This October marked 30 years since W. W. Hagerty Library first opened its doors in 1983. Since, many things at Drexel have changed, but the core attributes embodied by President Hagerty remain the same. Drexel students are energetic, innovative and daring. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the building, the Libraries has updated the Mary E. Hagerty Learning Lab [room L33] as well as three group study rooms.
On Friday, July 12, 2013 the Libraries unveiled a new study room, dedicated to the late Lisabeth Holloway, a Drexel library school graduate. Mrs. Holloway’s family and several friends were present, including her husband George, also from the class of 1950, and two sons, Jim and George.
Construction work will begin in mid-June on the lower level of W. W. Hagerty Library. The work will, at times, include a significant amount of noise and disruption to activities in rooms L13A, L13C and L14. The majority of work with loud equipment will occur during break week. The work will last for approximately one month.
The lower level will remain open during construction, but may be noisy at times. Facilities will work to minimize the disruption. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- Libraries Administration
W. W. Hagerty Library will be closed from 7am to 1:30 PM on Wednesday, June 19, while the Drexel University Police Department conducts an Active Shooter Exercise along with several local law enforcement agencies. The exercise will take place inside Hagerty Library, located at 3300 Market Street, from 8am to 1pm. In addition to the library closure, there will be an increased police presence and sidewalk closures associated with the exercise. Please avoid the area.
Tonight, Thursday, June 6, 2013, the restrooms on the lower level of W. W. Hagerty Library will close. They will remain closed until 3 PM on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvience.
The restrooms in the remainder of the building will remain open.
In early March, the Libraries unveiled a new space in W. W. Hagerty Library, providing Drexel researchers with an opportunity to connect over shared research interests and ideas. The space, Research Connections, is located on the second floor of the library and offers comfortable and mobile chairs, a white board, a projector and a phone with conferencing capabilities.
How does space, beyond classrooms and labs, influence learning? Measuring and explaining this has been the challenge our leadership team faces as we attempt to determine how the Libraries can gauge its contribution to the University’s strategic plan, specifically in the areas of academic excellence and improvement of the student experience.
This is a challenging question for which no commonly accepted practices or standards apply.
In early March, the Libraries unveiled a new space in W. W. Hagerty Library, providing Drexel researchers an opportunity to connect over shared research interests and ideas. The space, Research Connections, is located on the second floor of the library and offers comfortable and mobile chairs, a white board, a projector and a phone with conferencing capabilities.
A growing percentage of entering students come to Drexel from beyond US borders. To improve staff interactions with international students, the Libraries held a staff development workshop to raise awareness of cross-cultural communications and begin to develop concrete skills in communicating more effectively with speakers having low English language skills.
Barbara Hoekje, Associate Professor of Communication and Robert Walters, Coordinator Student Support, English Language Center, developed and conducted an excellent session for the Libraries staff. They began with describing the incoming international students' population at Drexel. An experiential exercise simulated some aspects of a cross-cultural exchange experience and then drew practical applications to library settings. Collectively, workshop participants identified issues and solved problems relating to international student use of the library and their relation to library policies and procedures.
The Drexel Libraries is in its third year of offering the Personal Librarian Program. The program is off to a successful start this quarter. Each freshman is assigned a library staff member who serves as the student's primary contact for the library during the first year. Students may call, email, or meet with their personal librarian for assistance in getting started with research and using library services and resources.
During New Student Days, each freshman received an introductory letter from his or her personal librarian. The Libraries also sponsored a jumbled word scavenger hunt, providing students an opportunity to become familiar with the library and to meet the personal librarians who helped staff the event.