October 2012

Opposing Viewpoints provides arguments on different viewpoints of issues

Did you know...

that Opposing Viewpoints In Context contains articles and other sources arguing different positions on major issues of the day?

Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff can access this title from any computer on campus and, after authenticating with their CatID, from off-campus as well. 

Here is a direct link:http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/owl/opposing-viewpoints-context

Text the call number!

 Just found the right book but you don't have anything to write down the call number?  Not a problem anymore - just text it!

We have whiteboards! Feel free to use them!

Picture of whiteboards

Rumor has it that students would like whiteboards in the library! :-) Guess what?  We have two whiteboards floating around on the main (2nd) floor of the library. Please feel free to use them and move them around! 

Try Subject Guides As a Research Starting Point

Subject Guides (LibGuides) include information and links to some of the best sources for doing research in basic subject areas.  They also give search tips that can help when preparing for papers and presentations.  Try one today!  Just click on the Subject Guides link in the left column of the library home page.


Today is Geologic Map Day!

Did you know that today is Geologic Map Day? Geologic Map Day 2012, a special event designed to promote awareness of geologic mapping and its vital importance to society. As an extension of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, Geologic Map Day focuses the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of geologic maps for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. See http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/index.html for more information


Color Printing

 Color Printing is here!!  To print in color from a public workstation, change the default printer to "2 Lobby-COLOR" and choose "Color" as a print option.   Follow the screen prompts and retrieve your print job from the color printer/copier in the 2nd Floor Lobby.  Price is .50 per page that will be charged to your U-bill.  If you need any assistance don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the Circulation or Reference desk.

Last Chance for Learning Commons Survey

The learning commons survey is running until Friday, October 19.  We want to hear from the university community about technologies, services, and spaces that students, faculty, and staff would like us to consider when developing the learning commons, a space that will be redesigned to enhance learning and research.

The brief survey asks questions about your preferences for an ideal learning and research environment.  Please fill out the survey through MyUNIverse or through this direct link.  (CatID login is required.)

Thank you for your input!

Learning Commons Task Force

The Library has free scanning

 Did you know that....

the library has FREE scanning?  Save your pennies on the photocopier, and stop down at our 2 scanners on the 1st floor.  You have the option to email your scans to yourself or save it to a flashdrive.

The friendly staff at the MSC desk would be happy to show you the ropes in how to use the machines if you need it!

October Exhibits




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

Light Fixture Upgrade Begins Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, October 16, the Library's light fixtures on the first, second, and third floors will receive an upgrade. 

As of July 14, 2012, the Department of Energy mandated the production of T12 lamps (bulbs) will be phased out.  The fixtures on the first three floors of the building use T12 lamps.  The project beginning Tuesday will replace the ballasts, bulbs, and light covers for all T12 fixtures in the building and replace them with T8 components.  At the end of the project the Library's lighting will be more consistent through the building and slightly brighter.

In order for this work to take place banks of lights will be turned off for periods of time during the day hours.  Your favorite study location may have dim lighting at some point.  Please see the friendly folks at the Circulation Desk if you need assistance locating a different location to study.

They will begin on the second floor on Tuesday.

Thanks for your patience!

Did You Know...

Industrial Tech

Did you know....that the Special Collections and University Archives pages have information about Outdoor Sculptures at UNI? Check us out! http://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/outdoor-sculpture-uni

Watch the Presidential Debate @ Rod Library!

Join us at the library to watch the Presidential Debate this Tuesday, October 16th from 8-10 pm.  We'll stream them live at the library!  Go to the open area behind the reference desk on the main floor.  Look for the signs!  Bring a friend or two!

Watch the Vice-Presidential Debates at Rod Library!

Want to watch the Vice Presidential debates on Thursday, October 11? We'll stream them live at the library!!! Go to the open area behind the reference desk on the main floor. Look for the signs!!!

Renew Your Materials Online

Did you know that you can renew your books online?

Select "My Library Account" in the upper left side of the Rod Library home page. Log on, then go to the Circulation area to see what you've checked out, the due dates, and to renew online.

(Overdue materials can't be renewed online. Please call the Circulation Desk at 319-273-2462 to renew such items.)


Learning Commons Survey - We Want To Hear From You!

The Rod Library Learning Commons survey is currently running.  Students, faculty, and staff of UNI are invited to send us ideas and preferences for how we can develop this project now and in the future.  The survey is available through MyUNIverse, or through this link (requires login with CatID).

Note: Some people initially experienced a technical problem when trying to access or submit the survey.  This problem is now resolved, and we invite you to please try again.

