Articles posted by Bruce Gilbert

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/.

All-University Book Club

December 16, 2015

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 Audible.com, 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

Jterm Opportunity: LIBR 042

October 22, 2015

INFO LIT: KEY TO COMMUNITY BASED / EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING – CRN: 1660 – LIBR 042

Below is the course description for an Information Literacy (AOI) course for Jterm 2016.

The course is designed for first- and second-year (and transfer) students, and satisfies the Info Lit AOI. It is offered by Cowles Library Professor Bruce Gilbert, who must approve all student enrollment in this course; his contact information is at the bottom of this post.

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Course description:

Modern students and modern learning are enmeshed in the various communities that give education its context. This course will explore the relevance of information literacy in the community-based environment and impart an understanding of how intelligent use of information resources can benefit both the student and the community.  Emphasis will also be placed on preparing students for experiential learning (both within the academic curriculum and as a lifelong perspective).  Students will be challenged to engage and research community-based resources, create at least one artifact of that involvement (such as an interview, oral history, or research project) and reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to marshaling information, especially in the context of experiential learning and community engagement. NOTE: This course takes a “blended” approach to course delivery.  In this case, that means that most of the course is transacted online, but there are also mandatory in-class sessions at the beginning and end of the course.

Texts and Readings:

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich. Other selected readings will supplement core texts.

Learning Objectives:

•       Gather relevant information to support and address a research topic
•       Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and information literacy skills
•       Analyze and interpret information relevant to his or her needs
•       Retrieve, evaluate, synthesize and cite appropriate information
•       Articulate the social and ethical implications of information use and misuse.
•       Select and employ the appropriate method and data for disciplinary research, problem-based learning, experiential-based research, and/or reflective/integrative coursework.

Projects and Assignments:

Students will visit one or more cultural organizations in their home community and gather background information about that organization.  The primary assignment will be to use the results of that information to create an informative artifact (such as an electronically-captured interview, oral history, or research project) that will further awareness of the organization. Finally, the students will write a brief reflection paper about the process of learning about their community through engagement; both of these projects will require proper attribution of information resources.

Please contact Professor Gilbert (bruce.gilbert@drake.edu or x4821) if you would like to be added to the class and if you have any specific questions about the class.

Chronicle of Higher Education – Get your free subscription!

July 24, 2015

Now that the end of Summer is approaching, Cowles Library is here to help you break back into “school mode” gradually! We’re doing this by starting a series of posts designed to let you know about some of the “new” and “undiscovered” valuable resources and services available to you if you are a Drake student, faculty member, or staff.

Our second resource is an important one: Cowles has provided access to the Chronicle of Higher Education (and its sister publication, Chronicle of Philanthropy) to all Drake employees and students for a number of years. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 70 writers, editors, and international correspondents. Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is a top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe.

If you already have an account, simply follow this link: Chronicle Web page. If you don’t have an account, follow the instructions below:

Unlike most of the Library’s resources, in order to take advantage of the Chronicle, you must complete a “one-time” registration process. It’s pretty simple, but it requires your Drake email account. Instructions follow:

1) First, go to: http://chronicle.com/myaccount/createfreeaccount/

You should see a screen similar to the following:

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2) Click on “Create a Free Account”

3) You’ll be prompted to enter your Drake email. Once you’ve entered that, click on “Continue.”

4) Almost done! You must enter first name, last name, username/password, state/country, position, and age (if you don’t want to enter your “real” age, don’t worry, just pick something greater than 13). You may also choose to get “newsletters” from the Chronicle, if you want.

5) Check the box saying you agree to their licensing conditions, and click on “Create Free Account.”

6) You’ll get an email with the subject of “Chronicle: Confirm New Account” in your Drake email account; click on the link in that email, and you’ll be ready to login! You can click “remember me on this computer” if you’re using a private computer, so you don’t have to login every day.

We hope you find this useful! Contact reference@drake.edu with any questions.


Previous Resources and Services announcements:

1) New York Times Digital Subscription


Next Resources and Services announcement:
1) Oxford Very Short Introductions


If you’re a Drake faculty member who is in Iowa City regularly..

