September 2012

Rod Library welcomes UNI families!

UNI Family Weekend

 Rod Library welcomes Panther families to campus this weekend!  Stop on in to the library where we will be having a raffle for prizes.  One lucky parent and one lucky student will win a prize.  Come on in for a self-guided tour and make sure to stop by our new open space on the 2nd floor where our new learning commons will be.  You could even give suggestions on the flip charts for what would be great to have in the space.  Hope to see you here!


Happy Retirement Dave!

Dave

 Please join us in wishing our colleague Dave a Happy Retirement!  Dave has dedicated just short of 18 years of service to the University community and Rod Library.  Thanks for all your hard work!  You will be missed.


Business Insights: Global Replaces Business & Company Resource Center

The publisher of Business & Company Resource Center has replaced it with an upgraded, expanded database called Business Insights: Global. This new database is now listed on Rod Library pages such as Databases A-Z and the Business Portal. This link will work both on campus and off campus (after CatID login): 

http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/owl/business-insights-global

According to the database publisher, the Business Insights: Global content includes the following:

  • More than 2 million investment research/brokerage reports
  • Thousands of detailed financial reports (including fundamentals data and comparison tools)
  • More than 1,200 business executive video interviews for classroom learning
  • More than 1,000 unrestricted case studies
  • More than 2,500 market research reports
  • Hundreds of country economic reports
  • More than 1,000 SWOT reports (updated quarterly)
  • More than 3,500 full-text periodicals
  • Nearly 25,000 industry reports
  • Nearly 11,000 company histories published by Gale (International Directory of Company Histories)
  • Over 43,400 articles from Market Share Reporter published by Gale
  • Over 65,000 articles from Business Rankings Annual published by Gale
  • More than 2,200 corporate chronologies
  • More than 2,000 additional reference articles published by Gale
  • Nearly 70,000 associations
  • Thousands of interactive live charts for economic and business indicators
  • 193 detailed country profiles (with deep links to related content and statistical data)
  • Nearly 500,000 detailed company profiles (with deep links to related content and statistical data)

 


What is a Learning Commons?

In our earlier blog entry of the day, we asked for input from you on what you would like to see in our new Learning Commons area located behind the Reference desk on the 2nd (main) floor of Rod Library.  Below, the concept of the learning commons is explained.  We hope this will give you an understanding of what a learning commons is and what Rod Library hopes to do with it. 

 
What is a Learning Commons?
 
The Learning Commons is a student-centered physical and virtual learning space designed under the guiding principles of openness, flexibility, comfort, inspiration, and practicality. It fosters collaborative and independent active learning by providing technology, resources, and services that help to engage students and faculty in the learning process. Through the Learning Commons the library will strive to create active partnerships with other university units that incorporate campus-wide goals and objectives.
 
The Learning Commons supports the Library’s goals to provide “high quality services responsive to the changing cultural, research, and informational needs of our community” and “functional, flexible, inviting, safe, technology-equipped learning spaces.”
 
The Learning Commons supports the mission of the University of Northern Iowa to provide “transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.”
 
Any questions or comments? Please e-mail them to us @ liblearningcommons@uni.edu 

We want your ideas!!!

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Welcome back! Hope you are all having a great fall semester so far! If you haven't already noticed, there is an area behind the Reference desk on the 2nd (main) floor that will be transformed into a new learning commons area.  

We want your ideas! Please tell us what you want to see added to the space!  How can you give us your ideas?

We have a flip board in the Learning Commons area (located behind the Reference Desk)  for you to write your ideas down on.  

You can also submit your ideas for the Learning Commons on our electronic Post-It board! Either scan the QR code or go directly to the site: tinyurl.com/LibraryLearningCommons-UNI  You can create notes and/or upload photos to tell us what you want!

What is a Learning Commons?
 
The Learning Commons is a student-centered physical and virtual learning space designed under the guiding principles of openness, flexibility, comfort, inspiration, and practicality. It fosters collaborative and independent active learning by providing technology, resources, and services that help to engage students and faculty in the learning process. Through the Learning Commons the library will strive to create active partnerships with other university units that incorporate campus-wide goals and objectives.
 
The Learning Commons supports the Library’s goals to provide “high quality services responsive to the changing cultural, research, and informational needs of our community” and “functional, flexible, inviting, safe, technology-equipped learning spaces.”
 
The Learning Commons supports the mission of the University of Northern Iowa to provide “transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.”

 

 

 


The Great Migration

Check out this week's data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau, which looks at The Great Migration of the Black population from 1910 to 1970, when an estimated 6 million people left the South for urban centers in other parts of the country. http://www.census.gov/dataviz/visualizations/020/


Welcome UNI Museums to the Rod Library Family!

As of July 1, 2012, the UNI Museums joined the Rod Library organization. The UNI Museums are currently comprised of the University Museum and the Marshall Center School. The Museums will be reporting to Head of Collection Management and Special Services Kate Martin.

While recent budget reductions have closed the doors of the University Museum to the general public, the Museums continue to be open for business, serving as an academic resource to faculty and departments through exhibitions, internships for students, and lectures for UNI classes. If you are interested in bringing your students to the Museum or utilizing Museum resources in your course, contact Kate Martin.

Over the next year, Rod Library will be working to integrate the UNI Museums into the library organization, learning about and from the Museums staff about what they do and introducing them to what we do in the library. We'll be listening to faculty, students and community members to hear what they would like to see from the Museums, and working to develop a collaborative vision for the future of the Museums, assuring their relevance and solidifying their place as a valuable educational resource for the UNI campus community.


September Exhibits

 

 

 

 

 

 For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.


Repair Work

We currently have some people from the Physical Plant working on repairing a bathroom on the west side of the building (Campanile Side). To do this work, they needed to shut water off on the West side of the building.

No water will be available in restrooms, drinking fountains or sinks until they are finished. The restrooms and drinking fountains on the EAST side (facing the union) are available for use.

We will let you know when the water on the west side has been turned on again. 

 

Update!  We are back in business!


Welcome to Dean of Library Services Chris Cox!

Chris Cox

Welcome to our new Dean of Library Services, Chris Cox!  Dean Cox began work at the Library on Monday August 27th. 

Many thanks to our Acting Dean, Katherine Martin, for her leadership and service in this position this past year.  She returns to her full duties now as Head of the Collection Management and Special Services Department.