Week in Review – 15 February 2013

Library Funding/Resource Update

We have some good news to report this week in our efforts to get funding for a number of library contracts that were left in limbo with our quick transition to our current “no-spend” posture. We now anticipate that we will be able to fund the following contracts:

  • Innovative (Millennium)
  • OCLC (includes CONTENTdm)
  • MathnetBase, Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Chemical Encyclopedias (via Taylor & Francis)
  • Science and Technology Library & Social Science and Humanities Library, (several hundred online journals in both packages)
  • Mathscinet (reviews and abstracts of much of the mathematical sciences literature)
  • American Periodical Series (APS) (several hundred early American through 20th century – online journal titles)
  • Statistical Abstract of the US – online edition.
  • Social & Cultural History Online (Alexander Street Press)
  • Middle East and Islamic Encyclopedias (Brill)
  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts)
  • Most of our ASME Journals

We will also be looking to execute a four month contract for the American Physical Society journals which will give us access through April.

Currently unfunded are our American Institute of Physics journals and our collection of ebooks from ebrary. We will make some final decisions on how to approach those materials next week. We will be working to ensure that our database list through LibGuides is as accurate as possible with regard to services. If you experience issues with any services, please notify David in MPD or Melinda in Admin so that we can investigate.

Website Feedback Sought

If there were three things you could change right now about our web presence, what would those three things be? Our team looking at our site would like to have your input, so please send your ideas to me over the next week. We’re looking for those things (little or big) that you think would significantly improve usability, both for yourself and our users. Don’t be shy!

USMA Library Events

The events below will likely affect USMA Library and Jefferson Hall operations in the coming week.

Date USMA O/DEAN USMA Library Jefferson Hall Hours
15 Feb 2013
Week in Review 0700-2100
16 Feb 2013
17 Feb 2013
18 Feb 2013
Presidents Day 1300-2245
19 Feb 2013
Division Heads 0700-2245
20 Feb 2013
21 Feb 2013
How to Use Outlook SCPME 50-Year Affiliation Visit / PY201 Lecture 0700-2245
22 Feb 2013
Week in Review African American Arts Forum 0700-2100

USMA Library Metrics

USMA Library tracks a number of key statistics to measure service levels. These are their stories …

Access Services
Items Charged Out 542 620 719 1,589
Gate Count 5,294 5,871 7,008 6,750
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 1 1 2 4
Events/Meetings Attended 14 14 17 17
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 16 11 45 80
Library Instruction Sessions 4 6 6 0
Cadets Attending Sessions 194 208 106 0
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 393 52 155 151
Items Added – Digital 0 0 115 3,136
Items Added – GovDocs 0 9 84 52
Items Added – Other 249 0 45 0
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 104 113 214 100
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 53 42 56 49
Research Visits < 1 hour 12 8 17 8
Research Visits < 1 day 2 2 5 5
Research Visits > 1 day 1 0 0 1
Instruction Sessions 0 2 4 0
Cadets Taught 0 20 50 0
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 1,742 1,712 2,068 2,518
LibGuides Visits 649 516 625 846
Digital Collections Visits 106 92 133 149
Facebook Visits 100 10 15 34
Public Printer Prints 15,285 13,781 14,687 0
Public Printer Copies 824 342 750 23
Public Printer Scans 135 28 85 93

USMA Library Radar

Brief status updates on current and planned library initiatives. ★ indicates a 2012-13 objective.

Access Services
★ Communication Channels Weekly articles now publishing Assigned 31-Mar-13
★ JH 2nd Floor Review Preliminary Report: 15 February Assigned 30-Apr-13
ALSC Metrics Design Working on proof of concept Active 01-Feb-13
JH Security System Design Preparing design for contractor Paused 31-May-13
Guide to Event Planning Reworking into digital product Paused 31-May-13
★ New Employee On-Boarding Next step is review Assigned 31-May-13
Windowshade Repair Haig repair partially complete Waiting 31-May-13
Library Parking Space Awaiting DES Waiting 31-May-13
★ Gift SOP Planned 31-May-13
★ USMPS Preparing comparative scan Assigned 31-May-13
★ Gift / Needs Statements Planned 31-May-13
ConnectNY Annual Meeting Request forwarded to SJA Waiting 10-Jun-13
★ Mobile Infrastructure Waiting for Airwatch system Waiting 31-Aug-13
Fires of Hate Exhibit Dates selected for Apr-Jun 2014 Planned 15-Jan-14
Information Gateway
★ Evening Skills Clinics Underway … revisiting marketing Assigned 31-May-13
★ LibGuide Review Planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Embedded Liaisons Department work underway Assigned 31-May-13
IGD GS-09/11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
★ Academic Support Statements Statement work underway Assigned 31-Jul-13
Materials Processing
★ Collection Inventory SOP Planned 28-Feb-13
★ Gov Docs Review Assigned 30-Apr-13
Withdrawal Policy Planned 31-May-13
★ CTC Digital Collections On hold pending repository Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
Special Collections and Archives
★ Ring Case Biographies  Initial planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ WP Authors Reception  Initial planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Fee-For-Service Planned 31-May-13
★ Library History Exhibit Planned 31-May-13
SC&AD GS-06 Recruitment PD being drafted Assigned 31-May-13
Bartlett Hall Move Re-awaiting funding Assigned 30-Jun-13
Systems Management
★ Discovery Layer Vendor responses received Assigned 01-Mar-13
SMD GS-06 Recruitment Awaiting external announcement Waiting 01-Mar-13
★ Institutional Repository Planned 30-Apr-13
★ Security System Review Planned 30-Jun-13
★ Public Website Redesign Review of functionality underway Active 30-Jun-13

