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-Spencer L. Simons, former Director, O'Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law



Monday, January 25, 2010

O'Quinn by the Numbers

Giving numbers is the simplest way to paint a picture of an organization. Below are some numbers of the O’Quinn Law Library, collected at the end of the third quarter of 2009:

Collections and facilities

1. Printed volumes................270,542
2. Microfiche (sheet)............1,622,817
3. Microfilm (reel)................1,973
4. Films & video......................137
5. Active serials...................2,429
6. Special collections..................3 (Maritime Collection, Foreign & International Law Collection, UH LLM theses Collection)
7. Databases subscribed................41
8. Total Linear feet of shelving capacity........30,294
Occupied space............................25,219

Personnel

1. Current staff size..................19
2. Professional librarians.............11
3. Librarians holding both MLS & JD.....8

Operation

1. Weekly public service hours.........................106.5
2. Weekly reference service hours.......................73
3. Awareness publications/services (published daily, weekly, and/or monthly).................7
4. Library material acquired & processed (by item).......24,409
5. Circulation transactions...............................5,478
(80% of library materials are non-circulating)
6. Items shelved & reshelved...........................27,574
7. Interlibrary loan transactions.......................1,420
8. Presentations and Tours.......................76
Total attendees..........................822
9. Reference desk transactions (walk-in, phone, and online requests)...............5,222
10. Total types of services to UH Law students...........15
11. UH Law Faculty service
Requests rece’d & processed..............1,656
Hours expended...............................1,404.38


Mon Yin Lung, Associate Director, O'Quinn Law Library

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