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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.
28 libraries are lending computers for home use and 63 are lending hotspots
94% of libraries offered curbside or foyer service to their communities
borrowing of e-materials was nearly a quarter of all circulation
in FY2021, CT public libraries received over $8 million in federal funds from PPP, CARES, and ARPA
the percent of CT residents with library cards has declined since 2008 from 58.6% to 36.7%
only 100 public libraries (57%) saw an increase in their municipal appropriation last year
statewide, towns are spending only 1.15% of municipal revenue on libraries
the number of CT public libraries no longer charging fines for books & DVDs more than doubled in FY2021
libraries delivered programs in a variety of ways: in-person at the library, hybrid, live outdoors, recorded, and virtuallly anywhere
only 32% of libraries can report the number of wireless sessions on their public networks

Library Data Best Practices

Review the hourlong webinar Rising Circulation in the Time of COVID presented by East Hampton Public Library Director Ellen Paul and Children’s Librarian April Hannon, to see how they used data to advocate for increased funding. See more resources on the Community Engagement Workshop & Webinars page.

Data and Flyer Webinars

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 (Two!) New Fact Flyers All Yours

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2-3 pm.
  • Thursday, February 24, 10-11 am.
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2-3 pm.

As we all know, 2021 brought about more change, and so much of it was captured in your 2021 Annual Report. Together let’s look at our suite of new fact flyers for wrapping up some of your data highlights. This year, we are offering THREE choices: the traditional fact flyer, the new designs launched last year, and a new Canva template you can fill in yourself. You can choose to use one or all! Join Ashley Sklar, Adult Services and Community Engagement Consultant, for some simple tips and tricks for personalizing the Publisher and Canva flyers as you think about your various uses, contexts, and audiences.

It is strongly encouraged that you request your library’s new fact flyer(s) no later than a week ahead of the program. Please review the samples to the right on this page and the related 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

Fact Flyers - Multiple Versions Available in 2021!

Canva fact flyerNew Canva template option offered in 2021! The template has room where you can add your own library's logo, photo, quote, and data you select and fill in from the the Statistical Profile. Fully customizable. Click on the image to see it full-size. For access to the template in Canva, contact Ashley Sklar (ashley.sklar@ct.gov).

Refer to the Canva Tip Sheet [pdf] to customize the template and add your library's data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New infographic options (below) offered starting in 2020 - 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. Click on the image to see it full-size. For customized versions with your library data pre-filled in a Publisher file, contact Maria Bernier (maria.bernier@ct.gov).

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

In addition, the traditional Connecticut flyer and Individual Library flyer (below), both using FY2021 data, are still available. This year's flyer has a section at the bottom for services during the pandemic. Click on the image to see it full-size. For a customized version with your library data pre-filled in a Publisher file, contact Maria Bernier (maria.bernier@ct.gov).

Connecticut Public Libraries Flyer    Nutmeg Public Library Flyer

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