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JMU Libraries: Annual Report 2005-2006
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Executive Summary :: Flexible Collections :: Integrated Access :: User Centered Services :: Education for the Information Age :: Commitment to Innovation :: Optimal Environment :: Quality Workforce :: Strategic Partnerships

Executive Summary

Major accomplishments of Libraries and Educational Technologies are listed below.  Items are grouped according to major strategic goals:

Flexible Collections:

Integrated Access:

User-Centered Services

Education in the Information Age

Commitment to Innovation:

Optimal Environment:

Strategic Partners:

JMU Libraries & Educational Technologies

This year saw increased collaboration across the units of Libraries & Educational Technologies, as well as more intense partnering with L&ET and other organizations in the JMU community such as the Development Office and the Center for Faculty Innovation.  The materials budget continued to grow, enabling us to build stronger collections, but straining workloads for library faculty and staff.  Rising student enrollment and higher numbers of teaching faculty were evident with increased reference traffic and crowded conditions in Carrier Library.  Numbers of new positions were limited, causing us to work smarter.  The organization began planning for the new library facility, which promises to bring changes in traffic patterns and other new challenges. Throughout the year,  L&ET faculty and staff accomplished numerous projects and objectives, as detailed in the report below.

Flexible Collections

Materials Budget:  The Libraries received a $500,000 increase for materials for the fourth year in a row, bringing the total base budget to $2,888,885, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. The materials budget has more than doubled from its steady-state level it held during much of the 1990s.

Figure 1 shows the breakdown in materials expenditures for the year.  Expenditures for journals and standing orders remains the largest category in the materials budget at 41 percent.  To track the expenditures for databases, this total is broken out separately from journal subscriptions.  Databases represented 28 percent of the materials budget at $847,029.  This is a ten percent increase over last year’s expenditure of $759,000, but a slight drop (from 30 to 28 percent) in the overall percentage relative to other materials expenditures.

 
Figure 1: Materials Expenditures for 2005-06
Figure 1
Source:  2006 Collection & Financial Report

Figure 2 below tracks materials expenditures from 2001-2006, a period of growth for the materials budget.

Figure 2: Materials Expenditures for 2001 - 2006
Figure 2
Source:  Collection & Financial Reports

Monographs:  Twenty-five percent of the materials budget was expended on monographic materials.  The number of monographs (including scores and maps) acquired rose to 16,301, up from 14,586, a 11 percent increase. The average cost per title rose from $30.80 FY 2004-05 to $45.52 in FY 2005-06.  Figure 3 shows the number of monographs purchased over the past ten years.

Figure 3: Monographs Purchased from 1997 - 2006
Figure 3
Source:  Collection & Financial Reports

Leo now provides access to three forms of electronic monographs:  e-books, streaming videos, and streaming audios.  The number of e-monographs cataloged increased by 47.6 percent over the previous year, 17,014 compared to 11,524 last year.  Within this category, approximately 9,900 were records for the ebrary collection, 3,300 for Alexander Street Press databases, plus several hundred streaming videos, and over 3,400 streaming audio records for the Naxos Music Library collection.  The latter represents the first time records for a commercially produced streaming audio collection were added to LEO.

Serials:  New JMU e-journal titles totaled 2,961, and 167 new VIVA e-journals also were added.  JMU now subscribes to 10,161 journal titles in all formats, while VIVA provides access to an additional 1,517 titles, or a total of 11,678.  Eighty-six percent of our journal collection is now in electronic format.  When library holdings are combined with the aggregator and free e-journals to which the JMU Libraries' provide access, 34,309 unique e-journal titles are available to the Libraries' patrons, with over 23,000 more titles available from more than one source--many without holdings overlap.  In FY 2005/06, JMU subscribed to additional e-journal collections, including Sage Management & Organizational Studies, Taylor & Francis STM and SSH collections, Lawrence Earlbaum e-packs, and, along with other Virginia libraries, Blackwell Publishing and SpringerLink full collections.  The Libraries also purchased JSTOR Biological Sciences and Wiley's Angewandte Chemie and Neuroscience backfiles.  As part of the JSTOR weeding project, staff withdrew 5,731 print volumes and 9,406 microform pieces. 

