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Dean's Update: Remembering a Former U.S. President

Submitted on December 7, 2018 - 2:11PM

This month, the Dean of Libraries reflects on President George H.W. Bush's presidency and his support of libraries and information literacy.

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Library Marketing Professionals Share Stories and Strategies During Annual Conference

Submitted on December 7, 2018 - 2:11PM

Last month, the Libraries' Communication Manager Stacy Stanislaw traveled to St. Louis, MO, for a 2-day conference designed for library employees involved in marketing, communication, public relations, social media and outreach in academic, public and special libraries.

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Open Textbook Workshops Held on Campus

Submitted on December 7, 2018 - 2:11PM

This month, the Drexel Libraries welcomed leaders from the Open Textbook Network to campus for its first series of open textbook workshops.

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Panelists Help Drexel Faculty and Students Understand Open Access Publishing

Submitted on December 7, 2018 - 2:08PM

The Drexel Libraries and the Graduate College co-hosted an Open Access panel discussion on November 29, 2018.

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Dean’s Update: Getting Ahead of Losing Knowledge

Submitted on November 9, 2018 - 9:04AM

As society becomes more and more dependent on digital materials, are we at risk of losing critical knowledge?

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Drexel Libraries Celebrates Cybersecurity Month with ScholarSnack Event on Ethical Hacking

Submitted on November 2, 2018 - 1:02PM

In October, 60 Drexel students, faculty and staff gathered in the W. W. Hagerty Library for a special ScholarSnack workshop on cybersecurity and ethical hacking.

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Drexel Libraries Works to “Design Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge” through Open Textbook Initiatives

Submitted on November 2, 2018 - 12:52PM

This year, the theme of Open Access Week was “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.”

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Did you author or edit a book in 2018? We want to hear from you!

Submitted on October 23, 2018 - 11:18AM

If you are a Drexel University faculty member, staff or student who authored or edited a book that was published from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, we want to honor your work during the next Celebrating Drexel Authors event!

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Dean's Update: Curators Never Know Who Might Value an Archive

Submitted on October 11, 2018 - 2:08PM

This month, Dean Nitecki reflects on her recent trip to the Canadian Rockies and the importance of preserving our histories.

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Century-Old Drilling Equipment Firm Donates Historical Records to Drexel University Archives

Submitted on October 11, 2018 - 1:51PM

The Drexel University Archives received a donation from Schramm, Inc., a local drilling equipment manufacturer, to store and maintain the company’s historical records.

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Faculty Share Research Stories & Advice During ScholarSnack Panel Discussion

Submitted on October 9, 2018 - 1:55PM

The Libraries kicked off the 2018/2019 ScholarSnack event series with a panel discussion on research and publication success on October 1, 2018.

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You Asked, We Answered: Questions from Drexel Students

Submitted on October 3, 2018 - 2:50PM

We asked Drexel students to write down their questions about the Libraries during the first three weeks of the fall 2018 term. Check out what they asked, along with our responses.

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Fall 2018 CHSTM Fellows Select Drexel Archives for Research

Submitted on October 3, 2018 - 2:43PM

Two more CHSTM research fellows have opted to use Drexel University archives in their research.

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Portable Power Chargers Now Available for Loan in W. W. Hagerty & Hahnemann Libraries

Submitted on October 3, 2018 - 2:40PM

In October, the Drexel Libraries introduced two new tech kiosks in the W. W. Hagerty and Hahnemann Libraries. Now, members of the University community can borrow portable power chargers to charge their laptops, mobile phones, tablets and more.

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Welcoming Another Record-Breaking Class to the Drexel Libraries

Submitted on September 26, 2018 - 1:53PM

The Drexel Libraries attended more than 30 events to help welcome another record-breaking freshmen class to campus.

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Join the Drexel Archives for Two Archives Month Philly Events this October

Submitted on September 25, 2018 - 1:27PM

This October, celebrate American Archives Month with the Drexel University Archives and Archives Month Philly!

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Letter from the Editor: New Look, Same Commitment

Submitted on September 6, 2018 - 11:13AM

We gave our monthly newsletter a facelift!

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Dean's Upate: Changes Inspire Intentional Engagement with Information

Submitted on September 5, 2018 - 10:49AM

In this issue of In Circulation, we look at some of the changes the Drexel Libraries is introducing to inspire engagement with information.

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NLM Associate Fellow Joins Drexel Libraries for One-Year Appointment

Submitted on September 4, 2018 - 11:47AM

This month, the Libraries welcomed Shannon Sheridan, an Associate Fellow of the National Library of Medicine, to campus.

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Welcome Drexel Dragons!

Submitted on September 4, 2018 - 11:12AM

Welcome to Drexel, Freshmen! Now that you’re officially a Dragon, you probably have lots of questions, including, “Where is the library and how will it help me?!” Stop by during Welcome Week, and we'll get you the information you need to kick off your academic career at Drexel.

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BrowZine Update: Get Articles Delivered Directly to Your Device

Submitted on September 3, 2018 - 12:04PM

Browzine is new and improved!

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PolicyMap, a GIS Data & Mapping Tool, Now Available

Submitted on August 31, 2018 - 11:44AM

Members of the Drexel community can now access PolicyMap, a GIS data and mapping tool, through the Libraries.

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Drexel Libraries Adds Proceedings Papers & Book Citations Indices to Web of Science Access

Submitted on August 31, 2018 - 11:27AM

The Drexel Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of two new collections to its Web of Science subscription: the Conference Proceedings Papers Citation Index and the Book Citation Index.

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Area Teens Join Drexel Libraries Staff through Summer Internship Program

Submitted on August 8, 2018 - 11:45AM

The Drexel Libraries hired two high school student interns this summer as part of the WorkReady Philadelphia Program.

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Power Outage Scheduled for W. W. Hagerty Library on August 11, 2018

Submitted on August 8, 2018 - 11:25AM

Due to the Wawa construction project at 34th & Market Streets, the W. W. Hagerty Library will close at 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 11, 2018, with no 24/7 service.

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Campus Community Offers Informal Assessments of Libraries Spaces

Submitted on August 8, 2018 - 8:44AM

This summer, Drexel students, faculty and administrators met with the Dean of Libraries for informal conversations about the future of the Libraries' physical spaces.

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Libraries Faculty Fellows Evolve Into Advocates

Submitted on August 7, 2018 - 11:45AM

The inaugural Libraries Faculty Fellows Program ended in June, and the first group of faculty has already volunteered to continue their focused projects and form a cohort of Libraries Advocates.

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Drexel University Libraries joins Open Textbook Network

Submitted on August 3, 2018 - 11:28AM

This summer, the Drexel Libraries joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a global consortium of academic institutions that works to promote access, affordability and student success using open textbooks.

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Dean's Update: In Preparation

Submitted on August 3, 2018 - 11:11AM

August is that transition month that carries expectations of lazy days of summer before the busy start of a new academic year in September. This month, the Dean of Libraries takes a moment to look at what the Libraries is doing “in preparation” for the 2018/2019 academic year.

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"Renew Online" and Other Features Temporarily Unavailable, July 30 to August 13

Submitted on July 30, 2018 - 8:20AM

From July 30 to August 13, Libraries clients will not be able to renew books online through their “My Library Accounts” as we work to upgrade our systems.

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Dean's Update: Crafting Cool New Evidence in the Heat of Summer

Submitted on July 11, 2018 - 1:26PM

This month, we continue to explore the Libraries' transformation into a model organization, with a focus on the new ways we're telling the story of that transformation and its impact on Drexel.

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Staff Challenged to Find New Ways of Telling the Story of the Libraries’ Transformation

Submitted on July 3, 2018 - 3:39PM

During the Libraries' spring all-staff meeting, staff members came together to brainstorm new ways of demonstrating the Libraries’ contributions to Drexel.

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Q&A with Sarah Newhouse, Drexel Libraries’ First Digital Archivist

Submitted on July 3, 2018 - 1:26PM

Learn more about the Libraries' new Digital Archivist, Sarah Newhouse, and her plans for the management of Drexel's digital assets as she takes on this exciting new role.  

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New Library System to Improve Information Discovery and Research Experiences

Submitted on June 29, 2018 - 11:37AM

The Drexel University Libraries is modernizing its automated systems to improve information discovery and research experiences.

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Libraries Staff Honor Student "Super Heroes"

Submitted on June 14, 2018 - 10:25AM

Members of the Print Resources Access Management and Client Services departments recently held a special celebration to recognize the 2017/2018 student workers for their hard work and dedication to the Libraries.

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Dean’s Update: Librarians are Challenged to Engage Learners to Develop Information-Savvy Habits

Submitted on June 5, 2018 - 3:23PM

The June issue of In Circulation focuses on several Libraries events and workshops and how they inspire the quest for life-long learning.

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Drexel Libraries to Replace Online Library Catalog with Summon Search Tool

Submitted on June 4, 2018 - 10:33AM

This August, the Drexel University Libraries will fully replace its online library catalog with the search tool Summon.

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Drexel Implements Online-Only Submission Process for All Theses & Dissertations

Submitted on June 4, 2018 - 10:27AM

In April, the Drexel University Libraries, the Graduate College and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (GSBSPS) implemented an electronic-only submission process for all graduate theses and dissertations.

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CHSTM Fellows Select Drexel Archives for Research

Submitted on June 4, 2018 - 12:00AM

This year, two Consotrium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine research fellows opted to use Drexel's archive collections in their research.

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Libraries’ Competition Puts Students’ Information Literacy Skills to the Test

Submitted on June 1, 2018 - 1:57PM

This spring, the Drexel Libraries hosted a new competition based on the famous ice-breaker Two Truths and One Lie.

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Steven Fullwood Shares Archives Expertise During Spring Workshop

Submitted on May 31, 2018 - 4:35PM

On May 23, the Drexel Libraries welcomed Steven G. Fullwood to campus for his workshop, History in Your House, In Your Hands.

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General Data Protection Regulation Goes into Effect

Submitted on May 29, 2018 - 11:07AM

The new European Union General Data Protection Regulation went into effect on May 25th, 2018. Learn more about what this means for you.

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Drexel Libraries Raises Nearly $5,000 During 2018 Day of Giving

Submitted on May 3, 2018 - 12:00AM

The Drexel Libraries received a record number of donations during the University's 2018 24 Hours of Impact campaign.

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Dean's Update: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Submitted on May 3, 2018 - 12:00AM

This month's issue of In Circulation highlights how people fuel an organization through both contributions to make the Libraries what it is and expressions offered to appreciate the results.

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Staff Knowledge of Book Repair Techniques Still Vital to the Libraries

Submitted on April 30, 2018 - 12:00AM

Earlier this year, two members of the Libraries staff attended a two-day book repair workshop hosted by Gratz College and the Tri-State College Library Cooperative.

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Faculty-Librarian Collaborations Embody “The Drexel Difference:” An Interview with Karyn E. Holt

Submitted on April 27, 2018 - 12:00AM

This month, we spoke with Drexel Professor Karyn Holt to find out what it's like to work remotely from Alaska and how she effectively collaborates with Liaison Librarian Gary Childs.

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Libraries Staff and Student Workers Recognized for Outstanding Achievements During 9th Annual Awards Ceremony

Submitted on April 26, 2018 - 2:15PM

The Drexel Libraries hosted its annual Library Celebration Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 24. This year recognized four Libraries staff and students for their hard work and projects completed in 2017.

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Dean’s Update: Students Impact the Libraries’ Continuing Transformations

Submitted on April 4, 2018 - 10:37AM

This month, In Circulation explores the many contributions Drexel students make to the Libraries.

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Winter ScholarSnack Discussion Inspires Next Libraries Event

Submitted on April 3, 2018 - 10:39AM

The 2018 winter ScholarSnack event gathered students, faculty and staff from several different colleges and departments in the Dragons’ Learning Den to answer the question, “What inspires your quest for life-long learning?

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Philadelphia-area Librarians Explore the Future of Libraries During 2-Day Workshop

Submitted on April 3, 2018 - 10:34AM

In March, three liaison librarians attended the ARL's Liaison Institute, a program that focuses on examining the evolving role of subject and functional librarians within research libraries, held at Temple University.

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Library Explorers to Help Raise Student Awareness of Drexel Libraries

Submitted on April 2, 2018 - 10:38AM

The Drexel University Libraries recently launched a new program that gives students an opportunity to help communicate the Libraries’ tools, services and expertise on campus.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Librarians: A Q/A with Jesse Webster, Drexel Libraries Employee & MLIS Student

Submitted on April 2, 2018 - 10:26AM

This month, Stacy Stanislaw spoke with Jesse Webster, Specialist I for Online Resources Support, to learn more about his personal journey from undergraduate library student worker to full-time Libraries employee and graduate student.

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Drexel Libraries Welcomes International Visitors to Campus

Submitted on April 2, 2018 - 10:10AM

This winter, the Drexel University Libraries welcomed several international researchers and librarians to campus to chat with staff and learn more about the Libraries' various programs and projects.

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Pilot Project Helps University Librarians Assess and Improve Drexel’s Research Data Management Practices

Submitted on March 7, 2018 - 12:22PM

The Drexel Libraries has been utilizing tools made available through an NNLM/MAR pilot program to better understand Drexel researchers' RDM practices. 

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Dean's Update: Connection is Core to Libraries

Submitted on March 7, 2018 - 12:21PM

This month's issue of In Circulation highlights a few recent activities that the Drexel University Libraries has undertaken that illustrate the practice of  making, and preserving connections.

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'Love Data Week' Connects Drexel Community to Research Data Resources and Data Stories

Submitted on March 6, 2018 - 8:21AM

The Drexel University Libraries participated in the third annual Love Data Week event, sharing practical tips, resources and stories to help researchers use good data practices.

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Drexel Honors Faculty, Staff and Student Authors and Editors at 2018 Annual Event

Submitted on March 2, 2018 - 8:17AM

In February, the Drexel Libraries and the Office of the Provost hosted the 6th annual Celebrating Drexel Libraries event, which recognized 55 book authors and editors and 24 journal article authors who published their works during the 2017 calendar year.

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Drexel Libraries Launches New Fellows Program

Submitted on February 7, 2018 - 1:27PM

The Libraries is tapping the enthusiasm and expertise of Drexel faculty through its new Drexel Libraries Fellows program. 

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Dean's Update: A Philly Spirit of Collaboration

Submitted on February 6, 2018 - 1:12PM

Collaboration is characteristic of all libraries and the experiences they foster. This issue of In Circulation illustrates that trait in action at the Drexel Libraries.

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And the Oscar goes to...

Submitted on February 6, 2018 - 9:50AM

A display of past Oscar winners and nominees is now on display on the first floor of the W. W. Hagerty Library!

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2018 ICPSR Summer Program: Raise your Quantitative Methods Game to the Next Level!

Submitted on February 5, 2018 - 3:29PM

Registration for the 2018 Summer Program is now open, and the Libraries is here to help members of the Drexel community navigate this year's sessions as well as the ICPSR's numerous other resources and events.

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Queen Lane Library’s Leisure DVD Collection Relocated to Stacks

Submitted on February 2, 2018 - 12:02PM

Libraries staff recently moved the Queen Lane Library's leisure DVD collection to a new location.

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Partnership with the Libraries Expands Public Health Professionals’ Toolkit: Q/A with Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL

Submitted on February 1, 2018 - 4:07PM

In January, Communications Manager Stacy Stanislaw sat down with Nancy E. Epstein, MPH, MAHL, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, to talk about her work with the Libraries.

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Drexel’s AIAA Student Chapter Looks to the Libraries for Information & Inspiration

Submitted on January 31, 2018 - 4:10PM

This winter, members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student section at Drexel University will be busy designing a personal flying device for the GoFly Challenge, with a little help from the Libraries.

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Drexel Librarians Offer Support for Participants in Congressional Data Challenge

Submitted on January 24, 2018 - 4:35PM

Drexel’s liaison librarians are available to provide subject matter expertise for coders participating in the Congressional Data Challenge.

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Kitchen Table Talks Generate New Ideas for Addressing Libraries’ Strategic Objectives

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on January 10, 2018 - 3:32PM

Last fall, Libraries staff attended a series of small group meetings to informally discuss ways to address the Libraries' strategic objectives for 2017 - 2022.

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Libraries Resources Update: January 2018

Submitted on January 10, 2018 - 3:09PM

Check out the latest additions to the Libraries' resources.

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Dean's Update: The Library, A Platform for the Life-Long Quest for Learning

Submitted on January 10, 2018 - 11:25AM

In the January issue of In Circulation, we focus on the Libraries' third strategic initiative: Inspiring the Quest for Life-Long Learning.

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Transformation of Hagerty Library’s 24/7 Space Continues with New Name, New Equipment

Submitted on January 9, 2018 - 3:38PM

The Drexel Libraries has continued the transformation of the 24/7 space in the W. W. Hagerty Library with the addition of new furniture and a new name!

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Drexel Libraries Integrates Research Workshop into English 102 Courses

Submitted on January 8, 2018 - 11:41AM

In September, the Drexel University Libraries introduced a new workshop for freshmen students to introduce them to the variety of services available through the Libraries.

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Yury Gogotsi Reflects on the Importance of Disseminating Scholarly Research During Fall 2017 ScholarSip Event

Submitted on January 8, 2018 - 11:14AM

This fall, the Drexel University Libraries welcomed Yury Gogotsi as the guest speaker at the first ScholarSip event of the 2017/2018 academic year.

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Did You Publish or Edit a Monograph in 2017? We Want to Hear About It!

Submitted on January 4, 2018 - 10:55AM

Did You Publish or Edit a Monograph in 2017? Send us your citation information to be recognized during the 6th annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event.

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Updated Libraries Hours: Winter Break Schedule

Submitted on December 20, 2017 - 3:57PM

All Drexel Libraries will close at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 22, 2017.

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Dean’s Update: The Libraries Helps Drexel Shape Future Scholarship

Submitted on December 6, 2017 - 11:00AM

In the December issue of In Circulation, we focus on another Libraries' strategic initiative: Shaping Future Scholarship.

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Increasing Access to Drexel Research Outputs Strengthens Contributions to Scholarship

Submitted on December 5, 2017 - 11:01AM

For a research university like Drexel, capturing and disseminating research output is essential, albeit challenging. The advent of institutional repositories has made it significantly easier for organizations to promote and share their scholarly outputs with a global audience.

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Libraries Resources Update: December 2017

Submitted on December 1, 2017 - 3:18PM

The Drexel University Libraries is pleased to begin a new, recurring article series that highlights new and changed resources licensed or purchased for the Drexel community. 

