CUNY - Hunter College
Hunter College Libraries
Annual Report 2011-2012
Associate Dean, Chief Librarian
August 6, 2012
I am pleased to present the Libraries’ Annual Report for 2011-2012.
I. Summary of Accomplishments and Progress
Faculty/Staff Activity and Success
New Faculty and Staff: This past year our department was lucky in being able to hire two new library faculty as well as two excellent new HEOas. Joining our team was Instructor Mason Brown as our second Public Health Librarian. Prof. Jonathan Cain came on board in our Reference/Instruction group and serves as the liaison to African/Puerto Rican/Latino Studies and Geography. Jocelyn Berger-Barrera, who served as our substitute Evening/Weekend Supervisor, was appointed to the position full time. And Malin Abrahamsson came from SVA to start as our Acquisitions Specialist. Both Malin and Jocelyn have been very active in maintaining our copyright rules in regards to e-reserves (more on that later).
In spite of these new positions coming in, we still have many open lines in the Hunter College Libraries, some of which have been left unfilled since 2008. In order to serve the Hunter and CUNY communities with the minimum amount of service it deserves, we need to have a majority of them filled. (See Personnel and Staffing Requests in part IV)
FY 2011-2012 Library Faculty Awards and Recognition
The Hunter College Libraries continues to excel in scholarship and professional development. This includes much internal service actions and presentations, including a large presence in such initiatives as Tech Thursdays and Teaching Tuesdays. Here is a sampling of this past years’ work. (A full list of conference attendance and participation can be found in individual Library Units reports – See Appendix):
Asst. Prof. Margaret Bausman, Social Work Librarian
Asst. Prof. Danielle Becker, Web Librarian
Tech Thursday presentation: Mobile devices for teaching and learning, October 20, 2011.
Asst. Prof. Jonathan Cain, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Asst. Prof. John Carey, Head of Health Professions Library
(the first 4 are with Asst. Prof. David Donabedian):
Twenty years after: Armenian research libraries today. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries 22(1). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and Eastern European Information Resources 12(4), 201-223.
Pirates and librarians: Big media, technology and the role of liberal education. Library Philosophy and Practice 2011.
Twenty years after: Armenian research libraries today. Presented at the Spring Program of the LACUNY International Relations Roundtable, CUNY Graduate Center, May 18, 2012, New York, NY.
Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Poster session presented at “The Global Librarian: Information without Borders,” annual symposium of the Association of College and Research Libraries-NY Chapter, December 2, 2011, Baruch College, New York, NY.
Open access initiatives in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Presented at Metropolitan New York Library Council/Special Interest Group for Science, Technology, and Medical Librarians, October 21, 2011, New York, NY.
Co-Chair of the ACRL/STS Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group (term from July 2011–July 2013) of the American Library Association.
Serving a two-year term (July 2011-June 2013) as a member of the ACRL/STS Council.
Asst. Prof. David Donabedian, Access Services Librarian
(with Asst.Prof. John Carey)
Assoc. Prof. Tony Doyle, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Asst Prof. Hal Grossman, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Lecturer Steven Kowalik, Head of Zabar Art Library
Assoc. Prof. Danise Hoover, Head of Public Services
Assoc. Prof. Brian Lym, Head of Research and Instruction
Adjunct Instructor Stephanie Margolin
Asst. Prof. John Pell, Public Health Librarian
Assoc. Prof. Wendy Tan, Head of Cataloging
Asst. Prof. Sarah Ward, Outreach Librarian
Asst. Prof. Lauren Yannotta, Instructional Design Librarian
Adjunct Instructor Stephen Zweibel
II. Library Usage and Facilities
A. Facilities Update
The 3rd Floor of Wexler was completely emptied of both staff and student space in the winter of 2012. Technical Services was moved to B1 and our Circulation desk and its staff were moved up to 7. To enable this, there was a massive, multi-floor shift of material conducted over several months. This included combining two separate floors of periodicals into one, shifting the entire Literature collection from B1 to 6, the Science and Math books to B1 and a variety of material off of 7. As of this writing, we are waiting on the next steps of renovation, although the Library has been proactive in disseminating any and all news to students about the changes they are seeing.
The biggest news for the year was the opening of the Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library in the Silberman Building in East Harlem. The Library faculty and staff worked very hard to shift and combine the resources of two schools into one cohesive collection. The Library also worked with ICIT to create a “mini” Info Commons space so that we may better experiment with different concepts before we launch them on a larger scale at Wexler, post-renovation. We have set up the space to include Librarians, ICIT support and CRW tutors. We also planned to have a smaller version of the interactive signage at the desk, so that we may prepare to use the new software before we re-open the 3rd floor of Wexler.
