Archive for December, 2015

Staff Position Open at Cowles Library

Assistant to the Dean and Manager, Library Support Operations


Drake University’s Cowles Library invites applications for an Assistant to the Dean and Manager, Library Support Operations.  The individual in this staff position will lead a staff-team in support of both library administrative and service functions and activities. This individual will be a member of the Library Management Council (LMC), and will directly support the Dean, and the three Library Program Coordinators (Collections, Instruction -Services, and Special Collections/Archives). This individual will serve as a peer to, and work in close coordination with library user services and library systems operations.  This individual will serve as the primary operational liaison to Drake administrative and support offices.

Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience, with a range starting at $50,000.  Please submit an application letter addressing qualifications, current vita, and contact information including email addresses of references to Hire Touch at Select Cowles Library and follow the instructions to apply and upload requested materials.  Review of applications will begin January 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Drake University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation.

More details (including full job description) are available: More information about Drake University’s work environment, employee benefits, and the greater Des Moines area can be accessed at

All-University Book Club

Drake University’s staff, in collaboration with Cowles Library, announce a “pilot run” of an All-University Book Club! The purposes of this book club are simple: Encourage reading for the sake of reading, and increase conversation among faculty, staff, and students across campus through the medium of books!

Cowles Library has eleven copies (hint: Ask for the book on reserve for Library 301) available for “The Kind Worth Killing,” a well-reviewed 2015 mystery that will be our first book. Details are in the flyer that follows (click here for a print-friendly version); the book is available in audio format from, at various DM-area Public Libraries, and Amazon, in addition to the Cowles Library copies.

So, read the book and let Sara Heijerman know about your interest in discussing; the face-to-face discussion sessions will be in January (with the possibility of more than one, if there is enough interest), so happy reading!


The Kind Worth Killing

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