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News, Events and Announcements from Drexel University Libraries.

Making the Most of the Sun – Jonathan Spanier to Speak at March ScholarSip Event

Society has an insatiable demand for energy, and solar energy remains the most promising and abundant source of renewable, clean energy to replace our current reliance on fossil fuels. However, in 2010, less than .2% of global consumption of electricity was from solar. So, why isn’t large-scale production of electricity from solar more prevalent?

Fellowship Opportunity at the USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History Archive

The Drexel community gained access to the rich USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive in November 2013 through the local cache of the Archive hosted by Drexel University Libraries. The Archive includes more than 105,000 hours of video with interviews in 34 languages, recorded in 58 countries. Each testimony is around two hours long and consists of an interview with a survivor or eyewitness to the Holocaust, or the Rwandan genocide.

Managing Library Resources: Q&A With Noelle Egan, Resources & Acquisitions Librarian

Last year alone over 2 million items were downloaded from electronic resources linked through the Libraries’ website. Curious about this massive quantity of downloads and how they are supported, I sat down with Noelle Egan, our librarian who manages eResources and acquisitions at the Libraries. She works with many different departments to ensure access to a wide array of electronic resources available through

Drexel Welcomes Librarians in Philadelphia for the ALA Conference

The American Library Association (ALA) held its midwinter conference in Philadelphia in late January 2014, bringing over 12,000 librarians to the convention center and hotels for meetings, workshops, exhibits and networking events. Drexel’s libraries hosted six events during the week, welcoming professionals from across the country to the campus for meetings, classes and workshops.

Dean’s Update: Library Energies Warm a Cold Start of the Year

Once again, the Libraries became a hot spot of activity this past month as students returned from the holiday break. They spent focused hours among library carrels, tables, and group rooms to read, reflect and engage in discovering new ideas, writing papers and completing projects. When the University cancelled normal business for nearly two days due to the storm on January 21st, the Libraries kept the W. W. Hagerty Library open, thanks to a few of its hearty staff and security officers.

Alert >>> Updated Schedule for February 3, 2014

Drexel University will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 due to weather conditions. The Libraries will remain open, but some locations will have adjusted hours:

The Libraries Welcome: Evan Rich

On Monday, January 27, 2014, the Libraries’ welcomed Evan Rich as the new Library Assistant for Resource Sharing. Evan has his bachelor’s degree in anthropology with additional coursework in computer science and communications media. Evan previously worked at the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image/University of Pennsylvania Rare Books and Manuscripts Library where he worked as the Digital Library Assistant.

Evan will be based at Hahnemann Library with the bulk of the resource sharing team.

Libraires Remain Open During Snow Closures

As snow blanketed Philadelphia starting on Tuesday, January 22, Drexel University made the decision to cancel classes and close much of the campus. As the snow built up, the campus remained closed on Wednesday, January 23, 2014.

The Libraries were able to maintain essential functions during this time and W. W. Hagerty Library remained open on both days. Over 1,800 visitors entered the location during the two-day span and nearly 300 circulation transactions took place.

Alert >>> Updated Schedule for January 22nd

Drexel University is closed on January 22nd.

  • W. W. Hagerty Library will be open from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. *
  • Queen Lane library will be closed *
  • Hahnemann Library will be closed *
  • Library Learning Terrace will be open normal hours.

*Access to 24-hour spaces will be contingent on the University’s schedule and public safety availability. If buildings remain open, these spaces will remain available.

Alert >>> Updated Schedule for January 21st

Drexel University will close at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2013 due to weather conditions. The Libraries will remain open, but with adjusted hours:

  • W. W. Hagerty Library will remain open until 12:00 a.m. [midnight]
  • Queen Lane library will close at 12:00 p.m. *
  • Hahnemann Library will close at 12:00 p.m. *
  • The Bookmark Café and Library Learning Terrace will remain open dependent upon Public Safety security coverage.

The Libraries online chat services will be staff through the afternoon and evening.


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