
The effort was funded by multiple private backers, providing $267,000 for the first year of operations. Library Director Nick Dimassis said that rather than funding the cafe with revenue in a typical business model, the library will seek grant funding and other private means to make ends meet after sustained losses following the cafe's opening. 
Currently, two managers and eight students work at the cafe, with the plan for next year slashing the total staff to one manager and three student positions, cutting the cafe's budget by over 50 percent from $267,000 to $109,000.

Library  branching out to become learning hub.  (Beloit Daily News, 9/6/2018)
"We have been fortunate to collaborate with the library as well as Community Action, Beloit Health System (at Irontek) and Beloit Learning Academy to better position Blackhawk Technical College to meet the needs of Beloit," Pierner said. "By working together, we can continue to expand our offerings to serve our Beloit students." 
Nick Dimassis, executive director of the library, said the library already has provided space for the Stateline Literacy Council for the past year-and-a-half and the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board since the beginning of August. Dimassis's long-term goal is to turn 7,500 square feet of empty storage space in the library into an area that includes space for all of the library's partners. 
"It's really creating this as a hub of educational opportunity and of variety, and we're reducing duplication by bringing all of these disparate groups together under one roof," Dimassis said.

11/8/2017 update starts here.


8/22/2016 update starts here.

Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent BPL news:
Walker visits Beloit to promote libraries.  (Beloit Daily News, 8/13/2016)
Director of Beloit Public Library Nick Dimassis introduced Walker, complimenting the Republican governor on his efforts to support public libraries. He said Beloit Public Library's core focuses have been on literacy, jobs and quality of life. "Wisconsin is open for business, because libraries are open for business," Dimassis said to conclude his introduction of Walker.

Original 9/5/2015 post starts here.

How libraries rank

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

Beloit Public Library website.

Related reading:
Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)
  • Part 1:  An introduction to the issues surrounding libraries and e-books:  
    • The strained relationship between libraries and publishers
    • The current state of play between libraries and publishers 
    • The rise of Amazon
  • Part 2:  Where patrons discover and get their books
    • The way people prefer to get books in general:  To buy or to borrow?
    • Where did the most recent book come from?
    • A closer look at libraries
    • The e-book ecosystem:  Where do e-book readers start their search?
  • Part 3:  Library users
    • Demographics
    • How important are libraries?
    • Library users are more engaged with all kinds of reading
  • Part 4:  How people used the library in the past year
    • Book-borrowing patterns
      • Print books
      • Audiobooks
      • E-book borrowers
    • Using the library for research
      • Research resources and periodicals
      • Get research help from a librarian
  • Part 5:  Libraries in transition
    • How patrons' book-borrowing habits are changing
    • Librarians:  Changes in library holdings
    • The changing role of librarians
    • The move to e-books
      • Staff training
      • Patron training
  • Part 6:  A closer look at e-book borrowing
    • Overview of responses in our online panel
    • Checking out e-books
      • How they find out about the process
      • The checkout process
    • Checking out e-books:  The good, the bad, and Overdrive
      • Selection of e-books in libraries
      • Issues patrons have encountered
        • Availability
        • Waiting lists
        • Compatibility
        • Other issues
    • The main things librarians hear
    • How to improve the process for the future
    • Librarians and publishers

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