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HOW SCOTT, DAKOTA LIBRARIES COMPARE

  • December 26, 2012 - 10:59 AM

The library systems of Scott and Dakota counties emerge from statistics as similar in some ways, very different in others -- reflections of their demographics, geography and politics. Scott teems with families and does well in children's programs. Dakota is older, more diverse, less affluent, and offers more terminals for those lacking their own Internet access. Dakota's tax base is far richer, its elected officials a touch more liberal, and its spending on some things is far greater. Scott has small outlying branches in tiny towns, whereas Dakota's are mostly in populous areas.

Ratio,

Dakota

Dakota Scott to Scott

Population served 378,392 129,928 2.9 to 1

Resident borrowers 262,141 88,233 3.0 to 1

Reciprocal borrowers 36,878 12,330 3.0 to 1

Total registered borrowers 299,019 100,563 3.0 to 1

Library visits 2,074,789 561,568 3.7 to 1

Annual public Internet

computer sessions 343,584 53,258 6.5 to 1

Children's circulation 1,992,162 416,307 4.8 to 1

Children's programs 1,493 597 2.5 to 1

Attendance 64,141 26,255 2.4 to 1

Branches 9 8 1.1 to 1

Public Internet terminals 262 56 4.7 to 1

Wi-Fi outlets 7 9 1.3 to 1

MATERIALS

Print 782,983 222,834 3.5 to 1

Audio (physical*) 66,946 13,397 5.0 to 1

Video (physical) 55,368 7,800 7.1 to 1

Subscriptions 1,590 291 5.5 to 1

E-books licensed locally 19,996 1,088 18.4 to 1

Licensed statewide 15,191 15,191 1.0 to 1

Audio downloadable,

licensed locally 770 866 0.9 to 1

Licensed regionally 1,900 1,900 1.0 to 1

Databases licensed locally 16 18 0.9 to 1

Licensed regionally 13 13 1.0 to 1

Licensed statewide 45 45 1.0 to 1

Operating spending $12,666,984 $2,821,817 4.5 to 1

*CDs and the like, not online downloads

Source: Annual reports filed with state for 2011

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