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Grimy Keys

Submitted on March 25, 2011 - 10:52PM

Please wipe down the keyboards; they are getting greasy and nasty. Thanks for letting us know. We clean the computers and keyboards regularly, but they do get gunky between their baths. We will check on them soon. Meanwhile, if you need a cleaner keyboard, please visit the reference desk for a cleansing cloth.

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Welcome Back, Friend!

Submitted on March 25, 2011 - 10:47PM

We're so glad to see you. Want to be friends? Like us on Facebook and find out what's happening. Here are a couple of teasers. We're welcoming you back with two events:
  • The E-Resources Fair is this Tuesday 10am-2pm. Stop by the atrium and find out what's new in online research resources.
  • Library Quizzo is Thursday, March 31st 4:30-6pm. Gather a team of your smartest, most competitive friends and head on over to Bookmark Cafe to answer questions about Philadelphia, Drexel, and the libraries. There will be prizes and refreshments, of course.
Need more information? Read all about it on Facebook.

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American Libraries: Learning Terrace to Embed Library Throughout Drexel Campus

Submitted on March 22, 2011 - 8:17PM

A new library facility at Drexel University in Philadelphia is 'the first step toward embedding the libraries across campus,' according to Dean of Libraries Danuta Nitecki. Visit American, The Magazine of the American Library Association, to read more.

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This Tuesday: Learn Reaxys

Submitted on March 17, 2011 - 8:33PM

At 10am on Tuesday, March 22nd, Jennifer Renak from Reaxys will offer an hour-long training session on the ins and outs or Reaxys. Please join us! It's open to all faculty, graduate students, and library staff. Reaxys is a workflow solution for research chemists. It can speed up your research workflow by combining reaction and substance data in organic, organometallic, inorganic and physical chemistry with synthesis planning. What use to be Beilstein and Gmelin are now combined into one database! Details on the Reaxys training:
  • Tuesday, March 22nd
  • Room L14 on Hagerty Library's lower level
  • 10am-11am (gathering will begin at 9:30)
  • RSVP: Beth Ten Have,

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388 New Journals

Submitted on March 14, 2011 - 9:55PM

Drexel Libraries has just acquired subscriptions to nearly 400 new journals in the arts and sciences. These come to us courtesy of JSTOR's Arts & Sciences 5 and Arts & Sciences 6 collections, which we've just signed onto. Take a look at the titles for Arts & Sciences 5 and Arts & Sciences 6. There's something there for almost everyone, including those with interst in the arts, history, business, law, education, and library and information science.

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New Fines Policy @ Hagerty

Submitted on March 14, 2011 - 9:26PM

Starting next term, those with more than in library fines will not be able to check out reserve books. Have you ever needed to read a chapter for class but not been able to get the book you need from the Library's reserve collection because a classmate has kept it out past their time? It happens too often at Hagerty Library so starting in the Spring quarter, once you reach in fines, you won't be able to check out reserve books. As always, once you hit in fines, you lose the ability to check out 28 day loan books, laptops, DVDs or access our electronic databases. How This May Affect You This means that some of you will have to pay off your fines before you'll be able to use the library in the Spring. We know this is a new procedure, so when you come to the circulation desk, ask to speak with a supervisor and we'll be happy to discuss your account with you to make sure that our new policy is clear. Not sure if you have fines? Check your library account. How Can I Pay My Fines? You may pay either half of your balance or the full balance. Partial payments will not be accepted.
  • In person: Come to the circulation desk and pay with a credit card (VISA or Mastercard), check (made out to Drexel Libraries) or cash. We also accept Ultima Funds!
  • Not in town? You can pay over the phone with a credit card ( minimum) by calling 215-895- 2755 and ask to speak with a supervisor. Or, mail us a check, but be sure to note your student ID in the memo so that we can clear your account!
  • Remember: The point of this is not to make money or to keep books from students, but to work together to make sure that the greatest number of students can benefit from what the library has to offer.
What We're Doing to Make Things Better We're working to provide more copies of the books you need. If we don't have a book you're looking for, there are a few things you can do:
  1. Ask your professor to provide the library with a copy of the book.
  2. Send us an email!
  3. Fill out our suggestion sheet at the Hagerty Library circulation desk.

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24/7: It's on

Submitted on March 10, 2011 - 9:41PM

Hagerty Library is now open 24 hours/day, everyday, until the end of finals. Need a place to study at 3am? We're it. To accommodate Drexel's studying masses, Hagerty is also closed to Alumni, guests from affiliated universities, and members of the public until Monday, March 21st.

