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Tuesday, Mar. 31st
Library: 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Café: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
After-Hours: yes
Wednesday, Apr. 1st
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Café: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Cowles News & Notes

Drake Neighborhood Association – A Personal Journey – Coming soon Bruce Gilbert

“LIVE! at the Drake Library” presents The Drake Neighborhood Association – A Personal Journey Speaker, Patty Daniels ….  DNA Board member & neighborhood resident Tuesday, April 14th   7:00 pm   Cowles Library, Reading Room   The Drake University Archives’ recent collaboration with the DNA helped preserve documents, photographs, and other materials, now available to researchers.  A [...] Read More...

Directions and Screenshots for Guest Access to Wireless Bruce Gilbert

Are you a visitor to Cowles Library or the Drake Campus? Need instructions on how to connect to the “Guest” wireless? Find them below!   1, Connect to the network “DUGuest” from your computer or tablet.  This screen displays: 2) Visitor should choose “Register as Guest” The following screens display: 3) You’ll note you can [...] Read More...

Library fines eliminated for Drake students Bruce Gilbert

Cowles Library has listened to the students of Drake University and taken the step of eliminating “overdue fines” for library materials. Our materials are for the use of Drake faculty and staff (who are already “fine-exempt”) AND students; so we don’t want to discourage their use! This does NOT mean, of course, that students don’t [...] Read More...

Professor Koch Speaks on the CI-CCI Print Retention Project Marc Davis

Professor Teri Koch spoke to the Print Archive Network (PAN) forum at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Chicago on January 30, 2015. Her presentation reflected the ground-breaking work occurring in the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative. In 2013 five libraries from Central Iowa formed a collaborative called the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI). The goals of the [...] Read More...

Access to New York Times for all Drake students, staff, and Faculty! Bruce Gilbert

Drake University students, faculty, and staff can now receive online access to the New York Times through its web site via a subscription paid for by Cowles Library. Note that, for initial signup, you MUST be on the Drake campus, but after that, you can access the NY Times anywhere! Details are at this helpful site: [...] Read More...

Library Closing at 5:00 p.m. Monday, Jan.5 Marc Davis

Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Library will close at 5:00 p.m. today (Monday January 5) rather than 7:00 p.m. as originally scheduled.

eScholarShare Maintenance Window Marc Davis

Escholarshare may be unavailable for a brief period early on the morning of Wednesday, December 31, 2014, between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM for scheduled maintenance.

Interlibrary Loan Delays Possible Marc Davis

Update: Issue is resolved as of 12-3-2014. Due to continuing issues at our vendor, Interlibrary Loan processing for new requests may be delayed for up to 24 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Good Things Come in Small Packages Marc Davis

Professor Teri Koch of Cowles Library, along with Cyd Dyer of Simpson College and Pam Rees of Grandview University, made a presentation at the international Charleston Conference on November 6, 2014 titled: “Good Things Come in Small Packages: Getting the Most from Shared Print Retention & Cooperative Collection Development with a Small Group of Libraries.” The presentation covers the groundbreaking work of the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI). Learn more about the evolving shared collection among Iowa [...] Read More...

Reliable Ebola Information Priya Shenoy

With the new outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, there has been much misinformation and speculation in the media.  If you are interested in looking at reputable resources that will provide you with factual and up to date information on signs and symptoms, transmission, new research, news, and diagnoses etc, you can view the five [...] Read More...

Jterm Opportunity: LIBR 042 Bruce Gilbert

INFO LIT: KEY TO COMMUNITY BASED / EXPERIENTIAL LEARN – CRN: 1660 – LIBR 042 Below is the course description for an Information Literacy (AOI) course for Jterm 2015. The course is designed for first- and second-year (and transfer) students, and satisfies the Info Lit AOI. It is offered by Cowles Library Professor Bruce Gilbert, [...] Read More...

Faculty, staff and students are invited to an open house for tutoring services! Bruce Gilbert

Faculty, staff and students are invited to an open house for tutoring services! 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. October 21 WHERE: Lower level, west side, of Cowles Library WHAT: Drop in and meet our tutors; tour the new facilities for The Writing Workshop, Speaking Center, and tutoring services for biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, psychology; and [...] Read More...

Shenoy and Bottenberg Forthcoming Presentation at AACP Marc Davis

Priya Shenoy, Pharmacy/Science Librarian, and Michelle Bottenberg, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, will be presenting at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy conference on Drug Information Competencies. They will be describing their successful program that aims “to educate the first year Pharm. D. students on learning the practical skills of searching, finding and evaluating [...] Read More...

Two Library Professors Present at Charleston Bruce Gilbert

Professor Teri Koch, Collection Development Coordinator, and Assistant Professor Andrew Welch, Discovery Services & Technology Librarian, gave two presentations at the 33rd Annual Charleston Conference (Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition) in Charleston, South Carolina on November 7, 2013. One presentation was entitled “Adding PDA for Print? Consider Your Options for Implementation.” The second presentation was entitled “Maximizing the [...] Read More...

National Library of Medicine Closes Marc Davis

Due to the lapse in government funding, the National Library of Medicine will be closed until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at

Buoy Trial Conclusion Marc Davis

The trial of the Buoy chairs at Cowles Library has concluded. The final tally? By nearly 6 to 1, respondents would like to see Buoy chairs used in the Library.  Here’s the vote: This is the BUOY chair.  We’re interested in finding out what you think about it and whether you’d like some in our [...] Read More...

