Week in Review – 13 September 2013

Department of English and Philosophy to Open New Writing Center in Jefferson Hall

Next week, the Department of English and Philosophy will open a new writing center here in Jefferson Hall to support cadets enrolled in EN101 to work on their study of critical thinking, academic argument, writing within the disciplines, college pedagogy, and professional communication. The center will use JH 423 as their home base and will provide service Sundays through Thursdays from 2000-2200. Cadets seeking assistance with their writing will be able to make an appointment to come and meet with upper class cadets who have demonstrated superior performance in their writing-intensive courses.  The service is not designed to provide proofreading or editing services, but is instead modeled to help cadets better communicate their ideas, and become better readers and editors themselves.

This new program has been developed and designed by Dr. Jason Hoppe, Director of the Writing Fellows Program and Writing Center and LTC Sean Cleveland, Officer in Charge of the Writing Fellows Program and Writing Center. More information is available on the DEP website.

A grand opening ceremony will be held in JH 423 on Monday to launch the center.

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
13 September 2013
Branch Week / Modified Class Day / ’73 & ’83 Reunions Week in Review  Army Film Crew in Jefferson Hall 0700-1630
14 September 2013
Home Football – Beat Stanford 1530-2100
15 September 2013
16 September 2013
Writing Center Opening 0700-2245
17 September 2013
Division Heads 0700-2245
18 September 2013
 Dean’s Staff Meeting 0700-2245
19 September 2013
Dean’s Recognition Ceremony 0700-2245
20 September 2013
Modified Class Day / ’68 & ’78 Reunions 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 197 268 445 463
Gate Count N/A N/A 3,927 3,331
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 2 0 1 2
Events/Meetings Attended 22 22 14 21
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 8 30 31 25
Library Instruction Sessions 0 1 10 6
Cadets Attending Sessions 0 20 195 111
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 26 36 145 21
Items Added – Digital 0 1,816 1 8,207
Items Added – GovDocs 62 40 177 9
Items Added – Other 40 238 2 1
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 58 63 74 82
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 0 3 29
Research Visits < 1 hour 0 4 7
Research Visits < 1 day 0 1 1
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 0
Instruction Sessions 0 2 7
Cadets Taught 0 41 114
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 1,589 2,426 2,770 3,078
LibGuides Visits 247 262 482 421
Digital Collections Visits 114 295 262 230
Facebook Visits 19 16 31 22
Public Printer Prints 6,448 13,373 6,510 5,770
Public Printer Copies 75 330 336 582
Public Printer Scans 14 129 173 12

Food for Thought

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

  • “The influence of technology on the application process is more subtle; nobody is getting into a school because of a good tweet. The University of Chicago uses its alumni and student email networks, for example, to crowdsource its famously clever essay prompts. And the vast majority of applicants even to new-media-friendly schools still opt for the traditional written essay. And that’s fine, says Tufts’ Coffin. The point isn’t to force potential students to play by a new set of rules, let alone provide them techno-shortcuts. The point is to acknowledge that there is more than one way to identify promising students.” – How the Internet is killing the dreaded admissions essay – Yahoo! News
  • “The classroom will be a place to come for tutorials and one-on-one instruction rather than a place to be lectured at by a professor,” Ng said. “You’d be responsible for watching the videos at home and doing the online quizzes. The classroom time can be used for students to practice with the material.” – What does the college of the future look like? – Yahoo! News
  • “If we were satisfied to just be a history museum or an art museum, we could stay focused on the tangible, but to fill to the role of being the ‘National Design Museum,’ we have to broaden what we do,” Chan tells me. “We are beginning to come to terms with the fact that the sort of contemporary objects that a design museum should collect are now often neither unique or inherently precious. It’s forcing us to consider how to communicate both the intention and the processes of the designers behind their work.” – To Preserve Digital Design, The Smithsonian Begins Collecting Apps | Co.Design | business design
  • “One of the ironies of the situation is that sports reveal what is possible. American kids’ performance on the field shows just how well they can do when expectations are high and they put their minds to it. It’s too bad that their test scores show the same thing.” – Have Sports Teams Brought Down America’s Schools? : The New Yorker
  • “If you want the Internet to become a cable system, then you shouldn’t care about this case. If you like it when some big multinational corporation controls what you see and where you see it and when you see it, then you shouldn’t care,” said Gigi Sohn, president of consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge, which has sided with the FCC in the case. “But if you like the fact that you control your Internet experience, and you want it to stay that way, then you should care.” – Net neutrality goes on trial – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley
  • “A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many.” – Clive Thompson on how the internet Is making us smarter

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