Carrie Dunham-LaGree, Asst. Professor of Librarianship, recently accepted a national appointment to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Professional Development committee. The Committee’s charge is to provide advice “on matters related to professional development needs assessment, program development and evaluation, and elearning.” Her term begins July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017. She also currently chairs the Iowa ACRL Professional Development committee.
Bruce Gilbert, Professor of Librarianship, was recently appointed to the All Iowa Reads (AIR) Committee. Established in 2003, the All Iowa Reads program is one of the first projects to be provided by the Iowa Center for the Book. (For the current year, the All Iowa Reads selection is Lila by Marilynne Robinson).
The primary work of the committee is to choose the All Iowa Reads title each year and to promote the program. Members also make suggestions at the beginning of the process and familiarize themselves with the titles on the nominee list.
Each committee member contributes to a variety of promotional and maintenance type efforts throughout the year, such as working on other reading lists, reviewing the Iowa Center for the Book AIR website, helping people who are doing book talks, and preparing for and participating in the Webinar that is held each January to kick off the AIR new year.
The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. We encourage Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. Libraries, book clubs, schools and other local organizations are encouraged to sponsor discussions of the title.
Marcia Keyser, Associate Professor of Librarianship at Cowles Library, recently had a poster presentation approved for the 2016 Kraemer Copyright Conference at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The Kraemer Copyright Conference offers public, academic, special, and school librarians the opportunity to learn about U.S. Copyright Law and how it impacts the services we offer our patrons. The presentation is titled, “The Google Books Case Settlements: Gone But Not Forgotten,” and will explore the potential long-term ramifications of the Google Books Case.
Teri Koch, Professor of Librarianship at Cowles Library, participated in a panel on “The Importance of Outreach in Shared Print Projects” at the Charleston Conference on Nov. 4, 2015. This conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina, is the preeminent gathering of librarians, publishers, resource managers, and vendors that focuses on issues in book and serials acquisitions. Teri discussed the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative, a ground-breaking shared collection among Drake University and five other Iowa colleges and universities.
Cowles Library Assistant Professor Hope Grebner is featured in a video posted on Higher Education Today. The article and video highlight the release of materials related to the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Priya Shenoy, Pharmacy/Science Librarian, and Michelle Bottenberg, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, will be presenting at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy conference on Drug Information Competencies. They will be describing their successful program that aims “to educate the first year Pharm. D. students on learning the practical skills of searching, finding and evaluating information, as well as including formative and summative assessment of these skills.”
Professor Teri Koch, Collection Development Coordinator, and Assistant Professor Andrew Welch, Discovery Services & Technology Librarian, gave two presentations at the 33rd Annual Charleston Conference (Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition) in Charleston, South Carolina on November 7, 2013. One presentation was entitled “Adding PDA for Print? Consider Your Options for Implementation.” The second presentation was entitled “Maximizing the Value of Library Collections and Improving the End User Experience.”
Assistant professor Carrie Dunham-LaGree, Librarian for Digital Literacy & General Education, has published an article in the Summer 2013 Reference & User Services Quarterly. The article, co-written with Amy Barlow, Heather Love Beverley, Sarah Elichko, and Emily Hamstra, is titled “Chasing Reference: Librarians and Collaborative Blogging.” These five librarians first collaborated as members of the 2012 American Library Association Emerging Leaders program. Their Emerging Leaders project was to create a new blog for the Reference and User Services Association.
Two of Cowles Library’s finest are presenting at the ILA/ACRL Conference on 10 May 2013. Abstract follows:
Disruptive Thinking About Disruptive Innovation.
Dr. Susan Fink and Marc Davis, Drake University
In The Search for Survival: Lessons from Disruptive Technologies, Henry C. Lucas wrote
that correctly answering the question “what business are we in” is a first, essential step for
an organization in identifying and dealing with disruptive innovation that can undermine
their entire business model. Provocative “disruptive thinking” techniques (such as
challenging assumptions, killer questions and uncomfortable truths) will be used to
challenge the audience as they formulate and discuss “disruptive hypotheses” to answer the
question of “what business are we (academic libraries) in?” The goal of disruptive thinking
is to break up patterns of thought, shift perspectives and catalyze new ways of thinking.
We will explore how our hypotheses can impact our strategic planning, ongoing service and
assessment models, and the different implications each has for the future
The Faculty Senate of Drake University endorsed an Open Access Policy at its regular meeting on 17 April 2013 (the amended text follows). It is one of the first such campus-wide Open Access academic policies to be adopted in Iowa. The Faculty of Cowles Library had originally endorsed the policy, and they hope to leverage this endorsement to raise awareness of Open Access in general, and the Drake Institutional Repository (eScholarShare) in particular.
Drake University Open Access Policy Text (as amended)
The Faculty of Drake University is committed to disseminating its research and scholarship as widely as possible. The Faculty recognize the public benefit of such dissemination, including that providing greater access to scholarship promotes social justice. This policy is also intended to serve faculty interests by promoting greater reach and impact for scholarly publications, assisting authors’ retention of distribution rights, and ensuring long-term preservation of the scholarly output of the University.
In keeping with these commitments, the Drake Faculty Senate recognizes that Cowles Library has created an Open Access repository of the scholarly output of faculty (eScholarShare). Each faculty member grants to Drake University permission to make electronically available his or her scholarly works that the author has chosen to distribute as Open Access. Drake University will permanently store and index those works for the purpose of open dissemination. In legal terms, under this policy, Drake Faculty author(s) or copyright owner(s) grant to Drake University the non-exclusive, royalty-free right to reproduce, convert to an updated electronic format, publicly display/perform and/or distribute their submission (including the abstract) worldwide in any format or medium, including but not limited to print, photographic, electronic, audio and/or video. The Drake Faculty author(s) remain(s) the copyright owner unless that author chooses to transfer the copyright to a publisher.
Scholarly works authored or co-authored while anyone is a member of the Faculty would be eligible for deposit in the repository unless the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement, such as transferring all rights to a publisher. If the faculty member grants to Drake University permission to make electronically available his or her scholarly works, he or she may embargo scholarly articles from distribution for a specified period of time if a publishing agreement made by the Faculty member is incompatible with immediate distribution in eScholarShare.
The Faculty Senate calls upon the Cowles Library Faculty Council to work with the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate, to develop and monitor an implementation plan for this policy. The Library Faculty Council, in consultation with the Provost’s Office, will submit annual reports to Faculty Senate. The policy and service model will be reviewed as needed and a recommendation on revisions to the policy presented to the Faculty Senate.