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Libraries Staff to be Recognized for 5+ Years of Service During University-Wide Celebration

Submitted by Sarah Rich on November 20, 2017 - 2:17PM

In 2017, the Drexel University Libraries recognizes seven staff members who have reached service milestones. Congrats!

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Resource Sharing Team Ensures Cost-Effective Access to Information Resources

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on October 31, 2017 - 4:11PM

This month, we sat down with Lynda Sadusky to learn more about resource sharing—particularly interlibrary loan—and how her team supports Drexel students, faculty and staff.

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Dean’s Update: Strategic Efforts to Help Contain Affordability of Higher Education

Submitted on October 31, 2017 - 9:27AM

The next three issues of In Circulation will focus on the Libraries' refreshed strategic initiatives. This month, we highlight the first of these initiatives: containing the affordability of education.

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Drexel Libraries Promotes Open Access on Campus

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on October 30, 2017 - 1:15PM

Last week, Drexel Libraries joined members of the scholarly publishing community to celebrate the 10th annual Open Access Week. But the Libraries' efforts around OA education are year-round, and staff regularly explore new ways to support OA at Drexel.

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Moving from 'Building Collections' to 'Ensuring Access'

Submitted by on October 26, 2017 - 9:19AM

In the current environment of electronic information, the model of ownership of resources has changed to one of access. As a result, academic libraries like Drexel's no onger build physical collections but instead provide access to resources through a combination of licensing, purchasing and resource sharing.

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Dean's Update: Are Librarians Ready to Help Develop Data Literacy?

Submitted on October 6, 2017 - 12:00AM

Academic librarians now see research data and the accompanying need to manage them as a a new objective for their services and partnerships, and Drexel Libraries staff are among them.

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Drexel Libraries Continues to Grow Data Services Programs

Submitted by Deb Morley on October 6, 2017 - 12:00AM

As more and more researchers and students need to find and interpret data, the Libraries is expanding its data-related services to fully support the needs of the Drexel community.

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Quarterly Libraries Staff Meetings Foster Engagement & Creativity

Submitted by Ann Yurcaba on October 4, 2017 - 1:26PM

The Drexel Libraries' September all-staff meeting gave Libraries personnel the opportunity to offer feedback on one of the Libraries' strategic directions: transforming the Bookmark Cafe into a Learning Exploratorium.

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Drexel Libraries Announces 2017/2018 ScholarSip Details

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on October 4, 2017 - 12:59PM

The Drexel University Libraries is pleased to announce details for the 2017/2018 ScholarSip event series.

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New Library Guides Now Available Online

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on October 2, 2017 - 9:18AM

Each month Drexel University’s liaison librarians create new library guides to help researchers, faculty, staff and students navigate the Libraries’ many resources. Find out what's new for October!

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Drexel Libraries and Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to Co-Host Art Exhibition on Migration

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on October 2, 2017 - 8:52AM

This fall, the Drexel University Libraries and Westphal College of Media Arts & Design are collaborating to bring the work of three artists to campus in an exhibit called Migration.

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Drexel Welcomes Record-Breaking Freshman Class to Campus

Submitted by Sarah Rich on October 2, 2017 - 8:52AM

Welcome Week was busier than ever this year, as the University welcomed the largest incoming freshmen class in the University’s history. The Libraries welcomed new students and the start of the 2017/2018 academic year with many of its own events and sessions.

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Making Connections: What We Did on Our Summer Vacations

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on September 6, 2017 - 2:37PM

Over the last few months, the Drexel Libraries staff have been all over the world, traveling for both pleasure and for business. Regardless of their reasons for traveling, Libraries staff all encountered a similar theme throughout their journeys - connection.

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Meet Your Personal Librarian, Elise Ferer

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on September 6, 2017 - 2:23PM

Drexel University Libraries offers many resources for Drexel's veteran students, faculty and staff, but did you know about our Personal Librarian Program? 

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Libraries Migrates Website to New Content Management System

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on September 6, 2017 - 6:51AM

On Wednesday, September 6, the Libraries migrated its website to a new Content Management System.

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Q/A with Monica Brown, Drexel University Archives’ First Co-Op Student

Submitted on July 28, 2017 - 7:59AM

Want to know what it's like to work in the archives? We sat down with Monica Brown to find out what she's been doing during her first co-op experience in the University Archives.

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Libraries Have Key Role to Play in Patron Privacy Education

Submitted on July 27, 2017 - 10:58AM

As facilitators of access to information, librarians have a long-standing commitment and ethical obligation to protect patron privacy, and they have an important role to play in educating their patrons about privacy in the digital age.

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Drexel Libraries Staff Shares Summer Picks for Binge-Worthy Books and TV Shows

Submitted on July 26, 2017 - 11:06AM

Looking for a binge-worthy book or TV show to dive into this summer? Check out some of our top picks for summer 2017, and visit the book display in W. W. Hagerty Library.

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Understanding Requirements for Managing Growing Research Outputs

Submitted on July 10, 2017 - 10:55AM

“Big Data” is slowly becoming less overwhelming as a horizon topic for university campus administrators to address.

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Letter from the Communications Manager: A Look Back as We Start to Move Ahead

Submitted on July 10, 2017 - 10:45AM

As the dog days of summer kick into full swing, so do the new fiscal year and the Libraries’ refreshed strategic plan.