While the new space is indeed a large improvement over both previous branches, there were unfortunately many mishaps and slip-ups due to forces beyond the Library’s control. As of this writing, the 119th St library still does NOT have the following:
In addition, the designs were re-imagined without Library input and they somehow neglected to include adequate staff work areas, collaborative seating for students or workable furniture for individual or smaller group work. There is also no A/V set-ups in any of the study rooms, despite careful planning between the Library and ICIT. After one entire year open, we had hoped that some of these issues might be sufficiently rectified, but they have not been.
We hope that not only do we not see a repeat of this situation in the Wexler renovation, and that the Library faculty and staff should be play an active role in setting up day-to-day operations, as opposed to the sole use of external consultants. (See Major Goals).
1) Door Counts
As usual, attendance in the Libraries has continued to increase each year. For 2011-2012, we saw the following numbers (along with the percent increase from 2010-2011):
Wexler: 980,148 (+10%)
Social Work/Public Health:N/A *
Health Professions: 149,575 (+12 %)
Archives/Special Collections: 53 on-site research visits (+102%)
*The door counter was damaged in the move to 119th Street and not replaced until April 2012.
It is interesting to note that despite the move of the School of Public Health to a different campus, attendance at HPL increased nonetheless. This trend underscores the need for increased attention to infrastructure and staffing issues at our Brookdale facility.
We believe that the generous increase of researchers in the Archives and Special Collections is due in no small part to the major digital initiatives undertaken by that staff (see Electronic resources below)
This increase of visitors to all parts of the Library, which has been in an upward trend over the past several years, does perhaps reflect the increase in Hunter enrollment. This also presents a problem, as student space was much decreased in 2011-2012 with the 3rd Floor being shut for renovation and the shifting of Library staff and 3 additional learning labs (Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and ACERT) to B1.
The take-away for this year is that we have more students in the Library than ever before and yet the least of amount of space we’ve ever had to accommodate them.
2) Circulation of Materials
Once again, we’ve seen a decrease in circulating material at all locations, as more items are available through our online resources. However, The Reserves Desk usage continues to increase, as it has for the past several years. As the reserve collection consists of print textbooks and course materials, one can assume that more and more of our students cannot afford or choose not to purchase these items each semester.
Items checked out 2011-2012
Wexler: 66,756 (-5%)
Reserves Desk: 90,292 (+10%)
Social Work/Public Health: 10,679 (-5%)
Health Professions: 4,592 (-2%)
*Print material at Zabar consists of Art Reference and New Book displays. We hope to enable circulation of material through Zabar in the future.
3) Laptop Loans
Our laptop loan program continues to increase in usage. In 2011-2012, ICIT provided us with an additional 23 laptops. The increase of our laptop loans, combined with the increased use of electronic devices brought in by students, has made the lack of sufficient electrical outlets a very large problem, which must be addressed.
The HPL numbers dropped considerably, but we believe that is due to 1) the move of SPH to 119th St and 2) the increasing provision of handheld devices to students in the School of Nursing.
Zabar continues to have a substantially large use of laptops for what is the smallest space in our facilities. This is, in part, due not only to the updated and well-lit design of the place, but also because Zabar is one of the few Library spaces with sufficient electrical outlets.
Laptops loaned 2011-2012
Wexler: 18,317 (+40%)
Social Work/Public Health: N/A*
Health Professions: 135 (-40%)
Zabar: 2,316 (+12%)
*The laptop loans at SSW/SPH were not counted for several months, as there were only 5 electrical outlets for students available in that location until May 2012.
4) Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
In 2011-2012, our ILL statistics can be broken down as such:
Total Transactions 10,400
ILL Borrowing 6,500
ILL Lending 3,900
This is a 20% increase from last year, mainly on the lending side of the equation. ILL charges, however, only increased by $3,500.
In October 2011, Hunter College Libraries joined the New York IDS resource sharing network (http://idsproject.org/), which has further strengthened services. Use of IDS has sped up ILL processing and checks automatically for items owned by Hunter or other CUNY libraries. Fifty percent of the patron initiated ILL borrowing requests do not require any staff mediation.
ILL upgraded ILLiad to the 8.2 version on May 30th 2012, which has allowed us to receive color PDFs.
