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Image of a DisplayFive new LCD monitors were added to the Queen Lane library group study rooms through the 2013 Memmy Award money. The screens provide a collaborative space for students to work on projects or view presentations. Soon, Google Chromecast and Apple TV devices will  be available for checkout at the service desk. These devices will wirelessly facilitate the connection between the monitors and a wide variety of devices such as laptops, tablets or smartphones.

The Memmys is a student-produced video content hosted by the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine. Drexel College of Medicine students won the 2013 award with their video, “Doc.”  The first place finish came with a gift of $2,500 to the university library.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine created the Memmys Video Contest as a way for medical students to express their creativity and showcase their talents beyond academic accomplishments.

On Monday, September 15, 2014 from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the library catalog (called Books & More on the library web site) will be down for service.

This will affect multiple library services, but there are other options available. They are detailed below. We greatly appreciate your patience as we take care of critical security and maintenance issues. 

Activity Options
Searching for books, library materials Try Summon, or WorldCat
Note that item availability and location will be unavailable.
My Library Record for fines and holds Call 215.895.2767 (staff will take a note and follow up) or check the next day
Self-checkout machines See Library Assistance Services staff
Laptop kiosk Laptops will be unavailable
Reserve book inquiry See Library Assistance Services staff for printed out list
E-Reserves Check Blackboard Learn
Placing hold requests Will be processed the next day
Requesting items from E-ZBorrow Place requests in ILLiad
Access to academic databases Use the Databases tab on the library main page
Access to E-Journals Use the E-Journals tab on the library main page

On Monday, August 25, 2014, the Libraries welcomed Kevin Fry as Library Assistance Technician for Reserves. Kevin will work with the reserves team to process reserve requests and maintain print and electronic reserves collections.

Kevin recently graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Philosophy. There, he worked as a student assistant at Gelardin New Media Center for two years staffing the service desk, training patrons in the use of AV equipment and assisting with collection maintenance.

Hagerty and Hahnemann Libraries and the Library Learning Terrace are now equipped with personal device charging stations for when your tablet or phone needs a battery boost. These new stations can charge up to six devices at a time and are conveniently located in high traffic areas.

Funding for the charging stations was provided from extra student activity fee money and the idea came from students and was vetted through the USGA President, the chair of the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee and the Dean of Students.

Please remember that your device is your responsibility - you should stay near your device while it charges.

The Libraries is excited to announce the launch of a redesigned website featuring a more organized structure, new library research guides, an increased functionality. This new site will go live on Monday, September 8, 2014 after nearly a year of planning and month of user testing.

The new website, when live, will offer the opportunity to provide feedback and report issues. More general feedback can be provided through the Libraries ongoing feedback survey located at

A glimpse of the new site...













The Ebola virus (Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) has been a very hot topic in the news recently, due to the outbreaks in western Africa. The flow of information about the virus and the outbreaks has been confusing, and often alarmist. Here are some reliable sources that can be relied on for current, accurate information about the virus itself, and implications for travelers or for healthcare workers in the United States.

From the Center for Disease Control:

From the World Health Organization:

From the National Library of Medicine:

From the National Institutes of Health:

And remember that the Drexel Libraries [or your local public library] can always help you find reliable and current information.

Over the past several weeks the Libraries leadership, as with many other campus departments, has had to make difficult decisions about financial allocations that affect the services we offer, our relation to people expecting library support and our employees that hope for security in their workplace.

You can read more about some of the decisions we were faced with and the choices that were made in the August issue of In Circulation. These changes include the times of scheduled staff assistance at Queen Lane Library, options for gathering evidence to reflect the value of an academic library, choosing among tools licensed to help manage citations, or selecting levels of processing of archival records to make documents discoverable. As we craft communications to various audiences about our decisions, we reflect upon the values that distinguish our choices, and principles guiding the processes used to reach some of the tough ones. Insights into a handful of these might offer you a perspective on the Drexel Libraries organization.

We acknowledge we cannot provide it all. Our sense of customer service ranks very high. However, we do not have the resources to meet everyone’s expectations. We make choices that aim to benefit the majority and are for the common good -- access to information sources, spaces for study and reflection and guidance of experts. We are currently reviewing our “collection development” policies for example and hope soon to offer articulation of how we aim to balance access venues with convenience.

We aim to make evidence-based decisions. We are not alone at Drexel to consider how to apply data about the use of spaces, or the number of downloads of e-resources we license to make good judgments. Recent discussions with other librarians will help to improve the processes we use to make decisions.

