Monday, December 22, 2014

Top Tens of 2014: Fun Library Facts

Twin Cities Library likes to reflect on the past year by collecting some silly, serious, or just generally odd statistics for your reading pleasure. Below are a selection of our favorite bits of data, courtesy of Google Analytics and our library’s circulation system, Aleph.

Website Stats
We had online visitors from all 50 states and 171 countries this year. Where did all these people come from?

2014 Top Ten Countries with Visitors to our Website (Besides the US)
  1. United Kingdom (Queen Elizabeth? Is that you?)
  2. India
  3. Philippines
  4. Pakistan
  5. Australia
  6. Canada
  7. Malaysia
  8. Kenya (Saint Mary's University's Christ the Teacher Institute for Education and Maryknoll Institute of African Studies are located in Nairobi, Kenya.)
  9. Jamaica (Saint Mary's University has a partnership with the Catholic College of Mandeville located in Jamaica.)
  10. South Africa

SuperSearch Stats
We had 196,368 unique searches in SuperSearch between 1/1/14 and 12/10/14. There were definitely some repeated searches, but overall, there were 167,204 unique search queries put into SuperSearch. The average time spent in SuperSearch? 10 minutes and 37 seconds.

2014 Top Ten Searches
Search articles, books, and more all at once... (this is the generic text in the search was searched over 1,300 times.)
  1. supersearch
  2. dogs (several of our librarians use this word as a sample search when testing things in SuperSearch.)
  3. leadership
  4. writing center
  5. cats (the rest of the librarians use this word as their sample search. Guess we have more dog lovers than cat lovers in the library. A shame.)
  6. autism
  7. project management
  8. ayahuasca
  9. narrative therapy

Circulation Stats
Our circulation system has been kept busy this year, with 3,543 checkouts of 1,925 unique materials from our library – including our collections of books, videos and DVDs, and assessment tests. Even more popular was out collection of eBooks, which are available online for all students.

Most Popular Books & Videos
  1. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (34 loans)
  2. Three approaches to psychotherapy [video]. (25 loans)
  3. Childhood [video]. (24 loans)
  4. The world of abnormal psychology [video]. (16 loans)
  5. Couples counseling [video]. (12 loans)
  6. The secret life of the brain [video]. (11 loans)
  7. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (11 loans)
  8. Handbook of psychological assessment. (10 loans)
  9. Axis: journal of Lasallian higher education. (9 loans)
  10. The neuroscience of human relationships. (9 loans)
Most Popular Assessment Tests
  1. Family Environment Scale manual: development, applications, research. (32 loans)
  2. Psychodiagnostik: Tafeln [a.k.a.: the Rorschach test]. (29 loans)
  3. BDI-II: Beck Depression Inventory. (28 loans)
  4. Thematic Apperception Test. (21 loans)
  5. CPI manual: California Psychological Inventory. (20 loans)
  6. BAI, Beck anxiety inventory. (16 loans)
  7. BASC 2: Behavior assessment system for children. (14 loans)
  8. House-tree-person drawings: an illustrated diagnostic handbook. (13 loans)
  9. MMPI-2: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2. (13 loans)
  10. PRQ: parenting relationship questionnaire manual. (12 loans)
Most Popular eBooks
  1. Differentiated literacy coaching. (157 clicks)
  2. Emotional intelligence for project managers. (135 clicks)
  3. How to manage conflict in the organization. (89 clicks)
  4. Handbook of lifespan development. (65 clicks)
  5. Leaching change. (61 clicks)
  6. The essential guide to employee engagement. (38 clicks)
  7. Understanding by design. (37 clicks)
  8. Personality, stress, and coping. (36 clicks)
  9. Spirituality, values, and mental health. (36 clicks)
  10. Marriage and family therapy: A practice-oriented approach. (31 clicks)

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