Monday, July 15, 2019

How was the Gardner-Harvey Library used in 2018/19?


Here are the full annual stats from fiscal year 2019 (the 2018/19 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. 

These statistics reflect what happened between July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Some stats we keep locally, others we pull from university-wide or OhioLINK-wide systems, and some are provided by database vendors.

Highlights for this year include:
  • A 62% increase in library instruction sessions for courses.
  • A 22% increase in embedded librarians working with course sections in Canvas.
  • A 14% increase in borrowing materials by Middletown patrons.
  • Many new events held in the library.
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 nearly four items from the library in a year (reserves and local/MU/OhioLINK collection items)
- visits the library 25 times per year
- accesses the library web site 10 times per year.
- participates in a library instruction session or an embedded librarian course once per year (if she is a student).

Now on to the detailed analysis!


Both a Borrower and a Lender Be
- GHL patrons checked out 3,015 books and DVDs from us (1,176 from our local collection, 844 ordered from other MU libraries, and 995 items ordered from OhioLINK - that means that 61% of the items used by campus patrons came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 14% increase in total borrowing over 2017-2018.  

- The GHL collection registered 4,442 checkouts (that's the 1,176 items checked out by Middletown patrons above, plus 2,218 items sent to OhioLINK users, and 1042 sent to other MU libraries - that means that 73% of the uses of our materials came from libraries beyond GHL). That is a 2% decrease in total lending over 2017-2018. 

- GHL patrons checked out 3,422 reserve items from us (this includes faculty-placed course reservestextbooks on reserve, study rooms, laptops, iPads, and other equipment). That is a 27% decrease from 2017-2018. Textbooks on reserve checkouts totaled 527 in 2018-19, a decrease of 12% from 2017-18.

- In addition to those physical reserve items, we also place MU libraries-owned DVDs and VHS tapes on a digital reserve service called Video on Demand.  We had 335 videos on there for classes to use in 2018-19, and they were viewed a total of 5,719 times.  That is a decrease of 2% in views over 2017-2018.

- In terms of building up our collection, Middletown faculty, staff, and students ordered 2082 items to add to our collection this year. That is a 1% decrease from 2017-2018.  

- We registered a total of 7,864 checkouts of items in our collection (reserves and circulating materials). The circulating items at GHL number 32,043, so each item in the collection circulated 0.24 times this year (all items in our library circulate). 


The Quest for Information
- 56 people visit our web site every day. That's a total of 20,550 visits for the year, by 5,361 unique individuals. That's a 27% decrease in visits and an 8% decrease in unique visitors from 2017-2018.
- Gardner-Harvey Librarians also create and maintain subject guides to our databases and other information sources called LibGuides.  In 2017-18, we were responsible for 38 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 9,978 visits during the year, for an average of 262 visits per guide.


Helping You Find What You Need
- Inside and outside of the library, we gave library instruction presentations in 52 classes this year, reaching 921 students (an increase of 62% from 2017-2018). 

- Our Embedded Librarian program reached students from 88 course sections in their Canvas course sites during the academic year (that is a 22% increase from 2017-2018). We helped over 1,704 students with their information needs through the program.


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

- We averaged 195 visitors per day, for a total of 49,692 visits this year.  This reflects a 7% decrease from 2017-2018.  Our best attended day was August 28, 2018, with 646 visitors.  We had 46 days with 300 or more visitors (18% of our open days)

- We regularly schedule the library learning lab (GRD 111) for single class sessions. We also schedule Study Room 110 for class sessions, with four classes meeting weekly in there during the fall semester and four classes meeting weekly during the spring semester during 2018-19.

- Our nine study rooms were checked out 2,060 times this year by students, faculty, and staff members. That represents a 28% decrease from 2017-18.  The average uses per room also decreased from 318 in 2017-18 to 228 in 2018-19, which still shows a tremendous response to the rooms.

- We held several events in the library this year that we sponsored or co-sponsored.  Aside from the monthly MUM Book Discussion Group meetings (for which we do not have attendance recorded), we had 26 events (16 TEC Lab workshops, 6 National Parks geology video/lectures, and 4 Tech Tuesday workshops)).   Total attendance for Fall and Spring semesters was 75, for an average of 3 people per event (though we are missing the attendance for a number of events).  

- We also hosted sessions for the Discover STEM program in October 2018, meetings of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in November 2018 (featuring author Paul Ramos) and March 2019 (featuring educator George Sehi), an eight session Great Decisions foreign policy discussion series from January to April 2019, and poster presentations by students in GLG 121 and 244 in May 2019.  


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!

