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.
The Libraries launched a new calendar during spring term, making hours, events and workshops easier than ever to find on the website. This new calendar provides daily hours for each Libraries location as well as detailed information on upcoming workshops and events. Soon, the calendar will also provide information about library services.
Welcome back for summer quarter! We’ve made some changes over break – and no doubt some of you have already noticed that the Reference Desk at W.W. Hagerty Library is gone! We have noted for some time that library users were often confused about where to go for help in our buildings. Offering a single point of service, at the Circulation Desk, will quickly direct library users to the services and expertise they need. Staff at the Circulation Desk will answer questions or will refer you to the librarian or library office with the expertise needed to provide you the best answer.
By John Wiggins, Director of Library Services & Quality Improvement
Some library users have shared feedback with us regarding equipment used for printing, copying and scanning in the Libraries. Specifically, we’ve heard about printers at W. W. Hagerty Library that were sometimes undependable, about issues with the payment network that supports use of DragonCard funds and a great interest in a new scanner alternative that we auditioned at Hahnemann Library and W. W. Hagerty Library.
Explore the Libraries’ many career resources and learn several steps and strategies to help you find a job or co-op. This workshop will help you effectively use both electronic and print resources throughout your job search.