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New Monitors in Queen Lane Study Rooms

Image of a DisplayFive new LCD monitors were added to the Queen Lane library group study rooms through the 2013 Memmy Award money. The screens provide a collaborative space for students to work on projects or view presentations.

Have you Spotted one of our New Charging Stations?

Hagerty and Hahnemann Libraries and the Library Learning Terrace are now equipped with personal device charging stations for when your tablet or phone needs a battery boost. These new stations can charge up to six devices at a time and are conveniently located in high traffic areas.

New Website Coming Soon!

The Libraries is excited to announce the launch of a redesigned website featuring a more organized structure, new library research guides, an increased functionality. This new site will go live on Monday, September 8, 2014 after nearly a year of planning and month of user testing.

The new website, when live, will offer the opportunity to provide feedback and report issues. More general feedback can be provided through the Libraries ongoing feedback survey located at library.drexel.edu/input.

A glimpse of the new site...

Changes at Queen Lane Library

As the University focuses on efficient operations and effective use of resources, Drexel Libraries continues to review the most effective allocations of its budget to provide a high level of service and access for the Drexel community. Some changes will be made in the staffing of the Queen Lane Library; beginning on Monday, August 11, 2014, the staffed hours of Queen Lane Library will be 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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.

Libraries Announces Two New Manager Positions

Two new managers will lead the core programs of the Libraries’ Academic Partnerships group beginning in July 2014: Tom Ipri and Larry Milliken. Tom and Larry already worked within the Libraries as liaison librarians and have been promoted to leadership positions where they will oversee learning engagement and reference & research consultations respectively. Promoting existing staff into manager positions improves the effectiveness of the Library Academic Partnerships group while reducing administrative overhead.

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.

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