Thursday, July 11, 2024

How was the Gardner-Harvey Library used in 2023/2024?

The TEC SPACE makerspace on the lower level of the Gardner-Harvey Library.


Here are the full annual statistics from fiscal year 2024 (the 2023/24 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.

Much like last academic year, we were open during the semesters from 8am to 7pm from Monday to Thursday and open on Fridays from 8am to 5pm. A preponderance of Middletown classes were, once again, held online for Fall and Spring (roughly 66% for the entire academic year), so we did still see a smaller number of students and faculty on campus and therefore in the library. But attendance at our events increased, as did some other measurable uses of the library.

The library roof replacement was completed in the first half of FY24, much to the joy of patrons and staff alike! We spent a very dry winter and spring, with no buckets or garbage cans full of water to empty. The library also had a beautiful interior paint job, with new accent colors all around. The image above is of our newly painted and arranged TEC SPACE on our lower level.

These statistics reflect what happened between July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. Some stats we keep locally, others we pull from university-wide or OhioLINK-wide systems, and some are provided by database vendors.

Read on for full details on these and other activities.

On Average

Taking the statistics below and guesstimating a total Middletown community of 1200 students, faculty and staff members (and including community patrons), here's what can be said about the average person on campus. She:

- checks out nearly three items from the library each year (reserves and local/MU/OhioLINK collection items)

- visits the library 16 times per year

- accesses the library web site eight times per year.

- participates in a library instruction session or an embedded librarian course once every two years (if she is a student).

Now on to the detailed analysis!

Both a Borrower and a Lender Be

- GHL patrons checked out 970 books and DVDs from us (745 from our local collection, 149 ordered from other MU libraries, and 76 items ordered from OhioLINK - that means that 23% of the items used by campus patrons came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 15% decrease in GHL patron borrowing over 2022-2023.

- The GHL collection registered 3249 checkouts (that's the 745 items checked out by Middletown patrons above, plus 1898 items sent to OhioLINK users, and 606 sent to other MU libraries - that means that 77% of the uses of our materials came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 10% decrease in total lending over 2022-2023.

- GHL patrons checked out 2488 reserve items from us (this includes faculty-placed course reserves, textbooks on reserve, study rooms, laptops, and other equipment). That is a 66% increase from 2022-2023. Textbooks on reserve checkouts totaled 52 in 2023-24, an increase of 27% from 2022-23.

- In terms of building up our collection, Middletown faculty, staff, and students ordered 1073 items to add to our collection this year. That is a 64% decrease from 2022-2023.  

- We registered a total of 5737 checkouts of items in our collection (reserves and circulating materials). The circulating items at GHL number 32,754, so each item in the collection circulated 0.18 times this year (all items in our library circulate).

The Quest for Information

- 26 people visit our web site every day. That's a total of 9,614 visits for the year, by 3,145 unique individuals. That's a 9% decrease in visits and a 3% decrease in unique visitors from 2022-23.

- Gardner-Harvey Librarians also create and maintain (with our colleagues at the Rentschler Library in Hamilton and University Libraries in Oxford) subject and course guides called LibGuides for our databases and other information sources. You may find guides for each of the Regional degrees, plus guides for individual courses and specialized areas of research.

Helping You Find What You Need

- Every day we answer questions from students, faculty, and staff through multiple means of contact. You may see the various ways to reach us on our Contact Us page, including in-person, by chat, text, e-mail, or phone, or by setting up a Research Consultation.

- In face to face and synchronous Zoom sessions, we gave library instruction presentations in 9 classes this year, reaching 147 students (a decrease of 133% from 2022-2023).

- Our Embedded Librarian program reached students from 21 course sections in their Canvas course sites during the academic year (that is a 10% decrease from 2022-2023). We helped over 411 students with their information needs through the program.

A Place for Work, Study, and Remove from the World

- GHL was open 53 hours per week during the regular semesters in 2022-2023 (reducing hours for the summer and winter and spring breaks).

- We averaged 104 visitors per day, for a total of 19497 visits this year. This is based on our new door counter system, which did not begin counting until the first day of classes in the Fall 2023 semester (August 28). The statistics run from then through June 30, 2024. Just looking at total visits (and knowing that FY23 had gate counter issues at the end of the fiscal year), this reflects a 9% increase from 2022-2023. Our best attended day was April 22, 2024, with 223 visitors. We had 176 days with 50 or more visitors (84% of our open days).

- In FY23, we converted one of our study rooms into the GHL Lounge, a spot for students to relax, play with our Nintendo Switch and Oculus VR headset, get free coffee and snacks, and use our microwave and refrigerator. The room was heavily used in FY24, and students benefited from not only the items listed above but also our Care Cabinet, which supplies personal hygiene products to students (many of which were donated by Regional faculty and staff). Jennifer Hicks and Jessie Long also sought and were awarded a Miami University Libraries Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant in late 2023 to provide hygiene supplies and snacks, which bolstered our efforts.

- The demand for study rooms has continued to surge, both for individual study and Zoom participation and also small group meetings and study sessions. Our nine study rooms were checked out 2010 times this year by students, faculty, and staff members. That represents a 69% increase from 2022-23.  

