Wednesday, June 08, 2016

How was the library used in 2014/15?

Playing a little catch-up, as I failed to get these statistics together in the summer of 2015.  I will post the stats from fiscal year 2016 in July.

Here are the full annual stats from fiscal year 2015 (the 2014-15 academic year) 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, 2014 to June 30, 2015. 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 2,912 books, DVDs, and videos from us (1,102 from our local collection, 1,193 ordered from other MU libraries, and 617 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 10% decrease in borrowing from 2013-2014. We also received 55 articles, books, and audiovisual items from libraries worldwide through interlibrary loan. 

- The GHL collection registered 3,589 checkouts (that's the 1,102 items checked out by Middletown patrons above, plus 1503 items sent to OhioLINK users, and 984 sent to other MU libraries - that means that 70% of the uses of our materials came from libraries beyond GHL). That is an 11% decrease in checkouts from 2013-2014. We also sent 98 articles, books, and audiovisual items to libraries worldwide through interlibrary loan. 

- GHL patrons checked out 2,391 reserve items from us (this includes faculty-placed course reservestextbooks on reserve, laptops, iPads, and other equipment). That is an 11% increase from 2013-2014. 

- In terms of building up our collection, Middletown faculty, staff, and students ordered 994 items to add to our collection this year. That is a 5% decrease from 2013-2014.  That total includes 4 e-books.

- We registered a total of 5,980 checkouts of items in our collection (reserves and circulating materials). The circulating items at GHL number 29,348, so each item in the collection circulated 0.20 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 out to patrons of other OhioLINK libraries.  We had 195 items sent from OhioLINK libraries and checked out at GHL by patrons from other OhioLINK institutions (using our Pickup Anywhere service - a 46% decrease from 2013-14).  We also had 18 of our items borrowed by OhioLINK patrons at a different OhioLINK library - a 77% decrease from 2013-14).

The Quest for Information
- Middletown patrons spent 9,795 search sessions downloading 12,544 full-text articles from Ebsco databases provided to us through Miami University and OhioLINK.  This only represents use of the databases on campus.  Those numbers reflect a 30% increase in search sessions and a 44% increase in downloads from 2013-2014).

- On their way to these databases, 43 people visit our web site every day. That's a total of 15,729 visits for the year, by 6,710 unique individuals. That's a 7% drop in visits and a 7% increase in unique visitors from 2013-2014.

A Place for Work, Study, and Remove from the World
- GHL is open 57 hours per week.

- We average 260 visitors per day, for a total of 62,334 visits this year.  This reflects a 7% decrease from 2013-2014 (we also decreased our hours by 6%).  

- We regularly schedule the library learning lab (GRD 111) for single class sessions. We also had 3 classes meet there weekly during fall semester and 4 met there during the spring.  We also made use of our study rooms with 7 classes meeting weekly during the fall and 5 classes meeting weekly during the spring in STAR Lounge 2.

- Our two STAR Lounges have been checked out 137 times this year by students.  That represents a 27% increase from 2013-14.  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 414 questions that we answered from our InfoDesk during the year, which averages out to nearly 2 per day.  We do not log every question we answer, nor every time we check books out, but we try to capture all lengthy interactions with you.  

- 35% of those questions involved technology questions, 29% focused on circulation procedures or policies, 21% were directing people to locations or resources in the library or on campus, and 15% were research-related.  60% of all questions were asked in-person at the desk, while 27% were by phone, 3% by text or instant messaging, and 10% came through email. 

- Inside and outside of the library, we gave library instruction presentations in 63 classes this year, reaching 1109 students (a decrease of 14% from 2013-2014). The courses represented were from 21 different departments.

- Our Embedded Librarian program reached students from 80 course sections in their Niihka and Canvas course sites during the academic year (that is the same number we had in 2013-2014). We helped over 1,777 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)
- visits the library 25 times per year
- downloads five full-text articles each year.
- accesses the library web site six 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!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

New Books and DVDs added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in May!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in April! We added 43 books, e-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.

Here are six titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:

  • Blood year:  the unraveling of Western counterterrorism / David Kilcullen 
  • Girls and sex: navigating the complicated new landscape / Peggy Orenstein
  • Allegiant / Veronica Roth (Playway)
  • The madwoman upstairs: a novel / Catherine Lowell
  • The China challenge: shaping the choices of a rising power / Thomas J. Christensen
  • Principles of brewing science: a study of serious brewing issues / George Fix

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. We are eager to hear from you about individual items you would like us to buy, or types of items we should be on the lookout for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection. Your input will help us keep the collection working well for 2015/16 and beyond!  We've purchased 1006 items this year so far, and we'll get several more cataloged in June.

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Amy Carmichael (carmicae@miamioh.edu), or drop by the library with your request. And pass your general suggestions or comments about the collection to us in those same ways.

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

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Library Open On Saturday Before Finals - Find Study Space and Refreshing Beverages and Mints!

