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The Cost of Astrophysics

With all the interest in "big data" these days, I was just alerted to this blog that might be of interest.  For example it "showed that NSF-funded astronomy grants produce papers for up to 15 years!"  A lot of bang for the buck (being a bit punny here).  Check it out:


"Top Seven Predictions for the Future of Research"

My colleague, Uta Grothkopf, ESO Library just shared this blog and I thought I would continue the sharing...what do you all think?   Is this the direction you see?

Jisc (originally: Joint Information Systems Committee) is an organization in the UK that offers leadership and support to UK educational organizations (

Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT)

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and IOP Publishing (IOP) have jointly announced the gift of a new astronomy thesaurus called the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that will help improve future information discovery for researchers.

The AAS will make the UAT freely available for development and use within the astronomy community, while ensuring the thesaurus remains relevant and useful.

Your Library in the News!

Hey, we made some news recently.  It has spread through a number of news outlets, but here is the item from our own Philly Inquirer:

In a new program, Drexel students can borrow laptops at library kiosk

January 15, 2013|By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer

Drexel University sophomore Hyo Jung Cha needed to listen to audio clips for her Japanese class on Thursday afternoon but didn't feel like lugging her laptop to the school's Hagerty Library.

So she decided to use the library's newest addition - a laptop kiosk.

Electronic Access to Full Text Dissertations & Theses!

The Libraries has recently acquired electronic access to the full-text version of the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database providing immediate access to over a million full-text dissertations and theses from institutions throughout North America.  Dissertations and theses have been some of the more difficult resources to obtain through InterLibrary Loan.  This is very exciting!  The link below goes directly to the ProQuest Database, otherwise you can select it from the ProQuest databases list or from our "Databases" tab under 'ProQuest Dissertations and Theses'.


Happy, Happy New Year!

When you have a few moments to visit W.W. Hagerty Library, take a look at a couple of new displays.  The displays were created by two sections of Dr. Lloyd Ackert's Great Works Symposium, Univ 241  (Fall 2012) reflecting their studies of the Frontiers of Science: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life.  One is "Where Are We On The Spectrum Of Life" (section 001) led by Dr. Ackert.  The other is "Evolution of Aliens" led by Dr. Shivanthi Anandan.  Enjoy!!!

New Books Coming to the Shelves

ATTENTION!: Drexel University Libraries will be closed Dec 22, 2012 through Jan 1, 2013.

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