Figure 4 shows the number of JMU and VIVA journal subscriptions by format.

Figure 4: Journal Subscriptions from 1997 - 2006
Figure 4
Source: Technical Services’ Collection Inventory Statistics

Journal usage:   Technical Services staff continue to track print journal usage. For the first time since FY 97-98, bound journal usage fell below current journal usage, probably due to the increasing availability of electronic backfiles in the last two years.  Both current and bound journal usage were below 5,000 uses during the year, and microform usage fell to just slightly over 2,000 uses per year. For e-journals in FY 2005-06, use statistics showed that 39,680 titles in 78 journal collections/aggregators were used 636,562 times. (Use stats for several large e-journal collections were not available.)  For those e-journals tracked, this represents an average of 16 uses per title in FY 05-06.  Overall e-journal usage was slightly higher than last year.  

JMU Libraries implemented the LOCKSS archival system and joined the LOCKSS consortium.  LOCKSS, which stands for “Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe”, was developed by Stanford University as a method of preserving electronic content, particularly journal articles.  JMU Libraries currently maintains subscriptions to approximately 8,500 electronic journals with over 1,500 additional journal titles accessible through Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) state consortium funding.  LOCKSS provides a means for the Libraries to protect this substantial investment by collecting and storing articles to which the Libraries have perpetual access and for which publishers have given permission for the creation of an archival copy.

Databases:  Expenditures for reference databases have quadrupled since FY 2001-02 when the Library began tracking expenditures for them separately from other online subscriptions, going from $210,568 to $847,029 during that period.  Forty-seven new databases were added this year, bringing the total to 349 (see Figure 5).  Of these databases, 225 (65 percent) were provided by JMU Libraries and 124 (35 percent) were provided by VIVA.  This is a small shift toward more databases provided by JMU; last year, JMU provided 54 percent and VIVA, 41 percent.  The number of databases trialed totaled 137. 

Figure 5: Databases Accessible to JMU, 1995 - 2006
Figure 5
Source:  Digital Services Annual Report 2005-2006

Usage: Database use continues to grow rapidly.  All search activity for 05-06, including new databases, totaled 1,714,618 searches or queries, which is a 27% increase in searching from last year (2003-2004's total search activity was 1,092,919).

Table 1 below lists the most popular databases this year, based on average search statistics per month.  The list includes only databases we had for the entire year, and excludes Gale databases using PowerSearch, and Gale's Literature Resource Center due to reporting problems.  Three new databases on the list this year are recent subscriptions: Dissertations & Theses; Academic Search Premier, and Ethnic NewsWatch.

Table 1
Top Ten Databases Ranked by Number of Searches


Database

Searches per month

% Increase from 04-05

PsycINFO (EBSCO)

11,215

 25%

Business & Company Resource Center (Gale)  

  7,399

   3%

Lexis Nexis Academic Search

  6,733

 24%

Health & Wellness Resource Center (Gale)

  5,947

-21%

Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)

  3,607

NEW

ABI/Inform Global (ProQuest)

  3,517

 39%

Academic Search Premier  (EBSCO)

  3,358

NEW

WorldCat (OCLC)

  2,950

  15%

Dissertations & Theses: Full Text (ProQuest)

  2,820

NEW

Wilson Omnifile

  2,596

-57%

Source:  Digital Services Annual Report 2005-06
 

Cataloging:  For the first time, LEO the library catalog provided access to three different kinds of electronic monographic formats: e-books, streaming videos, and streaming audios. The growing materials budget and the addition of new electronic monographic collections continued to have an impact on cataloging workloads.  This fiscal year, 17,703 new print and AV monographic titles and 3,231 new serial and standing order titles were added to the online catalog, up 12.1 percent and 27.4 percent respectively from FY04/05.  Electronic book cataloging totaled 17,014 in FY05/06, approaching the total  for tangible items. Records for six new e-book collections were added, with ongoing database maintenance continuing for other collections. The increase in the number of new journal titles cataloged was modest at 3.6 percent.  The number of standing orders cataloged increased from 13 last year to 42 titles in FY 2005-06.

