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Articles posted by Andrew Welch
January 23, 2020
January 7, 2020
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 access to already-licensed films until their license expiration date, and will allow new licensing requests only for course-related films.
A Difficult Decision
Increasing costs of the service led to our decision to adopt this new model. Knowing how popular this service is with our faculty and students, we struggled with this decision. We understand that click-and-play access is more convenient than mediated requests, and we do not enjoy placing restrictions on popular resources. The service’s growing popularity, however, has nearly doubled our annual expenditure for Kanopy films in the last year.
Kanopy’s Pricing Model
Unlike familiar streaming video platforms like Netflix and Hulu, which use a flat-rate subscription fee, Kanopy’s business model is based on the number of views per title, and four views of any film results in a charge to Cowles Library of $150 for a one-year license. This model is, unfortunately, unsustainable for the library as Kanopy becomes more popular and annual costs become unpredictable.
Many other libraries that use Kanopy are struggling with this same issue, as this Film Quarterly article illustrates.
- If you have used a Kanopy film for a course and are concerned about the license expiration, contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you find an unlicensed Kanopy film you would like to use for a course, complete the request form on the Kanopy website as early as possible. In the message area, please let us know when you intend to use the film. The request form looks like this:
- If you intend to use a film for a course, but it does not need to be streamed (e.g., you’ll show it in class vs. having students watch it on their own), contact the library at email@example.com to see if we can find a DVD or Blu-ray version that may be less expensive.
Kanopy License Expirations
Here is a list of Kanopy films the library has licensed, as of December 15, 2019, and their expiration dates.
|A Ghost Story||11/1/2020|
|A Man Called Ove – En Man Som Heter Ove||1/1/2020|
|À nos amours||6/1/2020|
|A Star Is Born||10/31/2020|
|A Thousand Midnights – The Great Migration||11/1/2020|
|Abortion: Stories Women Tell – A Thought-Provoking Look at the Issue of Abortion Today||11/1/2020|
|Abrazos – Children of Undocumented Parents||4/1/2020|
|abUSed: The Postville Raid||3/1/2020|
|Adlerian Play Therapy – With Terry Kottman||6/30/2020|
|Adlerian Therapy – With Jon Carlson||10/1/2020|
|Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse||7/31/2020|
|Aimee’s Crossing – Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System||4/1/2020|
|Anthropocene: The Human Epoch – How Humans Have Impacted the Planet||12/31/2020|
|ARTS: Possibilities, Disabilities & The Arts||10/31/2020|
|As You Like It||5/1/2020|
|Ash is Purest White – Jiang hu er nü||12/31/2020|
|Autism in America||10/31/2020|
|Becoming a Therapist||11/30/2020|
|Beyond The Lights||6/1/2020|
|Birth Of A Movement – The Fight to Ban a Controversial Film||10/1/2020|
|Chico & Rita||3/1/2020|
|Chinese Take-Away – Un Cuento Chino||6/30/2020|
|Cleo From 5 to 7||7/31/2020|
|Color Adjustment – A History of African American Portrayal on Television||4/1/2020|
|Concerning Violence – Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense||3/1/2020|
|Connected by Coffee – Latin American Coffee Farmers||5/1/2020|
|Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood||3/1/2020|
|Delicate Balance – Three Stories Exploring Globalization||9/1/2020|
|Design is One – The Story of Lella and Massimo Vignelli||5/1/2020|
|Dial M for Murder||12/31/2020|
|Digital Disconnect – Fake News, Privacy and Democracy (playlist)||4/1/2020|
|Divided States of America: Part 1||6/1/2020|
|Dogtooth – Kynodontas||3/1/2020|
|Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare||4/1/2020|
|Echo In The Canyon||11/1/2020|
|Ethnic Notions – African American Stereotypes and Prejudice||4/1/2020|
|Eye in the Sky||11/30/2020|
|F for Fake||11/1/2020|
|Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary – The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants||6/1/2020|
|February One – The 1960 Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins||11/30/2020|
|First Person Plural||10/1/2020|
|Gestalt Therapy with Children – With Violet Oaklander||6/30/2020|
|Giota’s Journey – Living with Cerebral Palsy||11/1/2020|
|Guangzhou Dream Factory – The African Community in Guangzhou, China||11/30/2020|
|Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway||11/30/2020|
|Helvetica – Typography, Graphic Design and Global Visual Culture||7/31/2020|
|His Girl Friday||7/31/2020|
|How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City – A Learning Disabilities Workshop||10/31/2020|
|I Am Big Bird – The Life and Career of Puppet Performer Caroll Spinney||10/1/2020|