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100 Library Likes

Submitted on March 7, 2011 - 2:33PM

Pop quiz:
  1. What three events will Drexel Libraries be hosting during week one of spring term?
  2. What Drexel Archives exhibit did the Triangle cover on February 25th?
  3. How many people like Drexel Libraries on Facebook?
Your answers: Find them on Facebook. We like you so much! Please like us back. Help us get to 100 likes by the end of finals.

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Faculty: Spring Reserves Start Now

Submitted on March 2, 2011 - 8:34PM

Spring term starts in three weeks! Want your students to get a leg up on spring term reading? Help them out by getting your course reserves set up ASAP. It's never too early. Please don't forget: we've got a lot of course reserves to manage here at the library. The more time you can give us to get it all into the system, the better prepared we'll be to get your students exactly what they need. Putting readings on reserve is pretty easy. Just fill out the form. Questions? Please contact Gina Cacace, the library's reserves coordinator, at 215-895-6786 or

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3/31/11 - Welcome Back Week Quizzo

Submitted on March 1, 2011 - 3:17PM

Gather a group of friends and join the Libraries for Welcome Back Week Quizzo. Enjoy complimentary popcorn, drinks and soft pretzels while your team answers questions about Philadelphia, Drexel University, the Libraries and current events. The top three scoring teams will receive prizes.

Thursday, March 31st W. W. Hagerty's Bookmark Cafe 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Hosts include: Rob Sieczkiewicz (University Archivist), Jay Bhatt (Engineering Reference Librarian), Ellie Goldberg (Library Assistant, Information Services) and more!


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Magazines in the Bookmark Cafe

Submitted on February 25, 2011 - 8:53PM

Did you know that there are a bunch of magazines in the Bookmark Cafe that you can take home and keep? Well there are. Please take them! If you're looking for some diverting reading during the long lead up to finals, why not grab a magazine from the Cafe? It's free and you don't have to bring it back. When you're done, just pass it on to a friend.

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The Triangle: Past Letters to Presidents displayed in Library

Submitted on February 25, 2011 - 2:56PM

Correspondence between presidents, faculty and students change through years By: Samuel Davidson Posted: 2/25/11 A reception was held in Hagerty Library Feb. 22 for a new exhibit that will display archived letters to Drexel's presidents, in order to showcase the shared concerns and thoughts of over 100 years of presidents, students, parents and alumni. The letters cover a wide variety of topics - some modern, and many now quaintly archaic. Viewing the display, one finds a wide spectrum of letters, from modern crisp printouts and blurred faxes to the ornate script of handwritten letters and the uniform type of typewriters. The entertainment of the exhibit is most often found in the latter most of these documents. President James MacAlister (1840-1913) complained in a note to one of his professors: 'The students of your department seem to be falling into the habit of finding relief for their hard work by whistling. I have no doubt that they get lots of pleasure out of it, but it will not do. I presume it is done after you leave; but I think you had better say to them they must refrain from whistling until they are out of the building.' For all the nuisances of texting during classes, professors of this era are surely grateful that their classes are unlikely to be disturbed by uproarious whistling. There are also letters of scandal. A young lady was reprimanded not just for missing her classes, but even more for that fact that she was seen 'in the habit of engaging in conversation with young men.' The faculty at the time found this unacceptable. Three young women obtained the use of a lodge on the Drexel Estate for a weekend party, and successfully schemed to have gentleman callers with no chaperone present. They were promptly suspended for an egregious breach of discipline.Not every letter relates such sordid matters, though. Many letters reveal the common sentiments collegiate students and their supervisors have felt at Drexel for over a century. These provide an example of some of the immutable features of college. On display is a letter from a prospective student in 1940 who shares any modern student's desire to impress. He related, 'I have a special aptitude in science and am good in higher mathematics ... I am a boy of good habit and fond of outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing. I am on the track team at school. I am a Christian boy and active in Y.M.C.A. I will be eighteen years of age on June twenty-eighth, if God spares my life.' He closes the letter by signing himself as 'a boy who wishes to succeed.' In another letter, dated 1925, a father icily leveled an accusation of anti-southern bigotry regarding his daughter's probation for poor academic performance. President Kenneth G. Matheson (who served from 1921-1931) gracefully replied that the probation was in and of itself giving the student an additional opportunity, and that he was born and attended college in the south himself. Holly Mengel, a visiting archivist, found particular humor in one letter regarding the quality of the 1992 graduation. She noted the contents with a laugh: 'Despite being bad, it was significantly better than the previous three!' According to Robert Sieczkiewicz, Drexel archivist and proprietor of the exhibition, the exhibit does have a scholarly intent: 'The continuity of student concerns ... [The fact] that students are still concerned with the issues back then as the parents were, that the administration was the same: designing a good educational program, getting students to conform to standards of behavior - even though today we don't care about folks whistling in the Main Building.' Sieczkiewicz believes students should be aware of the ways in which using the archives can enrich their projects and research. Nothing could evidence this more than his display itself - the past is that much more vivid for being told in the voices of those who lived it. Visit The Triangle online. Davidson, Samuel. 'Past Letters to Presidents Displayed in Library.' The Triangle. Philadelphia, PA. 2/25/11. Web. 2/25/11.

