So what's with those darn gate counts? Why do we have to keep taking them?
We keep gate counts to track library use and to see when we get the most visits. They're also helpful for detecting patterns. For instance, some of you may be interested to know that according to the hourly gate counts from last week, Monday was our busiest day last week with 5,474 visits. Since the gate counts were taken hourly, we now know that the noon hour, 12-1PM, is the busiest part of the day, with a total of 444 visits. Business drops sharply after 10PM to 86 and 57 visits.
Last month, September, our gate counts totaled 79,713. That's a lot of visits! Last year, we had 83,641 visits in September, so our numbers are slightly down from last year. This is interesting, because historically, our counts each month in comparison to the year before keep going up. Rising gate counts means that the Libraries must be doing something right and that we're fulfilling our users' needs, which is great. I'm not terribly concerned about this Sep's numbers being down 3,900 from last year. A possible explanation is this semester's late start, since Labor Day was much later in the month this year. A day or two can make quite a difference. 3,900 visits is chump change. You may notice that last Monday, alone, had 5,474 visits.
The largest number of gate counts I've seen here at Walter was 95,873 last October. We'll see if we get that high or higher this year!