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Drexel Libraries' Fall Events to Focus on Building Community In Person and Online

October 4, 2022

The Drexel Libraries is pleased to announce several new and returning events for the 2022/2023 academic year, including ScholarSip, Wednesdays@Noon, and ScholarSnack.

The Libraries kicked off the 2022 fall term with several Welcome Week events (held September 19 – 23), including resource fairs and in-person guided tours of the W. W. Hagerty Library. More than 300 students joined the guided tours, with another 200 opting to take self-guided tours on their own time.

Ashley Moore from the Client Access Experiences team lead the tours, helping students familiarize themselves with the Libraries’ physical spaces and meet expert staff. The tours also provided a terrific opportunity to inform new Dragons about the Libraries’ important resources and services and build their connection to the DUL community.

In a welcome return to tradition, last week saw the return of ScholarSnack, an in-person event series where Drexel students enjoy snacks while discussing their experiences in exploring information and data resources. Due to COVID-19, the ScholarSnack series was canceled from March 2020 through August 2022.

Shaily Panwar, a business analytics and finance major in Drexel's LeBow College of Business and one of the Libraries' Information Explorers, developed the idea for the fall ScholarSnack event, which she hosted on Sept. 29 in the Dragons’ Learning Den in the W. W. Hagerty Library.

During the event, called Debunking Climate Change & Sustainability Social Media Myths, Ms. Panwar spoke about the importance of researching information shared on social media and shared tips to help others identify fake information online. She used the online learning tool Kahoot! to make the event fun, interactive, and a little competitive. Students also enjoyed pizza and time to socialize with peers and talk with Libraries staff about issues and information resources related to climate change and sustainability.

After two years of hosting almost exclusively online events, the Libraries is pleased to continue to increase its on-campus activities and to continue its strategic mission to foster a strong, interdisciplinary community of Drexel Dragons.

Visit our events calendar or read below for more information on some of our exciting fall events.

Wednesdays @ Noon Returns for its 3rd Season

Wednesdays@Noon started out as a temporary pandemic replacement for the Libraries’ in-person training and information session. It has gained so much popularity since 2020 that it has become a regular series.

This year, Libraries staff have prepared an exciting list of webinars, including sessions on the history of Black student enrollment at Drexel; a case study on teaching with the University Archives; tips on writing research data management & sharing plans (DMSP); and using important databases and research tools like PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science.

These 30-minute virtual sessions are open to all Drexel faculty, staff, and students and members of the public.

Visit our events calendar for the full list of events and to register to attend. 

Celebrate Open Access Week with the Drexel Libraries: October 24 - 30

Join us for a week-long celebration of open access to research and information!

This year’s Open Access Week theme is Open for Climate Justice. Throughout the week, the Libraries will feature Drexel research on climate change, like the keynote event featuring Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger, PhD, from the College of Arts & Sciences. During her in-person event, Professor Ottinger will talk about her work to create and how the site both creates more open access to information and shines a spotlight on the obstacles to accessing climate change and sustainability research.

Attend this year’s OA Week Research Table Talks, during which five Drexel researchers will talk about their latest research projects and the importance of making research openly available, followed by Q/A and lively discussion with the audience.

Learn more about the Libraries’ 2022 OA Week activities

2022/23 ScholarSip Series to Help Maintain Momentum on Climate Change

Join Drexel colleagues for the University Libraries’ 2022/2023 ScholarSip event series! This year, ScholarSip will explore the theme of Climate Change & Sustainability, building on the momentum set by the University in 2021 with its Climate Year.

Each term, a distinguished Drexel professor will offer “food for thought” on their research in this critical area, sharing how their work aims to ultimately help make the region—and the world—more climate resilient. Hear from trusted experts working to combat climate change through interdisciplinary research in areas including human nature and environmental change, materials engineering, and medicine.

Fall ScholarSip Presents: Ben Kalina, MFA, Assistant Professor, Film & Television

Date: Monday, December 5, 2022
Time: 4pm - 5pm

Professor Kalina will lead a discussion on his research and forthcoming short film on the history of environmental injustice in Philadelphia and the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities.
Register to attend

Winter ScholarSip Presents Caroline Schauer, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
Time: 4pm – 5pm

Professor Schauer will lead a discussion on her research and expertise on climate change and sustainability, including her work, as the head of Drexel's Natural Materials and Polymer Processing Group, on making “plastic” from food waste and its implications for our global society.
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Spring ScholarSip Presents Nathalie May, MD, Associate Professor, College of Medicine

Date: Monday, June 12, 2023
Time: 4pm – 5pm

Dr. May will lead a discussion on her research and expertise on climate change and sustainability, including her current work on the impact of climate change on primary care utilization. Members of Dr. May's research team will also be available to contribute to the audience discussion and social conversation.
Register to attend