Food for Thought

A few quotations from the past week about libraries, information, technology, and the future

  • “But students nowadays who try to work their way through college without parental support or loans face a financial challenge of a different order than the one that Ms. Foxx, 69, confronted as a University of North Carolina undergraduate more than 40 years ago. Today, a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State, the largest university in her district, can easily cost $80,000 for a state resident, including tuition, room, board and other costs. Back in her day, the total was about $550 a year. Even with inflation, that would translate to just over $4,000 for each year it takes to earn a degree.” – College Costs, Battled a Paycheck at a Time – NYTimes.com
  • “Perhaps most disruptive of all, the University of Wisconsin is offering a fully legitimate college degree without any class time required. So long as students can pass some tests (and pay the associated costs), they can learn from anywhere in the world. To give readers a sense of how abrupt this change is, online education pioneer and founder of the YouTube-based learning website Khan Academy, Sal Khan, opined about a test-based college degree at Aspen Institute’s big-think Ideas Festival two years ago. No one, even those on the cutting edge of digital education, considered that they were talking about the very near future.” – Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch
  • “Ask yourself this: in all your years online, how many sites and services have you joined… then left behind as the next big thing came along? Do you remember what you posted on that music forum in 2004? Or which services you tried for webmail before Gmail? We’re only human, so it’s natural that we forget these services as we move on to new and better ones. The problem is, they don’t forget us. And just like a drunken Friday night photo, that data can end up in places you never intended it to go.” – Can you erase yourself from the internet? | Analysis | Features | PC Pro
  • “You know, Harvard Business School doesn’t teach accounting anymore, because there’s a guy out of BYU whose online accounting course is so good. He is extraordinary, and our accounting faculty, on average, is average. Some [universities] will survive. Most will evolve hybrid models, in which universities license some courses from an online provider like Coursera but then provide more-specialized courses in person.” – Clay Christensen: First the media gets disrupted, then comes the education industry — Tech News and Analysis
  • “It takes a very narrow focus on the whole idea of how one chooses a college and what one should consider,” said W. Kent Barnds, vice president for enrollment, communications and planning at Augustana College, in Illinois. “The criteria the scorecards rank colleges on, it dismisses some of the reasons students go to college in the first place, some of the reasons we exist.” – White House’s new scorecard oversimplifies institutions, liberal arts advocates say | Inside Higher Ed
  • “While the Internet makes it easier to share opinions in writing, it also makes it harder for a publisher to sue its way toward a good reputation, because once word gets out, any number of librarians and scholars confirm in writing, loudly, exactly what the defendant in the suit is being sued for saying,” she said. “The number of librarians who will never buy a book published by Mellen and the number of scholars who will avoid ever signing a contract with them went up enormously as a result of their nuisance suit. This is not a business plan I would recommend to publishers.” – Another publisher accuses a librarian of libel | Inside Higher Ed
  • “Some will claim that these reforms will hamper artists. But these are the rules that gave us the music of Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Motown. The rules that governed the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wallace Stevens and Zora Neale Huston. The rules that protected the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell and Jackson Pollock. They are the rules that produced “Casablanca,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Trek” and “I Love Lucy.”” – Amazing alternative SOTU address calling for a return to the 28+28 copyright term and registration requirement, from Virginia Postrel.
  • “The economic realities of academic publishing, coupled with exciting interpretive and methodological possibilities inherent in new media and digital humanities, mean that the day of the dissertation as a narrowly focused proto-book are nearly over,” Bethany Nowviskie, director of digital research and scholarship at the University of Virginia Library, said in an e-mail. While such efforts to modernize and digitize the dissertation are good, they do not go far enough to revamp doctoral education, many scholars say. To reduce time to degree and make other key improvements, they argue, broader changes in need to be considered. “You can’t separate the dissertation from its context,” says William Kelly, president of ­CUNY’s Graduate Center. “We need to look at the degree as a whole and be student-centered.” – The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended – Graduate Students – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “As education expert Richard Gerver recommends, students would be better off if the adults in charge spent some time examining our “deepest beliefs about the purpose of education and the value of the experiences schools can provide.” We must “imagine a world in which anything is possible—in which every school could design and support programs, activities, and experiences that honor these hopes and beliefs, and provide for children what you value about all else.” That is a far more inspiring call to action than transforming schools so kids can get a job in the tech economy—and it’s what our children deserve.” – Psst, President Obama: Our Students Aren’t All Future Tech Workers | Education on GOOD