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Archive for 2012

Dean Henshaw Named to STEM Advisory Board

Rod Henshaw, Dean of Cowles Library, has been named by Governor Branstad to the STEM Advisory Council Board for the South Central Iowa region.

The six regional network hubs are the first major initiative of the new Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, a public-private partnership, whose overarching goal is to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and promote STEM economic development.

Prof. Dunham-LaGree at ALA

Dunham-LaGree and Dean Henshaw at ALA.

Professor Carrie Dunham-LaGree and Dean Rod Henshaw at ALA, June 22, 2012.

Named an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2012, Professor Carrie Dunham-LaGree, Librarian for Digital Literacy & General Education at Drake, is participating in the culminating event for the Emerging Leader’s class, a poster session at this year’s ALA Conference in Anaheim, California. Carrie’s work involved creation of the Chasing Reference blog, sponsored by the Reference & User Services Association of ALA.

Emerging Leaders poster session: “The 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders will showcase their final projects at this culminating event for their class. Since the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the groups have been working virtually on projects related to ALA or a professional concern. These groups have been supported by ALA staff and member mentors from the profession. The poster session will allow each group to showcase its creative and innovative solutions for their projects. All are welcome and are encouraged to attend.” (from the ALA scheduler:


Chasing Reference ( “Chasing Reference is an Emerging Leaders project sponsored by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). The blog, like RUSA and its membership, is broad in scope, diverse, and appeals to members of RUSA, librarians interested in becoming members of RUSA, and people interested in librarianship. Chasing Reference covers diverse topics from librarians in a variety of settings. RUSA has a very broad mandate, and while Chasing Reference reflects that, it also showcases specific topics and day-to-day concerns of librarians. It’s reference in the world: exciting, unexpected, fun, and informative.”

Dr. Fink’s Article Selected for Inaugural Issue of Journal

Dr. Susan Fink’s article, “The Many Purposes of Course Syllabi: Which are Essential and Useful?” is featured in the inaugural issue of Syllabus Journal, the first peer-reviewed journal that publishes college course syllabi. The article is available online. The article was developed from her dissertation work. Susan is the Coordinator of Administrative Services at Cowles Library and also teaches a First Year Seminar at Drake.

Dunham-LaGree’s book picks featured in Drake Blue magazine

The Spring 2012 issue of Drake Blue magazine features a contribution from Carrie Dunham-LaGree, the Librarian for Digital Literacy and General Education. Dunham-LaGree, a travel lover and prolific fiction reader, shares five books she recommends that are “As Good as a Getaway”…or almost as good. See which five books she recommends to take you away on page 11 of the print issue, which is also available online.

Mogle to present at Get It Now conference

Kris Mogle, Interlibrary Loan/Reserves Supervisor at Cowles Library will be attending the 2012 ILLIAD (resource sharing) meeting in Virginia Beach, VA on March 21-23. Kris will be part of a panel discussion on GET IT NOW. GET IT NOW is a pilot program at Drake providing document delivery 24/7 to faculty, staff, and students through the Copyright Clearance Center.

Four from Cowles Library to present at IPAL conference

Four members of the Cowles Library faculty and staff will present at the Iowa Private Academic Libraries (IPAL) conference on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

  • Marc Davis will present Technology & Information Capacities & Expectations in First Year Students: Informing Library Technology Planning. This session reports on a survey of technology use among first-year students. The survey was developed as a joint venture between librarians and IT professionals across a number of schools and departments at Drake University including Cowles Library (the main campus library), The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the School of Education, and Drake Law School Library. The survey was intended to assess both university assumptions about this group’s technology needs and capabilities and whether current library computer policies and technology plans were compatible with their intended audience. 600 received responses comprised over 70% of incoming students and provided the first truly broad assessment of student experiences with and expectations regarding technology at Drake.
  • Carrie Dunham-LaGree and Bruce Gilbert will present Collaborating for Information Literacy: The Drake Experience. This session will report on the information literacy skills of first year students with data collected from First Year Seminars in conjunction with the Information Literacy pilot in Fall 2011.
  • Susan Breakenridge Fink will present Making the Old New Again: The Use of Special Collections & a Wiki. This session will focus on Drakeapedia.

Congratulations to all four presenters on being selected!

Schmidt featured in Times Delphic

Digital Projects Librarian Bart Schmidt was featured in the February 16, 2012 issue of the Times Delphic, Drake’s student newspaper. Want to learn more about Schmidt’s travels, hobbies and mustache? Check out the full article, which feature a picture of the “epic ‘stache” at the Times Delphic‘s website.

Frazer and Fink present on “Getting First Years Off to a Strong Start”

At the upcoming Computers in Libraries Conference, Susan Fink and Claudia Frazer will join others in presenting “Getting First Years Off to a Strong Start,” on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM. They will report on their First Year Seminar: a course for first-year students to explore institutional specific resources (special collections/archives) and Drakeapedia, a wiki about, by, and for the Drake community.

Keyser speaks about Copyright Issues

Marcia Keyser, Coordinator of Copyright Services, Instruction and Reference Librarian for the Cowles Library at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, will speak to the University of South Dakota campus about copyright issues in higher education on Friday, March 30. Identical morning and afternoon sessions will be held in Farber Hall from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Marcia will discuss current issues surrounding copyright in higher education, including the implications of the Georgia State case.

Cowles Library welcomes two “working visitors”

Continuing its history of supporting those new to the world of librarianship, Cowles Library welcomes two individuals who will be engaged in practice-based projects during Spring Semester 2012.

Sherrie Smith is working on a library degree from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. She comes from Marshalltown. She has a BSN in Nursing, and has library experience in Youth Services Department of the Sioux City Public Library. She also worked in the Ida Grove-Battle Grove school system in the NW area of Iowa and the Marshalltown Community College library. Her project will revolve around the Library’s government documents.

Laura Krossner is from Duluth, MN. She was a BA Music major, English minor at Drake, and played French horn in wind symphony, orchestra, marching band, and Bulldog Brass. While at Drake, she worked with Dr. Eric Saylor on band music/library issues. She in her last semester of MLS study at Indiana University–Bloomington. Her projects will revolve around collection development and electronic resource issues.

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