Dean’s Update: ‘Tis the Season

Dean’s Update: ‘Tis the Season
Jenny James Lee
December 3, 2014

[The Dean's Update is a reoccurring column introducing the Libraries' monthly newsletter In Circulation.]

As I write this, I notice how quickly my calendar for December has been filled – with festive celebrations and with meetings to wrap up details before year-end. In this issue of In Circulation, you can learn a little more about these end of year trends as the Libraries plans for a flurry of activity.

Beginning tomorrow, we kick off the season with our 24/7 schedule— the week when W. W. Hagerty Library remains open around the clock in support of students busily preparing for exams and finishing papers due this term. We often find pillows, candy wrappers, and empty soda bottles and coffee cups as early morning evidence that the spaces are used if not more heavily, at least with more attempts to stay alert to the end of exams.

On December 8th, the Libraries enjoys its third season of toasting the end of the academic term during our quarterly ScholarSip event. We will welcome around 50 faculty and professional staff from around the campus to join us to hear a dynamic faculty member give food for thought that complements the beverages, refreshments and good conversation on the last day of classes.

Work is in full gear on two upcoming events in winter and spring. The Libraries will host an exhibit in January and February that examines the Civil Rights movement with special attention to its involvement of youth in the 1960s. A former Drexel administrator approached us with the opportunity to mount the exhibit and we began conversations to help identify faculty and staff around campus who might wish to use the exhibit in their courses or with other programs.

To applaud more recent history, the annual recognition of Drexel authors of books will take place on March 11, 2015 and identification of 2014 authors are being sought. We all wonder if last year’s total of 74 authors and editors will be surpassed this coming year.

On a more personal note, the Libraries staff will gather in mid-December to share cooking talents, some laughter and song, and appreciation of working with terrific colleagues. We also take time to wish each other the best of the holiday season—as well as those who we collaborate with across campus.

Happy Holidays! Have a warm, safe and cheerful month of December!

Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD
Dean of Libraries