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Presidential Party

Submitted on February 22, 2011 - 1:37PM

Raise a glass to the Drexel's presidents past at Hagerty Library, today from 4-6p.m. Drexel University Archives will be celebrating the opening of its most recent exhibit: 'Dear Mr. President: Letters to and from the Drexel Presidents.' Find the party and the exhibit this afternoon from 4-6p.m. near the stair well on Hagerty's first floor. The exhibit includes correspondence to and from students, parents, faculty, alumni and the public, and demonstrates the changing role of academic leaders since the founding of the Drexel Institute 120 years ago.

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Lose your mittens?

Submitted on February 18, 2011 - 8:49PM

Poor little kitten! They're probably shelved in the 'Lost and Found' section at Hagerty library. This is a special collection that our crafty librarians keep behind the circulation desk by the front door. Other items of interest in our Lost and Found collection:
  • gloves
  • hats
  • scarves
Probably the last thing on your mind today, but winter's not over yet, and you're probably going to wish you hadn't lost those things next week.

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Stairs Temporarily Closed

Submitted on February 14, 2011 - 2:02PM

The stairwell between Hagerty's first and second floors is temporarily closed for reflooring. Please use the elevators to get between floors. We expect the stairs to reopen for use on Thursday the 17th. Thanks for your patience while we beautify!

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3/29/11 - Electronic Resources Fair

Submitted on February 12, 2011 - 3:15PM

Visit W.W. Hagerty Library on Tuesday, March 29th to experience the second Annual Electronic Resources fair. Not sure what the Libraries have to offer? This is your chance to learn about all of the resources available to you as a Drexel Student or Faculty member!

While you are learning about these invaluable electronic resources you will enjoy food, giveaways and door prizes.

Tuesday, March 29th 10 AM - 2 PM W. W. Hagerty Library Atrium

...and did we mention you could win an iPad just for stopping by? Courtesy of Thomson Reuters.


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The Triangle: Class Explores Campus History

Submitted on February 11, 2011 - 2:53PM

Archives present student work

By: David Stephenson Although thousands pass him by each day, few actually know of the all-star alumnus for whom who Mario the Dragon is named. Even fewer students know the story of a long lost chandelier that once hung in the Great Court of Main but disappeared after a massive explosion rocked the campus and damaged buildings along Market Street. But these stories from Drexel's past, and more, and now being unveiled by a group of inquisitive students from professor Sheryl P. Simons's fall 2010 English 101 course. The Drexel Archives have been presenting works from Drexel students in Simon's class about the history of their school. Although many of the posts have already been published, all of the essays are available on the Drexel University Libraries website. 'I think what we're trying to do is get students excited about the history of their school,' Robert Sieczkiewicz, University Archivist, said. Essays that are already available on the site cover the mystery surrounding the chandelier from the Great Hall, the story behind the financier who founded the University and the history of women in Drexel sports. The posts are slated to run through March, with students delving into new topics on the Wednesday of each week. For students interested in the history of their school, the University archives have a wide selection of primary sources covering the development of the University. Sieczkiewicz said that the Archives department supported many other projects around the University. He also said that this was not the first time that student works were selected to be featured on the Archives blog. In fact, if students are interesting in doing research with the Drexel archives and then have their works published on the blog, Sieczkiewicz said he would be willing to work with those students to develop their blog posts. Sieczkiewicz also said that Simon's spring class will be doing a second series of posts, this time on historical and current research innovations developed at Drexel, that will be publish as the spring term comes to a close. Visit The Triangle online.   Stephenson, David. 'Class Explores Campus History.' The Triangle. Philadelphia, PA. 11 Feb 2011. Web. 11 Feb 2011.

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Reserve your time on MediaScape

Submitted on February 10, 2011 - 11:12PM

Have you been eyeballing the new MediaScape work station near Hagerty's front door? Drooling over the cool collaborative tools that allow multiple users to plug into one screen? Can't get your turn at the table because it's just too crowded? We understand your dilemma, and that's why we've added MediaScape to the room reservation system. If you want to use the MediaScape with your project mates, just log in and enter your reservation information. The MediaScape will be yours for the using until your time's up and the next lucky group gets to collaborate in style.

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More Recycling

Submitted on February 10, 2011 - 3:08PM

There should be more paper recycling bins! Good point. You can never have too much of a good thing. I've made some calls around the library, and we're on the case. Thanks for the good idea.

