Spring Snapshot: Circulation and Room Booking

| May 21, 2012

Book checkouts are down and room booking is up according to the statistics on library circulation and space usage for spring 2012.

Our most popular meeting room was Russell Hall 309, a mid-sized room situated in the southeast corner of the 3rd floor Reading Room overlooking 120th Street. In total, 6,374 meetings, classes and events were scheduled in the library, making up 14,596 hours of room usage, a 4% increase from Spring 2011. Of those meetings, 713 were special events.

Our total checkouts for Spring was 13,047, and this includes laptops. There were 8,514 book checkouts, a 12% decrease from Spring 2011. Laptop checkouts have also declined by 25% since last Spring, but laptop and other equipment checkouts still account for 35% of our total checkouts. Reserve item checkouts were at 11% of total checkouts.  In addition to checkout numbers, there were 5,345 renewals this past semester,  and 411 recalls.

Spring 2012’s top 10 most popular books, judged by the number of checkouts, are as follows:

8. Practice makes practice : a critical study of learning to teach / Deborah P. Britzman   foreword by Maxine Greene
7. An introduction to second language acquisition research / Diane Larsen-Freeman and Michael H. Long
6. Language processing in bilingual children / edited by Ellen Bialystok

3. American education, the national experience, 1783-1876 / Lawrence A. Cremin

2. Beginning to read : thinking and learning about print / by Marilyn Jager Adams : a summary, prepared by Steven A. Stahl, Jean Osborn, [and] Fran Lehr
1. Class, codes and control [by] Basil Bernstein