Dean’s Update: The Role of Libraries in Building Community
Submitted on April 27, 2023 - 11:24AM
This month, Dean Nitecki shares observations about the important roles academic libraries can (and do!) play in building community within higher education.
Dean's Update: Holistic Planning in a Siloed World
Submitted on February 14, 2023 - 4:27PM
Dean Nitecki explores the challenges of holistic planning and shares insights into how librarians regularly work to build bridges between organizational verticals.
Dean's Update: Are service deliverables and institutional impact essential to value a library?
Submitted on December 12, 2022 - 1:00PM
This month, Dean Nitecki examines ways in which the Libraries adds value to Drexel University's contribution to the success of higher education.
Dean’s Update: Has Time Been Moving Faster Since You Last Read In Circulation?
Submitted on October 6, 2022 - 1:42PM
Is time going by faster this year? Dean Nitecki reflects on how quickly the last few months have gone by with a look ahead to the fall 2022 term.
Dean's Update: The Library as Informal Learning Space in an Evolving Hybrid and Flex-Demanding World
Submitted on May 25, 2022 - 12:30PM
“Library as place” continues to be core to the classic professional definition of a library. In the April/May Dean’s Update, Dean Nitecki talks about the Drexel Libraries’ built spaces and how they support intentional informal learning, offering environments where learners take ownership of what and how they learn.
Dean’s Update: Transforming to The Hybrid Library
Submitted on March 22, 2022 - 2:23PM
With a long historic identify of being a “place,” today’s library faces challenges of relevancy in a hybrid world. This month, Dean Nitecki considers the question "Does a library exist for staff if it is not occupied or for students if it is not seen?" and shares insights into the Drexel Libraries' own efforts to accommodate the hybrid library.
Dean’s Update: Functioning in Corners of Questioned Relevance
Submitted on February 22, 2022 - 3:50PM
This month, Dean Nitecki considers a way to function in the “corners of questioned relevance” through a time of change and disruption.
Dean’s Update: The Start of a New Year
Submitted on January 20, 2022 - 10:03AM
Happy New Year from the Drexel Libraries! Dean Nitecki rings in 2022 with a look at some of the challenges faced and initial progress made toward delivering programs and services that support the University’s mission and initiatives.
Dean's Update: A Time to Gather...and Test Old Ways in New Environments
Submitted on November 18, 2021 - 2:52PM
This month, the Dean of Libraries reminds us to slow down and give thanks and gratitude for friends, family, colleagues—and of course the Libraries.
Dean's Update: The Importance of Communication in Times of Change
Submitted on October 22, 2021 - 9:04AM
Communication is a core driver of change. This month, Dean Nitecki shares examples of how the Libraries is looking to positive, open communication to explain changes to services, resources and facilities for the 2021/2022 academic year.
Dean's Update: The Libraries’ return to modified old environments and adjustments to create new academic experiences
Submitted on September 17, 2021 - 11:04AM
This month, Dean Nitecki toasts the start of a new academic year and explores what the phrase "return to campus" means for the Libraries after 18 months of decreased in-person activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dean's Update: Developing an Inclusive Infrastructure
Submitted on June 10, 2021 - 11:47AM
This month, Dean Nitecki reflects on recent Libraries events and projects that help build supportive and inclusive resources, services and systems for identifying and retrieving information resources.
Dean’s Update: Challenges for Higher Education to Deliver Its Mission of Open Dissemination of Knowledge
Submitted on May 10, 2021 - 1:31PM
In this month's Dean's Update, read about some the challenges universities face to connect the global community with scholarship and how the Drexel Libraries continues its work to support that mission.
Dean's Update: Purposeful presentation of one academic library’s Annual Report
Submitted on April 12, 2021 - 1:57PM
This month, read about the Drexel Libraries' new 2020 annual report.
Dean’s Update: Redefining the scope of library collections to ensure access to authoritative information
Submitted on March 8, 2021 - 10:55AM
This month, Dean Nitecki explores two critical components of successfully ensuring access to authoritative information: the discovery and the availability of information resources.