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Dean's Update: What’s so Exciting About Hosting a Conference?

Submitted on July 7, 2017 - 10:50AM

The Drexel Libraries is coming down from its high of hosting an international conference in June. 

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Drexel Spotlights Evidence Based Library & Information Practice In the US

Submitted on June 28, 2017 - 10:06AM

Drexel University Libraries hosted the 9th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference (EBLIP9), held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 18 – June 21, 2017.

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Drexel Libraries and Drexel University Online Partner to Offer New Research Skills Resource

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on June 16, 2017 - 10:50AM

The Drexel University Libraries and Drexel University Online are partnering to provide access to Sage Research Methods Online.

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Updated Libraries Hours: Summer 2017 Schedule

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on June 14, 2017 - 2:30PM

The Libraries will open with reduced service hours on Fridays from June 16 - September 1, 2017.

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Advocacy, Data and the Library

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on June 13, 2017 - 6:06PM

This month, Drexel's Dean of Libraries examines how the library can use data and access to information to affect positive change.

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2017 Day of Giving a Big Success

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on June 12, 2017 - 10:45AM

The Libraries raised nearly $2,000 during Drexel's 2017 Day of Giving.

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Libraries Subscribes to new Law & Legal Information Resource

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on June 12, 2017 - 3:53AM

Drexel University Libraries has initiated a subscription to Westlaw campus Research, a sister product of Westlaw.

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Finals Week Coffee & Coloring

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on June 9, 2017 - 11:50AM

Finals week is fast approaching, and the Libraries is offering coffee, snacks and coloring pages to help you through it.

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Drexel Libraries Moving to EZProxy Access for All Online Resources

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on June 5, 2017 - 2:34PM

The Libraries is making access to its electronic resources more secure by transitioning to the proxy service, EZproxy.

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Leisure DVD Collection Now Located on the 2nd Floor of W. W. Hagerty Library

Submitted by Daniel McCann on June 5, 2017 - 9:00AM

The Libraries' DVD collection has moved to the stacks on the second floor of the W. W. Hagerty Library.

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Libraries Reorganizing Bound Journal Collection

Submitted by Daniel McCann on June 1, 2017 - 1:40PM

The Libraries is reorganizing its bound journal collection in the W. W. Hagerty Library, which may cause some minor noise disruptions.

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Eight Individuals Recognized at 2017 Library Celebration Awards

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on June 1, 2017 - 10:00AM

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hagerty

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on May 5, 2017 - 11:00AM

In May, Dean of Libraries Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD, visited Mary E. Hagerty on the eve of her 100th birthday.

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Why You Need an ORCID iD: Benefits for Faculty and Student Researchers

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on May 5, 2017 - 11:00AM

More publishers require authors have ORCID ID in order to publish, making it more and more important for researchers to register for a unique, digital identifier.

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Are You Ready to Break the Code?

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on May 3, 2017 - 11:00AM

Become a code-breaker in training today!

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Fifth Annual Authors Event Recognizes 75 Drexel Writers and Editors

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on May 1, 2017 - 11:00AM

 On April 26, 2017, University faculty, staff and student - as well as friends and family - gathered in the A. J. Drexel Picture Gallery to recognize Drexel authors.

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Drexel Libraries Participates in 2017 Choose Privacy Week

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on May 1, 2017 - 9:00AM

The Libraries is participating in the American Library Association's "Choose Privacy Week," May 1 - 5, 2017.

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Drexel's Polish Poster Collections Now Available Online Through iDEA

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on April 14, 2017 - 3:00AM

Drexel's Polish posters collection is now included in iDEA, the University's digital repository.

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'Fresh Air' Archive Preserves Decades of Culture & History for Future Generations

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on April 6, 2017 - 10:00AM

With help from the Drexel Libraries, WHYY recently completed a project to digitize moments from Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

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Thoughts About Umbrellas

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on April 6, 2017 - 10:00AM

In this month's Dean's Update, Dean Nitecki explores the relationship to access to information and the expectation that it be freely available.

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Drexel Hosts 52nd Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on April 6, 2017 - 9:51AM

In March, the Department of History, the Center for Science, Technology and Society, and the University Libraries co-hosted the 52nd Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology.

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University Libraries Enriches Drexel's Global Research Experiences

Submitted by Janice Masud-Paul on April 6, 2017 - 9:00AM

The Drexel University Libraries offers numerous services and resources to support students, faculty and staff while they study and perform research abroad.

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Improving Discoverability of Drexel University's Scholarly Communications

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on April 6, 2017 - 9:00AM

The Libraries is now a member of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH).

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Jay Bhatt Named 'Engineering Librarian of the Year' by SLA Engineering Division

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on April 6, 2017 - 5:00AM

Jay Bhatt, Liaison Librarian for Engineering, has been named the 2017 Engineering Librarian of the Year by the Engineering Division of the Special Library Association.

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A Q/A with Abby Adamczyk: Using Bibliometrics to Evaluate Scholarly Research

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on April 5, 2017 - 11:00AM

Abby Adamczyk, Liaison Librarian for Medicine, talks about bibliometrics and how they can be used by the Drexel Community in this Q/A piece.

