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Sunday, Sep. 24th
Library: 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Café: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
After-Hours: yes
Monday, Sep. 25th
Library: 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Café: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
After-Hours: yes

Cowles News & Notes

What’s in the New University Archives? Marc Davis

Here’s a great photo set from Drake Marketing , featuring items from the University Archives.  The new space was officially dedicated Friday, Dec. 6.

Crunch Time Seating Marc Davis

Thanks to Sean Kehoe, University Events Manager, we’ve added 16 tables and 64 seats to the quiet study area of the Reading Room and Reading Room atrium for the end of semester crunch.  

Noise Alert Cancelled! Marc Davis

  The previously announced maintenance work scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 has been cancelled.  There will no disruption to quiet study areas.    

Open Cowles Library Liaison Meeting CANCELLED: 18 November 2013 Bruce Gilbert

We regret to report that, due to unavoidable travel delays caused by inclement weather, this session has been cancelled. Watch this space for re-scheduling information, and thanks for your interest! From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting Suggested Reading for an open Cowles Library Liaison Meeting NOTE: The following is a [...] Read More...

An exciting day at the Library! Marc Davis

Materials are moving in to the new University Archives and Special Collections space at Cowles Library.  The new, 6,000 sq. ft. area includes a large climate-controlled storage unit for archival preservation.  Special Collections materials — which include artifacts from Drake’s history and many rare and unique documents and items — have been scattered throughout the [...] Read More...

Help us improve Kris Mogle

Last year Interlibrary Loan ordered over 8600 requests for its users.  Of those requests 40% were for graduate students, 45% for undergraduate students, and 27% for faculty and staff. We want to help you find what you need in your research through Interlibrary Loan or GET IT NOW.  To help us make improvements,  we have [...] Read More...

Open Access Week 2013 Marcia Keyser

October 21-25 is Open Access Week! What is Open Access? It is a movement to provide some academic materials to users with no fee. It applies to all subject areas, all types and formats of publications. Materials acquired (usually online) for free may be freely shared with other people. Why? Because distributing materials as Open [...] Read More...

October 2013 Newsletter Marc Davis

Cowles Library’s October/November 2013 Newsletter is now available at

SuperSearch Changes Coming Andrew Welch

EBSCO will be making a number of interface enhancements to SuperSearch and EBSCOhost databases at the end of October (on or after Oct. 29th), and they’ve given us a preview. Many of these changes were driven by users asking EBSCO to simplify the results display and make more results available on the first screen. Click [...] 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...

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

Dean Henshaw Named to STEM Advisory Board Marc Davis

Rod Henshaw, Dean of Cowles Library, has been named by Governor Branstad to the STEM Advisory Council Board for the South Central Iowa region. The six regional network hubs are the first major initiative of the new Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, a public-private partnership, whose overarching goal is to boost student [...] Read More...