In order to tell a more accurate story about library usage, the IMLS has added “Website Visits” to the federal data elements collected on the Public Libraries Survey. The new element is added as a trial collection in the first year, giving all of us time to learn how to collect it. That means you should report it if you can, but it will not be required this year. This is the data element definition:
Visits represent the annual number of sessions initiated by all users from inside or outside the library to the library website. The library website consists of all webpages under the library’s domain. A website “visit” or “session” occurs when a user connects to the library’s website for any length of time or purpose, regardless of the number of pages or elements viewed. Usage of library social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) should not be reported here.
The State Library makes the data available for use by South Dakota public librarians and their stakeholders. Use statistics from "peer" libraries to demonstrate need, for resource allocation, and to show the good your library does for your community.
If you want to know more or would like help accessing and analyzing your library's data, contact the SDSL Data Coordinator.
Annual reports for individual public libraries are available on request. Contact the State Library Data Coordinator.
Here are a few tools to help you combine your library's financial and services statistics with information about patron expectations, community goals, and potential partnerships.