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Drexel Libraries' ScholarSip event Broadcast Live on YouTube for First Time

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on April 3, 2017 - 11:00AM

The winter term ScholarSip event was broadcast live via the University's YouTube channel for the first time in the event's history.

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Finals Week Events: FREE Coffee + Coloring Days

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on March 17, 2017 - 4:30AM

Need a break? Stop by the Libraries during Finals Week for coffee, snacks and coloring pages.

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Hahnemann Library Update

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on March 2, 2017 - 11:30AM

Due to flooding in the New College Building, the Hahnemann Library will undergo renovations through the weekend.

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Growing Collaboration between Drexel Libraries and Steinbright Career Development Center Integral to Co-op Program

Submitted by Elise Ferer on March 2, 2017 - 11:00AM

The Libraries frequently collaborates with the Steinbright Career Development Center to help students as they search for co-op placements and post-graduate positions.

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Bookmark Cafe Reopens Amidst Continuing Upgrades

Submitted by Ann Yurcaba on March 2, 2017 - 10:00AM

The Bookmark Cafe reopened on February 27, 2017 after several weeks of renovations.

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Drexel Libraries Launches 'Drexel Data Stories'

Submitted by Chris Badurek on March 2, 2017 - 10:00AM

As part of the 2nd annual "Love Your Data Week," the Drexel Libraries launched a new social media campaign called "Drexel Data Stories."

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Drexel University Libraries and the College of Engineering Co-Host Student PITCH Competition

Submitted by Jay Bhatt on March 2, 2017 - 10:00AM

Drexel Libraries and the College of Engineering co-hosted the inaugural PITCH Competition.

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On Traveling to US Conferences

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on March 2, 2017 - 2:00AM

This month, Dean Nitecki addresses the US travel ban and its impact on an upcoming conference being held on Drexel's campus.

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Undergraduate Workshop Series

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on March 1, 2017 - 11:00AM

The Libraries is hosting a series of workshops to help students prepare for the University's Week of Undergraduate Excellence.

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Discounted Tuition Rates for ICPSR Summer Program

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on February 13, 2017 - 11:00AM

Drexel faculty, staff and students are eligable for discounted tuition rates on the ICPSR Summer Program.

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

Submitted by Matthew Lyons on February 3, 2017 - 10:00AM

Richard Ripple, a Drexel University alumnus, recently donated the work files of his father to the University Archives.

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Drexel University Libraries to Host EBLIP9 Conference; Keynote speakers announced

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on February 3, 2017 - 10:00AM

The Drexel University Libraries will host the 9th International Evidence-Based Library & Information Practice Conference this summer.

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Libraries Staff Expand Book Repair Skills at TCLC Workshop

Submitted by John Wiggins on February 3, 2017 - 10:00AM

Two Libraries employees attended the 2017 Book Repair Winter Workshop at Immaculata University to expand their book repair skills.

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A Valentine's Day Greeting

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on February 3, 2017 - 10:00AM

This month, Dean Nitecki links Valentine's Day with the challenges librarians face as "fact checkers" and "guides."

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Drexel Libraries Partners with Psychology Department to Host 'I am Psyched!' Traveling Exhibit

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on February 3, 2017 - 9:00AM

A pop-up exhibit from the American Psychological Association that uses the history of psychology to engage girls of color in the profession will be on display in the W. W. Hagerty Library later this month.

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Social Media Event to Highlight the Importance of Data

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on February 2, 2017 - 9:00AM

Drexel Libraries will participate in the 2nd annual "Love Your Data Week," an online social media event that raises awareness of data management, data sharing and data preservation.

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ProQuest unavailable Saturday night, January 28th, starting at 10 PM EST

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on January 26, 2017 - 11:55AM

ProQuest research databases will be unavailable on Saturday, January 28th for maintenance.

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Data Services Program Expands Partnerships Across Drexel

Submitted by Chris Badurek on January 11, 2017 - 2:53PM

The Data Services Program offers faculty, staff and students additional support in navigating data for research or classwork.

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Dean's Update: Introducing a New Editor

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on January 11, 2017 - 1:35PM

This month, Danuta A. Nitecki, Dean of Libraries, rings in the New Year with a brief introduction to the Libraries' new Communications Manager, Stacy Stanislaw.

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Calling all Drexel Authors and Editors!

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on January 11, 2017 - 12:40PM

The fifth annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event is just a few months away. Let us know if you have written or edited a book in 2016 to be included in this year's program.

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I am Psyched! exhibit coming to Drexel University Libraries

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on January 11, 2017 - 12:34PM

Save the date! The American Psychological Association's I Am Psyched! exhibit is coming to Drexel Libraries in February.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer (1860 - 2001) Now Available Online through the Libraries

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on January 11, 2017 - 9:01AM

Drexel Libraries now subscribes to The Philadelphia Inquirer's digital archive.

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Q/A with Stacy Stanislaw, Communications Manager

Submitted by Sarah Rich on January 11, 2017 - 3:39AM

Sarah Rich interviews the Libraries' newest team member, Stacy Stanislaw, to learn more about her plans for raising awareness of the Libraries.

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Building Drexel: Photographs from the Archives

Submitted by Matthew Lyons on January 11, 2017 - 1:43AM

As part of the University's 125th anniversary celebrations, the Libraries has curated an exhibit of Drexel photographs from 1891 to today.

