ITM Library – Annual Report 2019


2019 was another difficult year for the ITM library. Staff consisted at most of 2 persons, both part-timers. Nevertheless we managed to maintain basic library services – like timely document delivery (well, most of the time) – and avoid unforeseen closing days or hours (with a few unfortunate exceptions), which would not have been possible without substantial help of one temporary collaborator (3 months) and a job student (1 month).

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

During summer TropMed Central Antwerp received a major update adding over 500 recent bibliographic records featuring full-text PDFs. PURE research outputs were kept up-to-date on a weekly basis. At the end of the year part of ITM’s computer lab was installed in the library, so we now have a flotilla of 16 state-of-the-art workstations at the disposal of individual students and group classes.

Dirk Schoonbaert


2019 in Numbers

Acquisitions (Print and Digital)154
– Purchased p-Books124
– Purchased e-Books19
– Donated p-Books11
– Retrospectively Cataloged Older p-Books0
Total Number of Print Booksca. 24500
Individual new e-Books Cataloged in 2019350
Total Number of Individual e-Books in Catalog *ca. 4000
Total Number of e-Books in Packages **ca. 12000
Total Number of CD-ROMsca. 360
Total Number of Videos459
Total Number of ITM Dissertations3307
– Total Number of Digital Master Theses2484
Total Number of PhD Theses in Collection1197
– Total Number of Digital PhD Theses124
Print Subscriptionsca. 80
– Volumes Bound in 20190
– Total Number of Volumesca. 37650
Online Subscriptionsca. 4000
Online Package Subscriptions5
Free Open Access Journals (DOAJ)ca. 14000
Electronic Reference Library (ERL)
– Number of ERL Databases12
– ITG Staff Publications: Number of Records17440
– TropMed Central Antwerp: Number of Records8881
– ISI Web of Knowledge Sessionsca. 2300
Other Bibliographic Database Subscriptions4
Major Free Online Databases5
Document Delivery
Internal Requestsca. 2500
Incoming Requests101
Outgoing Requests339
Success Rate95.0%
DGDC Framework Requests62
Success Rate92.3%
Photocopies & Prints14919

* Individual e-books in the library catalog, excl. open access e-books from e.g. WHO or NCBI
** E.g. Ebsco Clinical Collection and several free internet platforms

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