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Cowles News & Notes

Open Access, Hallowe’en, and Sustainability Bruce Gilbert

Open Access Week is upon us! This year it runs from October 24th to 30th. And the theme from SPARC is “Open for Climate Justice,” seeking to “encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community.” Of course, that timeframe also overlaps with the run-up to Hallowe’en! What possible connection(s) could there be between [...] Read More...

Drake University Joins HathiTrust Andrew Welch

Drake University has become the newest member of HathiTrust , a global collaborative of academic and research libraries working towards its mission to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for [...] Read More...

Cowles Library Receives Grant for Women’s Suffrage Discussion Project Hope Bibens

Let’s Talk About It:  Women’s Suffrage Programming will begin in March Drake University’s Cowles Library is one of 25 libraries nationwide selected to participate in the American Library Association’s Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage , a grant designed to spark conversations about American history and culture through an examination of the women’s suffrage movement. During the Spring Semester, five conversations [...] Read More...

New Academic Publishing Guide Bruce Gilbert

Are you a Drake faculty member or other researcher who needs some help with any part of the publishing process? Cowles Library is here to help ! We have a new resource available for those looking for help finding a journal that will publish your research (and what their expectations are), tools for citing information in your paper, Journal Impact Factor, and beyond. [...] Read More...

How to find newspapers (and link to searches) on Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis-Nexis) Bruce Gilbert

Newspapers from your hometown or specific regions can be hard to find. Cowles Library provides “ Nexis Uni ” which has thousands of newspapers from around the county and the world. It isn’t always easy to “drill down” to one particular title, so we’ve provided the following short video. Also note that it’s easy to link to [...] Read More...

Call for Volunteers: Archive Your Story Hope Bibens

We are currently living through a historic moment. Historians of the future will want to know what our experiences were like. In the spirit of documenting this time, Drake University Archives & Special Collections is asking you to keep a journal of your experience during the COVID-19 epidemic. Feel free to type, write by hand, [...] Read More...

Kanopy Access Changes Andrew Welch

Effective February 1, 2020, Cowles Library will begin mediating requests for streaming films on the Kanopy platform, and priority will be given to films requested for course use. This is a change from the more direct click-and-play access model the library has used since adopting Kanopy in fall 2017. The model will continue to allow click-and-play [...] Read More...

Drake Librarian Selected as SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow Teri Koch

Drake Librarian Selected as SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow Teri Koch, Collection Development Coordinator & Professor of Librarianship at Cowles Library, has been selected as a fellow in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program , a two-semester intensive professional development program to build a comprehensive understanding of the open education space coupled with practical know-how to lead successful open education [...] Read More...

Wall Street Journal – Now Available at Drake Bruce Gilbert

The Wall Street Journal is now available to all students, staff, and faculty at Drake University! Once you’ve signed up, you can access it directly from their web page, and once you’ve logged in, you can access it from anywhere. Signing up is easy! First, make sure you’re logged in to Drake web email or to . Then use this link: [...] Read More...

Library Liaison meeting – Apr 2019 Bruce Gilbert

Below are some of the links (plus agenda and slides) from the April 11th, 2019 Library Liaison meeting. Main takeaways 1) Please contact  or  if you’re interested in exploring “textbook alternatives” for one or more of your classes. See below for more details. 2) Journal Watchlist: The journals that are not highlighted will be canceled [...] Read More...

Issues in Scholarly Communication: Is Elsevier’s “Big Deal” a good deal for Drake? Teri Koch

By Rod Henshaw, Teri Koch and Laura Krossner. This is the first of several postings that will address the significant developments within scholarly publishing and communication.  Our purpose with these blog posts is threefold: 1) identity the major recent developments; 2) examine how do these relate to our collections and services, and 3) identify emerging [...] Read More...

Library Faculty on University Committees Bruce Gilbert

Library Faculty participation on Faculty Senate Committees for 2017-2018 Every member of the Cowles Library Faculty is on one (or more) standing Drake Faculty Senate Committee(s), or other standing University-wide committee. Faculty committee participation is as follows (in random order): Hope Bibens – Intercollegiate Athletics Bruce Gilbert – University Benefits Committee Teri Koch – University [...] Read More...

Veterans Exhibit Katherine Lincoln

The Drake University Archives honors veterans in a special display of photographs, memorabilia, and articles to commemorate Veteran’s Day, November 11th.   From Drake’s President Martin, to former alumni and faculty, the exhibit shares how members of the Drake family have served our country.  The display is located on the second floor of Cowles Library, just [...] Read More...

Dunham-LaGree joins ACRL Committee Bruce Gilbert

Carrie Dunham-LaGree, Asst. Professor of Librarianship, recently accepted a national appointment to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Professional Development committee. The Committee’s charge is to provide advice “on matters related to professional development needs assessment, program development and evaluation, and elearning.” Her term begins July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017. She also currently [...] Read More...

Gilbert joins All Iowa Reads Committee Bruce Gilbert

Bruce Gilbert , Professor of Librarianship, was recently appointed to the All Iowa Reads (AIR) Committee. Established in 2003, the All Iowa Reads program is one of the first projects to be provided by the Iowa Center for the Book . (For the current year, the All Iowa Reads selection is Lila by Marilynne Robinson). The primary work of the committee is to choose the All [...] Read More...

Grebner presents on Congressional Archives Bruce Gilbert

On March 5, Assistant Professor Hope Grebner presented on a panel at the Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA) 2016 Conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.  The presentation was entitled, “Windows/Mirrors, Yesterday/Today:  Why You Should Visit Your Local Congressional Archive,” and focused on how modern congressional collections are a mirror into which we [...] Read More...

Keyser to present at national Copyright Conference Bruce Gilbert

Marcia Keyser, Associate Professor of Librarianship at Cowles Library, recently had a poster presentation approved for the 2016 Kraemer Copyright Conference at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The Kraemer Copyright Conference offers public, academic, special, and school librarians the opportunity to learn about U.S. Copyright Law and how it impacts the services we offer our [...] Read More...

Library Professor presents at Charleston Bruce Gilbert

Teri Koch, Professor of Librarianship at Cowles Library, participated in a panel on “The Importance of Outreach in Shared Print Projects” at the Charleston Conference on Nov. 4, 2015. This conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina, is the preeminent gathering of librarians, publishers, resource managers, and vendors that focuses on issues in book and serials acquisitions. Teri [...] 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...

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.

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:

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...

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

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