Library Assessment

Academic libraries are in a state of transition as we balance the needs of our vast print collections and physical facilities with the needs of our users for flexible learning and study environments and digital access to collections and services. In order to transition well, we engage in an ongoing process of self assessment through surveys, focus groups, and individual interviews. The Library Assessment Committee assists the Library Assessment Coordinator in identifying assessment opportunities, designing assessment tools, promoting assessment activities, and fostering a culture of assessment within the Library. One way that the Library Assessment Committee fosters a culture of assessment is by offering the Library Assessment Committee Grant to library employees who need monetary support to accomplish an assessment project that aligns with the Library’s Framework for Strategic Action.

Library By the Numbers

Fiscal Year 2019 Statistics

blue book icon with bookmark   Total Volumes Held 14,591,146
user in circle   Visitors (Gate Count) 4,723,863
world connected to keyboard via blue dashed line icon   Books Digitized and Available from Google Books, Internet Archive, and HathiTrust 810,751
orange world in a magnifying glass   Database Searches 21,665,801
  Items Loaned to Other Libraries via Interlibrary Loan 56,091
circulating idea   Loanable Technology Requests Fulfilled through the Undergraduate Library 37,518
blue circulating book   Items Circulated 322,962
person asking a question   Reference Questions Answered 58,158
user using an e-book   ebooks 1,588,130
orange book being downloaded from the cloud icon   Electronic Downloads 7,169,009
plus in a circle   New Items Added 217,658