Cowles Library welcomes new Librarian Dan Chibnall

August 2 2016, by Bruce Gilbert

Cowles Library is happy to welcome two new Librarians this Summer. Dan Chibnall (Twitter: @BookOwl ) started on 1 July and is Drake’s new STEM Librarian. Dan is already very active in the Des Moines community (he was at Grand View University prior to coming to Drake) and has a wide variety of interests, one of which was highlighted recently on the Science Center of Iowa’s website: Dan is a volunteer who supports the Center’s “Star Parties.” We hope you get a chance to meet and welcome Dan soon!

P.S. Watch this space for background on the Library’s other new Librarian, coming soon!

Roof repair/other maintenance ongoing at Cowles Library

July 25 2016, by Bruce Gilbert

Cowles Library is having roof repair done this week (from the 25th through the 29th). It’s possible that the noise level may be intrusive during that time; thank you for your patience while this important maintenance is done.

Also, steam line maintenance is being done across campus for the next couple of weeks. This may have an impact on our ability to cool the facility; if that happens, we will post a notice; we will take more serious steps should we lose cooling altogether (which is not anticipated).

Thanks for your forbearance!

The New SuperSearch is here!

June 6 2016, by Andrew Welch

Screenshot of the new SuperSearch

Screenshot of the new SuperSearch

On May 25th, the Drake Libraries completed the migration to a new platform for SuperSearch.

Designed to increase efficiency, the new system should provide faculty, staff and students a more streamlined research experience while also significantly reducing the time required for library faculty and staff to maintain search platforms.

New System Highlights

  • You can simultaneously search the library catalog and SuperSearch in a single interface.
  • Many features remain the same in the new SuperSearch, including the ability to search across print and electronic collections, limit by peer-reviewed content, and export citations.
  • While you can search SuperSearch without logging in, using your Drake credentials to log in allows you to access content licensed by the libraries and provides other options, such as saving searches and accessing and managing your library account.
  • The next phase of this transition, which we hope will take place in 2017, will connect SuperSearch to the print collections of several other libraries in Iowa, including the three Regents’ universities, Wartburg College, Grand View University, and others. Drake users will be able to search across the physical collections of, and place requests for physical materials from, those institutions. This collaboration will not include access to databases and e-journals, but it is nonetheless a major step forward in our access to scholarly content.

Mastering the New System and Migrating Personal Content

  • We hope you find the new system to be fairly intuitive to use. Formal training opportunities will be offered in the fall. Once the system is running, librarians will also be happy to provide individual demonstrations and training upon request.
  • A SuperSearch research guide provides additional information about the new system and how to successfully use it. The guide also has a form for providing feedback, so you can help us continue to improve your experience using SuperSearch. We will be adding more information, tips, and tutorials to this guide in the coming days.
  • The current SuperSearch will be available through June 30, 2016. If you have folders set up under your personal log-in, please sign in to your SuperSearch account, open any folders with content you want, mark the items you want to save, and then use either the save or email options. Contact a reference librarian for further assistance.

New Library Platform Coming Soon

May 9 2016, by Andrew Welch

Screenshot of the new SuperSearch

Screenshot of the new SuperSearch

The Drake Libraries are in the process of migrating from our current library platforms to Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo products. We anticipate going live with the new system on May 25.

Designed to increase efficiency, the new system should provide faculty, staff and students a more streamlined research experience while also significantly reducing the time required for library faculty and staff to maintain search platforms.

New System Highlights

  • You will be able to simultaneously search the library catalog and SuperSearch in a single interface, which will retain the SuperSearch name.
  • Many features remain the same in the new SuperSearch, including the ability to search across print and electronic collections, limit by peer-reviewed content, and export citations.
  • While you will be able to search SuperSearch without logging in, using your Drake credentials to log in will allow you to access content licensed by the libraries and provide other options, such as saving searches and accessing and managing your library account.
  • The next phase of this transition, which we hope will take place in 2017, will connect SuperSearch to the print collections of several other libraries in Iowa, including the three Regents’ universities, Wartburg College, Grand View University, and others. Drake users will be able to search across the physical collections of, and place requests for physical materials from, those institutions. This collaboration will not include access to databases and e-journals, but it is nonetheless a major step forward in our access to scholarly content.

Access During the Transition

  • You will still be able to search the catalog and check items in and out during the May 13-25 transition period. There will be a 2-day period, May 23-24, during which holds and renewals will not be processed.
  • The official transition will occur on May 25, 2016. Until then, the new SuperSearch is available for viewing in preview/beta mode. Keep in mind that any actions you take in this beta version (placing holds, saving searches) will not transition to the new SuperSearch.

Mastering the New System and Migrating Personal Content

  • We hope the new system will be fairly intuitive to use. Formal training opportunities will be offered in the fall. Once the system is running, librarians will also be happy to provide individual demonstrations and training upon request.
  • The current SuperSearch will be available through June 30, 2016. If you have folders set up under your personal log-in, please sign in to your SuperSearch account, open any folders with content you want, mark the items you want to save, and then use either the save or email options. Contact a reference librarian for further assistance.

