Article by: Laura Chance, Reserves Specialist
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.
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.
Article by: Larry Milliken, Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Last updated 10/2/13 at 9:00 AM
You may have recently noticed some changes to the library catalog -- we've made some improvements! The new design is closer to the look of the library website and we hope that these improvements have made the OPAC more friendly
Some specific features include:
Article by: Linda M. G. Katz
Elsevier’s ClinicalKey, a new health sciences resource licensed by the Libraries, provides the Drexel community a more robust, yet simple, searching interface and access to thousands of information resources, detailed below. ClinicalKey is a comprehensive, trusted, and speedy source for clinical information, enabling faculty, residents, and students to locate topic overviews as well as in-depth information in order to meet every day and unusual clinical challenges. ClinicalKey replaces the electronic content that was formerly offered through MDConsult.
Author: Beth Ten Have, Director, Library Academic Partnerships
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.
Drexel University Libraries Launches Laptop Access 24/7, Providing Laptop Access Around the Clock through a Self-Service Kiosk
Drexel University Libraries launched a new innovative library service on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, providing a dozen Apple MacBook laptops for loan anytime to anyone with a Drexel ID through a self-service kiosk. This kiosk is located in the Bookmark Café, a Libraries’ 24-hour space within W. W. Hagerty Library, at the corner of 33rd and Market Streets.
This new service began at the request of Drexel student and student government representative Omer Hashmi, last spring. Hashmi met with dean of libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki, to see if the Libraries would be able to provide laptop access into the late night hours. Hashmi explained that he was hesitant to carry his personal laptop to and from campus from his off-campus residence because it was both burdensome and posed a security risk.
A new reserves management software, Ares, will expedite the Libraries' current electronic and print reserves processing, starting in fall quarter. Ares connects directly with Blackboard Learn, and faculty will request materials online, track reserves processing and receive notifications when materials are available for their classes. Students will also have direct access to course reserve materials through Blackboard once they have been processed and made available.
A few basic frequently-asked-questions are included below to help explain the new software and reserves request process. The Libraries will host three workshops to provide step-by-step directions on how to use the new software; contact information is also provided for those seeking additional assistance.