After an extensive one-year development and test process, the Library launched a new website March 20. There are actually “four sites in one” in the new architecture:
The “Research, Study and Learning“ site is the core service and access component at library.drake.edu. This site focuses on providing resource access for Drake students and faculty, research assistance to Drake students, faculty and staff.
“Our Purpose, Our People,” located at purpose.library.drake.edu, covers the practice of librarianship at Cowles Library. Planning, assessment, our building master plan and facilities projects, and the professional activities of the Library faculty and staff are the main components of this site.
Our extensive digital projects and special collections documenting the history, traditions, scholarly output and unique holdings of Drake University and Cowles Library are finally brought together in a single site as “Collections at Cowles” at collections.library.drake.edu. This site includes the noted Drake Heritage Collections and the Student Newspaper (Times-Delphic) digitization project that received national attention in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
And, finally, this site — our Newsletter — at newsletter.library.drake.edu provides an ongoing record of our activities and discussions as part of the Drake community.
A continued focus on ever more seamless integration of the Library’s massive electronic resources and services will dominate our immediate development efforts — including further enhancements to our Find Articles (databases) lookup tool.
“The site isn’t finished,” noted Dean Rod Henshaw, “We have an aggressive schedule of cosmetic and functional improvements that will appear over the next couple of months. We know that students and faculty will benefit particularly from the site’s improved integration with Research Guides and a much better engine for finding databases and other resources. And it will only get better with time.”