Cowles Library has been at the forefront of change in the world of electronic information for many years (the first Cowles Web site was launched in 1994, for example) As the provision and accessibility of electronic information has continued to evolve, so have the services and electronic offerings of Cowles Library.
Now, in a major step forward, Cowles Library’s Faculty and staff have developed a new Web site, which they are launching in “beta” (i.e., available for public viewing and comment): http://library.drake.edu. Employing the widely-used WordPress platform, this new version has many advantages over the current Library Web site:
A dynamic and descriptive list of databases in each Drake discipline, ready links to information about the library and where to get help, and “site search” and “SuperSearch” abilities on every page (to name but a few!)
This new site has been carefully developed by Cowles faculty and staff, and subjected to usability testing by Drake students. It consists of four major sections: The “main” site is the Research, Study and Learning, which is designed to make it easier to access the Library’s services and resources; the Newsletter, launched in Fall 2011 (which you are reading!) is a digest of the Library’s latest happenings; “Our Purpose, Our People” has in-depth information about the life of Cowles Library; and “Collections at Cowles” contains both historical information about Drake University, as well as the collected research output of Drake’s faculty, staff, and students.
Keep in mind, the “official” Web site continues to be at http://library.drake.edu ; this site has served us well, so we will not replace it with the “new” site until we’ve given our users time to try out (and comment on) the new site.
This, of course, is just an overview; we invite you to kick the tires! There are feedback links on almost every page, so we’d love to hear what you think!