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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:
  • Digital Cultural Heritage - Dr. Glen Muschio, Associate Professor, Westphal
  • Augmented Avenue: Memories of Lancaster Avenue - Dr. Mimi Sheller, Director of the mCenter at Drexel
  • Digital@iSchool - Dr. Xia Lin, Professor, iSchool at Drexel
  • Seeking Women's History - The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Leveraging Google Spreadsheets with Google Apps Scripts for Manipulating Chemical Information and other Bibliometric Tasks - Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley, Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Photographs of the Tidewater Granary Explosion - Drexel University Archives
  • Interactive Technologies @ Drexel for Research, Learning, and Entertainment - Dr. Youngmoo Kim, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Media Technologies
  • Drexel Smart House
  • More projects coming soon...
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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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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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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:

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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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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 Article by: Martha Cornog & Tim Siftar 1 Arnold, Andrew D. 'The Most Serious Comix Ever.', January 29, 2002. Accessed September 7, 2011,,9565,197890,00.html.

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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 - 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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