The Libraries Top News Stories of 2015

The Libraries Top News Stories of 2015
Jenny James Lee
June 25, 2015

These are the most popular stories from the Libraries over the past academic year – voted by you, based on site traffic.

The iPad Vending Machine

The biggest Libraries story of the year was for the Libraries Lending Kiosk dispensing iPads to the Drexel community and neighbors of the University. Located in the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships the Kiosk dispenses a dozen iPads loaded with educational and informational apps. 

This newest kiosk builds on the excitement of last years Lending Kiosk installed in W. W. Hagerty Library, which dispenses MacBook laptops to Drexel students.

The story was featured on American Libraries Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine and was popular among bloggers and on social media. The communications have triggered queries about the Libraries’ innovation received from as far as Helsinki, Finland.

Renovations at W. W. Hagerty Library

The year ended with an unveiling of the new renovated space on the second floor of W. W. Hagerty Library. This new space provides a quiet and naturally lit space with additional 20 seats. 

Also, over the course of the year the Libraries made improvements to the first floor – changing shelving and adding additional seats – and to the facilities. 

The Libraries’ New Website…New Repository…New Library Guides

The announcement of the Libraries new website, repository and library guides shared the hard work of the Libraries team – launching three new major tools in the same month. 

Browsing is Back!

The Libraries announced access to a new tool, BrowZine, which allows users to replicate the act of browsing by building customized virtual bookshelves of electronic library resources directly onto their smartphone or tablet. 

In other news…

Other top news stories included the announcement of Alexis Antracoli as a recipient of a 2014 Presidents Award, the list of the 2014 Drexel Book Authors and Editors and the Libraries work as a consultant for WHYY – providing access to over 40 Years of Fresh Air with Terry Gross

The Libraries work to support the creation of the Doctor or Doctress site made news throughout the year – receiving the ABC-CLIO Online History Award and the Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award