Week in Review – 16 August 2013

Jefferson Hall is 5 (and #6)!

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center (the primary home of USMA Library) in August 2008. There is much evidence that this facility has had a significant and positive impact on cadets and their academic work over the last five years, and we are very grateful for and appreciative of the support shown for the library program by the Academy through the construction of such a good facility for academic study.

One way we know the facility works well for cadets is they have said so directly. The Princeton Review releases annual rankings of libraries as rated by students. The 2013 rankings were just released with Jefferson Hall ranked #6 nationally. This continues a string of years where we have placed in the top 10 slots (at varying levels). While nothing is ever perfect about a building of this size, it is clear that the mix of collaborative and solitary spaces resonates with how cadets want and need to study today. The “place” of the library is one of the three central pillars of our mission statement. We are fortunate to have a facility that meets our mission as well as Jefferson Hall does.

This year we look forward to continuing to make Jefferson Hall an even better place for the community to engage with ideas, knowledge, and each other.

Library Transitions to (Sort of) Regular Academic Operations

Monday will see the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester. Here is a brief look at the transitions for the USMA Library:

  • With the lifting of the mandatory furlough days, we will resume normal reference service and will resume regular operating hours on Sundays (1100-2245). We will continue to have slightly reduced hours on Fridays (0700-1630) and Saturdays (0900-1700) until we are able to complete several hiring actions to bring staff back up to normal operating levels.
  • Our move of Special Collections and Archives will finish on Monday, 19 August. Access to the collections by researchers will resume soon as we finalize getting everything in place.
  • Our new Discovery Service named Scout will be launching in the next few weeks. This will be an easy new way for users to search across our resources to find the most relevant and useful material.
  • For the movie buffs, our DVD collection has moved to open shelving on the second floor where our current periodicals used to be. They have been moved off of compact shelving and so are much easier to access.

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
16 August 2013
Week in Review 0700-1630
17 August 2013
 Acceptance Day CLOSED
18 August 2013
19 August 2013
First Day of Classes 0700-2245
20 August 2013
Division Heads 0700-2245
21 August 2013
22 August 2013
 Dean’s Staff Meeting 0700-2245
23 August 2013
Ring Weekend Week in Review 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 140 432 232 221
Gate Count N/A N/A N/A N/A
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 1 0 0 0
Events/Meetings Attended 20 0 15 18
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 7
Library Instruction Sessions 0
Cadets Attending Sessions 0
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 49 74 16 17
Items Added – Digital 986 0 0 0
Items Added – GovDocs 94 11 112 62
Items Added – Other 47 2 0 0
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 85 89 109 152
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 0 0 0 0
Research Visits < 1 hour 0 0 0 0
Research Visits < 1 day 0 0 0 0
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 0 0
Instruction Sessions 0 0 0 0
Cadets Taught 0 0 0 0
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 852 866 818 822
LibGuides Visits 254 266 231 184
Digital Collections Visits 248 203 117 105
Facebook Visits 9 13 8 16
Public Printer Prints 1 13 25 0
Public Printer Copies 66 61 4 0
Public Printer Scans 36 27 20 4

Food for Thought

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

  • “If you already have advice to give, you’re not listening. If you already know how this story turns out, you’re not listening…And if you already have your counterattack planned, you’re not listening…make sure that really listening is your only agenda item at that moment if you want to build trust, develop relationships, solve problems, create collaboration, and demonstrate your leadership.” – 3 ways to become a better listener
  • “According to figures published by a major tech provider, the Internet carries 1,826 Petabytes of information per day. In its foreign intelligence mission, NSA touches about 1.6% of that. However, of the 1.6% of the data, only 0.025% is actually selected for review. The net effect is that NSA analysts look at 0.00004% of the world’s traffic in conducting their mission — that’s less than one part in a million. Put another way, if a standard basketball court represented the global communications environment, NSA’s total collection would be represented by an area smaller than a dime on that basketball court.” – NSA claims it ‘touches’ only 1.6 percent of Internet traffic | Politics and Law – CNET News
  • “In all, the 415,000 square feet facility boasts 1.4 million moving image collection items, 3.5 million sound recording items and 2,000 vaults of storage. Its oldest film is one from Thomas Edison that dates back to 1891. As enormous as the campus is, it’s possible that it will all one day be accessible on a thumbdrive. “That’s a vision that could come true,” said Lukow, although he admits it won’t happen in our lifetime. He adds that digitization has been a massive net plus for the Library’s effort to archive America’s output, but it’s not without its problems.” – Library of Congress acts as America’s hard drive – Patrick Gavin – POLITICO.com
  • “While email can sometimes be a quick and convenient way to gauge interest or disseminate information, it’s often not the best tool for the job, he said. About 20% of the time, we’re using email correctly—leveraging it to communicate across time zones or answer a well-defined question. But 80% of email traffic is ‘waste,’ he said—stuff that’s useless or really requires a phone call or face-to-face discussion.” – Why 80% of your emails are a total waste
  • “I believe a first-class college education will continue to consist of a cutting-edge experience at a first-class university,” Powers says in the report. “Nevertheless, rapidly advancing technology is changing virtually every aspect of our lives, and education is no exception. …We need to lead change in higher education, both for ourselves and for the future.” – U. of Texas president wants faculty input on future of online education | Inside Higher Ed
  • “We really tried to make it pretty close to what actually happens in the lectures, we found that lo and behold, the students who multitasked performed much worse on the final test and those who were seated around peers who were multitasking also performed much worse on the final test,” said Sana. “So you might not be multitasking but if you have a clear view of someone else who is multitasking, your performance is still going to be impaired.” – Students’ use of laptops in class lowers grades: Canadian study – The Globe and Mail
  • “In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional.” – NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds – The Washington Post

Excerpted from Infoneer Pulse, a digital commonplace book curated by Christopher Barth.