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Libraries Introduces Expanded Lending Kiosk

Last year, the Libraries introduced a Laptop Lending Kiosk to the Drexel community and news of the self-checkout kiosk made international headlines. It became one of Drexel’s most popular news stories of 2013.

Blog: Steve Jobs and "Apple DU": Going National with Apple Computers

Blogger Kevin Impellizeri recaps the Going National with Apple Computers event on his blog, Primary Source Code. Read more at:Primary Source Code.

New Library Facility at Drexel University to Study How Individuals Learn

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PHILADELPHIA (February 11, 2011) -- Drexel University Libraries will unveil a new facility on the University’s campus in the spring. This new facility, the Library Learning Terrace, has already caused a buzz among undergraduate students, faculty and staff. Over 200 students attended information sessions about the Terrace and provided feedback on its purpose and design. These student ideas, and additional comments, sent through a blog were considered in planning the new library concept. With construction underway, people on campus are eager to see how this new space will affect learning.

Designed by Philadelphia-based Erdy McHenry Architects, the 3,000-square-foot Library Learning Terrace will be located on the ground floor of the Race Street Residence Hall at 33rd and Race Streets, with completion set for April.

“This is the first step toward embedding the Libraries across campus,” Dean of Libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki said. “The Library Learning Terrace will give us the ability to study what contributes to an individual’s learning and to define a new library environment.”

Located in the heart of the University’s residence halls, the Learning Terrace will feature flexible indoor space with endless possibilities. Currently, the Libraries are collaborating with Drexel’s Writing Center, tutors, technological experts and teachers to see how the Learning Terrace can provide new opportunities to students, as they become intentional learners.

“The Library Learning Terrace offers us another place to define the library as a learning enterprise,” Nitecki said. “A place where we can actively engage students in using information and mastering learning skills.”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: Personal Librarian Program

Drexel Freshmen Get Help From ‘Personal Librarians’

With students spending more research time in front of the screen and less in the stacks, librarians at Drexel University are trying a fresh approach to helping new freshmen navigate their resources: “personal librarians.”

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WSJ Online - Reusable shopping bags

The Wall Street Journal published a new round of the paper/plastic/reusable bag debate. It's a good article, but more telling are the comments from WSJ readers, who mainly seem to think that reusable bags are the worse of their options. The bag backlash is interesting...

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.

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