Monday, August 29, 2016

New study rooms and room reservation system at Gardner-Harvey Library!

Our library renovation has added 8 new study rooms, which may be reserved by you in advance. There are now 10 study rooms on the main floor of the library. 


The following list shows the room numbers and their capacities. Each room is equipped with a TV to display content from patrons' laptops and a whiteboard.

Study Room 110 - 12 person
Study Room 112 - 6 person
Study Room 120 - 2 person
Study Room 121 - 4 person
Study Room 122 - 4 person
Study Room 123 - 10 person
Study Room 124 - 10 person
Study Room 126 - 6 person
Study Room 128 - 6 person
Study Room 133 - 6 person

Using the online reservation system, you may login with your Miami Unique ID and password, and then reserve a study room for up to two hours, up to two weeks in advance. Rooms may also be requested in person at our InfoDesk, or by contacting the library staff by email, chat, or phone.


Textbooks on Reserve in Miami University Regionals Libraries

With the fall semester quickly approaching, it is time to make sure the libraries have everything we need to help students succeed academically.  The Miami University Regionals Libraries offer the Textbooks on Reserve service so that students can check out select textbooks for 2 hour periods. 

We do our best to keep up to date on our listings, but want to make sure we aren't missing something you feel would benefit students.  With these links, Middletown Textbooks on Reserve and Hamilton Textbooks on Reserve, you can browse the current lists of textbooks on reserve at each campus library. These lists are being updated for fall, and several books will be added after new editions arrive.
 
If you have any questions or would like to donate a textbook for your class, please contact:

At Middletown
Jenifer Hicks
727-3221 

And at Hamilton
Dana Carlsen
785-3179

Thursday, August 25, 2016

#MoveInMiami - Help students succeed by supporting the Library

#MoveInMiami -- a one-day fundraiser for Miami University -- is today, Thursday, August 25! It supports activities throughout the University, and the library has been added to the list of possible funds to receive donations. 

As an added bonus to regional campus donors and friends, our retired Regional Dean Mike Pratt and his wife Patty will personally contribute $10 to the fund of your choice for each new gift raised on 8/25 (a gift must be $5 or more and must be given to a regional campus fund).  And if this day of giving reaches our 400 donor goal, our interim Regional Dean Cathy Bishop-Clark and her husband Greg will give $1,000 to the regional campus fund that has the most donors.

This is an exciting opportunity for the library to raise gift funds to support our programming, add new books and technology, and provide services to students, faculty and staff members, and members of the Middletown community.  We hope to increase the number of textbooks we let students borrow and the number of laptops and iPads we are able to check out to students.  Another big push for us this year is buying supplies for 3D printing and other creative activities as we teach students to innovate in our TEC Lab makerspace.

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 25 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://miamioh.edu/burkejj

Friday, August 19, 2016

We welcome you to the library this fall with free beverages all week!

We welcome you back to the Gardner-Harvey Library this fall!

Come enjoy our newly renovated space and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or lemonade during the first week of classes.  We'll have beverages available from Monday, August 29 to Friday, September 2.

Stop by and see what a busy summer has meant for the library.


Monday, August 01, 2016

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

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in July! We added 169 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 seven titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:

  • White Trash : the 400‐year untold history of class in America / Nancy Isenberg
  • Polymers on the crime scene : forensic analysis of polymeric trace evidence / Valerio Causin
  • Helping children succeed : what works and why / Paul Tough
  • The bellwether : why Ohio picks the president / Kyle Kondik
  • Hacked : the inside story of America's struggle to secure cyberspace / Charlie Mitchell
  • What have plants ever done for us? : western civilization in fifty plants / Stephen Harris
  • Siracusa / Delia Ephron

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 as we enter into 2016/17!  We're looking forward to what you'll recommend next.

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!

Friday, July 08, 2016

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

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in June! We added 188 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 seven titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:

  • Psychology as a major : is it right for me and what can I do with my degree? / Donna E. Palladino Schultheiss 
  • Whipping girl : a transsexual woman on sexism and the scapegoating of femininity / Julia Serano
  •  I love learning  I hate school  : an anthropology of college / Susan D. Blum
  • Television, social media, and fan culture / edited by Alison F. Slade, Amber J. Narro, and Dedria Givens-Carroll
  • A year of movies : 365 films to watch on the date they happened / Ivan Walters
  • A tyranny of petticoats : 15 stories of belles, bank robbers & other badass girls / edited by Jessica Spotswood
  • Lab girl / Hope Jahren

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 as we enter into 2016/17!  We purchased 1194 items during 2015/16, and we're looking forward to what you'll recommend next.

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, 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!