Job Announcement: Campus Engagement Librarian

April 28 2016, by Carrie Dunham-LaGree

Drake University’s Cowles Library invites applications for a 12-month, 3-year consecutive term appointment as the Campus Engagement Librarian beginning July 1, 2016. This faculty position with the rank of Assistant Professor has the possibility for reappointment.

As a member of the Public Services Team, the Campus Engagement Librarian will be responsible for coordinating the library’s user engagement efforts in both the online and physical library environments with a primary goal of contributing to Drake students’ academic success. Working collaboratively, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of programming, activities, and projects designed to improve and enhance student success by engagement with librarians and library resources. This position is responsible for enhancing overall campus engagement with the library by developing relationships with the library’s user communities and utilizing information gathered from these relationships to identify and prioritize the users’ needs as they pertain to the library. The Campus Engagement Librarian will serve as library liaison to appropriate Social Science disciplines. This position reports to the Director of Library Instruction and will have reference, instruction, liaison, and collection development responsibilities, including some evenings and weekend hours.

The successful candidate will hold a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.

Salary is competitive (with a range beginning in the mid-fifties) and dependent on qualifications and experience. For the full job description and to apply, please submit an application letter addressing qualifications, a current vita, and contact information including email addresses of three references to Hire Touch or access this position directly. Follow the instructions to apply and upload requested materials. Questions may be directed to reference@drake.edu.

Review of applications will begin May 20, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information about Drake University’s work environment, employee benefits, faculty development opportunities, and the greater Des Moines area can be accessed at http://www.drake.edu/hr/.

Drake University is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status.

Meet the Author at Cowles Library

April 6 2016, by Leslie Noble

Cramer.event3Pregnant with the Stars: Watching and Wanting the Celebrity Baby Bump by Renee Ann Cramer

Join us to learn what four things happened in 1991 to shape women’s reproductive lives in the year 2016.

Renee Ann Cramer, associate professor and chair of Law, Politics, and Society at Drake, will discuss her book Pregnant with the Stars on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. The conversation and a reception following are free and open to the public.

“Check out that baby bump!” Online and print magazines, television shows, and personal blogs are awash with gossip and speculation about pregnant celebrities. What drives our cultural obsession with celebrity baby bumps? Pregnant with the Stars examines the American fascination with, and judgment of, celebrity pregnancy, and exposes how our seemingly innocent interest in “baby bumps” actually reinforces troubling standards about femininity, race, and class, while increasing the surveillance and regulation of all women in our society.

This book charts how the American understanding of pregnancy has evolved by examining pop culture coverage of the pregnant celebrity body. Investigating and comparing the media coverage of pregnant celebrities, including Jennifer Garner, Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles, Kristen Bell, M.I.A., Jodie Foster, and Mila Kunis, Renée Cramer shows us how women are categorized and defined by their pregnancies. Their stories provide a paparazzi-sized lens through which we can interpret a complex set of social and legal regulations of pregnant women.

Cramer exposes how cultural ideas like the “rockin’ post-baby body” are not only unattainable; they are a means of social control. Combining cultural and legal analysis, Pregnant with the Stars uncovers a world where pregnant celebrities are governed and controlled alongside the recent, and troubling, proliferation of restrictive laws aimed at women in the realm of reproductive justice and freedom. Cramer asks each reader and cultural consumer to recognize that the seeing, judging, and discussion of the “baby bump” isn’t merely frivolous celebrity gossip — it is an act of surveillance, commodification, and control.

Renee Ann Cramer is associate professor and chair of Law, Politics, and Society at Drake University. Her second book, Pregnant with the Stars: Watching and Wanting the Celebrity Baby Bump, on our obsession with celebrity pregnancy, was published by Stanford University Press.

Drake Presidential Inaugurations exhibit now at Cowles

April 5 2016, by Bruce Gilbert

The University Archives honors the installation of Earl F. Martin as Drake’s 13th President with a special exhibit: Drake Presidential History, Inaugurations 1881-2016.   Created by Archives Assistant and Drake senior, Cecilia Panella, the exhibit is in Cowles Library’s Collier Room (2nd floor).   Along with reproductions, the exhibit also includes original documents and historical photographs.  The President’s mace and medallion will also be on display just outside the Archives.  The exhibit, viewable through the summer, is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

 Henry Harmon is installed as Drake’s 7th President in 1941

Henry Harmon is installed as Drake’s 7th President in 1941

 

Springer books and journals available through Cowles

March 23 2016, by Teri Koch

This is the tenth in a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library, intended to increase awareness of the quality resources and services (many of them new!) available to Drake students, faculty, and staff. Earlier posts are listed at the bottom of this page.


