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Learning Commons February 2015 Monthly Report

Learning Commons February 2015 Monthly Report


The Learning Commons encourages academic success by developing and presenting academic programs and workshops designed to meet the educational needs and interests of the undergraduate student population at the University of Iowa.


Libraries and campus partners are interested in the Learning Commons space.

  • University of Iowa College of Education


Campus partner activities play an important role in the Learning Commons for student success.  The following represent regular campus partner sessions as well as special offerings:

  • Statistics Tutoring Lab offered 56 sessions.
  • Writing Center Tutoring offered 19 appointments for 19 students.
  • History Department held 4 Write-In sessions.
  • Office of Sustainability held 2 RecycleMania sign-up sessions.
  • 5 class presentations were held in the Learning Commons.
  • Iowa Digital Engagement & Learning hosted 1 Show What You Know event.
  • University Libraries offered 3 Valentine’s Day Events.
    • Love in the Stacks pop up museum
    • Blind Date with a Book pop up library
    • Play with Hearts study break
  • Office of Student Financial Aid held 1 STEP – Workforce Development session.
  • University of Iowa Muslim Student Association offered 1 Islamic Awareness Week informational session.
  • Pomerantz Career Center offered 5 Prepare for the Career Fair workshops.
  • Pomerantz Career Center & University Libraries offered 1 workshop.
  • Tech Connection offered 1 free Tech Topic workshop.
    • Mac Essentials
  • Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates offered 1 Pitch Your Project event.
  • Main Library Learning Commons offered 1 Student Work in the Public Sphere faculty workshop.
  • Student Health & Wellness offered 1 Eating Disorder Awareness Week event.

Digital Displays

The Learning Commons Coordinator works with ITS, Libraries, and campus partners to ensure the digital displays promote events, resources, and services that take place in the Learning Commons or Main Library. The following were displayed:

  • Financial Literacy Services, Office of Student Financial Aid
  • How Can I Budget for My Career? UISG
  • Tutoring, Writing Center
  • Tech Topics: Mach Essentials, Tech Connection
  • The Theory of Everything, CAB
  • The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1, CAB
  • Cinephil Film Festival, CAB
  • Dumb & Dumber To, CAB
  • Penguins of Madagascar, CAB
  • Comedian Bob Saget, CAB
  • Love in the Stacks, University Libraries
  • Careers in Bioinformatics & Big Data, University of Iowa Health Care
  • Lunar New Year’s Event, Asian American Coalition
  • Art Contest 2015, Graduate Student Executive Committee
  • Blind Date with a Book, University Libraries
  • Business Model Competition, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
  • Carver Scholarship, Office of Student Financial Aid
  • #uianthropocene, Obermann Center
  • Apply for Financial Aid, Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Hardin Open Workshops, University Libraries
  • Islam Awareness Week, UISG
  • Horrible Bosses 2, CAB
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Student Health & Wellness
  • Step Afrika, CAB
  • Video Art Show Call for Entries, University Libraries
  • Small Bytes Microcinema Art Show Call for Entries, Digital Studio for Public Arts & Humanities
  • MLK Day, Chief Diversity Office
  • Office 365, Information Technology Services
  • Pitch Your Project, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates
  • Play at Hearts, University Libraries
  • Fear of Falling, Obermann Center
  • Show What You Know, Learning Commons
  • Instagram, University Libraries
  • Job & Internship Fair, Pomerantz Career Center
  • River Run, Student Health & Wellness


The Main Library staff strive to provide relevant and timely assistance to our users for the entire Main Library.

Service Desk

Library staff and student workers use Suma software to manually count circulation, directional, technology, reference, and campus partner questions asked at the Service Desk.  Reports are provided that count book/media check-outs, ILL check-outs, and notebook check-outs.

There were 9,983 total transactions at the Service Desk:

  • 6,262 book/media check-outs
  • 1,285 ILL check-outs
  • 882 notebook check-outs
  • 516 directional questions
  • 398 circulation questions
  • 269 technology questions
  • 232 reference questions
  • 139 campus partner questions

Monday, February 16th, was the busiest day with 508 transactions.
Sunday, February 1st, was the least busy day with 97 transactions.




Training Sessions for Service Desk staff are offered every other week. The following sessions were offered in February:

  • How to use group room monitors
  • Group room reservations


We strive to meet the needs of our users by expanding our core services. In February, we discontinued the practice of handing out free print keys for our guest users. The Main Library also added a third walk-up KIC scanner to further meet the demands of our users.

Food for Thought Cafe

The Food For Thought Café had 34,753 transactions (29,834 transactions in January 2014 and 14,553 in February 2013).


