We prepare this issue of In Circulation after coming in from the bitter cold, grateful to have kept those old long johns, hats and coats that might be unfashionable but keep us really warm. The notion of keeping things in case of a future need – or perhaps for nostalgia – causes many of us to hold onto stuff we may no longer use. If not managed well, it is easy to let our “just in case” stuff overtake our closets, basements, desks, as well as our inboxes and hard drives.
Libraries have a mission to preserve history and they extend that to the organization itself in preparing the iconic annual report. However, unlike the many standardized rules applied to preserving, cataloging and ensuring access to the artifacts of cultural, scholarly, and organizational activities, there is no common playbook for creating a library annual report. Some are lavish books themselves, commemorating collections with gorgeous images and descriptions of unique acquisitions while others are used to thank people who reaffirm the library’s value with fiscal or advocacy support.
Managing University Records, A Question & Answer With Alexis Antracoli, Records Management Archivist
Article by: Jenny James Lee, Marketing & Events Associate
Article By: Brian Kall, Senior Financial Analyst
Not long ago, a colleague asserted that exhibit cases are archaic and have no place in the modern. That challenged me to think about if it was true or if, like most things library-related, the purpose remains but means of presentation change.
The possibility of violent acts occurring in public places haunts anyone who manages a facility where people gather. The recent tragedy in Santa Monica emphasized that libraries, iconic places for peaceful reflection and nurturing the life of the mind, are not exempt from worry about security.
The month of June was exciting in the Libraries as we welcomed new staff, congratulated librarians Gary Childs [Outstanding Service & Dedication Award] and Jay Bhatt [2013 Staff Mentor Award] for their awards and accomplishments and bid farewell to Linda Katz who retired early in the month and Rebekah Kilzer who took a new position as library director at Shawnee State University.
“Be bold, be bold, be not too bold,” was the theme of the keynote presentation James Shulman, president of ARTstor, gave at the annual gathering on Friday, January 11, 2013. Over 100 members of the library staffs from Drexel University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania were present as Shulman spoke about how bold ideas can lead to innovation.
Appropriately, the event was held in Drexel’s Library Learning Terrace, a space that was created as a result of the bold idea to embed the libraries in the heart of the student residential area.
The start of a new year draws us to think of what is ahead. This issue of In Circulation highlights several services and information resources that have been introduced to improve convenience to access ideas and build Drexel’s connections to scholarship. Here, I foreshadow initiatives that are on the horizon.