September kept us busy with the new semester and many new students arriving on campus and learning their way around the campus and the libraries.
I am finalizing the Libraries' progress report for 1999-2000 and would like to share a few highlights with you.
Major accomplishments are listed below:
- Reached the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) statistical benchmarks for the first time with our 1998-99 statistics
- Will be considered for ARL membership in 2002 and will need to prepare for this
- Increased collections by 191,921 volumes to a total of 1,700,846 volumes, this large number is due to the cataloguing of government documents
- Increased collections by 452 journal subscriptions to a total of 14,749 subscriptions
- Implemented electronic reserves
- Integrated government documents into collections and services and provided Web-based access to them
- Provided access to 250 electronic databases accessing more than 15,000 journals, dissertations, newspapers and reference works
- Updated library technology to 550 networked computer workstations for staff and public
- Continued to be a net lender of library materials in Kentucky
- Substantially increased faculty productivity in the area of scholarly publications and presentations
- More than 1,119,160 used the libraries
- 76,310 persons used the Metropolitan College Computer Lab
These are some of the highlights; more information will be available when we finalize our annual progress report.
--Hannelore Rader, University Librarian