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Library Snapshot Day How To

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Vermont Library Snapshot Day:

How To Do It




What is Library Snapshot Day?

Vermont Library Snapshot Day (VLSD) is an advocacy project for libraries of all kinds.  Library Snapshot Day originated in New Jersey and has been emulated in additional states.  At the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group agreed to take the initiative to a national level. 


On Library Snapshot Day, each participating library captures in photos, statistics, and narrative comments, the impact it has on its community and patrons during a typical day.   These materials, while just a “snapshot” of what we do, give us powerful and persuasive images, data, and feedback for illustrating to taxpayers, grant-funders, boards, legislators, town officials and the general public the value and importance of libraries. Each library collects data and photos for its own use, and also contributes the material to form a "pool" of data and images.  


When is Vermont Library Snapshot Day?

Vermont Library Snapshot Day will be held during the period up to National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012.  Recognizing how varied and busy library schedules are, it works best to let you choose which one day is best for you to hold your Snapshot Day. 


How Do I Participate?


  • Decide which day between now and April 14 that you would like to hold your Vermont Library Snapshot Day.
  • Join the "Vermont Library Snapshot Day Group" on Flickr.com. School librarians should also join the "Vermont School Library Snapshot Day Group."  If you do not already have a Flickr account, you will need to create one. See Registering for Flickr for details.
  • Print out the following forms to use on your Library Snapshot Day:
  • On the day you have chosen to hold your Library Snapshot Day, collect statistics, comments, and photos which represent a day in your library.  
  • Submit your final data using the online survey form.
  • Upload photos to the Flickr group(s) . See How to Upload your Pictures to Flickr for details. 
  • Share your results locally with the community and school officials.  For ideas, see the VLSD page on presentation tools.  Also, look at what other states have done. 


Additional Considerations

  • Schools need to follow their individual school’s policy on publishing photos of students.  Be informed about this before VLSD arrives (many schools obtain written permission at the start of the school year).  You will need signed photo consent forms for pictures of individuals not covered by the school policy, such as volunteers, visitors, faculty, etc. 
  • You may wish to ask volunteers or students to help you with specific tasks, such as taking photos, counting users, or handing out comment forms.  
  • You should create a backup of your data and photos. 



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