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New Series In Ambrose Digital Streaming Video

October 23, 2015

11 new series comprising 57 videos have just been added to the Ambrose Digital Streaming Video database available to Drake through Cowles Library.

Nine of the new series are from BioMEDIA ASSOCIATES LLC  which produces and distributes instructional life sciences multimedia that captures the diversity and intrigue of the living world.  Their programs engage viewers  with compelling images, revealing video sequences, concise narrations, and effective instructional design that supports learning.  BioMEDIA programs feature new techniques of microscopy, animation, and photography to reveal the structure, process, and behavior of living things.  The new series (and number of videos) are

The Biology Classics (1)
Branches on the Tree of Life (16)
The Domains of Life (1)
Hiddent Biodiversity (9)
Inside the Living Cell (5)
Life in Aquatic Environments (3)
Termites: The Secret Queens of the Woodlands (1)
Visualizing Cell Processes (5)
Visualizing Human Physiology (1)

In addition, two older series have also been added. They are:

Bill Moyer’s Healing and the Mind (5)
Ten Who Dared (10)

University Archives & Special Collections Hours for October 15

October 15, 2015

University Archives & Special Collections will close at 3:00 p.m. today, Thursday, October 15.

Special Event – September 15 – 17

September 10, 2015

Cowles Library is pleased to announce that the Reading Room will be the site of a CNN Focus Group following the Republican debate on Wednesday, September 16. Portions of the building (including the Reading Room and Atrium) will be closed to public access from Tuesday, September 15 through the morning of Thursday, September 17. All library services and other study facilities will continue as normal throughout the event window.

The Nine BEST Scientific Study Tips

The folks at AsapSCIENCE have put together a great little 3 1/2 minute video on proven study techniques. Enjoy . . .

Spring Newsletter for Students Now Available

April 2, 2015

Cowles Library’s Spring 2015 Newsletter for Students is now available. View or subscribe at

Professor Koch Speaks on the CI-CCI Print Retention Project

February 2, 2015

Koch_PAN_013015 Professor Teri Koch spoke to the Print Archive Network (PAN) forum at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Chicago on January 30, 2015. Her presentation reflected the ground-breaking work occurring in the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative.

In 2013 five libraries from Central Iowa formed a collaborative called the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI). The goals of the collaborative are to reduce duplication among our respective collections, to create and maintain a shared collection, to coordinate acquisitions, and to establish additional areas of collaboration (such as technology, etc.).

We will soon be entering the second year of our collaboration, and we have made substantial progress towards these goals. In order to reduce duplication among our collections we needed to verify that the titles that are eligible for withdrawal have been assigned to at least one institution and have been verified as available and in good condition for loaning. We are just completing that work. The second phase of the collaboration relates to shared collection development. The group is exploring sharing a common vendor to facilitate that process.

Additionally, we are extremely excited to announce that the University of Northern Iowa has joined CI-CCI as the 6th member of the group (they joined in November 2014). The addition of UNI will significantly increase the size of the shared collection, thus providing faculty and students with a greater depth of materials to draw upon for their research.

View the presentation here.

Library Closing at 5:00 p.m. Monday, Jan.5

January 5, 2015

Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Library will close at 5:00 p.m. today (Monday January 5) rather than 7:00 p.m. as originally scheduled.

eScholarShare Maintenance Window

December 24, 2014

Escholarshare may be unavailable for a brief period early on the morning of Wednesday, December 31, 2014, between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM for scheduled maintenance.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

November 17, 2014

Professor Teri Koch of Cowles Library, along with Cyd Dyer of Simpson College and Pam Rees of Grandview University, made a presentation at the international Charleston Conference on November 6, 2014 titled: “Good Things Come in Small Packages: Getting the Most from Shared Print Retention & Cooperative Collection Development with a Small Group of Libraries.” The presentation covers the groundbreaking work of the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI). Learn more about the evolving shared collection among Iowa academic libraries at the website.

Annual Report Now Available

October 13, 2014

The online version of Cowles Library’s 2013 – 2014 Annual Report is now available. This report covers the period from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.

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