Director's Desk

Director's DeskGreetings and best wishes for 2015! Generally we look both forward and back at the beginning of a new year. For those of you who wish to review recent events and progress at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, the Annual Report 2013-2014 is now available. The 2013-2014 year was very busy for the Library. There were 5,349,761 web page views, 13,135 reference questions answered, 1,470 classes/orientations with 18,116 attendees, and 533,373 in-person users. Collections expanded to 3,926 accessible electronic journals and 3,031 electronic textbooks. Colonial Printing stations were installed over the summer.  These stations have proven reliability and can be used to print from mobile devices. The option of reserving selected group study rooms was added for students in fall 2014. During the winter break, study rooms on the third floor were sound proofed and new paint added to brighten dark corridors.

Looking forward, there will be additional renovations to the Himmelfarb Library facility.  Mobile device charging stations will be installed on the third floor.  More study rooms will be sound proofed over spring break and plans are shaping up to overhaul HVAC capabilities so that the building can remain at a comfortable temperature year round.  Be sure to check the Library’s home page for possible closings and alternate study space over summer 2015.

Fun activities are also underway for 2015. As part of our Healthy Living initiative, we are asking students and faculty to tell us how you maintain a healthy lifestyle by submitting photos that show how you exercise, eat nutritiously or relax. Simply post your photos to Instagram or Twitter and add the hashtag #healthyhimmelfarb to participate.  Full contest details are at Photo Contest Guidlines. During April, Himmelfarb Library will once again host the annual Art Show featuring the creativity of students and faculty in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and School of Nursing.  The Library will begin accepting entries for the show on March 9, 2015.  Distance education students can participate in the virtual portion of the art show by submitting entries to the Reference Desk.  Everyone, artist or not, is invited to celebrate the work of our colleagues at the Art Show’s opening reception on April 2, 2015 from 4 until 5:30 pm!

Stay current with all of Himmelfarb Library’s activities through social media.  Sign up to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!  Have a great spring semester.

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