Category Archives: Liaisons

Information regarding liaison support to mission activities at USMA.

RS 100 Class Completes Poker Run in the Library

Information services librarian Celeste Evans and Information resources technician Latisha Taylor explain to cadets the help they can obtain at the information desk.

Celeste Evans, information services librarian, and Latisha Taylor, information resources technician, explain to cadets the assistance they can obtain at the information desk.

On 23 and 24 August, cadets enrolled in the Center for Enhanced Performance’s RS 100 course spent some very active time in the Jefferson Hall, finding their way from one service point to another and learning about Library resources, services, and staff along the way. The Library Poker Runs are designed to get cadets familiar with the people here at the Library who can help them in their studies, and with the resources they can use to complete the assignments they’ll have throughout their time at West Point.

Information services technician Sharon Gillespie speaks with cadets about how they can be helped at the welcome/circulation desk.

Sharon Gillespie, information services technician, speaks with cadets about how they can be helped at the welcome/circulation desk.

Cadets are given a checklist of locations (the Welcome/Circulation Desk, Info Desk/Reference Librarian/Print Stations, and the home of ourUnique Resources collection and staff – newly relocated to the West Point Room in Bartlett Hall North) and are directed to complete a task at each checkpoint.


Karen Shea, plebe experience librarian, shows cadets how to utilize Scout!

The tasks help the plebes learn a multitude of research-related skills, such as how to search within our collections using Scout! – the Library’s discovery tool; how to renew books online; what to do when the Library doesn’t have an article or book they need (hint: Inter-Library Loan!); and the difference between primary and secondary sources. A highlight of the Poker Run is a visit to the Unique Collections and USMA Archives in the West Point Room, where this semester they saw Custer’s demerits (all six pages of them!), the West Point Post Order book that included an account of Edgar Allan Poe’s court-martial, and Civil War-era maps by Jeremy Gilmer (USMA 1939).

Rare book curator, Elaine McConnell, share with cadets one of Jeremy Gilmer's Civil War era maps.

Elaine McConnell, rare book curator, shares with cadets one of Jeremy Gilmer’s Civil War era maps.


Rik Miller, systems technician, explains using the print stations located in the Library.

After completing each task, the cadets draw a card, and the cadet team with the best poker hand at the end of class wins a prize from their instructor. Over 100 cadets participated in these Poker Runs, and judging from discussions with them at the end of class, everyone learned something new that they felt would help them throughout their academic career at West Point.

Narrative by Laura Mosher, Cadet Engagement Librarian; photos by Barbara Maroney, Facilities Support Technician.

Discover a Database – OECD iLibrary

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The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.  It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment and analyzes and compares data to predict future trends. See more about OECD. See member countries.

OECD iLibrary, their global knowledge base, is the online library of the OECD featuring its books, papers (including journals) and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data, replacing SourceOECD.*


  • Read: using your computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Browse: by theme, country or both, and statistics
  • Search:

■ Simple search or advanced search through the search box, then refine results by content type or theme/country
■ Theme, then select Books, Papers or Statistics

  • Navigate: by Book, Papers, Statistics, Factbook, Glossaries (grouped together to filter by many parameters)
  • Access DATA: through interactive statistical databases
  • Cite: consistent referencing of any full-text item on the site.
  • Formats: PDF, WEB, XLS, ActiveChart, DATA, ePUB, READ

Sample search: follow the Theme search on Agriculture and Food, selecting OECD Agriculture Statistics.


OECD Agriculture and Food

OECD Agriculture Statistics

This example shows the various formats in which your output is available.

OECD Agriculture Statistics data set

DATA sets are fully interactive and customizable. Note also, that a simple click on “cite this database” will provide a citation for insertion into your paper’s bibliography.

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An Indicators data set can be presented in a chart, map or table.

Watch this navigating OECD iLibary video for additional assistance on other searching options.

 Who should use this collection?

It is a useful resource for students of development, growth, and comparative and international economics. Also, those studying geography and environmental engineering, energy, water and natural resources, as well as statisticians/researchers in research and development, healthcare and world trade would benefit.


