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Dean's Update: Responding to Clients Fosters New Initiatives

As 2012 winds down, the Libraries is proud to launch new initiatives that are in direct response to student or faculty feedback and we continue to seek your input.

Last spring, a student came to my office with a request to offer extended access to laptop computers. The student expressed concern that carrying a laptop around campus into the late night hours was not only burdensome, but also a safety risk. The Libraries already provide laptops and other equipment to members of the Drexel community during our service hours, but I’m excited to announce that we were able to meet this request. Beginning in December, students are able to borrow Mac laptops anytime from a self-checkout kiosk located in the Bookmark Café.

Drexel students, faculty and staff are often encouraged to engage with the Libraries to provide feedback. The Libraries hosts an ongoing feedback tool, Counting Opinions, where individuals can log comments about any aspect of the Libraries. Also, we are currently hosting a survey for individuals interested in providing feedback on our website.

Coming soon: we will respond to faculty who are addressing the rapid increase in the number of education doctoral students and will provide online access to the full text of dissertations. We expect the change will assist researchers in other disciplines as well. We will monitor how our investment in the license to deliver remote access will contribute to reducing the cost of education for students who otherwise have to purchase copies of dissertations or spend their time waiting for loans to arrive from other institutions via ILL.

It is a festive time of year and I extend all best wishes for the season on behalf of the Drexel Libraries staff to you, our clients, our friends, and our partners.

Happy holidays!

Danuta A. Nitecki
Dean of Libraries

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