The New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Association launched a project called Snapshot: One Day in the Life of New Jersey Libraries. Its purpose? To capture the impact that New Jersey libraries have on their communities on a typical day.
We asked librarians from all types of libraries to participate, and participate they did: public and academic libraries, school and special libraries, hospital libraries and government libraries; from the tiniest facility to the largest county systems. We created a quick survey to capture the daily activities of libraries across the state, and hundreds of libraries sent us their survey results.
The results from the first Snapshot Day (February 19, 2009) were astounding: More than 160,000 people walked through our libraries’ doors and librarians answered nearly 20,000 reference questions.
The comments submitted by library customers were the most wonderful, heartfelt endorsements imaginable.
Due to the success of the first Snapshot Day, another Snapshot event is planned for October 7, 2009.