We would like to extend our warmest greetings and to thank you for your support of OHIO’s Libraries. As we approach the new year, it seems appropriate not only to reflect on the events and accomplishments of the past year, but also to focus on the future of the Libraries.
In 2014, OHIO’s Libraries will celebrate its 200th Anniversary, 1814-2014, with the release of its publication, “200 Years of Discovery: The Bicentennial of Ohio University Libraries.” Look for it online in the next few months.
It has been an impressive year of growth for the Libraries:
- Even though much of our content and many of our services are available online, building entrances are up 60 percent in the past five years. In fact, Alden Library is one of the most frequented buildings on campus.
- The OHIO Libraries of today are now student focused and we’ve worked to increase undergraduate research spaces. Ninety-five percent of new purchases are now electronic.
- The Libraries redesigned Web site had nearly 28 million searches, doubled from last year, and its downloaded material of electronic articles and chapters is up 16 percent.
- Student and scholarly research is heavily supported by research librarians who are available in person or via email, phone, chat, text, Facebook or Twitter. OHIO Librarians have answered 15,000 reference questions and offered over 1,200 hours of instruction to help students navigate the information-laden environment of electronic resources.
- The Libraries hosted officials from the Botswana embassy; fostered student innovation by sponsoring the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo; opened its doors to the Graduate Student Writing & Research Center for advanced writing projects; launched the Voinovich Web Archive that draws from the collections of Ohio Governor and Senator George V. Voinovich; and ranked in the top third of the nation’s 100 most social media friendly libraries.
- The Libraries acquired: the Gilbert & Ursula Farfel Collection of incunabula & manuscript leaves; Gilbert S. Daniels Collection of botanical prints; the papers of Jeanette Grasselli Brown, OHIO alumna named “Most Outstanding Woman Chemist” in the country; and the Len Lahman Photo Collection.
Behind every great university is a great library, and behind this great Library are people like you. Ohio University Libraries could not be a forward-thinking center of discovery without your support. Please visit our giving page if you’d like to make an end of year gift, or contact Doug Partusch at (740) 593-2683 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We send your way our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season.