ITM Library – Annual Report 2018


2018 was a difficult year for the ITM library. 3 library staff left us, 2 remain. Nevertheless we managed to maintain basic library services – like timely document delivery – and avoid unforeseen closing days or hours, which would not have been possible without substantial help of temporary staff and a job student. Other activities – such as validation of Pure records – suffered arrears, TropMed Central Antwerp was put on hold until better days, and management of the institutional archives was transfered to the Quality Service.

Luckily our biomedical literature resources remained at the same level, with thousands of E-books, tens of thousands of E-journals and dozens of bibliographic databases, all integrated in our ever improving EDS discovery service.

At the start of the year we launched a major ITM users questionnaire, resulting in feedback from over 100 satisfied patrons and a handful of rather disappointed customers. Also, an ad hoc library committee consisting of 12 stakeholders from the departments and other core customers met 5 times to discuss our future role within ITM research and education. Results were discussed in the Academic Council and recommendations were presented to the Director’s Committee, so we are looking forward to welcome permanent reinforcements – possibly in 2019?

Dirk Schoonbaert


2018 in Numbers

Acquisitions (Print and Digital)214
– Purchased p-Books141
– Purchased e-Books42
– Donated p-Books31
– Retrospectively Cataloged Older p-Books0
Total Number of Print Books24400
Individual new e-Books Cataloged in 2018447
Total Number of Individual e-Books in Catalog *3164
Total Number of e-Books in Packages **ca. 11000
Total Number of CD-ROMs360
Total Number of Videos459
Total Number of ITM Dissertations3257
– Total Number of Digital Master Theses2448
Total Number of PhD Theses in Collection1142
– Total Number of Digital PhD Theses113
Print Subscriptionsca. 100
– Volumes Bound in 2018131
– Total Number of Volumesca. 37650
Online Subscriptionsca. 4000
Online Package Subscriptions5
Free Open Access Journals (DOAJ)12400
Electronic Reference Library (ERL)
– Number of ERL Databases12
– ITG Staff Publications: Number of Records17141
– TropMed Central Antwerp: Number of Records8301
– ERL Login Sessions[?]
– ERL Database Logins[?]
– ISI Web of Knwoldege Sessions2300
Other Database Subscriptions4
Major Free Online Databases5
Document Delivery
Internal Requestsca. 3500
Incoming Requests211
Outgoing Requests485
Success Rate95.0%
DGDC Framework Requests104
Success Rate92.3%
Photocopies & Prints14939

* Individual e-books in the library catalog, excl. open access e-books from e.g. WHO or NCBI
** SpringerLink medical and biomedical collections 2005-2010 and Ebsco Clinical Collection

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