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2010 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results

About the Survey

In November 2010, the 194 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 November 14 through November 20, 2010, with 100% of network libraries participating. All together, 56,344 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week.

The questions for libraries to enter the number of bins or bin-equivalent containers used to pack delivery items were removed this year.  The boxes come in different sizes and shapes.  It is difficult to for libraries to convert them 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. 

 

Survey summaries 

For most libraries, the heaviest delivery traffic occurs on Monday. On Monday, November 15, 2010, 11,668 items were shipped from LORI libraries.

The following are comparisons drawn from this and the past surveys:

  • In a typical week of OLIS-LORI Delivery, a total of
    • 56,344 items were transported in 2010
    • 49,815 items were transported in 2009
    • 47,073 items were transported in 2008
    • 40,038 items were transported in 2007
    • 36,274 items were transported in 2006
    • 25,693 items were transported in 2001

      weekly delivery volumes

  • Based on the assumption that most libraries open five days a week, the average number of outgoing items placed to the delivery system per day per library are:
    • Academic library
      • 33 items in 2010
      • 33 items in 2009
      • 35 items in 2008
      • 26 items in 2007
      • 27 items in 2006
      • 19 items in 2001
    • Public library
      • 144 items in 2010
      • 137 items in 2009
      • 123 items in 2008
      • 103 items in 2007
      • 93 items in 2006
      • 70 items in 2001
    • School library
      • 2 items each year, 2007-2010
      • 1 items in 2006
      • 1 items in 2001
  • Number of libraries that receive OLIS-LORI Delivery, minus DOD (delivery on demand) libraries
    • 194 in 2010
    • 191 in 2009
      Decline mostly caused by schools closing, staff and/or services reduced in libraries.
    • 200 in 2008
    • 186 in 2007
    • 167 in 2006
    • 151 in 2001