I think Mr. Vogt may use faulty numbers in arguing that the museum gets more visitors than the library -- the faulty number is that 50,000 people use the museum a year. Visitor services does not distinguish between library and museum users -- so that number includes library users.
Is he also including in that the children who view the traveling trunk exhibits at their schools? (Those were created by the now-eliminated education department at the Society and costs are paid for by the schools -- so the traveling trunk program is not in competition for dollars with the library).
Also, does Mr. Vogt include in that number (50,000) people who come in the door, but don't actually visit either the library or the museum?
The 2007 Annual Report of the Society stated that:
“in 2007, despite sharply reduced hours of service, the Research Library assisted more than 8,500 patrons through in-house visits, telephone, email, and written responses. At the same time, it continued to provide support to all departments within the Society. Thousands more were served through web access to the online catalog and other outreach activities such as specialized workshops. The library’s Rights and Reproductions department provided photographic services to all departments and to a large constituency within Oregon and around the world. The staff catalogued and added hundreds of books, photograph collections, and manuscripts to the Library’s online catalog and the digital archives database.”
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