Annual Progress Report

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    Annual Progress Report

    From the Dean

    Looking back as we plan our NEXT Directions. This year’s Annual Progress Report covers July 2020 through June 2021. It was an exceptionally complicated time, during which we entered the second year of the pandemic, developed and adopted new digital resources to support remote learning and remote research and prepared for the transition back to campus for the 2021 fall semester. We have had our share of hardships and successes. The difficulty and stress of the pandemic has put a strain on library faculty and staff, but they persevered, working together to find innovative solutions to meet the needs of our users. In these unprecedented times, they continuously found ways…

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    Whether in-person or online, UC Libraries had a busy and productive year. UC Libraries Announce Phased Approach to Re-Open Library Facilities July 2020 – With the start of the 2020 fall semester, UC Libraries re-opened library facilities to the UC community in a limited, phased approach to ensure social distancing. OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan Borrowing have resumed August 2020 – Library users could once again request OhioLINK materials for pickup at Langsam Library using the OhioLINK catalog or by using the “Search OhioLINK” tab after a search in our local Library Catalog. CEAS, CECH and DAAP Libraries Re-Open to Users September 2020 – As of September 14, the College of Engineering and…

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    Navigating the Pandemic

    UC Libraries approach to delivering services and resources during unprecedented times. This past academic year has been a lesson in resiliency and versatility. Through the shared experience of the unknown, illness and lives lost, people around the world did their best to keep one another safe and to hold out hope for an end to the global pandemic. We, too, in UC Libraries did our best to pivot – striving to maintain the core tenants of our mission, while adhering to pandemic health and safety standards as we re-imagined core library services aimed at a user base that had largely moved online. As the university weathered the challenges and relentless…

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    Staff News

    Activities, accomplishments and milestones of the faculty and staff of UC Libraries. Mark Chalmers, Science and Engineering Librarian, has been accepted into Drexel University’s highly selective Library Information Science (LIS) Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING) program as a 2021 LEADING Fellow. Blevins, J. L., Ezra Edgerton, Data Visualization Developer in the Digital Scholarship Center, Don Jason, Clinical Informationist in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, and James Lee, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship, Associate Dean of Libraries, and Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, published “Shouting into the wind: Medical science versus ‘B.S.’ in the twitter maelstrom of politics and misinformation about hydroxychloroquine.” Social Media +…

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    Financial Information

    Reporting of both General and Local Funds for Fiscal Year 2021. General Funds by percentage: 3% Renovation/Capital 6%Operating 45% Library Collections 47% Salaries & Benefits Fiscal Year (FY) 21 Budget vs. Actual Expenses: Salaries + Benefits: FY21 Budget = $12,129,242| FY21 Actual = $10,325,572 Operating: FY21 Budget = 2,412,742 | FY21 Actual = 1,282,408 Renovations/Capital: FY21 Budget = $700,000 | FY21 Actual = $701,782 Collections: FY21 Budget = $10,658,284 | FY21 Actual = 10,139,364 Highlights: General funds were largely expended on salaries and library collections. The actual salaries and operating spending are lower than the previous fiscal year due to the pandemic. The collection spending stays the same – showing…

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    UC Libraries by the Numbers

    Gate counts, web site visitors, circulation and number of reference questions answered are just some of the statistics gathered and reported to the Association of Research Libraries each year. UC Libraries by the Numbers (as reported to the Association of Research Libraries for 2019/20) Number of Libraries = 10 (13 counting the jurisdictions) Total Volumes = 4,650,472 E-books = 1,895,398 Library Catalog Hits = 8,311,597 Library Website Views = 960,275 Library Website Visitors = 152,535 LiBlog Visits = 61,292 Full-text Articles Downloaded = 2,682,693 Regular Searches (databases) = 4,903,053 Total Circulation (print and other items) = 69,048 Reference Questions Answered = 12,374 Library Presentations to Groups = 685 Participants in…

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    A Look Back in Photos

    A Photo Montage of the past academic year. The first half of the academic year found most faculty and staff working remotely, while a dedicated core continued to work onsite. With the start of the 2020 fall semester, UC Libraries re-opened library facilities to the UC community in a limited, phased approach to ensure social distancing. The stacks remained closed and areas of each library were closed off. Users could still access library collections through the widely used Click & Collect request and retrieval service, and receive assistance through online instruction and the popular CHAT reference service. Social distancing, sanitation stations and marked walking routes helped to keep people safe…

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    Determining Our NEXT Directions

    UC Libraries Updated Strategic Framework The University of Cincinnati’s NEXT Lives Here Strategic Directions focus on the core areas of Academic Excellence, Urban Impact and the Innovation Agenda in order to engage people and ideas – and to transform the world. The University of Cincinnati Libraries are key to what’s NEXT. UC Libraries fuel research, scholarship and engagement with the community. We forge pathways to discovery and empower students, faculty and researchers to achieve academic success. Thus, in the spirit of NEXT Lives Here, UC Libraries is actively engaging in determining our Next Directions. We are articulating both who we are and what we want to be. We are examining…