Sunday, May 6, 2012

QU Libraries improving and growing

As the year comes to an end I am proud of what the library team has achieved. Qatar University library services and collections grew significantly the academic year ending May 2012. Additionally, the move to a new facility helped improve average faculty satisfaction with library services and collection from 48.2% last year to 68.4% this year. The numbers for student satisfaction increased from just 31.1% to 61.6% in one year!  Here are some highlights I pulled from the Library Annual Report:
·         Staff includes four MLS-qualified professional librarians  and 14 staff with B Sc / BA- in library and other social sciences
·         Uploaded a total of 75,000 e-books and 1400 e-reference sources into the  library’s  online catalog (OPAC)  and made these resources accessible from on-and off-campus
·         Uploaded (4,500) Arabic records from Arabic Union catalog
·         Added an average of 2,610 new titles per month (including 155 law titles)
·         8 New Databases and Electronic Journals added
·         2,933 books catalogued
·         Now over 20 Lib Guides with  20,651 hits on the web from students and faculty. Many such  guides are in both Arabic and English.
·         Conducted 18 library tours of the new library for 277 participants
·         Answered 7426 reference questions
·         Books circulated 52,640
·         Gate count 84,993
·         Inter library loans 25
·         LexisNexis usage per month: 3,037
·         Westlaw International usage per month: 2,283
·         English print books: 55,420
·         Arabic print books: 45,296

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