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Published 10:57am Thursday, June 6, 2013 Updated 8:29am Friday, June 7, 2013

Anyone who has conducted a survey knows getting people to fill them out is the tricky part.

So the fact that 2,374 Fergus Falls residents answered a survey on the Fergus Falls Public Library — 13 percent of the Fergus Falls population — shows the public’s interest in library’s future.

“The library is really a destination for a lot of people,” Library Director Erin Smith said. “We recognized that there’s a need there.”

The goal was to have at least 1,000 people complete the survey, which residents could complete between March 28 and April 22. Getting to the 13 percent mark makes the survey statistically valid, Smith said.

The essay question alone, which asked one thing you’d change about the library if you could, received more than 1,300 comments from people. They’re very happy with that response, Smith said.

As to what the surveys revealed, however, city residents will have to wait.

The surveys, focus groups conducted in 2012, research done by the Task Force and library staff interviews (going on now) will be the base of the Library Needs Assessment which will be revealed late this year or early next year.

“We need to put all of the information together in order to have a good assessment of what our needs are,” Smith said. “It’s part of the process. We want to be respectful of that.”

The Task Force was put together in June 2012 and is in phase one of the process, which includes creating a Library Needs Assessment to identify the valued library services and resources and determine future needs.

Staff interviews should be completed by the end of the month, and then the Task Force will begin writing the needs assessment. Once it’s ready, the Task Force will present it to the city council in a few months, along with a recommendation of how to move forward with the library’s future.

  • Mandy P.

    Perhaps a typo here? The report asserts that 2,374 people responded and that is 13% percent of the the FF population. In which case, the population had mysteriouly
    grown to 18,000 plus?

    Then, a few paragraphs later it is stated that 1,000 people represent 10%. From that, I calculate the population is 10,000, not the presumptive 18,000.

    It is a notable accomplishment that more than 10% were contacted, but perhaps this story would make more sense if the respondents actually number 1,300 plus, rather than the reported 2,374.

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