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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 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

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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 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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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

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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,

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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 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 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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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 Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau, Office of University Communications, 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or

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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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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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