Another initiative designed to increase awareness of libraries is “Library Snapshot Day”. On a predetermined day, libraries in various states will gather and collate statistics on visitors, internet users, events, etc. Comments from library patrons will also be elicited and snapshots, of course, will be taken to illustrate libraries’ activities and programs. Libraries in New Jersey established this initiative and now nine other states have adopted the program, and the ALA has added it to its list of “Best Practices”.
As we all know, libraries can reveal some pretty amazing statistics: Disneyland had 40,000 visitors per day. Over 160,000 people visit libraries in New Jersey daily. In 2001, Dr. Horst Neisser, then director of the Cologne Public Library, presented a similar statistic: his library had welcomed more than two million visitors that year – more than the soccer stadium could accommodate.