March 2013

Access Cedar Falls Public Library's collection of free ebooks and Freegal!

Did you know....

That you can get a Cedar Falls Public Library card here at Rod Library?  This would allow you to check out books in our CFPL @ UNI collection, located in the Browsing Room, filled with popular fiction and non-fiction books.  This card also allows you access to the public library's collection of free ebooks and Freegal (Free music downloads)!

So, stop by the Circulation desk to get your FREE Cedar Falls Public Library card today!

Which Laptops and Study Rooms Are Available? Now You Know!

Have you ever wished you could find out if any laptops or study rooms were available BEFORE you made the long trek to the Library?  Now you can!

Located on our Services web page you'll find links to this information.

Using your desktop computer you can go to "Laptop Availability" and "Study Room Availability" web pages from our online catalog.

You can also access this information from our mobile website.  Just look for the same text on the mobile homepage. 

The information is updated in real-time, as rooms and laptops are checked out and returned.

Publisher Sues Librarian for Libel, Seeks $3 million in Damages

Scholarly Communiction

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Feb. 8th that the Edwin Mellen Press has sued librarian Dale Askey for libel and is seeking damages of $3 million. Askey, currently employed as a librarian at McMaster University in Ontario, wrote critical comments about Mellen Press publications in a blog while employed at Kansas State University in 2010. One of the legal actions brought against Mr. Askey, and his current employer, was filed in the Ontario Superior Court. This Notice of Action states Mellen’s claims and includes the original blog post and comments.

The case raises important issues related to academic and intellectual freedom of university employees. The Association of College & Research Libraries Board of Directors has called on Mellen to drop the action. Professors across North America also have criticized the action; for example, UNI Professor Martha Reineke has started an online petition calling for Mellen to end the suit against Askey and McMaster.

Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee

Lobby Wall Coming Down!

Lobby wall

Big changes are coming to the Rod Library lobby area over spring break.  The picture here shows the wood paneled wall separating the lobby from the Reference Collection shelves.  Say goodbye to the wall!

Beginning Monday March 18 contractors from Waterloo will be removing this wall and patching the carpeting and columns for us.  This work will open up our lobby area more than ever.  The lobby will still have soft seating with tables and be a place for people to sit and work together, talk, or read.  After spring semester ends the area will be recarpeted too.  Eventually new furniture will be purchased but not this fiscal year.

The computer stations behind the wall will be relocated to another place on this floor.

During the construction next week there will be noise and a bit of dust in the lobby area.

Have a great Spring Break!

Tents of Witness Exhibit

The Rod Library is pleased to host a portion of The Center for Holocaust and Genocide’s and UNI STAND’s display entitled “Tents of Witness.”  "Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict," created by World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, MN), will feature six tents, each featuring the story of a different genocide or other mass atrocity crime: American Indians, Argentina, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda.  The other tents are located in Schindler Education Center Lobby and Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge.  The tents will be on display through Friday, March 13, 2013.


Video Streaming Trials - Check Out These Services

Rod Library currently is conducting 60-day trials of four video streaming services, which are described below. We hope that by providing access to services such as those below we can better meet student needs, enhance integration of media content into course environments such as Blackboard, and make better use of the Library's financial resources and physical storage space.

These services may be used by faculty, staff, and students, with access from any computer on campus. The urls for direct access to each service appear below. These services will only be accessible from on campus during the trials. For more information about each service, please see



iCollection (Paley Center for Media)

Infobase Learning (Films on Demand)

During the trials we will be asking for feedback from users via Survey Monkey, with instructions to follow at a later date.



March Exhibits





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

Women's History Month Fun Fact

Did you know...

there are 11,673 Iowa women who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces?

For more facts and figures, see Women in Iowa, compiled by the State Data Center of Iowa and the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

Posting Advertisements, Announcements, and Collection Boxes in the Library

Rod Library offers limited space for the UNI community to post UNI-related advertisements, announcements, and collection boxes.  We have an enclosed glass display case in the lobby for posters and announcements and some space in the lobby for banners and collection boxes.  In addition we offer space in up to 50 of our six-sided plastic table displayers in lieu of paper table tents.

Those interested in requesting the placement of collection boxes, table ads, banners, posters, etc., must be a UNI sponsored student or departmental organization.  Please review our policy for advertisements and announcements located on our website.

Please direct your questions and requests to the Dean's Office (room 211, 273-2737).  Thanks!

Portico-Protecting the Library’s Investment in E-Journals

 Do you use the electronic journals available through the Library? Ever wonder what happens when a publisher goes out of business or drops a journal from its publications? Rod Library seeks to protect its investment in electronic journals and make purchased content available on an ongoing basis through its participation in Portico, an electronic archiving service. Portico provides a permanent archive of electronic scholarly journals issued by almost 200 contributing publishers. Campus-wide access to archived content becomes available to participating institutions when certain "trigger events" occur, and when titles are no longer available from the publisher or another source. Trigger events include: a publisher stops operations; a publisher ceases to publish a title; a publisher no longer offers back issues; or a publisher's delivery platform suffers "catastrophic and sustained failure." Portico also provides a means of securing perpetual access should a participating publisher choose to designate it as a provider of post-cancellation access.