Library Toolkits

As you browse through the Drexel Library website in the coming weeks, you might notice that some of our Subject pages have a new look. This is due to a new web system called Library Toolkits that we will gradually be developing and filling with content this semester. Within the new system, library liaisons will be able to author their own pages, making it easier than ever to produce and update resource lists and how-to research guides quickly and efficiently. We are also able to embed images and even videos onto websites within this new system, expanding the possibilities for research instruction online and making the pages more dynamic. With these new sites, we will also be promoting and developing new class-specific pages, like our Business Policy page or our Organizational Psychology page. Browse around our new pages, and get in touch with your library liaison if you would like to request a class page or a research guide.

Using Tablet PC in the Classroom

The Biology Department faculty have been using Tablet PCs   in their freshman core courses for over a year. Some also   have used  them in upper level biology elective courses. The   advantage of using Tablet PCs is to allow faculty to add   annotations to PowerPoint slides during class time. Using  the pen option permits written script to be added to figures   on slides, pointing out important structures or concepts to   students. Another of the Tablet PC options is a blank screen   (either black or white) to be projected, onto which the   instructor can write notes, draw illustrations, or work   problems without having to move from the screen to a   board, which is sometimes awkward and involves turning   lights onjtudor_tabletpc4 and off. There are several color options so that objects or script can be highlighted in different colors for emphasis. Any annotations added to PowerPoint slides can be saved as part of the presentation if so desired. Faculty in the Biology Department have found that using Tablet PCs is a significant pedagogical tool when used in lectures using PowerPoint.

Microsoft Windows now available in the Literatures Lab (BE329)

The Intel-based Macintosh computers in the Literatures Lab (Bellarmine 329) are now able to run both Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.  Faculty are no longer limited by “Mac-only software” and “Windows-only software”.  “Boot Camp”, the software that allows Macintosh computer to run Microsoft Windows, was configured this past winter break.

HTML class and CMS tutoring for CAS Administrative Assistants

To pave the way for the maintenance of departmental web pages by our administrative assistants, an HTML class was conducted by Enrico Capitan for all Administrative Assistants in the College of Arts & Sciences on January 13, 2009. Anne Szewczyk will follow up with a private tutoring session of the Content Management System (CMS). The feedback from our Administrative Assistants for the HTML class is overwhelmingly positive. Anne looks forward to the CMS tutoring sessions with our Administrative Assistants.

The following topics were covered in the HTML class:

  • The meaning of HTML
  • The how to create an HTML document
  • The basic elements of an HTML document
  • How to add headings and paragraphs
  • How to add line breaks
  • How to add non-breaking spaces
  • How to add emphasis to your text
  • About file structure
  • How to add links to other pages
  • How to work with images using built-in tools
  • How to add images
  • How to use lists

Improvements to the Foreign Languages Labs

SUMMARY: Bellarmine 312 and 315 have each received installation of a new data projector

  1. Bellarmine 312’s new NEC projector is more dependable and has a noticeably clearer picture.
  2. Bellarmine 315 received installation of a complete projection system.  After a few years of not having a data projector (due to theft), BE315 is better than ever.
    • More convenient options for sharing the teacher’s screen with the students
    • An improved method for viewing DVDs and videos in lab
    • Laptop hookup that would be beneficial for both professor and student presentations
    • High-quality speakers placed in locations throughout the lab to provide an optimal audio experience
    • A user-friendly touch screen panel

Faculty Annual Report

The new Faculty Annual Report Online was launched on January 12, 2009. It provides faculty an easy to use and efficient means to fill out and submit their faculty annual reports. It also allows the data of faculty annual reports to be stored in a central repository on the IT secure server. It eliminates redundancy and duplicate email attachments to the chairs and the Dean. As it is paperless, it has the additional advantage of being green.

We would appreciate your feedback so we can make improvements to Faculty Annual Report Online. Please email your comments and suggestions to

Thank you for your feedback on the online Faculty Annual Reports. We have posted your questions and comments at:

The 2009 Online Faculty Annual Report is now available for access and updates.  Faculty members can conveniently update their Faculty Annual Report throughout the year in preparation for its submission next year: the deadline is February 15, 2010.