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News, Events and Announcements from Drexel University Libraries.

New Items: DSM 5 – Electronic Edition

Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of the electronic edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5. The e-version of the DSM-5 incorporates links to current journal articles and newly published book chapters aligned to the section the DSM-5 being viewed, as well as current content from Psychiatric News. The Drexel site license is for unlimited simultaneous users.

Libraries Announces Two New Manager Positions

Two new managers will lead the core programs of the Libraries’ Academic Partnerships group beginning in July 2014: Tom Ipri and Larry Milliken. Tom and Larry already worked within the Libraries as liaison librarians and have been promoted to leadership positions where they will oversee learning engagement and reference & research consultations respectively. Promoting existing staff into manager positions improves the effectiveness of the Library Academic Partnerships group while reducing administrative overhead.

Reducing Redundancies: Encyclopedia Britannica

The Libraries will not renew the subscription to the edition of Encyclopedia Britannica for the 2015 fiscal year. Much of the Encyclopedia Britannica content is available through the wide range of other electronic resources provided by the Libraries. The annual cost of this resource is $12,000 before inflation and its cancellation will provide the Libraries an opportunity to put collection money into acquiring higher priority items.

Measuring a Library’s Value: Discussing Assessment

What difference does a library make in student retention, faculty grants and research, or enrollment decisions? As institutions of higher education are challenged to show fiscal responsibility in the face of increasing tuition and student debt loads, academic libraries are developing new metrics to better explain their value to the academic community.

The Libraries Welcome: Christine Liu, Administrative Coordinator

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the Libraries welcomed Christine Liu as administrative coordinator in the Libraries Administrative Office. Christine’s position will provide a high level of support for the administrative and financial operations of the Libraries.

Christine recently relocated to Philadelphia after spending much of her professional career in Arizona. Her professional background is in the non-profit sector.

Dean’s Update — Learning to Swim in a Sea of Information

No one is born with the ability to find, retrieve, analyze and use information. This set of “information literacy” skills distinguishes an educated person, as the ability to read did 100 years ago. Information literacy is associated with critical thinking, based on the assumption that information is an essential ingredient to be thoughtful, inquisitive and responsibly critical.

Q&A with Lisa Kruczek, Archival Intern and Curator of The Best of Times Exhibit

A recent graduate of the College of Computing and Informatics, Lisa Kruczek spent her last term working as an intern in the University Archives. There, she processed the papers of William Walsh Hagerty, who served as the President of the University from 1963 - 1984. Before Lisa completed her internship with the Libraries, I had a chance to sit down with her to talk about the exhibit and her experience in the Libraries.

Don’t get left behind: Faculty help shape Drexel’s story through Faculty Portfolios

What is the impact of research, scholarly publications, creative expressions or instruction taking place at Drexel? What story do faculty achievements tell about the institution?

Changes to Library Building and Service Hours

As learning behaviors and student schedules change, the Libraries continually review the open hours of our locations and the availability of services offered. For summer 2014, the Libraries have adjusted the open hours for several locations – Hahnemann & W. W. Hagerty Libraries will close slightly earlier on Friday and Saturday evenings and Hahnemann Library will now open a little earlier on weekdays.

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