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Fall 2012 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results

About the Survey

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.

Survey summaries 


The following are results drawn from this and the past items count surveys:

  • During one week of OLIS-LORI Delivery, a total of
    • 45,694 items were transported in fall 2012
    • 52,398 items were transported in spring 2012
    • 53,435 items were transported in fall 2011
    • 56,074 items were transported in spring 2011
    • 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
      • 23 items in fall 2012
      • 26 items in spring 2012
      • 33 items in fall 2011
      • 28 items in spring 2011
      • 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
      • 120 items in fall 2012
      • 134 items in spring 2012
      • 139 items in fall 2011
      • 145 items in spring 2011
      • 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, 2007-2012
      • 1 items in 2006
      • 1 items in 2001
  • Number of libraries that receive OLIS-LORI Delivery, minus DOD (delivery on demand) libraries
    • 136 in fall 2012
    • 191 in spring 2012
    • 192 in 2011
    • 194 in 2010
    • 191 in 2009
    • 200 in 2008
    • 186 in 2007
    • 167 in 2006
    • 151 in 2001

Greatest Volume/Day

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.