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Service Spotlight: Roving Reference and New iPad2s for Checkout

On Monday, May 7th, the Libraries will launch two exciting new pilot programs at W. W. Hagerty Library:

1. Roving Assistance - Libraries’ staff, equipped with an iPad, will circulate throughout W. W. Hagerty Library offering guidance and assistance to patrons. So, if you see a Libraries staff member - ask them your question about finding an item, printing, or other library related issues. They can help find items in the catalog and more, from any space in the building.

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TechServ Community Genius Bar this Saturday

Are you experiencing trouble with your phone, computer, or media gadget thingie?

As part ofPhilly Tech Week, members of TechServ will be serving up good tech advice and gadget support at the Community Genius Bar in the Library Learning Terrace.

Google Google Google

Sign up for Google account and you'll have a nice collection of collaborative tools to make your group projects easier to manage.

Google Docs
Google Docs make collaborative writing and presentations easy to use.

Library workshops: Reference management tools that are out of cite

Has this ever happened to you?

You found a great source for a paper. You forgot to save it and couldn't find it again, OR you forgot to save the bibliographic information for the source (title, author, etc.), and you couldn't write its entry in your paper's bibliography, OR you saved all your source information, but you struggled to get the formatting correct for the in-text citation and reference section.

Libraries’ Going National with Apple Computers Event joins Campus Community in a Conversation about Technology and Education

On Thursday, November 10, 2011 Drexel University Libraries welcomed nearly 100 students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends to Going National with Apple Computers, a film screening and panel discussion centered around the introduction of the 1984 Macintosh computer to the Drexel campus.

The documentary film, Going National, chronicles the innovative Microcomputer Project. Drexel was the first university that required all incoming students to purchase a Macintosh 128K personal computer. Directed by Dave Jones, Ph.D., dean of Pennoni Honors College, the film captures a unique moment in Drexel’s history.

“There was an excitement around the campus,” Dean Jones said in the discussion following the film, “I liked what [the Microcomputer Project] was doing to Drexel.”

Faculty, Staff and Students Discuss Computing at Drexel through the Years

University Archivist Rob Sieczkiewicz, Professor Jeremy Johnson, Professor Tom Hewett and Professor Ray Brebach

Drexel faculty, students and staff gathered at W. W. Hagerty Library on Tuesday, October 18, for Coffee, Conversation and Computing, an event in collaboration with the exhibit Access Everywhere, Computing at Drexel 1984 - Present.

The exhibition, which runs through December 10th, begins with Drexel’s Mircocomputer Project and the distribution of Macintosh computers to Drexel students and faculty in 1984. Attendees of the event were treated to a conversation with professors Tom Hewett and Ray Brebach, who were on campus for this exciting event in Drexel’s history. They shared their memories and experiences of a time when the entire campus quickly adjusted to incorporating computers in all disciplines and in many projects.

Professor Jeremy Johnson added the perspective of a computer scientist as attendees discussed the impact of several key information technologies at Drexel over the past several decades. The group seemed to agree that while the introduction of the Macintosh computer to Drexel was the most dramatic change several other computing innovations have also drastically affected the campus community. One of these transformative items was wireless computing. Mr. Hewett remembered the moment when a colleague first demonstrated how the Apple base station could connect several items in a room to the Internet without cables.

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