Annual Progress Report

  • Annual Progress Report,  Volume 22,  Volume 22, Issue 2

    Beginning Anew: The 2022-2023 University of Cincinnati Libraries Annual Report

    By Liz Kiscaden, Dean and University Librarian Announcing the 2022-2023 University of Cincinnati Libraries Annual Report. My tenure as dean and university librarian began in mid-August 2023, a time of great growth at the University of Cincinnati. I’ve spent these past six months learning as much as I can about the Libraries – how our mission to “empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources” supports the university’s NEXT Lives Here Strategic Directions. Documents such as the Annual Report have been key to my education. In this Annual Report, we look back at the top…

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    Annual Progress Report

    A Year of New Beginnings… Welcome to the 2021-22 University of Cincinnati Libraries Annual Progress Report – a year that saw the broad return of students, faculty and staff to campus for fall semester. The transition from virtual to in-person was an extensive process as library spaces were re-evaluated to allow for a safe return to working and studying on campus. We welcomed students, faculty and staff back to campus with refreshed spaces, enhanced safety protocols for social distancing and a revived appreciation for working together in person. The year also saw the announcement of our renewed Strategic Framework: NEXT Directions. The University of Cincinnati’s NEXT Lives Here Strategic Directions focus…

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    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…