Planning for the Fall
Teaching faculty, are you doing any planning yet for the fall semester? “Too early,” you say? Not if you are going to need new materials in the library either in the general collection or to place on reserve. We do not carry the required textbook for your classes, but many professors like to have other required or optional reading placed on reserve. If you order them in the spring before you leave for the summer, and fill out reserve forms for the ones you want on reserve, we can have them processed and ready on the first day of class. We never know how long it might take to get some materials, so planning early is a must if you are going to require reading from items that we have to order.
So avoid the mad scramble to get what you need in place for your students. Request materials now so that we can get them ordered and ready for you. You can find the request form here, and remember that the more information on each item you can give us, the greater chance that we can find exactly what you are looking for. Thanks for helping us serve you better!
Survey Winners Announced
We had nearly 240 respondents for our annual survey, and we thank you for your helpful feedback. We are just now beginning to analyze the data, which we plan to use to help us better meet our constituents' information needs.
From the Director
There is a lot of buzz these days about “big data” such as the kind of statistics that Facebook and Google gather about their users’ preferences, likes, dislikes, etc. The Internet and our computer technology has now allowed us to gather data at such an astounding pace that 92 percent of the world’s data was created in the last 2 years according to Judy Bahary, Senior Vice President of comScore, Inc.
Here are a few specifics to mull over:
• Google records two million searches every second
• Something is bought on eBay via a mobile device every second
• 72 hours of video are added to YouTube every minute
• 120 billion pieces of data are added to Facebook each month
• comScore captures 1.4 trillion digital interactions each month.
The implications of this technological ability and how it is currently being used can be frightening as it relates to privacy and control issues. The potential for what we can learn about ourselves as a society is amazing, and is often touted as a great benefit. But if we can learn a lot about ourselves, how much can others learn about us with or without our consent? Who are those “others” and what restrictions should we demand be placed upon their use of data about us in order to safeguard our privacy? As with any technological advance, the ability to gather big data is fraught with the potential for good or evil, legitimate use or abuse. Like it or not, big data affects us all, and we should all be in the conversation about it.