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Several Library Staff Members Volunteer to Organize a North Philadelphia High School Library

On Saturday, March 29, 2014, a group of volunteers from Drexel University Libraries joined fellow librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia, Temple University Libraries and members of the Special Libraries Association worked to help organize the library at Benjamin Franklin High School in North Philadelphia. The library had been closed for seven years after the school’s librarian position had been cut.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Drexel University Libraries

April is National Poetry Month, celebrating poetry and its place in American culture. Throughout the month, the Libraries will share opportunities to celebrate poetry through our Facebook and Twitter pages. Join us in the celebration by borrowing a book of poetry from our collection and participating in some of our social media challenges – including sharing your favorite poem, sharing your own poetry and more. Use the hashtag: #DragonsCelebratingPoetry.

Gary Childs, Health Sciences Librarian, featured on NBC 10 for Volunteer Work

Liaison Librarian for Health Sciences, Gary Childs was recently featured on NBC - 10 Philadelphia for the Dog Day Saturday segment promoting St. Pitty's & Kitty's Day hosted by the Animal Care and Control Team [ACCT Philly]. Gary is a volunteer at ACCT Philly and spends much of his free time training companion animals sheltered there along with instructing canine handling workshops for fellow ACCT volunteers.

Drexel Authors of 2013



Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts & Senior Fellow
North By Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration
Kaplan, Susan and Robert McCracken Peck, eds. North By Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration. Philadelphia: PA, American Philosophical Society, 2013.

Deans Update: Connections to Scholarship in March

Connections – the concept of bringing together two or more of something – is a theme that travels through much of the work done at Drexel University. In the Libraries, it includes bringing together ideas and people. You surely have experienced library programs in your lifetime that facilitate authors reaching readers, deliver distantly held books, guided students to discover images or articles, or identified a kindred intellectual spirit by exploring similar topics.

New Faculty Portfolios Features Help Researchers and Teachers

The Faculty Portfolios system assists Drexel faculty manage information about themselves. As of January 2014, it simplifies creating bio sketches for NIH grant proposals and helps track information about courses they have taught.

Funding Opportunities Database trial from Drexel University Libraries

For a number of years Drexel University Libraries has licensed the COS Funding Opportunities database for campus-wide use. For the month of March we will be testing out a competing database product from InfoEd called SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network).

New Collaborative Technologies Available at Hahnemann Library

Two new technologies are now available for students, faculty and staff at Hahnemann Library: a media:scape and projectors. Both technologies designed to support group work and collaborative projects especially when individuals need to work together on a presentation, paper or research project. Collaborative media:scape workstations are already in place at W. W. Hagerty Library and the Library Learning Terrace and are popular destinations for groups.

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