Are you finding full text? Andrew Welch

We’d like to know if you’re finding full-text articles when you search library resources. Take our 3-question survey to help us improve our service!

Construction Continues at Cowles Marc Davis

Construction of the new University Archives and Special Collections area continues at Cowles during the month of September. Users should expect occasional noise on the 2nd floor between 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.

After-Hours Access Made Easier! Marc Davis

After-Hours begins September 3. Procedures for obtaining an access card have been simplified. Students no longer need to fill out a registration form on the library website. Instead: If you are a first-year student entering Drake in the fall of 2013 or later, your Drake ID will allow you to access the After Hours Study [...] Read More...

Dr. Susan Fink and Marc Davis presenting at ILA/ACRL on 10 May Bruce Gilbert

Two of Cowles Library’s finest are presenting at the ILA/ACRL Conference on 10 May 2013 .  Abstract follows: Disruptive Thinking About Disruptive Innovation. Dr. Susan Fink and Marc Davis, Drake University In The Search for Survival: Lessons from Disruptive Technologies, Henry C. Lucas wrote that correctly answering the question “what business are we in” is a first, essential step for an [...] Read More...

Open Access policy passed by Drake Faculty Senate Bruce Gilbert

The Faculty Senate of Drake University  endorsed an Open Access Policy at its regular meeting on 17 April 2013 (the amended text follows).  It is one of the first such campus-wide Open Access academic policies to be adopted in Iowa. The Faculty of Cowles Library had originally endorsed the policy, and they hope to leverage this endorsement to raise awareness [...] Read More...

Muslim Journey Bookshelf (and videos!) Available Bruce Gilbert

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Cowles Library recently received an NEH grant with the theme Muslim Journeys . There will be programming announced soon, but, in the meantime, come to Cowles Library’s Main Floor (near the Browsing Books) and check out this diverse and thought-provoking collection of books and videos.

Bart Schmidt Named as Instructor for ILEAD USA in Iowa Marc Davis

Bart Schmidt, Associate Professors of Librarianship and Digital Projects Librarian at Cowles Library has been named as an instructor for the ILEAD USA Program in Iowa. Iowa Library Services is partnering with the state libraries of Illinois, Colorado, Ohio and Utah to implement ILEAD USA through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from [...] Read More...

NOTE NEW DATE AND LOCATION: Gilbert to give Humanities presentation: 15 March Bruce Gilbert

Bruce Gilbert, Professor of Librarianship and Director of Library Instruction, will give a Spring 2013 presentation in the Humanities Center Colloquium Series on 15 March.  Entitled, “The What and Why of the Open: Is Openness the New Humanity?” the presentation will be in Cowles Library 201 (“the Glassed-in Room”), from 3:30-5:00 pm.  All Colloquium presentations are [...] Read More...

Dunham-LaGree to give LOEX presentation Bruce Gilbert

Carrie Dunham-LaGree’s presentation, “What’s Up Doc? Transforming Information Literacy Instruction with Documentary Films”, has been accepted for the LOEX 2013 Conference (LOEX is a self-supporting, non-profit educational clearinghouse for library instruction and information literacy information).  Hers was one of the 60 selected from over 150 proposals submitted. The conference will be held in Nashville, TN [...] Read More...

Dr. Schaefer in DC for Fulbright update Bruce Gilbert

Dr. Karl Schaefer (Professor of Librarianship, Cowles Library) is travelling to Washington, DC on 7 February to participate in a workshop for Fulbright Campus Representatives.  The purpose of the workshop is to introduce new programs and procedures to campus representatives so that they have the most up-to-date and most accurate information to convey to those [...] Read More...

Flix 4 Free! – January 2013 Katherine Lincoln

Here’s a look at some of the latest DVDs added to our collection during the past month. These movies, and many more, are located in the Electronic Resource Center (west side, main floor), and available for check-out with just your Drake ID! Boy meets world. Season one City of life and death The History of Christmas How I met your mother. Season 6 How I met your mother. The complete season 7 John Rabe Kingdom of heaven Kingpin Taken 2

Shenoy named Chair of Health Science Library group Bruce Gilbert

Priya Shenoy, who joined the Faculty of Cowles Library in June 2012, was recently named the Chair of the Iowa Health Science Library Association, a subdivision of the Iowa Library Association.  As Chair she will help plan two meetings (one in Spring and one at the ILA October 2013 conference).  As Chair, she will help plan [...] Read More...

Stacks Spotlight – December 2012 Katherine Lincoln

Here’s a look at the latest hot fiction and bestsellers recently added to Cowles’ collection. Find these new books, as well as others, on the main floor stand at the top of the ramp and in the Cowles Cafe area The antidote: happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking / Oliver Burkeman. The outpost: an untold story of American valor / Jake Tapper. City of soldiers: a year of life, death, and survival in Afghanistan / Kate Fearon. Sign painters / Faythe Levine and Sam Macon [...] Read More...

Flix 4 Free! – December 2012 Katherine Lincoln

Here’s a look at some of the latest DVDs added to our collection during the past month. These movies, and many more, are located in the Electronic Resource Center (west side, main floor), and available for check-out with just your Drake ID! Ai weiwei The Bourne legacy The Expendables 2 Moonrise kingdom


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