Monday, October 20, 2014

Scholarly Commons at Miami University

Miami University Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week, October 20-24, 2014.

Faculty, staff, and students may deposit their scholarly work in Miami University's digital repository called Scholarly Commons, to make datasets, working papers, pre-publication scholarship, and published papers openly accessible, facilitate preservation, and fulfill grant requirements.

If you would like to learn more about which file types, documents, and data sets can be submitted and how to upload your scholarly work, please see this FAQ for details and directions.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Create your own miniature world: Terrarium building at the library

Come to the Gardner Harvey Library on Wednesday, November 5 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm to create your own miniature world!

Live plants, fake plants, rocks, miniatures, all can be used to build your own terrarium.  Join us in the library and create your own miniature world.  

Please RSVP (http://goo.gl/forms/scjVPlwNx6) to ensure we have enough supplies.  If you have any glassware or small items you would like to use with your terrarium, please feel free to bring them along. 

The event is free but please RSVP so we have adequate supplies on hand.

Questions?  Call our InfoDesk at 513-727-3222.


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Library materials added in September

To bring you up to date on what has recently been added to the collection, a new materials list is now available that reflects additions during May and June. We added 155 books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.  

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. 

We have purchased 250 items for the collection since July 2014.  If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our online request form, email Jennifer Hicks or one of our other staff members, or drop by the library with your request.  

Thanks again for keeping our collection vibrant and your information needs met!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Walk this way: our new terrace path is open!

With the incredible efforts of the Grounds Crew and our Physical Facilities department, the hillside entrance to the library is now fully open.  The library terrace has long been available for sitting, studying, and eating outside, but we now have a wonderful patio area and a path that leads over to the stairway by Levy.  This provides easy access to the library from Levy's second floor or from the upper parking lot and Verity Lodge.  Enjoy using this wonderful path of paving stones as you enter and leave the library.



Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Library materials added in July and August

To bring you up to date on what has recently been added to the collection, a new materials list is now available that reflects additions during May and June. We added 92 books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.  

24 of the items are DVDs.  People often think that we only buy documentaries and teaching materials on DVD (not that there's anything wrong with that), but we also buy DVDs that can serve both educational and recreational needs.

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order.

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our online request form, email Jennifer Hicks or one of our other staff members, or drop by the library with your request.  

Thanks again for keeping our collection vibrant and your information needs met!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Support the Gardner-Harvey Library through MoveInMiami

#MoveInMiami 
Tomorrow, Thursday, August 21, Miami University is holding a one-day fundraiser to support activities throughout the University called "MoveInMiami."  The library has been added to the list of possible funds to receive donations. 

As an added bonus to our regional campus donors and friends, Regional Campus Dean Mike Pratt and his wife Patty will personally contribute $10 to the fund of your choice for each new gift raised on 8/21 during this campaign (gift must be $5 or more and must be to a regional campus fund).

This is an exciting opportunity for the library to raise gift funds to support our programming, add new books and technology, and serve members of the Middletown community as well as our students, faculty, and staff members.

If you are interested in making even a small gift to the Gardner-Harvey Library (or our sister library in Hamilton), please use the form at http://www.forloveandhonor.org/RegionalLibraries.  All gifts are tax deductible, and you will be emailed a receipt upon making a gift online.  Gifts must be made on August 21 to qualify for this initiative.

Thank you very much for your time!

John

John J. Burke, MSLS
Library Director & Principal Librarian 
Gardner-Harvey Library
Miami University Middletown

burkejj@miamioh.edu
513-727-3293
http://www.users.miamioh.edu/burkejj

Text your questions to 513-273-5360

Friday, July 25, 2014

How was the library used in 2013/14?

With the fiscal year just ending, here are the full annual stats for several of the Gardner-Harvey Library's (GHL) services. I hope you will find them useful to see how people use the library. Check at the bottom of the document to see how you compare to the average GHL user.

These stats reflect what's happened this year, between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Some stats we keep locally, others we pull from university-wide or OhioLINK-wide systems, and some are provided by database vendors.

Both a Borrower and a Lender Be
- GHL patrons checked out 3,229 books, DVDs, and videos from us (1,249 from our local collection, 1,353 ordered from other MU libraries, and 627 items ordered from OhioLINK - that means that more than 60% of the items used by campus patrons came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 13% decrease from 2012-2013. We also received 65 articles, books, and audiovisual items from libraries worldwide through interlibrary loan. 

