SPEC Kit 317: Special Collections Engagement · 73
Minimum Maximum Mean Median Std Dev
37 1972 389.90 219.5 447.68
Cannot provide for all special collections units.
Depends on how you count. We have counted as one user each person who has used materials, whether on one visit or
Despite increased outreach efforts by Special Collections, visits to the reading room have decreased in the last year. We
are wondering if students are selecting research topics based on primary sources that are available online to reduce
need to visit reading room during working hours.
Figure not immediately available.
Numbers are approximate.
Stats are for 2009 calendar year.
The above reflects the 2008–09 ﬁscal year (July–June).
The numbers reported above are gross approximations as we do not currently distinguish between graduate and
These ﬁgures are for LSU only and do not include undergrads and grads from other institutions. Use increased
signiﬁcantly from 2000 to 2005, but it has decreased signiﬁcantly since 2005. We do not know why, since our outreach
efforts to bring in classes have increased.
These ﬁgures represent student use for only the University Archives, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, and
the Student Life Archives.
These numbers are approximations, as special collections units keep track of the number of students total, but do not
typically break statistics down between graduates and undergraduates.
These numbers omit, of course, on-campus access to our resources on the Web, including The North American Indian
site, which is part of the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project, and the current Siege and Commune of Paris
site which we are hoping to quadruple in size through a current, still pending NEH grant proposal.
These numbers only include the Department of Special Collections (479 Undergrads, 357 Grads) and Historical
Collections (30 Undergrads). Here too other units do not necessarily distinguish between Undergrad and Grad
categories in their library instruction statistics.
This includes actual visits but does not include phone calls or e-mails.
Total 334 students, not differentiated between grad and undergrad.
Uses reflect number of circulation transactions in each category, not unique users.