- We hosted 59 events in FY24, a mixture of in-person and in-person/Zoom simultaneously.  These included:

  • Eleven MUM Book Discussion Group meetings.
  • Six Diversity Book discussions (co-sponsored with the Rentschler Library and the Regional Centers for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).
  • Eight TEC Lab workshops and four pop-up making workshops.
  • Six National Parks geology/archaeology presentations by Dr. Tammie Gerke.
  • Four Inside Biology talks by Dr. Al Cady.
  • Four Underground Academy presentations by Regional faculty members.
  • "Weird OH Road Trips" with author James Willis.
  • Five "Camper's Choice" sessions for the STEAM Studio program in July 2023 and June 2024.  

Total attendance for the events was 766 participants, for an average of 13 people per event.  

Helping to share ideas and spread the word

People may not know that we offer poster printing services for departments and individuals at the Regionals. You may use our form to request a poster print job for a final product that can be as large as 42" in one dimension and almost any size in the other dimension (since we print from a roll of paper). We print a number of academic posters for conferences and capstone projects, and also many marketing materials (a 24" x 36" poster is our most common requested item). We have two printers, and offer printing in both a standard coated poster paper and a photo quality paper. To give you a sense of how much we print, we recently worked with Technology Services (our partner in poster printing) for a one year analysis of posters. From April 1, 2023 to April 1, 2024, we printed 875 coated posters (4203.53 square feet of posters) and 64 photo quality posters (519.67 square feet). You are able to pick up your poster at our library, or we can send it to Hamilton in campus mail.

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 estimate a lot of you are).

- We don't have campus-specific stats for all database searches - we're missing uses of Nexis Uni, the EBSCO databases, and other databases that are tracked on a whole-university level.

- 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. We should note that we are experiencing a 42% budget cut for FY25, and books will only be added to the collection on a case by case basis. Streaming video licenses will also not be able to be purchased in FY25.

Thanks to everyone for making the library and its resources a vital part of your academic lives! We really appreciate the opportunity to meet your needs in the library and remotely during this year, and we look forward to even more interactions in 2024/25.

The Gardner-Harvey Library Staff

Friday, June 14, 2024

July's Middletown Book for Discussion: I Cheerfully Refuse (July 26)

 

Morning Serenity on Lake Superior.

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Friday, July 26.  Our title is I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger. Here is a brief summary:

"The tale of a bereaved and pursued musician embarking under sail on a sentient Lake Superior in search of his departed, deeply beloved, bookselling wife."  (publisher)

Here is where you can find the book:
  • There are several copies available in Miami and SearchOhio libraries.  
  • Amazon has the hardcover, paperback, and Kindle available, and Bookshop.org has links to purchase the title from independent booksellers.
Our group is always finding interesting titles to share, and we look forward to the new things you'll bring to the table.  In addition to discussing books we were revisiting from our pasts (at the start of the list below), the group also shared these titles for consideration at their June 14 meeting:

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Emma McChesney & Co., Edna Ferber
Table for Two, Amor Towles
The Demon of Unrest, Erik Larson
The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel
The Gunkel Abroad, Steven Rowley
The Bodyguard, Katherine Center
All the Glimmering Stars, Mark Sullivan
Snowblind, Ragnar Jonasson
A Solitude of Wolverines, Alice Henderson
A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
The Titanic Survivors Book Club, Timothy Schaffert

We will meet at 12 pm on the 26th both in Room 123 in the Library and in Zoom at 

Passcode:  523893
Add this event to your Google Calendar!  (which includes the Zoom information) 

Please come along to our discussion to share what you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing!

If you're looking for something interesting to read, check out our page of past and future reads at http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm

John

Monday, June 03, 2024

New book (and more) added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in May!

 


We add many new items to the collection each month, and we hope you'll check some out. Take a look at our New Books shelves or the New Media Display to help guide you to titles, or at our recently updated Pride Month display (shown above)! You may also skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in May!  

We added 132 books, e-books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list can be sorted by call number, area of our collection, or by title. There is definitely something here for everyone!

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

  • The age of guilt : the super-ego in the online world / Mark Edmundson
  • Playing big : practical wisdom for women who want to speak up, create, and lead / Tara Mohr
  • Woman, life, freedom / Marjane Satrapi with Joann Sfar
  • Klan war : Ulysses S. Grant and the battle to save Reconstruction / Fergus M. Bordewich
  • One planet, many worlds : the climate parallax / Dipesh Chakrabarty
  • Welcome to AI : a human guide to artificial intelligence / David L. Shrier
  • Number go up : inside crypto's wild rise and staggering fall / Zeke Faux
  • Who's afraid of gender? / Judith Butler
  • Insulin : a hundred-year history / Stuart Bradwel
  • Nuclear war : a scenario / Annie Jacobsen
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 look out for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection.

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email John Burke (burkejj@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. 

We look forward to your suggestions of items to add to the collection!  



Wednesday, May 15, 2024

June's Middletown Book for Discussion: Revisiting a Book From Your Past (June 14)

A photo of the shelves of books at the Ohio Book Store.