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Understanding and Applying Levels of Evidence Hierarchies

Submitted by Gary Childs on January 11, 2017 - 1:37AM

In December, Drexel Librarians attended a session on levels of evidence hierarchies to help them expand their understanding of the topic so they can further support the Drexel community.

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Updated Library Hours: Winter Break Schedule

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on December 19, 2016 - 3:07PM

All Drexel University Libraries will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2. The Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

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Summon Update on 12/15/16 - Highlights

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on December 14, 2016 - 5:28PM

The vendor Summon will roll out important improvements on Wednesday, December 15, 2016.

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Dean's Update: Joining the Drexel 125th Anniversary Celebrations

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on December 7, 2016 - 3:42PM

The month, Dean Nitecki shares information about how the Libraries are celebrating Drexel's 125th Anniversary.

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New LibGuides Strengthen Drexel Scholarship

Submitted by Larry Milliken on December 7, 2016 - 3:16PM

As part of Open Access Week, the Libraries have released their new Scholarly Communications Library Guides.

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Measuring Scholarly Impact

Submitted by Sarah Rich on December 7, 2016 - 3:06PM

New analytics - like InCites - make it easier to measure scholarly impact.

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Library Space Fosters Research Connections

Submitted by Sarah Rich on December 7, 2016 - 1:57PM

Renovations of the Libraries' spaces seek to offer environments that are inclusive for all campus members. In just such an effort, the Dean's conference room was redesigned and made available in 2013 as the Research Connections Room located on W. W. Hagerty Library's second floor.

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1891 Property Indenture Comes Home to Drexel

Submitted by Matthew Lyons on December 7, 2016 - 9:16AM

Drexel University Archives has received an important property record from 1891 that helps to document the University's founding.

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Dean's Update: Celebrating Drexel's 125th Anniversary

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on November 2, 2016 - 9:08AM

In this month's "Dean's Update," Dean Nitecki explains how the Drexel Libraries contributed to the book Building Drexel: The University & Its City, 1891 - 2016.

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Census Data Workshops at the Libraries

Submitted by Kathleen Turner on November 1, 2016 - 4:24PM

This October, the Libraries continued its workshop series on finding census data.

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Professional Development Guides Growth

Submitted by Ann Yurcaba on November 1, 2016 - 3:42PM

The Libraries is committed to supporting staff personal growth  through professional training events and meetings.

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Engineering Academic Challenge

Submitted by Jay Bhatt on November 1, 2016 - 3:35PM

How can play be transformed into learning? Over the past few weeks, the W.W. Hagerty Library's Data Visualization Zone has hosted three 'Engineering Academic Challenge' events that have sought to answer this very question. Developed entirely by six Drexel engineering students and Liaison Librarian for Engineering Jay Bhatt, the Engineering Academic Challenge is a game centered around five trans-disciplinary themes that is now being played by people around the world.

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

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on October 25, 2016 - 4:06PM

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Quicker Entrance, Improved Study Space in W.W. Hagerty Library

Submitted by Ann Yurcaba on October 4, 2016 - 8:47AM

This August, the entrance and ajoining area in W. W. Hagerty Library were updated to make entering the Library easier.

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Dean's Update: Less Is More

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on October 3, 2016 - 11:40AM

Dean Nitecki shares her thoughts about the idea "less is more" and how the phrase relates to the Drexel Libraries in the October Dean's Update.

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Libraries Welcomes New Students to Campus

Submitted by Elise Ferer on October 3, 2016 - 10:55AM

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Libraries Participates in Panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on October 3, 2016 - 10:53AM

On September 26, the Libraries sponsored a panel discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Graduate School Lounge.

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Change to E-ZBorrow Renewals

Submitted by Katherine Fischer on October 3, 2016 - 10:44AM

The Libraries has revised its E-ZBorrow policy to allow for an additional renewal period for 'E-ZBorrow' materials.

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Looking for Video? AVON Is Here!

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on October 3, 2016 - 10:38AM

The Libraries has initiated a site license for Academic video Online: Premium (AVON), the largest and most comprehensive video subscription collection available to libraries.

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Q&A with Deb Morley, Director of Data & Digital Stewardship

Submitted by Sarah Rich on October 3, 2016 - 2:42AM

Earlier this year, the Libraries launched the Data and Digital Stewardship division. Director of this new division, Deb Morley fills us in on what this program is all about and how it is taking Drexel University Libraries into the future.

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PubMed system changes on Monday the 26th

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on September 23, 2016 - 2:45PM

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Updates to E-Journal Portal

Submitted by Noelle Egan on September 19, 2016 - 8:15AM

Welcome back! You might notice some exciting enhancements to the Drexel University Libraries eJournal Portal this quarter. The eJournal search still provides all the same browsing and searching options for eJournal titles, but now offers more information about each title.

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New launching page for LibGuides

Submitted by Kathleen Turner on September 16, 2016 - 11:59AM

Our LibGuides landing page has just been re-designed to help you find LibGuides by school or by cross-disciplinary topics.

