In October 2009, the 191 library facilities that receive regular OLIS-LORI Delivery services were asked to record and to report their out-going item counts. The survey took place from October 18 through October 24, 2009, with 96% (183) of network libraries participating. All together, 49,815 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week.
New in 2009: A set of questions was added to the survey to provide information needed for a delivery study conducted by the Library Board of Rhode Island Ad Hoc Delivery Committee. The questions focused on the staff time spent on delivery related tasks. Results from that section were forwarded to the committee and were analyzed and included in the Report on the Rhode Island Statewide Delivery System.
During the 2009 survey, many libraries reported the challenge of accurately recording the number of bins used for the week. When multiple items are heading to the same destination, most libraries pack the items into paper boxes. These boxes come in different sizes, therefore it is difficult to define a workable measurement to convert these varied box sizes to their bin-equivalent volumes.
Many thanks to the libraries who responded to the delivery survey. The survey results provides OLIS with valuable insight into the growth of Rhode Island’s resource sharing activities. The information is also crucial for OLIS to plan for the future of this vital service to the state’s library services.
For most libraries, the heaviest delivery traffic occurs on Monday.
On Monday, October 19, 2009:
In 2001, 2006, 2007, and 2008, OLIS conducted similar surveys. The following are comparisons drawn from these surveys: