Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Gas prices affecting utilization

My public library is currently expanding neighborhood branches and adding a new branch. I'm wondering how the increases in gas prices are going to affect circulation, and our door count. We've already touched the $4.00 per gallon mark, and many analysts predict $5.00 per gallon by the end of summer (I've even heard by mid July).

Maybe we should all be focusing more on our web presence? Fewer and fewer people are going to be willing to drive to the library, so our neighborhood traffic is going to become even more important. Centralized branches are old school. We're going to need smaller neighborhood branches with less frequent transportation of resources between branches. It's time to start preparing ourselves for conditions that are likely to present themselves soon. Participate in the survey that I have posted on the right.

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