Cataloging staff were involved in two major projects to enhance the Juvenile Collection.  In summer, 2005, staff enhanced MARC records  and relabeled Newbery Award winning books in the collection.  In spring, 2006, cataloging staff began a major cataloging and database maintenance project for the Juvenile Collection in preparation for its eventual move to the Educational Technology and Media Center (ETMC)’s new location in Memorial Hall in late July.  The project included reclassifying and re-labeling ETMC titles that duplicated titles already in the Carrier Library collection, cataloging and processing a backlog of ETMC titles never formerly cataloged, relocating Carrier Library Reference titles, and weeding books that were outdated or in poor condition.  As of June, 2006, over 1,100 books were cataloged, reclassified and relabeled from ETMC and the Carrier Library juvenile and Reference collections, with over 1,450 physical volumes labeled/relabeled.   In addition, over 2,320 titles from the Carrier Library juvenile and ETMC collections were withdrawn.  The majority of withdrawal statistics will be reported in2006-07, as the major push for the project did not occur until July, 2006.  

Cataloging of AV materials increased by 40.2 percent, and music by 28.9 percent from the previous year. Over 3,000 streaming music audio records from the Naxos Music Library were added to LEO.  Much of the cataloging for these resources involved not only adding new records to LEO but also editing and/or merging existing records to provide for quality-level access.  In contrast, government document (U.S.) figures continued to decrease from the previous fiscal year with 6,853 government documents monographic titles and 265 serials added in FY05/06, down 22.5% and 67.3% respectively from FY04/05.    

Preservation and Binding:  The numbers of repairs increased by over 160 percent from the previous year, while processing activities for theses, phase boxes, and the number of preservation related reference questions all increased slightly (see Table 2).  The number of gifts decreased by about seven percent.  Of these, 368 titles were accepted, 608 were declined and routed, and 106 are pending at the end of the fiscal year. 

Table 2
Binding & Preservation Activities:  2004-2006

Summary of Activities

FY 04-05

FY 05-06

In-House Conservation Repairs

5114

13365

Gifts Received

1163

1082

Phase Boxes fitted for Manuscripts

321

336

Preservation Orientations

5

3

Preservation Reference Requests

15

81

Theses bound for Honors Program

135

149

Theses bound for Library

455

501

Source:  Preservation Unit Annual Report, FY 2005-06

Theses represent about six percent of all materials sent for commercial binding.  Discussions with the Library, the Graduate School and the Honors Program to move to electronic theses and dissertations are still pending.  The total volume of commercial binding decreased slightly from the previous year (from 8,100 to 8,034), while binding expenditures were up 3.7 percent, from $64,580 to $67,074.

Special Collections:  One Burruss grant award was completed:  Professor Pamela Schuelke Johnson turned in Dressing for Education,The First Fifty Years: Highlights of the JMU Historic Clothing Collection 1908-1959.  Two copies were printed, bound, cataloged and made available to patrons. The deadline for one other JMU award (Danielle Torisky) has been extended to Fall 2006.

Integrated Access

Web Redesign:  The multi-year overhaul of the library website was nearly completed by the end of FY 2005-06. Improvements included a new look and feel (including a new logo) for all subwebs (Carrier, CISAT, Media Resources, Music, and Special Collections); the implementation of database-driven news, featured connections and FAQs, a new staff directory, new navigation, reorganized file structure, Contribute®-controlled templates, and deleted orphan files.

Statistics following the redesign showed increases in traffic for nearly all areas of the website.  Table 3 tracks the number of web visits to the library web’s main pages in FY 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Table 3
Visits to Library Web Front Pages

 

2004-05 

2005-06 

 

# of Visits

# of Visits

% Change

Main L&ET/Carrier front page

481,059

594,911

19%

Music Library front page

39,668

67,819

71%

CISAT Library front page

41,853

62,594

50%

Media Resources front page

11600

22,224

92%

Special Collections front page

6,699

14,026

109%


Source:  Digital Services Annual Report, FY 2005-06
Visits to the entire website also rose. Table 4 shows visits to the entire site (not just front pages), broken down by semester for comparison. This chart excludes visits outside of each semester.

