Crystal Lake Library card holder Stephen Willson is on a mission.
You can read his analysis of the Library’s expansion plans here. There have been ten comments so far, including one that started, “This is the most informative article I have read concerning the Library expansion…”
Now Willson reports on a survey he took of patrons at the Library.
Of 58 people he asked, 50 participated.
They, Library personnel “shooed” him away.
Here’s what he found:
“The Crystal Lake Library Board says the library is so crowded it needs to be twice as large as it is now and needs a parking garage, too.
“In 22 years, I’ve never felt crowded there, and I’ve never had a problem finding a parking space, either.
“But I believe public policy decisions should be based on hard evidence, so I decided to stand outside the library and conduct a survey.
“Eventually I was shooed away by the library staff, but not before I got 50 responses. Here are the results.
- “What percent of the time have you been UNABLE TO FIND A PARKING SPACE?
74%, NEVER; weighted response rate, 1.5% of the time
- “What percent of the time have you had to WAIT TWO WEEKS or more for a book or movie you wanted?
62%, NEVER; weighted response rate, 7.6% of the time
- What percent of the time do you FEEL CROWDED in the library?
80%, NEVER; weighted response rated, 4.3% of the time
“As a professional researcher with more than 30 years experience, I followed good survey protocol.
“The subjects were randomly selected, not self-selected, as in online surveys.
“I was careful to ask every question exactly the same way.
“And I was careful not to identify whether I was with the library or for the library or against the library. The sample size is large enough for statistically significant results.
“The response rate was 86%, which is very good.
“I think the data speak for themselves.
“If the library wishes to confirm or dispute my data by conducting their own properly structured and executed survey, that would be great.
“Of course, they’ll have to stand on the sidewalk or get shooed away.”