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We saw across-the-board growth in library activity this quarter as our new staffer Becky Ernest continued her training to advance overall library productivity. Becky trained on proceedures for working with circulation and the print collection with assistance from Barb Neyman. It was good as library collection use was higher than normal again this quarter, with document deliveries (81 in all) almost double what they normally are. Barb Neyman had a particularly busy quarter again with document deliveries (with a total of 81), which have been on an upward trajectory of about 50/quarter for the past several years.
Becky also spent a considerable amount of time in training with Ken Winter to learn the process of conducting literature searches, a process that will last for many quarters to come.
Gil Kenner made big strides in a project to digitize the VDOT Bulletin. Gil has located scanable copies of the entire run of the Bulletin and is simultaneously: 1. Working with student assistants to digitize those; 2. Developing the structure for his first digitized collection; 3. Configuring the CONTENTdm search interface (which Gil helped procure through OCLC); 4. Perfoming quality assurance; 5. Testing the end result.
The library's goal is to make the VDOT Bulletin archive available in approximately one year, and to use the knowledge gained from the process to scan and add other materials as part of a larger plan to establish a publicly accessible digital archive.