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Florida libraries celebrate third annual snapshot day

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Librarians across the state took pictures, gathered statistics and listened to feedback from patrons on Wednesday to mark the third annual Florida Library Snapshot Day.

Nickie Kortus, spokeswoman for the Alachua County library system, said the event was designed to tell the story of Florida libraries and share the impact they have in community members’ lives.

“It is organized to be a day in the life of the library,” she said. “We can show and tell what we’re doing and share that statewide.”

Kortus said the event also collected patrons’ feedback, which allows the library leadership team and board to determine how they should use their resources.

“It’s an opportunity for us all to focus our energies on collecting comments from our patrons and feedback on what we’re doing and how we can do it better,” she said.

Kortus said past years’ feedback showed patrons enjoy using the free Wi-Fi, computer work stations and DVD collection provided by the library.

“In addition to the books, which is still the no. 1 reason that people come into libraries, we added a lot of other services that we consistently receive favorable comments about,” she said.

Kortus said the Florida Library Association shares the information gathered during snapshot day with elected officials in Tallahassee to show collective data.

“Participating in snapshot day gives us a chance to be part of a statewide collection that we’re not involved in every day,” she said.

Jewel Midelis wrote this story online.

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