In ancient Japan lived a wise old man. He had a son who grew up strong, handsome, and a good helper on the farm. His neighbors often told him, "How fortunate you are!"
"Maybe," the old man invariably replied.
One day, the son tripped over a root in the field and broke his leg. "How terrible!" said the villagers.
"Maybe," said the old man.
Putting up web pages isn't the most important thing we do, or even the most useful. But it's newer than many of our other services, so I keep a sharp eye on it. We have a built-in 'counter,' which tells me what people look at. I've spent some time the past couple of days thinking about the data, and trying to glean from it how best to manage this new library resource.
For a long time, the best way to examine our library performance was to look at circulation statistics -- the number of items people checked out.
These stats still tell an interesting story. At all but one of our full service (7 day a week) libraries, business is up. Circulation at the Philip S. Miller Library increased about 5% over 1997. Highlands Ranch is up 15%. Parker is up a little over 8%.