Drexel University Libraries has simplified the process of submitting a Ph.D. or Ed.D. dissertation through use of ProQuest’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations Administrator [ETD]. This tool will guide students in meeting submission requirements for their dissertations.Use of ProQuest's ETD Administrator is free and reduces overall submission charges for doctoral students by $66. Online access to doctoral dissertations is provided by Drexel University Libraries via Drexel's institutional repository, iDEA.
The Libraries’ Counting Opinions survey provides staff with feedback, directly from users, on how experiences with the Libraries can be improved. 'Accessing an online database provided by the Libraries," is one priority area respondents to the survey identified as an opportunity for improvement. Staff considered various starting points, number of steps involved and possible errors users may experience to see where people were having the most trouble. While considering the relevant data, staff was surprised to uncover that many users were having trouble simply locating databases on the Libraries’ website and were typing the name of their desired database into one of the search boxes presented on the home page. The usability study showed that 60% of users who visit our website were seeking databases or journal articles and that the Quicklinks list of databases was one of the two most-visited spots on our website.
Over the next several months, visitors to the Libraries’ website will notice new ways to offer feedback about the site. Through changing bi-weekly user experience studies, the Libraries will evaluate how individuals currently use the website. Results from these studies will help shape the design and layout of the Libraries' new website.
Peter Ivanick, Head of Libraries Systems & Technology, passed away suddenly on January 13, 2013. Peter came to Drexel University Libraries in 2006 from Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to leading the Libraries workstation and laptop programs, Peter oversaw development of the new Libraries website and a new content management system; implementation of the electronic institutional repository; selection and implementation of a discovery search service that provides access to many of the Libraries’ licensed resources with a single search.
“Be bold, be bold, be not too bold,” was the theme of the keynote presentation James Shulman, president of ARTstor, gave at the annual gathering on Friday, January 11, 2013. Over 100 members of the library staffs from Drexel University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania were present as Shulman spoke about how bold ideas can lead to innovation.
Appropriately, the event was held in Drexel’s Library Learning Terrace, a space that was created as a result of the bold idea to embed the libraries in the heart of the student residential area.
Join the Office of the Provost and Drexel University Libraries to celebrate Drexel’s 2012 authors on Thursday, February 28th from 4 – 6 PM at the A. J. Drexel Picture Gallery. Over 25 authors will be recognized by Provost Greenberg at this inaugural event. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
A recent addition to the Libraries, the Laptop Access 24/7 program offers a great service for students. News of this innovative lending method made headlines across the globe. Read a sampling of some of the articles via the links provided below:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education - Drexel U.
The start of a new year draws us to think of what is ahead. This issue of In Circulation highlights several services and information resources that have been introduced to improve convenience to access ideas and build Drexel’s connections to scholarship. Here, I foreshadow initiatives that are on the horizon.