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Help us improve the Cowles Library facility!

November 18, 2016

We want your input to make Cowles Library a better place!

Cowles Library adopted a new Strategic Plan a year ago that envisioned the Library as the University’s “hub for learning and scholarship.” Since that time, important steps have been taken in that direction, including using position openings to hire a new STEM Librarian, as well as a new Campus Engagement Librarian. To take our efforts to the next level, however, we need your help!
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Cowles Library is revising its Master Facility Plan to guide future functional arrangements and renovations in the facility. An architectural firm has been retained for the planning project and the development of a concept layout. This is where you, our users, come in:  We’d love to hear your thoughts on what features/services/resources/spaces you’d like to see in an updated library facility!

We have completed our first round of “formal” input sessions (including focus groups and an online survey).  However, we’d still love to get your input if you missed out on the earlier opportunities. Please fill out the VERY short form below, and thanks for the input!


CQ Press Voting and Elections

October 27, 2016

This is the twelfth 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 has a subscription to CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection.  This database integrates a wealth of data, analyses, and historical material to provide a powerful research and reference tool on voters, political parties, campaigns and elections, historical and modern races for Congress, the presidency, and governorships.  It also includes the ability to generate customized data about candidates, voter turnout, party control, and more!

This research and reference website is organized into six categories:

  • Presidential Elections includes explanations of the presidential electoral process, analyses and data for historical and modern presidential elections, modern voting behavior, key events and issues, and biographies.
  • Congressional Elections provides explanations of the congressional electoral process, including reapportionment and redistricting; data for historical and modern congressional elections; analyses of modern congressional elections; modern voting behavior; modern district profiles; key events and issues; and biographies.
  • Gubernatorial Elections presents explanations of the gubernatorial electoral process and data for historical and modern gubernatorial elections.
  • Campaigns and Elections explores the American system of voting and elections, electoral process and reform, media, interest groups, and the impact of money.
  • Political Parties covers the party system in America, including party strength and control, and profiles Democratic, Republican, and third parties.
  • Voters and Demographics covers expansion of voting rights, voter turnout, voting behavior, modern county census data, and modern district profiles.

Check out CQ Press Voting and Elections!


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
10) Springer Books and Journals
11) NEW version of RefWorks

RefWorks – New Version!

September 26, 2016

This is the eleventh 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.


We here at Cowles Library encourage our users to check out the “new” version of Refworks. This bibliographic citation manager is already in use by many at Drake, so this new version offers a seamless transition and importing of your existing citations. There is an extensive YouTube site if you want to watch some short videos to understand the advantages of the new version.

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Refworks allows users to create, import and update bibliographic information in all required and standard academic styles in use at Drake. Create a personal account with your Drake email address on first use and use RefWorks to track citations and create bibliographies. This account remains active even after you leave Drake. More information and training can be found at http://proquest.libguides.com/newrefworks.


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
10) Springer Books and Journals

Cowles Welcomes Sam Becker!

September 2, 2016

Earlier this Summer we here @CowlesLib welcomed our new STEM Librarian (Dan Chibnall). Now we are equally pleased to introduce our new Campus Engagement Librarian, Samantha (Sam) Becker. Sam comes to us from the University of Nevada-Reno. We are very happy to have her as a member of our faculty! Find out more about Sam: http://www.iowaacrl.org/content/node/675

Cowles Library welcomes new Librarian Dan Chibnall

August 2, 2016

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

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!

Drake Presidential Inaugurations exhibit now at Cowles

April 5, 2016

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

 

Admitted Student Days Presentation – Library and ITS

March 4, 2016
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

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.

 

Staff Position Open at Cowles Library

December 18, 2015

Assistant to the Dean and Manager, Library Support Operations

Description

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 https://drake.HireTouch.com/. 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: http://bit.ly/asst-to-dean. More information about Drake University’s work environment, employee benefits, and the greater Des Moines area can be accessed at http://www.drake.edu/hr/.

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