The Library once again broke records for the number of visitors using the Library space. While visits in the fall semester increased modestly, the number of visits in the spring semester actually decreased. These numbers were offset by a spike in visitors in the summer semester. 185,722 people visited the Library in the summer semester, an increase of 18% from 2017/18.
As the number of visitors to the Library increases, so too does the demand on the Library's bookable spaces. This year, the Library's group study rooms (8), smart tables (4), and theatre / presentation rooms (2) were reserved for over 1,000 more hours than 2017/18. The largest spike in space bookings occurred in the summer semester, which is also when the Library experienced an increase in visitors compared to previous years.
Two large pond tables were purchased in the spring semester for the group work area on the 1st floor of the Library. They have proven to be popular with students especially for group poster projects. Another larger pond table has been ordered to add four more computer stations to north end of the 1st floor.
The Library received project funding to transition its assignment, research, and citation guides to the LibGuides platform. Throughout 2018/19, the Library transferred content from its content management system to LibGuides with the help of UBC iSchool co-op student, Mitchell Wynkoop. User testing and staff training continued through the spring semester with an eye towards a launch of the new platform in May 2019.
The Library added two light therapy lamps to its collection just in time for the spring De-Stress Fest. The lamps mimic spring and summer light levels as a mode of treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), adjusting to a nighttime work schedule, jet lag, and the general feeling of the winter blues – low energy, irregular sleep patterns, and irritability. The lamps can be signed out from the Library’s Check Out Desk for one-hour loans.