Table 4
Overall Website Visits:  Pre- and Post-Redesign

 

Before Redesign

After Redesign

 

Spring 2004

Sum 2004

Fall 2004

Spring 2005

Sum 2005

Fall 2005

Spring 2006

Visits

466,579

143,289

448,776

510,215

170,033

561,069

732,383

% Increase, same semester previous year

 

 

 

9%

19%

25%

44%


Source:  Digital Services Annual Report, FY 2005-06

User Centered Services

Library Traffic and Circulation:  Carrier Library continues to be a busy place for study and social interaction.  The gate count sample taken in October, 2005, was 19,446, up from 17,056 in October 2004, and 18,033 in October 2003.  Reference transactions also increased, with a total for the sample week of 972, up from 710 in 2004.  Circulation remained steady, with 176,445 checkouts at all locations, compared to 175,233 in FY 2004-05 (separate counts of initial checkouts and renewals are no longer available from the Libraries’ circulation system.)  Checkout of reserves (physical copies) was 15,931, down somewhat from 17,371 in FY 2004-05. 

Carrier Library continued to offer 24-hour access to the library during finals week, following a successful trial of the service in 2004.  In a measured response to further requests from the Student Government Association for longer library hours, the library increased its hours beginning in Spring Semester, 2006.  Carrier Library now opens its doors at 7:30 a.m. to accommodate students with printing or other library needs before 8 a.m. classes, and stays open until 2 a.m. on Sunday nights (Monday mornings) through Wednesday (Thursday mornings) during the semester.

CheckCite:  Digital Services/Systems staff and reference librarians collaborated to create CheckCite, an application that assists users in citing sources.  The goals of the project were to:

The inspiration for the project came from GenEd faculty and their initial response to the application was enthusiastic.  CheckCite is scheduled for launch with the beginning of Fall Semester, 2006. 

New Look for Link Resolver: Digital Services staff also redesigned the LinkFinderPlus logo to make it more meaningful for users.

Ask-a-Librarian:  This year, 239 questions were submitted to the Ask-a-Librarian e-mail service, a significant drop; however, this may not be accurate as an amount of archived information was accidentally deleted..  The most popular hour to submit questions this year was 2pm (last year, it was the noon hour) The general pattern of e-mails, however, remained the same.

Table 5
Email Reference Question:  1999-2006

Email reference

99/00

00/01

01/02

02/03

03/04

04/05

05/06

Total # Questions

399

244

374

360

390

396

239


Source:  Digital Services Annual Report, FY 2005-06

Interlibrary Loan
:  JMU’s rates of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing (that is, obtaining materials from other libraries for JMU users) dropped by almost 12 percent over the previous year (see Figure 6 below).  A reduction in the number of photocopies borrowed accounted for the drop; this fell from 6,228 last year to 4,781, a 23 percent reduction.  This reflects increasing access to journal articles for the JMU community.  The number of requests for returnable materials remained steady. 

Figure 6: Interlibrary Loan: Materials Borrowed from Other Libraries
Figure 6

 

ILL lending of materials to other libraries increased by 14 percent this year, with most of the increase accounted for by lending of photocopies, which was up by over 28 percent (5,178, compared to 4,026 in FY 2004-05).  Lending of returnable materials rose by three percent (see Figure 7 below).  JMU remains a net borrower (11,290 items borrowed versus 10,906 items loaned to other libraries) but by only a slight margin.

Figure 7: Materials Loaned to Other Libraries
Figure 7

Education for the Information Age

Distributed and Distance Learning:  The number and variety of undergraduate online courses continued to grow in 2006 (see Table 6). Increases in the number of course sections and enrollments were most evident during the summer sessions, in large part due to the Summer Institute. In 2006, courses developed through the Summer Institute accounted for 78% of all summer online courses.

