Library Learning Terrace Reopens for Studying & Group Work
Submitted on April 3, 2023 - 9:27AM
The Library Learning Terrace reopened for student use on April 3, 2023!
Reimaging Libraries Spaces to Provide Essential Services for the Drexel Community
Submitted on December 3, 2020 - 11:10AM
Learn about the Library Learning Terrace's "new life" as a Drexel University COVID-19 student testing site.
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.
Typography Artwork Unveiling & Reception
Submitted on December 14, 2011 - 5:27PM
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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.
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.
Student Designs to Inspire Learning at the Library Learning Terrace
Submitted on November 23, 2011 - 9:57AM
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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.
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.
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?
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!
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
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
We can't wait to debut this new space! We hope you're excited too.
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.
New Library Facility at Drexel University to Study How Individuals Learn
Submitted on April 13, 2011 - 2:43PM
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
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