The newest librarian on the staff at Drexel, Janice Masud-Paul joined the Libraries in December 2013. Since then, she’s hit the ground running growing the Libraries collaborations and support for research in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She’s championed the Faculty Portfolios initiative with the college and is quickly becoming known on campus for her expertise.
Students were always a key priority for former Drexel library director Jane Griffith Bryan who held the position from 2005 until her passing in 2008. On Thursday, May 22, 2014, her family carried on her legacy of supporting student learning with a gift that enabled the renovation and dedication of the Jane Griffith Bryan, ’67 Group Study Room.
Work to advance the Libraries mission was recognized at the fifth annual Library Celebration Awards hosted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at W. W. Hagerty Library. More than 40 people were in attendance to recognize work that helped to embed the Libraries across campus, expand the Libraries programming, showcase the resources of the University Archives, and reflect a model library organization.
In total, five members of the library staff and two student workers were recognized for their 2013 achievements at the annual awards event.
Helping faculty to improve the student academic experience, the Libraries provides access to assigned readings through our Course Reserves service. This service seamlessly integrates with Blackboard Learn to provide a simple way for students to access course materials. It also reduces faculty effort by providing a way assign readings and also ensures adherence to copyright laws and license restrictions.
John Wiggins was appointed as the chair of the Data Collection for Library Managers Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association beginning on July 1, 2014. During the one-year appointment, Wiggins will lead a committee of 15 library professionals.
The committee seeks to identify and disseminate information about the effective collection of measurement data in libraries and also provide resources for individuals looking to develop skills in measurement data.
Former Drexel University Libraries director, Richard Snyder passed away on April 9, 2014. He was 87 years old. Snyder was the library director from 1964 – 1989 and made significant contributions to the library organization during his tenure, including helping to design W. W. Hagerty Library and develop the University Archives.
Last year, there were more than 1.6 million visits to the Libraries’ website and nearly 2.1 million downloads of electronic articles, books and datasets. This makes the website the most visited of the Libraries’ five locations, providing access to the largest collection of resources. Just like a physical facility periodically needs updating and renovating, it is time for reconstruction to the entrance of the virtual library.
For many years now, students and faculty have been able to interact with the Libraries without physically leaving their homes, classrooms, or offices because the resources and services of the Libraries are easily made available online. This spring, the Libraries will expand this concept further – inviting students and faculty to physically interact with librarians without leaving their departments, offices or classroom buildings.
Last month we talked about collection management and the need for deselecting, or weeding, and it might cause you to wonder what happens to all of the weeded items? Items removed from the collection are given to Better World Books, an organization that allows libraries to sell items online or donate them to other organizations.