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Danuta A. Nitecki



It is hard to believe that we are already in the third week of the term. How quickly time passes! In true Drexel fashion, things never slow down on campus.

For those of you who are new to Drexel, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Drexel Community. I hope that you find the Libraries welcoming and that if you have not yet visited one of our libraries, you are able to do so soon.

At the Libraries, we have over a dozen liaison librarians who partner with faculty to help students develop self-directed learning skills. In the coming weeks, these dedicated librarians will host workshops for English 101 and coach students on how to find valuable resources. They can also help faculty and staff with finding information for research and personal queries.

Our staff spent the summer preparing for the launch of the second year of our Personal Librarian Program, which by September, successfully connected over 3,000 new students with librarians. These enthusiastic students, eager to learn how to navigate the Libraries, have already rewarded us with  positive feedback about the Program.

After opening opening of the Library Learning Terrace in June 2011, we improved the learning environment by installing a projector and projection screen for collaborative use. Librarians come here to assist students in their research, both through individual consultations and group sessions. We look forward to expanding partnerships with tutors and faculty to offer additional opportunities for coaching learners in this space.

This is an exciting time for the Libraries and I hope that you will join us on Tuesday, October 25 at 4 PM (location TBA) to learn more about how the library is further evolving into a learning enterprise. I look forward discussing the future of the Libraries at this event or any time convenient to you. 

- Danuta A. Nitecki, Dean of Libraries


Join Drexel University Libraries for two exciting events surrounding the opening of the exhibition Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - present. This new exhibit continues the Archives' spring exhibit, Access for Everyone: Computing at Drexel, 1936 - 1984, bringing the story to present day. The exhibit opens October 18 and runs through December 2011. 


OCTOBER 18  - Coffee, Conversation and...Computing?

On Tuesday, October 18 from 5 - 7 PM, the Libraries will host Coffee, Conversation, and...Computing? featuring a conversation about the changing role of computers at Drexel. Topics will include the Internet, e-mail, wireless access and other computer advances that influenced Drexel's history.

Location: W. W. Hagerty Library 


NOVEMBER 10 - Going National: A Special Screening and Discussion

On Thursday, November 10 from 6 - 8 PM, the Libraries will host a special screening and discussion of Going National, an entertaining and informative documentary which captures a critical moment in Drexel's history. Going National chronicles the microcomputer project of the 1980's, which culminated with every incoming Drexel freshmen receiving a Macintosh computer. The project helped to place Drexel on the map. There will be a brief discussion following the film, special guests to be announced.

Location: Library Learning Terrace 


These events are complimentary and open to the public. Questions about the events, or suggestions for conversation topics, can be directed to Jenny James Lee.


As students rely more on digital information and less on printed materials, The Personal Librarian Program offer students both a personal contact in the Libraries and invaluable coaching on how to navigate an overwhelming amount of content.

Over 25 staff members are participating in the program and each will continue contact with their students throughout the year. The first email, sent in September, provided students an overview of the Libraries  and included an offer to receive a free gift for visiting W. W. Hagerty Library. Upcoming emails will detail other information valuable to freshmen. 

Click here to learn more about the Personal Librarian Program.

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Employee Olympics
Peter, John C., John W., Gina, Brendan & Charlotte

On September 7, 2011 six Libraries staff were awarded medals for their first place in the Drexel Employee Olympics running/walking relay challenge. In total, 15 staff participated on the Libraries' Dewey Decimators team, in softball, soccer and the running/walking relay.

Hosted by A Healthier U, an initiative sponsored by Drexel University and the Drexel University College of Medicine, the Employee Olympics invited all university faculty and staff to participate in 12 different competitions.

The award ceremony, held on September 7, 2011, recognized members of the running/walking relay team: Gina Cacace, John Cannan, Charlotte Ford, Patrick Garon, Brendan Johnson, and John Wiggins. 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.

Summon LogoSearching 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,  streamlining the discovery process and allowing 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. Continue Reading...


Head, Metadata Services

Holly Tomren began at Drexel Unversity Libraries on September 26, 2011 as the Head of Metadata Services. Holly previously was the Head of Monograph, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloging at the University of California, Urvine Libraries. She brings experience and expertise to Drexel and will work with the campus community on their cataloging and metadata needs. 



Circulation Clerk, Hahnemann Library

Kate Masterton joined Drexel University's Health Sciences Libraries 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. She joined Drexel University Libraries as the Circulation Clerk at Hahnemann Library in mid September 2011.



Electronic Resources Assistant, W. W. Hagerty Library

Bill Paterson joined the Libraries in September 2011. Bill had previously volunteered in the University Archives and has an interest in digital preservation. He is currently a student at the iSchool at Drexel.  


Kelley Cotter, Circulation Clerk at Queen Lane Library, was awarded the 2011 Broadart Scholarship by the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Scholarship and Continuing Education Committee to attend the PaLA annual conference. Founded in 1901, the PaLA is the state's oldest and most diverse professional library organization.  


Rebekah Kilzer, Technology Partnerships Librarian and Manager of Partnership Program Development, will travel to The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) annual meeting in New Orleans, October 9 - 13. There, she will serve on a panel and discuss the eXtensible Catalog (XC) project. The XC project, a set of open-source applications that provide access to resources across a range of databases, metadata schemas and standards, was developed using the results from research conducted at four institutions and numerous workshops.  Sponsored by the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries, and funded by the Mellon Foundation and project partners, over 80 interviews were held to understand how researchers learn about, acquire and use scholarly resources.   

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The Libraries offer many spaces and tools to aid in group work, including group study rooms, a media:scape, mobile furniture and white or chalk boards. Group study rooms offer quiet and secluded spaces for group work, and can be reserved online through our Room Reservation System. The media:scape offers individuals the opportunity to collaborate on presentations and papers with the help of screens that display, to the group, an individuals laptop screen. The media:scape can also be reserved using the Reservation System.


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Volume 1 | Issue 3 | October 2011


For more information, please visit or contact Jenny James Lee at or 215-571-4095.


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