What’s up…Readers’ Services updates…
Today’s libraries are facing significant challenges. First, how to develop and update both traditional and digital collections, and secondly how the services meet the needs of multiple generations of users with different approaches to information seeking. Access to convenient and familiar options outside of the traditional library setting makes some users think that the library is not their first place to get accurate information. It is essential to know and be familiar with the services that our library has to offer.
The University Learning Resource Center of the University of Southern Mindanao made its library from traditional to Library 4.0. This effort is to satisfy the needs of its clientele and to support not only the library’s vision and mission but also the university’s vision mission.
School year 2019-2020 has shown some noticeable increase of users, specially Circulation, Reference, and Reserve Section.
Circulation is a library term that means checking out library materials to users. It designates the service desk for check out and check-in materials.
Circulation Section has a collection of fiction and non-fiction books that supports the informational, research, and instructional needs of the faculty, staff, and students of the university in book lending service. The section was supervised and managed by a licensed librarian and graduate of Masters of Science in Library Information Science (MSLIS) last June 23, 2017, at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Davao City.
This section provides services in loaning out of books for faculty and a staff that is currently active in service and for students that are officially enrolled both graduate and undergraduate through the use of Follet Destiny Library Manager. This library system gives easy access and fast delivery of the following acts such as:
Check out and check-in of books Monitor, the status book availability, borrowed or not. Update in Top patron and Top titles Statistics. Show dashboard of user and book utilization Create activity for book inventory of existing collections And generate report for books borrowed home and room use.
In future use, the circulation section extends its service to access online requests to users for book reservations anytime and anywhere as long as the library is open.
Top Patron Circulation Statistics
Top Title Circulation Statistics
A licensed librarian also manages the Reference and Reserve Section. Reference materials are documents that supply specific information that is usually fact information needed by library users and researchers as an aid for their research. Reference materials are organized and kept for easier access to the library users for their convenience , which include encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, atlases, almanacs, yearbooks, bibliographies, abstracts, indexes, and biographical dictionaries.
Reserve materials are a selection of specific books, articles, and other materials that have been requested by faculty for the use of their students for a particular course. All reserve material is for reference use only and not for home use.
There is a noticeable change in the Reference and Reserve Section. Users are allowed to rest and nap during their free classes or lunchtime. This area can help users have a peace of mind from their class workloads through relaxation. Another noticeable change in the section is the Faculty Area, which intended solely for the faculty and staff of the university located near the windows with whiteboards. This area allows users who need help by tutoring, and they can bring markers to write anything they want to discuss, especially topics that are difficult to understand by their fellow users.
” We highly encourage students and end-users to make use of our library facilities, enjoy the services, and access resources. As the new school year approaches along with its challenges, it is essential to know that our library exists to capture the interests of today’s generation with reliable and accessible sources of information. Genevive P. Catulong