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News, Events and Announcements from Drexel University Libraries.

John Wiggins Appointed as Chair of the Data Collection for Library Managers Committee

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.

Remembering Richard Snyder, Drexel’s Library Director from 1964 - 1989

Photograph of Richard SnyderFormer 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.

Redesigning a Library Website

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.

@ The Libraries: Embedding At Drexel

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.

What Happens to the Deselected Books?

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.

Libraries Support Online Learning with Addition of New Software on Public Computers

New software installed on library computers will now allow students to take assessments, quizzes or tests in BlackBloard Learn. The software, Respondus Lock Down browser, limits the person taking an online test from opening additional website browsers during their assessment.

Previously, because users cannot download software onto library computers, this feature was not available and students could not take these assessments on library machines.

National Poetry Month - Recognizing Drexel Poets

In Celebration of National Poetry Month, the Libraries encourages you to browse our collection of Drexel faculty poets. The faculty members listed below are in the College of Arts & Sciences' English and Philosphy Department.

Blythe Davenport, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Valerie Fox, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor of English

Personal Librarians share Favorite Poems and Poets in Celebration of National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month we asked our Personal Librarians to share their favorite poet and/or their favorite poem. Join in the Libraries National Poetry Month celebration by sharing your favorite poetry on our Social Media Sites. Be sure to tag #DragonsCelebratingPoetry so that we can see your comments.

Money Smart Week @ Your Library - April 5 - 12, 2014

What does it mean to be smart with your money? Learn more about how you can better manage your own personal finances through the activities and resources of Money Smart Week kicks off on Saturday, April 5 and runs through Saturday, April 12. Let us know how you are money smart through Twitter [@DULibraries] or Facebook.

Visit some of the links below to learn how to better manage your money:

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