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Drexel Student Learning Priorities And Collaborative Partnerships Are The Focus Of A New Environment Within W. W. Hagerty Library

Faculty and staff from across campus work collaboratively to support student achievement of Drexel's Student Learning Priorities [DSLP] in a new learning environment in the lower level of W. W. Hagerty Library. The space, room L25, opened on Thursday, November 15th, to provide a place for members of the DSLP Collaborative Partnerships group to work together to provide programming and support for student learning.

Already, the Drexel Writing Center [DWC], the English Language Center [ELC] and the Libraries have partnered on a pilot program, providing enhanced tutoring and support for international students. Students who take advantage of this opportunity receive focused writing, language and research guidance.

Space Outside of W. W. Hagerty Library Undergoing Renovation

Landscaping - Library AfterA Rendering of how 33rd Street will look after Renovations

Construction began on Thursday, August 9th for a project that will transform the outdoor space on the 33rd Street side of W. W. Hagerty Library. The project focuses on the existing porch area outside of the Bookmark Café and will provide more than double the current outside seating options, offering a more scenic outdoor workspace for the community.

Part of the Drexel Master Plan, construction for the project is expected to last between 3 – 4 weeks. During this time the library is remain open, but the sidewalk and outdoor space on the 33rd Street side of the building are closed. Signage and safety fencing is in place to detour pedestrians around the construction area. Entrances to W. W. Hagerty Library and the Bookmark Café are remain open throughout construction and be accessible during regular hours.

Silent Spring Exhibit at W.W. Hagerty library

Next time you are in the W.W. Hagerty Library, be sure to check out the Silent Spring exhibit case on the the first floor near the elevators.

Libraries Announce 2012-2017 Strategic Plan

Four key directions will shape the future of Drexel University Libraries as a vibrant learning enterprise advancing the University’s investment in academic excellence, improvement of the student experience, creative research, growing enrollment and enhanced global impact.

“I am pleased to share the Libraries’ Strategic Plan and am grateful to its many contributors,” said Danuta A. Nitecki, dean of Libraries.

Over 60 individuals energetically engaged in the planning process at a July 2011 Future Search Conference, which explored how the Libraries can advance the University's transformation. Since then, many individuals have helped to shape and articulate the plan to identify the four directions, tagged as; access, environments, connections and organization

Green - A blog about Energy and Environment from the New York Times

A blog about Energy and Environment from the New York Times.

Desalination: Status and Federal Issues

In the United States, desalination is increasingly investigated as an option for meeting municipal water demands, particularly for coastal communities that can desalinate seawater or estuarine water, interior communities above brackish groundwater aquifers, and communities with contaminated water supplies. Adoption of desalination, however, remains constrained by financial, environmental, regulatory, and other factors.

The Future is Plastics

The May issue of Canadian Chemical News has just come across my desk.  I was struck by the headline:  Plas

Right-To-Know Network

This recently redesigned site is an information hub helping advocates push for improved access to government held information on the environment, health, and safety.  It provides links to news items, databases and issues on pollution, health, policies, science, ets.  The databases provide free public access to environmental information managed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Much of the information is provided as data.

Through RTK Net, you c

Seed Archives serve as Global Backup

An interesting news report from last year on a brand new, somewhat ominously-named vault for a seed archive.

An article from Electronic Green Journal by Monika Antonelli

Read the Full article from the Journal Electronic Green at:

The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond


The creation of green libraries is approaching a tipping point, generating a Green Library Movement, which is comprised of librarians, libraries, cities, towns, college and university campuses committed to greening libraries and reducing their environmental impact.

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