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Students Share Stories and Feedback about the Libraries at Fall 2017 ScholarSnack

Submitted on December 1, 2017 - 11:03AM

More than 25 students gathered in the W. W. Hagerty Library to participate in the Drexel Libraries' fourth ScholarSnack, which focused on stimulating open and honest conversations about informal learning activities and engagement with the Libraries.

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Drexel Libraries to Upgrade Campus System for Managing and Discovering Information Resources

Submitted on December 1, 2017 - 10:54AM

The Drexel University Libraries recently completed an agreement with Ex Libris to subscribe to its innovative library management system called Alma Library Services Platform. 

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Drexel Students Rank First Among US Institutions in Fall 2017 Engineering Academic Challenge

Submitted on November 29, 2017 - 10:48AM

This fall, more than 40 Drexel University students participated in the Engineering Academic Challenge (EAC), leading Drexel to first place among its US competitors.

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

Submitted 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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Libraries Hours: November 22 - 26

Submitted on November 20, 2017 - 2:02PM

The Drexel University Libraries will have limited hours from Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24, 2017.

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Resource Sharing Team Ensures Cost-Effective Access to Information Resources

Submitted 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Drexel University Libraries Selected for Research Data Management Pilot

Submitted on September 6, 2017 - 2:01PM

Drexel University Libraries has been selected to participate in a research data management (RDM) pilot program funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Middle Atlantic Region (MAR).

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Libraries Migrates Website to New Content Management System

Submitted 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hagerty

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

Submitted 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 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 on October 3, 2016 - 10:55AM

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Libraries Participates in Panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Submitted 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 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 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 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 on September 23, 2016 - 2:45PM

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Updates to E-Journal Portal

Submitted 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Announcing Drexel's Participation in DLF E-Research Network

Submitted 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 on April 8, 2016 - 9:59AM

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Drexel's Libraries Gain NACO Independence

Submitted 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 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 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 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 on March 29, 2016 - 2:30PM

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New Exhibit Coming to Hahnemann Library

Submitted on March 14, 2016 - 11:44AM

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Research Data Repositories - Where to begin?

Submitted on March 3, 2016 - 9:08AM

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Dean's Update: Library of Congress Nomination

Submitted 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 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 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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Alternatives to Searching Summon

Submitted 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 on February 11, 2016 - 3:09PM

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ICPSR Membership: Summer Program Opportunities

Submitted on February 9, 2016 - 2:13PM

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Dean's Update: Assessment in Libraries

Submitted on February 4, 2016 - 2:37PM

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Data Driven Management Enhances Libraries Collections

Submitted 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 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 on February 3, 2016 - 11:36AM

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Archives Acquisitions: January 2016

Submitted 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 on February 3, 2016 - 10:29AM

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New Technology Available for Faculty Test Drives

Submitted 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Get It Is Getting Better!

Submitted on December 16, 2015 - 9:00AM

One of the most common frustrations we hear about from our Libraries users - students and faculty alike - is the laborious, sometimes complicated process of moving from journal article citation, to Get It menu, to that treasured full text. Drexel Libraries has implemented some changes that will streamline the process.

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Library Systems Maintenance from 12/15-17

Submitted on December 9, 2015 - 5:47PM

During the week of 12/14 the Libraries will be making several improvements to their systems that will require downtime, including the library catalog. Please read on for details.

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Archives Acquisitions: October 2015

Submitted on October 30, 2015 - 8:00AM

This month the Archives acquired a formal portrait of John and Mary Fetter Semanik.

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Four Drexel Students Test Their Peers' Research Knowledge in the Knovel Academic Challenge

Submitted on October 8, 2015 - 8:49AM

The Fall Knovel Academic Challenge launched on Monday, September 28th at midnight, kicking off five weeks of questions to challenge STEM students in engineering concepts and questions. Each week, students are challenged to answer new problem sets, learn more about engineering resources and in doing so are entered to win prizes. There are four Drexel students who aren't invited to participate in this year's challenge - because they designed the questions. The questions utilize Libraries resources and test students' research knowledge.

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Drexel University Archives' New Acquisitions: August/September

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on October 5, 2015 - 12:38PM

Each month the University Archives appraises and acquires documents, photographs and electronic files that capture and record Drexel's unique history. These new acquisitions are gifts and transfers from University departments, Drexel alumni, current student groups, and other donors.

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Drexel University Libraries Contributes Two Cultural Pieces to Regional Diaries Initiative

Submitted on June 3, 2015 - 10:12AM

Drexel University Archives will extend access to two diaries in the collection through a collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries and the University of Pennsylvania's Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts. Drexel University Archives contributed digitized images of Rebecca Thomas's recipe book and Francis Martin Drexel's travel journal. Rebecca Thomas was a resident of early 19th-century Burlington, New Jersey. She recorded recipes, arithmetic lessons, and folk remedies in a small journal that brings to life the day-to-day concerns of early American women.

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Ringing in 2015 with better database searching and library guides

Submitted on January 5, 2015 - 10:48AM

Welcome back! We're ringing in 2015 with new, better versions of our Databases and Library Guides.

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Library Website Improvements for 11/6/14

Submitted on November 6, 2014 - 1:40PM

We continue to make improvements to all of our online tools, including our website. This week, and based on your feedback, we've changed the display of library hours and we've made it easier to find a library staff member. Read on for details!

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Discovery Improvements for 10/29/14, Including New Search Options

Submitted on October 29, 2014 - 11:43AM

Today we launched a number of improvements to library systems, including new ways to search the catalog and new functionality and display for collections in the iDEA: E-Repository & Archives. Read on for the details.

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Library Website Improvements for 10/9/14

Submitted by Spencer Lamm on October 9, 2014 - 4:16PM

Since we launched the our new website we've been gathering your feedback and making improvements. Read on for a description of the changes we've made in the last week.

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Browsing is back! BrowZine now available at Drexel

Submitted on October 2, 2014 - 2:09PM

As wonderful as e-journals are, they don't provide the same browsability as their print counterparts. To address this Libraries have licensed BrowZine, a new tool that facilitates browsing of Drexel's collection of licensed electronic journals on mobile devices.

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New Library Website Cheat Sheet

Submitted on September 19, 2014 - 6:46PM

Looking for that tried-and-true resource in the new website? We've listed the most popular tools from the previous website and how you can get to them.

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New Website, Repository, Library Guides, and More!

Submitted on September 19, 2014 - 4:24PM

Notice something different around here? We've got a new website, repository, library guides, and more. Read on for an introduction and orientation to our reengineering of the Drexel University Libraries' online landscape.

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Library Catalog Scheduled Downtime on September 15, 2014

Submitted on September 11, 2014 - 5:03PM

On Monday, September 15, 2014 from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the library catalog (called Books & More on the library web site) will be down for service.

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News From Library Systems: Q&A With Spencer Lamm, Manager, Discovery Systems

Submitted on January 7, 2014 - 12:55PM

To kick off the New Year, I sat down with our manager of discovery systems, Spencer Lamm to learn more about the work being done in the Libraries' systems department. Spencer joined the Libraries in July 2013 and hit the ground running - hiring for vacant positions, providing access to the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive, implementing redundancy and disaster recovery plans, and working with numerous teams and groups to plan for the upcoming year. If you are one of the 1.6 million visits to our website last year, the work of the systems department directly impacted you.

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The Libraries Welcome: Eddie Rubeiz

Submitted on December 20, 2013 - 11:58AM

On Monday, December 16th, Eddie Rubeiz joined the Libraries' systems department as the new web developer. Eddie joins the Libraries from the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. His primary focus will be on developing, implementing and maintaining the user-focused aspects of the Libraries web sites and applications.

Eddie's office is located in W. W. Hagerty Library.

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Scheduled Course Reserves Outage - 9/4/2013

Submitted on September 3, 2013 - 2:16PM

A newer version of ARES (the Libraries' course reserves system) will be installed Wednesday, September 4th. While the installation is in progress, there will be no access to library electronic course reserves. Students will be unable to access course reserves and professors will be unable to place course reserves requests. This outage will start at 9 AM and should take no longer than 2 hours.

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University Archives to Spotlight History of Writing at Drexel

Submitted on March 21, 2012 - 10:10AM

On Wednesday, April 18th from 5 - 7 PM, Drexel University Archives will unveil a new exhibit, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, with an opening event held at W. W. Hagerty Library.

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GOOD.com: The Year in Education: Innovations Changing the Way the World Learns

Submitted on December 23, 2011 - 2:13PM

GOOD.com named Drexel University Libraries' Library Learning Terrace as one of the Innovations Changing the Way the World Learns in 2011. 

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2011 Annual Report

Submitted on December 21, 2011 - 9:32AM

The Libraries' 2011 Annual Report is now available online.

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Typography Artwork Unveiling & Reception

Submitted on December 14, 2011 - 5:27PM

[caption id='attachment_709' align='alignleft' width='174' caption='An exhibit of Student work is displayed in the Library Learning Terrace'][/caption] Join Drexel University Libraries on Tuesday, January 17th from 5 - 6:30 PM for a reception recognizing the student artists whose designs will be featured in the Library Learning Terrace on the Herman Miller divider screens. The selected pieces will be unveiled during the event. For more images of the project, visit our Flickr Page. Click here to RSVP. For more information, please contact Jenny James Lee via email or at 215-571-4095.    

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Dragons on the Gridiron: A History of Football at Drexel

Submitted on December 14, 2011 - 9:37AM

Drexel University Libraries invites you to two exciting events marking the opening of a new exhibition on the history of football at Drexel.

Wednesday, January 18th -- Coffee & Conversation Event, 4 - 6 PM Join alumni, faculty, students, administrators and friends for a conversation about the role of athletics in the University; past, present and future. Special Guests TBA. 4:00 - 5:00 PM, reception, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, conversation Coffee and Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, January 28th -- Homecoming Event, 11:30 - 1:30 PM Join the campus in celebrating Drexel's homecoming with this new exhibit from Archives and Special Collections. Featuring items selected by alumni of the football team, the exhibit will detail the history of the Drexel football. The event will feature special screenings of historic football films and remarks from football alumni. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Jenny James Lee or 215-571-4095. Both events will be held in W. W. Hagerty Library at the corner of 33rd & Market Streets. A valid photo ID is required to enter the building.

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The Triangle: Learning Terrace Displays Student Art

Submitted on December 10, 2011 - 12:55PM

Drexel University's student newspaper, The Triangle, recaps the Typography project bringing together sophomore typography students and the Libraries. View the article online at thetriangle.org.

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Issue 5, Vol 1 - Drexel University Libraries: In Circulation

Submitted on December 8, 2011 - 8:35AM

View the December Issue online. Articles include:
  • Medical Students Test Advanced Literature Search Skills in Small Group Assignments
  • Student Designs to Inspire Learning at the Library Learning Terrace
  • Libraries' Going National with Apple Computers Event Joins Campus Community in Conversation about Technology and Education
  • Digital@Drexel Presentation and Showcase Event Highlights Digital Projects at Drexel
  • Faculty from Morocco on State Department Tour, Visit Libraries
  • Have a Smart Phone, iPad, Kindle or Nook? E-Books are Now Downloadable
  • Staff News and Announcements

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Libraries Bid Farewell to Senior Administrator, Lenore Hardy

Submitted on December 2, 2011 - 4:32PM

Lenore HardyOn Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Lenore Hardy, Director of Library Administrative Services and Director of the Health Sciences Libraries, announced her retirement from the Libraries, effective December 31. Lenore served the libraries of Drexel University, its College of Medicine, and the four medical schools that preceded the merger for nearly 29 years.

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Faculty from Morocco on State Department Tour visit Libraries

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on December 2, 2011 - 3:57PM

Faculty members and the dean of Morocco's School of Information Science (ESI) visited Drexel University Libraries on Thursday, December 1, 2011, as a part of their tour of Philadelphia, sponsored by the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

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Have a Smart Phone, iPad, Kindle or Nook? 32,000 scholarly books are available to you.

Submitted on December 2, 2011 - 3:00PM

You'll be happy to learn that eBrary e-books are now downloadable! Current Drexel students, faculty and staff have access to over 32,000 scholarly books from the vendor eBrary, including titles from a wide variety of disciplines. Reading these books previously required an active internet connection, but all that has changed. Now, e-books can be downloaded and used offline by creating a PDF of a single chapter, or installing the free Adobe Digital Editions to download an entire book. That means you can take them on the plane, overseas, anywhere! EBrary books can be found in the Libraries' catalog using a keyword search (click here to view an example), or browse the full-text of the entire collection by logging onto the eBrary platform itself. Those curious about technical details can see the FAQ. Questions or comments? Contact Tim Siftar, Liaison Librarian for Education and Information Science and Technology Article By: Tim Siftar

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W. W. Hagerty Library Open for Nine Straight Days

Submitted on December 1, 2011 - 10:11AM

It's that time of year again - and no - we don't mean the Holidays. It is finals week at Drexel, and we're busy getting ready for the influx of students who use the Libraries to prepare for exams.
  • W. W. Hagerty Library will be open 24/7 between Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 AM - Friday, December 9 at 10 PM.
  • The Library Learning Terrace will be open 24/7 between Sunday, December 4 at noon - Friday, December 9 at 5 PM.
For this last week of the fall term the Libraries hours change to remain open around the clock, offering students learning spaces whenever best suits their needs. It also means that you must have a valid, current Dragon Card to enter the Libraries. Best of luck on exams!

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24/7 at W. W. Hagerty Library & The Library Learning Terrace

Submitted on December 1, 2011 - 9:56AM

We'll help you get through Finals Week with extended hours. If you like to study at 7 AM, 5 PM, Midnight or 2 AM - we're open!
  • W. W. Hagerty Library will be open 24/7 between Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 AM - Friday, December 9 at 10 PM.
  • The Library Learning Terrace will be open 24/7 between Sunday, December 4 at noon - Friday, December 9 at 5 PM.
During this period only CURRENT Drexel students, faculty & staff can enter the building. DragonCards are required for entry.

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Medical Students Test Advanced Literature Search Skills in Small Group Assignments

Submitted on November 30, 2011 - 5:34PM

Drexel librarians are ready to collaborate with faculty to integrate literature search skills into the curriculum. One example at Drexel University College of Medicine is the Program for Integrated Learning (PIL), which offers first- and second-year medical students an alternative to a lecture-based curriculum. Guided by faculty, PIL students meet in small groups, where clinical cases act as a framework for learning the scientific basis of medical practice. Students identify information they need in order to explain the facts of the case. After searching for relevant information between group meetings, they present it at the next session. This interactive learning format has extra benefits of building skills in teamwork and lifelong, independent learning. Students' need to find case-related information makes PIL a good opportunity to introduce advanced literature search training into the curriculum. Students already know how to do simple, Google-type searches, but in the career of a physician, the cost of missing information can be high -- a patient or research subject could die. That's why it's important to learn advanced features of MEDLINE (PubMed), physicians' key source for primary literature. Teaching begins with a presentation by a Health Sciences librarian and continues as students complete hands-on-the-keyboard learning with a tutorial. Next, students work in pairs to find research articles (primary literature) on a case-related topic. They meet with a librarian to review the search and clear up any confusion about advanced techniques, and finally, they present the information they found to the group. Students express gratitude when they recognize the new search power at their command, for example: 'These skills were imperative to have during the Primary Care Practicum and I utilized my new search knowledge every week'. Faculty are encouraged to contact a reference or liaison librarian to discuss collaborative teaching opportunities. Article by: Martha Kirby

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Blog: Steve Jobs and 'Apple DU': Going National with Apple Computers

Submitted on November 25, 2011 - 12:59PM

Blogger Kevin Impellizeri recaps the Going National with Apple Computers event on his blog, Primary Source Code. Read more at:Primary Source Code.

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Student Designs to Inspire Learning at the Library Learning Terrace

Submitted on November 23, 2011 - 9:57AM

[caption id='attachment_652' align='alignleft' width='255' caption='Students in Typography I review projects'][/caption] The Libraries invited sophomore graphic design students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design's Typography I classes, taught by assistant professors Shushi Yoshinaga and Julia Colton, to develop unique designs for Drexel University Libraries' Library Learning Terrace. During the fall 2011 term, students worked under tight deadlines to create typographical compositions. Chosen designs will be printed on fabric screens that are part of the Herman Miller furniture currently located at the Learning Terrace, including those on the large stationary hub. Projects were on display at the Library Learning Terrace between November 28th and December 5th. During that period, members of the campus community were invited to provide feedback on the projects and help select which pieces will be chosen for installation. 'It was important to integrate the University's learning outcomes in this project,' Dean of Libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki said. 'The Library Learning Terrace is a space that should inspire students to take ownership of their environments to become lifelong learners through many different learning activities.' The Libraries suggested terms for students to use in their designs. These terms included Drexel University's learning outcomes as well as unique words used to describe the Libraries. Announcement of the winning submissions will be made in January. For more information, please contact Jenny James Lee at 215-571-4095. View more images from this project online on the Libraries' Flickr Page.

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Health Sciences Libraries Associate Director Recognized for Service to the Medical Library Association

Submitted on November 22, 2011 - 5:13PM

Linda KatzLinda M. G. Katz, Associate Director of Drexel's Health Sciences Libraries, completed six years of service as the editor of the Medical Library Association (MLA) publication, MLA News, in December 2011. 'Editing MLA News has been one of the highlights of my experiences as a librarian,' Katz said. 'During the six years of my editorship, I've worked hard, learned a great deal, and have been rewarded with kind appreciation from MLA members and staff.' Since 1961, MLA News has been distributed ten times per year and delivers news of the association and related content to its membership. Founded in Philadelphia in 1898, the association is a nonprofit educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field. In a recent letter sent by the MLA President Gerald Perry, on behalf of its Board of Directors and membership, Perry recognized Katz's dedication. 'While serving as Editor, you have demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism. Editors and staff report that your super-efficient work ethic and strong editing skills have resulted in meeting deadlines ahead of schedule and producing a high quality, reader-friendly publication.' For more information about the Medical Library Association, visit its website at http://mlanet.org/.

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Digital@Drexel Presentation and Showcase Event Highlights Digital Projects at Drexel

Submitted on November 21, 2011 - 4:15PM

Over a dozen digital projects were on display at the Digital@Drexel Presentation and Showcase event on Friday, November 18th at W. W. Hagerty Library. 

