Articles posted by Carrie Dunham-LaGree

New Resources for Foreign Language: Mango Languages / Transparent Language Online

November 3, 2017

Whether you want to learn a new foreign language or practice a familiar one, there are two new databases to help you: Mango Languages and Transparent Language Online.

Mango Languages is an interactive database that provides lesson plans for 72 different languages. To track your progress, create an account. Mango conveniently tracks your learning yours, the courses you studies, and the lessons you’ve completed. Each lesson begins with conversational goals and grammar goals.


Transparent Language Online is a language-learning service offering over 90 language options. Note: users must create a free account to use (click “Sign up” to create an account). To create an account, you must be on campus and connected to Drake Wifi.

ProQuest Black Studies Center

February 27, 2017

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.

Are you interested in researching contemporary or historic topics related to African-Americans, the African Diaspora or Africa? Then take time to explore the Black Studies Center, a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies that includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more. This dynamic resources includes four collections:

  1. Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, which features Interdisciplinary essays written by leading scholars on the Black Experience, audiovisual resources, and a timeline of key events in a variety of themes that link to resources in this database.
  2. The International Index to Black periodicals, which covers scholarly and popular Black Studies journals, including full text for many titles. It also includes The Marshall Index,a guide to black periodicals for the years 1940-1946.
  3. Historic Black Newspapers, including the full digital files of The Chicago Defender (1910-1975) and The Daily Defender (1956-1975)
  4. Black Literature Index, which features over 70,000 bibliographic citations for fiction, poetry and literary reviews published in 110 black periodicals and newspapers between 1827-1940.

The Black Studies combines all four of these databases so users may choose to search all four at once or search a single one.


List of All Resources and Services announcements

Most popular:

1) New York Times Digital Subscription
2) Chronicle of Higher Education

Job Announcement: Campus Engagement Librarian

April 28, 2016

Drake University’s Cowles Library invites applications for a 12-month, 3-year consecutive term appointment as the Campus Engagement Librarian beginning July 1, 2016. This faculty position with the rank of Assistant Professor has the possibility for reappointment.

As a member of the Public Services Team, the Campus Engagement Librarian will be responsible for coordinating the library’s user engagement efforts in both the online and physical library environments with a primary goal of contributing to Drake students’ academic success. Working collaboratively, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of programming, activities, and projects designed to improve and enhance student success by engagement with librarians and library resources. This position is responsible for enhancing overall campus engagement with the library by developing relationships with the library’s user communities and utilizing information gathered from these relationships to identify and prioritize the users’ needs as they pertain to the library. The Campus Engagement Librarian will serve as library liaison to appropriate Social Science disciplines. This position reports to the Director of Library Instruction and will have reference, instruction, liaison, and collection development responsibilities, including some evenings and weekend hours.

The successful candidate will hold a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.

Salary is competitive (with a range beginning in the mid-fifties) and dependent on qualifications and experience. For the full job description and to apply, please submit an application letter addressing qualifications, a current vita, and contact information including email addresses of three references to Hire Touch or access this position directly. Follow the instructions to apply and upload requested materials. Questions may be directed to

Review of applications will begin May 20, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information about Drake University’s work environment, employee benefits, faculty development opportunities, and the greater Des Moines area can be accessed at

Drake University is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status.

Filmaker’s Library Online

February 22, 2016

This is the ninth 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 is pleased to offer access to the Filmaker’s Library Online by Alexander Street Press. Filmaker’s Library is a well-known and highly respected distributor of issues-based documentaries, and this collection provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum. This collection presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. The collection includes 1800 titles, 75% of which are exclusive to the collection. Titles originate from independent filmakers and prominent producers alike. Select content partners include HBO, CBC Learning, BBC, the Dramatists Guild, Journeyman Pictures, and IFC Films/Sundance Selects. Newly added, exclusive titles from Oscilloscope Films, First Run Features, and Zeitgeist Films include award winners and film-festival favorites, all hand selected for their caliber and relevance to academic audiences. Users will find popular highlights like Oscar nominee Finding Vivian Maier, Through a Lens Darkly, and Dark Days. Students and faculty from a diverse group of disciplines, including anthropology, race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, environmental science, bioethics, health, politics, psychology, arts and literature, will find films of interest in this diverse collection.

Navigating the database is simple: users may browse by title, discipline, publisher, people and content type. Advanced searching allows users to search the transcripts of the films. By creating a free account and logging in, users may create their clips, download clips, create playlists, and bookmarks.

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)


Vogue & Women’s Wear Daily now available!

August 31, 2015

This is the fourth 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.

Vogue & Women’s Wear Daily

Cowles Library now offers digital access to the entire archives of Vogue (1892-present) and Women’s Wear Daily (1910-present.) ProQuest has digitized this material in high-resolution color pages. Each page of issue is available, including advertisements. Users are able to search  all text, captions, and titles throughout the magazine, including advertisements, covers and fold-outs. Users may also search Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily with a single search or browse individual issues.

April 1, 1954 Vogue cover

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Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender, and modern social history – past, present, and future. The database serves users who wish to read the latest issues as well as those doing academic study. Marketing students may research the history of a brand identity by viewing every advertisement for a brand such as Revlon, Coty, Versace, or Chanel between specified dates. Researchers in cultural studies and gender studies may explore themes such as body image, gender roles, and social tastes from the 1890s to the present. The latest issue will be added each month with no embargo period.

Women’s Wear Daily
Women’s Wear Daily is an authoritative record of how the fashion industry developed over the twentieth century provides valuable primary source material for students across the disciplines of fashion, business, and history. The Women’s Wear Daily Archive allows users to explore influences on the fashion and beauty industry. It contains the full run of past print issues and supplements and will be updated biannually with more recent issues. (Note: newest issues are available in HTML full-text with no images in Business Source Complete.)

Previous Resources and Services announcements:

1) New York Times Digital Subscription
2) Chronicle of Higher Education
3) Oxford Very Short Introductions

Dunham-LaGree published in Reference & User Services Quarterly

August 14, 2013

Assistant professor Carrie Dunham-LaGree, Librarian for Digital Literacy & General Education, has published an article in the Summer 2013 Reference & User Services Quarterly. The article, co-written with Amy Barlow, Heather Love Beverley, Sarah Elichko, and Emily Hamstra, is titled “Chasing Reference: Librarians and Collaborative Blogging.” These five librarians first collaborated as members of the 2012 American Library Association Emerging Leaders program. Their Emerging Leaders project was to create a new blog for the Reference and User Services Association.

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