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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|
|Holdings Added to WorldCat Records||0||48|
|Catalog Record Count|
|Oct. 1||Dec. 31|
|Print Collection Usage for the Quarter|
|Other In House/ILL||7||Central Office||112|
|Total Print Usage||930||Richmond||97|
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.
|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).