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Programming question – StoryWalk

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June 4, 2015




Scott Dermont (IA)


I received this message below from one of my libraries. I’m rather intrigued by this, but I’m not sure if it should count as a program. Does anyone else have anything like this that is being counted? I guess this could fall under the category of “passive” programming. Maybe just count the number of “attendees” without a program count? Or count it as one program? Or don’t count at all?


Thanks as always for your collective wisdom.


SDC Comments


Cecilie Maynor (TN)


What a great idea.


First thought:


I would want them to count it as a program and count the signed-in as program attendees.


Jamie McCanless (WI)


Well, by definition it’s not a program.


It’s a type of passive programming that, in Wisconsin, we call a drop-in activity. The PLS doesn’t collect data for drop-in activities.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (608) 266-3939 or jamie.mccanless@dpi.wi.gov.


Megan Schulz (KS)


Is there a way to ask in the guest book how many are with you today or something like that? Though maybe each adult will sign but not record their children. I know that I sign guest books but my husband does not.


We do something similar when we hold webinars as we know that some library staff members sit at one computer together for a training session and that is how we capture all who attend. We ask if you have a viewing watch party to type in the chat how many are at your location.


Just a thought.


Scott Dermont (IA)


I think that is a good point about counting guest sign-ins. My problem with this as that there is really no verification. What keeps a person from adding a number next to their name, even if they are alone. There really is no oversight to the attendance. That and Jamie’s point about drop in activities is swaying me towards a no count.

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