OECD iLibrary is an excellent resource for primary research information and data, particularly relevant for economics, political science, international relations, and other social science papers and assignments. Using the OECD iLibrary is much more efficient than scouring the open Internet for similar information.

Coverage from the 1990s into the 2010s

  • Numerous entry points to information
  • Information is available in your choice of formats
  • Data sets are interactive with customizable output
  • Ease of citation

* OECD iLibrary also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) [our subscription to IEA data offers full access to all publications of the IEA including the statistical annuals providing you with the same data as in the data sets, but in PDF format], the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. No endorsement or recommendation of any specific products or services is intended or implied.

Contents contributed by Manja Yirka, Continuing Resources Librarian and Liaison Librarian to the Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences.

Discover a Database – IEEE Xplore

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USMA Library offers its engineering students IEEE Xplore, a most important engineering resource.


Content Coverage

Besides being a product of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the leading authority on electrical engineering and computer science, the IEEE Xplore digital library provides online access to almost four million full-text technical publications dating back to 1893, including standards and professional development courses. IEEE Xplore is not, however, limited to electrical engineering as its topic coverage has grown to include materials from overlapping research areas, for example, biotechnology, information assurance, and transportation. In addition to offering IEEE publications, IEEE Xplore hosts publications from several other technical information publishers, for example, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and IBM. Publications from three new technical publishers were also recently added: Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), Beijing Institute of Aerospace Information (BIAI), and Tsinghua University Press (TUP). Table 1 lists IEEE Xplore content coverage in more detail.Table 1

Table. 1 Xplore Content Coverage

Basic Functionality

IEEE Xplore can be searched using keywords, phrases, article titles, authors, index terms, and other criteria. After an initial search, users have the option to view, download, print, refine and search within results lists, view tables of contents, evaluate bibliographic records, and interact with multimedia files, including embedded formulas.

To begin a Basic Search, navigate to IEEE Xplore. The default setting is on Basic Search. The global search box is where users input keyword(s) to be searched within document metadata (not full-text). As an example, the term “Security” has been entered. After the term is entered, click the Search button to the right of the global search box and documents with the metadata term “Security” will be retrieved.

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Figure 1. Global Search

The resulting list contains 146,702 documents listed down the lower center of the screen in intervals of 25 (see Figure 2). Users can further investigate a result by clicking on its title. Users can also investigate any one of the other several bibliographic elements included in the citation by clicking on the respective hyperlinked element. A result’s full-text can, in most cases, be viewed directly on the browser in HTML. Alternatively, users can also download the full-text in PDF format.

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Figure 2. Results list

Users should keep several things in mind when performing a Basic Search. The default Basic Search is set to only search keywords in metadata, not the full-text of documents. This is fine if you prefer to have more refined initial results. However, if you are not getting enough results you may want to expand the search to allow for IEEE Xplore to search for keywords throughout the full-text. This can be accomplished by first clicking the Advanced Search option (see Figure 3).Image 4 Figure 3

Figure 3. Click Advanced Search option

On the next screen (see Figure 4), switch the Search radio button selection from Metadata Only to Full-Text & Metadata.

Image 5 Figure 4Figure 4. Select Full-Text & Metadata Search option radio button

There are several less known, but very useful literature analytic capabilities offered by IEEE Xplore. To name a few, IEEE Xplore allows users to count citations from patents to research papers. This is a handy tool to trace the intellectual lineage of a technical invention and measure research impact. Similarly, IEEE Xplore can produce a visual display showing citations to and from a given article, allowing users to better grasp the articles sematic context. Users can also quickly identify cutting-edge research articles that are generating social media buzz through the use of altmetric functionality provided by IEEE Xplore.

Who might be interested in using IEEE Xplore?

Uncovering the USMA departments and research centers that contribute publications to the IEEE Xplore collection provides insight into the most common users. Using IEEE Xplore, I executed an Author Affiliation search looking for articles published by USMA affiliated authors. There were a total of 311 publications affiliated with USMA ranging from 1945-2016 (see Figure 5). Out of those publications, 260 were conference proceedings and 51 were journal and magazine articles.

Image 6 Figure 5Figure 5. List of USMA results

The following USMA departments and research centers were represented among the results:

  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Systems Engineering
  • Operations Research Center
  • Photonics Research Center

Cadets and faculty from the aforementioned departments will find IEEE Xplore an essential information resource.

IEEE Xplore provides several short tutorials that new users may find helpful. The following hyperlinked list presents a few:

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. No endorsement or recommendation of any specific products or services is intended or implied.

Contents contributed by Nicholas V. Olijnyk, Digital Initiatives Librarian

Discover a Database: Gallup Analytics

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The USMA Library recently added a new database to its arsenal of electronic resources, Gallup Analytics. Featuring Gallup polling data from the United States and around the world, our new database incorporates the Gallup Brain (previously offered by the library) as one major component, however it is a much expanded resource. Gallup Analytics provides essential public opinion data that is invaluable to research in a wide range of departments including Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, Geography & Environmental Engineering, History, and Military Instruction – anywhere, in fact, that requires knowledge about how a given topic is viewed by the public.


Gallup Analytics users can:

  • Perform detailed searches on hundreds of U.S. and global metrics
  • Cut data by numerous demographic and socio-economic groups
  • Create and export custom data tables, trends, charts and scatter plots
  • Export data to spreadsheets

Students and faculty have access to:

  • U.S. Data
    • Economic, well-being and political data collected daily since 2008
    • By State and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
    • MSA and state-specific dashboards
    • Historical Gallup trends dating back to the 1930s
  • World Poll Data
    • Economic, social and well-being data collected since 2005 in over 160 countries
    • More than 80 metrics that are part of the Gallup Macroeconomic Path – a behavioral-based leadership model for successful societies
    • Country-specific dashboards


  • Searches may be by Topic, Geography or Keyword. A Topic search is often a good starting point:Gallup keyword search
  • Note that your data source is either the World Poll or U.S. Daily.
  • I first searched for “Confidence in National Government” in Southeast Asian countries from 2014-15, ranking the results from most to least confident in the following table (exportable to an Excel spreadsheet):Gallup table
  • Next, I compared “Confidence in National Government” among selected Southeast Asian countries for the time range 2012-15, creating the chart below:Gallup chart
  • Finally, I mapped the same metric for Asian-Pacific nations in 2014, which returned the map below:Gallup map
  • The map view of the rankings is in varying shades of green. The Communist government in China, which allows restrictively limited Gallup polling, did not authorize this particular question, hence it is grayed out, as are North Korea and Papua New Guinea, given that Gallup doesn’t operate in those countries.
  • For incisive U.S. polling data and topical articles of interest, try searching the Gallup Brain. In addition to historical polling results from 1935 to the present day, current articles cover a wide spectrum of topics ranging from the public’s perception of foreign trade, affordability of housing, health and healthcare, crime, governance, perceptions of Presidential candidates, how Americans view Israel and France (favorably overall), and how we are viewed by the rest of the world (positively overall).Gallup Analytics cookie statement

HINT: If this box appears at the bottom of your screen, click close to see the link to Gallup Brain.Gallup Brain


For novices, navigation can be a bit tricky when setting up metrics for the desired search results. For example, you will need to tweak your metrics when shifting from tables to charts and maps. That said, it becomes less a problem the more one uses the database. As always, ask a Librarian for assistance if you have any questions when using our research products.

Overall, this is a superlative resource to use for both domestic and public opinion data and is a very helpful addition to the library’s offerings.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. No endorsement or recommendation of any specific products or services is intended or implied.

Contents contributed by Michael G. Arden, Audio-Visual Librarian and Liaison Librarian to the Department of Social Sciences, and Manja Yirka, Continuing Resources Librarian and Liaison Librarian to the Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences.

Books at JSTOR

479149414_640We’ve recently increased our book collection by adding over 20,000 electronic book titles to the USMA Library collection. How, you may ask? Through our excellent new resource, Books at JSTOR.

Many of you are already familiar with JSTOR Journals, and Books at JSTOR works just like its other database. Books at JSTOR offers eBooks that are easily accessible through our SCOUT search on the library website.

This collection of academic books is drawn largely (but not exclusively) from university presses and covers 14 subject areas, including Science & Technology, Political Science, Sustainability, Sociology and History, among others. Do a keyword or title search in SCOUT, then retrieve the book by clicking on the URL at the bottom of the result you select.


Benefits of Books at JSTOR

  • High-quality scholarly content: Important titles from leading academic publishers, including Princeton University Press, Yale University Press, Harvard University Press, and many more
  • Easy to use: For example, journal articles, book chapters can be read online or downloaded as PDF files that never expire

Other nice features:

  • No logging in and no special software required
  • Unlimited downloads; unlimited copy and paste
  • Access is 24 x 7
  • New titles added monthly

Users will be able to:

  • View eBook chapters online
  • View books even if another user is “using” the book, as JSTOR offers unlimited simultaneous access– AND they never expire
  • Download and print (please remember the environment) a PDF of a chapter
  • Cross-search eBooks and journals for related content JSTOR cross-searchiing


The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. No endorsement or recommendation of any specific products or services is intended or implied.

Contents contributed by Manja Yirka,  Continuing Resources Librarian


New Faculty Orientations at the USMA Library

Department of GeNe  viewing the USMA Library's website.

Department of GeNe instructors viewing the USMA Library’s website as part of new faculty orientations at the USMA Library.

During the “dog days” of summer, USMA Librarians keep busy by working on various projects and initiatives that prepare us and our patrons for the demands of the upcoming academic year. One of the notable ways we do this is by conducting tours of the Library for incoming staff and faculty. Most of the Librarians at the USMA Library serve as Liaisons to specific Academic Departments; as part of the faculty development workshops in these Departments, Library Liaisons lead new staff and faculty members on tours that introduce them to the services and resources of the Library.

Newly assigned instructors receive library card application.

Newly assigned instructors receive library card application.

From 1 through 31 July, nine of our Liaison Librarians gave a total of 120 new faculty and staff members an overview of what we can do for them – and for their cadets! –  during these tours. The Liaison Librarians use the Library’s website – our gateway to the vast digital and physical resources available to our patrons – as a jumping-off point, demonstrating the variety of resources that can be accessed both locally and through inter-library loan. We show our new colleagues that our website also provides information on our hours, staff, and methods for requesting and renewing resources.

Instructors from the Math Department view archival documents in the Heritage Room.

Instructors from the Math Department view archival documents in the Heritage Room.

We explain the services available from our staff, including: the creation of subject- or course-specific research guides (accessible through the Library website); library instruction sessions tailored to the research requirements of specific assignments; and our Reserve Room, where materials can be placed on reserve by instructors in order that all cadets in their classes may have access to them. Of course, no trip to the Library is complete without a visit to the 6th floor Haig Room and terrace, and a stop at the Class of 1986 Ring Case.

Department of English and Philosophy instructors view the Haig Room.

Department of English and Philosophy instructors view the Haig Room.

It’s our goal that the new faculty and staff at USMA understand the resources and services the Library provides for them and their cadets, and know to call on us whenever they have a research needs associated with their personal, professional, or teaching duties.

Contributors:  Laura Mosher, Reference Librarian (article); Barbara Maroney (photos)

Thomas Lynch Hired as Reference Librarian for USMA Library

Tom Lynch – Reference Librarian

It is highly probable that no one was more  surprised than Thomas Lynch to hear that he had been hired by the USMA Library to work as a reference librarian, given that he had interviewed and presented for an entirely different position within the Library.  On the other hand, those of us who had met with Tom on the day of his interview were not overly surprised by the news, as he appeared well-suited for the reference position.

Prior to coming to West Point, Tom worked as a technical information specialist for the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, VA.  He has also worked as both librarian and technician for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, as well as the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia.

 Tom hails from the great state of Michigan, where as an undergraduate he studied German Language and Literature at Michigan State University. While serving in the United States Air Force he completed the Russian Basic Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey.  He then went on to the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, where he worked as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist.  After leaving the Air Force Tom took advanced Russian language courses at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, graduate courses in Theatre History/Dramatic Literature/Theatre Arts at Michigan State, and Library & Information Science at Drexel University. 

Now that Tom is here, we can confirm that our first observations about him were correct: smart and funny, he is a welcome addition to the USMA Library team. Look for him at the Reference Desk, and when you do be sure to say welcome OR,
in Russian, добро пожаловать!

Some questions for Tom:

What motivated you to learn German and Russian? 

I had a great teacher for German in high school, and continued my studies at MSU. Eventually, I realized I was pretty good with languages, so stuck with it. My uncle tried to get me to go to the Air Force Academy, but when I was 15, I just couldn’t imagine it. Hehe! Then, to the surprise of EVERYONE in my life, I enlisted in the Air Force towards the end of college to go be a linguist. If you study foreign languages, then you know all about Monterey, CA and the Defense Language Institute. Like most things military, you make selections for which languages you’d be interested in learning, but the needs of the service decide what you will get. Hence, the Russian language experience.

Why did you become a librarian? What do you like best about the occupation? 

Like many folks I stumbled into the library and Information profession backwards.  After graduate studies, I started to look for work.  I realized the jobs that interested me, and to which I was applying, were all in libraries, archives, and museums.  I didn’t realize this, but with some stepping back a bit, and looking at it, I realized I love helping people, I like to be a smarty-pants know-it-all and love the challenge of finding information, and helping people find what they are looking for.  The best aspect of librarianship and working with information is that no two days of work are exactly alike, while at the same time, the underlying mechanisms for research, searching databases, the hunt for information are continuous throughout what we do to help the Cadets, faculty, and staff.

 You’ve lived abroad in a number of different places. Do you have a favorite?

I’m extremely fascinated by cultural identity and languages, and travel to see what other cultures are like.  Living in Germany and working at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Research Library was a pretty amazing opportunity to both serve the mission of the U.S. to promote democracy and peace and stability, but also allowed me to observe the Germans at work and play daily, and a great opportunity to improve my language skills.  Living in Japan was pretty amazing, though, as well.

Any interesting experiences as a Linguist?

I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. And I like you, so I wouldn’t want to have to do that.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I spend lots of time walking, some gym and exercise classes, but mostly love to read nonfiction books about human behavior, motivation, cultural identity, and some history. The deeper I’ve gotten into these areas, the more it comes back to the brain, the mind, mindfulness, and the reality of how much power we have over our own happiness and contentment. Ommmmmmmmm…………




Liaison Librarians Partner with Faculty for Cadet Success

The Librarians in the USMA Library are investing new energy in a traditional role: that of the “Liaison Librarian.”  Liaison Librarians create partnerships with faculty to build strong connections between the USMA Library and the various Academic Departments here at West Point.  This is not a new idea; all the librarians at the USMA Library have traditionally had liaison assignments. However, our current efforts to build the liaison librarian program are more formal and focused than ever before.  The liaison program matches a subject specialist with each academic department in an effort to better meet our cadets’ information needs relative to their academic assignments.  How do we do this?  By meeting with faculty to understand the research required for specific assignments, and then designing Research Guides, recommended reading lists, and instruction sessions targeted at subject-specific research skills.   We work with faculty throughout the Academic year to offer assistance wherever (library or classroom) and whenever (lab periods, paper prep sessions) it best fits into the course. We also conduct evening clinics and daytime library information sessions to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all our patrons, on topics ranging from the general (using Scout for searching for Library resources) to the specific (the best resources for SS 307 papers).

Faculty members are encouraged to contact their Dept. Liaison Librarian to explore ways to incorporate library instruction in their classes. Cadets seeking help with a research paper should stop by the Reference desk and ask to see their department’s library liaison for help targeted specifically at the subject and assignment on which they are working. Patrons can also look up our liaison librarians on the Library website, and make an appointment via phone or email for research assistance at a mutually convenient time.  Having a liaison librarian in your academic corner means having a personal information specialist who will be a force multiplier on your road to academic success!



USMA Library Retires and Hires

By Michael Arden
Audiovisual Librarian – DSOC Liasion

Mr. Alan Aimone retired in June 2013 after 45 years on the staff of the USMA Library.  He joked that when he began his career he was the youngest librarian on staff and by the time he retired, he was the eldest.  Alan was from Chicago, and during his long career he was Head of Reference, later worked in Special Collections & Archives before resuming as a reference and liaison librarian for the Department of History with the library’s Information Gateway Division.  Widely considered an expert on local history, Alan published numerous historic articles during his years at the Library.  As an expert on West Point lore, he was interviewed by David Lipsky, the author of Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point, who credited Alan in his acknowledgments.  Alan and his wife retired to Las Vegas, where he runs a book appraisal business.

Mr. Paul Nergelovic retired in July 2013 after 30 years on the staff of the USMA Library.  He served as the library’s Government Documents Librarian, at which he excelled.  An outstanding researcher, Paul was sought out by faculty for his expertise, especially by his liaison departments, Social Sciences and Law.  Given his mastery of the esoteric world of government documents, Paul left big boots to fill in the Information Gateway Division.  Paul hails from and currently resides in New Windsor, New York, and hopes to travel far and wide in retirement. 

Two currently employed librarians, Ms. Karen Shea and Mr. Darrel Hankins, were recently promoted to fill vacancies in the Information Gateway Division.  Both were recruited in 2011 and 2012 respectively to fill GS-9 positions in the Access Services Division as circulation librarians, doubling as reference librarians.  Now newly minted GS-11 reference librarians, they have been warmly welcomed by their colleagues in their new division.  Karen is the liaison librarian with the Department of Mathematics and Darrell works with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.

Finally, Mr. Thomas Lynch was recently recruited to fill yet another reference librarian vacancy in the Information Gateway Division.  When Thomas was in the area recently he stopped by the Library to meet with the staff, where he left a very good impression.  Thomas’ prior federal positions were at the Library of the Marine Corps – Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA, and the Marshall Center Research Library in Garmisch, Germany.  He is currently employed at the Smithsonian Institution in the position of Technical Information Specialist in the History and Culture Department, Readers Services Division, of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, where he provides collections management support services to the Museum Support Center Library, the National Museum of the American Indian Library, and other departmental libraries.  Thomas will join the library staff this fall.





Week in Review – 6 September 2013

New Information Gateway Librarians Hired

We are pleased to be bringing on three librarians into our Information Gateway division in the next several weeks. Karen Shea and Darrell Hankins will be transitioning from their current positions in Access Services into Information Gateway where they will continue providing reference and liaison support. They will continue to provide some support in Access Services as well through the transition and as we work to announce and hire two new librarians for Access Services to replace them.

Also joining us will be Mr. Thomas Lynch, who currently works as a Technical Information Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Once the new staff is in place we will revisit our liaison assignments to accommodate our personnel changes.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recruitment process, especially Dan Pritchard and Laura Mosher who helped with telephone interviews.

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
6 September 2013
Week in Review 0700-1630
7 September 2013
Cadets Against Sexual Harassment and Assault 0900-1700
8 September 2013
Branch Week 1100-2245
9 September 2013
 Branch Week  Dean’s Brief to Faculty and Staff Branch Week Social 0700-2245
10 September 2013
Branch Week Division Heads 0700-2245
11 September 2013
 Branch Week / Nininger Award 0700-2245
12 September 2013
 Branch Week  Dean’s Staff Meeting 0700-2245
13 September 2013
Branch Week / Modified Class Day / Beat Stanford / ’73 & ’83 Reunions  Week in Review  Army Film Crew in Jefferson Hall 0700-1530

USMA Library Metrics

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

Access Services
Items Charged Out 221 197 268 445
Gate Count N/A N/A N/A 3,927
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 0 2 0 1
Events/Meetings Attended 18 22 22 14
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 8 8 30 31
Library Instruction Sessions 0 0 1 10
Cadets Attending Sessions 0 0 20 195
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 17 26 36 145
Items Added – Digital 0 0 1,816 1
Items Added – GovDocs 112 62 40 177
Items Added – Other 0 40 238 2
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 152 58 63 74
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 0 0 3 29
Research Visits < 1 hour 0 0 4 7
Research Visits < 1 day 0 0 1 1
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 0 0
Instruction Sessions 0 0 2 7
Cadets Taught 0 0 41 114
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 822 1,589 2,426 2,770
LibGuides Visits 184 247 262 482
Digital Collections Visits 105 114 295 262
Facebook Visits 16 19 16 31
Public Printer Prints 0 6,448 13,373 6,510
Public Printer Copies 0 75 330 336
Public Printer Scans 4 14 129 173

