January 26, 2021

Oklahoma: Tulsa Libraries See Fewer Visits as E-Traffic, Circulation Rise

From Tulsa World:

The increase of e-book holdings and new policies aimed at “reducing barriers” at the Tulsa City-County Library are among the reasons people are making fewer physical visits to their branches, library CEO Gary Shaffer said.

Year-to-date traffic numbers presented to the library commission last month show that — excluding the closed Central Library and the newly opened Librarium — the system’s 23 permanent sites have seen traffic decrease by about 4 percent so far this fiscal year.

The numbers, reflecting data through December, show that there were nearly 60,000 fewer visits to the 23 branches than during the same six-month period last year.

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See Also: Tulsa’s Librarium a Testing Ground for New Library Tech Systems (January 7, 2014)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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