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Library Resource Acquisition & Use 2016-17

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More E-resources

The graph displays the growth of databases since 2011. From 38 databases in 2011 to 69 databases in 2017.

New for 2016-17: Overdrive e-books, Statista, Flipster e-magazines,, World Religions, JoVE Science Education videos.

We've added many new e-resources over the past year. The current objectives are to ensure that faculty awareness of these resources is high and to monitor and evaluate usage before our next renewal.

Print vs. Online

83% of the Library's resource spending is dedicated to e-resources. E-resources offer anytime, anywhere access for all Leeward students.

The chart displays the breakdown of library expenditures on resources. Print and audiovisual resources (books, periodicals, dvds) expenditures were $17,823. E-resource expenditures were $88,378 (e-books, e-journals, streaming videos).

Total expenditures for library resources increased by 28% since 2016. Expenditures for e-resources are up 42%.

Print Journals and Books

The first chart shows the decline of print journals from 147 titles (2011) to 72 titles (2016) - a decline of 51%. The second chart shows the total volume count for books. In 2011 there were 71,057 volumes and in 2017 there are 70,125 volumes - a decline of 1%.

Print periodical subscriptions decreased as more titles were purchased in digital formats. Book volume counts hold steady for now but will begin a slow downward trend as more outdated volumes are removed than new volumes are acquired.

Online Downloads and Materials Circulated

The first chart tracks the rise and decline of online article downloads. In 2011 there were 85,942 downloads. In 2014 there were 117,774 downloads. In 2015 there were 127,195 downloads. In 2016 there were 96,262 downloads. The overall increase since 2011 is 12%. The second chart tracks the up and down movement of materials (books and equipment) circulated. In 2011 there were 28,629 items circulated. In 2013 there were 23,074 items circulated. In 2014 there were 31,679 items circulated. In 2016 there were 25,068 items circulated.

Online article downloads fell from the previous year but remain higher than 2011. The cause for this decline is unknown at this time. We'll learn if this is a trend once we tally the counts for the past year. Circulation of physical items (books and equipment) continued a downward trend and are below the 2011 level. Despite the declining numbers Leeward still circulates more items than any other UHCC campus. In 2015, 46% of total circulation volume for Oahu UHCC campuses happened at Leeward.

Looking Ahead

Posted July 8, 2017