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Libraries' Going National with Apple Computers Event joins Campus Community in a Conversation about Technology and Education

Submitted on November 18, 2011 - 8:47AM

On Thursday, November 10, 2011 Drexel University Libraries welcomed nearly 100 students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends to Going National with Apple Computers, a film screening and panel discussion centered around the introduction of the 1984 Macintosh computer to the Drexel campus. The documentary film, Going National, chronicles the innovative Microcomputer Project. Drexel was the first university that required all incoming students to purchase a Macintosh 128K personal computer. Directed by Dave Jones, Ph.D., dean of Pennoni Honors College, the film captures a unique moment in Drexel's history. 'There was an excitement around the campus,' Dean Jones said in the discussion following the film, 'I liked what [the Microcomputer Project] was doing to Drexel.' Moderated by Youngmoo Kim, Ph.D., assistant dean of Media Technologies for Drexel's College of Engineering, the evening's panel included Dean Jones; Paula Cohen, Ph.D., distinguished professor of English; Sheldon Master, a member of Apple's first dedicated sales force; and technology blogger and author of Daring Fireball, John Gruber '96. The discussion covered a wide variety of topics from memories of the Microcomputer Project to present-day effects of technology on learning. 'This was an incredibly forward-looking moment for the University and the University administration,' Kim said during the discussion. 'We take for granted now that we go to college and bring a computer.' A video recording of the panel discussion is available online through the Libraries' website. View a video of this event View images from this event. The film coincides with Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - Present, a Drexel University Archives exhibit currently on display at W. W. Hagerty Library until December 10.

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Fellowships and Funding Research Workshop for Graduate Students

Submitted on November 14, 2011 - 10:20AM

Wednesday, November 16, 3-4:30pm Location: Hagerty Library, Room L33 The University Libraries and the Drexel Fellowships Office present a workshop to help graduate students research electronic funding resources and databases. The workshop will include hands-on exploration by the students, who will create both a profile and automated funding alerts related to their research topics. Please RSVP here.

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Issue 4, Vol 1 - Drexel University Libraries: In Circulation

Submitted on November 7, 2011 - 11:51AM

View the November issue online. Articles include:
  • Partnership between Libraries and Drexel Smart House helps students develop information Literacy Skills.
  • Succeeding at Group Work, with help from the Libraries
  • Libraries teach skills for Lifelong Learning to over 3,000 undergraduates through English 1010 instructional sessions
  • Time Capsule adds items to Drexel Archives collection
  • Going National with Apple Computers: Event
  • Digital@Drexel Presentation & Showcase: Event
  • Make it Yours: Transforming Drexel University Libraries
  • Faculty, Staff and Students Discuss Computing at Drexel through the Years
  • New Faces in the Libraries
  • Spotlight on Services
  • Wishlist

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Joining the Research Conversation: Web of Knowledge/Web of Science

Submitted on November 4, 2011 - 10:34AM

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 - 4-5pm - Hagerty Library room L33 Whether just starting your research or looking to push the boundaries of your existing projects you need to know what's happening in your field and who the movers & shakers are. This workshop will demonstrate how the Web of Knowledge databases can help you dig deeper in your research topic and quickly uncover the most critical journals, researchers and research centers that you'll need to follow. Using the Web of Knowledge's linking features, you can identify the threads of the research conversation that are most important to your own work, and then learn to follow them quickly and easily. Sign up in advance with an email to LibInstruction@drexel.edu.

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Drexel University Libraries to Remember Steve Jobs and the Microcomputer Project that Forever connected Apple Computers with the Drexel Campus

Submitted on November 2, 2011 - 11:47AM

November 1, 2011 (Philadelphia, PA) -- On Thursday, November 10th, Drexel University Libraries will host Going National with Apple Computers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow a film screening and discussion about the microcomputer project at Drexel that changed the future of learning on campus. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Drexel's innovative new Library Learning Terrace. The premiere of the documentary film Going National brought former Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Philadelphia in 1985, just a year after the Microcomputer Project first required all incoming students to have a personal computer. Following the film will be a dynamic panel discussion on how technology has, and continues to, impact and influence learning. Panel members include: the Director of Going National, David Jones, Dean of Pennoni Honors College, Dr. Paula Cohen, Distinguished Professor of English, Sheldon Master, a member of Apple's first dedicated sales force and current President of Haddonfield Micro Associates, Inc, John Gruber, Drexel alumnus and author of the blog Daring Fireball and Dr. Youngmoo Kim, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Assistant Dean of Media Technologies, who will serve as the events moderator. This event is free and open to the public. Contact: Jenny James Lee, marketing & events associate, jaj92@drexel.edu or 215-571-4095

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Research Skills & Database Searching Workshop

Submitted on November 1, 2011 - 8:27AM

Working on a research project? Thinking about a project? This workshop will help you get started and thinking effectively about your information searching and organization.
Thursday, November 3
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
W. W. Hagerty Library - Room L33
Advance sign up is requested - just email LibInstruction@drexel.edu & tell us your name, major and email. See you there -

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Libraries Teach Skills for Lifelong Learning to Over 3,000 Undergraduates through English 101 Instructional Sessions

Submitted on October 31, 2011 - 6:13PM

By: Jenny James Lee In the past month, Libraries staff conducted around 160 sessions for new Drexel students in English 101 classes, reaching well over 3,000 undergraduates, and introducing each to methods and tools of library research. 'The goal is to introduce new students to the methods and tools of library research and guide them on their path to becoming information literate individuals,' said Larry Milliken, Liaison Librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences. Through these many instructional sessions, students, with direct assistance from a librarian, learn how to search for scholarly information. Students learn in real-time and can ask questions as they arise. The Libraries participated in these instructional sessions for the past several years as a part of the Freshman Writing Program. This year, twenty librarians and library staff participated in the instruction, representing all three Drexel University Libraries and the Legal Research Center. The Libraries' instructional sessions help students to develop skills for lifelong learning and to identify librarians as experts who can help them learn to find reliable information.

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Succeeding at Group Work, with Help from the Libraries

Submitted on October 31, 2011 - 5:03PM

By: Emily Missner Walk into any of the library locations on campus, and you'll find students working on collaborative projects including class presentations, group research papers, capstone projects, and lab reports. The Libraries already provide space for group work and self-directed learning to take place, and now we've taken it a step further with the Group Work Survival Guide. Group work is a necessary part of a Drexel education. It teaches students how to work collaboratively with a diverse team, how to manage a project, and how to leverage each teammate's strengths and abilities. However, learning the skills to successfully complete a group project can be difficult for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Realizing that learning together was an important aspect of student life here at Drexel, three librarians spent the summer learning about group work. Emily Missner, Peggy Dominy, and Jay Bhatt interviewed faculty, staff, and students across disciplines to learn about their thoughts on group work. They also read journal articles on helping students to navigate group work, and on group work best practices. The librarians are currently compiling the Group Work Survival Guide, a frequently-updated blog of best practices, trouble shooting, and examples of groups who are exploring academic team work.

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Partnership between Libraries and Drexel Smart House helps Students Develop Information Literacy Skills

Submitted on October 31, 2011 - 4:18PM

By: Jenny James Lee with assistance from Jay Bhatt, Drexel University Libraries' Liaison Librarian for Engineering and Chris Baccash, Vice President for External Relations, Drexel Smart House The partnership formed between Drexel University Libraries and the students of Drexel Smart House (DSH) has led to a unique relationship built on a culture of collaboration and a dedication to building strong information literacy skills. DSH, a student-run organization founded in 2006, seeks to engage students both in and out of the classroom, bringing laboratory research and classroom instruction into a real world environment. The program encourages collaboration between disciplines, working in areas such as architecture, civil and architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, interior design and digital media design. Students who are a part of the Smart House organization have the opportunity to work on cross-disciplinary projects, expanding their research skills. Engaging in the process significantly helps these students, professionals competent in finding, evaluating and using many different types of information resources. Early on, Drexel Smart House founders realized the need for information literacy instruction for the organizations' growing student body. They reached out to Liaison Librarian for Engineering Jay Bhatt to ask for his assistance in helping students become familiar with a wide variety of print and electronic resources. 'There was a helpful session from the library during freshman design, where several engineering search engines were presented to us. However, because the nature of the Smart House is multidisciplinary, sometimes individual consultations are what some students need in order to attain research specific to what we are working on,' Michael Magee, past Vice President of Drexel Smart House, said. The partnership between The Libraries and Drexel Smart House has grown and has resulted in additions to the Libraries' collection, the creation of specified research guides and numerous consultations. Thses help those involved in the research for Drexel Smart House build information literacy skills. 'Being able to provide students a variety of information resources from face-to-face interactions and virtual informative research consultations, to library instruction sessions, has become my favorite part as the collaboration has continued,' Liaison Librarian Jay Bhatt said. The relationship will only grow from here as more students become involved in the Smart House project and as work begins on renovating the physical house. 'There are constantly students coming to us with ideas and they don't exactly know where to get started. Most of the time, all they need is a little boost in efficient research methods in order to give their ideas merit, and with it, the encouragement to move on,' Magee said. 'Consultations can also lead to some very interesting dialogue which spawns inspiration for new ideas.' In 2009, the two organizations developed the Library-Smart House Collaboration for Information Literacy Development, which aspires to be an example of collaboration among students, faculty and libraries. ____________________________ For more information about the Drexel Smart house, please visit: www.drexelsmarthouse.com. To read an article about the collaboration between the Libraries and Drexel Smart House please click here.

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Going National with Apple Computers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - 11/10/11

Submitted on October 30, 2011 - 9:56PM

Thursday, November 10th from 6 - 8 PM Library Learning Terrace, 33rd & Race Streets Add to my calendar

In 1985, Steve Jobs visited Drexel to congratulate the University on its cutting edge decision to require all incoming students to have a personal computer. This project, the Microcomputer Project, changed learning at Drexel and inspired a culture of innovation. Join Drexel University Libraries for a special screening of the entertaining and informative documentary, Going National, produced by Dean of Pennoni Honors College, Dave Jones, Ph.D., which details the project and the cutting edge decision that Drexel took by choosing Macintosh computers. Following the film, a panel of special guests will speak about the film and the Microcomputer Project, as well as how technology can impact and influence learning.

Panelists: Dave Jones, Dean of Pennoni Honors College & Director of Going National Paula Cohen, Distinguished Professor of English Sheldon Master, member of Apple's first dedicated sales force, President/Owner at Haddonfield Micro Associates, Inc. John Gruber, Apple enthusiast, writer, blogger and Drexel alumnus

Moderator: Youngmoo Kim, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Assistant Dean of Media Technologies

This event is in conjunction with Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - Present, an exhibit mounted by the Drexel University Archives. The exhibit is on display at W. W. Hagerty Library from October 18, 2011 - December 10, 2011.

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Time Capsule adds items to Drexel Archives collection

Submitted on October 30, 2011 - 6:12PM

By: Rob Sieczkiewicz and Jenny James Lee Several new items were added to the Archives' collection at W. W. Hagerty Library after the opening of a time capsule, found in Matheson Hall, during a sledgehammer ceremony on October 5th. The ceremony was lead by Dean of LeBow, George Tsetsekos, with members of his advisory board, Drexel students, staff and faculty, as well as representatives from the Keating Building Company. During construction at Matheson Hall on September 30, crews found the time capsule behind the building's 1965 cornerstone plaque. The capsule was sealed and in good condition, as were its contents. Contents found in the time capsule are currently on display at W. W. Hagerty Library, and are listed below:
  • Brochure: Answers to your Questions about Drexel and the Drexel Plan of Cooperative Education
  • Drexel Institute of Technology Bulletin: Undergraduate Curricula 1965-66
  • Drexel Institute of Technology Blue Book (blank examination book)
  • The Drexel Triangle, April 23, 1965
  • The Ledger: The Quarterly Journal of the Undergraduate College of Business Administration, 1963-64 (three issues)
  • Bus Ad Day card (Business Administration Day), circa 1965
  • Robert B. Mitchell and Stanley B. Tunick. Prentice Hall 1964 Federal Tax Course, Students Edition
  • Two cigarette butts with the following names written in ink: W. Martin, E. Martin, Macauley, S. Smith, Carlo, Barry, Lucke, Halpin, McNamara, Mueller
Additional Coverage of the Sledgehammer Ceremony and Time Capsule opening: Inside Matheson, Workers Discover Time Capsule from 1965 - DrexelNow 1965 Time Capsule Opened - Drexel University Archives blog Matheson Time Capsule Opened, Demolition Underway - DrexelNow Amid Campus Construction, Drexel University Opens a 1965 Time Capsule - KYW Newsradio (1060-AM)

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Make it Yours: Transforming Drexel University Libraries event on Tuesday, October 25th Engages Audience in Conversation about the Libraries' Future

Submitted on October 28, 2011 - 6:19PM

On Tuesday, October 25th nearly 40 faculty, staff and students attended Make it Yours: Transforming Drexel University Libraries, to participate in a discussion about the future of the Libraries. After months of planning, and a July Future Search Conference, the Libraries presented a draft of the strategic initiatives that will help to shape its future. These initiatives were briefly presented by Dean of Libraries Danuta A. Nitecki, who then held an open discussion with attendees asking for suggestions and feedback. The passionate audience carried on a conversation for the remaining 45 minutes, asking for clarification on issues, agreeing with initiatives and presenting new ideas to be considered in the final draft. Among suggested distinctions faculty members made were that the Libraries provides access to ideas and authoritative information and that it guides students in use of technologies. For more information about the Make it Yours transformation, please visit www.library.drexel.edu/make-it-yours.

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Faculty, Staff and Students Discuss Computing at Drexel through the Years

Submitted on October 26, 2011 - 3:00PM

[caption id='attachment_516' align='alignleft' width='190' caption='University Archivist Rob Sieczkiewicz, Professor Jeremy Johnson, Professor Tom Hewett and Professor Ray Brebach'][/caption] Drexel faculty, students and staff gathered at W. W. Hagerty Library on Tuesday, October 18, for Coffee, Conversation and Computing, an event in collaboration with the exhibit Access Everywhere, Computing at Drexel 1984 - Present. The exhibition, which runs through December 10th, begins with Drexel's Mircocomputer Project and the distribution of Macintosh computers to Drexel students and faculty in 1984. Attendees of the event were treated to a conversation with professors Tom Hewett and Ray Brebach, who were on campus for this exciting event in Drexel's history. They shared their memories and experiences of a time when the entire campus quickly adjusted to incorporating computers in all disciplines and in many projects. Professor Jeremy Johnson added the perspective of a computer scientist as attendees discussed the impact of several key information technologies at Drexel over the past several decades. The group seemed to agree that while the introduction of the Macintosh computer to Drexel was the most dramatic change several other computing innovations have also drastically affected the campus community. One of these transformative items was wireless computing. Mr. Hewett remembered the moment when a colleague first demonstrated how the Apple base station could connect several items in a room to the Internet without cables. Conversation ranged from Drexel's role as an innovator in computing, to the complex relationship between books and hypertext, and to the future of input devices beyond the mouse and keyboard. Missed this discussion? Join us for Going National with Apple Computers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on Thursday, November 18th, as we discuss the role of technology in learning and its impact on the Drexel community and beyond.

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Digital@Drexel: Presentation and Showcase - 11/18/11

Submitted on October 24, 2011 - 7:24PM

Add to my Calendar What is Digital@Drexel? Digital@Drexel is an informal group of individual Drexel research and teaching faculty, librarians, and archivists, who create, manage, and/or provide support for the unique digital content produced in research and class projects. The group has a diverse membership that works together to identify digital research and preservation needs, problems, opportunities and advances. Digital@Drexel began in summer 2011 after faculty members and Drexel University Libraries identified a need to support the evolving digital culture and for managing the digital assets produced by the Drexel community. 9:30 AM - Digital Landscape and Content Strategy in Higher Education A presentation by William Ying, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Technology for ARTstor. Mr. Ying received his Doctorate of Engineering Science and Masters of Science from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University. 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Digital@Drexel Showcasing digital projects from Drexel University faculty, students and staff including: For more information, visit our website at www.library.drexel.edu/digitalatdrexel

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New Hours at the Library Learning Terrace

Submitted on October 21, 2011 - 3:45PM

We're excited to announce NEW extended hours at the Library Learning Terrace, beginning Sunday, October 23rd.

Monday - 9 AM - 2 AM Tuesday - 9 AM - 2 AM Wednesday - 9 AM - 2 AM Thursday - 9 AM - 2 AM Friday - 9 AM - Midnight Sunday - Noon - 2 AM

Let us know what you think of these new hours on: Facebook, Twitter or in the Comments field below.

Hours for all Drexel University Libraries sites can be found on our website.

* The Learning Terrace will be closed November 23 - 26th for Thanksgiving Break * Starting December 4th, The Learning Terrace will remain open 24/7 for Finals' Week.    

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Make it Yours: Transforming Drexel University Libraries - 10/25/11

Submitted on October 17, 2011 - 7:29PM

Tuesday, October 25th from 4 - 5 PM W. W. Hagerty Library's Bookmark Cafe Join the Libraries and learn about the transformation of the organization at this presentation and discussion. After months of planning, and a July Future Search Conference, the Libraries will unveil new proposed strategic directions and offer the opportunity for feedback from attendees. These proposed directions will further guide the Libraries in its transformation to a learning enterprise. Do not miss this opportunity to join the discussion and make the Libraries yours! More information about the Make it Yours milestones, as well as key documents and drafts, is available online. To leave comments or feedback about Make it Yours and the Libraries transformation, please use the comment box below. For more information, please contact Jenny James Lee at 215-571-4095.

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The Libraries Welcome: Shawn Woodson

Submitted on October 16, 2011 - 8:39PM

On Monday, October 3rd the Libraries welcomed Shawn Woodson as the Information Assistant for Library Academic Partnerships. For nearly four years, Shawn worked as a Library Associate at the Roanoke (VA) Public Libraries, where he worked primarily provided circulation and information services at the main library. Prior to that, he was a videographer/video editor at WDBJ TV in Roanoke. Shawn has a BS in Media Studies from Radford University and is a graduate student in Drexel's MSLIS program. The Libraries is excited to welcome Shawn! He can be reached at W. W. Hagerty Library.

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Coffee, Conversation...and Computing?

Submitted on October 11, 2011 - 8:44PM

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 5 - 7 PM W. W. Hagerty Library

Join Drexel University Libraries at this special event, which kicks off the opening of Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - present exhibit. This event will feature conversation about the changing role of computers at Drexel and topics will include email, internet, wireless access, and other computer advances that have brought Drexel to where it is today.

This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to suggest a topic for conversation, please contact Jenny James Lee via email or at 215-571-4095.

