Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What If You Held a Collection and Nobody Came?

People are staying away from the Everton Collection in Logan, Utah, in droves.

Between its Oct. 10, 2006, grand opening and the end of the calendar year, the $1.7 million, 82,000-piece genealogy library averaged just four patrons a day and fewer than 200 over the 48 days it was open, according to statistics provided by Library Director Ronald Jenkins.

However, Jenkins is optimistic the collection will buck that trend and become a popular addition to the library’s offerings.

“The numbers are not high, but the ones that are using (it) are pleased with the collection,” Jenkins said. “I think it takes a little time to have it develop and have people know about it.” [Link]

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