Table 6
Online Courses:  2001-2006

 

 

Courses

 

Growth rate

 

Enrollment

 

Growth rate

 

2005 - 2006

 

144

14%

 

2,444

 

34%

 

2004 - 2005

 

126

 

27%

 

1,821

 

49%

 

2003 - 2004

 

99

 

27%

 

1,226

 

52%

 

2002 - 2003

 

78

 

56%

 

805

 

47%

 

2001 – 2002

 

50

 

___

 

548

 

___

Source:  Distributed and Distance Learning Services Annual Report 2006

The adoption and instructional use of Blackboard by JMU faculty increased significantly during 2005-2006. Distributed learning, as measured by the number of active Blackboard courses, grew at a rate of 49% over the previous year. Of all course sections offered at JMU during AY 2005-2006, 33% actively used the Blackboard learning management system.  More than 90% of JMU students and between a third and a half of JMU faculty have used or are using Blackboard. The overall use of Blackboard and other educational technologies by faculty has steadily increased each year during the past five years.

Figure 8: Active Blackboard Courses
Figure 8

Library Instruction:  Both the number of instruction sessions and total number of students who attended increased somewhat in FY 2005-06 (see Table 7).  The number of instruction sessions increased to 256, while the number of students reached was 6,984, up  from 6,228, for an average class size of 27.  The number of students who used Go for the Gold was 3248, an increase of over 300 students from the previous year.

Table 7
Library Instruction Statistics:  1999-2006

 

Number of Students

Number of Sessions

Average class size

1999-00

6,699

269

25

2000-01

6,795

306

22

2001-02

7,104

273

26

2002-03

6,543

252

26

2003-04

7,394

261

28

2004-05

6,228

241

26

2005-06

6,984

256

27

Source:  Library Instruction Annual Reports

Information Literacy:  Information literacy tests in four majors have been developed by liaison librarians:

The online Information-Seeking Skills Test (ISST) was required for the seventh year as a competency test that all first year students enrolled in Cluster One courses and all transfer students are required to pass.  During the 2005-06 academic year, out of 3,869 students who were required to pass the ISST, 3408 or 88 percent passed by the end of May.  Some of those who did not attempt may have withdrawn or planned to withdraw from the University.   Those who did not pass but remained at JMU had a registration hold placed on their records.  Only a handful of students who did not pass asked to meet with a librarian for an individual instruction session in the Spring.
The ILT, which was developed jointly by Center for Assessment and Research Studies and JMU Libraries to assess ACRL Standards 1, 2, 3, and 5, was used by Virginia Community Colleges again in 2005 and by several other institutions across the country. 

Faculty Development:  The Information Literacy Workshop was held May 9-11, 2006. Dr. Terry Mech, Director of King's College Library, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and a prominent figure in information literacy efforts, facilitated the workshop. The three-day workshop paired 18 faculty from different departments and representing all six colleges with their liaison librarians to work on an information literacy assignment together.  The 18 faculty were chosen from among 45 applicants. Departments involved in the workshop were:  Art History, Biology, Business Management, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Educational Leadership Masters, English, Integrated Science and Technology, Justice Studies, Marketing, Media Arts and Design, Physics, Physicians Assistant Masters, Political Science, Psychology, Technical and Scientific Communication,  Sociology, Speech Communication, and Theatre.  The large number of applications demonstrates a strong interest among JMU faculty in integrating information literacy into their assignments.  At the end of the workshop, the pairs presented their information literacy assignments, which were later posted on a web site for other members of the JMU community to see. Dr. Mech distributed a number of handouts that provide guidelines and examples of good information literacy assignments that will be useful to liaison librarians and faculty as they continue to collaborate.  The workshop moved us toward our goal of integrating information literacy instruction with the curricula of majors. 
CIT’s Faculty Development Services facilitated 153 regularly scheduled and customized workshops in FY06. Workshop topics included various Blackboard and related features and tools, image animation, digital video, MDID2, WebSurveyor, PowerPoint, digital photography tools, SPSS, wikis and blogs. 

J-ESS records indicate that the CIT provided 2389.7 hours of professional development in 2005-06 (contact hours equals the number of participants in an event multiplied by the number of training hours for that event). This represents 717 attendances (450 unique individuals) at regularly scheduled workshops, customized workshops, the CIT Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, faculty forums and house calls that were counted as training. CIT accumulated an additional 118.5 contact hours and 79 attendances through facilitation of CFI-sponsored workshops.

