The Discovery Blog focuses on the search and discovery tools the Libraries provides, highlights the work to improve those services, tips for using them, and news about new developments. It is authored by Spencer Lamm, our Manager of Discovery Systems.

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Libraries Staff Expand Book Repair Skills at TCLC Workshop

On January 10, 2017, Drexel University Libraries employees Stephanie Davis and Lydia Smith joined more than 30 other library professionals from the region at the Tri-State College Library Cooperative’s (TCLC) 2017 Book Repair Winter workshop at Immaculata University.                         

Drexel Alumnus to Donate Work Files of Harry C. Rippel to University Archives

In January 2017, the Drexel University Archives started reviewing a donation in progress from Richard Rippel, a Drexel University alumnus.

Mr. Rippel has shared the work files of his father – Harry Conrad Rippel, himself a graduate of Drexel and an engineer at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories who worked on everything from heart implants to the Apollo 11 rocket transporter to the Hubble space telescope. Richard Rippel intends to donate his father’s collection to the University.

Summon Update on 12/15/16 - Highlights

On Wednesday, December 15th, the vendor for Summon will roll out a number of improvements that will enhance your searching experience. See below for details.

Improved relevance through subject term boosts.
This update will include a new relevance algorithm that assigns a higher relevance to subject terms. Previously subject terms were given similar treatment to other metadata found within the record; now subject terms are given a boost more similar to how Title or Author are treated.

Maintenance may affect article access 12-7pm, Sat. Oct. 29

Due to vendor maintenance, the Libraries' Electronic Journal Portal and Article Lookup tools will be unavailable from 12-7pm on Saturday, October 29th. You may also experience issues with linking to articles from Summon and databases.

As a workaround, you may access journals via the journal title search in the library catalog. Once you find the journal title, you can search within that journal for your article title, or else browse to the volume, issue and date for your desired citation.