Week in Review – 22 March 2013

Budget Update

As of today, we learned we will be able to continue limited interlibrary services through the middle of next week. As of today we do not have any additional guidance on funding for services beyond 27 March. We are hopeful that since Congress has passed a continuing resolution with defense appropriations that we will begin to see some clarity regarding our resources for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Many have likely seen the news that the Department of Defense has elected to delay delivery of intent to furlough letters for two weeks (until approximately 5 April). Furlough days cannot begin until 30 days after delivery of that letter which now makes the earliest a furlough day could be scheduled approximately 5 May. The purpose of the delay is so that the department can study the continuing resolution passed this week and understand the impact on the existing furlough plan. Official guidance as reported in the news media and from leadership here at West Point is that we should still expect an administrative furlough to occur, with the exact timing and duration yet to be determined.

Staff should have received the briefing slides from the town hall meetings yesterday and are strongly encouraged to ask questions to your supervisor, myself, or to the email address provided by CPAC.

We will devote a good portion of our April staff meeting to walking through whatever the furlough plan may look like at the time as well as reviewing the specific plans for library services and operations while under reduced staffing.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our mission, even in times of extreme uncertainty. The situation is changing rapidly as you have my commitment, as well as that of senior Academy leadership to share whatever changes as quickly and directly as possible.

Yankees Update

A reminder that the library will be closed before and during the Army-Yankees game on 30 March. There is no viewing authorized from within Jefferson Hall. There is a possibility that ODIA may sponsor a lunch in the Haig Room for invited guests, however the facility itself will not be open for use.

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
22 Mar 2013
Week in Review 0700-2100
23 Mar 2013
24 Mar 2013
25 Mar 2013
Philosophy Forum 0700-2245
26 Mar 2013
Division Heads  CTC Student Conference on Terrorism 0700-2245
27 Mar 2013
 Dean’s Staff Army G4 Event 0700-2245
28 Mar 2013
Army G4 Event / USACE Event 0700-2245
29 Mar 2013
Week in Review  EN 102 / Yankee Setup 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 1,210 1,964 867 231
Gate Count 5,092 8,315 N/A N/A
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 3 3 3 0
Events/Meetings Attended 15 17 19 18
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 88 116 52 4
Library Instruction Sessions 5 0 0 0
Cadets Attending Sessions 67 0 0 0
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 46 27 68 52
Items Added – Digital 0 1 0 2,570
Items Added – GovDocs 58 89 85 48
Items Added – Other 0 0 0 0
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 94 85 163 80
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 31 54 31 30
Research Visits < 1 hour 8 4 8 0
Research Visits < 1 day 3 7 3 1
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 0 0
Instruction Sessions 4 2 4 0
Cadets Taught 53 22 53 0
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 2,674 3,490 2,674 1,055
LibGuides Visits 876 1,124 876 261
Digital Collections Visits 155 181 155 164
Facebook Visits 40 12 40 18
Public Printer Prints 0 0 0 0
Public Printer Copies 13 4 13 54
Public Printer Scans 53 36 53 19

USMA Library Radar

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

Access Services
★ Communication Channels Beta Blog expanding Assigned 31-Mar-13
★ JH 2nd Floor Review Comments welcome Assigned 30-Apr-13
ALSC Metrics Design Proof of concept complete Waiting 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 underway 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 Review of 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 Redesign underway Active 30-Jun-13

Food for Thought

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

  • “The most important resource we have is our people. We are wasting our citizens’ lives by not supporting their struggles to advance their education and train for a secure job. We have the tools. They’ve been around for decades. Online learning, credit by examination, evaluation of on-the-job training and academic credit for military service — all of these tools exist and have a proven track record of turning people’s lives around. Is it the snobbery of higher education — and some government leaders — that is grinding the movement to a halt? At a time when our institutions of higher education are being challenged economically and politically like no other time in history, we are faced with the need to better educate more than 60 percent of our current workforce, while simultaneously preparing the next. Instead of debating the strengths and weaknesses of face-to-face instruction over MOOCs (massive open online courses), or other forms of learning, we should embrace both. Remember, there are 93 million people in the workforce today without a degree of any kind.” – Opinion: Education in the 21st century – John Ebersole – POLITICO.com
  • “The golden era of publishing, that is, of reading, contemplation and literary education, has somehow come to an end,” says Michael Krüger, the outgoing head of the Munich-based Hanser publishing house, who has the reputation of being one of Germany’s last great publishing figures. Many people no longer view book publishers “as a stronghold of culture, but merely as a transshipment point for cultural products,” says his successor Jo Lendle, the current head of the Cologne-based DuMont publishing house.” – An Amazon Problem: The Book Is Dead, Long Live the Book – ABC News
  • “Facebook officials are now acknowledging that the social media giant has been able to create a running log of the web pages that each of its 800 million or so members has visited during the previous 90 days. Facebook also keeps close track of where millions more non-members of the social network go on the Web, after they visit a Facebook web page for any reason.” – Facebook finally admits to tracking non-users | Firstpost
  • “The disorientation everyone blames on “information overload” may in fact have less to do with the amount of data we are being asked to process than the number of simultaneous people we are being asked to be.” – thenewinquiry
  • “Today the US Supreme Court announced its much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a lawsuit regarding the bedrock principle of the “first sale doctrine.” The 6-3 opinion is a total victory for libraries and our users. It vindicates the foundational principle of the first sale doctrine—if you bought it, you own it. All who believe in that principle, and the certainty it provides to libraries and many other parts of our culture and economy, should join us in applauding the Court for correcting the legal ambiguity that led to this case in the first place. It is especially gratifying that Justice Breyer’s majority opinion focused on the considerable harm that the Second Circuit’s opinion would have caused libraries.” – Association of Research Libraries (ARL®) :: Library Copyright Alliance Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Kirtsaeng v…
  • “Before deciding librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper. Modern librarians need to be comfortable and conversant with technology, be willing and able to speak in public, and possess people skills and a commitment to lifelong learning, as the profession and the expertise necessary for success are constantly changing. (For example, this article, one of LJ’s most perennially popular, has been revised three times and changed significantly in less than a decade.)” – How to Become a 21st Century Librarian | Library Journal
  • “Privacy is not something to be granted only if we prove we deserve it. On the contrary, there should be a strong reason to violate that privacy at all — especially in the case of minors or any other vulnerable population. The opposite of “secret” or “shameful” is not “public exposure is OK.” Privacy and exposure are not about secrets from everyone but about our integrity as a person and our right to share information about ourselves on our own terms.” – Even With Parental Consent, Privacy for Minors Should Be Protected
  • “We fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever.” – CIA’s chief technology officer Gus Hunt on the agency’s strategy for collecting digital intelligence. via Huffington Post
  • “I have decreasing amounts of tolerance for unnecessary communication because it is a burden and a cost,” said Baratunde Thurston, co-founder of Cultivated Wit, a comedic creative company. “It’s almost too easy to not think before we express ourselves because expression is so cheap, yet it often costs the receiver more.” – Etiquette Redefined in the Digital Age – NYTimes.com