Technology Classrooms:  The West Campus area (even with addition of new facilities such as Memorial Hall) is approaching TC “saturation”:  just over 30 rooms remain without technology.

Table 8


Tech Classroom  Academic Use Summary:
Faculty Users & Classes (east & west campus): 3 year review of impact

 

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Individual faculty users

691*

828*

926*

Classes taught in TCs

791

2179**

3518**


  *   Individual faculty may teach one or more courses or course sections, within own or across      multiple colleges
**  General Education is 21% of this figure.
*** General Education is 33% of this figure.

Source: Media Resources and Classroom Technology Annual Report 2006

Commitment to Innovation

JMU Libraries:  Staff completed the initial data entry and went live with Innovative's Electronic Resource Management (ERM) system in January 2006 with 481 licenses and all of the associated resources, contacts, order, holdings, and other information recorded in the system.  Staff began using ERM for reporting and for automated reminders of contract, license, and subscription renewals with reminders and reporting to JMU Libraries and VIVA personnel responsible for each resource. 

Serials staff began investigating NISO’s Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative, or SUSHI, as a standard by which to harvest usage statistics using ERM.

The New Titles list was redesigned to make use of XML and new Millennium functionality, eliminating the need for an additional database, and improving the public interface. 

In June, a Delivery Task Force began investigating the implementation of a delivery service between the various library branches.  Phase I, which includes transporting new materials, in-transit returns, and materials for ILL borrowing and lending, will begin mid-August.  This plan coincided with the relocation of the juvenile collection to Memorial Hall.   Plans are to implement Phase II, which will include processing patron requests for delivery to another location for pick-up, during the fall semester.  Our strategy is to have a robust delivery system in place when the new library on the east campus opens.

The multi-year overhaul of the library website was completed in August 2006. Improvements included a new look and feel (including a new logo) for all subwebs (Carrier, CISAT, Media Resources, Music, and Special Collections); the implementation of database-driven news, featured connections and FAQs; a new staff directory; new navigation; reorganized file structure; Contribute-controlled templates; and deleted orphan files.  Fifteen of the 34 Research Guides moved to a new look and feel incorporating news and features using InfoApp.  Work on making the Research Guides easier to maintain will continue in the upcoming year.

Streaming Media:  2005-06 was the first fully “mature” year of the streaming video service developed and maintained by Media Resources (MR) and the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT). $30,726 was expended in library materials funds on licensing (and associated hard media costs) for new or existing program titles in our video collections so that they can be made available to distance/distributed learners. Production work has been accomplished by staff both in CIT and MR. 

As of the end of FY 2005-06, members of the JMU community could access 970 videos from the Libraries’ collection of Films for the Humanities and Sciences and other publishers.  Records for five video collections were added to LEO or edited; however, not all records were made available to the public due to technical issues.  It is anticipated that these files will be available in LEO in FY 206-07.  The online video collection can be accessed in two ways:  through the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) at http://did.cit.jmu.edu/ , or through LEO, the library catalog. 

Monthly statistics for the first reporting year of the Online Video Collection (OVC) are in Table 9. Because the total number of programs available over this annual report period has increased on a monthly basis, it is still premature to make analytical judgments about the sustained popularity and use of the collection and the streaming service.  The OVC can be judged as successful simply in terms of the total number of hits over the course of the year, with 1,284 accesses to a collection of programs that was under 1,000 titles for most of the year.

Table 9
Online Video Collection:  Number of Viewings


Month/Year *

Number viewed

July 2005

33

August 2005

62

September 2005

184

October 2005

72

January 2006

26

February 2006

195

March 2006

148

April 2006

230

May 2006

92

June 2006

242

 

 

Total

1284

* Statistics for November and December 2005 are unavailable at this time.
Source: Media Resources and Classroom Technology Annual Report 2006

CIT initiated The Sandbox Projects, a new faculty development initiative in which faculty are invited to use and learn about a new technology without having to make a financial investment or ask their students to make a financial investment.  The first Sandbox Project was for e-Instructions CPS “clicker” system. Clicker sets were checked out seven times and receivers were checked out five times (faculty borrow receivers so they can practice on their own computers). Three faculty required their students to purchase clickers; the CIT provided support and training to these faculty and, if requested, to their students.

