SnapShot PA 2012: Great Success!

If you walked through Rohrbach Library on October 15th, you likely saw the table and video camera set up just beyond the Elusive Sea Cow, near the stairs to the top floor. Those who stopped heard all about SnapShot PA and its purpose and importance to libraries across the commonwealth! We want to thank everyone who took the time to fill out our survey and also offer an especially enthusiastic thank you to those who were brave enough to go on camera and tell us why you were visiting the library that day!

For those who missed us, here’s the low-down on what the event was about:

The goal of the project is to create a “snapshot” of one day in the life of Pennsylvania libraries. From school and public libraries to academic libraries like our very own Rohrbach Library, we wanted tangible evidence of the impact PA libraries on their respective communities on a typical day.

In addition to the comments and questions students at Kutztown provided us, we gathered data from the “inner workings” of the library as well, such as the door count, how many items were loaned out that day, how many people asked reference questions, etc. We submitted everything to the SnapShot PA website (located at including our photos and videos from the day. The final results from the entire state are currently under construction, but you can check out the data from 2009.

If you or one of your friends was videotaped or surveyed, though, you don’t have to wait any longer. We have the link to the SnapShot PA video, as well as the results of the paper surveys that were completed that day AND our statistics from the library.  

SnapShot PA 2012 Statewide Photostream:

Rohrbach Library’s Flickr Photostream:

Survey Data: (click to enlarge)

Survey asked people to check off reasons why they were at the library.

Library Statistics:

Door Count: 4,757

Circulation: 408

Materials recieved/loaned via Interlibrary Loan: 62

Reference Questions: 19

Thank you to everyone who participated! Our results were great. Let us know what you think (or if you want to add your own reasons for coming to the library!) in the comments.


1 Response to “SnapShot PA 2012: Great Success!”

  1. 1 theberrybot November 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Reblogged this on The More You Know… and commented:

    Take a look back on the Rohrbach Library’s SnapShot PA video, which aimed to create a “snapshot” of a day at the Rohrbach Library. In addition, the library surveyed students about their library usage and gathered data on items checked out, questions asked, and more.

    Check out the survey and results and full video below!

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