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Libraries Launches New Data Services Program

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on September 14, 2016 - 3:00PM

On September 1st the Libraries launched a new Data Services program as part of its evolving activities within the Data and Digital Stewardship division. This new division, led by director Deb Morley, has migrated the work of the Libraries' former Research Data Services Support task force into a matrixed organization focusing on improving services and tools to help Drexel researchers effectively manage their research data output.

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Dean's Update: September Memories

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on September 14, 2016 - 3:00PM

I suspect that many of us associate September with the new academic school year. My own most vivid recollections include opening a box of new, sharp-tipped crayons in grade school and wrapping the covers of school-issued textbooks with flattened paper shopping bags in high school. Having these fresh school supplies at the start of the year somehow gave a special energy to all the reading and writing that I knew was to come.

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Shifting Collections: Oversize Books

Submitted by Daniel McCann on September 14, 2016 - 3:00PM

An expansion of the library's collection of oversize items is currently ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of next month. When completed, the expanded oversize collection will see additions pulled from all parts of the collection.

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PALCI Reciprocal Borrowing Extends Information Access

Submitted by John Wiggins on September 14, 2016 - 3:00PM

The Libraries is working with regional partners to provide our faculty, students and staff with on-site access and borrowing privileges at a number of local institutions--extending direct user access to hundreds of thousands of print resources at very little cost.

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Q&A with Shin Amano, Access Services Specialist

Submitted by Sarah Rich on September 12, 2016 - 2:00PM

When library seating fills up and students double-down to study, filled with the best intentions for the new school year, Shin Amano sees it all. As the Libraries' Access Services Specialist, Shin comes in close contact with clients, answering their questions and helping them find what they need. Since Shin sees so much of the day-to-day library activity, he was able to shed some light on how students use the library and how library staff keep up with them at such a busy time of year.

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LibGuides updates

Submitted by Eddie Rubeiz on August 22, 2016 - 12:49PM

An upcoming LibGuides update, to be deployed over the next week, will make searching for guides easier, and make the A-Z database list more accessible to patrons using screen readers.

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ProQuest maintenance on Saturday, August 20th

Submitted by Eddie Rubeiz on August 11, 2016 - 1:05PM

Starting at 10 PM on Saturday, August 20th, ProQuest research databases provided will be unavailable for 8 hours.

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'Articles and More' is getting an upgrade!

Submitted by Eddie Rubeiz on August 11, 2016 - 12:16PM

On August 24th, Summon (also known as 'Articles and More' ) is getting its first major upgrade in three years. Summon is one of the most important tools our patrons use for finding journal articles in particular, so we're excited to see the new version.

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Celebrating Drexel's History

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on August 4, 2016 - 10:08AM

In planning for the upcoming year, we have been searching the University Archives for interesting and lesser-known facts about Drexel's history.

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Dean's Update: Summer Reading

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on August 4, 2016 - 10:03AM

'Summer must be a slow time for you' is a sentiment friends and strangers voice when commenting on working in a library. It is true that during the summer there are fewer people in the building including our staff who use the quieter time to go on vacation or attend conferences. But many of us recall summer as a busy time to catch up with that stack of professional articles or perhaps the bedside pile of deferred novels that we've been meaning to read. Summer reading allows us to escape into a different time and place while we travel or sit on the beach. Given that I seldom read for pleasure, I wondered how people who are avid readers select what to read these days. Results of a highly unscientific investigation I undertook might offer you some ideas on how to select your next reading material during the so-called lazy days of summer.

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Teaching Information Literacy Skills through Gaming

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on August 4, 2016 - 9:07AM

Today's students have grown up in a digital world with a seemingly endless amount of information available at their fingertips through their multiple connected devices. So, it does not seem like much of a stretch to assume that these students are well versed in information literacy. However, studies show that most incoming college students lack fundamental information literacy skills - relying on familiar open resources such as Wikipedia or Google. Libraries are at the forefront of teaching information literacy skills. At Drexel, librarians partner with faculty to ensure that information literacy is on the curriculum, working on tutorials and guides, guest lecturing and providing consultations on research efforts.

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Sound Booth Added to Libraries Reservation System

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on August 3, 2016 - 3:28PM

This month the Libraries added a new item to the room reservation system that already includes meeting spaces, a 3D printer and the data visualization zone. The enclosed sound booth is available for audio recordings and audio/video recordings individuals interested in using the booth can reserve equipment from the Libraries or bring their own.

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Drexel's Writer's Room receives a Big Read Grant from the NEA

Submitted by Elise Ferer on July 29, 2016 - 12:24PM

This September, Drexel's Writers Room, a literary arts program designed to bring the Drexel community and its neighboring residents together, will use Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God as the basis for a series events supported by a NEA Big Read grant. Writers Room will partner with The Free Library of Philadelphia as well as other partners across the city to use both writing and art to create a community from a wide range of people throughout Philadelphia. Events will vary from book discussions and writing sessions to a second line parade through campus and a demonstration of soul food cooking by Drexel Alum chef Brian Lofink.

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Dean's Update: Framing Drivers for Change

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on July 12, 2016 - 4:14PM

[The Dean's Update is a reoccurring column introducing the Libraries' monthly newsletter In Circulation.] In recent months it seems that more and more people are bringing to my attention their new discovery that 'libraries must really be changing.' They ask me to have coffee, seeking my impressions of what goes on in libraries or sharing newspaper articles, blog posts or other communications. For those of us in the midst of the change, this isn't news, it is simply a continuation of our work. Libraries have seen many changes over the years and we continue to project what drives the need for change and to make sense of transformations that occur.

