- In 2007, the library’s collection included approximately 72,000 print volumes, 358 journals, 26 microfilm collections, and 56 electronic databases. By 2016 the collection had changed significantly: the print collection had declined by 26% to 53,000 volumes, microfilm is no longer housed at the library, journal subscriptions have plummeted over 75% to 120, but digital databases have almost doubled to 96, and the library now boasts over 143,000 eBooks.
- Print circulation has declined dramatically. In 2007 the library loaned 2247 books to SCCC students; by 2016 this category of circulation had fallen to 543. Circulation continued to fall into the 2017-2018 academic year, with only 429 books loaned to students.
- Over the last two years, fewer than 1100 books in our main circulating collection have been checked out.
- Reference desk use has seen a similar marked decrease: from nearly 12,000 reference desk interactions in 2007, the total dropped to approximately 3000 in 2014 and 1364 in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Artistic renderings of the overhauled space offer an exciting glimpse into SUNY Sullivan’s One-Stop Center.
Top: A view of the downstairs One-Stop Center.
Bottom: The remodeled library.
The new vision for the library includes a circulating collection of 26,000 print volumes, increased interlibrary loan services and greater access to eBook collections. Additionally, the reserve collection, one of the most popular services provided by the library, is being maintained, and we are adding a new service to our students by investing in a textbook collection for their use.
Library staffing will also transform to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Credential Librarians will focus on instruction, information literacy, developing Open Educational Resources, and maintaining the library’s digital and physical collections. Rather than a “big box” model with staff waiting at a counter, library staff will actively work with students to support measurable learning outcomes. In addition, all networked computer workstations around the college (~180), in the dorms (4 new) and in the field house (13 new) will be enabled as digital reference stations with live “chat with a librarian” capabilities. Patrons will be able to have books retrieved from our collections, and browse a large curated collection in the One Stop Center.
The existing space is undergoing remodeling to increase quiet study and tutoring spaces by 10 percent, upgrade student furniture and computer stations, and install eight charging stations. The new One Stop center will provide an easily navigable path for students to take from admissions to registration to increase our ability to support student access and success.
On a recent conference call with the SUNY system office, the staff on the call were supportive of our transformation and commented that we were not alone in these challenges.