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:
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).
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.
Liaison Librarian for Engineering, Jay Bhatt, Authors Chapter in “Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process”
Engineering design is a fundamental problem-solving model used by the discipline. Effective problem-solving requires the ability to find and incorporate quality information sources. To teach courses in this area effectively, educators need to understand the information needs of engineers and engineering students and their information gathering habits.
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?
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.
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.edu/library.
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.
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.
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.