Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Say Cheeese for Texas Libraries: Snapshot Day 2013

Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Say Cheeese for Texas Libraries: Snapshot Day 2013

Article excerpt

Texas L.ibrary Snapshot Day is an annual tradition. During this promotional event, libraries pick one day in October (the official Snapshot Day is billed as October 31 each year) to gather and submit information about library activities. It is a "snapshot" of a day in the life of a library.

Library Snapshot Day provides a way for libraries of all types across the state to show what happens in a single day. As always, the range of programs is simply impressive. It's amazing how much libraries do! The student and customer comments are priceless. Check out the summary and a list of all the comments submitted at TLA's official Snapshot Day home: www. texaslibrarysnapshotday.org.

We thank all the libraries and people who participated. We hope everyone will take part in Library Snapshot Day 2014.

SUMMARIES

Total 2013 participating libraries (includes academic, public, and school): 429

Sample of services from participating libraries...

* Every day, librarians at academic institutions are collaborating on at least 20 support and collaborative class efforts with faculty.

* The average public library building sees about 225 kids every day for storytime and over 270 people attending programs.

* The average school library hosts over 230 students participating in non-class related activities such as book clubs and individual study, and almost 405 students receive instructional assistance from librarians.

A SAMPLING OF RESPONSES

What are three to five examples of reference questions asked on Snapshot Day?

* We are moving to the area and need to identify the best schools for our children. What does Texas law say about the rights of grandparents as guardians?

* Where are the scary books?

* Where can I find information on fixing a 2000 Volkswagen Engine? I need to find a book about science projects.

* Is there an app on the student iPads that we can use to reinforce vocabulary instruction?

* Which database should I use for my topic?

* What's the difference between copyright and Fair Use?

* How do you convert data in Excel into a PIE Chart? How can I practice for the SAT? Do you have anything about anger and families?

* Who is my state representative and how do I contact them?

* Is the iPad Lady here?

* What would you recommend for a 2nd grade girl?

* Do you have any books about fracking? How do I cite this information? Which database should I use to find information about Obamacare?

* Can I borrow headphones? How do I print from my iPad? How do I use the note feature in Easybib? What are the best websites for nutrition?

* How do I apply for unemployment?

What are three to five examples of student/customer comments?

* I have a library card and I'm not afraid to use it! NVC Library & Librarians have been more than helpful with students researching as well as giving of time and expertise. They are gratefully appreciated always!

* I am learning English at the library, and this helps me to help my daughter with her homework. Without the library, I would never have learned how to use a computer. I use the library to work remotely and take online classes.

* Should be open 7 days a week/ 24 hours I love Alkek!

* The librarians are very helpful. The computer tutorials are very educational and the librarians will try to help you anyway they can to find a solution. Thank you for everything you guys have done throughout the years. Awesome job on the programs, keep it up.

* Love to come here. Staff is very, very helpful in information and in service.

* Fun. It's a good place. The library of Duncanville High School is great. The librarians are nice and helpful.

* The Alpine Public Library is an outstanding facility. Clean, quiet and having a great staff. Book selection is current with many local texts dealing with Texana and local history, and it's architecturally pleasing. …

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