Web Savvy Patrons Visit Naperville Libraries Online
Hartman, Kari, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kari Hartman Daily Herald Staff Writer
Area residents appear to be discovering that Naperville Public Libraries' services are just a click away.
Use of electronic services at the libraries increased 90.5 percent in fiscal year 2000-01, libraries officials announced this week.
The increase in electronic use echoes the growth in services the libraries are making available on-line. Electronic services include use of the libraries' databases, Web site and online libraries catalog.
"We've tapped into a whole new audience," said Susan Greenwood, community relations coordinator. "And people who use our (Web) site stay and browse on our site."
The average length of time visitors stay on the libraries' site is 20 minutes, Greenwood said.
Electronic service usage has continued to grow through the year.
In May, the libraries saw a 40 percent increase in Web page views over April. West credits part of the increase to Naperville being named May's "Library Site of the Month" on LibrarySpot.com, which links to the winning site.
"That's astronomical for one month," said Mark West, libraries assistant director for information technology. …