Cowles Library now offers direct access to ALL Springer journals and tens of thousand of Springer ebooks, with no special software required! Details follow:

I.  Springer ebooks

Access: https://library.drake.edu/find/article-databases/goto/springer-ebook-2010-2016-collections

  • Over 35,000 titles
  • 2010-2016 (with thousands more titles being added this year)
  • Many titles in Computer science, Biomedical, Life Sciences, Mathematics
  • New! Humanities, History, Social Science & Law content this year!
  • No DRM (digital rights management)
  • No software requirements; can be downloaded as a PDF
  • Unlimited printing/downloading
  • Can purchase a print copy for $24.95 for most books (if so desired)
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# of titles in Springer ebook collection 2010-16

To see the full list of titles go to this site: http://tinyurl.com/zgmzhus

  • The first worksheet shows ALL titles in the collection.
  • Subsequent worksheets show titles available in each collection, sorted by subject.
  • Interested in any particular title you see on the list?  Just copy & paste the url in “open url” column into your web browser!

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II. Springer journals

We’ve added online access to 2,000+ Springer journals from 1997 to present! https://library.drake.edu/find/article-databases/goto/springer-journals

See below for links to journals in specific disciplines:

Medicine

Internal Medicine

Biomedical Sciences

Public Health

Health Informatics

Psychology

Social Sciences

Life Sciences

Ecology

Plant Sciences

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Mathematics

Statistics

Computer Science

Physics

By joining a new library consortium we were able to provide access to these journals for less than $3 per title per year.  With a few exceptions, we now have access to ALL Springer journals.

In 2015 over 500 Drake users attempted to access 16 Springer journal titles (such as Journal of Insect Behavior, as well as Advances in Therapy) and were denied access.  These journals are all now directly available to Cowles patrons, wherever they have an Internet connection!


Previous Resources and Services announcements:

1) New York Times Digital Subscription
2) Chronicle of Higher Education
3) Oxford Very Short Introductions
4) Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily
5) Business Expert Press
6) Statista – Statistics for the Rest of Us
7) Bibliography of Native North Americans
8) JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neuroscience)
9) Filmakers’ Library Online

Admitted Student Days Presentation – Library and ITS

March 4 2016, by Bruce Gilbert

Admitted Student Days
March 4, March 25, and April 8th
Begins at 10
Overview: (15-20 minutes Library, 10 minutes for Tech, 10 minutes for Questions)
Introduction
Resources and Library –
           Priya  Shenoy – Library resources 
Student Centered focus of Cowles – Bruce Gilbert
Technology – Clayton and Carla
Help Center 
Library resources that are covered:
Library Tour: 2 p.m. this afternoon
ITS resources covered:

Library Open House sessions – 7 March

March 1 2016, by Bruce Gilbert

Everyone at Drake is invited to attend one or more thirty-minute sessions designed to give you a brief overview of some of the many new resources and initiatives at Cowles Library! Refreshments will be served! No RSVP necessary; there are three sessions, which are each given two times, so come to whichever suits your interests and schedules:cookies

Breakout session I: 4:05 – 4:30
 
  1. Teri Koch / Bruce Gilbert: Alternative textbook sources – Room 201 (“Glassed-in Room”)
  2. Come hear about the many resources Cowles has (as well as a few “success stories”) for saving your students money using different sources for textbooks.
  3. Claudia Frazer / Bart Schmidt : Archives/Political Papers – In Archives area on 2nd Floor
  4. Take a few minutes to see what hidden treasures exist behind the locked doors of the Drake University Archives & Special Collections. Are your students interested in completing a practical experience in an archival setting? Curious about how to incorporate oral histories into your syllabus? Need some juicy primary source materials? Let us show you our “stuff”!
  5. Priya Shenoy / Andrew Welch: Tools / New Catalog / Instruction – Room 45 (Ground Floor)
  6. Cowles Library is on the verge of installing a next generation catalog/discovery system. Also, the number and breadth of tools (such as, a new citation manager) and instructional support that the Library offers continues to grow. Come get an overview of these exciting new developments.

Breakout session II: 4:35 – 5:00
  1. Teri Koch / Bruce Gilbert: Alternative textbook sources – Room 201 (“Glassed-in Room”)
  2. Come hear about the many resources Cowles has (as well as a few “success stories”) for saving your students money using different sources for textbooks.
  3. Claudia Frazer / Bart Schmidt: Archives/Political Papers – In Archives area on 2nd Floor
  4. Take a few minutes to see what hidden treasures exist behind the locked doors of the Drake University Archives & Special Collections. Are your students interested in completing a practical experience in an archival setting? Curious about how to incorporate oral histories into your syllabus? Need some juicy primary source materials? Let us show you our “stuff”!
  5. Priya Shenoy / Andrew Welch: Tools / New Catalog / Instruction – Room 45 (Ground Floor)
  6. Cowles Library is on the verge of installing a next generation catalog/discovery system. Also, the number and breadth of tools (such as, a new citation manager) and instructional support that the Library offers continues to grow. Come get an overview of these exciting new developments.

 

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