2018 was a year of change for St George’s Library. We introduced a new library management system, which underpins the circulation of library items. In the summer, we upgraded Hunter’s interface for a more intuitive search tool. Alongside these changes, we introduced automatic renewals and additional loans. This means our users can now borrow more books for longer.
As well as improving access to resources, we continued to offer support to our users. Our new Subject Library Guides provide targeted online support to students and our refreshed information skills training sessions offer face-to-face workshops on a range of topics. Our institutional open access and research data repositories have continued to expand.
It’s not just the library staff who were busy in 2018. Our users made great use of the library: there was more footfall in the library, searches in Hunter and downloads of e-resources than in 2017. The info-graphic below shows some stats from the library in 2018. Click on the link underneath to download the PDF.
We developed our collection throughout the past year. We purchased 2246 new books which were added to the library shelves. After a successful trial of JOVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) we added this resource to our subscribed databases. Library members ran 353,069 Hunter searches 2018 – that’s 29, 422* searches every single week! Well over half a million journal articles were downloaded, 691,858 to be precise, and 26,784 books were borrowed.
Footfall was high last year and 45,000* of you visited the library every month. Over 1000 new students attended library inductions at the start of the year and many more students attended further library sessions throughout the year. The NHS Liaison team conducted 88 Cares searches to support clinical activity and decision making.
St George’s Data Repository, powered by figshare, was launched in 2017. Last year, it gained 24 new public deposits and had 661* monthly views. St George’s Online Research Archive (SORA) had 2325* downloads per month and 2980 full-text items publicly available.
We’ve enjoyed looking back on 2018 but we’re also excited for what 2019 will bring. It’s not even mid-way through January and already we’ve seen the arrival of new self-service machines. These machines will make it easier to borrow multiple items – simply stack your books on top of each other and they will all be issued. As we increased the number of items that you could borrow last year, this new feature should come in handy!
*approximate average based on 2018 figures