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Upcoming Events

Title:Open Textbook Workshop
Date:Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time:1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location:W. W. Hagerty Library, L33
Campus:University City Campus
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Drexel Students!

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two-hour workshop.

Did You Know...

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.

  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,220 - $1,420 for textbooks and supplies in 2017–18.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do

Attend this workshop! Join Douglas Baird, PhD, Director for Curricular Innovation and Student Success for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as experts from the Drexel Libraries, for a faculty workshop on Open Education Resources (OERs).  

Attendees will learn about open education and open education resources, including how to find and contribute to OERs and the potential impact OERs have on student learning. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the Open Textbook Library, the premier resource for peer-reviewed academic textbooks.

This workshop will be hosted online and in person, and registration is required. Online registrants will receive a link to the workshop 24 hours before the event.

Please register to attend by Monday, April 22, 2019.


Contact Larry Milliken, Manager for Learning Partnerships, at or visit the Open Educational Resources Library Guide for more information about the Drexel Libraries’ open education initiatives.

Title:ScholarSnack: Privacy Week Event
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:Dragon's Learning Den
Campus:University City Campus

Join us in the Dragons' Learning Den for another ScholarSnack session. This month, we'll explore the importance of protecting your digital identity with guest speaker Pablo Molina, Drexel's Chief Information Security Officer. More details to follow!


About ScholarSnack
ScholarSnack is an ongoing event series open to all Drexel students and interested faculty and staff. It is a venue for Drexel students to enjoy light snacks while discussing their experiences in exploring information and data resources.

Title:Two Truths & One Lie: A Libraries Competition to Decipher Authoritative Information
Date:Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time:4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:Dragon's Learning Den
Campus:University City Campus
Are you curious? Do you love information challenges? Then grab your friends and come out for the Libraries' interactive student competition, Two Truths and One Lie: A Libraries Competition to Decipher Authoritative Information. This event is being hosted by the Libraries as part of Drexel's Week of Undergraduate Excellence.

More details will be announced over the coming weeks.

For more information about Drexel's Week of Undergraduate Excellence, visit

Title:ScholarSip: Spring 2019
Date:Monday, June 10, 2019
Time:4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:Library Learning Terrace
Campus:University City Campus
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

The impact of research goes beyond scholarship when it engages and empowers communities beyond academia.

This year, the Drexel Libraries will go behind the scenes of this Drexel-style of civic engagement during its 2018/2019 ScholarSip event series: Communicating Research to Inspire Citizen Engagement.

During each quarterly event, a distinguished Drexel professor will offer “food for thought” on their experiences and insights of communicating their interdisciplinary research with various populations. They will explore the implications of their work and the challenges they face to bring knowledge and understanding of their research to audiences beyond their disciplines.

This quarter, we are pleased to welcome our guest speaker

Ted Daeschler, PhD
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 

Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
Vice President for Systematic Biology and the Library

All Drexel faculty and professional staff are invited to join us for what promise to be lively conversations with colleagues.


About ScholarSip
Now in its eighth year, ScholarSip is an annual event series hosted by the Drexel University Libraries that seeks to nurture Drexel’s intellectual life and cross-campus community through informal gatherings where faculty and professional staff exchange ideas sparked by greater awareness of interdisciplinary research.
Each event includes social time to build acquaintances and a short “food for thought” presentation from a member of the Drexel community. ScholarSip provides an opportunity for members of the Drexel community to gather for conversation – along with a toast to the end of the academic term.

For more information about ScholarSip or to suggest a future topic, please contact Libraries Communications Manager Stacy Stanislaw at