The Drexel campus is flooded with new faces this summer, as new students and their parents attend orientation sessions
Reporter Tim Newcomb featured the Libraries' Library Learning Terrace in his TIME piece titled Is a Bookless Library still a Library? Read the entire article at time.com.
The twilight opening began at 9 PM and featured music from DJ Mike Mannix, finals’ week snacks and colorful glow stick bracelets. As the patio outside the Terrace filled with attendees, their wrists aglow, the sighting of the first star kicked-off the opening remarks.
Dean of Libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki, spoke to the crowd about the exciting possibilities of the new Library Learning Terrace and the opportunity for student feedback to help define the space. “This twilight event is an excellent correlation for what this new Terrace is. Twilight is a not-quite-defined time and this is a not-quite-defined space. We’re looking for your input, your feedback and your requests to continue to make the Terrace the best possible learning environment for the Drexel community” Nitecki said.
On Friday, June 3rd the Drexel University Libraries will celebrate the grand opening of the Library Learning Terrace, located at 33rd & Race Streets, with a twilight opening complete with music from Drexel student DJ Mike Mannix, activities, giveaways and prizes. The celebration will begin at 9 p.m. with an official unveiling scheduled for 9:30 p.m.. The unveiling will be the first opportunity for the community to view this new innovative space.
Imagine a library that is not only bookless but is not necessarily tied to a building, one that takes its personnel and services to patrons rather than expecting them to come to it. Two projects—one now under way at the undergraduate level and one well established at a medical library—suggest where the untethered library is headed.
A Librarian for Everyone
Drexel now has personal librarians for this year’s 2,750-plus freshmen to help connect them to the increasingly complicated information landscape. More than 20 personal librarians are charged with helping students learn about the resources and contacts they need to succeed. They are trained to understand the curriculum and information resources throughout Drexel’s many disciplines and will maintain a relationship with the students until they move deeper into research when the primary contact becomes a subject specialist.
“The program is a natural extension of what libraries have done for a long time, but now we are adding a more personal element,” said Dean of Libraries Dr. Danuta A. Nitecki, adding that every student will begin to master the identification and evaluation of resources in order to “explore diverse ideas and gain new knowledge.” Nitecki envisions the library as a learning enterprise, where librarians are integrated as educators in the academic life of the campus.
Where You Live and Work
That traditional university library at the heart of campus? Its days may be numbered, with Drexel University Libraries leading the way.
Beginning with a “Library Learning Terrace” in the heart of the University’s residential community, Drexel is exploring multiple learning spaces across campus designed to essentially bring the library to the students.
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.”
A new library facility at Drexel University in Philadelphia is “the first step toward embedding the libraries across campus,” according to Dean of Libraries Danuta Nitecki.
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