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Upcoming Events

Title:Bringing OERs to Campus: A Panel Discussion with Drexel’s Library Faculty Fellows
Date:Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:Online, W. W. Hagerty Library, L33
Campus:University City Campus
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of college textbooks rose 88% between 2006 and 2016. The high cost of required textbooks leads many students to forgo purchasing textbooks altogether, take fewer courses, or even drop or fail a course.

Hear from a panel of 2019 Library Faculty Fellows who will share information about their work to bring Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other low-cost and no-cost textbook alternatives to Drexel to help students succeed. The discussion will be followed by Q&A. This event is part of the Drexel Libraries’ Open Access Week activities.


  • Douglas H. Baird, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Curricular Innovation and Student Success, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies of the College of Medicine, raised awareness among faculty of the high costs of traditional textbooks and the benefits of assigning Open Educational Resources (OERs). He also published a review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Network (OTN), and he shared his experiences and the benefits of OERs through presentations and discussions with Drexel faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Vito Gulla, Adjunct Professor, Department of English & Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences, wrote over 100 exercises for an Open Textbook for use in composition classes and hosted several focus groups for faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences to assess interest in and awareness of OER materials.
  • Antonios Kontsos, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics Group (TAMG), College of Engineering, worked with two PhD students in his department to redesign a freshmen engineering course that utilizes Open Educational Resources (OERs). The 48 students enrolled in one section of this course learned at the start that they were not required to purchase a textbook, resulting in a collected estimated savings from prior years of over $6,000. Given his experience, Kontsos is planning to produce his own open textbook for use by over 700 students typically enrolled in this course that will scale savings to over $90,000 in the future.


  • Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD, Dean of Libraries

Who should attend: Drexel faculty, staff and students; members of the public; PACLI librarians and others interested in learning about OERs and how they contribute to student success

Not on campus? Attend via Zoom, an online webinar service. Check the "Send me the link" box found on the registration form below. Contact the Libraries' Communications Manager with any questions or concerns.

Title:Reception: Celebrating the Newly Renovated Spaces in the W. W. Hagerty Library
Date:Monday, October 28, 2019
Time:4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:W. W. Hagerty Library
Campus:University City Campus
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
You're invited to celebrate the newly renovated first floor space in the W. W. Hagerty Library.
Join us in thanking officers from Drexel's USGA, as well as staff from the Drexel Libraries and Drexel Real Estate & Facilities, for their hard work to plan, design and execute renovations in the first floor of the W. W. Hagerty Library.

The Dean of Libraries, as well as the students involved in the project, will offer a few remarks starting at 4:15 pm in the lobby of the Library. Then take time to enjoy light refreshments and explore the newly redesigned space.
All Drexel students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and celebrate these improvements to the W. W. Hagerty Library.
Date:Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Time:4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:Dragon's Learning Den
Campus:University City Campus

The Drexel University Learning Alliance and the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS) is hosting their end of fall term StudyPalooza!

Stop by the Dragons' Learning Den to study independently, chat with academic coaches and tutors about your classes and study habits, or enjoy a study break and a snack with us. All Drexel students are welcome!

Please remember to bring your Dragon Card ID with you to enter the library.

Title:ScholarSnack Presents: Poems for the Writing, A Workshop with Professors Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin
Date:Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Dragon's Learning Den
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

Have you always wanted to write poetry but aren’t sure where to begin? Join the Drexel Libraries and Professors Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin from Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences for a ScholarSnack poetry writing workshop.

Using a prompt from their new book Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Second Edition), as well as resources from the Drexel Libraries, Professor Fox and Professor Levin will provide handouts and instruct the audience in how to craft poems. Attendees will leave the workshop with their very own poem—and a little more knowledge about the Libraries! Copies of the book will be on display at the event and are available for purchase at the Drexel Bookstore.  

This workshop is open to all Drexel students, as well as faculty and staff.

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:ScholarSip: Fall 2019
Date:Monday, December 9, 2019
Time:4:00pm - 6:00pm
Campus:University City Campus
Registration:Registration is required for this event.

Just Announced: 2019/2020 ScholarSip Series

ScholarSip will return for the 2019-20 academic year with three new sessions that address the theme University and Industry Research Collaborations.

Each term, a distinguished Drexel professor will offer “food for thought” on the benefits and challenges of conducting and disseminating research when academics collaborate with industry.

This quarter, we are pleased to welcome our guest speaker

Michelle Lowry, PhD
Drexel University, LeBow College of Business

Academic Director of the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute
TD Bank Professor of Finance

More information about the event will be made available this fall. Contact Stacy Stanislaw, Libraries Communications Manager at with questions or concerns.


About ScholarSip
Now in its nineth 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.