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News, Events and Announcements from Drexel University Libraries.

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.

Library Catalog Down on September 15, 2014

On Monday, September 15, 2014 from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the library catalog (called Books & More on the library web site) will be down for service.

This will affect multiple library services, but there are other options available. They are detailed below. We greatly appreciate your patience as we take care of critical security and maintenance issues. 

The Libraries Welcome: Kevin Fry, Library Assistance Technician

On Monday, August 25, 2014, the Libraries welcomed Kevin Fry as Library Assistance Technician for Reserves. Kevin will work with the reserves team to process reserve requests and maintain print and electronic reserves collections.

Kevin recently graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Philosophy. There, he worked as a student assistant at Gelardin New Media Center for two years staffing the service desk, training patrons in the use of AV equipment and assisting with collection maintenance.

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...

Information and Resources about the Ebola Virus

The Ebola virus (Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) has been a very hot topic in the news recently, due to the outbreaks in western Africa. The flow of information about the virus and the outbreaks has been confusing, and often alarmist. Here are some reliable sources that can be relied on for current, accurate information about the virus itself, and implications for travelers or for healthcare workers in the United States.

From the Center for Disease Control:

Dean’s Update: Making Tough Decisions

Over the past several weeks the Libraries leadership, as with many other campus departments, has had to make difficult decisions about financial allocations that affect the services we offer, our relation to people expecting library support and our employees that hope for security in their workplace.

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.

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