New Year Thoughts About the Past Year and 2015
2015 and the celebration of New Year’s Day is almost here! As we plan for the coming year, I have also been thinking about the past year and how our world in the Medical Center Library & Archives has continued to dynamically change in just 1 2 months. The implementation of electronic resources and new technologies continues to allow us to alter services and resources to meet emerging and growing needs. We have also taken a fresh look at our goals for the coming year, many of which are outgrowths of the past year’s initiatives and explorations.
Here is some of what has changed in our world:
- Integrated search function for clinical resources into Maestro Care
- Assisted with development of archival software for easier access to collections
- Became members of care redesign teams and the order set review process
- Created liaison librarian for the Pathologists' Assistant Program and expanded the one for hospital nursing
- Established onsite office hours for hospital nursing, global health, and other programs
- Offered suite of services through the new faculty voucher program
- Became active champions and partners with faculty on scholarly communication issues such as predatory open access journals, registering through ORCID to obtain a unique author/researcher ID, and updating Scholars@Duke profiles
- Involved in Duke AHEAD programs, planning and writing boot-camp
- Worked with researchers to increase the NIH Public Access Policy compliance rate to 96%
- Expanded use of faculty publications database to DCRI
- Renovated Level 3 changing it from journal stacks to study spaces
- Stored all bound journals, with scanned articles delivered to your desktop
- Decreased the purchase of print books and grew the e-book collections exponentially
What will 2015 bring?
While we plan on pursuing even more partnerships and collaborative ventures, we will continue to explore what our users need in terms of expertise, services and resources as well as satisfaction with what we offer. The following are a few areas we plan to investigate in more depth.
- Improved Interlibrary Loan services
- Enhanced access and better discovery tools for all electronic resources
- Library’s role in data services
- Better approaches to assisting people at the Service Desk or wherever they are located
- New technologies that can bring information and services to the user