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Library Quarterly Report FY21 Q2: October-December 2020

Cataloging, Collections and Technical Services

This quarter Gil Kenner continued in his capacity as head of technical services for the library, however, his time was severely constrained by the confusion around procurement we have experienced since the start of the pandemic. Circulation statistics (which combine data for both new "checkouts" and "renewals" of existing checkouts) appear much higher than normal this quarter. They hit remarkable levels we have not seen since 2008 (an era when we had no subscription databases, only print resources). Here's why: The library decided to unilaterally renew all patron checkouts so that our customers would not have to even think about shipping overdue items back to us during the pandemic and under work from home restrictions. In reality, checkouts of new items were modest, with renewals at an obvious record high, accounting for over 90% of the use shown below.

OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Statistics - October 30, 2020
FY21 Q1  FY21 Q2 
Transactions  27  226 
Holdings Added to WorldCat Records  48 
Total Titles  152,378  157,026 


Catalog Record Count
Oct. 1  Dec. 31 
Titles  158,772  160,559 
Copies  168,394  170,182 
Volumes (Items)  170,774  173,239 
Print Collection Usage for the Quarter
Type  Items  Location  Print Items 
VDOT  773  Salem  173 
VTRC  146  NOVA  133 
Other In House/ILL  Central Office  112 

Lynchburg  103 
Total Print Usage  930  Richmond  97 
Hampton Roads  75 
Culpeper  42 
    Fredericksburg  25 
     Staunton  10 


The table to the left adds the total number of print items borrowed by each district/division of VDOT (773) to items "checked out" or "renewed" by UVA personnel and others, creating a hard copy borrowing total of 930.



The table below adds the number of downloads from the library's virtual collection this quarter to the circulation from the library's print holdings for a total of 930 items borrowed or accessed this quarter.



This chart shows total collection usage by quarter.
 Print Circulation  930 
 Subscription Downloads 4,309 
 Library Usage for the Quarter 5,239 

The table to the left shows the total collection usage for the past four quarters. The FY21 Q2 bar reflects the total seen in the chart above, 5,239 (a combination of print and virtual collection usage).


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