Dean's Update: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Core to Library Values
Submitted on February 3, 2021 - 1:35PM
This month, Dean Nitecki discusses the importance of creating diverse, accessible and inclusive environments that make clients from all backgrounds and ethnicities feel welcome both in physical and virtual spaces.
Dean’s Update: Imagining a Post-Pandemic Library
Submitted on January 12, 2021 - 5:35PM
Happy New Year! This month, Dean Nitecki looks at the year ahead and shares initial thoughts on imagining the post-pandemic library.
Dean's Update: 'Tis the Season
Submitted on December 3, 2020 - 1:15PM
As 2020 comes to a close, Dean Nitecki looks at just a few of the ways in which the Libraries has adapted its traditions for sharing gratitude and supporting the Drexel community.
Deans Update: A Memorable October to November Story
Submitted on November 12, 2020 - 9:02AM
This month, Dean Nitecki reflects back on the 2020 presidential election and the role libraries play in facilitating and encouraging voting.
Dean’s Update: Exploring the Diverse Connotations of “Open Access”
Submitted on October 8, 2020 - 11:52AM
This month, Dean Nitecki explores the various meanings of the phrase "open access" and what it means to the Libraries.
Dean’s Update: Will the Pandemic Forever Shift the Libraries’ Connections?
Submitted on September 14, 2020 - 12:00PM
In this month’s issue of In Circulation, Dean Nitecki continues to report on the Libraries' current services and its progress in building the Libraries’ capacity for its innovative long-term strategies to strengthen Drexel’s connections to scholarship.
Dean’s Update: Communicating when the message keeps evolving
Submitted on August 7, 2020 - 12:25PM
The Drexel University Libraries is certainly not unique in spending the summer addressing how to reopen on-campus library support of a university during a pandemic. This month's Dean's Update looks at the challenges of planning and communicating those reopening plans.
Dean’s Update: What’s a Win These Days?
Submitted on July 8, 2020 - 11:20AM
This month, Dean Nitecki reflects on "adjustment fatigue" during COVID-19 and explores the importance of recognizing short-term wins to stay motivated.
Dean's Update: Challenges of planning for a future with COVID-19
Submitted on June 15, 2020 - 6:13PM
This month, Dean Nitecki explores how a global pandemic has changed the Libraries' priorities and the way it frames the challenges of planning for the future.
Dean's Update: New Opportunities to Increase the Visibility of Libraries
Submitted on May 7, 2020 - 1:02PM
This month, Dean Nitecki explores the importance of promoting the value of libraries, as well as what makes a library an essential and key component to a university's success.
Dean's Update: COVID-19 Triggers a Remodeling of the Drexel Libraries
Submitted on April 8, 2020 - 10:39AM
COVID-19 has triggered a fast-track remodeling of the Drexel University Libraries. This month, Dean Nitecki explores what life at the Libraries is like during COVID-19 and how the organization is adapting to provide exclusively remote services and resources.
Dean’s Update: Purposeful focus on scholarly connections
Submitted on March 5, 2020 - 2:23PM
One of the Drexel Libraries' refreshed strategic goals is to strengthen the University's connections to scholarship. In the March "Dean's Update," Dean Nitecki explores just a few of the new initiatives the Libraries is undertaking to expand the programs, services and expertise it offers in this area.
Dean’s Update: Connecting and Positioning Libraries in Higher Education
Submitted on February 5, 2020 - 11:48AM
This month, Dean Nitecki illustrates some strategies to fuel improving the relationships of a library within its academic home.
Dean's Update: Continuing to Explore Innovations in the New Year
Submitted on January 10, 2020 - 10:24AM
Happy New Year! The January 2020 issue of In Circulation looks back to 2019 (and ahead to 2020!) and shares just a few of the innovative ways the Libraries supports Drexel University.
Dean’s Update: Building Comfort with Striving for Possibilities
Submitted on December 6, 2019 - 1:03PM
This month, Dean Nitecki reflects on the importance of embracing change and some of the ways in which the Drexel Libraries is currently evolving.