A Year in the Library (2009)

| August 18, 2010

A Year in the Library was an information display communicating how the library’s physical and online resources have been used in the past year.

In January 2008, instruments were installed throughout Gottesman Libraries to track the number of people visiting the library book stacks, cafe, reading rooms, and other public areas. The sensing devices, manufactured by Walker Wireless, count the number of people entering and exiting each recorded section of the library, and wirelessly transmit this data to a server. The Library website also collects and records visitation data including the total number of site visits to http://library.tc.edu/, visitors’ geographic location, and commonly used search terms on the library’s online catalog. A Year in the Library presents a graphical representation of one year of this collected data. Data collection helps library staff understand how visitors are using resources. Staff can use this information to make informed improvements to library services and infrastructure.