Week in Review – 8 March 2013

Library Funding/Resource Update

This week we received some funding to resume limited interlibrary loan services. Below is a copy of the text provided to the Dean’s office for distribution to academic departments:

USMA Library is resuming limited interlibrary loan services for the month of March as we have received some funds to support the service. As we need to request funds on a monthly basis, we expect that service for the rest of the fiscal year may be spotty depending on spending authority and funds available. Researchers are encouraged and welcome to submit requests at any time and we will work to acquire the item when we can. Items that do not require delivery or copyright clearance fees will be expedited. Others will be processed when funds allow.

We did not have any other expiring contracts this week.

2nd Floor Redesign – Your Feedback Requested

Thank you to everyone who participated in our brief at the staff meeting this week. As you heard we are now at the stage where it is very important to gather feedback from everyone on some of the proposed options. The slide decks are still available on the Access Services SharePoint site and feedback can be sent along to Debbie for the group to consider.

Discovery Services Vendors – Your Participation Requested

Next week we will have four vendors visiting to discuss current discovery platforms. It is my hope that as many as possible will  be able to attend the sessions. This will give a good look at the current and future directions of search for libraries like ours, and broadening our awareness as an entire staff will be beneficial in the long run. Our goal with these visits is to gain better product and feature awareness so that we can write the best contract language we can for our needs. While we do not currently have funds to allocate to this project, we want to be ready to execute once funds are available. Specific vendors, days, and times are available on the SharePoint Library Blog.

Next Week in Review

The next Week in Review will be published 22 March.

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
8 Mar 2013
 Plebe Parent Weekend Week in Review 0700-1800
9 Mar 2013
 Plebe Parent Weekend 0800-1000
10 Mar 2013
11 Mar 2013
Spring Break 0700-1630
12 Mar 2013
Spring Break Discovery Vendor / Division Heads 0700-1630
13 Mar 2013
 Spring Break 0700-1630
14 Mar 2013
Spring Break Discovery Vendors 0700-1630
15 Mar 2013
Spring Break Discovery Vendor 0700-1630

USMA Library Metrics

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

Access Services
Items Charged Out 1,589 1,340 1,210 1,964
Gate Count 6,750 5,642 5,092 8,315
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 4 2 3 3
Events/Meetings Attended 17 15 15 17
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 80 101 88 116
Library Instruction Sessions 0 3 5 0
Cadets Attending Sessions 0 5 67 0
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 151 1,204 46 27
Items Added – Digital 3,136 0 0 1
Items Added – GovDocs 52 9 58 89
Items Added – Other 0 201 0 0
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 100 79 94 85
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 49 52 31 54
Research Visits < 1 hour 8 12 8 4
Research Visits < 1 day 5 8 3 7
Research Visits > 1 day 1 0 0 0
Instruction Sessions 0 1 4 2
Cadets Taught 0 4 53 22
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 2,518 3,963 2,674 3,490
LibGuides Visits 846 986 876 1,124
Digital Collections Visits 149 181 155 181
Facebook Visits 34 13 40 12
Public Printer Prints 0 0 0 0
Public Printer Copies 23 5 13 4
Public Printer Scans 93 76 53 36

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 Complete Assigned 30-Apr-13
ALSC Metrics Design Proof of concept complete Active 01-Feb-13
JH Security System Design Preparing design for contractor Paused 31-May-13
Guide to Event Planning Reworking into digital product Assigned 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 Spring slate prepared 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 Scheduling vendor visits 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

  • “It’s high time we recognize that college isn’t just about formalized learning and skills training, but also a socialization process with significant implications for the future. The social networks that youth build in college have long-lasting implications for youth’s future prospects. One of the reasons that the American college experience is so valuable is because it often produces diverse networks that enable future opportunities. This is also precisely what makes elite colleges elite; the networks that are built through these institutions end up shaping many aspects of power. When less privileged youth get to know children of powerful families, new pathways of opportunity and tolerance are created. But when youth use Facebook to maintain existing insular networks, the potential for increased structural inequity is great.” – danah boyd | apophenia » Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience?
  • “People are going to bring their own devices, their own data, their own software applications, even their own work groups,” drawing off friends and contractors at other companies, said Bill Burns, the director of information technology infrastructure at Netflix. “If you try and implant software that limits an employee’s capabilities, you’re adding a layer of complexity.” – I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age – NYTimes.com
  • “Analyzing speech and improving speech-to-text machines has been a hobby horse for Darpa in recent years. But this takes it a step further, in exploring the ways crowdsourcing can make it possible for our speech to be recorded and stored forever. But it’s not just about better recordings of what you say. It’ll lead to more recorded conversations, quickly transcribed and then stored in perpetuity — like a Twitter feed or e-mail archive for everyday speech. Imagine living in a world where every errant utterance you make is preserved forever.” – Darpa Wants You to Transcribe, and Instantly Recall, All of Your Conversations | Danger Room | Wired.com
  • “In the shift to digital, it’s not just about replacing textbooks but inventing new ways of learning,” Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said. “Some of the education apps being developed for iPad are approaching learning in an entirely new way, and that’s exciting.” – Can the iPad Rescue a Struggling American Education System? | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
  • “The internet of things, in a broad sense, is where we are starting to see everything from planes to cargo devices getting connected,” Bulman said. “The latest planes we are getting, the Boeing 787s, are incredibly connected. Literally every piece of that plane has an internet connection, from the engines, to the flaps, to the landing gear. He continued: “If there is a problem with one of the engines we will know before it lands to make sure that we have the parts there. It is getting to the point where each different part of the plane is telling us what it is doing as the flight is going on.” This level of operational insight will involve generating large amounts of data from each 787 aircraft, he explained. “We can get upwards of half a terabyte of data from a single flight from all of the different devices which are internet connected,” Bulman said.” – Boeing 787s to create half a terabyte of data per flight, says Virgin Atlantic – ComputerworldUK.com
  • “The technology to allow the resale of digital goods is now in place, and it will cause a dramatic upheaval,” said Bill Rosenblatt, president of GiantSteps, a technology consulting firm. “In the short term, it’s great for consumers. Over the long term, however, it could seriously reduce creators’ incentive to create.” – Revolution in Resale of Digital Books and Music – NYTimes.com
  • “It’s another sign that protecting rights moves the needle. We’ve seen indication of this time and time again, more recently from the LimeWire shutdown that resulted in a decrease in peer-to-peer piracy and a simultaneous increase in digital sales,” she wrote in an e-mail. “That’s real money in the pockets of artists and creators.” – Researchers: movie studios sold more after Megaupload was shut down | Ars Technica
  • “From Texas, the idea of a $10,000 bachelor’s degree has spread like an Internet meme to governors in Florida and Wisconsin, a state legislator in California, and some national online colleges. But the growing attention to the bargain-basement bachelor’s degree isn’t just an indication of how an idea can quickly take hold with the public and lawmakers. The idea itself has become a kind of Rorschach test for how people view American higher education, what they think its role should be, and whom or what they blame for its shortfalls.” – Getting Down to the Reality of a $10,000 Bachelor’s Degree – Administration – The Chronicle of Higher Education


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