The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Friday, June 14.  We are not all reading the same title this time, but taking on more of a challenge: what is a book you've read in your past, perhaps a classic from middle school or high school, that you did not enjoy? Try reading it now, and share with the group how your perspective may have changed. We think this will be a fun experience for each individual, but will also give us a chance to discuss many books in the same session.


What will your choice be? Beowulf? The Importance of Being Earnest? The Old Man and the Sea? The Great Gatsby? Lord of the Flies? The Tempest? 

Here is where you can find the book you choose:
Our group is always finding interesting titles to share, and we look forward to the new things you'll bring to the table.  In addition to discussing Days Without End, the group also shared these titles for consideration at their May 14 meeting:

Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One More Page Before Lights Out, Shannon Reed
Olivetti, Allie Millington
The Last Supper, Rachel Cusk
The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Women, Kristin Hannah
All the Beauty in the World, Patrick Bringley
A Thousand Moons, Sebastian Barry
Pym, Mat Johnson
Beowulf
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

We will meet at 12 pm on the 14th both in Room 123 in the Library and in Zoom at 

Passcode:  593209
Add this event to your Google Calendar!  (which includes the Zoom information) 

Please come along to our discussion to share what you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing!

If you're looking for something interesting to read, check out our page of past and future reads at http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm

John

"Ohio Book Store" by Rrrrred is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Join us for our May events at the Gardner-Harvey Library!

The Gardner-Harvey Library staff would like to take this time to invite you to participate in our May events!  If you have any questions about them, please let us know. Additional information on the events is available (and will be updated) in our Events Calendar.  Everyone is welcome to attend!



May the 4th be with you sign

TEC Lab: May the 4th Be With You
Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 2-4pm

We know the calendar says it’s the eighth, but we’re celebrating this “Star Wars”- themed holiday by crafting items that are out of this world! Join us in the Library from 2-4 PM.



Image of multiple echinodermata

Animals You Know of But Not About: Echinodermata
Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 4pm

Al Cady, professor of Biological Sciences at Miami University Regionals, will take us on a journey through the inner workings of common but largely unknown animals. Join us in the SPACE (room 014) and on Zoom at 4pm. 

 

Friday, May 03, 2024

New books (and more) added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in April!

 

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month book display


We add many new items to the collection each month, and we hope you'll check some out. Take a look at our New Books shelves or the New Media Display to help guide you to titles, or at our recently updated display for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (shown above)!  You may also skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in April!  

We added 45 books, e-books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list can be sorted by call number, area of our collection, or by title. There is definitely something here for everyone!

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

  • Tracing homelands : Israel, Palestine, and the claims of belonging / by Linda Dittmar
  • New cold wars : China's rise, Russia's invasion, and America's struggle to defend the West / David E. Sanger, with Mary K. Brooks
  • Kids across the spectrums : growing up autistic in the digital age / Meryl Alper
  • Machine learning Q and AI : 30 essential questions and answers on machine learning and AI / by Sebastian Raschka
  • Thank you please come again : how gas stations feed & fuel the American South : a photographic road trip / by Kate Medley   foreword by Kiese Laymon
  • While we were burning / Sara Koffi
  • James : a novel / Percival Everett
  • All the campus lawyers : litigation, regulation, and the new era of higher education / Louis H. Guard and Joyce P. Jacobsen
  • Future of denial : the ideologies of climate change / Tad DeLay
  • Countdown : the blinding future of nuclear weapons / Sarah Scoles
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 look out for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection.

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Alan Kelley (kelleya@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. 

If you know some titles we should add, we have acquisitions funds available.  We look forward to your suggestions of items to add to the collection!  

Monday, April 22, 2024

May's Middletown Book for Discussion: Days Without End (May 14)

Gettsyburg, Civil War: soldiers with Lincoln


The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, May 14.  Our title is Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Here is a brief summary:

"Entering the U.S. army after fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland, seventeen-year-old Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, experience the harrowing realities of the Indian wars and the American Civil War between the Wyoming plains and Tennessee."  (publisher)

Here is where you can find the book:
  • There are several copies available in MiamiOhioLINK, and SearchOhio libraries.  
  • Amazon has the hardcover, paperback, and Kindle available, and Bookshop.org has links to purchase the title from independent booksellers.
Our group is always finding interesting titles to share, and we look forward to the new things you'll bring to the table.  In addition to discussing Tom Lake, the group also shared these titles for consideration at their April 19 meeting:

Poverty by Matthew Desmond
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Mercury by Amy Jo Burns
The Phoenix Crown by Katie Quinn
I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
The Hunter by Tana French
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Women by Kristin Hannah
The Last Days of Cafe Lila by Donia Bijan
Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
The Johnstown Flood, David McCullough
In the Woods, Tana French
Faithful Place, Tana French

We will meet at 12 pm on the 14th both in Room 123 in the Library and in Zoom at 

Passcode:  516984
Add this event to your Google Calendar!  (which includes the Zoom information) 

Please come along to our discussion to share what you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing!

If you're looking for something interesting to read, check out our page of past and future reads at http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm

John