January 2012

New Semester Launches at Cowles Library!

Welcome to a new edition of the Cowles Newsletter. This will be a very exciting semester for the library and our users. This edition of the Newsletter provides highlights of the many new enhancements that are taking place with library programs and services. We also have a number of cultural activities kicking off – including a major traveling exhibit.

There’s a lot happening! Stay tuned and stay connected.



Rod Henshaw
Dean Cowles Library
Carrie Dunham-LaGree
Librarian for Digital Literacy
Claudia Frazer
Coordinator, Digital Projects

Library Launches New Web Site

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.

Library's New Web Site

The new site improved the finding tools for article databases


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 … read more

Overhaul of Compact Shelving Gets Underway

A major project has started that will correct severe mechanical problems in portions of the mobile (compact) shelving. This shelving contains unique journals and rare materials – most not available in digital format.

The west side of the lower level of the library will be closed off due to the work, with the project taking several weeks to complete.

During the project, the library will provide access to research materials in this area via its highly-regarded Interlibrary Loan service. All other areas of the library will be open and provide regular services.

Complete information can be found at: http://library.drake.edu/compact-shelving-renovation/.

By JoVE!

Library Partners with Pharmacy to bring a New Type of Journal to Drake

Are you a visual learner? Do you like science? Would you rather see the experiment than read about it? Then take time to look at JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, now available through Cowles Library!

Jove Logo

JoVe is the first scientific video journal, but it also has two attributes of more traditional journals: it’s peer-reviewed and it’s indexed in PubMed.

JoVE has been around for five years, and there is already an impressive backlog of visualized experiments. Its January 2012 issue marked the 59th issue. All of its videos are professionally produced… read more

Librarian for Discovery Services & Technology

Andrew Welch

Andrew Welch
You may have seen his alter masked persona on the SuperSearch Posters. Since joining the Library Faculty in 2010 – Andrew Welch has been forging new connections for access to scholarly resources. He earned his Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science in 2003, and served as a Systems Librarian for the Aurora Public Library system in Aurora, Colorado…. read more

Upcoming Events

Live! At the Drake Library

Russ Lovell, Drake professor of law, presents “Iowa: Bright, Radical Star for Civil Rights” on Tuesday, February 7th at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. Free and open to the public.

The Many Faces of George Washington

Exhibit PosterA national traveling exhibition that examines the real-life man behind the myth. Free and open to the public in the Cowles Library Reading Room from February 13, 2012 until March 26, 2011.

Citizens Arise!

Kevin Gannon presents “George Washington’s West: Utopian Visions and Vexing Realities,” at 7 p.m. in the Reading Room on Tuesday, February 21. Free and open to the public.