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Library Learning Terrace Hours - Week 4 & 5

Submitted on October 11, 2011 - 8:20PM

You asked for them...and here they are! The hours for the Library Learning Terrace during weeks 4 & 5. Monday: Noon - 10 PM Tuesday: Noon - 10 PM Wednesday: Noon - 10 PM Thursday: Noon - 10 PM Friday: Noon - 5 PM Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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Issue 3, Vol 1 - Drexel University Libraries: In Circulation

Submitted on October 5, 2011 - 6:44PM

View the October Issue online. Articles include:
  • Welcome Article from the Dean
  • Upcoming Events
    • Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - present, exhibit.
    • Coffee, Conversation...and Computing? on Tuesday, October 18th
    • Going National: A Special Screening Event on Thursday, November 10th
  • The Personal Librarian Program
  • Libraries staff earn Employee Olympics 'Gold'
  • Libraries Launch New Search Interface: Summon
  • Libraries Welcome New Staff
  • Staff News
  • Service Spotlight
  • Wish List

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The Libraries Welcome: Holly Tomren

Submitted on October 5, 2011 - 4:36PM

[caption id='attachment_476' align='alignright' width='150' caption='Holly Tomren'][/caption] On September 26th, the Libraries welcomed Holly Tomren, Head, Metadata Services. Holly previously worked at the University of California, Irvine, where she was the Head of Monograph, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloging. Holly is starting a term as an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor and was selected by ALA in 2009 as an Emerging Leader. She has a number of research interests including metadata literacy, mobile content and services in libraries, and emerging trends and technologies in technical services. Holly will work to develop a program at Drexel University Libraries that expands library services from an internal focus on cataloging, to a broader focus including cataloging and metadata. She will also work with researchers on campus on their metadata and data organization needs. We are excited to welcome Holly to the Libraries!

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Library Learning Terrace Hours - Week of October 3rd

Submitted on October 4, 2011 - 12:43PM

Monday - 2 PM - 10 PM Tuesday - 2 PM - 10 PM Wednesday - 2 PM - 10 PM Thursday - 2 PM - 10 PM Friday - 2 PM - 5 PM Saturday & Sunday - Closed The Library Learning Terrace will be closed on Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day. W. W. Hagerty Library, Hahnemann Library and Queen Lane Library will remain open for normal Monday hours. What hours would you like to see The Learning Terrace open?

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Coffee, Conversation ... and Computing? - 10/18/11

Submitted on October 3, 2011 - 8:42PM

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 5 - 7 PM W. W. Hagerty Library

Join Drexel University Libraries at this special event, which kicks off the opening of Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - present exhibit. This event will feature conversation about the changing role of computers at Drexel and topics will include email, internet, wireless access, and other computer advances that have brought Drexel to where it is today.

This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to suggest a topic for conversation, please contact Jenny James Lee via email or at 215-571-4095.

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The Libraries Welcome: Kate Masterton

Submitted on September 26, 2011 - 5:39PM

[caption id='attachment_453' align='alignright' width='150' caption='Kate Masterton '][/caption] Kate Masterton joined Drexel University Libraries, in September 2011, from Richmond,Virginia where she volunteered at Richmond Public Library and the Library of Virginia. Kate moved to Philadelphia to pursue a Masters of Library Science at the iSchool at Drexel. Kate is a Circulation Clerk at Hahnemann Library.    

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The Libraries Welcome: Bill Paterson

Submitted on September 23, 2011 - 5:22PM

[caption id='attachment_444' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Bill Paterson'][/caption] Bill Paterson joined the Libraries in September 2011 as the Electronic Resources Assistant at W. W. Hagerty Library. Bill has done volunteer work with the University Archives and has an interest in digital preservation. He is currently a student in the iSchool at Drexel.  

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The Libraries have Gone Social

Submitted on September 19, 2011 - 10:26PM

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Health Sciences Librarians Work with 11th Street Family Health Services Center

Submitted on September 19, 2011 - 7:25PM

A joint researching team from The iSchool at Drexel and the Drexel University Libraries, including Kathleen Turner, Linda M. G. Katz, Gary Childs and Lenore Hardy, participated in a grant-funded project entitled 'Increasing Parental Health Literacy to Optimize Pregnancy Outcomes,' from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

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The Library Learning Terrace is OPEN

Submitted on September 19, 2011 - 7:04PM

We know that in the first couple of weeks of fall quarter students are busy finding their way to class and getting on top of their homework. Looking for some space to spread out and get your work done? Visit the Library Learning Terrace! You can work alone or in a group, connect to the super-fast DragonFly3 wireless network, and use the white boards to review notes or look at your homework a little differently. Hours for weeks 1 & 2 are Monday - Thursday noon-8pm and Friday noon-5pm. See you there!

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Libraries Launch Search Interface to Streamline Discovery Process

Submitted on September 18, 2011 - 5:05PM

Searching the Drexel University Libraries' collection just became easier with the Summon search feature, located on the library website's homepage. Summon, a web based service provides a 'Google-like' experience, which streamlines the discovery process and allows researchers to search across many different subscription resources, books and journals. Detailed results are ranked by relevancy, with the most relevant results appearing at the top of the list. Summon is widely used in major academic libraries around the world and its agreements with scholarly content publishers allows for article-level indexing of the full-text of articles, pulling together the content from individual interfaces such as those provided EBSCO and JSTOR. The Libraries acquired Summon last summer with a larger release occurring in fall 2011. For more information about the Summon service, its coverage and its relevancy to Drexel University Libraries, please visit: https://www.library.drexel.edu/summon/about.

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The Triangle: Storms Close Basement of Library

Submitted on September 16, 2011 - 7:51PM

By Laura DiSanto
The lower level of Drexel's W.W. Hagerty Library has been temporarily closed due to water damage following heavy rain storms that occurred the evening of Sept. 7.
As reported on the Drexel Libraries Twitter page Sept. 8, the lower level suffered water damage that destroyed the carpets. While the basement is currently closed for repairs, the first and second floors are open to students. According to Jennifer James Lee, marketing and events associate for Hagerty Library, the lower level will remain closed for a short period of time until all the carpeting can be removed and replaced. Although the damage occurred during the term break while many students were not on campus, the library is working hard to ensure the closure will not affect students too far into the fall term. Read more at thetriangle.org.   DiSanto, Laura. 'Storms Close Basement of Library.' The Triangle. Philadelphia, PA. 16 September 2011. Web. 16 September 2011.

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Libraries Staff win Employee Olympics Relay

Submitted on September 16, 2011 - 4:47PM

On September 7, 2011 six Libraries staff were awarded champion medals for finishing in first in the Drexel Employee Olympics running/walking relay challenge. In total, 15 staff were members of the Libraries' Dewey Decimators team, participating in softball, soccer and the running/walking relay. [caption id='attachment_430' align='alignright' width='300' caption='Peter, John C., John W., Gina, Brendan, Charlotte'][/caption] Hosted by the A Healthier U, an initiative sponsored by Drexel University and the Drexel University College of Medicine, the Employee Olympics invite all University staff to participate in 12 different competitions. At the award ceremony, held on September 7, 2011, members of the running/walking relay challenge, Gina Cacace, John Cannan, Charlotte Ford, Patrick Garon, Brendan Johnson, and John Wiggins, were awarded their champion medals for their first place finish. Also recognized during the award ceremony was Libraries' student worker Ogedi Agoruah, who received the Torch Bearer Award for exemplifying the Olympic ideal of sportsmanship More information about the Drexel University Employee Olympics can be found online.

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What's the deal with the Lower Level?

Submitted on September 15, 2011 - 8:12PM

Perhaps you're wondering why the lower level of W. W. Hagerty has been closed... 'The Libraries escaped damage from both the earthquake and hurricane Irene, but unfortunately the tremendous amount of rain in the days following proved to be too much for the city's drainage system, and we had some water damage in W. W. Hagerty's lower level as a result. We are working with University Facilities to get the lower level re-opened as quickly as possible so that students can use the space, but also want to make sure that we are adhering to all appropriate safety measures,' Danuta A. Nitecki, Dean of Libraries said today. The lower level is scheduled to re-open on Monday, September 19th. If, in the meantime, you need to access resources that are kept in the lower level, please alert a staff member at the circulation desk.

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Do you Scan?

Submitted on September 15, 2011 - 3:48PM

You may have noticed two new scanners in your library and we'd like to know what you think! These scanners are on trial while we see what might work best for our patrons. You can help us make the decision by offering your opinion.
  1. Which scanner did you like better (scanner A or scanner B)?
  2. Do you currently use the Libraries scanners?
  3. If you had the choice to scan or photocopy, which would you choose?
  4. If you had the choice to scan to a PDF, scan to an e-mail or scan to a flash drive, which would you prefer?
  5. How simple was the scanner to use?
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In Circulation: September Issue

Submitted on September 8, 2011 - 4:52PM

View the September Issue online. Articles include:
  • Insights about Libraries' value presented to international audience
  • Archives exhibit sparks conversation about diversity
  • Exhibit shares medical student experience from years past
  • Libraries welcomes visitors from Japan
  • Libraries participates in WorkReady Program
  • Libraries' Gary Childs receives Chairman's Award
  • Building a Graphic Novel Collection
  • New Faces in the Libraries
  • Wish List
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Issue 2, Vol 1 - Drexel University Libraries: In Circulation

Submitted on September 8, 2011 - 4:49PM

View the September Issue online. Articles include:
  • Insights about Libraries' value presented to international audience
  • Archives exhibit sparks conversation about diversity
  • Exhibit shares medical student experience from years past
  • Libraries welcomes visitors from Japan
  • Libraries participates in WorkReady Program
  • Libraries' Gary Childs receives Chairman's Award
  • Building a Graphic Novel Collection
  • New Faces in the Libraries
  • Wish List

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New Scanners in W. W. Hagerty Library

Submitted on September 1, 2011 - 2:37PM

** Update - 4/26/12 - The trial for these scanners has expired and they are no longer available at W. W. Hagerty. Have you noticed our new scanners in W. W. Hagerty Library? There are two new scanners and we're trying them out to see what type we might purchase in the future. Before we make that choice, we'd like to hear your thoughts about these two scanners. 1. If you used the scanner, which did you use, and how simple was it to use? 2. Do you prefer to scan (and have PDF) or copy (and have a printed version)? Now's your chance to influence what the Libraries might purchase. [gallery link='file' order='DESC' columns='4' orderby='title']

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Insights about Libraries' Value Presented to International Audience

Submitted on September 1, 2011 - 2:05PM

[caption id='attachment_386' align='alignright' width='300' caption='Nitecki and Abels prepare for their presentation using the white board wall in Nitecki's Office.'][/caption] Presenting results of research they conducted this year about factors which faculty perceive contribute to the Libraries' value, Eileen G. Abels, Associate Dean of the iSchool, and Danuta A. Nitecki, Dean of Libraries attended the 9th Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, held in York, UK August 22-25th. Their study involved interviews of ten faculty members, which began asking for an overall rating of the Libraries' value, and then solicited reasons why the faculty assigned the particular value rating. Although services offered by library staff were evaluated positively, the initial findings attribute library collections, or access to them as well as electronic resources, as critical to perceiving a library as contributing maximum value. A focus group interview confirmed that faculty value the Libraries' impact to increase faculty productivity, expand student learning skills, do one's job (e.g., teaching or research), save faculty money (i.e., no need to purchase material), and indulge intellectual curiosity; also mentioned as important in valuing the Libraries is its contributions to avoiding frustration, meeting accreditation standards, and changing the university. Over 150 librarians and information professionals from around the world attended the conference which included 70 keynote and plenary talks. A copy of the conference abstracts will be added to the Drexel University Libraries collection and published proceedings will be issued in coming months. Article by: Danuta A. Nitecki & Eileen Abels

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The 9/11 Attacks in Pictures: Building a Graphic Novel Collection

Submitted on September 1, 2011 - 1:44PM

'The events of September 11 galvanized many disparate groups. Who would have thought that comic books would be one of them?' wrote Time magazine's Andrew Arnold1. Arnold should not have been surprised. Stars-and-stripes-clad Captain America was punching out Adolf Hitler on the 1941 cover of the very first issue of his comic book. Cartoons have a long tradition of responding to real-world crises that dates back to the Revolutionary War. Popular for their 'eyeball traction,' cartoons, comics and graphic novels pull the reader into the content faster than their all-text equivalents and increasingly, educators have grown to appreciate the value of graphic narratives not just as entertainment but for literacy and teaching. The publishing of graphic novels has exploded over the last ten years and librarians have also embraced the format in all types of libraries. Recent books, listservs, conference panels and professional special interest groups testify to the passion librarians have come to have for all types--comic, scary, romantic, serious, and educational at all levels. At W. W. Hagerty a growing graphic novel collecting includes noteworthy titles in the area of African American studies, Japanese manga, health and medicine, and literacy education. Annotated lists are posted under Research Guides: Information Science and Technology/Graphic Novels. With the tenth anniversary of September 11th approaching, the Libraries took the opportunity to add graphic novels about that incident as part of the 'historical' theme currently being developed. The September 11th graphic novels, currently displayed on the first floor of W. W. Hagerty Library, make a particularly good example of how issue-based graphic narratives can bring viewpoints out in the open for reaction and discussion. In comics, the medium is as much of the message as are the words and content. In The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, all characters on all sides are portrayed quite realistically. This is also the case with Code Word: Geronimo, a recent title about the SEAL raid to find bin Laden. But in After 9-11: America's War on Terror, President Bush and some of his staff come off more as caricatures, perhaps to convey doubt that the extensive Iraq war was justified at the time. These titles will be useful in classrooms for drawing out viewpoints and raising questions that themselves can be investigated through graphic novels, as well as traditional texts. Browse the graphic novels research guide by topic, or see all our holdings in the catalog. For more information, email siftar@drexel.edu Article by: Martha Cornog & Tim Siftar 1 Arnold, Andrew D. 'The Most Serious Comix Ever.' Time.com, January 29, 2002. Accessed September 7, 2011, http://www.time.com/time/columnist/arnold/article/0,9565,197890,00.html.

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Carpets

Submitted on August 30, 2011 - 1:02AM

Carpets are filthy. True, some of Hagerty's carpets have seen better days. Even the world's most durable carpets would quickly wear down under the foot traffic that the library gets on a daily basis. We'll be shampooing the carpets soon. Update (Sept. 27, 2011): The Carpets near the computer hubs on the first floor were shampooed this morning! The second floor will be shampooed sometime in the next week or two.

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The Libraries Welcome: Tom Ipri

Submitted on August 29, 2011 - 8:00PM

On Monday, August 22, 2011 the Libraries welcomed Liason Librarian for Media Arts and Design, Tom Ipri. Tom was most recently the Head of Media and Computer Services at UNLV's Lied Library and before that, the Media Services Librarian at LaSalle University. Tom received his MLIS from Drexel and has published and presented on the topics of technology, media collections and transliteracy in libraries. The Libraries are excited to welcome Tom's subject expertise in film, film studies and media arts. Tom works in room 135 in W. W. Hagerty Library.

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The Libraries Welcome: Tom Ipri

Submitted on August 29, 2011 - 3:13PM

[caption id='attachment_367' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Tom Ipri'][/caption] On Monday, August 22, 2011 the Libraries welcomed Liason Librarian for Media Arts and Design, Tom Ipri. Tom was most recently the Head of Media and Computer Services at UNLV's Lied Library and before that, the Media Services Librarian at LaSalle University. Tom received his MLIS from Drexel and has published and presented on the topics of technology, media collections and transliteracy in libraries. The Libraries are excited to welcome Tom's subject expertise in film, film studies and media arts. Tom works in room 135 in W. W. Hagerty Library.

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Where's my textbook?

Submitted on August 24, 2011 - 1:00AM

If we are required to purchase a textbook, the library should have a copy of it too. There is no Engineering Economic Analysis, 11th edition, but CIVE240 requires it. Thanks for writing. I know that textbooks are an enormous expense for students, and many rely on the library's course reserves system to help them through the term. Books and other materials go on course reserve when your instructor or department requests it. If we don't hear from your instructors, we don't put their stuff on reserve. So please let your instructor know that you'd like the stuff you need on reserve, and if they look at you like you've got two heads, send them here.

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Libraries Welcome Visitors from Japan

Submitted on August 22, 2011 - 2:51PM

On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 the staff of the Libraries attended a special presentation from Haruki Nagata, a specially appointed professor at Japan's Rikkyo University.

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24/7 at the Library beginning August 25th

Submitted on August 19, 2011 - 6:59PM

Whether you like to study at 7 AM, 1 PM, or 3 AM - we've got the space for you. The following Library spaces will remain open around the clock for final's week. Library Learning Terrace Open 24/7 beginning Sunday, August 28th at 10 AM W. W. Hagerty Library Open 24/7 beginning Thursday, August 25th Bookmark Cafe Where have you been...we're always open 24/7! During Finals' Week the Bookmark Cafe entrance will remain closed. Please enter through the library entrance.   Library hours will return to normal after Finals have completed.

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Computer Bugs

Submitted on August 18, 2011 - 1:58AM

This afternoon I saw one orange little thing like a baby fly on the monitor of my computer. I tried to catch it, but I failed. Then after awhile, I got six bites. I am thinking maybe there are bugs at the library. I think you may be right. I'm really sorry to hear about your bug bites. Although this is the first we've heard of biting bugs, we've been aware of the bug problem for awhile. They seem to come and go with the seasons, and right now is clearly bug season at Hagerty. We've called facilities and they are monitoring the situation.

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Bathroom Break

Submitted on August 15, 2011 - 1:04PM

Fix the paper towel dispenser in the basement level bathroom. Also the bathroom doors tend to lock you in. The first floor bathroom tends to smell a lot as well. Thanks for writing. I think you were talking about the men's bathroom, since the women's has been closed since before you wrote. As of today the towel dispenser in the men's lower-level bathroom was working properly. If you have the problem again, would you please tell us the specifics so that we can fix it? We know that the first floor bathrooms do not smell fantastic. We are working with facilities to update the bathroom plumbing. They are renovating the women's bathroom in the lower level now.

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Finals: Spring 2011

Submitted on August 12, 2011 - 1:56AM

There is a banner on my computer. 'For finals we are making room...' for June 2nd through 11th.' That was six weeks ago! Thanks for writing and alerting us to the oversight. We'll be sure to double check and update the banners on all of the library computers.

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Exhibit: When Ye Hard Work is Done

Submitted on August 11, 2011 - 5:12PM

'When Ye Hard Work is Done': Student Life at Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, 1850 - 1962 When Ye Hard Work is Done draws on photographs and objects from the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) Legacy Center to provide a sense of student life in the early years of these two institutions, the Woman's Medical College and Hahnemann University. The title of the exhibit, 'When Ye Hard Work is Done,' is taken from one of several 1901 poems by Woman's Medical College graduate Martha Tracy, who chronicled her experiences as a medical student in a booklet she titled, 'Ye Medical Student's Primer,' which is featured in the exhibit. This exhibit is currently being featured at Hahnemann Library. [gallery order='DESC' columns='5' orderby='title'] This exhibit was mounted by Sarah Daub of Drexel University Libraries and Matt Herbison, an archivist at DUCOM's Legacy Center.

