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As some of you know, I held office hours in the URBN Center at the end of last term. I did so on a limited basis as a trial and I feel it was a success. I helped several students, met with a few faculty, and was able to make an impromptu appearance in a couple of classes. For the end of the spring term, I will be holding office hours in room 440 on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm and Thursdays from 9am-11am beginning on May 15th until June 6th. Any students needing research assistance are welcome to come find me at the URBN Center.

Of course, I am available to provide help at other times as well. Either stop by my office, room 135 in Hagerty Library, or contact me for an appointment, 215-895-2772 or

Drexel faculty are invited to join colleagues and liaison librarians for the opening of a renovated space in W. W. Hagerty Library. Research Connections, Room 210, is a designated faculty space within the library that provides faculty a collaborative environment for researchers from across the University to gather to reflect, share, present, and/or discuss research, interdisciplinary ideas or projects of mutual interest. 

The room includes armchair seating for twelve, whiteboard and glass writing surfaces, a projector and a telephone hook-up for conference calls. Personal laptops may be used or borrowed from the Libraries' kiosk or circulation desk. If you are interested in seeing this new space, the Libraries will be hosting open house coffee hours. I'll be there to greet Westphal faculty on Thursday, May 9, from 3 to 4:30 PM.

Improve Health Information Use through New Technologies

Health Library Innovation Prize$2,000 (April 5-7, 2013)

@ Philly Health <CODEFEST> - a two-day coding competition to help transform data into health information solutions. At The iSchool at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Join or Bring a Team to Help Shape New Approaches, Prototypes and Tools to Improve Information Access and Use in Health Libraries.

Total Prize pool is over $17,000 – with other opportunities also to win special prizes for Innovation, Best Mobile, Most Scalable and more!

For questions & FREE registration?

Check out and our Frequently Asked Questions page(“FAQ” tab on the website)

OR please contact:

Rod Miller
Philly Health Codefest Director,
Chief Strategy Officer,
The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology
Phone: 215-895-2053

Alexander Street Press, which provides access to collections such as American Song and Dance in Video, has announced improvements to their embedded media player.

These enhancements include:

  • Full controls (play/pause, next/previous, volume control)
  • Full-screen functionality with full controls
  • Re-size the iframe to any size
  • Rename the iframe to have any title you want to display above the embed by default
  • View the summary metadata for each embed work, or track if it's a multi-track embed
  • Audio embeds offers the pop out player from the embed itself
  • Reliable and functional on all browsers.

Libraries staff will guide faculty through the new Ares Reserves Management Software and provide details on how submit and access library reserve materials. The workshop will also provide information on how to create accessible course documentation, like syllabi, for your students.

Workshops will be held on

  • Tuesday, September 11 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday September 19 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Thursday September 27 from 11:00 AM - Noon.

All workshops will be held at W. W. Hagerty Library on the Lower Level in room L14. Advance RSVP is requested.
RSVP online at:

Questions can be directed to Laura Chance at or 215-895-6786.


Starting Fall quarter, Drexel Libraries will implement a new reserves system, Ares, to manage all library reserves requests. Library reserves requests will need to be submitted electronically through Blackboard Learn. This is a significant change to our reserves processing workflow, and we ask that you please begin thinking about and submitting your reserves requests as soon as possible.

Attached is some general information about Ares. The URL below will link you to an instructional video for submitting a request through Blackboard Learn. Expect more instructional materials, including videos and PDFs in the upcoming weeks.

If you are unsure of how to submit library reserves requests, please contact Laura Chance, Library Reserves Coordinator at W.W. Hagerty Library. Laura is offering one-on-one appointments, over the phone instruction, and Ares workshops to walk instructors through our new reserves processing. You can email her at or reach her by phone at 215-895-6786.


Flying Kite is looking for artist submission for an exhibit as part of their On the Ground initiative.

The deadline is June and the exhibit is open to artists who

  • live or hold a studio in the 19104 zip code
  • working in any medium
  • are interested in showing work that is responsive to the theme of Transformation

More information can be found at the Flying Kite site.

Drexel University Libraries now has access to the Vogue Archive, which is a complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.

Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

The archive is available via the library's catalog and in the Design and Merchandizing and Fashion Design research guides.

ARTstor, working with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, has added more than 750 digital images in the first round of a project that will eventually contribute over 7,000. According to the ARTstor blog:

The images document the Guggenheim Museum’s superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others.

You can read more about this project on their blog post.

Drexel University Libraries now has access to Art and Architecture Complete.

Art and Architecture Complete offers indexing and abstracts for more than 630 academic journals, magazines and trade publications as well as for over 150 books with full-text coverage of more than 250 of the periodicals. Subject coverage includes antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, and much more.

I have added Art and Architecture Complete to the following research guides:

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