Library Snapshot Day

Posted on: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 4:17pm





Washington Library Snapshot 2011. On April 12, 2011, hundreds of libraries throughout Washington State joined in the ALA's "Library Snapshot Day" effort. 

What is Snapshot Day?

Library Snapshot Day is a local, state & national initiative designed to illustrate the value of academic, public, & school libraries. For the Western Libraries, it was a great way to share a glimpse of a day in the life of our library while joining others across the Evergreen State.

The statistics collected show the types of activities and interactions that occured in the Western Libraries on Snapshot Day.

  • Total number of hours the library was open on Snapshot Day: 16.5
  • Patron Visits/Door Count: 6,491
  • Total Circulation for the day: 1,266
  • Number of hits to our website: 6,783
  • Number of hits to our catalog: 5,798
  • Course Reserve Materials checked out: 149
  • Number of items loaned via Summit & ILL: 143
  • Number of students participating in Information Literacy and Library Instruction sessions: 67
    • Library 201 (23 students)
    • Comm (25 students)
    • Am. Cultural Studies @ CPNWS (19)
  • Number of logins to full text research databases (daily average estimate 350 )
  • How many full-text electronic resources were downloaded (daily average estimate 133
  • Number of students served by instruction in one-on-one or reference desk interactions:
    • Circ Desk: 131 total interactions
    • Reference Desk: 145
    • Map Library:  6
    • University Archives and Records Center: 10
    • Center for Pacific Northwest Studies & NW Regional Archives: 24
    • Special Collections: 4
    • Writing Center consultations: 7
  • Number of students served by instruction or assistance with tech/computers in one-on-one interactions: 59 
  • Number of students served by instruction or assistance with tech/computers in formal classroom setting: 15
  • Programs and/or training sessions offered on Snapshot Day:
    • Writing Center Workshop: 25 attended
    • Panel & Workshop: Reading Across Differences: exploring disciplinary conventions: 26 attended - A panel & interactive dialogue of  WWU faculty & students, focusing on disciplinary conventions in writing and communication, discussing disciplinary conventions in writing and communication & demonstrate how they read academic texts in their disciplines. Participants had opportunity to apply some of the ideas presented and engage in dialogue around them. Students learned how to cope with the multitude of style conventions in the academic texts assigned, & how to read more deeply across their classes. 
    •  Cooperative Story -- bigger than the one word novella: “Create Your Own Story @ your library” A National Library Week Event (over 200 entries total) - As part of National Library Week April 10 – 16, 2011, the Western Libraries invited the campus to participate in creating a shared story. Students & faculty contributed two lines at a time to the continuous story, either on Viking Village or on paper (or both) in the Library.  At the end, each story will be posted on Viking Village & the Library Facebook page.
    •  Art Exhibit: Week of the Young Child (art work created by young students at the WWU Center for Early Childhood Development)