About the Learning Commons:

Rod Library, in partnership with other campus units, is seeking to develop and redesign space in the library building into a learning commons.  We are in early stages of planning the learning commons, which will also include virtual space, technological upgrades, and new furniture for the area.

The reconfigured space will be designed to be open, comfortable, inspirational, and practical.  We are excited about this project and are looking forward to getting things moving in its initial year.

Thank you for your input!

Open Access Week, October 22-28, 2012

October 22-28 is Open Access Week! Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon in a free and open environment. Open access is made possible with the consent of the author and the copyright holder. Open Access Week is an effort to promote and to inform authors, students, researchers, administrators, publishers and librarians about the benefits of Open Access. For more information about what you can do: www.righttoresearch.org/index.shtml and www.openaccessweek.org/

Rod Library also provides information about open access and author rights on a scholarly communication guide:  guides.lib.uni.edu/scholarly-communication

Please visit an Open Access exhibit outside of room 250 (Collection Management & Special Services) at Rod Library. Learn what faculty can do to promote Open Access and how it benefits students.


New JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections – 100s of Periodicals

Rod Library is expanding access to electronic journals with its recent purchase of the JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections V-VIII.  These collections complement the previously purchased Arts & Sciences Collections I-IV.  Hundreds of scholarly journals in numerous disciplines, including Business and Economics, Education, History, Language and Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, and Music, are now available.  Go to the Library home page and click on the  ”Databases A –Z” menu for which there is a link on the “Articles” tab.  On the next screen, select "JSTOR" from the menu. You may search for a specific title or browse by title, discipline, or publisher.  While access is available beginning with volume 1 of a title, the more recent volumes may not be available through JSTOR depending on publisher restrictions and Library subscriptions.  Entries for individual titles included in these collections currrently are being added to UNISTAR, the online catalog. 

Panther Prowler Quicksearch Problems

Over the past few days we have had intermittent problems with the Quicksearch option on the Articles Search tab.  The problem is with the database that we connect to on the Internet.   They are aware of this problem and are working to fix it with a status of "critical priority".  For the time being, we have changed the default search option to be the older Basic Resources.  The Quicksearch option is listed in the dropdown, so you can try it, but you may not get results. 

Nook Prize Winner


 Congratulations to Kathryn, winner of our Banned Book trivia contest.  Enjoy your Nook!  Fill it full of Banned Books!

Tell us what you want in the Learning Commons!

 Rod Library, in partnership with other campus units, is seeking to develop space in the library building into a learning commons.  The learning commons will be a student-centered physical and virtual learning space designed for optimal learning in groups or individually.  The reconfigured space will be designed to be open, comfortable, inspirational, and practical.  This survey will help us gather information from the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) about technologies, services and furnishings that will meet the needs of 21st century learners and researchers. 

The survey is available by clicking here.  You will be asked for your CatID to log in. The survey will be available from October 5th through October 19th.  Please feel free to contact the Learning Commons Task Force with any questions or comments at liblearningcommons@uni.edu

Win a Nook during Banned Book Week!

Help Rod Library celebrate Banned Book Week October 1-5.  

Check out our lobby display on banned books and join our Banned Book read-out on Friday, October 5 outside the library.   Like us on Facebook - we will have a trivia contest this week for a Nook.  Use it to read banned books!

Arabic-Language Resources

Recently, the Library was asked to provide access to Arabic-language newspapers.  The good news is that it already does!  More than 30 Arabic-language newspapers are available in electronic format through the Library’s subscription to the PressDisplay database, which provides access to recent issues of newspapers across the world.  To access the database go to the Library homepage and select the “Databases A-Z “ link that appears in the box with the “Articles” tab.  The PressDisplay homepage may be customized for an Arabic user interface.  Available newspapers may be identified by clicking on the arrow to the right of the “Select Title” button at the top right of the main screen and then choosing the “By Language” option.

To identify other resources about Arabic language and culture available through the Library do a subject search in UNISTAR, the online catalog, on subject headings such as “Arabic language,.” “Arabic fiction,” and “Arabic history.” 

And did you know that the Library offers a You Tube tour in Arabic?  Check it out at http://www.library.uni.edu/blog/rod-library-tour-arabic-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A9

Humans vs Zombies Registration


 Registration for Humans vs Zombies is open.  Be sure to turn in your signed waiver to the Rod Library Circulation desk.  The first 150 to register and  turn in a signed waiver will receive a free Humans vs Zombies bandana!