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Library Catalog Down on September 15, 2014

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. 

Information and Resources about the Ebola Virus

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:

Collection News: National Union Catalog

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.

Reducing Redundancies: Libraries to End RefWorks License

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.

New Items: DSM 5 – Electronic Edition

Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of the electronic edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5. The e-version of the DSM-5 incorporates links to current journal articles and newly published book chapters aligned to the section the DSM-5 being viewed, as well as current content from Psychiatric News. The Drexel site license is for unlimited simultaneous users.

Reducing Redundancies: Encyclopedia Britannica

The Libraries will not renew the subscription to the edition of Encyclopedia Britannica for the 2015 fiscal year. Much of the Encyclopedia Britannica content is available through the wide range of other electronic resources provided by the Libraries. The annual cost of this resource is $12,000 before inflation and its cancellation will provide the Libraries an opportunity to put collection money into acquiring higher priority items.

What Is The Role Of Copyright In Academia?

Article by: Laura Chance, Reserves Specialist

Dean’s Update: Transforming Collections

As we finally move into spring, how many among us are anxious to shed our winter jackets in favor of warmer weather? Spring is an exciting time of sunshine and new growth, but with that comes housekeeping – weeding, planting and spring-cleaning. For the Libraries, this spring marks a time to review our collections as we plan to make room for more up to date references and feature an resources that will stimulate discovery and reading enjoyment.

Managing Library Resources: Q&A With Noelle Egan, Resources & Acquisitions Librarian

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 USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive: Making Connections Through Witness Testimonies

Article by: Larry Milliken, Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences

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