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Interlibrary Loan / Reserves Telephone Outage

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, or visit Kris’s office (104 Cowles Library).[/note]

Kanopy Access Changes

Kanopy logoEffective 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.

Requesting Films

  • If you have used a Kanopy film for a course and are concerned about the license expiration, contact the library at
  • 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:
Example of the Kanopy request form
  • 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 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.

Complete the Faculty Survey to help the library

Ithaka S+R logoOn 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.

General information about the National Ithaka Faculty Survey can be found at the Ithaka S+R website. Please direct any questions to the Cowles Library Planning & Assessment Committee,

Thank you!

E-Book Survey

Cowles Library is partnering with several Iowa academic libraries to gather faculty and student feedback regarding their use of and attitudes toward academic e-books, and we’d like to hear from you!

  • The survey is anonymous and only takes about 5 minutes.
  • Responses will be accepted until December 8, 2017.
  • The results will help the library make better decisions about book and e-book purchases.
  • If you are a current Drake student, completing the survey makes you eligible to win one of six $25 prizes (that’s cash!).

Problematic links to Springer ebooks

Update: This issue was fixed on 10/1/2017.

The problem and temporary workaround are described in this FAQ. We hope to have the issue resolved shortly.

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

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:

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

Next resource/service: The Chronicle of Higher Education


Value Line available online at Drake!

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 or call x2113.


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Free access to articles by 2013 Nobel Prize Laureates

Elsevier is providing free full-text access to a variety of articles by Nobel Prize Laureates in the following categories:

Links to Copyright Info

Here’s a link to my Copyright Research Guide (found under Help – Services for Faculty)

It has links to many good and useful copyright sites.

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