By Becky Killian, Editor
The Corbin Public Library has seen an increase in usage by its patrons and now its board is looking at ways to continue that trend.
The discussion took place Thursday during the board’s regular monthly meeting.
A report that compared 2010-2011 categories such as book circulation, library visits and Internet usage to those same categories in 2011-2012 showed increases that ranged from 13 to more than 100 percent. The only category that remained unchanged was programs.
Board members talked about ways to spread the word about the library’s various program offerings such as the “Sit & Stitch” group that meets there.
Since the meeting, board President Diane Mitchell sent the report to Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney and the city’s commissioners, saying the additional funding the city provided to the library when it moved to its new location resulted in “great dividends.” It also states the library must continue to strive to offer more services to more patrons.
“For that reason, we hope the leaders of the City of Corbin will keep us in mind as a good investment if any additional funding becomes available. We need more to offer more for our library patrons,” Mitchell wrote.
During last week’s meeting, board members also talked about the professionals and businesses in Corbin who haven’t donated to the library’s campaign fund and ways to approach them for donations.
When it comes to the library’s long-range plans, Mitchell reminded board members about five focus areas that were mentioned at the board’s last meeting. Those areas include organizing an efficient volunteer program, boosting the library’s selection of electronic media and implementing a public relations program as well as working on programs in the teen and history/geneology areas.
The board opted to focus on three of those long-range focus areas: electronic media, public relations and broadening the scope of the library’s programming.
The board talked about how the library’s new offering of audiobooks, eBooks, music and video through its website is a step toward fulfilling the electronic media goal.
The board opted to accept “10 essential board policies” as provided by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives with only minor changes.
Options for window blinds that will help darken the library on movie nights were discussed. The board opted for the least expensive blinds which will cost $373 plus installation.
The board approved sending eight library employees to a professional development day held by the state in Perry County on Monday, Nov. 12. The estimated cost for travel and meals is about $400 and the library will be closed that day.
Corbin Public Library 2011-2012 Annual Report Comparison Data
CIRCULATION 2011-2012 2010-2011 %
Total Circulation 59,532 48,657 up 22%
Book Circulation 41,042 33,718 up 22%
Juvenile Circulation 17,549 14,300 up 21%
Video Circulation 14,871 11,936 up 18%
Library Visits 81,165 66,540 up 23%
Internet Usage 17,605 14,055 up 27%
Meeting Room Usage 120 97 up 24%
Interlibrary Loans 462 388 up 15%
Programs 175 174 same
Program Attendance 8,261 7,045 up 17%