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Statistics for Connecticut Public Libraries: Flyers & Resources for Advocacy

Start here for information on obtaining and using library statistics for your library, and for libraries throughout Connecticut and the United States.
95% of CT libraries offered outside or curbside service with more than 103,000 appointments filled.
E-media circulation including e-books and downloadable audio and video increased 61% in one year
74% more libraries have fiber-optic internet access than 5 year ago.
When adjusting for inflation, municipal appropriations per capita to CT public libraries are a penny less from what they were 14 years ago - $49.43 in FY2020 vs. $49.44 in FY2006.
The percentage of municipal revenues going to CT libraries has decreased for the seventh year, down from 1.29% in FY2013 to 1.14% this year.
CT libraries pivoted to online programs offering a total of 11,955 programs to a whopping 270,833 attendees in just 3 ½ months.
81% of libraries increased Wi-Fi access outside the library building leveraging their strong internet signals.
Nearly all libraries have wireless internet available to users, but only 31% can report the number of wireless sessions on their public networks.

Data and Flyer Webinars

Data & Flyers | Weekly Drop-in Hours

Wednesday, February 3 – March 10, 1:30 pm

See calendar for all dates

Questions, conundrums, or just need another opinion as you crunch your data or craft your flyer? Come by a virtual drop-in session and meet with both Maria Bernier, Statewide Data Coordinator, and Ashley Sklar, Adult Services and Community Engagement Consultant. We are here to help!

How to use your State Annual Report data during budget season (and year-round)

Join Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator, for an informative demonstration of how to sift through the mountains of Connecticut public library data in order to tell your library's story and answer common data questions. Learn how to use pre-made Excel charts to illustrate your budget presentations and documents. Let the data work for you!

Making the New Fact Flyers All Yours

With so much change captured in your 2020 Annual Report, why not wrap up all your data in some new fresh fact flyers? This year, we are offering a new set of fact flyers along with our traditional format to provide some different ways of highlighting the work that happens in our CT libraries. Join Ashley Sklar, Adult Services and Community Engagement Consultant, for some simple tips and tricks for personalizing these flyers as you think about your various potential uses for this information in terms of contexts and audiences. The three new flyers are At A Glance, Children and Young Adult, and COVID-19 Pandemic.

It is strongly encouraged that you request your library’s new fact flyer(s) no later than a week ahead of the program. Please visit Statistics for Connecticut Public Libraries: Flyers & Resources for Advocacy for samples and information on how to request your flyers

Additional Resources for Advocacy

Be sure to delve through all the links on other pages of this LibGuide for deep data on your library, other Connecticut libraries, and public libraries nationwide. Use the Chart & Report Creators in Excel or Data Visualizations in Tableau to illustrate your points.

Additional resources:

Contact Information

State Data Coordinator

Maria Bernier
Division of Library Development, Connecticut State Library
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
860-704-2204
maria.bernier@ct.gov

Facts Flyers - Multiple Versions Available in 2020!

New option this year - new designs and subject focus! You can choose from At a Glance, Children and YA, or COVID-19 data in these new layouts. Each flyer has room where you can add your own library's highlights and photos for the year. For customized versions for your library, contact Ashley Sklar (ashley.sklar@ct.gov).

At a Glance flyer     Children and YA flyer     COVID-19 flyer

In addition, the traditional Connecticut flyer and Individual Library flyer, both using FY2020 data, are still available. This year's flyer has a new section at the bottom for services during the pandemic. For a customized version for your library, contact Maria Bernier (maria.bernier@ct.gov) and indicate if you want a PDF version or a Publisher (editable) version.

Connecticut Public Libraries Flyer    Nutmeg Public Library Flyer

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