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Liaisons Participate in Open Access Discussion

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on July 8, 2016 - 11:56AM

On Tuesday, June 6, 2016 liaison librarians Shannon Robinson and Jay Bhatt participated in a panel discussion with the ExCITe Center's podcast series, ExCITeCast, speaking about open access and research.

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Libraries Celebrate the Legacy of Drexel President William Walsh Hagerty

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on July 8, 2016 - 11:14AM

On Friday, June 10, 2016 the Libraries hosted a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Drexel president William Walsh Hagerty. Hagerty was a transformative president who laid the groundwork for the institution that Drexel is today.

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Exploring Qualitative Research Software

Submitted by Janice Masud-Paul on July 8, 2016 - 10:43AM

Qualitative research methods, traditionally associated with social scientists, are increasingly being used across disciplines to support results from quantitative analysis. This mixed-methods approach provides a richer and more nuanced output, but it can be complicated to design. Drexel librarians are exploring tools to help support the process.

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Library Catalog Downtime, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Wed., June 22nd

Submitted by Eddie Rubeiz on June 14, 2016 - 2:30PM

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the the library catalog (called Books & More on the library web site) will be down for maintenance. This will affect multiple library services, but there are other options available. They are detailed below. We greatly appreciate your patience.

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Dean's Update: Celebrating William Walsh Hagerty

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on June 1, 2016 - 11:14AM

[The Dean's Update is a reoccurring column introducing the Libraries' monthly newsletter In Circulation.] Anniversaries provide us with an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate milestones. They become significant when shared among those most affected by their impact and when they disclose new insights. Next Friday, the Libraries will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Walsh Hagerty who served as Drexel's president from 1963 to 1984. While Dr. Hagerty's birthdate falls during a particularly busy day of commencement exercises, we hope members of our community, visiting parents, families, and friends will be able to join some of the festivities on Friday, June 10th from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in W. W. Hagerty Library. The event will feature a talk, an exhibit, and a custom Cake Boss cake in the shape of the Hagerty Library building. For more information, please visit our event listing.

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Drexel's Seventh President: William Walsh Hagerty

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on June 1, 2016 - 9:40AM

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Drexel president president William Walsh Hagerty, the Libraries is taking a look back at the many ways that Dr. Hagerty helped to build the institution we know today.

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New Health Sciences Guide Showcases Free Resources

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on May 26, 2016 - 10:57AM

The Libraries has a new Library Guide that showcases free health sciences resources and is accessible to the entire Drexel University community and members of the general public.

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2016 Staff Celebration Awards

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on May 6, 2016 - 1:07PM

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Libraries recognized six staff and two student workers at the sixth annual Library Celebration Awards. The Library Celebration Awards recognize individuals or teams who embody the characteristics of the Libraries organization; including providing exceptional service, championing and embracing change, contributing to the profession and employing user feedback to guide decisions. The Libraries staff provides critical support for the University's mission of teaching, research and community engagement. Awards are given to individuals or teams who have advanced these values through exceptional accomplishments that surpass expectations and serve as a model for other staff.

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Dean's Update: Strengthening communities around access to information

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on May 4, 2016 - 3:45PM

Access to information is a public good. It enables us to make informed decisions and improve lives. On a global level, communities that have timely and relevant information are better positioned to take advantage of the economic, social, and educational opportunities that access can provide. At Drexel, access to authoritative information and strengthening the community's ability to use it, position the University to improve economic growth, strengthen civic engagement and add to the world's knowledge. Worldwide, libraries are trusted institutions that reinforce and strengthen communities. By first preserving and organizing information, libraries have created places for people to access knowledge. But, libraries go beyond ensuring access to information. They guide people to find information to make better-informed decisions to improve their lives, which subsequently makes for a better society.

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Join the Libraries and #ChoosePrivacy this Week

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on May 4, 2016 - 3:41PM

Our privacy is increasingly threatened as technology, social media, mobile computing and 'big data' analytics continually expand and become more sophisticated in connecting and exposing us. The recent Pew Research Center project on Privacy and Information Sharing reports that more than 90% of adults 'agree or strongly agree that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies.' A majority express a 'consistent lack of confidence about the security of everyday communication channels and the organizations that control them.' Hacking, key-logging, phishing and malware attacks make us all vulnerable. Libraries, and librarians as a profession, are dedicated to providing access to information while defending the individual privacy and civil liberties of their patrons

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PAR and the Libraries

Submitted by Abby Adamczyk on May 4, 2016 - 3:37PM

Drexel is beginning a new cycle of Program Alignment and Review [PAR] and the Libraries is a source of information for multiple aspects of the reviews. The Libraries offers to identify scholarly works produced by faculty in each program. Librarians are able to provide comparative metrics, such as citation counts and impact factor, for publications by Drexel faculty as well as faculty at peer and benchmark institutions. Using InCites, we help to identify research subjects that are areas of excellence for the program. The example provided is a graph of publications over the last five years for five U.S. research universities that compares the amount of output from each institution, Drexel liaison librarians assist in further uncovering and analyzing available data about faculty publications by a specific department.