Gathering data is not always easy. We seek input from students and faculty through our online surveys and in person conversations, we observe utilization of the Libraries space and service and we count transactions, but we don’t always fully understand the context of our community. Our library liaisons are a valued resource to gather the insights about the different college cultures—their research challenges, styles of teaching and need for assistance. These add to the judgments we make.

Perhaps the toughest decision our managerial leaders must make relates to our employees. One of the values the Libraries has championed is that current staff are an important asset. Although we unfortunately did not renew contracts for some of our temporary staff, we have not laid off individuals to recover salary expenses. We chose instead to remove budgeted but unfilled positions. Our other strong driving value is to guard the Libraries capacity to ensure access to authoritative information resources by not cutting the budget allocated to license electronic journals or to purchase books and other formats, and the related staffing to process acquisitions workflows and circulation/ILL services.

We may not always be successful in choices we make, but as an organization, the Libraries takes its responsibilities to support teaching, learning, and research and to advance the University very seriously. Your feedback – through our staff, submissions to the comment boxes and online surveys, and communications to me and other administrators—are welcome and are critical to our continued improvement efforts.

Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD
Dean of Libraries

As the University focuses on efficient operations and effective use of resources, Drexel Libraries continues to review the most effective allocations of its budget to provide a high level of service and access for the Drexel community. Some changes will be made in the staffing of the Queen Lane Library; beginning on Monday, August 11, 2014, the staffed hours of Queen Lane Library will be 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The location will no longer provide staff-mediated services in the evening or weekends, but the facility will remain open for use 24/7 when the Queen Lane campus building is open. Steve Bogel, Liaison Librarian for Medicine, and Abby Adamczyk, Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences, remain available for consultation and instruction –in person at Queen Lane by appointment or through email and phone during business hours. In addition, the Libraries’ Online Chat service is available via the website from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and beginning this fall, weeknights as well.

Changing the service hours at the Queen Lane Library, while remaining open during peak times, allows the Drexel Libraries to effectively allocate staff time to more in-demand services. The new schedule was determined after reviewing usage information and through conversations with Drexel staff and faculty at the Queen Lane Campus. The Libraries is also reviewing the lending policies for Reserve materials to ensure optimal access for patrons.

We continue to make improvements to the management of our Libraries resources, but might have overlooked something important to you. Feedback about these changes – or any of the Libraries services or locations - is welcome through the Libraries’ online survey located at: Please don’t hesitate to also let me know if you have any questions.

Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD
Dean of Libraries

The Libraries plans to withdraw its holdings of the National Union Catalog, Pre-1956 Imprints from the collections this summer. The NUC, as it is fondly known, was an important resource for scholars and researchers in the pre-digital era to confirm citations and locate physical publications. With the advent of electronic library catalogs and projects such as OCLC WorldCat, Hathi Trust Digital Library and Google Books, the content of the NUC is less essential to bibliographic research. A study completed in 2008 estimated that at least 75% of the NUC was available in WorldCat, the aggregated database which contains the Library of Congress’ catalog along with those of major research libraries from around the world including Drexel (DeZalar-Tiedman, 2008).

Libraries staff no longer consult this tool and have not witnessed use by faculty in a number of years. It is a static record and thus less reliable for locating difficult to find scholarly items published prior to 1956, which was its unique earlier value particularly for ILL services. Withdrawing theover 700 volumes of NUC from the Libraries’ collections will empty 40 shelves to place newly bound volumes of print journals and periodicals in the compact shelving on the Lower Level of W.W. Hagerty Library.

Please let me or Beth Ten Have, the Libraries’ Director of Academic Partnerships know very soon if you know of any reason for Drexel to retain this printed catalog of catalog records.

Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD
Dean of Libraries

For the past several years, members of the Drexel community have had the option to chose between RefWorks, a site licensed by the Libraries, and EndNote, a site licensed by IRT. Following the University initiative to examine and reduce redundancies on campus, the Libraries will no longer provide a license to the RefWorks tool. Access to RefWorks will end on September 30, 2014.

Current RefWorks users will need to migrate folders and references to a new tool before September 30th. The Libraries staff has prepared a number of guides to assist in the process of evaluating new citation managers and to provide guidance on moving references into a new tool. Staff is also available to assist members of the Drexel community through this transition.

Drexel’s IRT will maintain the University wide site license for EndNote. For more information, please contact your liaison librarian.

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