This year also saw the SSW-SPH Library become a CLICS location for intra-CUNY material requests. This allows students and faculty at 119th to request books to be shipped from any CUNY campus. It has been met with great enthusiasm from the Hunter Community in East Harlem.
5) Computer Labs Attendance
The Library Learning Center Labs in Wexler and Health Professions have both decreased in usage this past year. As Public Health has moved uptown, this is not a surprising number for HPL. Even with this decrease, however, the numbers are still quite large. The need for a Library-run learning lab is obviously important. That must be taken into account as President Raab has made clear that the 7th Floor will no longer be Library property once renovation is complete. This Lab must find a place to move within the smaller Library confines.
Student usage of Labs:
Wexler: 39,470 (-2%)
Health Professions: 7,934 (-20%)
6) eReserves and Copyright
As mentioned above in Circulation, we saw a 10% increase in the lending of print reserve material. However, we’ve also continued to spearhead our initiative to bring more reserves into the online milieu. Through educational sessions with individual faculty as well as entire departments, we have successfully seen an increase in the use of our eRes database (http://hunter.docutek.com/eres). As of the en d of the 2011-2012 year, there are now 9,539 documents available in eRes, with 3,406 being added in this year alone.
Faculty members also have the choice of managing their own reserve pages. By the end of the 2011-2012 year, 163 faculty members participated in ERes, with 26 faculty members managing their own site.
Compared to last year’s numbers, there has been a 16% increase in copyright clearance requests this academic year (reflective as of mid-May), and while no funds have been spent on copyright services during this time, perpetual permission was sought and obtained for unlimited educational use (in print or electronic form) for two books. The majority of faculty using eReserves have been compliant by linking to subscription databases and/or using materials that are justifiably fair use; in the few cases where too much material was reproduced, professors opted to reduce their readings in order to stay on the correct side of copyright.
We will be starting a new online copyright clearance initiative in this coming year. (See Major Goals below)
C. User Data
a) Desk Reference Transactions
Wexler: In 2011-2012 there were a 16,820 reference transactions, with research consultations and ready reference comprising 44.9% of the total. A comparison to the full prior academic year is not possible due to the lack of available reference desk statistics for Fall 2010. However, a comparison of the Spring 2011 and 2012 semesters shows a jump of 13.4% in total transactions, with a slight decline in-depth questions and ready reference queries.
In-depth research (in depth topic searches, etc.): 1,336 (7.9%)
Ready Reference (reserves, known item lookups): 6,223 (37.0%)
Directional (where is..?): 4,159 (24.7%)
Technical (printing, etc.): 3,049 (18.1%)
Other (office supplies; lost and found, etc.): 2,053 (12.2%)
Total: 16,820 (100%)
SSW/SPH: 2300 reference transactions (+35% from last year)
HPL: 664 reference transactions (-37% from last year)
This almost even shift between these branches most likely represents the move of SPH to 119th St. However, as the door count at HPL continued to increase, we will have to revisit our methodology of reference statistics for next year.
b) Chat Reference Transactions
This year, we extended our Chat Reference Service to all branches of the Hunter College Libraries. Since the chat widget was added to the library home page in May 2011, and with the later incorporation of the widget into the EBSCO databases search interface in Fall 2011, chat questions from Hunter students and faculty (from all campuses at Hunter) reached a total of 2929 this year, a 92.6% increase from the previous year.
c) Research Consultations - Students
With the prominent addition of the “Research Consultations” link on the library homepage in Fall 2011, there has been a tremendous increase over the last year in one-on-one, private research consultations with students. These sessions are typically 30 minutes to 1 hour long. This year there were 109 research consultations, which marks a 445% increase from the previous year.
d) Research Consultations – Faculty
The following is a sample of some of the work members of the Library did in collaboration with other faculty at Hunter College:
Individual “one-off” instruction for credit-bearing classes in other departments and programs continues to grow. It is now becoming common not only in introductory level classes, but also in upper-level and graduate level classes, across all of Hunter’s schools. We saw an approximate 20% increase in bibliographic instructional sessions from the previous year.
