April 2013

Remember - Theft Happens!!

We know it's that time of the semester.  You're living almost 24/7 in the library trying to finish another paper or reading those last chapters.  Do you know who else is here at the library?  Yep, thieves.  They're waiting for you to leave your backpacks, cell phones, laptops, and wallets alone for just that moment you go to get a drink of water or go to the restroom.  That's all the longer they need to take your personal items.  Be smart.  Don't leave your personal items unattended.  In fact if library staff see items unattended, we will leave a small reminder that your items could have been the target for thieves.  Has it happened this semester already?  YES!  Is it going to happen again? Sure if you leave your stuff alone.  Don't become their next target!

Invitation - Institutional Repository @ UNI discussion sessions at Rod Library

UNI faculty and staff are invited to attend one of several small group discussion sessions on Institutional Repository @ UNI scheduled for next week in Rod Library room 324. Rod Library is in the process of investigating the desirability and feasibility of developing an institutional repository at the University of Northern Iowa.

An institutional repository is a set of services supporting the management and long-term preservation of scholarly materials created by faculty, students, and staff.

Dates for the meetings:

  • Monday, April 29:  9-10 am
  • Tuesday, April 30:  11 a.m.-12 noon
  • Wednesday, May 1:  1-2 pm
  • Thursday, May 2:  2-3 pm
  • Friday, May 3:  12 noon–1 pm

Plan to attend to one of the discussion meetings to find out more about developing an institutional repository at UNI and the benefits and opportunities it offers for individuals and departments/units, as well as to provide your ideas, questions, or concerns.

  • What is it?
  • What can it do for me?

These sessions will be conducted by members of the Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee. Questions may be directed to committee members by using the email:  libscholcomm@uni.edu.

A follow-up session open to the campus will be conducted by David Stout, a representative from bepress, on Digital Commons, a commercial IR software package is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in Library room 324.

For additional information about Institutional Repositories, see the Scholarly Communication LibGuide.

Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee
Ellen Neuhaus (chair); Thomas Kessler, Stanley Lyle, Katherine Martin, and Linda McLaury

New, more powerful searching for articles and more

You can get a jump start on the latest way to find the articles, books, and other information you need for your class assignments and research. Just click on the "Try me!" tab on the library home page to access the new, more powerful version of Panther Prowler, which will be officially unveiled this summer.

Try it out, and you should notice right away that the top results are even more relevant to your search than before. This single, quick search finds the best information from almost all of the library's electronic journals and databases, as well as from the library catalog of books, DVDs, CDs, and other physical items.

Try me!

Take the Library Survey and WIN!

Rod Library is looking to foster a culture of excellence in providing library service and to better understand user perceptions of library service quality.  This is YOUR opportunity to tell us how well we are doing, whether you come to the library or use our resources online, and to give us insight into what users like you expect from Rod Library.

Starting April 15th, the library will be running a survey to gather input from you!  Give us 3-5 minutes of your time and we'll give you a chance to win an iPad mini, in addition to other great prizes.  The survey ends on Friday, May 3rd at 5pm.

We get input to create an even better Rod Library, and you get a chance at an iPad mini.  We all win!

For more information, visit the library survey FAQ.

It's Preservation Week...Pass it On!

Preservation Week

It's Preservation Week...Pass it On!
April 21-27, 2013

Are you interested in preserving your family photographs? Or maybe flooding has affected your home and you need advice on saving your family treasures? Check out these free webinar events in observance of Preservation Week 2013 as posted on the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) website.

Scholarly Communication Update

 Check out the latest update from the Scholarly Communication Committee to view upcoming events, information on E-books, and alternatives to traditional print textbooks.

ARTstor down for maintenance April 16

 ARTstor will perform an upgrade to the ARTstor Digital Library on Tuesday, April 16 from 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  During this time, users can access the Digital Library but may experience some slowness.  This upgrade will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library and provide for downloading single images in Zip files.  

April 2013 Exhibits









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


Book Swap: UNI Earth Week Celebration

Please bring your used hardcover & paperback books to the Rod Library Circulation Desk before April 21st. You will receive one ticket for each book that you bring to the Circulation Desk. You can then exchange each ticket for a different book on Earth Day, April 22 from 10:00-2:00pm outside the library. All students, faculty, staff, and community members will be able to swap books. Please no magazines or textbooks!

Library How-To Videos Now Available!

Did you know....

that the library has put together how-to videos to help you with your research?  All the videos are located in a subject guide called "How-to Videos."  You can find this guide by clicking "Subject Guides" on the main library page or click on this link: http://guides.lib.uni.edu/how-to-videos.  

The library will be adding new videos regularly.  Check them out today!