Technology plays in important role in student success: from reserving a group room to work on group projects, to using the software on the ITS provided computers, to checking out a notebook, to checking out a notebook charger.

Group Rooms

Students can reserve a group room or area on-site using the Evoko touch screen by each location or by reserving online through their Hawkmail/email account.

  • 3,433 total reservations were made for the group rooms and areas
  • Average of 143 reservations per room/area
  • Average of 123 reservations per day

Reservation method

  • 2,695 made online
  • 738 made on-site

Group Room

  • 1115 (orange) most used with 179 reservations
  • Group Area F least used with 14 reservations

Peak and Low times

  • Wednesday, February 11th, busiest with 165 reservations
  • Sunday, February 1st, least busy with 63 reservations

Computer Usage

The Main Library offers 90 desk-top computers in the Learning Commons, 13 desk-top computers in the first floor service commons, and 149 desk-top computers in the second floor ITC.  The following is the hours used, broken down by the zones.


  • 41,797 total PC hours.
  • 2,947 total Mac hours.
  • 44,745 total computer hours.


  • 242 hours per computer (90 computers total) – learning commons
  • 266 hours per computer (13 computers total) – service commons (first floor)
  • 131 hours per computer (149 computers total) – second floor ITC



Software Usage

The Main Library computers offers many software options for students to use. The following are the top programs used:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Word
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Adobe Reader
  • iTunes
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Safari

Printing Usage

The Main Library has the largest amount of printing on campus.

  • 316,692 total pages printed


  • 70,701 – learning commons – north
  • 59,609 – learning commons – east
  • 72,320 – learning commons – south
  • 41,865 –  service commons (first floor)
  • 72,197 – second floor ITC


Peripherals Usage

Different cables and cords are available for check-out at the Service Desk to facilitate usage of the monitors in the group rooms and areas.

  • PC notebook chargers (ITS provided) were checked out 652 times.
  • HDMI cables were checked out 250 times.
  • Mac notebook chargers (UISG provided) were checked out 200 times.
  • Mini DisplayPort Mac (HDMI) adapters were checked out 101 times.
  • PC notebook chargers (UISG provided) were checked out 81 times.
  • MagSafe to MagSafe2 converters were checked out 79 times.
  • VGA cables were checked out 29 times.
  • Ethernet cables were checked out 28 times.
  • Dell mice checked out 24 times.
  • Mini DisplayPort Mac (VGA) adapters were checked out 9 times.
  • Wireless presentation advancers checked out 8 times.
  • Lightning Mac (HDMI) adapters were checked out 4 times.
  • 30-pin Mac (VGA) adapters were checked out 1 time.
  • Lightning Mac (VGA) adapters were checked out 0 times.


Building Entrances

Cameras installed at each entrance and at the Service Desk count bodies entering the building and entering the library collections. The cameras at the Madison St. entrances are currently being evaluated and adjusted to improve accuracy.

  • 158,249 entered the Main Library.
  • 81,618 entered the Main Library Collections.



Cameras installed at each entrance and at the Service Desk count bodies entering and exiting, generating an occupancy count for both the Learning Commons and the Library Collections.

There were a total of 379,061 occupants counted in February.

  • 223,993 in the Learning Commons.
  • 155,068 in the Library Collections.

2pm to 3pm was the highest occupied hour with 27,752 total hourly occupants.
Thursday, February 26th had the most total hourly occupants with 20,079.



User Activity

During reference sampling week, student and staff use an iPad and the SUMA software to manually count users in the Learning Commons, every hour the building is open. Between February 16th and February 22nd, the following users were counted:

Group Rooms and Areas: 1,437 total counted

  • Location
    • Group Rooms: 1,200
    • Group Areas: 237
  • Number of people
    • Unattended (stuff, but no people): 26
    • 1: 339
    • 2-3: 787
    • 4-5: 234
    • 6 or more: 50
  • Reservation
    • Yes: 1,038
    • No: 360
  • Monitor
    • No: 1,253
    • Yes: 183
  • Device
    • Notebooks: 956
    • Mobile Device: 57
    • Both Notebooks and Mobile Device: 232
    • None: 191







Learning Commons (excluding Rooms & Areas): 13,058 total counted





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Learning Commons Report PDFs

Learning Commons February 2015 Monthly Report

Learning Commons January 2015 Monthly Report

Learning Commons December 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons November 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons October 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons September 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons August 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons July 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons 2013-14 Academic Year Report

Learning Commons June 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons May 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons April 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons March 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons February 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons January 2014 Monthly Report

Learning Commons December 2013 Monthly Report

Learning Commons November 2013 Monthly Report

Learning Commons October 2013 Monthly Report