Annual Status Report
2013 Budget Planning
Tax Exemption Formula • Sample Levy Exemption Resolution • Cost of Living • Delivery • Collection Prices • Merlin • Minimum Wage • Postage • Salaries • Social Security • Wisconsin Act 420 • Wisconsin Retirement • Workplace Posters • 2011 Annual Report Data • NWLS Libraries Meeting Standards (graph)
Library Comparison Charts and Graphs (PDFs)
The NWLS Status Report is compiled annually using data from each library’s annual report. This data can be used to make comparisons and identify trends, both are useful in planning. The Wisconsin Public Library Service Record (http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/pld/dm-lib-stat.html) and the Wisconsin Public Library Standards(http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/pld/standard.html) are good companions to this information.
If you have any questions about this material or would like assistance with your budget preparation, contact Linda Stobbe at NWLS.
Graph 1 - Total Circulation tracks circulation for NWLS libraries from 1988 through 2011.
library service, and the _____________’s share of the 2012 County library levy is ______________.
Cost of living figures are available at http://www.bls.gov/cpi
No changes are planned for the delivery service.
Library Materials Prices
School Library Journal's Average Book Prices 2011
|Hardcover (all titles)||$19.95||$19.45||$19.40|
|Mass Market Paperback||$ 7.15||$ 7.21||$ 7.25|
|Young Adult / YA Titles|
|Hardcover (all titles)||$28.20||$27.56||$27.04|
|Mass Market Paperback||$ 8.06||$ 8.30||$ 8.51|
|Adult Titles Trade Hardcover|
|Adult Titles Trade Paperback***|
|Mass Market Paperback||$ 8.67||$ 8.70||$ 8.72|
| Source: Albert Greco. The Institute for Publishing Research, Inc. www.iprbooks.net
*Estimated **Excludes reference books ***Excludes mass market paperbacks
From School Library Journal "Better Data, Better Libraries: Statistics are more important than ever
The 2013 Merlin annual fee will be set by the Merlin Consortium later this summer. NWLS will provide 2013 rates as soon as they are available.
Effective July 24, 2009, Wisconsin raised the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour. For more information and to print out a federal minimum wage poster visit the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/er/labor_standards_bureau/minimum_wage.htm)
Visit United States Postal Services for current domestic postal rates (http://www.usps.com/prices/welcome.htm).
|Domestic Postal Rates|
|Express Mail|| Overnight,
|From $12.95|| Prices based on weight and distance
Flat rate envelope available!
|Priority Mail||1 - 3 days||From $5.20|| Prices based on weight and distance
Flat rate options available!
|First Class Mail||1 - 3 days||From $0.45||Prices based on weight and shape|
|Parcel Post||2 - 8 days||From $5.20||Prices based on weight and distance|
|Media Mail||2 - 8 days||From $2.47|| Prices based on weight
(content restrictions apply)
|Library Mail||2 - 8 days||From 2.35|| Prices based on weight
(content restrictions apply)
Salaries / Fringe Benefits
You should compare your salary to that of other employees within your municipality. Consider education, job responsibilities, and supervisory responsibilities as common items for comparison. Statewide salary data from a wide-variety of occupations, including librarians, is available on the web at: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/default_facts_data.htm
Source: Social Security Administration. Employer's contribution is currently 7.65% and is expected to remain the same.
Wisconsin Act 420 has created new requirements for a library’s participation in a library system. These requirements are:
- A public library pay the certified head librarian for a minimum of 10 regularly scheduled hours per week of work in the library building during time the library is open to the public.
- A public library is open to the public a minimum annual average of 20 hours per week.
- A public library spends a minimum of $2,500 annually on materials.
Wisconsin Retirement Fund
Source: Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds. You should be able to get your rate from your Town, City, or Village Treasurer. If Wisconsin Retirement Fund covers other general municipal employees, library employees working more than 1200 hours per year must also be covered. For more information go to: http://etf.wi.gov/
The Department of Labor requires that a number of notices concerning labor statutes and regulations be posted in the workplace. These notices can be downloaded from http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dwd/posters.htm using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Department of Workforce Development website has a link to federal government posters and posters from other state and federal agencies.
For planning purposes, attention is given to the “Quantitative Standards Regardless of Community Size” from the Wisconsin Public Library Standards (http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/standard.html). The following standards apply:
- The library is open a minimum of 25 hours per week
- A certified library director is paid to perform board-designated duties for no fewer than 25 hours per week
- Minimum total library staff is 1 FTE
- The library supports the library director’s continuing education for at least 20 contact hours per year
- Minimum total book volumes held is 8,000
- Minimum print periodical titles received is 30
- Minimum total annual local expenditures on collection (including electronic resources) is $11,000
- Minimum total operating budget is $69,300.
|Estimated Minimum Cost Components of Recommended Minimum Library Budget|
|Budget Item||Minimum Cost|
|Director's salary||$21,012 (Grade 3 Certified Director 25 hours/week minimum)|
|Other staff wages||$8,800 (minimum of 15 hours/week)|
|Social security, benefits, etc.||$9,525 (32% of salary costs)|
|Materials||$11,380 (print, AV, and electronic resources)|
|All other expenses||$18,583 (supplies, utilities, technology costs, continuing education, etc.)|
|Estimated minimum for 2013||$69,300 (capital costs including debt retirement not included in this figure)|
*Estimated annual increases represent the approximate budget increases for Wisconsin libraries to cover inflationary increases, usage increases, and service improvements.
From: Wisconsin Public Library Standards http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/pld/pdf/standard_c.pdf
Outagamie/Waupaca Library System has developed an Excel workbook that any library can use to generate reports that include the service targets referred to in the Wisconsin Public Library Standards. The recommended service levels can be used to develop library goals and objectives. The workbook and instructions can be found at http://www.owlsweb.info/L4L/wistds.asp