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Computable Knowledge Base and Symbolic Coding Platform Comes to Drexel

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on May 4, 2016 - 3:29PM

Drexel now enjoys a site license to the Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica products as a result of a new collaboration between Engineering, LeBow, the Math Department in COAS, and Drexel University Online (DUO).

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Seventy-six Authors & Editors Recognized at Fourth Annual Celebrating Drexel Authors Event

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on May 2, 2016 - 1:42PM

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 the Office of the Provost and Drexel Libraries honored Drexel faculty, staff and students who wrote or edited books that were published in 2015. The fourth annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event was hosted in the A. J. Drexel Picture Gallery. Books this year included textbooks, children's books, works of fiction, and stories told through photographs. In total 76 authors and editors were recognized at the 2016 event.

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Privacy and Justice in the Digital Age

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on May 2, 2016 - 10:55AM

Why do stories of Secretary Clinton's emails keep popping up in the news or the government's request of Apple to create a backdoor for their encryption? Why should we care? Email and texting have changed the ways we communicate and the ways our government can surveil its citizens in the name of national security, causing ripple effects throughout our justice system. This issue and others related to e-discovery, will be the topic of a documentary film and panel discussion at a May event hosted at Drexel University.

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Libraries Transform: Drexel's Libraries Celebrate National Library Week

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on April 13, 2016 - 11:25AM

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Announcing Drexel's Participation in DLF E-Research Network

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on April 13, 2016 - 9:33AM

Drexel University Libraries has been selected as a member of the 2016 Digital Library Federation (DLF) eResearch Network, a research data management community in practice. The cohort of institutions included in this program are focused on implementing research data management services, and engaging in shared skill development, networking, and collaboration. Among the members of this year's cohort are the Universities of Pennsylvania and California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Rice University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the National Institute of Health.

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Dean's Update: Organizing for Data Management

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on April 8, 2016 - 9:59AM

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Drexel's Libraries Gain NACO Independence

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on April 8, 2016 - 9:49AM

In January of this year, the Libraries was approved for membership in the Library of Congress' Name Authority Cooperative Program [NACO] after successfully participating in the training and review process. This membership allows Drexel's library catalogers to directly contribute Name Authority Files to the Library of Congress - establishing national standards for consistent use of names, places, topics and more. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world by collection size and is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. Though it officially serves the United States Congress, it is considered the national library for the country. The NACO program allows participants to contribute authority records for people, corporations and jurisdictional names. Libraries staff can now add new authority files to uniquely identify researchers, authors, colleges and locations at Drexel, for Philadelphia and beyond.

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Free Textbooks and other benefits of Open Educational Resources

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on April 8, 2016 - 9:43AM

Open Educational Resources, OER, are a popular topic in the educational press right now. But what is OER? Who is producing OER and where can they be found? What institutions are using OER and what kind of impact are they measuring? Explore these and other questions with our new Library Guide, Open Educational Resources. UNESCO, an early proponent of Open Educational Resources, defines OERs as: 'any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.'

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Known issue with GetIt and PubMedCentral articles

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on April 7, 2016 - 9:13PM

Users are experiences technical difficulties when accessing PubMed via the "GetIt" button. The vendor has been made aware of this issue and is working to fix the problem.

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Beyond Lecturing: Online Instruction & Demonstrations

Submitted by Gary Childs on April 7, 2016 - 1:00AM

Online tools have become an increasingly valuable and efficient vehicle for the Libraries to reach online students for instruction and research guidance. Providing high quality instructional sessions in an online environment can be daunting - especially as library instruction often includes theoretical content alongside practical demonstrations of specific information tools and resources. The liaison librarians in the Library Academic Partnerships division at the Libraries have many years of experience teaching and working with students online.

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New Popular Books

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on March 29, 2016 - 2:30PM

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New Exhibit Coming to Hahnemann Library

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on March 14, 2016 - 11:44AM

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Research Data Repositories - Where to begin?

Submitted by Jay Bhatt on March 3, 2016 - 9:08AM

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Dean's Update: Library of Congress Nomination

Submitted by Danuta A. Nitecki on March 2, 2016 - 3:42PM

[The Dean's Update is a column introducing each issue of the Libraries' monthly e-newsletter In Circulation.] Recently President Obama nominated Carla D. Haden for the position of Librarian of Congress. The action likely went unnoticed by many watchers of this year's political theater, but for a minute it shed light on libraries during diverse speculations about their future. Reflecting on the country's oldest federal cultural institution poses the mind-boggling question of what it takes to lead the largest library in the world. I do not presume to know what the 'right stuff' is, but thought some of our readers might be interested to put academic libraries with which they are more familiar, in context against our country's--and the world's--leading research enterprise.

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Membership in BioMed Central Provides Discounts for Drexel Authors

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on March 2, 2016 - 3:29PM

Since 2012, Drexel University Libraries has maintained a membership in BioMed Central (BMC). BMC is a publisher of open-access journals heavily focused in life sciences, clinical medicine, science, and technology. Over 180 of BMC's journals are peer-reviewed and ranked by Thomson Reuters in the Journal Citation Report.