|I Am Not Your Negro – James Baldwin and Race in America||6/30/2020|
|I Married a Witch||10/1/2020|
|Iceman – Der Mann aus dem Eis||10/31/2020|
|Including Samuel – Inclusion of Children with Disabilities (playlist)||10/1/2020|
|Irvin Yalom: Live Case Consultation||11/1/2020|
|Ken Burns: The Central Park Five||11/30/2020|
|Latinos Beyond Reel – Challenging a Media Stereotype (playlist)||10/31/2020|
|Leaving Neverland Part 1||6/1/2020|
|Leaving Neverland Part 2||6/1/2020|
|Mardi Gras: Made in China – Globalization Gone Wild||4/1/2020|
|Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present||4/1/2020|
|Mayan Renaissance – The Untold Story of the Maya (playlist)||4/1/2020|
|Mickey Mouse Monopoly – Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power||10/31/2020|
|Miss You Can Do It – A Pageant for Girls with Special Needs||10/31/2020|
|Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like – A Retrospective of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood||6/30/2020|
|Mother Tongue – A Mayan Community re-tells its History in Ixil||5/1/2020|
|Obit. – The New York Times Obituary Writers||11/1/2020|
|A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies – Part I||11/1/2020|
|Race – The Power of an Illusion (playlist)||1/1/2020|
|Reel Injun – On the Trail of the Hollywood “Indian”||3/1/2020|
|Renacimiento de los Mayas (Spanish version of Mayan Renaissance)||3/1/2020|
|Sentenced Home – The Deportation of Cambodian Americans||11/30/2020|
|Seven Samurai (playlist)||6/1/2020|
|Show Me Democracy – Student Activism Amidst the Uprising in Ferguson||11/30/2020|
|Solution-Focused Child Therapy – With John Murphy||7/31/2020|
|Speaking in Tongues – 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.||10/1/2020|
|Spectrum – A Story of the Mind – The Rich Sensory Experience of Autism||10/31/2020|
|Stash Short Film Festival: Comedy (playlist)||11/30/2020|
|Super Size Me – The Fast-Food Industry in America||10/31/2020|
|Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! – Investigating the Fast-Food Industry||10/1/2020|
|Taking Root – The Vision of Environmentalist Wangari Maathai||5/1/2020|
|The 400 Blows – Les quatre cents coups||6/1/2020|
|The Battle of Algiers||10/31/2020|
|The Colors of The Mountain||5/1/2020|
|The Disaster Artist||10/1/2020|
|The Exterminating Angel||1/1/2020|
|The Florida Project||3/1/2020|
|The Garden – Fighting for an LA Urban Garden||10/31/2020|
|The Girl Who Played with Fire||6/1/2020|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||6/1/2020|
|The Hole In the Ground||10/1/2020|
|The Inventor – Out for Blood in Silicon Valley||10/1/2020|
|The Killing of a Sacred Deer||6/1/2020|
|The Last Time I Saw Paris||7/31/2020|
|The Listening Project – Young Adults Living with Hearing Loss||11/1/2020|
|The Little Shop of Horrors||5/1/2020|
|The Mask You Live In||5/1/2020|
|The Mean World Syndrome – Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear||4/1/2020|
|The Miseducation of Cameron Post||11/30/2020|
|The Pruitt-Igoe Myth||11/1/2020|
|The Roaring Twenties (playlist)||4/1/2020|
|The Seventh Seal||4/1/2020|
|The Spectacular Now||11/30/2020|
|The Third Murder – Sandome no satsujin||9/1/2020|
|The Way He Looks – Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho||11/30/2020|
|The Wild Pear Tree – Ahlat Agaci||11/1/2020|
|The Winter’s Tale||10/31/2020|
|Turn It Around – The Story of East Bay Punk||10/1/2020|
|Umbrellas of Cherbourg||6/1/2020|
|Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter)||7/31/2020|
|Urban Roots – Urban Gardens in Detroit||10/31/2020|
|Urbanized – The Issues and Strategies Behind Urban Design||10/31/2020|
|Walking Into The Unknown – Native Americans and the US Healthcare System||4/1/2020|
|We Need to Talk About Kevin||6/30/2020|
|Welcome to the Sticks – Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis||6/1/2020|
|What Is Democracy? – A Philosophical Journey Exploring Government||10/1/2020|
|What We Do In the Shadows||5/1/2020|
|When the Mountains Tremble – War and Revolution in Guatemala||11/30/2020|
|Who Cares About Kelsey? – Helping Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Succeed (playlist)||10/1/2020|
October 25, 2018
On Thursday, October 25th, all Drake faculty received an invitation from Provost Mattison to participate in Drake University’s version of the Ithaka Faculty Survey, an important study of the impact of digital technologies on research, teaching, and publishing. Survey responses will help to direct the initiatives of Cowles Library’s continuous improvement plan and inform campus planning and decision-making with respect to research and teaching resources.
The survey seeks faculty perspective on a range of topics, including how faculty engage with and perceive the library. In particular, this survey will help the library gain insight into how our faculty members teach and conduct research in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital environment.
