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A Successful Collaborative Partnership Among The Faculty And Librarians At Drexel University With The Ieee.

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Vendor Partnerships with Engineering Libraries

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10.97.1 - 10.97.9



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Ruth Wolfish

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Rachel Berrington

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Andrew Wheeler

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Jay Bhatt

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Session: 2541

A Successful Collaborative Partnership Among the Faculty and Librarians at Drexel University with the IEEE Jay Bhatt1, Andrew Wheeler1 & Ruth Wolfish2 Drexel University Libraries1/IEEE2


This paper details a successful collaborative partnership among the faculty and librarians at Drexel University with the IEEE. The primary groups involved in the partnership were the IEEE liaisons and leaders, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of the Drexel University College of Engineering, the Drexel University Libraries, the Drexel Student Branch of IEEE, and IEEE personnel. This innovative collaborative relationship was based on the IEEE University Partnership Program (UPP). From 2000 to 2004, unique activities and events were held to attract new students to the IEEE and encourage students to use IEEE Xplore, a premier electronic resource providing full-text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings. Additional benefits of these events and activities included: improved information awareness and information literacy among the event participants, improved teamwork and communication skills in the members of the Drexel IEEE Student Branch who had to plan, promote, coordinate, and moderate events for students from Drexel and surrounding institutions, and partial rebates to the library for their subscription to the IEEE information product (contingent on predetermined IEEE Student Branch membership goals).


IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) was formed in 1963. The IEEE has more than 365,000 members in over 150 countries. Of that total, approximately 68,000 are students. The IEEE is recognized as the preeminent international body for electrical engineering and organizes over 350 conferences each year worldwide. The IEEE is also very active in telecommunications, information technology, nanotechnology, robotics and biomedical engineering and has 39 technical societies and publishes over 100 periodical titles.

The IEEE has long encouraged and supported students who are studying electrical engineering and related fields. One example of their commitment to perpetuating their field is the IEEE University Partnership Program - an innovative program that thrives on faculty, student, librarian, and IEEE personnel participation. In the year 2000, Drexel University in Philadelphia, became one of the earliest participants in the IEEE University Partnership Program (UPP).1

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Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Wolfish, R., & Berrington, R., & Wheeler, A., & Bhatt, J. (2005, June), A Successful Collaborative Partnership Among The Faculty And Librarians At Drexel University With The Ieee. Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15439

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