Monday, July 25, 2005

Library Usage Stats

I frequently prepare usage statistics for presentation at meetings. A blog seems a good place to present them, too. Here's a few items of note:
  • As most of you know, the Research Network has been serving the SBDC community since September 1992. On May 31st of this year, we received our 20,000th request for information. Thanks to John Narciso at our Farmingdale SBDC for being the one to help us reach this milestone!
  • We answered 146 requests asked during the month of June. This is about right - we've averaged exactly 146 for every June since 1993.
  • To put that number in perspective, know that our busiest month ever was April 2002, when a whopping 217 requests came to our doors. The lowest? October 1998, when there were but 74.
  • Generally, March is our busiest month of the year, and (unsurprisingly) December is the slowest.
  • In June, we devoted 1.4 hours of prep time per question. This isn't unusual - historically, we've spent 1.5 hours on a request.

I'll try to remember to keep you updated every month when I have usage figures. Just thought you might be curious.

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