There was one article in this list which I did open, because it related to a conversation we've been having in the office about collection management & the overall age, balance and quality of our collective state-wide collections. You'll be hearing more about this next year as a couple of projects ramp up, but I would point you to this interesting article on Collection management & the art of weeding.
Now regarding library membership, we all know that we've been de-duplicating our customer database as well as deleting some very old unused cards from the system. This has had quite an impact on our reportable membership numbers. But at least we know that we're reporting much more accurate numbers than we have in the past. Our current membership percentage now sits at a a little over 40% of the State's population being active library members.
In the face of this clean up of the database it is interesting to report on the rate of NEW library members who have joined in a period of slightly less than the last 6 months. PLS staff have run a report on the system which takes into account deletions of memberships and counts the net increase that has occurred over this period. As the table below indicates, in just under 6 months we have added just over 33,000 new members to the system. I think this is an amazing jump in membership.
New members added from 1/7/15 – 18/12/15
% increase in 6 months