UC Merced Library chose to focus its 2016-2017 assessment efforts on the use of space currently under control of the Library. The reason for this focus is the campus’s planned enrollment growth and the formation of a campus Space Planning and Allocation (SPA) Board charged with making decisions about how space—including space in the Kolligian Library Building that is currently assigned to University Administration and Student Affairs—will be utilized as the 2020 Project unfolds. For 2016-2017, statistics on other areas of Library activity will be reported, though these areas will not be as thoroughly assessed as in the past.
It is also important to note that the Library developed a new strategic plan for 2017-2020, with the process of developing that plan lasting from the first through the third quarters of 2016-2017. The Library’s assessment plan for 2017-2018 will be aligned to the areas of emphasis called out in its Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.
In addition to recording the number of library visitors captured by automatic gate counters, for the 2016-2017 year, Library will use SUMA, "open-source mobile web-based assessment toolkit for collecting and analyzing observational data about the usage of physical spaces and services." Though our use of SUMA, we will capture use patterns, student seating preferences, a record of the activities taking place in the Library, and general head count data.
|Library Spaces By Type||Approximate ASF||Notes|
|Open Seating and Book Stacks||50,000||~1/3 Book Stacks|
|Collaborative Rooms (14)||3,000||Seats 6-12|
|Meeting Rooms (5)||2,500||Seats 5 or more|
|Quiet Study Spaces (2)||4,500||KL455, KL460|
|Total||~80,000||Includes hallways, bridges, restrooms, etc.|
*KL355 serves as a quiet study space when not being used for events.
During the Spring 2017 semester, UC Merced Library staff used SUMA to record occupancy of Library space. While the charts show real numbers, they do not give a sense of what the numbers mean in terms of the amount of use the Library routinely receives. Below the charts are photographs that depict the levels of occupancy the Library routinely receives.
For 2016, Library Collections will gather and report statistics in such areas as the size, growth, and use of UC Merced Library Collections.
|Type of Resource||2015-2016||2016-2017||% Change|
|Electronic Reference Sources||660||673||+1.96%|
|Total Volumes (including e-books)||1,537,725||1,658,198||+7.83%|
|Items Loaned to Other Libraries (Interlibray Loan)||5,635||5979||+6.10%|
|Items Borrowed from Other Libraries (Interlibray Loan)||4,871||4991||+2.46%|
FY 2016-2017 marked the sixth year in a row in which UC Merced Library's collection budget has remained flat. Given the increased demand for information resulting from the growth of the UC Merced campus plus increases in the cost of scholarly information that have run around 6%-to-7% per year for more than a decade, the Library's ability to provide information resources for research an teaching has been greatly compromised. The incremental growth in campus collections have been possible only by creative accounting.
As has been the case since the opening of campus, UC Merced Library has been a net lender to other libraries, including other UC libraries. There are several theories (none mutually exclusive) as to why UC Merced Library remains a net lender:
The most intriguing change between FY 15-16 and FY 16-17 is the over 20% increase in items circulated to UC Merced students, faculty, and staff. There is no obvious explanation for this sharp increase. Library administration will continue to watch this number to see if it is a one-time anomaly or a trend.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary loan is an important resource for UC Merced students and faculty. The following graph shows the rate of campus ILL borrowing from FY04-05 through FY16-17.
Interestingly, UC Merced has been a net lender every year from 04-05 to the present. As a net lender, UC Merced Library lends more items to other libraries than it borrows from other libraries (including the other UC campus libraries.)
In November 2016, UC Merced Library joined Libraries Very Interested in Sharing. The results of joining Libraries Very Interested in Sharing are shown in the following poster created by Dolly Lopez, UC Merced Library's Interlibrary Services Coordinator.
For 2016-2017, Research & Learning services will report statistics on such areas as instruction sessions taught, references transactions, etc.
|Service||FY 15-16||FY 16-17|
|Number of Staffed Library Service Points||2||2|
|Number of Weekly Public Service Hours||97||97|
|Number of Reference Transactions (Total)||1,554||1,792|
|Number of Virtual Reference Transactions||1,356||1,453|
|Number of Presentations to Groups||195||200|
|Number of Total Participants in Group Presentations||4,609||4241|
Poster: (based on fall 2016 exit slip data)
Assessing the Value of Library Instruction Using Qualtrics Survey Software (Assessment as Research Symposium, UC Merced 2017)
For 2016-2017, Digital Assets will report statistics on such areas as electronic theses and dissertations processed, supplemental course resources processed, digitization projects undertaken, etc.
|Characteristic||FY 15-16||FY 16-17|
|Number of Digital Collections||14||15|
|Size in Megabytes||662,998||852,143|
|FY 15-16||FY 16-17|
|ETDs processed||83||44 (Spring 2017 ETDs were transmitted 7/2017)|
|FY 15-16||FY 16-17|
The drop in number of requests between FY15-16 and FY16-17 is due to the implementation of Canvas and ability of instructors to clone course resources between courses/semesters. Reasons requests are not fulfilled include when they exceed fair use, inability to transfer a requested video from DVD, or course cancelation.