Drexel University will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 due to weather conditions. The Libraries will remain open, but some locations will have adjusted hours:
Two days a week you can find liaison librarian for engineering, Jay Bhatt, hanging out in a student lounge. For four hours each week Jay transports his laptop and his library expertise to the lounge to provide coaching and guidance to students and faculty on-site. Jay calls it “Being Connected,” his own take on the embedded librarianship concept, which takes librarians out of their offices and places them in the locations on campus that allow close coordination with faculty and students.
The Faculty Portfolios system assists Drexel faculty manage information about themselves. As of January 2014, it simplifies creating bio sketches for NIH grant proposals and helps track information about courses they have taught.
For a number of years Drexel University Libraries has licensed the COS Funding Opportunities database for campus-wide use. For the month of March we will be testing out a competing database product from InfoEd called SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network).
The Drexel community gained access to the rich USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive in November 2013 through the local cache of the Archive hosted by Drexel University Libraries. The Archive includes more than 105,000 hours of video with interviews in 34 languages, recorded in 58 countries. Each testimony is around two hours long and consists of an interview with a survivor or eyewitness to the Holocaust, or the Rwandan genocide.
Last year alone over 2 million items were downloaded from electronic resources linked through the Libraries’ website. Curious about this massive quantity of downloads and how they are supported, I sat down with Noelle Egan, our librarian who manages eResources and acquisitions at the Libraries. She works with many different departments to ensure access to a wide array of electronic resources available through drexel.edu/library.
The American Library Association (ALA) held its midwinter conference in Philadelphia in late January 2014, bringing over 12,000 librarians to the convention center and hotels for meetings, workshops, exhibits and networking events. Drexel’s libraries hosted six events during the week, welcoming professionals from across the country to the campus for meetings, classes and workshops.
As snow blanketed Philadelphia starting on Tuesday, January 22, Drexel University made the decision to cancel classes and close much of the campus. As the snow built up, the campus remained closed on Wednesday, January 23, 2014.
The Libraries were able to maintain essential functions during this time and W. W. Hagerty Library remained open on both days. Over 1,800 visitors entered the location during the two-day span and nearly 300 circulation transactions took place.
The New Year is often a time for reflection and resolutions. In the Libraries the new year provides opportunities for both as most students leave campus for the break giving the Libraries a rare quiet moment to make improvements and changes to our physical environments.