July 22, 2015

The University of Iowa Libraries is pleased to announce a policy change that allows all faculty working at any higher ed institution in the state of Iowa to borrow books for one year.

By showing a current Faculty ID card from their university or college at the service desk at the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, or a branch library, faculty will be issued a borrower’s permit that will allow them to check out books for one year.  Previously, the loan period was for 4 weeks.

Applying for this borrower’s permit can be done online, a few days before your visit to Iowa City (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/permit/).  The U of Iowa Libraries hope this change in service will allow better use of their collection across the state.

Access to New York Times for all Drake students, staff, and Faculty!

June 28, 2015

Below is the first in an ongoing series of Cowles Library posts on Resources and Services we provide to all Drake faculty, students, and staff.


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Drake University students, faculty, and staff can now receive online access to the New York Times through its web site via a subscription paid for by Cowles Library. Note that, for initial signup, you MUST be on the Drake campus, but after that, you can access the NY Times anywhere! Details are at this helpful site: http://researchguides.drake.edu/nyt

Also, there is a short video on how to subscribe.


Next resource/service: The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

Data and Business Librarian – Faculty Position Opening

March 16, 2015

Job Description: Data and Business Librarian

This is the descriptive page for the faculty position of Data and Business Librarian at Cowles Library, Drake University.

Position has been filled!

Cowles Library is seeking applicants for the newly-created tenure-track position of Data and Business Librarian. The purpose of this position is to enhance knowledge and awareness of data literacy on campus, which includes the discovery, management and curation of data, as well as instruction in the methodologies for such. This position would support the data management needs of both student and faculty research.

Duties would include the following: Collaborate with other librarians on matters relating to the access and usage of data within the library; partner with faculty to develop course content and online tools using data sets; provide instruction on the use of statistical programs that support data-driven research; deliver services that support interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives of the University; serve as a liaison to the College of Business and appropriate departments of the College of Arts and Sciences; provide reference and instruction services that support the Drake Curriculum; teach one-shot sessions and other teaching duties as assigned; responsible for selection and evaluation of resources to support the Data Analytics and related programs. Carry at least a 1 / 1 teaching load; teach courses, such as FYS or other appropriate data or general education courses.

Other duties include: Working with faculty and students who require support for research involving data (including but not limited to demographic and economic research), assistance creating and following data management plans required by funding agencies; serving on appropriate research teams that relate to data management; advancing and promoting access and availability of material through subject portals and other awareness services; maintaining and expanding the appropriate research guides (LibGuides) on the library website.

Requirements: Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program; knowledge of principles and practices of data management and curation, including experience working with datasets, both structured and unstructured; familiarity with business and social science research methodologies; experience with statistical software programs, such as R, SPSS and SAS; ability to work collaboratively across departments; demonstrated ability to monitor and enhance awareness of trends, resources, and developments related to data management and applications; demonstration of creativity and innovation in working in a rapidly changing environment; must have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability for analytical problem-solving.

Preferred Qualifications: Teaching experience in the area of information and/or data literacy; relevant experience in an academic library; undergraduate or graduate degree in business, statistics, computer science, math or the social sciences; knowledge of Hadoop and experience with software programs like MATLAB, Stata, SQL, and NoSQL; experience in providing research assistance to faculty using data sets. Experience with data visualization practices. Demonstrated involvement in a data research project.

Drake Neighborhood Association – A Personal Journey – Coming soon

March 3, 2015

“LIVE! at the Drake Library”

presents

The Drake Neighborhood Association – A Personal Journey

Speaker, Patty Daniels ….  DNA Board member & neighborhood resident

Tuesday, April 14th   7:00 pm  

Cowles Library, Reading Room

 

The Drake University Archives’ recent collaboration with the DNA helped preserve documents, photographs, and other materials, now available to researchers.  A demo of the collection’s online finding aid will also be presented.

~Reception following~

An exhibit of selected items from the DNA Archive will be displayed in the library’s Drake Heritage/Collier Room from mid-April through May.

*The event, exhibit, and reception are free and open to the public*

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