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Drexel Librarian Gary Childs Receives 2011 Nursing Science Chairman's Award

Submitted on August 11, 2011 - 1:19PM

[caption id='attachment_297' align='alignleft' width='225' caption='Gary Childs poses with the Award'][/caption] Drexel University Libraries Health Sciences Education/Reference Librarian Gary Childs was honored with the 2010 - 2011 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DrNP) Nursing Science Chairman's Award. The award was presented to Childs in recognition of his outstanding support of graduate students and faculty in the program. 'At this doctoral program, research and database searching are critical. Gary's name was at the top of the list because he not only assists students with this process immensely, but also has a wonderful style of presentation that the students truly enjoy, ' Al Rundio, Department Chair of the Doctoral Nursing Department, said. Each year, the department chair has the honor of selecting an individual, within or outside of Drexel, who has gone above and beyond in assisting students at Drexel. 'I'm very flattered and honored, to say the least,' recipient Gary Childs said. 'The award came as quite a surprise and it feels really wonderful to receive this distinction.' Childs works at the Hahnemann Library.

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Archives Exhibit: Researching Diversity at Drexel

Submitted on August 10, 2011 - 3:28PM

Drexel University Archives presents a new exhibition, 'Researching Diversity at Drexel,' opening August 10, 2011. The exhibition contains documents from the University Archives and essays written by students in Professor Sharon Brubaker's English 103 classes that explore issues of race, gender and cultural diversity at Drexel. Drexel opened its doors in 1891 as a technical school dedicated to educating men and women students of all races, religions, and backgrounds. However, the history of diversity at Drexel, as at any institution, is complex. Were students of color welcome in Drexel's fraternity and sorority scene? How were international students treated? Which departments had women students and faculty when Drexel was founded, and how did the distribution of women change over time? These are some of the questions that this exhibition addresses.

Exhibit Opens: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 5 - 7 PM * Location: W. W. Hagerty Library, 33rd & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA

* Opening reception, with coffee and conversation about researching and documenting diversity, will take place at Hagerty Library from 5 PM - 7 PM on August 17, 2011. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Library Learning Terrace is back in business!

Submitted on August 9, 2011 - 5:32PM

The Library Learning Terrace is back open this week! Check out the hours, listed below: Monday, August 8th - 10 AM - 10 PM Tuesday, August 9th - 10 Am - 10 PM Wednesday, August 10th - 10 AM - 10 PM Thursday, August 11th - 10 AM - 10 PM Friday, August 12th - 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday, August 13th - Closed Sunday, August 14th - 10 AM - 10 PM There are a lot of great things in the Terrace: comfortable chairs, group spaces, individual spaces, whiteboards, and lots of windows. Everything is on wheels, so shift things around to accommodate your group, or create your own personal study nook. ...just remember, the same Libraries policies apply to the Terrace, so that means that you've got to leave your pizza, hoagie, Chinese food, burrito, etc. in the dining terrace. Snacks and bottled drinks are still OK!

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Libraries Welcome New Staff Member: Megan Hoke

Submitted on August 9, 2011 - 3:29PM

[caption id='attachment_361' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Megan Hoke'][/caption] On Monday, August 1st the Libraries welcomed Administrative Coordinator, Megan Hoke. Megan joins the Libraries having worked at an internet startup company for several years. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's in Theater and managed a professional theater company. She works in W. W. Hagerty's Administrative suite.

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Drexel University Libraries participates in Philadelphia Youth Network's WorkReady Program

Submitted on August 5, 2011 - 5:49PM

[caption id='attachment_293' align='alignleft' width='206' caption='Henry Taylor, working at W. W. Hagerty's Circulation Desk'][/caption] When Henry Taylor graduates from high school next summer, he'll be one step ahead of his peers. Taylor, a Kensington senior, is a participant in the Philadelphia Youth Network's WorkReady Program, which matches over 5,000 young people to summer employment opportunities and service programs, where they can build skills to prepare for their eventual careers. Taylor was matched with Drexel University, and began work in the Libraries in June 2011. Since, the enthusiastic youth has worked hard to build upon his professional skills. 'This is Henry's first job, and we have an exciting opportunity to help him discover and build essential skills that will help him to become a successful professional,' Library Reserve Coordinator, Gina Cacace, who works closely with Henry, said. WorkReady provides participating organizations with a structured set of lessons for student participants to learn during the program. Henry has worked on building valuable networking skills through meetings with staff within the Libraries, where he learned about their job responsibilities, work histories and education. He also met with the Libraries' Career Services Librarian, Brendan Johnson, to learn about different college majors and the career paths associated those fields of study. Taylor, a football player who's favorite subjects include math and science, isn't sure what he wants to do for a living or what major he might like to pursue as a major, but he does have dreams of owning his own business one day. 'I like coming in to work every day,' Taylor said about working at W. W. Hagerty Library. 'Everybody is always happy and smiling like they never have a bad day. Or, if they do have a bad day, they don't show it.' Henry works closely with several librarians and staff members, but admittedly has a few favorites, largely because of their kindness and humor. 'Henry and I have shared a lot of laughs and he has taught me things as well,' Cacace said. 'He's showed me how important it is to get out of my 'librarian' state of mind and has changed the way that I relate to my work.' Taylor's favorite day at work so far had little to do with the Libraries and much more to do with preparing for college. Drexel University is currently hosting a New Student Orientation program where incoming students travel from around the area to stay overnight on campus and gain a sneak peak into what life will be like on campus. Henry was able to attend the Libraries' part of this process and he lists the experience as his best day at Drexel to date. 'I was able to see the incoming students and what they're like,' he said, likely realizing that he's not very different from the individuals a year older than him and that beginning college is an exciting and sometimes terrifying process for everyone. Regardless of the institution he eventually chooses, working in the Libraries has taught Taylor a valuable lesson in planning ahead. 'Don't wait until the last minute,' he says, 'A lot of people come in and try to get books/materials at the last minute, and the items are already checked out. They could fail [their assignment] because they waited too long.' About WorkReady Philadelphia WorkReady Philadelphia is the city-wide youth workforce development system, which is funded through a blending of public, private sector and philanthropic investments. Overseen by the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success - a subgroup of the Workforce Investment Board - WorkReady Philadelphia 2011 summer youth employment and service programs run from July 5 through August 12 and serve over 5,000 young people. Participating youth earn at least minimum wage, and participate for 120 hours over the six-week period. The bulk of public funding for WorkReady Summer 2011 is provided through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and the Workforce Investment Act. ### Contacts: Jenny James Lee, Drexel University Libraries, Marketing & Events Associate at 215-571-4095 or jennyjames@drexel.edu Niki Gianakaris, Director, Drexel News Bureau, Office of University Communication at 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu Michelle Martin, Communications Coordinator, Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc. at 267-502-3752 or mimartin@pyninc.org Article by: Jenny James Lee with editing by Niki Gianakaris

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Scanners, printers, computers, and more

Submitted on August 5, 2011 - 12:56PM

We've had two comments about our machinery here at Hagerty: The Dragon card station is out of order, the copier is out of order, and there are no computers available. I pay Ivy League tuition, but get a community college library at Drexel. This library is in bad shape. I printed a document. It came out so faint I could hardly read it. I tried to print another document, and it wouldn't print, so a librarian told me to have it printed at circulation. But they couldn't take my Dragon card because the reader was broken. One of two card readers is broken at the print center. I tried to staple my document, but the stapler was out of staples. What am I getting for ,000 per credit hour? Is it too much to expect things to work? Thank you for writing. I'm really sorry you hit so many road blocks while you were trying to get your work done. I know it's frustrating. Our copiers, printers, and scanners are due for an update, as you've alluded to, and we're in the midst of taking bids, selecting a new vendor, and getting new equipment, which should arrive early in the fall. In the meantime, please bear with us while we try to help you resolve any issues you may have on a case by case basis. We try very hard to keep staplers, toner, and paper well stocked, but since these things can quickly run out when we least expect it, please tell us if you find that something's low, and we'll replace it right away. As for no computers being available, did you know that there are two computer labs on Hagerty's lower level? There is one in L14 and one in L13C. It is very rare that every single one of these computers is taken, but if they are all in use, you might try checking a laptop at the circulation desk.

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Issue 1, Vol 1 - Drexel University Libraries: In Circulation

Submitted on August 4, 2011 - 12:42PM

View the August Issue online. Articles include:

  • From the Dean
  • Conference Builds Shared Vision of the Libraries' Future
  • Libraries Unveil new Library Learning Terrace to over 250 in Attendance at Twilight Opening
  • Building New Friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives
  • Who Was W. W. Hagerty?
  • Libraries Welcome New Students
  • 2011 Library Celebration Awards
  • W. W. Hagerty's Peggy Dominy Receives Special Libraries Association Award
  • Libraries in Transition

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Neighborhood Partnerships

Submitted on August 3, 2011 - 12:34PM

In support of the University's efforts to form partnerships with our neighbors, we highlight and encourage the use of the Libraries during hours we are open to the public, typically 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Especially convenient to our Mantua and Powelton Village neighbors is W. W. Hagerty Library at 33rd and Market Streets in University City. For more information please see information for visitors. We also welcome visitors to use our reference services, available on-site during visiting hours. Reference services are also available by phone at 215-895-2755 (or toll free at 1-888-278-8825), via text message, or instant message, at any time when Reference Desks are staffed. At Drexel University Libraries, we've experienced great success helping those who help others. We hope to hear from you! Please visit our website for more information about our neighborhood partnerships.- John Wiggins, Director of Library Services & Quality Improvement

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Who Was W. W. Hagerty?

Submitted on August 1, 2011 - 7:01PM

[caption id='attachment_217' align='alignleft' width='282' caption='William Walsh Hagerty (1916-1986) with the plaque, bearing his name, in the lobby.'][/caption] William Walsh Hagerty was appointed President of the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1963 where he served until 1984. During his tenure, Hagerty was responsible for expanding the campus to include new colleges and programs. His work increased enrollment to over 12,500 students, doubling the previous enrollment and increasing the budget from million to million dollars. In 1970 Hagerty guided the institution through its transition to University status, leading the way for the Drexel University that exists today. In 1983, Drexel named a new library on campus after President Hagerty. W. W. Hagerty Library opened in October 1983 and continues to bear his name. Shortly after, in 1986, Hagerty passed away. Article by: Jenny James Lee historical information from the Drexel University Archives and Libraries' Website: http://www.library.drexel.edu/about/wwhagerty.html.

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Interlibrary loan: help us help you.

Submitted on July 28, 2011 - 10:04PM

Did you know that you can get books and articles from libraries outside of Drexel? We want to teach you more about it! In order to help us help you learn more about interlibrary loan, please take 2 seconds to fill out our quick ILL communication survey!

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Libraries in Transition

Submitted on July 28, 2011 - 8:10PM

[caption id='attachment_245' align='alignleft' width='269' caption='The innovate new Library Learning Terrace']The innovate new Library Learning Terrace[/caption] The following is in excerpt provided to attendees of the 2011 Future Search Conference. The increasing role of technology and electronically accessible materials has caused many to question the role of the traditional library. With stacks of books, desks and chairs, held within a single physical space, the traditional library offers a place for individuals to quietly read and process information. Libraries, however, are no longer simply places to house books and offer quiet spaces to read, they are vibrant centers for learning where individuals can exercise their minds to build new knowledge from the information they discover. Libraries exist within the walls of buildings and online. They organize efficient and convenient access to information through managing shared use of books and journals as well as through licensing electronic resources. Libraries capture and preserve human memory and foster creation of new knowledge. In the academy, they are discipline neutral and supportive of all fields of inquiry, ether as learning coaches for the novice student or as a partner to scholars and teachers to strengthen research, instruction and scholarly communications. As more and more users choose immediately accessible digitized content over traditional printed materials, the future of brick-and-mortar libraries will continue to change to become less about what products a patron obtains at a library and more about the experiences the patron has while visiting. The focus of these libraries will be to provide social spaces where students can work together to derive meaning from their online and classroom experiences1. At Drexel, the academy has been undergoing a fundamental transformation from a historically purposeful institute of technology education and is emerging as a comprehensive research institution, grounded in a tradition of experiential learning and an ambition for leading civic engagement in a global environment. Its neglected libraries are being reconceived as a learning enterprise with embedded environments around campus and through the Internet, and as an active educational program for assisting learners to develop information literacy skills and researchers in their pursuit of knowledge. Those interested in a broader perspective might wish to read a recent publication from the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy. Checking Out the Future: Perspectives from the Library Community on Information Technology and 21st-Century Libraries explores how many library professionals are recognizing the need to evolve during the digital revolution and are driving adaptations designed to ensure that libraries remain an integral part of our society's commitment to education, equity, and access to information. Authored by Jennifer C. Hendrix, OITP Consultant, Checking Out the Future, is based on a literature review conducted in 2008-2009 on the future of libraries, primarily of publications from within the library community. (Online at: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/publications/policybriefs/ala_checking_out_the.pdf) Article by: Jenny James Lee and Danuta A. Nitecki. Photo by Jenny James Lee. 1. Hendrix, Jennifer C. Checking out the Future: Perspectives from the Library Community on Information Technology and 21st-Century Libraries. American Libraries Association. Washington, D.C. 2 February 2010. Print.

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Conference Builds Shared Vision of Libraries' Future

Submitted on July 27, 2011 - 8:34PM

[caption id='attachment_204' align='alignleft' width='300' caption='Dean of Libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki, addresses attendees at the close of the conference.'][/caption] Philadelphia, PA (July 25, 2011) - Drexel University Libraries concluded a milestone event towards shaping the future of the organization on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The event, a Future Search conference, brought together nearly 60 people, representing the diverse stakeholders of the Libraries, at the Queen Lane campus of the Drexel University College of Medicine. Highly interactive, the process took a holistic look at the theme, The Future of Drexel's Libraries: Advancing the University's Strategic Transformation. Attendees reviewed shared past and present experiences to reach a common ground in identifying an exciting future for the Libraries. This new future emphasizes collaboration, leadership, integration of technologies and curation of information resources, as well as the development of innovative spaces to advance teaching, learning and scholarship at Drexel and in the broader communities. This was accomplished through working exercises, small group discussions and creative reporting of insights. The three-day conference concluded with dozens of strategies towards achieving the desired future for the Libraries and a high level of energy and enthusiasm among the participants. The room where the conference was held was papered with sheets documenting the process and ideas generated. These ideas will be transcribed and the results will lead to a major planning activity for the Libraries with direct implications towards the University strategic plan. Participants, before leaving the conference on Thursday afternoon, were asked to sign up for strategies they felt most committed to support. These dedicated individuals, through their support of these initiatives, will have an opportunity to become key contributors and ambassadors for the future of the Libraries. Trained future search consultants Gerry Gorelick and Suzanne Noll, Manager of Training and Development with Drexel University's Human Resources department, facilitated the conference. About Future Search Future search is a unique planning meeting, used worldwide, by hundreds of communities and organizations. It meets two goals at the same time: helping large diverse groups discover values, purpose, and projects they hold in common, and enables people to create a desired future together and to start working toward it right away. The meeting design comes from theories and principles tested in many cultures for the past 50 years. It relies on mutual learning among stakeholders as a catalyst for voluntary action and follow-up. The conference is designed with principles that enable people to work together without having to defend or sell a particular agenda and this opens new opportunities for creating a shared future. Images from the conference are available online at the Libraries' flickr page.   Article by: Jenny James Lee with contributions from Danuta A. Nitecki and Gerry Gorelick. News Contacts: Jenny James Lee, Library Marketing & Events Associate at 215-571-4095 or jennyjames@drexel.edu

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Archives Event: Dragon's Salute to Service

Submitted on July 25, 2011 - 12:43PM

'Dragon's Salute to Service' July 7 - August 1, 2011 Visit the James E. Marks Intercultural Center Exhibition Gallery this July for a special exhibit: 'Art & Artifacts.' This exhibit features 'Freedom's On Me,' the work of renowned multimedia illustrator and U.S. Army Corporal Poto Leifi, and 'A Snap Shot of Drexel's Veterans,' an archival history of veterans on campus. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of July. Sponsored by: The Office of Veteran Student Services and The Veteran's Task Force at Drexel, ARMY ROTC at Drexel, the Drexel University Archives and the Office of Equality and Diversity.

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Libraries Welcome New Staff Member: Brendan Johnson

Submitted on July 22, 2011 - 3:22PM

[caption id='attachment_358' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Brendan Johnson'][/caption] The Libraries welcomed Brendan Johnson, Information Assistant for Careers in July 2011. Brendan is currently working towards his MSLIS degree from the iSchool. For the past year he worked as the library assistant at Bucks County Community College while serving as a substitute social studies teacher and librarian at Council Rock High Schools. He was a history and secondary education double-major at Villanova University. Brendan works in W. W. Hagerty Library in room 136.

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Pick the Library's New DVDs

Submitted on July 21, 2011 - 9:25PM

It's time to order new DVDs for Hagerty's leisure collection. We want to be sure that what we order is what you want to see, so we're asking for your help deciding what to get. Here's a list of some of the latest DVD releases. For each title, you can vote on whether we should get it or skip it. Titles with the most votes will be ordered for Hagerty's Leisure DVD collection. Vote now--the last day to vote is Monday, July 27th. Need a movie today? Check out our catalog for DVDs already on Hagerty's shelves.

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Libraries welcome New Students

Submitted on July 18, 2011 - 7:23PM

[caption id='attachment_226' align='alignleft' width='314' caption='Libraries' staff member Eleanor Goldberg addresses new students at Orientation'][/caption] The Drexel campus is flooded with new faces this summer, as new students and their parents attend orientation sessions. Weekly, on Monday and Thursday, these eager young students attend the Libraries orientation sessions, where they participate in an interactive and informative presentation, with prizes, about the Libraries. To date, 17 Libraries staff members have hosted seven orientation sessions, welcoming hundreds of new students to the Library Learning Terrace. Article and photo by: Jenny James Lee

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Library Learning Terrace Closed

Submitted on July 18, 2011 - 1:24PM

Plumbing repairs are ongoing at the Library Learning Terrace, and so the space continues to be closed. We hope that repairs will be finished soon and that the Library Learning Terrace will be open later this week. Thanks for your patience.

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Off campus ProQuest problems? Here's a solution

Submitted on July 15, 2011 - 3:39PM

ProQuest is experiencing some technical difficulties that can make finding full text from off campus problematic. When conducting off-campus research in a Palgrave or Sage database, then linking to a full-text article in ProQuest through GetIt, you may be denied access to the article in ProQuest. This is a glitch that ProQuest is working to repair, but meanwhile there is one known workaround. If this happens to you, please note the citation to the article you're looking for, close your browser, and start a new ProQuest session. Confused? Please contact the reference desk for help.