The Gardner-Harvey Library will offer extra study hours to students on Saturday, May 7, 2016. We will be open from Noon until 4:00pm that day.

If you need a quiet place to study, please come to the library and use our open seating areas, our study nooks, or the Group Study Area downstairs. Staff will be on hand to provide assistance.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, and mints will be available to help you stay aware and awake.


New books and DVDs added in April at the Gardner-Harvey Library!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in April! We added 101 books, e-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.

Here are six titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:

  • Alexander Hamilton / Ron Chernow 
  • Ctrl + Z: the right to be forgotten / Meg Leta Jones
  • Black Flags: the rise of ISIS / Joby Warrick
  • Praxis core academic skills for educators exam secrets  : study guide
  • NCLEX-RN practice questions : NCLEX practice tests & exam review for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses
  • Eligible: a novel / Curtis Sittenfeld

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. We are eager to hear from you about individual items you would like us to buy, or types of items we should be on the lookout for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection. Your input will help us keep the collection working well for 2015/16 and beyond!

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Amy Carmichael (carmicae@miamioh.edu), or drop by the library with your request. And pass your general suggestions or comments about the collection to us in those same ways.

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Library Renovation Plans

The Gardner-Harvey Library has been undergoing a slow metamorphosis during this academic year, and the pace of our change is about to speed up.  Here is how your library experience may be affected as we complete Spring Semester and enter the summer.

Beginning on May 16th, a temporary wall will be constructed to separate the book stacks, the InfoDesk, and our public computer area from the renovation zone.  By the start of Fall Semester, eight study rooms, a new TEC Lab makerspace, and four staff offices will be added in the zone.  By November, a new elevator will be in place.  

For the summer, however, the library will be much smaller in size, and we will not have an elevator in service.  You will have full access to our collection, our computers, deliveries of library materials from Miami University and OhioLINK libraries, and assistance from the library staff.  We will be able to schedule the GRD 111 computer lab for your use, but STAR Lounges 1 and 2 will not be available as they are being used for temporary staff offices and storage. 

Most of the library will be fully open and furnished between now and the Thursday of Finals Week.  Starting on May 6th, the STAR Lounges will begin to be occupied by library staff.  On May 12th, we will begin the final move of furniture out of the renovation zone.

During Finals Week, the library staff will provide free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, and mints for your enjoyment as you study.  Check our library hours page and note our special Saturday study hours on May 7th and our upcoming summer hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  Thank you for putting up with our growing pains!

John

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

burkejj@miamioh.edu
513-727-3293

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stressed out? Contact the Library!

Everyone has a lot to do at the end of the semester. The library staff can help you with your final tasks before Finals Week.

  • Need one more source for your paper or project?
  • Want to have someone check your citations?
  • Looking for a quiet spot to write, create, or study?

These last-minute adjustments can improve a paper or project, and increase your grade.  Contact us today and we can help! Chat, text, e-mail, call, set up a meeting, or just drop by. Trust us, you'll feel better.



Image provided through a Creative Commons Attribution License by Thomas Haynie.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

May the 4th Be With You: Join us for an Open House and Star Wars Day at the TEC Lab!

Do you like making things?  Do you like Star Wars?  Would you like to see everything the TEC Lab has to offer?

Join us Wednesday, May 4th for an open house and a celebration of Star Wars Day (between 12pm and 2pm OR between 6pm and 8pm)!.  That's right . . . it's our first workshop with evening hours.

For Star Wars Day, we'll make Star Wars origami figures, and show off some other themed creations.

We'll also demonstrate all of the things you can make in the TEC Lab and all of the technology and gear we have to make them, including:

  • 3Doodler handheld creations
  • Google Cardboard smartphone virtual reality headsets
  • 3D printing
  • Book page crafts
  • LED light and battery projects
  • 3D scanning
  • Cameo Silhouette paper/fabric design cutter
  • Wood burning pens
  • Green screen
  • And our brand new laser engraver and cutter!

This is our last event for the semester, and it will count toward the 2 event minimum to qualify to win a Kindle Fire from the library this semester.  We will draw for a winner on May 5th.



Jedi Master Yoda image provided through a Creative Commons Attribution License by Pablo Garcia.

Friday, April 01, 2016

New books and DVDs added in March at the Gardner-Harvey Library!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in March! We added 130 books, e-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.

Here are five titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:

  • The Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of Big Data 
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation / Keeanga‐Yamahtta Taylor
  • Guns and contemporary society : the past, present, and future of firearms and firearm policy
  • Imbeciles : the Supreme Court, American eugenics, and the sterilization of Carrie Buck
  • Lit up : one reporter, three schools, twenty‐four books that can change lives / David Denby

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. We are eager to hear from you about individual items you would like us to buy, or types of items we should be on the lookout for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection. Your input will help us keep the collection working well for 2015/16 and beyond!

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Jennifer Hicks (hicksjl2@miamioh.edu), or drop by the library with your request. And pass your general suggestions or comments about the collection to us in those same ways.

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