Friday, August 05, 2022

New books and more added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in July!

 

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 skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in July! 

We added 152 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: 
  • Where research begins : choosing a research project that matters to you (and the world) / Thomas S. Mullaney and Christopher Rea
  • Dungeons 'n' durags : one black nerd's comical quest of racial identity and crisis of faith / Ron Dawson
  • Beep : inside the unseen world of baseball for the blind / David Wanczyk
  • The nowhere office : reinventing work and the workplace of the future / Julia Hobsbawm
  • This is all I got : a new mother's search for home / by Lauren Sandler
  • Other people's colleges : the origins of American higher education reform / Ethan W. Ris
  • O say can you hear? : a cultural biography of  The Star-spangled banner  / Mark Clague
  • A trail of crab tracks / Patrice Nganang   translated from the French by Amy B. Reid"
  • The trans guide to mental health and well-being / Katy Lees
  • Climate change as class war : building socialism on a warming planet / Matthew T. Huber
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. 

We're just starting our fiscal year for 2022/23, so we look forward to your suggestions of items to add to the collection.  

Thursday, August 04, 2022

September's Middletown Book for Discussion: Crying in H Mart

 



The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Wednesday, September 14.  Our title is Michelle Zauner's Crying in H Mart.  Here is a brief summary:

"From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon;of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the east coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her."  

Here is where you can find the book:
  • There are several copies available through MiamiOhioLINK, and SearchOhio.  
  • Amazon has the hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook 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 Homegoing, the group also shared these titles for consideration at their August 1 meeting:
  • You Are A Badass At Making Money, Jen Sincero
  • The Last Dress from Paris, Jade Beer
  • The Next Thing You Know, Jessica Strawser
  • The Humans, Matt Haig
  • Resident Alien (Sci-fi network)
  • Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner
  • Baudolino, Umberto Eco
We will meet at 12 pm on the 14th both in Room 123 in the Library and in Zoom at 

Passcode: 252331
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



Wednesday, July 13, 2022

How was the Gardner-Harvey Library used in 2021/22?

A work table in the library's TEC Lab makerspace that was built using old wooden ends of shelving units. It holds a computer, two 3D printers, and books on makerspace activities.


Here are the full annual statistics from fiscal year 2022 (the 2021/22 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.

Was this a year of the new normal?  It was at least a year when the COVID pandemic did not close the library at any point.  At the start of July, the entire library staff returned to on-site staffing.  We returned to closer-to-normal operating hours for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, staying open until 7:00pm from Monday to Thursday and being open a full day on Fridays (8am to 5pm). With a preponderance of Middletown classes still being online for Fall and Spring (roughly 65%) we did see fewer students and faculty on campus and therefore using the library.


It was certainly the year that we finally built a work table from some old wooden shelving ends (shown in the image above). That now stands in the TEC Lab and contains our laser cutter computer, some supplies for the laser cutter, and two 3D printers (oh, and also our circulating collection of makerspace-related books). We've talked about it for several years, and in Winter Term 2022, this long term project was finally completed!

These statistics reflect what happened between July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. 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 2000 students, faculty and staff members (and including community patrons), here's what can be said about the average person on campus. She:


- checks out one item from the library each year (reserves and local/MU/OhioLINK collection items)
- visits the library 8 times per year
- accesses the library web site 5 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 1275 books and DVDs from us (766 from our local collection, 196 ordered from other MU libraries, and 313 items ordered from OhioLINK - that means that 40% of the items used by campus patrons came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 50% increase in total borrowing over 2020-2021.

- The GHL collection registered 2484 checkouts (that's the 766 items checked out by Middletown patrons above, plus 1,308 items sent to OhioLINK users, and 406 sent to other MU libraries - that means that 69% of the uses of our materials came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 3% decrease in total lending over 2020-2021. 

- GHL patrons checked out 1015 reserve items from us (this includes faculty-placed course reserves, textbooks on reserve, study rooms, laptops, iPads, and other equipment). That is a 54% increase from 2020-2021. Textbooks on reserve checkouts totaled 53 in 2021-22, an increase of 61% from 2020-21. 

- In terms of building up our collection, Middletown faculty, staff, and students ordered 2001 items to add to our collection this year. That is a 32% increase from 2020-2021.  

- We registered a total of 3,499 checkouts of items in our collection (reserves and circulating materials). The circulating items at GHL number 32,036, so each item in the collection circulated 0.10 times this year (all items in our library circulate). 


The Quest for Information

- 31 people visit our web site every day. That's a total of 11,302 visits for the year, by 5,727 unique individuals. That's a 22% decrease in visits and a 45% increase in unique visitors from 2020-21.

- Gardner-Harvey Librarians also create and maintain subject and course guides 
called LibGuides for our databases and other information sources.  In 2021-22, we were responsible for 69 LibGuides, either individually or in cooperation with our colleagues at the Rentschler Library in Hamilton or University Libraries in Oxford.  Those guides received a total of 28,938 visits during the year, for an average of 419 visits per guide.


Helping You Find What You Need

- In synchronous Zoom, Meet, and WebEx sessions, we gave library instruction presentations in 9 classes this year, reaching 208 students (a decrease of 5% from 2020-2021). 

- Our Embedded Librarian program reached students from 29 course sections in their Canvas course sites during the academic year (that is a 12% increase from 2020-2021). We helped over 682 students with their information needs through the program.


