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- Volume 4 Issue 1-
January, 2006

Courtright by Numbers

Happy 2006! Looking back in 2005, Courtright Memorial library staff are proud to reveal some numbers. These numbers are benchmarks of library growth, scope and outreach.

In 2005, at the Courtright Memorial Library:

  • 38,485 books, videos, DVDs, CDs, etc. were checked out,
  • 9,228 items were lent from Otterbein through OhioLINK ,
  • 7,756 questions were answered at the reference desk,
  • 15,734 full-text articles were downloaded from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC),
  • 49,644 full-text articles were downloaded using Academic Search Premier (it was used15,476 times which makes it the most popular database among 200 some databases that we have),
  • 194,994 people used the library, and
  • the library web pages were viewed 692,276 times.

The Most Borrowed Book from the library is Introduction to statistics : concepts and applications / David R. Anderson, Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams. (166 times) .

To view the most borrowed items in your subject area, please go here. Thank you for your support and use of the library!


1,529 Educational Videos Available @ Your Desktop

OhioLINK’s Digital Video Collection now offers 1529 educational videos that you can show in class, link to from course pages, utilize for research or just view for fun. The new videos cover a wide variety of subjects: art and photography, business and economics, communications, foreign language - literature and culture, literature and language arts, psychology and mental health, religion and philosophy, social studies and more.

Some of the newest digital videos include:

The OhioLINK Digital Video Collection is available to all students, faculty members and staff at OhioLINK member institutions. The videos are available for viewing and downloading (for temporary storage only).

Free software from RealNetworks is needed to view these videos. The current version of this software, called "RealPlayer," is available.

Research Databases Updates

Student Research Center (SRC) (For secondary school students grades 6-12):

EBSCO recently introduced the Student Research Center (SRC) interface for secondary school students (grades 6-12). SRC is an alternative to the existing EBSCOhost interface for middle and high school-focused EBSCO
databases, such as MAS Ultra and Middle Search Plus.

Humanities International Index (HII):

American Humanities Index is now replaced by Humanities International Index (HII) - a database which contains all the content from AHI plus additional humanities content from around the world.

Humanities International Index provides approximately 710,000 more records than American Humanities Index, nearly doubling the humanities coverage made available in AHI.

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance is an index to journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance.

IBTD is a multicultural and inter-disciplinary research tool for theater students, educators and professionals. It was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research. Since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries.

Library Resources Still at Risk -
Support OhioLINK Funding!

Did You Know?

OhioLINK needs broad support for its projected 2007 and 2008 capital appropriation of $8.91 million.

Even if OhioLINK receives the projected capital funding appropriation, the program will still be facing shortfalls of $200,000 in fiscal years 2006 and 2007 to support current resources and services. OhioLINK could face even larger shortfalls in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 if flat operating appropriations continue.

How Does OhioLINK Funding Affect You?

Unless OhioLINK funding increases in the coming years, Ohio students, faculty and staff face losing some of the library resources they depend on for 21st century teaching and learning. In addition, without adequate funding OhioLINK, and its member libraries, will not be able to purchase new, needed content and services or upgrade existing services.

How Can You Help?

Take action now to support OhioLINK funding. Visit www.ohiolink.edu/supportohiolink
for more information and for ways in which you can make a difference.

Need more information? Have more questions? Visit the library home page at http://library.otterbein.edu. Chat with a reference librarian at http://olc6.ohiolink.edu/.
E-mail us at Library@otterbein.edu or call us at 823-1984