Archive for April, 2013

Eight years of randomness

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Time for the annual post again–on April 1, because this blog had its first post on April 1, 2005.

No, that wasn’t an accident.

I didn’t expect it to last more than four or five years. In some ways, it didn’t: the peak month for posts was actually May 2005, and the peak year for posts (that have survived) was 2008.

Of course, I didn’t expect Cites & Insights to last more than six or seven years either–and it almost didn’t make it past Year 11.

I’m not going anywhere. The blog continues to be unscheduled, erratic and somewhat random.

A couple of metrics

As of right now, there are 1,739 surviving posts. (I’ve trimmed some, mostly announcements of Lulu sales and other date-specific posts with no other content.)

There are 4,026 comments–not counting the 89,000+ that have been trapped by Spam Karma 2 or that I’ve flagged as spam. That’s 2.3 comments per post, but most posts don’t have any comments…

The blog seems to get a lot of traffic, although it’s never been quite clear whether that traffic has much to do with actual readers.

For the first three months of 2013, through March 31, there have been 146,441 sessions (1609 per day, but an average of 4,771 pageviews per day). I have no idea how many of those represent actual readers; I’m guessing a minority.

On the other hand, the blog has been visited from 22,474 IP addresses over the past three months, and it’s hard to believe that there are thousands and thousands of crazed spiders…

West Virginia public libraries

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The penultimate post commenting on Chapter 20 of Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four (2012-13)–now available as a $9.99 Kindle ebook or $21.95 paperback with ISBN 978-1481279161 on Amazon, along with the usual Lulu options. Note that Lulu prices for the paperback and hardback versions are now lower.

Most of this state’s 97 libraries (none omitted) are at the low end of funding: three-quarters spend less than $17 per capita, and more than half spend less than $12 (compared to 20% and 10% overall). Circulation is low, with only 7% circulating at least eight items per capita (compared to 50% overall) and two-thirds circulating less than four (compared to 21% overall).

Patron visits are also low, with only 16% hitting five visits per capita or above (compared to 54% overall). Other metrics are also on the low side.

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count %
<700 1 1.0%
1,150-1,649 1 1.0%
1,650-2,249 2 2.1%
2,250-2,999 1 1.0%
3,000-3,999 7 7.2%
4,000-5,299 12 12.4%
5,300-6,799 11 11.3%
6,800-8,699 9 9.3%
8,700-11,099 10 10.3%
11,100-14,099 11 11.3%
14,100-18,499 8 8.2%
18,500-24,999 5 5.2%
25,000-34,499 5 5.2%
34,500-53,999 6 6.2%
54,000-104,999 7 7.2%
105,000-4.1 mill. 1 1.0%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates very strongly (0.81) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category

As may be obvious from the first graph, there are no libraries in the $43-$53.99 and $53-$72.99 spending categories.