Libraries Nationwide Host “Snapshot Day”

In just a single day in libraries across the state of Maine, 38,000 people entered a library; almost 36,000 checked out books, movies and more; over 9,000 people used computers to access the Internet; more than 1,000 people were taught computer skills, and almost 100 people received help finding a job.

If you love your library, chances are that you’re aware of the kind of statistics associated with library usage. However, much of the general public – as well as decision-makers – have no idea of the true value of their libraries.

Enter “Library Snapshot Day,” a public awareness initiative which helps of all types across a state, region, system or community to show what happens in a single day in their libraries, via statistics, photos and stories that will enable the library community to show the value of their libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.

The original Library Snapshot Day took place in New Jersey as a collaboration between the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Association. The idea has quickly caught on. Last month members of the American Library Association voted to make Library Snapshot Day a national initiative, asking state libraries and state library associations to sponsor the event during a single day in April of this year. 

In the few short weeks since the nationwide initiative was launched, fifteen states have or decided to participate, including Wisconsin and Connecticut. The initiative has generated media attention in Ohio and elsewhere. Click here for a full listing of snapshot days by state.

Go to ALA's Library Snapshot Day Page for more information.