DPI first collected data about uses of downloadable content (e-book, e-audio, and e-video) in the public library annual report for FY 2010, so comparing combined uses of e-content and total circulation between 2010 and 2011 is less meaningful than for subsequent years. Still, we have enough data for initial examination.
|Number of libraries where total circulation increased||305||206||164||147||104||62|
|Number of libraries where total circulation decreased < 2%||45||52||43||40||36|
|Number of libraries where uses of downloadable content offset circulation decreases||23||34||21|
|Number of libraries where: a) uses of downloadable content offset circulation decreases; and b) circulation decreased < 2%||23||30||19|
In 2014 relatively few libraries had enough uses of downloadable content to offset their decrease in total circulation. The libraries that did have enough uses were primarily those with less than two percent decreases in circulation. The increase in combined circulation and uses of downloadable content ranged from 11 uses (Jane Morgan Memorial Library) to 8,967 (Madison Public Library).
We also haven't seen a trend in offsets for multiple years. No library has offset its circulation decreases for three years in a row. Three offset their decreases in 2012 and 2013, and two other libraries did in 2013 and 2014.
Do uses of downloadable content offset circulation decreases? The magic data 8 ball says "don't count on it."
These are the 21 libraries libraries where uses of downloadable content offset circulation decreases from 2013 to 2014:
|Combined Total Circulation and Uses of Downloadable Content|
|Amery Public Library||104,999||105,649||650 (0.62%)|
|Beaver Dam Community Library||398,540||401,073||2,533 (0.64%)|
|Burlington Public Library||217,964||218,589||625 (0.29%)|
|Calhoun Memorial Library||46,349||48,703||2,354 (5.08%)|
|Cameron Public Library||25,132||25,828||696 (2.77%)|
|Durand Community Library||29,455||29,612||157 (0.53%)|
|Eckstein Memorial Library||15,378||15,565||187 (1.22%)|
|Hauge Memorial Library||25,508||25,530||22 (0.09%)|
|Iola Village Library||48,406||48,601||195 (0.40%)|
|Jane Morgan Memorial Library||29,375||29,386||11 (0.04%)|
|Karl Junginger Memorial Library||42,315||42,892||577 (1.36%)|
|Madeline Island Public Library||10,590||10,630||40 (0.38%)|
|Madison Public Library||4,037,092||4,046,059||8,967 (0.22%)|
|Minocqua Public Library||180,932||181,650||718 (0.40%)|
|Muscoda Public Library||21,025||21,052||27 (0.13%)|
|New London Public Library||139,532||141,143||1,611 (1.15%)|
|Presque Isle Community Library||13,175||13,409||234 (1.78%)|
|Ripon Public Library||157,076||158,217||1,141 (0.73%)|
|Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library||136,915||138,225||1,310 (0.96%)|
|Shell Lake Public Library||47,016||47,589||573 (1.22%)|
|Spooner Memorial Library||113,934||114,202||268 (0.24%)|
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Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team