Number of Hunter College courses containing Library instruction in 2011-2012:
In addition, the Hunter College Librares’ own credit-bearing course, LIB100, continued with 5 sections in both Fall and Spring of the 2011-2012 academic year. In collaboration with the English department, one section of LIB100 was added to a block in the fall semester. This allowed students in the block to gain advanced information literacy skills that could be put to use for completing the documented paper in English 120. In the spring, one section of LIB100 was paired as a co-requisite with English 120. This will continue in fall 2012 when 5 sections of LIB100 will be in the block program.
a.) Other Library-related Instructional initiatives
21st Century Scholarship @ Hunter College Libraries: In Spring 2012, the Libraries launched a new series of seminars and workshops on research and knowledge creation in new and rapidly developing digital learning environments. Focusing on the needs and interests of the Hunter research community, faculty collaborators are invited to present and share research and educational uses of digital tools, technologies and practices. Programs included “Managing and Sharing Your Digital Research” (Jan. 20, 2012), with a follow-up hands on workshop on EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero (March 30, 2012); “Institutional Repositories & CUNY: Present Use and Future Promise” (April 25, 2012). Attendees have included faculty from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Leaders of this effort: Jonathan Cain, Jean-Jacques Strayer, Brian Lym, Iris Finkel.
Library/English 220: To meet new CUNY Pathways composition guidelines, Jean-Jacques Strayer and the English 220 faculty have worked collaboratively to build a research guide for reading and writing about literary texts: http://libguides.library.hunter.cuny.edu/english220 This new guide includes research methods, critical approaches and ways of examining and writing about literature. The Library/English 220 program collaboration will also include student workshops and individual research consultations.
Information Literacy Commons: Designed as a collection of Digital Learning Objects (DLO) for the teaching and assessment of information literacy standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the Information Literacy Commons http://libguides.library.hunter.cuny.edu/ilc is being updated with a focus on ways it can play a more active role in meeting CUNY Pathways curriculum guidelines in foundational courses and across the curriculum at every level. Participating in this effort is Brian Lym, Jean-Jacques Strayer, Lauren Yannotta and Stephanie Margolin.
III. Collection Development and Electronic Resources
Overall we have maintained our strong commitment to the acquisition of resources for the entire Hunter community, despite the tightening budget of CUNY. Our biggest obstacle was the unavailability of much our designated funds for the majority of the year. This was especially difficult as we discovered that Hunter had not paid Library invoices since April, which left us in a precarious situation concerning the ongoing availability of much of our databases. As we move ever forward into our electronic presence (including trying to fulfill President Raab’s e-book initiatives), we cannot afford to lose access to this material. It has to be remembered that electronic material is rarely a one-time purchase, but rather an annual cost, which increases every year.
A) Printed material and Cataloging
Our biggest change to our collection usage is that we have now added the volumes in Roosevelt House’s library into the CUNY+ catalog system. This is an ongoing project and our Cataloging department has been instrumental in working to get these last minute requests done in a timely manner.
In 2011-2012, we added 8,684 volumes to the Hunter College Libraries, including 869 volumes for Roosevelt House. This is an increase of about 20% from last year.
In addition, we also discarded 22,547 volumes, which is an increase of 82% from last year. Obviously, as material becomes more available online, we do try to ensure its availability from any location to all our users. However, we can see that there is still a strong need for print material and there will continue to be for some time.
Our website (http://library.hunter.cuny.edu) received 3,380,386 page views in 2011-2012. The top page hits were:
Home page (1,491,079),
In addition, there were 628,384 off-campus logins this past year, through our proxy server.
The following items were also added to our website this past year:
See also Major Goals for future projects involving the website.
C) Electronic Resources – Internal
Two of our larger digital initiatives involve the Archives and the Zabar Art Library.
Digital Archives: The Archives and Special Collections team continued to leap into the digital world.T he Hunter Archives Flickr account now has 373 items in several sets. It is being perused by both internal and external clients and continues its popularity.
In addition, we’ve seen the following initiatives:
Zabar Kiosk: Steven Kowalik, our Zabar Art Librarian, continues to work with his team in digitizing collections for our WebKiosk and ArtSTOR. Some new subject additions include:
D) Electronic resources – External
There were 21 new databases added to our collection this year. Nine of them are CUNY-wide (of which we pay a share) and the rest are Hunter-only. While we are happy to see more material available from any location, the budgetary needs of continued online resources continues to grow at an exponential rate. We are looking at a regular increase of 15% in Acquisitions costs just to maintain the collection.
IV. Administration and Budget
A) Personnel and Staffing Requests: The following positions need to be filled in the coming year. These include:
In order of priority, they are:
1) Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Manager – HEOa
Previous holder: Norman Clarius (retiring in Aug 2012)
As I’ve mentioned in previous e-mails, this position is mandatory for a successfully run Library. Approximately 11,000 ILL transactions were made during the academic year, and the number has been increasing regularly by several thousand for the past 5 years. That number will only increase with the addition of the Silberman campus Library, as well as Hunter’s continued addition of new degree programs.
