Last academic year brought a number of accomplishments for the University Library. I want to highlight three particularly impactful changes.
First, to meet our strategic plan priority to cultivate dynamic teaching and learning, we continue to increase our research instruction in collaboration with faculty. Last year we reached a record 8,634 students through 467 instruction sessions within 35 departments.
Second, our priority to redefine and transform collections has led us to increase by 9.4% the number of online streaming videos we make available to faculty and students.
Third, we continue to enhance our teaching and learning spaces. In January, we renovated one of our computer labs to facilitate active learning and provide more space for non-computer based learning activities.
In October we were pleased to host Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Viet Thanh Nguyen for our Book of the Quarter series, in conjunction with the Santa Clara Review. He read from his books The Sympathizer and The Refugees, stories that focus on immigration and identity in America. I am grateful for the support of our donors that allows us to feature nationally recognized authors.
I want to thank each of the 51 supporters who donated a total of $19,558 to the Library in the 2016-2017 academic year. Please consider including the Library in your charitable giving. Thank you for your support and have a wonderful holiday season!