Archive for September, 2009

It was 40 Years Ago, Yesterday…

On September  17th , 1969  The Drake Times-Delphic published what is widely considered the first printed account of Beatle Paul McCartney’s supposed death. Days after Drake undergrad Tim Harper asked the question “Is Paul Dead?” on the TD’s front page, college papers across the country ran with the story and the theory of “Paul is Dead!” raced across America.  This is the first page of Mr. Harper’s story.

Cowles Library holds nearly a complete run of the student newspapers of Drake University (going back to 1884.) The library is working to digitize the old microfilm and present these materials online, so stories like this one will be available to researchers worldwide.  It’s an ambitious project. It’s going to take a while. We think it’ll be worth it. What do you think?

Update 10/20/2010:

View this issue of the Drake Times-Delphic: Here

Browse or search our collection of online Drake student newspapers Here


Cowles Library Offers “No Pressure” Informational Sessions

11 September, 10 to 11 a.m.


WHERE: Cowles Library Electronic Classroom

(ask at Cowles Library Main Floor Information Desk if you need directions)


WHO: Anyone who provides, or supports, classroom instruction at Drake.

Library session leaders will include:

Liga Briedis, Sean Stone, Bruce Gilbert



  • Learn more about how to incorporate Library resources into your class

  • Learn what services and resources the Library has to support your teaching

  • Become more “green” and have the Library digitize handouts and readings

    If you want to learn about any/all of these, in a relaxed atmosphere, this is the session for you!


WHAT: Specifically, these sessions will cover useful tips on:

  • How to provide links to one of the Library’s thousands of e-books or tens of thousands of electronic journals for your courses;

  • What you need to do to provide easy, copyright-compliant electronic access (“e-reserves”) to your course readings;

  • How to integrate Library resources (including a Librarian!) into your BlackBoard pages;

  • The “basics” of Interlibrary loan, Refworks, e-reserves, etc.

All in a comfortable atmosphere, where any question you might have is appropriate. And, refreshment WILL be provided!


WHAT ELSE? That’s it! No prep required! (If you DO want to RSVP, call x4821, or email , but it’s not a requirement).

Bib Alex Blog

Watch this space for posts from Cairo and Alexandria Egypt. I will be sending periodic communiques and photos  over the next four months as I participate in the Fulbright program.

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