- The GHL collection registered 4,048 checkouts (that's the 1,249 items checked out by Middletown patrons above, plus 1617 items sent to OhioLINK users, and 1,182 sent to other MU libraries - that means that more than 60% of the uses of our materials came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 10% decrease from 2012-2013. We also sent 116 articles, books, and audiovisual items to libraries worldwide through interlibrary loan. 

- GHL patrons checked out 2,148 reserve items from us (this includes faculty-placed course reservestextbooks on reserve, laptops, iPads, and other equipment). That is an 17% decrease from 2012-2013. 

- In terms of building up our collection, Middletown faculty, staff, and students ordered 1,047 items to add to our collection this year. That is a 21% decrease from 2012-2013.  That total includes 5 e-books.

- We registered a total of 6,304 checkouts of items in our collection (reserves and circulating materials). The circulating items at GHL number 28,847, so each item in the collection circulated 0.21 times this year (all items in our library circulate). 

- One additional item of interest on item checkouts that happen at our library is the number of items checked our to patrons of other OhioLINK libraries.  We had 423 items sent from OhioLINK libraries and checked out at GHL by patrons from other OhioLINK institutions (using our Pickup Anywhere service - an 87% increase from 2012-13).  We also had 80 of our items borrowed by these OhioLINK patrons in person - a 95% increase from 2012-13).

The Quest for Information
- Middletown patrons downloaded 8,710 full-text articles from Ebsco databases provided to us through OhioLINK . This reflects a new way of measuring your search activity, mainly due to the addition of our Articles & More service in the fall of 2012.  Since that service searches multiple databases at once, our number of searches was multiplied by the number of databases.  So, we'll stick with article downloads and search sessions (7,512 in 2013-2014).

- On their way to these databases, 46 people visit our web site every day. That's a total of 16,906 visits for the year, by 6,285 unique individuals. That's a 1% drop in visits and a 16% increase in unique visitors from 2012-2013.

A Place for Work, Study, and Remove from the World
- GHL is open 61 hours per week.

- We average 280 visitors per day, for a total of 67,207 visits this year.  This reflects a 21% increase from 2012-2013.  

- We regularly schedule the library learning lab (GRD 111) for single class sessions. We also had 2 classes meet there weekly during fall semester and 2 met there during the spring.  We also made use of our study rooms, with 1 class meeting weekly during the fall in STAR Lounge 1, and 6 classes meeting weekly during the fall and 6 classes meeting weekly during the spring in STAR Lounge 2.

- Our two STAR Lounges have been checked out 108 times this year by students.  They were also used weekly by librarians and other faculty and staff members for meetings. 

Helping You Find What You Need
- We logged a total of 630 questions that we answered from our InfoDesk during the year, which averages out to nearly 3 per day.  We do not log every question,we answered, nor every time we check books out, but we try to capture all lengthy interactions with you.  39% of those questions involved technology questions, 29% focused on circulation procedures or policies, 18% were directing people to locations or resources in the library or on campus, and 14% were research-related.  68% of all questions were asked in-person at the desk, while 23% were by phone, 3% by text or instant messaging, and 5% came through email.  Below is an image of the most common words that the questions involved.


- Inside and outside of the library, we gave library instruction presentations in 73 classes this year, reaching 1315 students (a decrease of 17% from 2012-2013). The courses represented were from 21 different departments.

- Our Embedded Librarian program reached students from 80 course sections in their Niihka course sites during the academic year (that is a 19% increase over 2012-2013). We helped over 2065 students with their information needs through the program.

What don't we know about how the library is used?
- One key part missing from these figures is off-campus use of library resources: all off-campus use is tallied as MU-wide use, so we do not know how many Middletown patrons are using databases from home.  We have also lost meaningful data for on-campus use from some of our OhioLINK full-text resources.

- We don't have campus-specific stats for all database searches - we're missing uses of Lexis-Nexis and other databases.

- We hope you'll continue to let us know what you think about the library, what you need from us, and what materials we should order for the collection.

On Average
Taking these numbers and guesstimating a total Middletown community of 2500 students, faculty and staff members (and including community patrons), here's what can be said about the average person on campus. She:

- checks two items out from the library in a year (reserves and local/MU/OhioLINK collection items)
- downloads three full-text articles each year.
- accesses the library web site seven times per year.
- participates in a library instruction session or an embedded librarian course more than once per year (if she is a student).

Thanks to everyone for making the library and its resources a vital part of your academic lives!