January 2011

Where's Your Chair @ the Rod Library?

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Tax Time Again! Information & Resources

It's that time of the year again. . .Tax Time!

Federal Taxes
The IRS no longer distributes tax information or forms in print. All information and forms can be found on the Internal Revenue website: http://www.irs.gov/

State of Iowa Taxes
A limited number of Iowa tax forms are available in paper. They are located on the wall between the main display case and the reference desk on the 2nd (main) floor of the library. You can also find information and forms on the Iowa Department of Revenue website: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The Department of Accounting offers a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to assist people in preparing their tax forms as well as answer questions. The VITA program will be available every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00 pm in Curris Business Building (CBB) Room 223 starting on February 7th, 2011. The VITA program will end on April 13th, 2011. Please direct any questions about the VITA program to the Department of Accounting at 273-2394.

Mobile Users Speak Out!

Mobile phone

We are continuing to develop our mobile website to better meet the needs of our users.  Please take the Mobile Website User Survey and tell us what you want to see on Rod Library's mobile site. The survey will be available from January 28 through February 14, 2011.

Thank you for your help!

ProQuest down for maintenance Saturday 1/29/11

ProQuest will perform maintenance on January 29, 2011 from 9:00 p.m. CST to Sunday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m. CST. 

The following products will be unavailable at that time:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • Chadwyck-Healey products only in North America (International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text, International Index to the Performing Arts)
  • UMI products including ProQuest online dissertation products

Is It Computer Mouses Or Computer Mice? Either Way - We Have Them!

Computer mouse

We now have computer mouses available for check-out along with the library's laptops.  They are available for a 3 hour checkout and are at the Multiservice Center desk on the first floor of the library.

Hot Chocolate Now Available

Need a warm drink on a cold afternoon while studying but not a coffee drinker - then a nice cup of hot chocolate could be your answer!  We now have available for purchase cups of hot chocolate on the first floor of the library at the Multiservice Center service desk.  The cost is $1.00 (cash only, please) and our staff will assist you in brewing that warm drink. 

UNISTAR Mobile Now Available

Mobile Catalog

A mobile version of UNISTAR, the Library's online catalog, is now available on your mobile device!  You can do a keyword search for library materials while you are on the go.  Point your mobile device to UNISTAR Mobile to check out this new interface.

Great features:

  • Book jackets for many items
  • Email records to yourself or others
  • Text records to your cell phone
  • Save catalog items to preview later (these are saved for 15 minutes at this time)

You'll also find a link to UNISTAR Mobile on the Library's mobile homepage.

Jon Stewart Interview with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

Jon Steward interviews Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales on the 10th anniversary of the free, international encyclopedia. Wales explains how issues such as accuracy and bias are addressed.

JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2011

Ann Mack, Global Director of Trendspotting for J Walter Thompson, discusses 100 things to watch in 2011, ranging from 3D printing to the older workforce to p-to-p car sharing to virtual mirrors. She leads off with an intro, a discussion of the track record for this annual forecast, and then through the 100 things we'll be hearing about this year.

3 Hour Lockers


Need a locker to store your belongings while you work on a group project or want to run over Maucker Union to eat a meal?  Well, Rod Library now has them.  Located on the first floor in the northeast corner is our newest seating unit ( and, yes, it looks like a spaceship) that includes lockers that you can have for 3 hours at a time.  The lockers can also be renewed for an additional hour if there are other lockers available.  Stop by the Multiservice Center desk to check out the key.

Snack Food Allowed in the Library

Recently the Library revised its Food and Drink policy to allow snack foods to be eaten in the building.  The only exceptions are while visiting the Special Collections unit or while using materials from locked collections in the Youth Collection, Art and Music Collection, and maps collection. 

Can you bring in that delectable steak for a late night protein boost?  Probably not.  But you can snack on some nuts and dried fruits instead. 

Please read the full policy for all the juicy details! 

Building Hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Weekend

Rod Library's building hours for this weekend  are the following:

  • Saturday, January 15, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 16, 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight
  • Monday, January 17, Closed

Website Maintenance Saturday

On Saturday, January 8, we will be making some updates to the web server which runs the library's site.  Brief outages of less than a minute may occur or the site may respond slower than usual.  We appreciate your patience as we try to improve the performance of our site.

Welcome back, everyone!

Current Issues of Periodicals

current issues

Current issues of periodicals, formerly on the east side of the first floor, have been moved to the west side of the first floor with the bound periodicals.  Current issues will be shelved next to the corresponding call numbers of the bound issues.

Literature Criticism Online

Literature Criticism Online, a compendium of 10 award-winning series of reference works published by Gale Cengage, is now available to the UNI community. The database provides access to diverse views on historical and modern authors and their works from a variety of regions, eras, and genres. The content includes author biographies and excerpts of literary criticism published in books and journals. The literary series covered by the database, which can be searched individually or as a group, include:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism®
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism®
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400–1800
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Children's Literature Review
These series also can be cross-searched with the Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online and Something About the Author Online.
Literature Criticism Online is available through the Databases A – Z list on the Library’s home page.