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

- GHL will be open 53 hours per week for Fall 2022, and we maintained those hours during he regular semesters for all of 2021-22 (reducing hours for the summers and winter break). 

- We averaged 66 visitors per day, for a total of 16,229 visits this year. This reflects an 87% increase from 2020-2021. Our best attended day was May 10, 2022, with 196 visitors. We had 162 days with 50 or more visitors (66% of our open days)

- With increased needs for participating in Zoom sessions, and lessening of restrictions for people to meet in small groups, we had nine study rooms checked out 746 times this year by students, faculty, and staff members. That represents a 92% increase from 2020-21.  

- We were fully back to hosting in-person events, but several were held simultaneously in Zoom (a mode we will likely continue into the future). We had a total of 32 events:  12 MUM Book Discussion Group meetings, six TEC Lab workshops, five National Parks geology presentations by Dr. Tammie Gerke, "My Strange and Spooky World" with author James Willis, our Human Library event, three Regional Libraries diversity book discussions, and four "Camper's Choice" sessions for the STEAM Studio program in June 2022.  Total attendance for the events was 392, for an average of 12 people per event.  


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.


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 of the pandemic, and we look forward to even more improvements in 2022/23).

The Gardner-Harvey Library Staff

Friday, July 01, 2022

New books and more added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in June!


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 skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in June! 

By the way, we just moved our New Books display into a new area in the library (as shown above), to the far left of our Info Desk.  

We added 145 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: 
  • Accessible vacations : an insider's guide to 10 national parks / Simon J. Hayhoe
  • No escape : the true story of China's genocide of the Uyghurs / Nury Turkel
  • In the houses of their dead : the Lincolns, the Booths, and the spirits / Terry Alford
  • On the trail of the jackalope : how a legend captured the world's imagination and helped us cure cancer / Michael P. Branch
  • Tree thieves : crime and survival in North America's woods / Lyndsie Bourgon
  • Junk science and the American criminal justice system / M. Chris Fabricant
  • Breaking ranks : how the rankings industry rules higher education and what to do about it / Colin Diver
  • The essence of film noir : the style and themes of cinema's dark genre / Diana Royer
  • Under the skin : the hidden toll of racism on American lives and the health of a nation / Linda Villarosa
  • Elusive : how Peter Higgs solved the mystery of mass / Frank Close
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. 

This is the last update from our 2022 fiscal year, which is now concluded.  We added 2001 items to the collection, thanks to you!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

July/August's Middletown Book for Discussion: Homegoing

 


The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, August 2.  Our title is Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing.  Here is a brief summary:

"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial and live in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, and her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation."  

Here is where you can find the book:
  • There are several copies available through MiamiOhioLINK, and SearchOhio.  
  • Amazon has the hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook 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 Hamnet, the group also shared these titles for consideration at their June 28 meeting:
  • Midnight's Children and the Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie
  • A Single Thread, Tracy Chevalier
  • Winds of War, Herman Wouk
  • The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act, Isaac Butler
  • Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the 20th Century, Dana Stevens
  • The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso
  • Deacon King Kong, James McBride
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
We will meet at 12 pm on the 2nd both in Room 123 in the Library and in Zoom at 

Passcode: 308825
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



Monday, June 06, 2022

New books (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 skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in May! We added 206 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 garden of broken things / Francesca Momplaisir
  • The case of the married woman : Caroline Norton and her fight for women's justice / Antonia Fraser
  • The accidental history of the U.S. immigration courts : war, fear, and the roots of dysfunction / Alison Peck
  • To die for the people : the writings of Huey P. Newton / edited by Toni Morrison
  • My body is not a prayer request : disability justice in the church / Amy Kenny
  • 8 billion and counting : how sex, death, and migration shape our world / Jennifer D. Sciubba
  • What's your zip code story? : understanding and overcoming class bias in the workplace / CJ Gross
  • My old Kentucky home : the astonishing life and reckoning of an iconic American song / Emily Bingham
  • Liarmouth : a feel-bad romance / John Waters
  • Can fish count? : what animals reveal about our uniquely mathematical minds / Brian Butterworth
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. 

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

Thursday, June 02, 2022

June's Middletown Book for Discussion: Eligible (June 28)

 


The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, June 28.  Our title is Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible.  Here is a brief summary:

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice...Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown (Cincinnati) when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters' football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin's unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon."  

Here is where you can find the book:
  • There are several copies available through MiamiOhioLINK, and SearchOhio.  
  • Amazon has the hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook 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 Hamnet, the group also shared these titles for consideration at their May 31 meeting:
  • The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare, Arliss Ryan
  • Shakespeare: the World As Stage, Bill Bryson
  • Upstart Crow (BBC sitcom about Shakespeare)
  • Grandma Gatewood's Walk: the Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, Ben Montgomery
  • How the Wild Effect Turned Me Into a Hiker at 69, Jane Congdon
  • Once There Were Wolves, Charlotte McConaghy
  • State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  • The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, Lars Mytting
  • The Two Family House, Lyndia Cohen Loigman
  • The Honey-Don't List, Christina Lauren
  • What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life, Mark Doty
  • Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series
  • The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  • A Million Reasons Why, Jessica Strawser
  • The Henna Artist, Alka Joshi
  • The Salt Eaters, Toni Cade Bambara
We will meet at 12 pm on the 28th both in Room 123 in the Library and in Zoom at 

Passcode: 678264
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



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