2) Stacks Manager – COA
Previous holder: Toni Wheaton (retired 2009)
For all the use of non-Hunter material seen, the printed material on our premises is still heavily trafficked. The Stacks manager is needed to ensure that 9 floors of material is always in decent order, but they will also be instrumental in overseeing the stacks shift that will be happening in the next phases of the Wexler renovation.
3) Coordinator of Instruction – Faculty
Previous holder: Clay Williams (moved out of position in 2008)
This position is meant to oversee not only our increasing amount of instruction throughout Hunter’s schools, but also to amass data and develop assessment projects for both the Library and Hunter Administration. This gap has made it harder for us to easily gather data for many of the Assessment committees with whom we work both on 17 and throughout CUNY.
4) Deputy Head Librarian, Health Professions Library – Faculty
Previous holder: Yat-Ping Wong (left CUNY in 2008)
With the planned move of Brookdale to the combined MSKCC-owned building, as well as the President’s planned development of the School of Health Professions, it would be important to have this line refilled. We have been very successful in giving Public Health the attention it needs at Silberman, but too often Nursing (which is increasing in programs and initiatives) and the allied health professions are not receiving all the instruction and library services they deserve.
5) Emerging Technologies Librarian – Faculty
One of the Library’s main goals is to increase our digitization projects in the upcoming year, both from an archival and a scholarly open access approach. This faculty position will be in charge of implementing the Hunter Institutional Repository, creating online interactive archival “exhibits” (with material from our Archives & Special Collections) and working with our reference staff on new teaching tools. Other CUNY Campus libraries, such as Baruch and John Jay have already developed this line.
6) Circulation/Reserve Desk Assistant – COA
We have remained short staffed in all our Circulation areas for some years. As we build the new Library space, more than ever we will need supervisory positions for the many student workers that come through our doors.
7) Graphic Designer/Instructional Technology Assistant – ITSA
As we continue in our renovations, material shifting and overall reconstruction, up-to-date signage has been all important not just for on-site, but also our online presence, and our work we do in outreach. Right now, we have had students helping us, but this should be a full time position. We expect even more work as we will be relying on digital signage and the increasing use of interactive graphics. We need someone who is digitally fluent in many design software programs.
B) Facilities requests:
The following breakdown is an overview of The Hunter College Libraries major facilities requests. Full detailed descriptions of each of these needs are in the specific Unit reports in the Appendix. Cost measures are listed in the Budget requests, where applicable from the Library budget.
The multiple unfinished needs of the 119th space are listed in detail in the Facilities Update section above. Again, if Library input was taken into account by the outside consultant and Operations, as opposed to just basic lip service, we would not be in this current situation of a We are dealing with an ill-prepared and ill-planned space.
Zabar: No facilities request at this time
Archives: The full Archives needs can be found in their report in the Appendix, but the following constitute some major needs for those facilities:
C) Budget requests: The Hunter College Libraries’ budget is divided into two separate accounts, Library (2-455-01), which covers General Funds as well as Adjunct and Temp Services, and Library Acquisitions (2-455-03) which handles collection development and materials maintenance. The attached spreadsheet will go more in detail as to the amounts we need, but here are the explanations:
a. Library (01)
O.T.P.S. - In2011-2012, the Library spent $86,000 in OTPS Funds. There was some scrambling after a few surprises, such as the President denying some faculty members travel awards and our purchase of furniture for the SSW/SPH Library after it was failed to be ordered by the consultant. As such, we believe a base of $100,000 would be appropriate for general funds, as this may happen again.
Adjuncts:In 2011-2012, our allocated Adjunct Funds was $149,200. Increased hours at all our branches have required an increase of Non-Teaching Adjunct Librarians to help man our reference desks. We will be requiring a larger allocation this coming year. As such, we are asking for $160,000.
Temp Services:The Libraries are the largest employer of students at Hunter. We are always happy to see SAs, CAs and CWS applicants at our door. But again, increased hours demands more student workers at various functions throughout all our branches. In addition, the gap in filling various COA positions has forced us to increase our student workforce in the following areas:
For example, our Serials Assistant, Dana Wise, left this year. As we have not been allowed to fill her COA position, this has required us to put a CA in her place temporarily, but that increased our budget farther than we had planned.
