Archive for June, 2012

In Memory of Russell Shank

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I was saddened to learn that former University Librarian Russell Shank passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012.  He was 86 years old.

Russell Shank served as UCLA University Librarian from 1977 to 1989.  He was educated as an engineer and embraced technology as a means of enhancing service to library users.  During his tenure, work that began with National Library of Medicine grant funding in the Biomedical Library in the sixties under Louise Darling’s management, was expanded to a campus-wide, locally-developed, integrated library system called ORION after the hunter of information.

I came to know and work with Russell during my tenure as California State Librarian.

Russell is survived by his three children, Sue Shank from Virginia, Judy Twist from West Virginia, and Peter Shank from Wisconsin. A memorial will be planned in the future.

A Typical Day in the UCLA Library

Friday, June 8th, 2012

What happens on a typical day in the UCLA Library?

One begins to get a picture of the activity from our latest “snapshot” day on June 4th.

  •  19,000 people walked through the doors of the libraries and there were 19,500 visits to the Library’s website.
  • Visitors to the web site viewed 108,069 pages.
  • 6,471 items were checked out of the collections and 462 items were retrieved from the storage facility for use.
  • 86 collections held by Library Special Collections were accessed.
  • The digital library collections were accessed 2,626 times and 1,584 items were retrieved for use.
  • Licensed databases were access 5,580 times and 10,947 items were retrieved for study and research.
  • 540 people asked reference questions in person and another 136 questions were answered by telephone, text message, mail, or the web.
  • 861 people used a library laptop or computer.
  • 804 people used group study or instructional rooms.

It was a busy day, and I can’t help but wonder how many cups of coffee were consumed from Cafe 451.