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Fine tune your research skills

Submitted on February 10, 2011 - 2:24PM

The Drexel Writing Center will host 'Research Skills and Database Searching for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Projects' on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the W.W. Hagerty Library, room L33 (33rd and Market Streets). This workshop will be run by a reference librarian who will focus on methods to make researching topics efficient and effective. This event is free and open to all students, but please register.

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New Leisure Books @ Hagerty

Submitted on February 8, 2011 - 3:22PM

Hagerty's leisure book collection has just gotten a big injection of new stuff. We ordered lots of books on the 'best of 2010' lists, and they're starting to arrive in droves. Miss a buzz worthy book during the year? Find it in Hagerty's leisure collection. All our new books are displayed on the first two shelves, so come on down and take a look at what's new. Don't have time to browse? Get a quick online glance at what's new, and then stop by to pick up just what you need. And if you don't see what you want, just wait, because there's more coming soon.

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Vote for New DVDs

Submitted on February 4, 2011 - 10:44PM

There are a lot of new DVDs on their way into Hagerty's leisure collection, but we're still planning on adding more. Take a look at our latest ballot of new DVD releases for the month of February. Make it known which ones you want to see added to the collection. DVDs with the most votes will be added to the next order. Vote here. Polling ends Thursday, February 17th. Want to see what we've got right now? Take a look! Still not sure what you want to see? Come on down to Hagerty and look at our new display area. We're showing off our new DVDs along with this month's theme: romance. Our new DVD display area is right by the doors to the Bookmark Cafe. Check it out whenever you're in the library. We'll be updating the display every few weeks.

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Third Floor Stairs

Submitted on February 4, 2011 - 6:44PM

Workers are currently repairing and reflooring the stairs between Hagerty's second and third floors. This means that the steps are covered with smelly, sticky glue. Please be sure to observe the barriers to these steps so as to avoid undoing the careful work that's being done there, and also to avoid getting glue on the bottom of your shoes and tracking it through the library. If you need to get to the third floor, please use the elevator, which is now open to all levels of the Hagerty building. Thanks for your cooperation and patience.

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Chemistry & Fashion: Two New Resources

Submitted on January 28, 2011 - 9:07PM

They're finally here! Drexel University Libraries now has a subscription to two important resources: Berg Fashion Library and Reaxys Berg Fashion Library includes online access to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. It also includes e-books, reference works, images, and so much more. The Fashion Library is a convenient place to start your research on the history of dress or the fashion industry. Note the ability to explore fashion by time or place using the interactive timeline and map on the homepage. If nothing else, you should check out the stunning images! Reaxys is a web based database that combines Beilstein and Gmellen, two resources covering the chemical literature back to the 19th century. It will help you discover chemical data information. Try this: click on 'Generate structure from name,' enter the scientific or popular name for a compound name (try 'aspirin') and it will generate the structure automatically. Never draw a compound structure again!


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Reserve a Room; Get it Done

Submitted on January 21, 2011 - 10:11PM

When's the last time you reserved a group study room at the library? If it was last term, you're in for a treat. We've updated our room reservation system to be easier to use and even friendlier than before. Check it out. You'll be hooked. And booked! : ) And don't forget you can rent laptops and projectors for those rooms at the circulation desk. Come on by, flash us your ID, and we'll get you everything you need for a productive group study session.

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Q: What's New? A: ProQuest

Submitted on January 10, 2011 - 9:35PM

ProQuest Logo If you love ProQuest Research Library as much as we do, you are probably familiar with the trusty yellow and white interface we've all come to know and love. Well, get ready for a big change, because Proquest just got a big facelift. But it's not just it's looks that have changed. Now you can search across more databases at once, and you can more easily narrow your search with the tools at the right of your search results. Try some of the cool features in advanced search, like the Figures & Tables search when you need a graph. Get started by finding ProQuest Research Library under the Quick Links on the library homepage, or wherever you're used to finding it. If you're familiar with Summon, you'll be good to go on the new ProQuest platform, but if need the rundown, give us a shout and we'll help you get started. It only takes a couple of minutes to get the hang of it--and you'll be glad you did.

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2010 Annual Report

Submitted on January 8, 2011 - 5:23PM

  View or download the 2010 Annual Report.            

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2011: Week One

Submitted on January 3, 2011 - 2:42PM

Happy New Year! Drexel Libraries are happy to see you! This term is going to fly by. Before you know it, early spring will be beckoning you away from your finals cram session. Start your spring fever prevention course now by checking in at the library. We'll help you get started on your research topic, hook you up with text books on course reserve, and outfit your study group with its own private work room.

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