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Conference to help shape future of Libraries

Submitted on July 14, 2011 - 3:26PM

Philadelphia, PA (July 14, 2011) -- Drexel University's Libraries will host a Future Search conference at the Queen Lane campus July 19 - 21, 2011. The conference will bring together around 60 individuals from the Libraries' multiple stakeholder groups. Results from the conference will help to build a vision and directions for the future of the Libraries. Drexel University students, faculty, staff, administrators and leaders, as well as librarians and community members were invited to attend the conference by Dean of Libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki. 'The Libraries have never undertaken anything like this before and the conference results will become an instrumental part of our planning for the future,' Dean Nitecki said. Two trained facilitators will host the three-day conference, Gerry Gorelick and Suzanne Noll a Manager of Training and Development with Drexel University's Human Resources department. Future Search is a large group planning meeting that has been used worldwide for over 30 years. The task-focused meeting engages people to take a holistic view on the conference theme, 'The Future of Drexel's Libraries: Advancing the University's Strategic Transformation.' These individuals are from different backgrounds, who share stories about their past, present and desired future to discover a common ground. This format will allow the Libraries to develop an inclusive vision and will provide Drexel University with key steps for advancing the future its Libraries. The University is also currently developing its Drexel University Strategic Plan: 2012 - 2017. The Plan will define initiatives, programs and specific goals that will help to propel the University already known for daring innovation and entrepreneurial spirit even further.

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For more information about the Drexel University Libraries please contact Jenny James Lee, Marketing & Events Associate at 215-571-4095. For more information about the Drexel University Strategic Plan: 2012 - 2017, please visit www.drexel.edu/strategicplan.

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Is a bookless library still a library?

Submitted on July 11, 2011 - 8:19PM

Drexel's Library Learning Terrace was the focus of a recent TIME article by Tim Newcomb about a new trend in libraries. You can read his article at time.com. We invite you post and share your comments below. What do you think - is a bookless library still a library?

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TIME: Is a Bookless Library still a Library?

Submitted on July 11, 2011 - 2:07PM

  Reporter Tim Newcomb featured the Libraries' Library Learning Terrace in his TIME piece titled Is a Bookless Library still a Library? Read the entire article at time.com.

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Welcome Freshmen!

Submitted on July 7, 2011 - 1:33PM

We're so excited to see Drexel's newest class around campus today. We'll be meeting up with you over at the Library Learning Terrace this afternoon. Meanwhile, stop in at Hagerty Library for some quiet time and cooled air. And learn your way around while it's quiet. Tell your family members to come by too.

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July 4th-Closed for the Holiday

Submitted on July 1, 2011 - 11:36PM

We're celebrating American independence just like the rest of you: by closing up shop and heading to the fireworks. That means the library's closing at 8pm on Sunday, and it'll be closed all day on Monday, July 4th. Happy Independence Day!

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Need a Weekend Movie?

Submitted on July 1, 2011 - 6:41PM

It's a long weekend. Hallelujah! Want to choose your DVD before coming to the library to pick it up? Try this:
  • From the library homepage, click the link that says 'Advanced Keyword Search.'
  • In the top search bar, enter a search term, like 'action,' 'animation,' or 'Hindi.'
  • To get a list of all Hagerty's DVDs, enter an asterisk (*) into the search bar.
  • Choose 'Hagerty Leisure DVD' as the location.
  • Hit search.
You'll get a list of all the DVDs in our collection. When you find a title you like, click on it to make sure that the location says 'Hagerty Leisure DVDs' and the status says 'Available.' That way, when you get to the library, you'll know just what to grab. You can swing by and pick it up anytime. We're here all day Saturday and Sunday--but we're closed on Monday to celebrate our independence! Have a great long weekend!

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Beeps and Buzzes

Submitted on June 27, 2011 - 5:59PM

That high-pitched beeping at Hagerty Library is not the sound of you losing your mind--it's our alarm system. We're doing some testing today, and the beeping will continue throughout the day. You might even hear a fire alarm--but you won't need to respond unless instructed to do so by a library staff member. Thanks for your patience during the auditory intrusion. Just think how great the sound of silence will be when it's all over tomorrow.

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Libraries' Peggy Dominy receives national PAM Achievement Award at SLA 2011 Conference

Submitted on June 24, 2011 - 3:51PM

[caption id='attachment_177' align='alignleft' width='260' caption='Dominy, on right, receives her SLA PAM Award from Donna Thompson of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of Harvard Center for Astrophysics (Photo courtesy of SLA website)']Peggy receives her award at the conference.[/caption] Drexel University Libraries' Reference Librarian for Science and Math, Peggy Dominy, at W. W. Hagerty Library was named the recipient of the PAM Achievement Award for 2011. PAM is the Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics division of the Special Libraries Association, a national professional organization for Librarians. 'It was an honor to be recognized by my peers and professional colleagues,' Dominy said. She received the award at the national SLA conference, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The PAM Achievement Award is reserved for recipients whose professional work is marked by distinction and dedication to librarianship in astronomy, mathematics and/or physics, according to the SLA website. The award recognizes those members of SLA/PAM who have made outstanding contributions to the division. Peggy is an active member of SLA/PAM, with her first official role beginning in 1981 when she served as the Astronomy Workshop moderator. Since then, she's served in nine different capacities. Through blogs on physics, bioscience, math and chemistry as well as her dedication to educating students on how to use information, Peggy is a key member of the Drexel University Libraries staff. She's assisted the library community in many ways and each year reviews multiple books for the Library Journal and her hard work and service to the PAM Division of SLA. Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise. With it's multiple locations, the libraries advance the academic mission of Drexel University by serving as educators, supporting education and research, collaboration, and by fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom in both physical and virtual spaces. ### Article by: Jenny James Lee with award background information from the PAM, SLA website http://pam.sla.org/.

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Your Laptop: A Thing of Value

Submitted on June 22, 2011 - 7:29PM

Theft is the number one crime on the Drexel campus, and your laptop is a prime target. Please do not leave your laptop unattended for any amount of time in any public space, and that includes the library. Going to the bathroom, stepping away to make a phone call, and popping outside for a hotdog or cigarette all count as lengths of time away. Even if you ask a neighbor to watch your stuff, his or her studiously bent eyes might not be quick enough to catch a seasoned thief. Wherever you go, no matter how long, if your laptop is out of site, it will very likely be stolen. It happened today, and it happens a lot. So please: Protect your stuff.

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Learning Terrace Hours

Submitted on June 20, 2011 - 5:58PM

The Library Learning Terrace is undergoing some TLC in its infancy, and it will be closed for the first week of classes. We're looking into repairing a plumbing problem. When the plumbing is back up and running, the learning terrace will be too--in all of its 24-hour, learning-ready glory. Still need 24/7 study space in University City? Check out the Bookmark Cafe for 'round-the-clock study space, and sometimes a taco!

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Welcome Back!

Submitted on June 17, 2011 - 8:46PM

Welcome to summer term! We're happy to see you. Yes, there are some things about being at school in the summer that are not ideal. But one of the perks is that the library is quieter in the summer. And we're getting right into the swing of things, resuming our regular term hours starting this weekend, Saturday, June 18th. Come by, get a head start on readings, or just enjoy the solitude!

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The Triangle: Learning Terrace to Open for Finals Week

Submitted on June 9, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Newly built space to continuously change with the needs of students Drexel University Libraries will hold a grand opening event June 3 at 9:30 p.m. for the newly constructed Library Learning Terrace at 33rd and Race streets, which will remain open for spring finals week. The event is being planned with a twilight theme to emphasize the new space's 24/7 availability as a study area for students, according to library marketing and events associate Jenny James Lee. 'In fitting with the twilight theme, the space will just be opening for the evening as most buildings and halls begin to close their doors,' Lee said. 'Also fitting of the theme is the flexibility of the space. The term 'twilight' often refers to something not clearly defined, something that is still being developed, or an intermediate state. The Learning Terrace is not yet clearly defined. As student learners begin to use the space, their needs will determine the future of the space and what it may or may not house.' Visit TheTriangle.org to read the entire article. Strauss, Aaron. 'Learning Terrace to open for finals week.' The Triangle. Philadelphia, PA. 6/3/11. Web. 6/9/11.

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Where's the microwave?

Submitted on June 8, 2011 - 7:45PM

Please bring back the microwave. I'm sorry we had to get rid of the microwave. You see, the problem is that there is no staff here to maintain it and keep it clean. The dirty microwave recently caught on fire, and we absolutely can not have fire in the cafe or the library. So we had to remove it.

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Library Learning Terrace is 24/7

Submitted on June 8, 2011 - 5:41PM

Looking for some quality study space? Have you tried the Library Learning Terrace? It's open 24/7 now through the end of finals. And starting next term, the Library Learning Terrace will be dedicated learning space. The space is already getting a lot of great use. There are plentiful electric outlets, and all of the furniture, whiteboards, and partitions are moveable, so you can adapt the space to your needs. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

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Library Chat is...back up!

Submitted on June 7, 2011 - 6:04PM

Update: Library Chat and Text-a-Librarian have returned. Thanks for your patience while we waited out the service updates.

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Libraries Unveil Learning Terrace to over 250 at Grand Opening

Submitted on June 7, 2011 - 2:44PM

Drexel's Library Learning Terrace opened on June 3, 2011. 

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Lost your stuff? We found it.

Submitted on June 3, 2011 - 7:17PM

Hagerty Library's lost and found is overflowing with unclaimed goodies. Cell phones, travel mugs, calculators, mittens, jewelry, books, sandwiches, royal decrees, puppies, ant farms, etc. If you've lost something in the library, there's a good chance we found it and are holding it for you. So come by the circulation desk to claim your stuff. And don't forget to get it done before you leave for the summer, or it may go the way of last year's unclaimed lost and found items (a sad fate indeed).

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Grand Opening Celebration of the Library Learning Terrace

Submitted on June 1, 2011 - 3:46PM

Do you know where the Library Learning Terrace is..? It's time to find out, because this Friday, June 3rd, at from 9 PM - 10:30 PM the Libraries are celebrating the opening of the Terrace at the Twilight Grand Opening and you'll want to be there! The celebration will feature music from Drexel Student DJ Mike Mannix, food, activities and giveaways. Don't miss the unveiling at 9:30 PM. ...and if you're not sure where the Learning Terrace is, here is a hint.

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Libraries announce Grand Opening of Library Terrace

Submitted on June 1, 2011 - 3:35PM

On Friday, June 3rd the Drexel University Libraries will celebrate the grand opening of the Library Learning Terrace, located at 33rd & Race Streets, with a twilight opening complete with music from Drexel student DJ Mike Mannix, activities, giveaways and prizes. The celebration will begin at 9 p.m. with an official unveiling scheduled for 9:30 p.m.. The unveiling will be the first opportunity for the community to view this new innovative space. In fitting with the twilight theme, the space will just be opening for the evening as most buildings and halls begin to close their doors. The Library Learning Terrace will be a facility that is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for student use, allowing students an innovative and inviting space to study at whatever time works best for their schedule. Also fitting of the theme is the flexibility of the space. The term twilight often refers to something not clearly defined, something that is still being developed, or an intermediate state. The Learning Terrace is not yet clearly defined. As student learners begin to use the space, their needs will determine the future of the space and what it may or may not house. For more information about the Library Learning Terrace, please visit our website. Contact: Jenny James Lee, Marketing & Events Associate, 215-571-4095 or jaj92@drexel.edu.

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Archival Outlook: Online Archives Internship

Submitted on May 31, 2011 - 12:38PM

Megan Atkinson, a Drexel University iSchool student, shares the story of her online archives internship with the Drexel University Archives earlier this year. She shares her experience in the May/June 2011 issue of Archival Outlook.

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Hagerty Library 24/7

Submitted on May 23, 2011 - 7:08PM

During Drexel's Final Exam Period (June 2-June 11), Hagerty Library* will be open 24/7 for all current students, faculty, and staff. During this time the library will be closed to the general public, alumni, and reciprocal university affiliates (University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University). The library will reopen to everyone on Monday June 13. Anyone needing special access during this time should contact the Circulation Desk (215) 895-2767 or circulat@drexel.edu. Reciprocal university affiliates and alumni with Drexel University Library cards may request and retrieve books from the Circulation Desk with prior arrangements. * Except for the Bookmark Cafe, which will be open to the public Monday - Friday 11AM - 5PM for access to the Taco Bell Express.

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Natural Sciences in the Archives

Submitted on May 20, 2011 - 9:17PM

We're just bursting with pride over Drexel's new partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences. To show our school spirit, we're putting on a show--or rather an exhibit--of rare natural history books from Drexel Archive's special collections. The exhibit was put together by Archives volunteer and iSchool grad student Phoebe Kowalewski. Works on display include an astronomy text from 1566 by Alessandro Piccolomini, Jonathan Carver's 1781 Travels through the Interior Parts of North America, and several volumes of Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America and Birds Of America. Fly by soon and get an eyeful.

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Ceremony held for 2011 Library Celebration Awards Recipients

Submitted on May 20, 2011 - 7:08PM

[gallery order='DESC' columns='6']   On Thursday, May 12, 2011 the Drexel University Libraries hosted the second annual Library Celebration Awards, celebrating six recipients of the 2011 awards. The Library Celebration Awards were established in 2010 to recognize individuals or teams who have advanced the values of the Libraries through exceptional accomplishments. In addition to Library staff, a student worker is also recognized for his/her dedication to the Libraries. Over 30 people attended the May 12th ceremony, held in W. W. Hagerty's Bookmark Cafe, which recognized library staff Gina Cacace, Sarah Daub, Meg Finney, Ellie Goldberg and Emily Misser. Andrew Mineo received the Jane Bryan Student Worker Award, named after former Libraries administrator Jane Bryan who was a great supporter of student workers. Over 25 people were nominated for the 2011 Awards and six were chosen for their exceptional service: Recipient Gina Cacace, Library Reserve Coordinator at W. W. Hagerty Library was nominated for enhanced services or outreach activities. Gina demonstrates an exceptional level of service in her position as Library Reserve Coordinator. Her coordination of the library reserves positively impacts all users of the Libraries, from students utilizing reserves to faculty and staff requests for reserve materials. Shortly after her assuming her position, she enhanced the communication to and between the faculty and the subject librarians. She established a procedure to keep the faculty and the subject librarians informed on the status of requests, which has streamlined the process resulting in a more reliable and responsive library service for us all. She also established the reserve email account to better and more efficiently handle reserve requests and questions. Sarah Daub, Circulation/Reserves Clerk at Hahnemann Library, received a nomination for enhanced services or outreach activities. Sarah embraces opportunities to make the Health Sciences Libraries a better place for our students, staff, and faculty. She initiated and executed a project creating exhibits for the hallway area at the entrance to the Hahnemann Library. She proposed a detailed plan with items from the College of Medicine's Legacy Center (a nice collaboration) and she carried this out with artful presentation. She followed this with a thoughtful and sensitive exhibit with materials gleaned from the Hahnemann collection portraying the personal experiences of health sciences professionals with illness or their medical careers. She researched and composed the descriptive narratives that accompanied the display. Currently researching a new exhibit, she has taken on the responsibility of presenting a welcoming, professional, educational, and creative entrance to the Hahnemann Library. Recipient Meg Finney, a Systems Technician at both Hahnemann and W. W. Hagerty Libraries, was nominated for promoting exceptional collaboration and cooperation among library staff. Meg consistently promotes attentive, responsive and approachable service to all locations of Drexel University Libraries. She was an instrumental figure for the Libraries in dealings with IRT concerning Wi-Fi reception issues and has drafted a form to help library patrons describe IT issues. Meg's efforts contribute to increased responsiveness to user needs across all Libraries. Ellie Goldberg, Library Assistant in Information Services at W. W. Hagerty Library received nominations for efficient or innovative infrastructure or operations because of her role as the moving force in implementing and organizing the Personal Librarian program that launched last fall. In addition to writing the communications that were sent to each freshman, she spent time and effort in making the process as easy as possible for all of the Personal Librarians that participated in the project. This Personal Librarian Program, which gained national coverage, was a significant highlight of the last year, and it was clearly made possible by Ellie's efforts. Her resourcefulness, willingness to organize and simplify the process for the rest of us was the key to its success. Emily Misser, the Librarian for Business, Economics and Hospitality Management was nominated for efficient and innovative enhancements to infrastructure or operations. Emily is innovative and creative in her approach to information literacy. She worked to organize the scheduling of presenters, for a library program developed to strengthen research skills of clinical faculty members in the LeBow College of Business, and also served as a presenter herself. She enfolds techniques familiar to the business community in her instructional style, offering a balanced approach. This innovative approach to instruction, known to the wider library community, has resulted in an invitation to be a keynote speaker at the California Conference on Library Instruction being held this month. The Jane Bryan Student Worker Awards was given to Andrew Mineo, a work-study student at W. W. Hagerty Library. Andrew has worked at the library since his freshman year in Fall 2009. He worked additional hours during finals' periods to cover the shifts other students who called out. When Information Services department was in need of assistance, we heartily recommended Andrew and now he splits his duties between Access Services and Information Services exhibiting skills across a variety of projects and public service commendable in this young adult. ### To see images from the 2011 ceremony, please visit our Flickr Page. For more information about the Library Celebration Awards or the recipients, please contact Jenny James Lee at jaj92@drexel.edu

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Bring a book for fine forgiveness

Submitted on May 19, 2011 - 8:29PM

Got library fines? Got unwanted text books? We can help with that. Between May 30th and June 11th, 8am through 8pm, Hagerty Library will offer fine forgiveness for up to if you bring us a current textbook in fair condition (determined by the library). And, if you bring us a book but you don't have fines, you can transfer the forgiveness to your friend who does. Not sure what to donate? Need more information? Take a look at the library's most wanted. Questions? Email reserve@drexel.edu.

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Calling all faculty!

Submitted on May 13, 2011 - 7:53PM

If there's one thing we know about students, it's that they want more course readings on reserve. Help them out by getting your summer course reserves squared away as soon as possible. Your students will thank you for it, and so will we. All the details are listed on our 'Course Reserves' page, where you can also find links to the library's online or printable form. Got a question? Contact the library's reserves desk. We'll get back to you soon.

