May 2013

Pop and Candy Machines Now Accept Credit Cards

The pop and candy machines located on the first floor of the library now accept the following credit cards:  Discover, American Express, Mastercard, and VISA.  So if a cold drink and snack sounds good and you don't have any cash on you, not to worry - you can just swipe your card!  How cool is that?!?

Open Access Policies Supported by Iowa Universities


Drake University’s Faculty Senate endorsed an Open Access Policy at its regular meeting on 17 April 2013. Drake hopes that the endorsement will raise awareness of open access in general and the Drake Institutional Repository (eScholarShare) in particular.

Similarly at the University of Iowa (UI), the Faculty Senate endorsed the CIC Statement on Publishing Agreements on October 23, 2007. This agreement advocates for authors to retain some rights when they publish so that their work can be placed in an institutional repository.  

Just this week University of Iowa officials are showing their strong support for open access publishing by announcing an annual $50,000 fund to cover faculty’s publication fees for open access publishing, which can be as much as $3,000. The fund is offered by the Office of the Provost and UI Libraries. UI will pay up to $3,000 in publishing fees for open access and up to $1,500 fees for “hybrid” open access, journals that require a subscription but allow open access to certain articles for a fee. Read more

Open access (OA) works are scholarly and freely available online. Two methods for delivering open access to research articles are open access journals and open access repositories or archives. Open access journals are funded by author submission fees rather than the traditional model of subscriptions. Some traditional journal publishers offer authors a "hybrid" open access option where they can pay a fee so that their articles might be freely distributed to interested readers.

Visit the Rod Library Scholarly Communication LibGuide for additional information on scholarly communication topics.


Noteworthy People of UNI - New Digital Collection!

Foreign Service photo of Nancy Powell


Check out our new digital collection titled Noteworthy People of UNI. This collection spotlights a variety of individuals with connections to UNI who have made a distinct mark on the world. Here you can find information about Noteworthy Person - Nancy Powell, who graduated from UNI and was named the first woman Ambassador to India in 2012. More additions of UNI "noteworthy people" will be added to this collection and we welcome your feedback or suggestions!

Library Email "2nd Notice"

If you just received a notice that says "Faculty and P & S Annual Return-2nd Notice" please disregard.  It was sent in error.  Our apologies!! 

New, More Powerful Searching for Articles and More

Rod Library is now offering a new and improved method to find the information you need for your class assignments and research. Just use the "Articles" tab on the library home page to access the new, more powerful version of Panther Prowler.

When you try it out, 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.

(We believe everyone will benefit from the new Panther Prowler, but for a limited time, you can still access the old version here.)



Congrats to Graduating Rod Library Student Employees

Congratulations to Nicole, Kayla, Evan, Lauren, Jessica, Jackie, Alissa, Alison, Alexandra, Sarah, Brennan, Susanna, and Ashley who are graduating this spring or leaving to student teach!  These individuals have worked at Rod Library for a combined 29.5 years! 

The staff and faculty of Rod Library appreciate all their work and their dedication to the UNI community and wish them all the best as they begin the next phase of their lives.


New additions to our Art on Campus digital collection!

photo of "City Mouse" sculpture on UNI grounds

Are you interested in the many beautiful art pieces on display across the UNI campus? Our Art on Campus digital collection features several photos of campus artwork and sculptures that grace the grounds. We've added some interesting new photos, including the "City Mouse" sculpture. CHECK IT OUT!

Congratulations to our iPad mini winner, Chance!

Thanks to all of you who participated in Rod Library's You Talk. We Listen. We All Win! survey! We had over 800 respondents, which is fabulous!  We want to congratulate Chance on winning the grand prize of an iPad mini!  The other prize winners have been notified via their UNI email address.  So, be sure to check your UNI e-mail and see if you are a winner!

Rod Library will take all of your valuable feedback from the survey so that we can serve you even better in the future!


 The May/June 2013 Newsletter is available here

May 2013 Exhibits

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

Invitation - May 7th Campus IR Session - Digital Commons - bepress

Scholarly Communication, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library

The 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 dissemination of digital materials created by faculty, students, and staff.

David Stout , a representative from bepress, will provide a presentation open to the campus on Digital Commons, a commercial IR software package. This is a follow-up session to the general informational sessions given this week about IRs.

The open campus session is scheduled for :

  • Tuesday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (Rod Library - Room 324)

Questions may be directed to committee members by using the email: