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University Libraries 2010 Fall Report: Services

This report highlights current activity across University Libraries. This information is being shared in advance of the annual fall meeting with Chairs, Directors, and Departmental Library Representatives and will provide background for discussion at the meeting.

Access Services

Circulation: Kent Campus Book Delivery starts October 18. Books and other materials ordered through KentLINK, OhioLINK, and Interlibrary Loan can be delivered to the Kent Campus offices of faculty, staff, and graduate students. Starting Spring semester, this service will be expanded to students living in the dorms. For more information, see http://www.library.kent.edu/bookdelivery.

Copyright: For faculty who need assistance in obtaining copyright permissions for research or other personal projects, the UL Copyright Toolkit is available to guide you through the permissions process. See http://www.library.kent.edu/copyrighttoolkit.

Interlibrary LoanFree-of-charge article delivery will start Spring semester. Within the limits of U.S. Copyright Law, copies of materials in the Main Library print collection will be scanned and delivered to users' ILLiad accounts. this replaces the $3.00 per article InfoExpress service.  

Library Hours: This Fall semester, the Main Library is open until 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Beginning in Spring semester, the Main Library will be open 24 hours, Sunday through Thursday.

Reserve Services: Reserves will be experimenting with placement of reserve materials in Blackboard/Vista as an alternative to the ERes system, which has been in use for over ten years. If you are interested in participating in a trial, please contact Cindy Kristof (ckristof@kent.edu).  

Branch Libraries

Architecture Library

The Morbito Architecture Library received notable gift collections from the late CAED emeritus professor Joseph Schidlowski, and from Chagrin Falls architect, Ann Dunning. It also acquired the major Italian architecture and design reference work Domus , a 12-volume journal reprint highlighting the years from 1928 to 1999. Prominent architect Douglas L. Steidl, FAIA was appointed the new Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Chemistry/Physics Library

The past year saw the transition of two major online tools, Scifinder Scholar 2007 and the client version of the Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry, to the Web. Beilstein is known as Reaxys and now also contains Gmelin (a major inorganic database) and a patent database. We are continuing our monograph weeding project and will commence weeding the printed journal collection for duplicates already in JSTOR and the Electronic Journal Center. We are looking forward to the additional space for new services for our library users! We've continued instructional outreach to the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate program and new graduate students, as well as expanding to science-oriented First Year Experience classes and participating in the OnTAP New Graduate Student Program.

Fashion Library

A considerable gift collection from the late Elizabeth Rhodes was donated to the Mohler Fashion Library. Materials were reviewed, selected, catalogued and integrated into the library’s collection. The Library mounted three exhibitions featuring materials from its special collections. Designs by the Rodgers/Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising faculty were on exhibit during the annual spring student fashion show.

Map Library

The Map Library continues to serve the University community’s cartographic information needs. While continuing to catalog items for better access, the library recently acquired a gift collection that includes Hopkins Plat Books and property atlases from Cleveland and property atlases from Lake and Geauga County. In addition, new GIS datasets are available for Summit, Stark and Cuyahoga Counties. We hope that these new resources will deepen the historical areas of our collection creating a broader view of the history of the area. Additional GIS resources and information are now linked from the LibGuide for GIS at: http://libguides.library.kent.edu/content.php?pid=123221. We encourage the community to visit our library and learn even more about the services and collections we have to offer

Performing Arts Library

The renovated Performing Arts Library is now open and offers a number of new spaces for teaching, collaborating, and studying. The reading room boasts the Kulas Multimedia Center, equipped with computers, scanners, color printing, and two audio/visual workstations. The Mac lab has 22 computers and is used for classes and library instruction while the PC lab offers both Mac and PC workstations, photocopying, and color printing. Two group viewing rooms allow for presentation practice and group study and are equipped with high-end audio and video. Transitioning theatre and dance materials to the new library from Main is ongoing and should be complete by January 2011.

Instructional Services

Highlights from this past year include:

Library Instruction:  Subject Librarians provided 524 instructional sessions to 9,757 students and faculty.

Web-based Support:  "How Do I…" web page was created to provide access to brief point of need tutorials and instructions. http://www.library.kent.edu/how_do_i.php.

Online Tutorials:  We continued to make inroads with online learning. All freshmen had access to our basic library skill modules, and many students in the College Writing program and in the college of EHHS completed modules. Library skill modules and quizzes were added to over 250 course sections. Our list of skill modules is now at 14, with the addition of a module and quiz on MLA style. For more information, visit http://www.library.kent.edu/skill_modules.

