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2017 - 2018 Oklahoma City University School of Law Library Annual Report: Scholarship Support

Reference Questions

1,278 questions were asked by library patrons this year, compared to 845 questions in 2016-2017 and 1,589 in 2015-2016.

 

Questions range from simple directional questions to complex research questions requiring more than forty hours of research. Questions are answered by both reference and access services librarians and staff. Members of the reference department answered 649 reference questions in 2017-2018, compared with 490 reference questions in 2016-2017 and 1006 questions answered in 2015-2016. Part of the reason for the decline in reference stems from lower enrollment numbers and fewer faculty members. The reference department has been taking steps to make sure all employees are aware of the importance of adding questions to the reference tracking tool Gimlet and we are seeing improved numbers.

Reserves

Permanent Reserve items are popular items held behind the circulation desk. Permanent Reserve items include the Bluebook, HDMI cables, and more. Course Reserve items are required texts listed on course syllabi or items placed on reserve by faculty request. Both Permanent and Course Reserve items are 2 hour checkouts for use in the library. Permanent Reserve accounted for 12% of all circulations and Course Reserve accounted for 32%.

 

Of all circulations in the past year, 21% were turned in after their due date. This is a significant increase from years past. We plan to reduce this percentage in the coming year by diligently sending coming due reminders and following up on overdue materials.

Year

Circulations

Percent Overdue

2013-2014

8,693

9%

2014-2015

4,409

15%

2015-2016

4,711

12%

2016-2017

4,421

13%

2017-2018

3,564

21%

Circulation

In the last year, library materials circulated 3,564 times. A circulation occurs when an item is charged and then discharged from a patron account. Included in the annual circulation count are items used in the library by patrons but not brought to the circulation desk; these are called browsed items. 

The library offers circulation service to law students, law faculty, adjunct faculty, law alumni, area attorneys, non-law students and faculty, and OCU staff. Public patrons may use materials in the library and other libraries may borrow materials through interlibrary loan.

Circulation for different patron groups varies annually. In the 2017-2018, law students checked out 2093 items accounting for 59% of circulations. Law faculty checked out 207 items for 6% of circulations. Alumni and local attorneys checked out 77 items, accounting for a total of 3% of circulations. 683 items were used in the library but not checked out, for 19% of total usage.

 

MALLCO Statute Sharing Agreement

In August 2011, the Law Library signed the MALLCO State Statutory Code Sharing Agreement. Under this agreement participating libraries agree to maintain current print versions of select state codes and fill borrowing requests from other libraries. Under the agreement, the Law Library maintains print editions of Colorado Revised Statutes, Hawaii Revised Statutes Annotated, Idaho Code Annotated, New Mexico Statutes Annotated (Conway Green), and West's New Mexico Statutes Annotated. Though many of these state statutes are available online and in databases, many patrons need print editions to create Bluebook appropriate citations. The Chickasaw Nation Library lent 3 copies of state statutes under this agreement in 2017-2018. In July 2018, the agreement was extended for two additional years.

The library’s membership in MALLCO also includes a reciprocal interlibrary loan agreement, wherein MALLCO members agree to lend any items to other members at no charge. We lent 26 items and borrowed one item under this reciprocal agreement.

MALLCO Reciprocal Agreement Participants

University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville

University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law at Little Rock

University of Cincinnati

Creighton University School of Law

DePaul University

Drake University Law School

Indiana Tech

University of Kansas School of Law

Marquette University

University of Missouri School of Law at Columbia

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

University of Nebraska College of Law

University of North Dakota School of Law

Northern Illinois University

University of Oklahoma College of Law

Saint Louis University School of Law

University of South Dakota School of Law

University of Tennessee

University of Tulsa School of Law

Washburn University

Washington University

  

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a free service that supports the research and scholarship needs of faculty, students, law review, and staff by providing access to materials that are not owned by the Oklahoma City University Law Library or the Dulaney-Browne Library. Items borrowed by OCU patrons are borrowing requests. Items lent to other institutions are lending requests.

In 2017-2018, The Oklahoma City University Law Library completed 516 interlibrary loan requests: 339 borrowing requests and 177 lending requests.