Resource Spotlight: Swank Trial
Submitted on February 3, 2016 - 11:36AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
2011 Annual Report
Submitted on December 21, 2011 - 9:32AM
The Libraries' 2011 Annual Report is now available online.
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.
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.
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
Libraries Bid Farewell to Senior Administrator, Lenore Hardy
Submitted on December 2, 2011 - 4:32PM
On 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.
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
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.
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!
- 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.
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.
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
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.
Health Sciences Libraries Associate Director Recognized for Service to the Medical Library Association
Submitted on November 22, 2011 - 5:13PM
Linda 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/.
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.
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.
Issue 4, Vol 1 - Drexel University Libraries: In Circulation
Submitted on November 7, 2011 - 11:51AM
View the November issue online.
- 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
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.
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.
Jenny James Lee, marketing & events associate, email@example.com or 215-571-4095
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 -
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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.
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:
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)
- 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
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.
Faculty, Staff and Students Discuss Computing at Drexel through the Years
Submitted on October 26, 2011 - 3:00PM
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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.