The Gardner-Harvey Library Staff

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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

We are adding many new items to the collection each month, and making sure that you can see them on display! Take a look at our New Books shelves or skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in June! We added 248 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.

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

  • Range : why generalists triumph in a specialized world / David Epstein
  • Volcanoes, palm trees, and privilege : essays on Hawai'i / Liz Prato
  • Surviving genocide : native nations and the United States from the American Revolution to bleeding Kansas / Jeffrey Ostler
  • Underland : a deep time journey / Robert Macfarlane
  • Behind the screen : content moderation in the shadows of social media / Sarah T. Roberts
  • The conservative sensibility / George F. Will
  • Wordslut : a feminist guide to taking back the English language / Amanda Montell
  • Lima : limón / Natalie Scenters-Zapico
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.

We had a very successful 2018-19 academic year, adding 2082 items to our collection.  Thank you for all of your suggestions and requests!  We've started our new fiscal year on July 1, and we're ready for new requests for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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, June 28, 2019

July's Middletown book discussion title: House of Sand and Fog

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Wednesday, July 31 to discuss Andre Dubus' House of Sand and Fog.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library.   

Here is a brief summary of the title, along with links to request the book from Miami, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio libraries (Just click "Request" and choose "Miami University" from the dropdown list.  Then enter your UniqueID and password, and the library from which you would like to retrieve the item):  

"Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice. Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course."


Read the book (or read something else interesting), then come along to our discussion to share what else you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing, and help us plan our future readings.  

Have an idea for a book to discuss?  Let us know and check out our page of past and future reads at http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm

"Craftsman House" by roarofthefour is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   

Monday, June 03, 2019

New books added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in May!

We are adding many new items to the collection each month, and making sure that you can see them on display! 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 157 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.

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

  • Inspired : slaying giants, walking on water, and loving the Bible again / Rachel Held Evans
  • Women's war : fighting and surviving the American Civil War / Stephanie McCurry
  • Collaborating with the enemy : how to work with people you don't agree with or like or trust / Adam Kahane
  • Firefighting : the financial crisis and its lessons / Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner, and Henry M. Paulson, Jr
  • Mother is a verb : an unconventional history / Sarah Knott
  • Unaccompanied migrant children : social, legal, and ethical perspectives / edited by Hille Haker and Molly Greening
  • Dare to sketch : a guide to drawing and sketching on the go / Felix Scheinberger
  • Drawdown : the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming / edited by Paul Hawken
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 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.  There is still time (and money) available to add materials in this fiscal year.

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

June's Middletown book discussion title: The Arrangement



The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, June 25 to discuss Sarah Dunn's The Arrangement.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library.   

Here is a brief summary of the title, along with links to request the book from Miami, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio libraries (Just click "Request" and choose "Miami University" from the dropdown list.  Then enter your UniqueID and password, and the library from which you would like to retrieve the item):  

"A progressive New York couple with an autistic son move to a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb and immerse themselves in the local community only to have their bond tested by an invitation to become an open-marriage couple."  


Read the book (or read something else interesting), then come along to our discussion to share what else you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing, and help us plan our future readings.  

Have an idea for a book to discuss?  Let us know and check out our page of past and future reads at http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and mints at the Middletown Library during Finals Week!


The Library will offer free coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and mints all during finals week, starting on Monday, May 13th and lasting through Friday, May 17th. 

It will be set up in our entrance area from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday. Please drop on by and enjoy a cup!

It's our way of making your last minute studying and paper/project preparation a bit more relaxing. 

We wish you well on your finals!  You got this!

Thanks for being a part of our library community!


The image above was provided through a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license by fronx.

Monday, May 06, 2019

New books added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in April!

We are adding many new items to the collection each month, and making sure that you can see them on display! Take a look at our New Books shelves or skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in April! We added 234 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.

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

  • The joy of missing out : the art of self-restraint in an age of excess / Svend Brinkmann
  • Gods and robots : myths, machines, and ancient dreams of technology / Adrienne Mayor
  • China and the Islamic world : how the new Silk Road is transforming global politics / Robert R. Bianchi
  • Sea people : the puzzle of Polynesia / Christina Thompson
  • Stony the road : reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow / Henry Louis Gates, Jr
  • Advice for future corpses * and those who love them : a practical perspective on death and dying / Sallie Tisdale
  • Natural law today : the present state of the perennial philosophy / edited by Christopher Wolfe and Steven Brust
  • Dying of whiteness : how the politics of racial resentment is killing America's heartland / Jonathan M. Metzl
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 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.  There is still time (and money) available to add materials in this fiscal year.

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