Game Grant for Information Literacy: JMU Libraries was awarded a 2005 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $158,593 to fund the research and development of computer games that will teach health information literacy and general information literacy through Go for the Gold.  The project will be developed in partnership with the Libraries, the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT), and the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS).  Jennifer McCabe, Health Sciences Librarian, will serve as principal investigator and has been developing the health information literacy game module.  The Go for the Gold game will focus on identifying citations of various types, a skill some of our students lack, according to ISST results. In March, 2006, Jennifer McCabe, Jody Fagan, and Lynn Cameron attended a two-day IMLS Grant Assessment workshop to learn how to assess the games developed for health information literacy and Go for the Gold.

Optimal Environment

Preparations were under way at the end of the fiscal year to move the Juvenile collection from its location in the basement of Carrier Library to the ETMC’s new facility in Memorial Hall, the former high school. Plans for use of the basement space are not yet determined, but will be part of a larger space-planning process.  A major shift is under way in the stacks, with the entire N call number range (art and art history books) being moved to the second floor, adjacent to the bound periodical shelves.  This move will free up shelf space in Stack level 5, which was near capacity. 

Planning and finalizing design of the new library building continued throughout the year.  The project went out for construction bids but no award was made before the end of the fiscal year.

Quality Workforce

Staff Training and Development:  The Committee planned and sponsored five workshops/training sessions during the 2005-2006 academic year:

Eight database training sessions were offered:

New Staff

Strategic Partnerships

VIVA:  JMU continues its strategic partnership with VIVA for access to electronic databases and journal collections, and for Interlibrary Loan.  In 2006, VIVA licensed the rights in perpetuity for approximately 400,000 students and faculty in Virginia colleges and universities for use of more than 500 hours of video content from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). VIVA plans to develop a support network and standards that will enable member schools to host online video licensed by VIVA on their campuses. Ralph Alberico is chairing a task force to explore system specifications, technical standards and process models for encoding and serving streaming multimedia content.  Other L&ET members on the task force are Jeff Clark, Andreas Knab, Sandy Maxfield, and Grover Saunders.

JMU Web Portal:  JMU Libraries continues to partner with the IT unit on researching the purchase and development of a campus content management system and web portal.  L&ET staff serving on portal committees include Ralph Alberico, Mary Ann Chappell, Bill Hartman, Jennifer Keach, Andreas Knab, and Sandy Maxfield.

Center for Faculty Innovation:  Through its collaborative relationship with the Center for Faculty Innovation, CIT Faculty Development Services program is touching more faculty than ever before. In FY06, the CIT participated in New Faculty Orientation, facilitated six workshops in the CFI faculty workshop series, co-facilitated the first Madison Teaching Fellows group on Technology in Teaching, maintained their website and started a website redesign (which was completed by August). In addition, the CIT and CFI worked together on planning the fifth floor of the new library building, where both organizations will be located started in 2008.  Librarians have also increased cooperative efforts, with participation in a CFI program on information literacy this year, and two more workshops planned for next year.

Development Office:  L&ET increased its partnering activities with JMU’s Development Office to build strategies for increasing private support for L&ET.  Karen Guntharp serves as the Director of Development for L&ET as well as the College of Science and Mathematics.  The Development Office is also collaborating with L&ET on creating print materials that will be included in their  donor packets for the upcoming capital campaign.

Looking to Next Year

During the coming year, the Strategic Planning Team will complete the L&ET-wide program review, present a draft of the self-study, and the external review team will visit in January.  Through this process, new goals and objectives will be set to guide the organization.  The actual construction phase of the new building project will begin during the coming year.  In anticipation of the impact the new library facility will have on Carrier Library, L&ET are looking toward long-term space planning and renovations for Carrier.  Implementation of delivery services among the library branches and Memorial Hall is already underway, and planning is in place to offer a robust delivery system when the new library on the east campus opens.



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