In 2011-2012, our Temp Services Allocation was $319,800. As we do not foresee our FT lines being filled in a quick manner, it becomes even more imperative to have this allocation increased to $330,000.
b. Library Acquisitions (03)
FY10/11 total operating OTPS budget was $1,679,201. This was more than what we received from Tax-Levy Funds. As the cost of resources, both print and online have increased by approximately 10-15% each year for the past several years, we are estimating a need of $1,860,964 for this fund. That is pre-supposing we will not be looking at additional online databases to purchase. However, as we increase our collection every year at the request of our faculty, we are pre-supposing that we will be needing at least $190,000 for Acquisitions.
c. Library as part of larger programmatic fundraising
The Library must be included in the development of any programs that would require currently unavailable resources. For example, both the Graduate Dance program and the Chinese language program required a large quantity of both print and online material, which the Library was not adequately funded. As such, we could not provide at an adequate level of any equivalent institution that houses these programs. If larger donated funds are acquired for the development of these programs, it should be mandatory that the Library in included. (See also Major Goals for more discussion).
V. Major Goals:
New Electronic Reserve System
Malin Abrahamsson, our Acquisitions Specialist and Prof. Lauren Yannotta, our Instructional Design Librarian, along with our Library ICIT Team, have developed a new online electronic reserve registration form, which we intend to launch during the Fall 2012 semester. This will now enable all FT and Adjunct faculty to prepare their reserve material online and ensure copyright clearance.
Hunter Mobile Site and App
Prof. Danielle Becker, our Web Librarian, has been working closely with other offices of Hunter, including ICIT and Student Services, to develop and release a mobile app for Hunter College services.
Digital Archives Initiative
Our initial push in digitization has been a great success, not only in increasing research requests from the Archives, but also putting us in a more centralized view of CUNY. We will be looking for funding and additional staff to continue our making available of more material from our rich collection.
Continuation of Pre-Tenure Faculty Library Usage Research Group (PTFLURG)and Faculty Orientation:
This group of library faculty is charged with the original mission of determining “faculty satisfaction with the library” including: Meg Bausman, Mason Brown, John Pell, John Carey, Jonathan Cain, Brian Lym, Clay Williams, Phil Swan, Sarah Laleman Ward, and Director of Assessment Mosen Auryan. The purpose of the group has changed into investigating ways in which the library does, and can, support faculty research, scholarship and teaching. Steps taken thus far: informal information-gathering meetings with several faculty members regarding their research and teaching needs. A Faculty survey on awareness of library resources and services was released. This coming year, we will be developing an ongoing New Faculty orientation which will include an in-person session as well as online supplemental materials.
Library Strategic Plan and Fundraising
Since the release of the Hunter College Strategic Plan, The Library Strategic Plan Committee has been working hard to create our own 5 year vision based on that of Hunter’s. One of our key initiatives will be to increase Library revenue through fundraising. Part of this will be to find partners in similar situations with whom we will submit grants. One such event is our commitment to VIVO with the Gene Center. Another is our increased partnership with the Libraries at NY-Presbyterian/CUMC and MSKCC.
However, I will reiterate here the need for Institutional Advancement and the Development Office to assist us finding private fundraising opportunities for resources and digital initiatives. Most major universities (public and private) allow for donors to pay for larger costs of resources. These include online databases and scanning hardware (with cost of labor) for large scale digitization projects. This would put Hunter College Libraries on the scale of Columbia, Harvard and the University of Michigan.
Improved response time for technological infrastructure issues – With our goal to hire additional ICIT support in the Library, we hope to be able to address many of our outstanding problems with technology, specifically in our branches. Due to distance and lack of staff, much of the ICIT issues we see at Siblerman and Brookdale (and even Zabar) should have been reconciled long ago.
VI. Report Preparation and Dissemination: The following faculty and staff members contributed to this report:
Clay Williams, Acting Deputy Chief Librarian
John Carey, Head of Health Professions Library
Linda Dickinson, Head of Collection Development
Brian Lym, Head of Instruction and Research Services
Danise Hoover, Head of Public Services
Steven Kowalik, Head of Zabar Art Library
Louise Sherby, Archives Librarian
Phil Swan, Head of Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library
Wendy Tan, Head of Cataloging
Ilan Zelazney, Systems Manager
Milton Quiah, Administrative Assistant to Chief Librarian
The Library Annual Report (and the full reports of the Unit Heads) will be disseminated thorough the Library Website and kept in our Archives for perusal.
This report is also available in .pdf for viewing and downloading here.