Friday, August 26, 2016

UPDATE. Menomonee Falls Public Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2015





Recent MFPL news:
Schall experiences many changes in 40 years with Menomonee Falls library.  (Northwest Now, 6/7/2016)
But, Menomonee Falls Public Library director Jane Schall, who retired June 3, after nearly 49 years at the library, explained that the department she worked in for much of that time, technical services, also experienced the most change. 
'I worked with cataloging, so we went from typing up catalog cards on a typewriter to using a magnetic tape typewriter to putting everything in a marked record that computers use,' Schall said. 'I've always been learning something new. There's always been change in my job; it's never been stagnant.'

New Menomonee Falls library director eager to get started.  (Northwest Now, 6/24/2016)
Like Schall, Kennedy started her library work as a part-time shelver, got a masters degree in library science from UW-Milwaukee, and then moved up the ranks over the last few decades. Kennedy, who has been the deputy director at the Waukesha Public Library for the last seven years, applied for the director position in Menomonee Falls because she was looking for a leadership opportunity.

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Racine Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Middleton Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
West Allis Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
Brookfield Public Library.  (8/17/2016)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (8/17/2016)
Sun Prairie Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Verona Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (8/19/2016)
McMillan Memorial Public Library, Wisconsin Rapids. (8/20/2016)
La Crosse County Library. (8/20/2016)
Franklin Public Library.  (8/21/2016)
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha.  (8/21/2016)
Beloit Public Library.  (8/22/2016)
Portage County Public Library.  (8/22/2016)
Marshfield Public Library.  (8/23/2016)
Beaver Dam Community Library.  (8/23/2016)
Fitchburg Public Library.  (8/24/2016)
Shorewood Public Library.  (8/24/2016)
New Berlin Public Library.  (8/25/2016)
Door County Library.  (8/25/2016)
Whitefish Bay Public Library.  (8/26/2016)


Original 9/14/2015 post starts here.




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

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Menomonee Falls Public Library, a member of the Waukesha County Federated Library System.


Related reading:

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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