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Dan Taylor to Speak at March ScholarSip

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on March 1, 2016 - 12:44PM

Think about a recent trauma that someone has experienced: perhaps an unsettling or unresolved argument, a car accident, the loss of a job, or the passing of a loved one. These experiences often haunt the person long after the time when they occurred. People may experience lingering stress, anxiety or sadness, or they may change how they make decisions about their actions, sleep or diets. So what happens when young people experience trauma and how does this experience impact their lifelong health? Daniel Taylor, DO, an associate professor at Drexel's College of Medicine, will present his research on how trends in child poverty and early childhood stressors impact short- and long-term health at the Libraries' quarterly ScholarSip event on March 14, 2016.

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Funders & Scholarly Publishers begin Requiring ORCID IDs

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 26, 2016 - 2:19PM

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Alternatives to Searching Summon

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on February 22, 2016 - 3:13PM

Summon is currently experiencing technical issues. Learn more about the Libraries' other search options.

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A Note From The Fresh Air Archives Team

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 11, 2016 - 3:09PM

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ICPSR Membership: Summer Program Opportunities

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 9, 2016 - 2:13PM

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Dean's Update: Assessment in Libraries

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 4, 2016 - 2:37PM

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Data Driven Management Enhances Libraries Collections

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on February 4, 2016 - 11:55AM

The combination of rising costs for information resources and the growing span of Drexel's academic programs requires attentive balancing of the Libraries' collections budget. Recently, the Libraries launched a Data Driven Management program, which provides greater capability for analysis of collections data to aid in making collections decisions.

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Assessing Information Literacy

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 4, 2016 - 11:44AM

At Drexel University there are 12 Student Learning Priorities. These DSLPs identify educational goals that should be at the center of every student's experience. The Priorities range from communication to responsible citizenship, but it is the priority of Information Literacy that is at the heart of the Libraries' mission. The Libraries teach and support Information Literacy in many ways, but how does one assess the success of these efforts?

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Resource Spotlight: Swank Trial

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 3, 2016 - 11:36AM

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Archives Acquisitions: January 2016

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 3, 2016 - 11:30AM

The University Archives regularly adds new pieces of Drexel history to the collection on a including artifacts, documents, photographs and electronic files. These new acquisitions help to capture and record Drexel's unique story. This month the Archives acquired documents pertaining to Drexel's name change. In 1970 Drexel changed the name of the institution from the Drexel Institute of Technology to Drexel University.

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Drexel to Host International Library Conference

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 3, 2016 - 10:29AM

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New Technology Available for Faculty Test Drives

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on January 19, 2016 - 2:19PM

The Libraries has partnered with Drexel University Online to offer faculty the opportunity to test out Livescribe Smartpens, a ThinkLabs Digital Stethoscope, and a pair of Google Glass for use in the classroom.

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Scheduled Database Maintenance: 10pm Saturday - 6am Sunday

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on January 16, 2016 - 12:59PM

ProQuest will be performing maintenance on their systems on Saturday, January 15 through Sunday, January 16.

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Dean's Update: New Year, New Spaces

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on January 13, 2016 - 4:16PM

[The Dean's Update is a column introducing each issue of the Libraries' monthly e-newsletter In Circulation.] To start the New Year, students and faculty returned from the holiday break to find two newly defined library spaces that continue the Libraries' efforts to create learning environments for exploring information and data. One is in Hahnemann Library, while the other is in W.W. Hagerty Library's Bookmark Cafe, and both can be visited by members of Drexel's community.

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Changes to Hahnemann Library 24/7 Space

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on January 13, 2016 - 12:54PM

Over the holiday break, a renovation of Hahnemann Library's 24/7 Space was completed. The renovation included new furnishings designed to separate the first floor into designated and focused study spaces. It also included new paint and carpeting.

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Resource Spotlight: ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on January 12, 2016 - 10:30AM

The Libraries is excited to announce that we now have access to the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library. ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library, known as ASTM Compass, is a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information, including the ASTM journals and symposia papers (also known as Standard Technical Publications.) ASTM Compass publications cover a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.

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Recent Gift Brings Technology for Data Visualization to W. W. Hagerty Library

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on January 7, 2016 - 12:27PM

As Drexel students prepare to work in an increasingly digital world, libraries play a key role in providing access to information and data and in coaching members of the University community on new ways to engage with it. W. W. Hagerty Library is continually evolving to ensure that Drexel students are confident users of information in varying formats. The Data Visualization Zone is the result of a generous gift from the Hagerty family. The space allows students to explore and experiment with data retrieval and visualization through a large-scale touch-screen monitor or a projector. New furnishings will support individual and group work as well as instruction and coaching.

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Coloring Breaks help to Relieve Exam Week Stress

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on January 4, 2016 - 2:10PM

The Libraries' offered blank pages and crayons to Drexel students during exam week, providing a creative outlet for students seeking a break from studying. In total, the Libraries distributed over 500 coloring pages and nearly 1,600 crayons.

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Drexel Librarian, Students Help Design 10th Annual Knovel Academic Challenge

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on January 4, 2016 - 12:11PM

Jay Bhatt, liaison librarian for engineering, worked with a group of four Drexel University students to design questions for the 10th annual Knovel Academic Challenge. His work was featured in an article in the Library Journal.

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