Week in Review – 31 May 2013

Revised Library Hours for Fall Term

The Dean has approved revised facility operating hours for the fall term as a response to our current and impending vacancies as well as the upcoming furlough. These hours will be in effect through the end of the fiscal year. We will revisit whether or not they need to be extended further based on our staffing at that time.

We will have normal facility hours through 18 August, though will be closed on A-Day (17 August).

Beginning 18 August, we will operate the following service hours:

Day Normal Hours New Amended Hours
Mondays 0700-2245 0700-2245
Tuesdays 0700-2245 0700-2245
Wednesdays 0700-2245 0700-2245
Thursdays 0700-2245 0700-2245
Fridays 0700-2100 0700-1630
Saturdays (non-football) 0700-2100 0900-1700
Saturdays (football) 1530-2100 1530-2100
Sundays 1100-2245 1500-2245

In addition, Special Collections and Archives will be open by appointment only through until July 1st. The collection will then close until the beginning of the term to complete the planned collection move into Bartlett Hall.

SHARP Stand Down Day

A reminder that all staff are required to participate in one of the two SHARP Stand Down days events this coming Tuesday 4 June. The first session will run from 0800-1200 and the second session will run from 1230-1630. I am still awaiting final confirmation of the location, but believe it to be Arnold Auditorium in Mahan Hall.

In addition, early next week we will complete a walkthrough of shared staff areas and offices to ensure that no material is visible that is against regulation or that creates a negative/hostile work environment, particularly as it relates to sexual harassment or assault. This is also by direction of the Secretary of Defense.

Budget / Furlough Update

Employees should have received copies of the Notice of Proposed Furlough today. Remaining employees will receive their memos on Monday. Employees have 14 days to reply to one of the Reply Officials.

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
Friday
31 May 2013
Week in Review 0700-1630
Saturday
1 June 2013
CLOSED
Sunday
2 June 2013
1300-2100
Monday
3 June 2013
CLOSED
Tuesday
4 June 2013
SHARP Stand Down Day 0700-2100
Wednesday
5 June 2013
Dean’s Staff Meeting 0700-2100
Thursday
6 June 2013
All Library Staff Meeting 0700-2100
Friday
7 June 2013
Week in Review Alumni Golf Event 0700-1630

USMA Library Metrics

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

29APR-5MAY 6MAY-12MAY 13MAY-19MAY 20MAY-26MAY
Access Services
Items Charged Out 648 418 257 229
Gate Count 6,523 5,889 5,889 2,039
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 1
Significant Events Hosted 4 2 1 2
Events/Meetings Attended 24 30 14 21
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 23 21 27 26
Library Instruction Sessions 0 0 0 0
Cadets Attending Sessions 0 0 0 0
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 91 130 104 76
Items Added – Digital 117 2,027 726 2
Items Added – GovDocs 180 69 86 54
Items Added – Other 0 23 0 0
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 90 204 74 129
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 44 27 35 41
Research Visits < 1 hour 7 2 15 58
Research Visits < 1 day 3 10 5 11
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 2 0
Instruction Sessions 0 0 0 0
Cadets Taught 0 0 0 0
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 1,791 969 638 841
LibGuides Visits 500 453 268 279
Digital Collections Visits 344 233 2 19
Facebook Visits 17 18 N/A 16
Public Printer Prints 0 0 21 0
Public Printer Copies 0 1 1 16
Public Printer Scans 47 56 30 472

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 Preparing next steps Active 30-Apr-13
Administration
ALSC Metrics Design Programming being done by Army Waiting 01-Feb-13
JH Security System Design 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 Final language complete Active 31-May-13
★ USMPS On hold Assigned 31-May-13
★ Gift / Needs Statements Planned 31-May-13
ConnectNY Annual Meeting Final planning underway Active 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 Work underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Embedded Liaisons Department work underway Assigned 31-May-13
IGD GS-09/11 Recruitment Internal announcement posted 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 Awaiting CPAC Action Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring freeze Waiting 31-May-13
Special Collections and Archives
★ Ring Case Biographies Initial planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ WP Authors Reception Planning for fall Assigned 31-May-13
★ Fee-For-Service Planned 31-May-13
★ Library History Exhibit Planned 31-May-13
SC&AD GS-06 Recruitment Hiring freeze Assigned 31-May-13
Bartlett Hall Move Re-awaiting funding Assigned 30-Jun-13
Systems Management
★ Discovery Layer Contract let Assigned 01-Mar-13
SMD GS-06 Recruitment Hiring freeze 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

