We prepare this issue of In Circulation after coming in from the bitter cold, grateful to have kept those old long johns, hats and coats that might be unfashionable but keep us really warm. The notion of keeping things in case of a future need – or perhaps for nostalgia – causes many of us to hold onto stuff we may no longer use. If not managed well, it is easy to let our “just in case” stuff overtake our closets, basements, desks, as well as our inboxes and hard drives.
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 the work of Drexel faculty and staff who authored or edited books in 2013 will be featured at Celebrating Drexel Authors. The event will be held in the Paul Peck Alumni Center from 4 – 6 PM and all members of the campus community will be invited.
The New Year is often a time for reflection and resolutions. In the Libraries the new year provides opportunities for both as most students leave campus for the break giving the Libraries a rare quiet moment to make improvements and changes to our physical environments.
To kick off the New Year, I sat down with our manager of discovery systems, Spencer Lamm to learn more about the work being done in the Libraries’ systems department.
Article by: Alexis Antracoli, Records Management Archivist
On Monday, December 16th, Eddie Rubeiz joined the Libraries’ systems department as the new web developer. Eddie joins the Libraries from the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. His primary focus will be on developing, implementing and maintaining the user-focused aspects of the Libraries web sites and applications.
Eddie’s office is located in W. W. Hagerty Library.
Libraries have a mission to preserve history and they extend that to the organization itself in preparing the iconic annual report. However, unlike the many standardized rules applied to preserving, cataloging and ensuring access to the artifacts of cultural, scholarly, and organizational activities, there is no common playbook for creating a library annual report. Some are lavish books themselves, commemorating collections with gorgeous images and descriptions of unique acquisitions while others are used to thank people who reaffirm the library’s value with fiscal or advocacy support.
The Libraries celebrated its seventh ScholarSip event on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, bringing over 50 people together to celebrate the end of the fall term. Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, provided an informational food for thought with his presentation titled The Rise of the Machine: the Evolution of the Computer and Crime. He stimulated discussion about identity theft, the alarming increase in possession of images of child pornography, and the conditions facilitated by information devices and communications by which crimes have become easier to commit and more difficult to guard against.
Article by: Steve Bogel, Librarian for Health Sciences