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The Library is Hiring

Submitted on May 11, 2011 - 8:37PM

Drexel University Libraries, Hagerty Library, is seeking two highly self-motivated individuals interested in gaining work experience in libraries to fill the position of Late Night Supervisor. These individuals will be responsible for the late night supervision and operation of the Circulation Desk and overall functioning of the Library in the absence of professional staff. Duties include:
  • Handling a variety of situations related to access, facilities, and library services; often as the only staff on duty.
  • Assisting library users in locating materials, troubleshooting problems, and interpreting policies.
  • Assisting Public Safety with access issues.
  • Supervising student employees at the Circulation Desk.
  • Performing general maintenance and troubleshooting on equipment.
  • Closing the library.
Qualifications: Candidate must have strong customer service skills, be self-directed, and have acute attention to detail. Preferred skills: academic library experience, experience with library automated systems, and supervision experience. Hours: 10PM-2AM Sunday-Thursday, [shared between two positions] To Apply: Send resume to Dee Childs, dap27@drexel.edu.

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Vintage Computers: Demo @ Hagerty

Submitted on May 10, 2011 - 9:02PM

Want to see some old computers in action? Stop by Hagerty Library, Wednesday, May 11th, 4 - 6pm. While you're there, grab a snack, socialize with fellow enthusiasts, and learn about the history of computing. It's all happening at Drexel Archives' opening reception for its latest exhibit: 'Access for Everyone: Computing at Drexel, 1946 - 1984.'' Drexel University made history with its Microcomputer Project in 1984, which required all incoming freshman to purchase a personal computer. However, the history of computing at Drexel dates back to the very beginning of computer history. The reception includes refreshments and a live demo of vintage computers, co-sponsored by TechServ.

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The Chronicle: Tomorrow's Academic Libraries: Maybe Even Some Books

Submitted on May 9, 2011 - 3:06PM

Imagine a library that is not only bookless but is not necessarily tied to a building, one that takes its personnel and services to patrons rather than expecting them to come to it. Two projects--one now under way at the undergraduate level and one well established at a medical library--suggest where the untethered library is headed. One approach focuses on space; the other on librarians. Visit The Chronicle.com to read more. Howard, Jennifer. 'Tomorrow's Academic Libraries: Maybe Even Some Books.' The Chronicle. Washington, D.C. 8 May 2011. Web. 9 May 2011.

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Insomnia Causes Insomnia

Submitted on May 6, 2011 - 2:59PM

Hear that rumbling? It's not an earthquake, it's not SEPTA, it's Insomnia Cookies. Not that I'm trying to sleep next to their truck, but isn't that an ironic name, given their constantly running generator? So, Drexel: is insomnia cookies worth a 70db engine monotone all day long? If they get this privilege, then I want free reign to set up my grunge band in the middle of Chestnut and rock out. Why, now that you mention it, I do hear that rumbling, as do many of our library users and staff members. You've probably guessed that this is an ongoing issue. Several students have complained, and the problem has come to the attention of the Dean of Libraries, Danuta Nitecki. She has asked senior staff to resolve it. So I can't tell you that the noise will cease immediately, but I can tell you that we consider this a problem, and we are working to fix it. As for your grunge band on Chestnut Street, I'm very sorry, but there is nothing I can do, other than start the mosh pit.

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5/7/11 - Access for Everyone: Computing at Drexel, 1946 - 1984 Archives Exhibit

Submitted on May 3, 2011 - 1:01PM

Drexel Students Use first MacDrexel University made history with its Microcomputer Project in 1984, which required all incoming freshman to purchase a personal computer. However, the history of computing at Drexel dates back to the very beginning of computer history. This exciting exhibit traces the growing role of computers at Drexel and the University's initiatives to provide access to the Drexel academic community. This exhibit will run from May 7th - June 29th, 2011. For more information, email archives@drexel.edu or call 215-895-6706. Two events will take place in conjunction with this exhibit at W. W. Hagerty Library: May 11 - Exhibit Opening from 4 - 6 PM May 12 - Computer History Playdate from 12 - 2 PM

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Campus Technology Magazine: Lean Green Machines

Submitted on April 27, 2011 - 4:59PM

Books are just cool, in more ways than one! Campus Technology magazine named Drexel University and the Drexel University Libraries to its list of Seven Sustainability Stars in Higher Education. Visit Campus Technology's website to read the article.
Villano, Matt. 'Lean Green Machines: 7 Sustainability Stars in Higher Ed.' Campus Technology. Chatsworth, CA. 1 April 2011. Web. 26 April 2011.
 

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Tree Dedication Ceremony

Submitted on April 25, 2011 - 4:08PM

Over 50 people attended the Tree Dedication Ceremony held at W. W. Hagerty Library on April 22nd, 2011 in memory of Dorothy Colflesh. Guests of honor included members of Dorothy's family, Provost Greenberg, Dean of Libraries Danuta A. Nitecki, members of the Drexel Sustainability Council and faculty and staff from Drexel University. The Ceremony included remarks from Gabriel Cohen, founding member of the Drexel Sustainability Council, Provost Mark Greenberg, Dorothy's daughter Rachel Ouderkirk and Dean of Libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki. Click here to view a photo slideshow from the event.

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Describing the Libraries in One Word

Submitted on April 21, 2011 - 1:00PM

Thank you to everyone who visited our Libraries exhibit at the Spotlight on Drexel: Teaching, Learning & Research Event on Thursday, April 14th. During the event, we asked you to give us the first word you think of when you think of the Libraries...these are your responses.

The post popular choices were: Books, Learning, Research, Information & Helpful.

What word do YOU think of when you think of the Libraries?

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The Cafe Door

Submitted on April 20, 2011 - 9:05PM

Must we scan our IDs to enter Bookmark from within the library? It seems to serve no purpose, as we have already scanned IDs at the library entrance. Also, the alarm that goes off fairly frequently is incredibly annoying and disturbing. Thanks for asking. It's all about the 33rd Street door and Taco Bell. When Taco Bell is open, the 33rd Street door of the cafe is unlocked and accessible to the public, which means that we must keep the door into the main part of W. W. Hagerty secure in order to protect the library and students. Keeping the door secure means that students must swipe in for access--those without Drexel IDs cannot get in. This door does not have a turnstile, which means that an ID must be swiped anytime the door is open, whether the student is going into or out of the Bookmark Cafe. You may have noticed that you don't have to swipe your ID to enter the cafe when Taco Bell is closed. That's because when Taco Bell is closed, the 34th Street door in the Bookmark Cafe is locked and inaccessible to anyone. When this is the case, anyone who has already swiped their ID at the main Hagerty door has free access to the Bookmark Cafe. Regarding the alarm, we know it's annoying. Believe us--we know. Unfortunately this door must be alarmed so that those who don't swipe their IDs and those who monitor the door are alerted to the problem. Students can help dampen the alarm by swiping their IDs every time they open the door between the library and the Bookmark Cafe, and by stopping to listen to the staff member monitoring the door when he or she asks them to.

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Have you seen the new Learning Terrace?

Submitted on April 19, 2011 - 8:43PM

Construction is underway for the new Library Learning Terrace, scheduled to open in May 2011. The Terrace is located at the intersection of 33rd and Race Streets in the Race Street Residence Hall. Below are some architect's renderings of what the new space will look like: [gallery columns='2'] We can't wait to debut this new space! We hope you're excited too.

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Printing Panic

Submitted on April 14, 2011 - 9:02AM

The Dragon Card machine needs to be fixed so I can print for 10 cents and not 25. Also, the copiers should be fixed. Thanks! Thanks for letting us know. When copiers, cards readers, etc. are broken, we jump into action to get them fixed as soon as someone alerts us to the problem. On the day you wrote, our Dragon Card machine was out of service for about 15 minutes while we worked to pry out a card that was stuck inside.* When printing is effected by a technical difficulty, the circulation desk will only charge you 10 cents per page, instead of their usual 25 cents. With respect to the copiers, I'm sorry they were out of service. If you see something that's not working properly, and there's no sign attached saying that we're working on the problem, please alert a staff member so we can get started fixing what's broken. We can fix most printer, copier, and scanner problems in just a few minutes. * The Dragon Card was stuck in the machine because it was falling apart. If you have a Dragon Card that isn't working properly, it might be time for you to get a new one. I know it's not cheap, but it'll save you (and others) big headaches.

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Tomorrow's Library Today: Drexel University Magazine

Submitted on April 13, 2011 - 2:45PM

A Librarian for Everyone

Drexel now has personal librarians for this year's 2,750-plus freshmen to help connect them to the increasingly complicated information landscape. More than 20 personal librarians are charged with helping students learn about the resources and contacts they need to succeed. They are trained to understand the curriculum and information resources throughout Drexel's many disciplines and will maintain a relationship with the students until they move deeper into research when the primary contact becomes a subject specialist. 'The program is a natural extension of what libraries have done for a long time, but now we are adding a more personal element,' said Dean of Libraries Dr. Danuta A. Nitecki, adding that every student will begin to master the identification and evaluation of resources in order to 'explore diverse ideas and gain new knowledge.' Nitecki envisions the library as a learning enterprise, where librarians are integrated as educators in the academic life of the campus.

Where You Live and Work

That traditional university library at the heart of campus? Its days may be numbered, with Drexel University Libraries leading the way. Beginning with a 'Library Learning Terrace' in the heart of the University's residential community, Drexel is exploring multiple learning spaces across campus designed to essentially bring the library to the students. The strategy proposed by Dean of Libraries Dr. Danuta A. Nitecki is to establish spaces and programs that promote intentional learning among students as well as interactive collaborations joining students with faculty and staff with expertise in technology, pedagogy, and information. The first Library Learning Terrace will open this spring in 3,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of the Race Street Residence Hall at 33rd and Race Streets. This 'bookless library' will have wireless capability and stations for students to work and collaborate. Students will be able to make appointments with librarian specialists, tutors, or teaching assistants to meet them at the Terrace for training or assistance in their studies. This experiment may lead to a network of library hubs throughout campus. View the Drexel University Magazine as a PDF.   'Tomorrow's Library Today.' Drexel University Magazine. Philadelphia, PA. Spring 2011.

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New Library Facility at Drexel University to Study How Individuals Learn

Submitted on April 13, 2011 - 2:43PM

News Release

PHILADELPHIA (February 11, 2011) -- Drexel University Libraries will unveil a new facility on the University's campus in the spring. This new facility, the Library Learning Terrace, has already caused a buzz among undergraduate students, faculty and staff. Over 200 students attended information sessions about the Terrace and provided feedback on its purpose and design. These student ideas, and additional comments, sent through a blog were considered in planning the new library concept. With construction underway, people on campus are eager to see how this new space will affect learning. Designed by Philadelphia-based Erdy McHenry Architects, the 3,000-square-foot Library Learning Terrace will be located on the ground floor of the Race Street Residence Hall at 33rd and Race Streets, with completion set for April. 'This is the first step toward embedding the Libraries across campus,' Dean of Libraries, Danuta A. Nitecki said. 'The Library Learning Terrace will give us the ability to study what contributes to an individual's learning and to define a new library environment.' Located in the heart of the University's residence halls, the Learning Terrace will feature flexible indoor space with endless possibilities. Currently, the Libraries are collaborating with Drexel's Writing Center, tutors, technological experts and teachers to see how the Learning Terrace can provide new opportunities to students, as they become intentional learners. 'The Library Learning Terrace offers us another place to define the library as a learning enterprise,' Nitecki said. 'A place where we can actively engage students in using information and mastering learning skills.' Physically the Terrace will house a variety of seating, allowing students to arrange places best suited for their learning style or tasks. Students have flexibility to work at individual tables or work collaboratively in groups by assembling tables and partitions. Librarians and other experts will be present at various times at a consultation hub. Drexel's Libraries have already seen success with using technology to engage students in collaborative learning through a media:scape located in the University's main library facility W.W. Hagerty Library. The media:scape enables individual users to connect multiple laptops to a single screen and work together on group projects and learning. 'The media:scape has become a popular resource in the library,' Nitecki said. 'Our students have expressed a fondness for the Libraries for providing multiple spaces and venues for learning. As we move forward, we are excited to see how students utilize the Learning Terrace to integrate new technologies and flexible furnishings as venues for learning and collaboration.' Expanding the Learning Terrace concept further, the Libraries is currently exploring the possibility of developing numerous library hubs throughout the Drexel campus. These smaller stations will serve as additional learning spaces where small groups of students can collaborate and receive assistance from University staff members. The Libraries can also use these hubs to further expand upon the thriving My Personal Librarian program, in which incoming students are each assigned a personal liaison in the Libraries. 'This plan combines the productivity of a study space with the resources of the library,' said Lucas Hippel, President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association. Academic libraries not only provide access to information, but can also help individuals as they use information in furthering their own learning. Drexel University Libraries was a leader in striving to surpass the traditional definition of a library and in exploring new ways to support learning through environment and technology. ### News media contacts Jenny James, Drexel Libraries Marketing and Events Associate, 215-571-4095 or jennyjames@drexel.edu Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau, Office of University Communications, 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu

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Library Skills Quiz

Submitted on April 11, 2011 - 8:21AM

It's week 3. Brush up on your library knowledge now before you're in panic mode for that first big project. Here's a quiz to test your knowledge: Q: Where can you find earplugs, headphones, laptops, projectors, and Ethernet cables? A: The circulation desk. Q: Where can you get help getting research for your paper or project? A: The reference desk, or anywhere there's a reference librarian. Q: How do you reserve a study room where you and your group can hunker down? A: On the online reservation system. Q: What's the best resource for doing research in your subject? A: Find recommendations in our research guides. Q: How do you find an article? A: Use Article Finder--or watch the tutorial on our video tutorials page. Q: Who has the textbooks? A: Course reserves are at the circulation desk.

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Cleaning.

Submitted on April 8, 2011 - 8:57PM

Not clean enough. How so? We have cleaning staff at Hagerty whenever the library is open, so if you encounter a specific problem with cleanliness, please let someone at the reference or circulation desk know, and we'll find someone to fix it right away. We'd also like to hear about it if you've noticed a specific problem over time. If we know about it, we can fix it. Please do be sure to give us details, though; if we don't know what the specific problem is, we won't be able to fix it. Thanks for your comment.

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Library Journal: Can a Library Courtesy Clerk Tame Your Patrons?

Submitted on April 5, 2011 - 2:46PM

On April 5, 2011 Library Journal featured an article on Adam Mizelle, Library Courtesy Clerk, and his poster presentation at ACRL titled 'Can a LIbrary Courtesy Clerk Tame your Patrons?'

View the article online at Library Journal's website.

Kelley, Michael. 'ACRL 2011: Can a Library Courtesy Clerk Tame Your Patrons?' Library Journal. 5 April 2011. Web. 6 April 2011.

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ACS Journals Are Back

Submitted on April 4, 2011 - 8:10PM

We have restored our access to all journals from the ACS. If you've been looking for an article from an ACS journal over the past few days, please try again now--it will work! If you're not sure whether the journal you're looking for is an ACS publication, please take a look at the full list of ACS journals. Thank you for your patience while we fixed the problem. Please let us know if you continue to have problems accessing journal articles, from ACS or otherwise.

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4/22/11 - Tree Dedication Ceremony

Submitted on April 4, 2011 - 3:05PM

You're invited to join the Drexel University Sustainability Council this Friday, April 22nd at 10 AM in front of W. W. Hagerty Library for a tree dedication in memory of Dorothy Colflesh (Schwartz). Dorothy passed on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. She was the director of administrative services at the W.W. Hagerty Library and an original member of the council. The dedication will begin shortly after 10:00 AM, followed by a reception. Drexel Libraries has established the Dorothy Colflesh [Schwartz] Memorial Collection of resources on 'green' practices, reflecting such activities as recycling and waste education, which were among Ms. Colflesh's interests. Those wishing to contribute can do so online. In the 'Special Instructions' box on the online form please note in honor of Dorothy Colflesh (Schwartz). Please bring your own coffee mug to this event to help support the Green cause.

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EZ-Borrow and You

Submitted on April 4, 2011 - 1:38PM

Need a book that's not at Drexel Libraries? EZ Borrow is usually the answer. But EZ Borrow is experiencing some growing pains, and while it settles, we're asking those looking to borrow books from other libraries to use ILLiad instead. Not sure how to use ILLiad? Just click on the link from 'My Library Accounts,' sign in with your Drexel ID and password, and you'll be prompted to set up an account. And if you're still unsure, just contact the reference desk. We're happy to help.

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W. W. Hagerty makes the cover of ALA's Choice Magazine

Submitted on April 2, 2011 - 1:49PM

[caption id='attachment_28' align='alignright' width='179' caption='(c) American Libraries Association']Choice Magazine April 2011 Cover[/caption] Drexel University's W. W. Hagerty Library is featured on the cover of the American Library Association's Choice Magazine for April 2011. More than 35,000 academic librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on the reviews in Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research. Choice reaches almost every undergraduate college and university library in the United States. Visit Choice Magazine online. 'On the Cover.' Choice Magazine. Annapolis Junction, MD. April 2011. Web. 13 April 2011.

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And the winner is...

Submitted on April 1, 2011 - 7:31PM

...Kyla LaFond! She won an IPad, courtesy of Thomson Reuters, who was one of our exhibitors at Tuesday's E-Resources fair at Hagerty Library. Noelle Egan (right), Drexel's Electronic Resources Librarian, presented Kyla with the IPad shortly after the fair ended. We had a fantastic time at the fair, and we were so excited to offer such a great prize. Thank you, Thomson Reuters, and congratulations, Kyla!

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AutoCAD and QCAD

Submitted on April 1, 2011 - 1:52AM

Would you be able to install ProE and AutoCAD on the library computers? It would be beneficial to students who do not have easy access to them since they are only available at the MEM lab. Thanks for the question. Here at the libraries we can only place site licensed software on our systems, and your recommendations don't fall into this category. But we do have QCad available to us, which we could install if there was interest. Although it's not as full-featured as AutoCAD, it does offer some useful drafting tools. You can exchange files with AutoCAD by exporting and importing as DXF. For more information about this software, check out the author's website. If you think this would be useful to have on library computers, let us know by commenting here, and we'll look into it.

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Archives Open House

Submitted on March 30, 2011 - 4:04PM

What secrets lurk in the heart of Hagerty's lower level? Only the Drexel Archives know! And maybe they'll tell you if you come to their open house, this afternoon from 5-7pm. Archives staff will be displaying some of their favorite materials from the collections, including rare books, early photos of Drexel and the library school, and 19th-century correspondence. Come meet the Archives staff and learn about their services and upcoming events.

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Grimy Keys

Submitted on March 25, 2011 - 10:52PM

Please wipe down the keyboards; they are getting greasy and nasty. Thanks for letting us know. We clean the computers and keyboards regularly, but they do get gunky between their baths. We will check on them soon. Meanwhile, if you need a cleaner keyboard, please visit the reference desk for a cleansing cloth.

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Welcome Back, Friend!

