On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, libraries all over Connecticut will be taking a ‘snapshot’ – collecting information to capture the impact that Connecticut libraries have on their communities on a typical day. We call it ‘Snapshot Day.’
Snapshot Day is a joint project of the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Library Consortium. It is based on a project of the same name created by the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Association. The aim is to encourage libraries all over Connecticut to collect basic data – how many people use the library on a given day, how many people use computers, attend programs, etc. Connecticut’s libraries are busier than ever these days, with people coming not only to check out books, but use computers, look for a job or attend the many programs our libraries offer. All across the state, libraries are the cornerstones of their communities, places were people come together to visit, learn and share ideas.
Last year's first ever Snapshot Day was a huge success! In just one day more than 80,000 people visited Connecticut libraries, borrowing nearly 100,000 books, movies and other materials. 113,000 people visited our libraries' websites. 136 libraries participated in Snapshot Day last year.