LORI libraries statewide participated in the biannual Delivery Items Count in December 2012. 137 library facilities that receive regular OLIS-LORI Delivery services recorded and reported their out-going items count. For the first time, we also incorporated DOD libraries’ outgoing activities which were taken from the DOD request log kept by OLIS. The survey took place December 2 through December 8, 2012, with 99% of network libraries participating. All together, 45,694 items were transported in the LORI Delivery system during the week.
New for this survey, the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) ran and published the in-transit report to and from OSL libraries at the end of each day during the week of the delivery items count. Member libraries had the option of using the generated data and to count only the outgoing items to non-OSL libraries. For the majority of the OSL libraries, more than 98% of the traffic is contained within the member libraries. Many libraries reported their items count with data derived from the OSL report. For some that decided to conduct the items count manually, OLIS compared the data submitted by them with the OSL report for these libraries. We concluded data provided by the OSL report is in general more accurate.
Survey results provide OLIS with valuable insight into the trends of Rhode Island’s resource sharing activities. OLIS uses the information to plan for the future of this vital service to the state’s libraries.
The following are results drawn from this and the past items count surveys:
For most libraries, the heaviest delivery traffic occurs on Monday. On Monday, December 3, 2012, 9,857 items were placed in delivery bins to be transported from LORI libraries.