Submitted on March 25, 2011 - 10:47PM

We're so glad to see you. Want to be friends? Like us on Facebook and find out what's happening. Here are a couple of teasers. We're welcoming you back with two events:
  • The E-Resources Fair is this Tuesday 10am-2pm. Stop by the atrium and find out what's new in online research resources.
  • Library Quizzo is Thursday, March 31st 4:30-6pm. Gather a team of your smartest, most competitive friends and head on over to Bookmark Cafe to answer questions about Philadelphia, Drexel, and the libraries. There will be prizes and refreshments, of course.
Need more information? Read all about it on Facebook.

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American Libraries: Learning Terrace to Embed Library Throughout Drexel Campus

Submitted on March 22, 2011 - 8:17PM

A new library facility at Drexel University in Philadelphia is 'the first step toward embedding the libraries across campus,' according to Dean of Libraries Danuta Nitecki. Visit American Libraries.com, The Magazine of the American Library Association, to read more.

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This Tuesday: Learn Reaxys

Submitted on March 17, 2011 - 8:33PM

At 10am on Tuesday, March 22nd, Jennifer Renak from Reaxys will offer an hour-long training session on the ins and outs or Reaxys. Please join us! It's open to all faculty, graduate students, and library staff. Reaxys is a workflow solution for research chemists. It can speed up your research workflow by combining reaction and substance data in organic, organometallic, inorganic and physical chemistry with synthesis planning. What use to be Beilstein and Gmelin are now combined into one database! Details on the Reaxys training:
  • Tuesday, March 22nd
  • Room L14 on Hagerty Library's lower level
  • 10am-11am (gathering will begin at 9:30)
  • RSVP: Beth Ten Have, et73@drexel.edu.

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388 New Journals

Submitted on March 14, 2011 - 9:55PM

Drexel Libraries has just acquired subscriptions to nearly 400 new journals in the arts and sciences. These come to us courtesy of JSTOR's Arts & Sciences 5 and Arts & Sciences 6 collections, which we've just signed onto. Take a look at the titles for Arts & Sciences 5 and Arts & Sciences 6. There's something there for almost everyone, including those with interst in the arts, history, business, law, education, and library and information science.

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New Fines Policy @ Hagerty

Submitted on March 14, 2011 - 9:26PM

Starting next term, those with more than in library fines will not be able to check out reserve books. Have you ever needed to read a chapter for class but not been able to get the book you need from the Library's reserve collection because a classmate has kept it out past their time? It happens too often at Hagerty Library so starting in the Spring quarter, once you reach in fines, you won't be able to check out reserve books. As always, once you hit in fines, you lose the ability to check out 28 day loan books, laptops, DVDs or access our electronic databases. How This May Affect You This means that some of you will have to pay off your fines before you'll be able to use the library in the Spring. We know this is a new procedure, so when you come to the circulation desk, ask to speak with a supervisor and we'll be happy to discuss your account with you to make sure that our new policy is clear. Not sure if you have fines? Check your library account. How Can I Pay My Fines? You may pay either half of your balance or the full balance. Partial payments will not be accepted.
  • In person: Come to the circulation desk and pay with a credit card (VISA or Mastercard), check (made out to Drexel Libraries) or cash. We also accept Ultima Funds!
  • Not in town? You can pay over the phone with a credit card ( minimum) by calling 215-895- 2755 and ask to speak with a supervisor. Or, mail us a check, but be sure to note your student ID in the memo so that we can clear your account!
  • Remember: The point of this is not to make money or to keep books from students, but to work together to make sure that the greatest number of students can benefit from what the library has to offer.
What We're Doing to Make Things Better We're working to provide more copies of the books you need. If we don't have a book you're looking for, there are a few things you can do:
  1. Ask your professor to provide the library with a copy of the book.
  2. Send us an email! reserve@drexel.edu
  3. Fill out our suggestion sheet at the Hagerty Library circulation desk.

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24/7: It's on

Submitted on March 10, 2011 - 9:41PM

Hagerty Library is now open 24 hours/day, everyday, until the end of finals. Need a place to study at 3am? We're it. To accommodate Drexel's studying masses, Hagerty is also closed to Alumni, guests from affiliated universities, and members of the public until Monday, March 21st.

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100 Library Likes

Submitted on March 7, 2011 - 2:33PM

Pop quiz:
  1. What three events will Drexel Libraries be hosting during week one of spring term?
  2. What Drexel Archives exhibit did the Triangle cover on February 25th?
  3. How many people like Drexel Libraries on Facebook?
Your answers: Find them on Facebook. We like you so much! Please like us back. Help us get to 100 likes by the end of finals.

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Faculty: Spring Reserves Start Now

Submitted on March 2, 2011 - 8:34PM

Spring term starts in three weeks! Want your students to get a leg up on spring term reading? Help them out by getting your course reserves set up ASAP. It's never too early. Please don't forget: we've got a lot of course reserves to manage here at the library. The more time you can give us to get it all into the system, the better prepared we'll be to get your students exactly what they need. Putting readings on reserve is pretty easy. Just fill out the form. Questions? Please contact Gina Cacace, the library's reserves coordinator, at 215-895-6786 or gdc27@drexel.edu.

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3/31/11 - Welcome Back Week Quizzo

Submitted on March 1, 2011 - 3:17PM

Gather a group of friends and join the Libraries for Welcome Back Week Quizzo. Enjoy complimentary popcorn, drinks and soft pretzels while your team answers questions about Philadelphia, Drexel University, the Libraries and current events. The top three scoring teams will receive prizes.

Thursday, March 31st W. W. Hagerty's Bookmark Cafe 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Hosts include: Rob Sieczkiewicz (University Archivist), Jay Bhatt (Engineering Reference Librarian), Ellie Goldberg (Library Assistant, Information Services) and more!

   

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Magazines in the Bookmark Cafe

Submitted on February 25, 2011 - 8:53PM

Did you know that there are a bunch of magazines in the Bookmark Cafe that you can take home and keep? Well there are. Please take them! If you're looking for some diverting reading during the long lead up to finals, why not grab a magazine from the Cafe? It's free and you don't have to bring it back. When you're done, just pass it on to a friend.

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The Triangle: Past Letters to Presidents displayed in Library

Submitted on February 25, 2011 - 2:56PM

Correspondence between presidents, faculty and students change through years By: Samuel Davidson Posted: 2/25/11 A reception was held in Hagerty Library Feb. 22 for a new exhibit that will display archived letters to Drexel's presidents, in order to showcase the shared concerns and thoughts of over 100 years of presidents, students, parents and alumni. The letters cover a wide variety of topics - some modern, and many now quaintly archaic. Viewing the display, one finds a wide spectrum of letters, from modern crisp printouts and blurred faxes to the ornate script of handwritten letters and the uniform type of typewriters. The entertainment of the exhibit is most often found in the latter most of these documents. President James MacAlister (1840-1913) complained in a note to one of his professors: 'The students of your department seem to be falling into the habit of finding relief for their hard work by whistling. I have no doubt that they get lots of pleasure out of it, but it will not do. I presume it is done after you leave; but I think you had better say to them they must refrain from whistling until they are out of the building.' For all the nuisances of texting during classes, professors of this era are surely grateful that their classes are unlikely to be disturbed by uproarious whistling. There are also letters of scandal. A young lady was reprimanded not just for missing her classes, but even more for that fact that she was seen 'in the habit of engaging in conversation with young men.' The faculty at the time found this unacceptable. Three young women obtained the use of a lodge on the Drexel Estate for a weekend party, and successfully schemed to have gentleman callers with no chaperone present. They were promptly suspended for an egregious breach of discipline.Not every letter relates such sordid matters, though. Many letters reveal the common sentiments collegiate students and their supervisors have felt at Drexel for over a century. These provide an example of some of the immutable features of college. On display is a letter from a prospective student in 1940 who shares any modern student's desire to impress. He related, 'I have a special aptitude in science and am good in higher mathematics ... I am a boy of good habit and fond of outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing. I am on the track team at school. I am a Christian boy and active in Y.M.C.A. I will be eighteen years of age on June twenty-eighth, if God spares my life.' He closes the letter by signing himself as 'a boy who wishes to succeed.' In another letter, dated 1925, a father icily leveled an accusation of anti-southern bigotry regarding his daughter's probation for poor academic performance. President Kenneth G. Matheson (who served from 1921-1931) gracefully replied that the probation was in and of itself giving the student an additional opportunity, and that he was born and attended college in the south himself. Holly Mengel, a visiting archivist, found particular humor in one letter regarding the quality of the 1992 graduation. She noted the contents with a laugh: 'Despite being bad, it was significantly better than the previous three!' According to Robert Sieczkiewicz, Drexel archivist and proprietor of the exhibition, the exhibit does have a scholarly intent: 'The continuity of student concerns ... [The fact] that students are still concerned with the issues back then as the parents were, that the administration was the same: designing a good educational program, getting students to conform to standards of behavior - even though today we don't care about folks whistling in the Main Building.' Sieczkiewicz believes students should be aware of the ways in which using the archives can enrich their projects and research. Nothing could evidence this more than his display itself - the past is that much more vivid for being told in the voices of those who lived it. Visit The Triangle online. Davidson, Samuel. 'Past Letters to Presidents Displayed in Library.' The Triangle. Philadelphia, PA. 2/25/11. Web. 2/25/11.

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Presidential Party

Submitted on February 22, 2011 - 1:37PM

Raise a glass to the Drexel's presidents past at Hagerty Library, today from 4-6p.m. Drexel University Archives will be celebrating the opening of its most recent exhibit: 'Dear Mr. President: Letters to and from the Drexel Presidents.' Find the party and the exhibit this afternoon from 4-6p.m. near the stair well on Hagerty's first floor. The exhibit includes correspondence to and from students, parents, faculty, alumni and the public, and demonstrates the changing role of academic leaders since the founding of the Drexel Institute 120 years ago.

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Lose your mittens?

Submitted on February 18, 2011 - 8:49PM

Poor little kitten! They're probably shelved in the 'Lost and Found' section at Hagerty library. This is a special collection that our crafty librarians keep behind the circulation desk by the front door. Other items of interest in our Lost and Found collection:
  • gloves
  • hats
  • scarves
Probably the last thing on your mind today, but winter's not over yet, and you're probably going to wish you hadn't lost those things next week.

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Stairs Temporarily Closed

Submitted on February 14, 2011 - 2:02PM

The stairwell between Hagerty's first and second floors is temporarily closed for reflooring. Please use the elevators to get between floors. We expect the stairs to reopen for use on Thursday the 17th. Thanks for your patience while we beautify!

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3/29/11 - Electronic Resources Fair

Submitted on February 12, 2011 - 3:15PM

Visit W.W. Hagerty Library on Tuesday, March 29th to experience the second Annual Electronic Resources fair. Not sure what the Libraries have to offer? This is your chance to learn about all of the resources available to you as a Drexel Student or Faculty member!

While you are learning about these invaluable electronic resources you will enjoy food, giveaways and door prizes.

Tuesday, March 29th 10 AM - 2 PM W. W. Hagerty Library Atrium

...and did we mention you could win an iPad just for stopping by? Courtesy of Thomson Reuters.

 

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The Triangle: Class Explores Campus History

Submitted on February 11, 2011 - 2:53PM

Archives present student work

By: David Stephenson Although thousands pass him by each day, few actually know of the all-star alumnus for whom who Mario the Dragon is named. Even fewer students know the story of a long lost chandelier that once hung in the Great Court of Main but disappeared after a massive explosion rocked the campus and damaged buildings along Market Street. But these stories from Drexel's past, and more, and now being unveiled by a group of inquisitive students from professor Sheryl P. Simons's fall 2010 English 101 course. The Drexel Archives have been presenting works from Drexel students in Simon's class about the history of their school. Although many of the posts have already been published, all of the essays are available on the Drexel University Libraries website. 'I think what we're trying to do is get students excited about the history of their school,' Robert Sieczkiewicz, University Archivist, said. Essays that are already available on the site cover the mystery surrounding the chandelier from the Great Hall, the story behind the financier who founded the University and the history of women in Drexel sports. The posts are slated to run through March, with students delving into new topics on the Wednesday of each week. For students interested in the history of their school, the University archives have a wide selection of primary sources covering the development of the University. Sieczkiewicz said that the Archives department supported many other projects around the University. He also said that this was not the first time that student works were selected to be featured on the Archives blog. In fact, if students are interesting in doing research with the Drexel archives and then have their works published on the blog, Sieczkiewicz said he would be willing to work with those students to develop their blog posts. Sieczkiewicz also said that Simon's spring class will be doing a second series of posts, this time on historical and current research innovations developed at Drexel, that will be publish as the spring term comes to a close. Visit The Triangle online.   Stephenson, David. 'Class Explores Campus History.' The Triangle. Philadelphia, PA. 11 Feb 2011. Web. 11 Feb 2011.

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Reserve your time on MediaScape

Submitted on February 10, 2011 - 11:12PM

Have you been eyeballing the new MediaScape work station near Hagerty's front door? Drooling over the cool collaborative tools that allow multiple users to plug into one screen? Can't get your turn at the table because it's just too crowded? We understand your dilemma, and that's why we've added MediaScape to the room reservation system. If you want to use the MediaScape with your project mates, just log in and enter your reservation information. The MediaScape will be yours for the using until your time's up and the next lucky group gets to collaborate in style.

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3/30/11 - ACRL Networking Event

Submitted on February 10, 2011 - 3:08PM

The iSchool at Drexel & Drexel University Libraries invite you to enjoy an evening of conversation and refreshments with colleagues and future academic librarians.

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More Recycling

Submitted on February 10, 2011 - 3:08PM

There should be more paper recycling bins! Good point. You can never have too much of a good thing. I've made some calls around the library, and we're on the case. Thanks for the good idea.

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Fine tune your research skills

Submitted on February 10, 2011 - 2:24PM

The Drexel Writing Center will host 'Research Skills and Database Searching for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Projects' on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the W.W. Hagerty Library, room L33 (33rd and Market Streets). This workshop will be run by a reference librarian who will focus on methods to make researching topics efficient and effective. This event is free and open to all students, but please register.

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New Leisure Books @ Hagerty

Submitted on February 8, 2011 - 3:22PM

Hagerty's leisure book collection has just gotten a big injection of new stuff. We ordered lots of books on the 'best of 2010' lists, and they're starting to arrive in droves. Miss a buzz worthy book during the year? Find it in Hagerty's leisure collection. All our new books are displayed on the first two shelves, so come on down and take a look at what's new. Don't have time to browse? Get a quick online glance at what's new, and then stop by to pick up just what you need. And if you don't see what you want, just wait, because there's more coming soon.

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Vote for New DVDs

Submitted on February 4, 2011 - 10:44PM

There are a lot of new DVDs on their way into Hagerty's leisure collection, but we're still planning on adding more. Take a look at our latest ballot of new DVD releases for the month of February. Make it known which ones you want to see added to the collection. DVDs with the most votes will be added to the next order. Vote here. Polling ends Thursday, February 17th. Want to see what we've got right now? Take a look! Still not sure what you want to see? Come on down to Hagerty and look at our new display area. We're showing off our new DVDs along with this month's theme: romance. Our new DVD display area is right by the doors to the Bookmark Cafe. Check it out whenever you're in the library. We'll be updating the display every few weeks.

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Third Floor Stairs

Submitted on February 4, 2011 - 6:44PM

Workers are currently repairing and reflooring the stairs between Hagerty's second and third floors. This means that the steps are covered with smelly, sticky glue. Please be sure to observe the barriers to these steps so as to avoid undoing the careful work that's being done there, and also to avoid getting glue on the bottom of your shoes and tracking it through the library. If you need to get to the third floor, please use the elevator, which is now open to all levels of the Hagerty building. Thanks for your cooperation and patience.

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Chemistry & Fashion: Two New Resources

Submitted on January 28, 2011 - 9:07PM

They're finally here! Drexel University Libraries now has a subscription to two important resources: Berg Fashion Library and Reaxys Berg Fashion Library includes online access to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. It also includes e-books, reference works, images, and so much more. The Fashion Library is a convenient place to start your research on the history of dress or the fashion industry. Note the ability to explore fashion by time or place using the interactive timeline and map on the homepage. If nothing else, you should check out the stunning images! Reaxys is a web based database that combines Beilstein and Gmellen, two resources covering the chemical literature back to the 19th century. It will help you discover chemical data information. Try this: click on 'Generate structure from name,' enter the scientific or popular name for a compound name (try 'aspirin') and it will generate the structure automatically. Never draw a compound structure again!

Cool!

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Reserve a Room; Get it Done

Submitted on January 21, 2011 - 10:11PM

When's the last time you reserved a group study room at the library? If it was last term, you're in for a treat. We've updated our room reservation system to be easier to use and even friendlier than before. Check it out. You'll be hooked. And booked! : ) And don't forget you can rent laptops and projectors for those rooms at the circulation desk. Come on by, flash us your ID, and we'll get you everything you need for a productive group study session.

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Q: What's New? A: ProQuest

Submitted on January 10, 2011 - 9:35PM

ProQuest Logo If you love ProQuest Research Library as much as we do, you are probably familiar with the trusty yellow and white interface we've all come to know and love. Well, get ready for a big change, because Proquest just got a big facelift. But it's not just it's looks that have changed. Now you can search across more databases at once, and you can more easily narrow your search with the tools at the right of your search results. Try some of the cool features in advanced search, like the Figures & Tables search when you need a graph. Get started by finding ProQuest Research Library under the Quick Links on the library homepage, or wherever you're used to finding it. If you're familiar with Summon, you'll be good to go on the new ProQuest platform, but if need the rundown, give us a shout and we'll help you get started. It only takes a couple of minutes to get the hang of it--and you'll be glad you did.

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2010 Annual Report

Submitted on January 8, 2011 - 5:23PM

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2011: Week One

Submitted on January 3, 2011 - 2:42PM

Happy New Year! Drexel Libraries are happy to see you! This term is going to fly by. Before you know it, early spring will be beckoning you away from your finals cram session. Start your spring fever prevention course now by checking in at the library. We'll help you get started on your research topic, hook you up with text books on course reserve, and outfit your study group with its own private work room.

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EZ Borrow Downtime: Friday, 9am - noon

Submitted on April 9, 2009 - 4:28PM

E-Z Borrow has been hard at work getting you those must-have items from other libraries as quickly as possible. But hard workers need naps from time to time, and E-Z Borrow's will be the morning of Friday, April 10th from 9am to noon. Can't find what you're looking for at Hagerty? Get your request in before 9am on Friday, or come back at noon, when E-Z Borrow will be refreshed and ready to take your order.

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Feast of St. Katharine Drexel

Submitted on March 3, 2009 - 2:05PM

March 3 is the Feast of St. Katharine Drexel, niece of Anthony J. Drexel.

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