We know you are very busy and probably suffering from survey fatigue, but please consider giving the library 20-25 minutes of your time to take this survey. You do not need to complete the survey in one sitting. Any progress is automatically saved, and you can pick up where you left off. You will need to refer to Provost Mattison’s October 25th email message for the survey link.
General information about the National Ithaka Faculty Survey can be found at the Ithaka S+R website. Please direct any questions to the Cowles Library Planning & Assessment Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 9, 2017
- The survey is anonymous and only takes about 5 minutes.
- Responses will be accepted until December 8, 2017.
- The results will help the library make better decisions about book and e-book purchases.
- If you are a current Drake student, completing the survey makes you eligible to win one of six $25 prizes (that’s cash!).
September 29, 2017
Literature Resource Center (LRC) is one of several new literature databases Cowles Library has added to help support all types of literary research. These databases expand our online access to literary criticism, critical reviews, author biographies, along with thousands of poems, plays, and works of short fiction. LRC includes biographical information about authors and literary criticism of authors’ works from dozens of sources. LRC covers a wide range of literature–not just fiction–from all time periods and from around the world.
LRC also includes several tools that help you establish the context surrounding authors and their works.
- Topic Finder is a graphical way of displaying the context of your term, which can lead to connections you may not have otherwise considered.
- Term Frequency shows the trend of one or more terms over time.
- Criticism Over Time (image, below) displays a timeline of literary criticism for a particular work and allows you to jump right to critical essays from a given year.
You can use LRC in conjunction with LitFinder, which provides access to the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Visit our LRC Research Guide and LitFinder Research Guide for more information and video tutorials.
Update: This issue was fixed on 10/1/2017.
The problem and temporary workaround are described in this FAQ. We hope to have the issue resolved shortly.
April 13, 2017
This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) includes primary source content from over 200,000 books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides, and other documents:
- printed from 1701 to 1800;
- printed in the British Isles, Colonial America, the United States of America (1776-1800), Canada, or British territories, in all languages;
- printed in any other part of the world, wholly or partly in English or other British vernacular.
The foundation of ECCO comprises publications from the Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalog (ESTC) project. In 1977, the British Library and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies began a joint project whose aim was “to create a machine-readable union catalogue of books, pamphlets and other ephemeral material printed in English-speaking countries from 1701 to 1800.”  The project was later expanded to digitize and include publications dating back to 1473 (and was renamed the English Short Title Catalog), but the ECCO database contains the ESTC content from 1701-1800.
ECCO presents content as images of original book pages. You can search the text of these pages and download up to 250 pages as PDF files. ECCO contains content supporting research in literature, history, music, religion, medicine, law, linguistics, fine arts, and more.
Like most databases, ECCO provides a Basic and Advanced search. The Basic Search allows you to search for terms in the Keyword, Title, Subject, and Author fields, or within the pages of the documents themselves. You can enter a date limit and choose from one or more subject areas.
The Advanced search allows you to do all of the above, as well as combine terms from different fields, specify additional search fields (e.g., Publisher, Place of Publication), limit by Language, limit by Illustration type, and apply a “Fuzzy Search” option. Fuzzy Search looks for near matches and variant spellings of your search terms. Because of the variant spellings often found in historical documents, as well as the possibility of scanning errors during digitization, we recommend setting Fuzzy Search to at least Low.
Research Tools in ECCO
Be sure to consult ECCO’s Research Tools to explore detailed and carefully crafted Historical Contexts. These documents are essentially entries from reference works on a topic (e.g., French Revolution, War of American Independence, Slavery and the Slave Trade, Enlightenment) that present an overview of the topic within the context of the eighteenth century.
The Key Documents section provides an overview of what you can expect to find on a given topic in ECCO, where the collection’s strengths lie, and a list of important works (including links) in that subject area. Here, for example, is an excerpt from the “History and Geography” Key Document overview:
The history and geography collection, although rich in titles on English life and history, spans the world as it was known to eighteenth-century historians and travelers. It is particularly strong in ancient history, including many editions of Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The user will also find numerous histories of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the nations and states of Europe (with particular strength in histories of the Scandinavian countries), as well as histories of Russia. The collection is strong in titles on the French Revolution, particularly English responses to it.
If you have questions about how to use Eighteenth Century Collections Online, reach out to a librarian.
January 13, 2017
Due to the chance of hazardous weather conditions, Cowles Library will be closed on Monday, January 16. We will reopen at 7:30 am on Tuesday, January 17, weather permitting.
November 23, 2016
12/1/2016 – The problem with logging in to “My Account” in SuperSearch has been fixed. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
November 16, 2016
American Library Association president Julie Todaro recently issued a statement on libraries, diversity, and inclusion. Cowles Library fully endorses this statement, which reads:
During times like these, our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school, and special libraries are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing. Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues. Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity.
As an association representing these libraries, librarians, and library workers, the American Library Association believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission. As we have throughout our 140-year-long history, we will continue to support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.”