Part 2: First-Year Seminars, Special Collections and Information Literacy

First-Year Seminar (FYS)

First-Year Seminars have been at Drake University since the early 1990s. Cowles Library faculty and staff started offering course sections in 2005.

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Drake University Alum, Library Supporter, and educator, W. Dean Eastman is the co-creator of a research website, Primary Resource . He has been using a teaching technique to help students learn about content area as well as learn about primary research and using special collections of material.

Cowles Library has many collections to use for a course on Drake Unviersity:
  • Agency files
  • Biography files (see photo below)
  • Student yearbooks - "The Quax"
  • Student newspapers - "Times-Delphic"
  • numerous other university special publications

Information Literacy

The fact that this course was co-created and co-taught by a librarian, Claudia Frazer, and a seasoned instructor, Susan Fink, meant that the class had a number of activities and assignments related to information literacy skills.


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