Food for Thought

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

  • “I’m not saying Google is evil — they’re not,” said Soghoian. “But they’re an advertising company. The wolf is providing the tools to the sheep.” Schneier concurs: “There’s a lot of tech you can bring to bear — but remember, the business model of the Internet is surveillance.” He suggests the solution does not lie in a technological breakthrough or even simple consumer awareness. “This is not a technical problem,” he said. “This is a legal problem.” – ‘Perfect privacy’? In Internet communication, that doesn’t exist – NBC
  • “Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.” – Woody Allen
  • “Online shopping in general isn’t killing the great American mall, is — singlehandedly so. The Internet retailer sells more stuff online than its 12 biggest competitors combined, all of which move an incredibly tiny amount of stuff through their online storefronts, according to new documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Wall Street Journal’s Shelly Banji and Paul Ziobro. Companies like Target, Wal-Mart, and PetSmart have all reported huge growth rates in their online sales, but only because their businesses are growing from very small figures.” – The Only Place People Shop Online Is Amazon – Rebecca Greenfield – The Atlantic Wire
  • “In the future, e-books are going to explode beyond just containing stories, becoming niche social networks where we discuss our favorite passages with other readers and even authors and publishers buy our data to make more informed decisions. So hold on tight, book lovers. Reading as we know it will soon change, forever.” – E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code community
  • “According to the proposed policies, Facebook will be able to analyze your profile photo and use it to suggest “tags” of you in other photographs. It’s a change from the current implementation, in which Facebook’s tagging suggestions only can use other photographs in which you’re already tagged — now, it’ll proactively be analyzing your profile picture to help make better suggestions. It’s not a surprising addition, as Facebook has been interested in facial-recognition technology for some time, but we imagine there will be a subset of users who’ll turn this “feature” off immediately.” – Facebook privacy update lets the social network analyze your profile picture | The Verge
  • “If I could change one thing about engineering education — well, actually, all education — it would be to center it around solving real problems and making things. In other words, we ought to be creating innovators and inventors at our engineering schools. They need to be able to do something more than solve theoretical problems when they leave us. In other words, they should learn how to be an applied problem solver, which is not the same thing as being a fantastic book-based equation solver. None of us learned how to do anything well by being talked at — it’s boring. We learn best by doing — getting our hands dirty and making our own mistakes.” – Ideas for Improving Science Education in the U.S. –
  • “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” – James Joyce
  • “I’ve said no, because I think that it’s an excuse for state legislatures to cut funding to state universities,” Mr. Duneier says. “And I guess that I’m really uncomfortable being part of a movement that’s going to get its revenue in that way. And I also have serious doubts about whether or not using a course like mine in that way would be pedagogically effective.” – A MOOC Star Defects, at Least for Now – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “This is a canny economic move by Bezos and Amazon, of course — it’s not do-good charity meant to incite literacy and save the publishing industry. MatchBook takes advantage of the giant purchase history that Amazon has for all of its customers, and encourages those customers to buy (and, incidentally, to read) more. It also takes advantage of a new and nervous mega-literacy. That mega-literacy, in which driving-while-texting is a common and fatal practice, is predicated on the idea that we must always be reading. This obsession is akin to the delusion (and actively-promoted illusion) of food scarcity that has led, in part, to American overconsumption of food for 40 years. What does it mean to read—and screen—too much? At the biological and ethical level, we’re only now finding out. Hypotheses—alarmist, optimistic and otherwise—abound. At the economic level, it means that we’re buying copies of books we already have—suffusing our screens and bookshelves, along with our pantries, with hopeful redundancies, with stuff we don’t need. Hoarding stuff, both binary and tactile. Increasing the clog, not diminishing it. You know, the American way.” – Jeff Bezos, Kindle Matchbook and the American literacy epidemic – Yahoo! News

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