The office was established two years ago with the goal of developing volunteer talent to research and apply for grants and partnerships for which FCPL or its foundation might be eligible.
FCPL made its catalog available through its Web site in October 1998, and during the online catalog's first nine months of operation, it was accessed more than 107,000 times and used to reserve more than 50,000 items, representing 11 percent of the more than 433,000 total FCPL reserves for FY1999.
Another significant and growing use of the Web site is of FCPL databases.
For example, the Inova Health System, a local hospital corporation, cited the FCPL Web site's excellent gateway to medical information as one reason for entering into a partnership with the library.
Unlike many public library systems that combine statistic-gathering activities with other management functions, FCPL's OPE is devoted exclusively to compiling information about FCPL.
Having a dedicated department for planning and evaluation makes FCPL unique among public libraries.