  • “in 2006, Amherst decided to reserve the majority of its transfer slots for students coming from community college. In some ways, the decision represented potentially a more radical commitment to underprivileged students than online courses — as it came at an actual cost to the school, while online courses are highly profitable. Seven years later, Amherst president emeritus Anthony Marx argues claims the program has worked brilliantly, just as his administration had expected. Broadening its search for transfers to the roughly one million students who graduate from community college every year, “we could find amazing jewels that no one else is looking for,” he told an audience at a panel hosted by The Century Foundation on Thursday.” – How America’s 2-Tiered Education System Is Perpetuating Inequality – Emily Chertoff – The Atlantic
  • “Finding a book used to mean scouring the shelves at a bookstore, asking a bookseller for guidance or relying on recommendations from friends. But bookstores are dwindling, leaving publishers with a deep worry about the future of the business: with fewer brick-and-mortar options, how will readers discover books? One-day discounts are part of the answer. Promotions like the Kindle Daily Deal from Amazon and the Nook Daily Find from Barnes & Noble have produced extraordinary sales bumps for e-books, the kind that usually happen as a result of glowing book reviews or an author’s prominent television appearances.” – Daily Deals Propel Older E-Books to Popularity – NYTimes.com
  • “Fewer than one in eight of the city’s public high schools reported having a newspaper or print journalism class in an informal survey this month by city education officials, who do not officially track the information. Many of these newspapers have been reduced to publishing a few times a year because of shrinking staffs, budget cuts and a new focus on core academic subjects. Some no longer come out in print at all, existing only as online papers or as scaled-down news blogs. If New York is the media capital of the world, “you wouldn’t know it from student publications,” said Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which runs award competitions and workshops for high school journalists. He counts 7 of the city’s 560 public high schools as active members, down from about 85 in the 1970s. In comparison, 23 of the city’s private schools are participating.” – At School Papers, the Ink Is Drying Up – NYTimes.com
  • “The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property has just released a new report that paints a dreary picture of a very evasive campaign to wage war against people who pirate ebooks and other forms of media. Instead of going through the court system, which costs a copious amount of time, energy, and money, the document advises to go after the root of the problem, the end user. One of the suggestions the document makes is, “If an unauthorized person accesses the information, a range of actions might then occur. For example, the file could be rendered inaccessible and the unauthorized user’s computer could be locked down, with instructions on how to contact law enforcement to get the password needed to unlock the account. Such measures do not violate existing laws on the use of the Internet, yet they serve to blunt attacks and stabilize a cyber incident to provide both time and evidence for law enforcement to become involved.” In essence, a pirate commits theft and has to report the theft to the police in order for them to regain access to their computer and likely to pay a fine.” – US Publishing Industry Might Soon Be Infecting eBook Pirates with Malware | Good E-Reader – eBooks, Publishing and Comic News
  • “To paraphrase Orwell, the English of the world wide web – loose, informal, and distressingly dyspeptic – is not really the kind people want to read in a book, a magazine, or even a newspaper. But there’s an assumption that that, because it’s part of the all-conquering internet, we cannot do a thing about it. Twenty-first century civilisation has been transformed in a way without precedent since the invention of moveable type. English prose, so one argument runs, must adapt to the new lexicon with all its grammatical violations and banality. Language is normative; it has – some will say – no choice. The violence the internet does to the English language is simply the cost of doing business in the digital age.” – George Orwell’s critique of internet English | Books | guardian.co.uk
  • “One of the areas Mr. Powell thinks the flagship hasn’t moved quickly enough on is putting courses at least partially online. To make his case with his breakfast buddies, some of whom are skeptical about Web-based courses, Mr. Powell recounted a conversation with a waitress named Dulce, on the Mexican border, who had signed up for an online course. “I told her the traditionalists would say you’re getting cheated, because you aren’t getting the classroom experience that helps you grow,” Mr. Powell said. “She stiffened and said, ‘You know what’s getting cheated? Not getting an education at all.’ – In the Name of Access, a Chairman Hammers for Change in Texas – Administration – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “Coding will be the key to innovation in the future but many students, but especially low-income students, aren’t exposed to it,” she says. Tech moguls including Bill Gates, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Meg Whitman from Hewlett-Packard agree with her. They’ve thrown their weight behind Code.org, a new nonprofit whose “learn to code” videos have gone viral. They say that coding, programming and computer science will be the language of the 21st century. “In a world that’s increasingly run on technology, computer science is a liberal art that every student should be exposed to, regardless of their path in life,” says Code.org’s Hadi Partovi. Labor economists say Partovi might be right. By 2020, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting that 778,000 computer jobs will be created. “That is substantial growth that is expected to outpace the growth of the overall economy,” says Martin Kohli, a chief regional economist there. Jan Cuny, who oversees the National Science Foundation’s CS10K initiative, a $40 million program aimed at getting more computer science teachers in high school classroom, says those projections are low. She estimates that 1.4 million jobs—and 60 percent of the STEM jobs of the future—will require computing skills. They are good jobs too. In 2012, according to the BLS, the average salary for a computer programmer was about $80,000. (By comparison, the average wage for American workers is $45,800.)” – Is Coding the New Second Language? | Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian Magazine
  • “Libraries have historically been on the fore of linking books with data, and in the last 18 months, libraries have made some big moves. The New York Public Library was a sponsor of this hackathon, as well as an API partner. The Digital Collections API (one of the many projects NYPL Labs has been working on) allows developers to work with NYPL’s catalog data and records. “We think of books as books, and we forget that they are containers,” said David Riordan, product manager for NYPL Labs and hackathon mentor. “It’s the thought, ideas, construction, and organization. And finding ways to get into that is what librarians have always done. What does it look like if a library is a big suite of APIs? Not just books, but what about what’s in those books? Our shared cultural history is in these materials, and by finding ways to extract them, we make wholly new resources from which we can do research, tell stories, inspire ourselves, and discover our future.” – Why You Should Try Hacking Books ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code community
  • “Vitamin authentication. Dugan shows a pill that can be ingested and then battery-powered with stomach acid to produce an 18-bit internal signal. After that, the swallower’s whole body becomes a password.” – Google’s Regina Dugan Demos Electronic Tattoos & Ingestible Passwords – Liz Gannes – D11 – AllThingsD