Snapshot 2 — October 7, 2009

It’s time for Snapshot Day #2! We know that many of you participated in last February’s very successful Snapshot Day and we hope to have even more participation this time around. This time Snapshot Day will be celebrated on October 7, 2009.

The New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Association need your help. We want to take a snapshot of a typical day in the life of New Jersey’s libraries. What would New Jersey be like if there were no libraries? What services do we provide on a daily basis that simply go unrecognized and unappreciated? We have created a survey (a BRIEF survey!) to collect data. We will be sending you a link to the form ahead of time so that you can see the kinds of data we will be collecting (How many times today did you help someone work on a resume? How many people did you help apply for a job online? How many story hours did you offer today – to how many attendees?)

All the data will be collected online. We will collate all the information we receive and package it so that you will have powerful statistics available, i.e., “If all of New Jersey’s libraries had been closed on October 7 2009, 1,356 people would not have been able to apply for jobs online” “If all of New Jersey’s libraries had been closed on October 7, 2009, 3,200 people would not have been able to apply for unemployment benefits.”

If you can, please plan a special event for this day so that you can capture it in story and in photos. Perhaps you have a kindergarten class coming in – you could contact the school ahead of time to arrange permission to take photos. Last February’s event captured powerful quotes from library supporters, so include your customers in Snapshot Day by encouraging them to write comments expressing how important libraries are to them.

We’ll be sending out a link that will take you to our online survey. You’ll be able to print the survey out ahead of time so that you can see what kind of information we’d like you to capture. We’d also like you to take photos and we’ll have instructions showing how you can easily post your photos to flickr. The first Snapshot Day event collected more than 1,000 photos and we’d like to top that this time!

If you can’t participate on October 7, just pick an alternate date to make your count. We will need to have all counts in by October 16, so feel free to pick a date in the weeks preceding or following October 7.

Keep watching this space for further information. If you have questions, contact Peggy Cadigan or Heidi Cramer.

The Snapshot Day Committee:

  • Peggy Cadigan, New Jersey State Library, co-chair
  • Heidi Cramer, Newark Public Library, co-chair
  • Heidi Amici, Monmouth County Library
  • Marian Bauman, Neptune Public Library
  • Michelle Brewer, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Ingrid Bruck, Long Branch Public Library
  • April Bunn, NJASL
  • Trevor Dawes, Princeton University
  • Karen Klapperstuck, Monroe Township Public Library
  • Pat Massey, NJASL President
  • Mary Moyer, NJASL Legislative Committee Chair, NJEA Liaison
  • Connie Paul, Executive Director, CJRLC
  • David Pinto, Stockton State College
  • Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director, NJLA
  • Carolyn Wood, West Deptford Library, NJLA PR Committee

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