Library For-credit Course:  University Libraries developed and offered their first for-credit course: LIB/SLIS 30010 Information Fluency in the Workplace and Beyond in spring 2010. Cross-listed with the School of Library and Information Science, the class was team-taught by Professor Susan Weaver of East Liverpool Campus and Associate Professor Greg Byerly (SLIS). The initial class had 18 students.

Stress Free Zone:  Approximately 1000 students visited the Stress Free Zone in the library during finals week of Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 to have snacks and relax.

For more information about library instructional services for faculty, visit http://www.library.kent.edu/instruction

Media Services

Audio Visual Services provided more than twice the average number of equipment deliveries this past year due in large part to accommodations made during construction in the Music & Speech Building. Additionally, the CD and DVD collection from the Performing Arts Library was shelved in AVS. Non-print on reserve and language lessons (Spanish, French, etc.) continue to be made available to students in the Preview Room..  

Design Solutions provides traditional and non-traditional graphics design and production services to the University. This includes "wayfinding" projects around campus, as well as life-size graphic reproductions in remodeled spaces such as the Michael Schwartz Building. Photography services are also available.  

The Student Multimedia Studio (SMS) upgraded their video editing suites with new software and additional memory capacity. A video recording booth is available for students in the American Sign Language program. Other services include creating specialized online tutorials for faculty with unique project needs and work with other universities to help them create similar lab spaces on their campuses.

Reference Services

IM / Text A Librarian ServicesInstant messaging and texting continue to be popular media for helping students with their library needs. IM use is up again this semester. In September alone, we answered 404 IM questions, a 7.5% increase from the same time last year!  

The Speak Easy: The Speak Easy is now open on the second floor of the Kent Campus Main Library. The Speak Easy is a room set aside for language tutoring and conversation tables. When not in use for these purposes, it will be open for group work.

Reservable Group Study Rooms: Groups of 2-4 can now reserve one of four new rooms for up to two hours at a time. Students can also reserve the Presentation Practice Room to get ready for individual or group class presentations. More information and scheduling options are available online at http://www.library.kent.edu/groupstudy.

Facebook: Follow University Libraries on Facebook to get the latest news on library events, services, and resources at http://www.facebook.com/ksulibraries.

Kent Reads, Kent Writes, Kent State! Kent Reads, Kent Writes is a weekly read aloud series presented by University Libraries. The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series features engaging and thoughtful Kent State University faculty, administrators, alumni, and current students reading aloud from meaningful works of literature, poetry, original creative writings, and non-fiction. Contact Jamie Seeholzer (jseeholz@kent.edu) to volunteer for Kent Reads, Kent Writes!

Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives provides access to rare and primary sources in a wide range of subject areas. The department also provides hands-on, course-integrated instruction with an emphasis on teaching students about accessing and using primary sources and archival collections. The Centennial Collection is a digital archive containing over 1,000 scanned images related to the history of KSU. Also available are over one hundred recorded oral histories related to the 1970 Kent State shootings. Both the audio and a written transcription of each recording are available online. Current exhibitions feature the 40th Anniversary of May 4 and works related to true-crime historian Albert Borowitz's latest publication, Musical Mysteries. During spring semester 2011, an exhibition of collection highlights on the history of science will open.

Statistical and Qualitative Software Consulting

Presently UL supports the following software packages: JMP, SPSS, SAS, SPSS Text Analysis for Surveys, EQS, LISREL, AMOS, and NVIVO. These are available for lease through Audio Visual Services. We are pleased with the addition of the statistical package JMP to our list, as it is an affordable, innovative interactive statistical package ideal for both research and teaching. Some packages have a limited number of available seats. Contact Tina Ughrin (cughrin@kent.edu) for more information.

Writing Commons

The Writing Commons saw over 4,200 students last year in only its 2nd year of operation in the Library. Staff hosted several workshops and University-wide events. We are increasing our outreach and collaboration with other units on campus, such as the First-Year Experience program, Faculty Professional Development Center, and the Honors College. Faculty in the TESOL, Journalism and Mass Communication, First-Year Experience, and the Writing program take whole classes into the new Writing Commons space for group sessions with tutors. The Writing Commons is a service of the Department of English.


The subject librarian listing is at:  http://www.library.kent.edu/subjectlibrarians   Send any other questions to Barbara Schloman (bschloma@kent.edu ) Associate Dean for Public Services, University Libraries, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 44242.
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