By the Numbers
New library patrons: 18,883
Items in our collection: 685,851
Items checked out: 8,055,060
Library visits: 2,052,749
Reference questions answered: 258,753
Attendance at programs & events: 230,908
eBooks, eAudio books and music downloaded: 383,037
Children who attended storytime: 108,378
Website page views: 4,045,728
Online database searches: 311,924
Volunteer hours: 37,000
After extensive research, community surveys and analysis, Douglas County Libraries launched a new brand in 2012. This included a new logo for the district and the process involved gathering input from more than 4,000 community members.
During 2012, 216,483 Overdrive eBooks and 44,427 eAudiobooks are downloaded. eBook downloads increased by 70% from 2011.
The library embarked on an innovative path for libraries to acquire eBook content. The library district purchased software that enabled it to self-host eBook content and make it available to patrons directly through the catalog. Information about the Douglas County Libraries model was described on the Evoke website .
We continue to invest in our e-book platform and increase the size of our e-content catalog by over 27,000 titles. Much of 2012 was spent discovering how to catalog these titles in an automatic, batch-load process that hadn't been done by public library catalogers in the past and how to manage entirely new forms of data.
As part of our eContent platform, we are able to offer online magazines to its patrons with the addition of Zinio.
Starting in 2012, patrons can take advantage of wireless printing from their own computers in our branches.
We launched the iDCL iOS App, which is an e-reader and streamlines e-content downloads.
The Douglas County History Research Center is 20 years old. Collecting and preserving the historical record and collective memory of Douglas County, the High Plains and Divide area and the State of Colorado.
Douglas County Libraries hosted a variety of authors in 2012 with significant positive community feedback. Jane O'Connor, of Fancy Nancy fame, Eric Litwin, of Pete the Cat fame, Hugh Acheson and Nicholas Sparks were the delight of thousands of our patrons in 2012 at a variety of community centers throughout Douglas County.
In addition to the above authors, we hosted Scott Nash, Brad Thor, Dr. Temple Grandin and Craig Johnson at a variety of our branches.
iPad Storytimes were piloted at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock in 2012.
Our Reading Programs reached 23,140 patrons.
The Cuddle Up and Read Program distributed approximately 3,000 packets to new moms at Sky Ridge and Parker Hospital.
Volunteers read to 50,907 children and adults through our volunteer-based Book Start program.
3,068 Adventure Passes were used by our patrons in 2012.
Highlands Ranch launched a sensory-enhanced storytime for families and children with developmental disabilities. This program will continue in 2013.
Douglas County Libraries celebrated 140 GED graduates in 2012.
Our combined Facebook and Twitter followers exceeded 4,000, and a new Pinterest account was launched, offering read-a-likes, literacy resources and many other creative library ideas and initiatives.
Douglas County Libraries entered into a new partnership with the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center. Their Castle Rock office is now located in the Philip S. Miller Library.
The Castle Pines community more than met its $90,000 library fundraising goal 15 months ahead of schedule. The funds are being used for library operations.
The Lone Tree Library was selected as the "Best Place to Take Your Kids" by Lone Tree Voice readers.
The Philip S. Miller Library served as a location for early voting for Castle Rock voters in the Presidential Election, where thousands of voters turned in their ballots or voted early.
The Castle Rock ArtFest was held in the Philip S. Miller parking lot for the fifth year running.
Library branches participate in local community programs, such as Oktoberfest, Kids Expo and the Taste of Lone Tree.
Cherie Ellingson, Branch Program Liaison for Castle Pines and Lone Tree, was elected to Castle Pines Chamber.
Amy Long, Branch Manager for Parker Library, was elected to Parker Chamber.
David Farnan, Associate Director of Community Services, was elected to Castle Rock Chamber, the Castle Rock Economic Development Council and is elected as the Colorado Public Library Association president.
Colbe Galston became the first District Business Librarian.
Douglas County Libraries volunteers were honored by the Denver chapter of the Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA). Ed Dash and Roger Williams were nominated for their service to the Douglas County History Research Center and won a DOVIA award for cataloguing tens of thousands of photographic negatives, from the Douglas County News-Press and other newspapers. Also acknowledged by DOVIA were DCL volunteers Tammy Fross, Curt Maddock, Cyndi Stephens, Jim Clements, Rick Way and Highlands Ranch teen Mansi Gupta.
More than 1,500 people volunteered their time and talents to DCL for a combined 37,000 hours.
Philip S. Miller was a successful pilot site for one-on-one technology training by volunteers. By year-end, three volunteers provided 12 hours of training each week to PSM patrons.