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The MCPL Blog: Articles by Mike Hartkopf

Technology Evolution at the Library

May 25, 2011

Since 2006, the Marathon County Public Library has experienced a 32.6% increase in materials being checked out, while simultaneously absorbing a 17.3% dcrease in staffing. With the increased amount of check out, we needed to quickly become more efficient in order to provide the same quality of service.  Subsequently, we purchased 6 self-checkout machines in 2006 and began gently nudging our customers to use them. In August of 2006, only 3% o materials were checked out using these machines. Today, 70% o library materials are checked out at the Wausau Headquarters using self-checkout. We could not have moved forward without the great support of our customers and their willingness to accept this change....

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March to a Million

April 18, 2009

National Library Week is coming to an end.  Marathon County Public Library has a year long promotion that you, the customer can help us achieve. In 2008, customers checked out a total of 943,787 items at our nine locations.  This was an increase of about 7% over 2007.  In 2009, we are marching to a million items checked out.  Currently, we are up about 7% over 2008.  With your help, an average monthly increase of 6% will help us reach our goal of one million items circulated to our customers. The Library has many items for the entire family;  books, DVDs, music CDs, video games, books on CD, playaways, book discussion kits, VHS tapes, magazines,...

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