Fontana Regional Library’s Board of Trustees held its annual retreat in February at Southwestern Community College in Webster. They were joined by members of the local Library Boards, Friends of the Library, and Library management staff.
Two members of the State Library of North Carolina Library Development team led this year’s retreat. Tanya Prokrym, Director of Library Development, and Amanda Johnson, Consultant for Data Analysis and Communications, presented background on library statistics and data. The goal was to help board members gain a greater understanding of data pertaining to libraries. Board members are regularly presented with statistics by library staff, read about library usage and trends in a variety of sources, and see demographic and other data compiled by county administration. The retreat gave board members some tools to interpret data, put it in context, and ultimately, understand how to effectively use this knowledge to advocate for the library.