Update – 2/4/2020: The ILL telephone number is working again.
The Interlibrary Loan telephone (271-4819) is not working due to a possible wiring problem. Drake ITS is currently working to resolve this. If you have questions about ILL, Reserves, or holds on Circulation accounts, please call 271-2111 and ask for Kris Mogle, email Kristine.firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Kris’s office (104 Cowles Library).[/note]
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 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 current list of Kanopy and Swank films the library has licensed. If you do not see a film listed here, it means that we do not own a license or our license has expired.
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.
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.
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
Cowles Library recently replaced its print subscription to ValueLine with the online version, available from anywhere!
For would-be stock pickers, Value Line provides an easy way to start your research. Of interest to those in CBPA, but also to anyone who wants to get more financial background on a specific publicly-traded company.
Cowles has the “basic” version, so if you have questions about functionality, please contact us at reference.drake.edu or call x2113.