Ongoing thoughts about media and technology librarianship
I am happy to announce that I have accepted a position as the Liaison Librarian to the College of Media Arts and Design at W. W. Hagerty Library at Drexel University, beginning on August 22nd. I make this announcement almost 4 years to the day of beginning my position as Head of Media and Computer Services at the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I will miss many things about my experience here in Las Vegas, mostly my great friends and colleagues, but the time has come to return to my hometown for this amazing opportunity. I received my MS from Drexel back in 1999 and am very excited to be going back professionally. So much has changed at Drexel and at Hagerty Library since my days there and I look forward to working somewhere new, yet familiar. Being a city boy and born and raised Philadelphian, I am thrilled to be working at an urban university.
I felt a natural affinity with the staff during my interview and am excited to be working with my new colleagues. I appreciate Drexel University Libraries’ forward thinking approach, focusing on the educational role of librarians and the notion of the library as a place of intentional learning. They seem to be an agile organization willing to try new things, as exemplified by their new Library Learning Terrace which is gaining national attention and pushing the conversation about the future of libraries.
At Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, we go about teaching design, media and the performing arts in a different way. Our sixteen undergraduate and five graduate degree programs empower students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in highly competitive creative fields. Our programs are predominately studio based. That means small classes and hands-on learning. We start with a very special faculty… teachers who have worked at the top of their fields… winning Emmy Awards… designing for top fashion houses… creating art that’s exhibited in the world’s great museums… and as leaders of major cultural organizations and media companies. They bring real life know-how and industry contacts to the classroom but, most importantly, they bring a passion for teaching.