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AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILT EXHIBIT
For the 6th year, Michelle Howard Harrell of the Early Childhood Education program and her “quilting sisters” have loaned the library another fabulous collection of African American quilts. This is part of the library’s observation of African American History Month. The quilts will be on display until March 15. Make sure you come by and see them. Milton Samuels has taken pictures of the exhibit (click here) which also include candid shots of Michelle and her colleagues organizing the quilts before putting them up. As always, thanks to the Facilities team for mounting this display. For 5 years, the library has posted pictures of these quilt exhibits on the library webpage (see here). People from all over the country make regular inquiries, admiring these beautiful pieces of artwork at RCC.
Every year, the students in Prof. Richard Eels’ Statistics class survey about one hundred students on how they rate various services that the College provides. This is not a scientific poll but efforts are made to take a random sample. In all previous polls, the faculty was judged highest. In the fall 2010 survey, students voted the library to first place for the first time. Thanks to students who took the Statistics class poll for according the library this honor for the past year.
Featuring over 3,000 entries from various publishers, this resource is an excellent source for students, educators, and researchers at all levels. Using this research tool is preferred over Web sources because it offers reliable academic content that is neutral and objective.
To access Pop Culture Universe database:
· Go to library website www.rcc.mass.edu
· Under “Books, Articles and Videos” click on Articles.
· Click on Alphabetical list and then find the database.
MOST LIBRARY STATISTICS UP IN 2010
Gate count is the measure of the number of people entering the library during a specified period. The year 2009 recorded the highest annual gate count in the library’s history. Then, in 2010, 149,605 people entered the library, breaking the 2009 record by 7 percent. In addition, the 2010 gate count shows a 47 percent increase in the last five years. See statistics below:
o 2010 149,605
o 2009. 139,617.
o 2008. 127,032.
o 2007. 122,799.
o 2006. Gate counter was not working correctly.
o 2005. 101,512.
· Library Database Searches Continue Up.
Student database searching continued up in 2010 at a good rate of 8 percent. This was in addition to the amazing increases of 42 percent in 2009 and 40 percent in 2008. Showing students how to find quality information for research papers in the library databases continues to be a major success of the library’s instruction program. In 2010, students did
o twice as many database searches as in 2007,
o 3 times as in 2004, and
o 6 times as in 2002.
· Circulation Continues Up
The year 2010 posted over 20,000 items borrowed for the first time. There has been a steady increase in the number of items borrowed since 2005. Members of the RCC Community borrowed over twice as many items in 2010 as five years ago.
· Reference Questions Answered Up Slightly
From 2004 to 2007, the number of reference questions answered more than tripled with the addition of new professional staff positions. In the last four years, the number has been at a plateau, increasing 4.5 percent. In a period when most academic libraries show declines in reference statistics, this is evidence of continuing need by RCC students for this kind of service.
· Explosive Increase in Research Guide Use Continues into 4th Year
Students and faculty apparently love RCC library online research guides. These guides are created by library staff to assist students in finding quality information. (Click here to see them.) There are three kinds of research guides:
o Class Guides. These supplement library instruction for specific classes. These were the most popular:
§ HUM 320: Honors Colloquium-Entemann--6,037 views.
§ ENG 101: English Composition I (honors)-Greene--2,507 views.
§ SSI 221: Macroeconomics- Fusi--2,191 views.
§ ASC 102: College Experience--1,857 views.
§ ENG 102: English Composition II-Onuoha--1,089 views.
§ ENG 101: English Composition I- King--1,042 views.
o Subject Guides direct students to quality information on specific subjects. These subjects drew the most interest:
§ Teen Violence—5,605 views.
§ Nursing—4,503 views.
§ Gay Rights—4,025 views.
§ Gun Control—3,167 views.
§ Hispanic Heritage—2,849 views.
§ Abortion—2,371 views.
§ Drug Abuse—1,351 views.
§ Death Penalty—1,041 views.
o Guides to Library Workshops for Faculty
§ How to use Ebrary online books—3,068 views.
§ How to find primary sourses—1,425 views.
· Other Statistics
o Number of new books and DVDs added 1,652
· Books accessed 1,213
· User sessions 24,413
· Films accessed 1,707 (Sep-Dec)
o Library account. (Created to offer students an alternative way to find out about library services.) See it here.
§ Accessed: 1,197 times (Sep-Dec)
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Welcome to the Library, published by Roxbury Community College Library,
Mark Lawrence, Library Director