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2023 Annual Report Guide: 9 - Outlet

RCLS Helpful Hints


Most, 27 out of 40, questions are now pre-filled with prior year answers but not locked to allow changers if needed.

9.15 should equal 8.10, unless your library has multiple branches. For more details, see section "7 & 8 - Minimum Standards" of this LibGuide.

9.24 Indicate the year this outlet underwent a major renovation costing $25,000 or more. If you applied for Construction Aid and the project was $25,000 or more, then this field mostly likely will need to be updated.

9.25 Square footage of the outlet: Is a prefilled field.  To update, add a Note. 

9.26 Number of Internet Computers Used by General Public- includes PCs, laptops and tablets whether purchased, leased, or donated. Do not included computers used for a dedicated purpose, such as an OPAC.

9.27 Number of uses (sessions) of public internet computers per year: The instructions advise completing a people count (bodies in front of public internet PCs) for a week and then extrapolating that number over a year.

  • Libraries using Envisionware PC Reservation can run reports through the Reporting Module.

 9.27a Reporting Method for Number of Uses of Public Internet Computers Per Year. Answer CT - Annual Count or ES -    Annual estimate based on typical week(s). Previously question 9.26a.

9.28 Type of Connection on the outlet’s public internet computers: Most RCLS member libraries use cable for their public internet. Indicate Cable even if your cable company supports their network with fiber.

9.29 – 9.30 Connection speeds: The most reliable way to answer both questions is to run a speed test. Just do a search on google “speed test”, run it and record the results.   

9.31 Internet Provider: Indicate your cable/DSL provider, not RCLS.

9.32 Wi-Fi Access: In most cases, choose Unrestricted. If you use RCLS SonicWall access points, choose Password Required.

9.33 Number of wireless sessions:  

  • If you have the SonicWall access points, they have been configured to email the daily counts to someone in the library.

9.33a Reporting method for number for wireless sessions per year.  Answer CT - Annual Count or ES - Annual estimate based on typical week(s). Previously question 9.32a