September 2013

Presentation on Library Space Trends

Sam Demas

Sam Demas, of Sam Demas Collaborative Consulting, will be giving a presentation on "Library Building Design: Trends and Issues" from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Maucker Union University Room on Tuesday October 1.

The University Room is in the lower level of the building.

No RSVP is required. Everyone is invited to attend.  Come hear how libraries are changing to meet higher technological expectations and the evolving needs of today's students.

Student Focus Group Sessions

All UNI students are invited to the Student Focus Group sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Library.  The sessions will be held on the main floor behind the Reference Desk (follow the signs!).

The focus group sessions will be a time for students to share your ideas about what Rod Library needs to be in the future to meet your needs. 

Come help us design the Library of the future!

Library Feasibility Study Begins This Week

Rod Library and Facilities Planning are embarking on a semester-long library building feasibility study. With the development of the learning commons, other space changes that have been suggested, and the integration of the UNI Museums into the building, we thought it would be prudent to take a more systematic look at library space.

We've hired OPN Architects, who just completed the Redeker project and who recently designed the Cedar Rapids Public Library, to work with us. Library consultant Sam Demas (former Library Director at Carleton College) will also be assisting us with this project.

We will be holding several focus group sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday (to gather feedback from YOU) along with a great presenatation by Sam Demas on "Library Building Design: Trends and Issues" on Tuesday at 4:00 in the University Room of the Union. 

Watch for signs in the Library and more blog posts with the details! More information may also be found on the Feasibility Study's Libguide.

Coffee Special - Mocha Nut Fudge

The Multiservice Center is running a special on the flavored coffee Mocha Nut Fudge while limited supplies last.  Normally $1.25 a cup, the special price is $.75.  If you have your own cup the price will only be $.50.  

The flavored coffee Mocha Nut Fudge is described as a decandent pairing of chocolate and coffee layered with roasted nuts and a ribbon of sweet caramel, fresh from the roaster.  Stop by our desk on the second floor of the library (main floor) to get this special flavor today.

Institutional Repository @ UNI Funded!

Wordle: Scholarly Communication


Institutional Repository @ UNI Funded!

The Provost has provided two years of funding to begin a subscription to a commercial digital repository platform. Work on creating and developing an Institutional Repository (IR) @ UNI will begin shortly under the direction of Rod Library.  We anticipate we will begin adding content in the Spring 2014 semester.  Look for regular updates about the status of the IR over the 2013/2014 academic year.

Questions about Author Rights, Open Access, Institutional Repositories...

How do I retain some copyright for things that I publish?  Why do I need to do so?  What does Open Access mean?  Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee can help answer these and other related questions.  Contact the committee with your questions using the email account.

More information about scholarly communication topics can be found on the Rod Library Scholarly Communication website.


Rod Library Celebrates Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week!  It is a week set aside to celebrate the freedom to read.  Rod Library is celebrating this week by hosting a variety of events.

  • We are having a Facebook trivia contest with a new banned books question every day.  Prizes will be awarded!  Go to for more information.
  • We are hosting our 1st Annual Virtual Read-Out.  Go to and look for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out playlist!  Check out some celebrities who have participated in the ALA Virtual Read-Out:
  • We are partnering with UNIFI, a UNI student organization, to host our 2nd Annual Read-Out on Thursday, September 26th, from 12:00pm-4pm in front of Rod Library.  Stop by and read a favorite banned book or stop and listen/discuss books that have been banned.

For more information on what Banned Books Week is, the history of Banned Books Week, and listings of books that have been banned, go to:

Seeking Nominations for Next Year's Common Read Book

The common read selection committee is seeking your book recommendations for this campus-wide project.

Submit Your Book Nominations

The University of Northern Iowa community is beginning the selection process for our "common read" for the 2014-2015 academic year. This book will be used in the curriculum for the First-Year Cornerstone class, provide inspiration for a Strayer Wood Theatre production, and bring together the campus and municipal communities in discussion around critical issues. 

This year, the common read must relate to the theme Media & Social Media (more details on Submit Your Book Nominations form).

Sharing the Results: You Talk. We Listen. We All Win!

In the spring of 2013, Rod Library conducted the LibQUAL+ survey, better known as "You Talk. We Listen. We All Win!" We asked the campus community to tell us how well we are doing as a library, what we could improve upon, and to give us insight into what the UNI campus community expects from Rod Library.  We are happy to share the results with all of you.  You can find a summary report, a full report, and a spreadsheet of the comments we received at   


Hunger Games Deadline Has Been Extended to Sept. 18th!

The deadline to turn in registration forms for the Library Hunger Games event has been extended.  Participants and volunteers now have until Wednesday, September 18th to turn their forms in.

People can sign up as individuals or in teams (maximum of 4 people on a team).  It's a great opportunity for people to get to know our library space, some of our library staff, have fun, and meet new people.

Forms and more information can be found at  Come join us for fun, games, free food and prizes!!!!  If you are on the fence about volunteering, there's still time to volunteer as we need people the night of the games from 4:30-9 pm.

A-Team Tutoring in the Browsing Room

Are you looking for tutoring or feedback in some of your courses? Visit the A-Team on Sunday nights from 6 to 9 p.m., in Rod Library, starting Sept. 8. The A-Team provides help for students in math, science, writing, Spanish, and college reading and study strategies for humanities, business, and all your other courses.

A-Team is located on the second floor of the Library in the Browsing Room, to the right of the main entrance. The A-Team is sponsored by the Academic Learning Center.

Check Out the Digitized UNI Yearbook Collection!

UNI Yearbook portrait of woman student

Have you ever wondered what good 'ole mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa looked like as a student here at UNI? Well now you can find this and many more interesting historical facts and pictures at our newly-completed UNI Yearbook digital collection! Starting with the 1905 Normal Eyte to the 1997 Old Gold you can see many unique pictures of life on campus. You might just be able to surprise your parents or grandparents with some interesting or "entertaining" college photos, so check it out!!

Renovation Work to Begin on Third Floor

Today Porter and Porter Construction and their sub-contractors will begin renovating rooms 378, 379, 380 and 381 on the third floor of the Library.  At the end of the project the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning/Liberal Arts Core offices will be located in these spaces.  Look for more information on CETL/LAC in the next few weeks.

They will be painting the rooms, installing new ceiling tile, adding electrical and data connections, and installing a service point just outside the offices.  We are very excited to have the CETL/LAC offices and staff in the Library soon!

The American Way of Eating - Common Read @ UNI


Join Cornerstone students in reading this year's common read book, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table, by Tracie McMillan.

In 2009 Tracie McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.

  • The book's author, Tracie McMillan, is scheduled to visit UNI on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7pm in Lang Hall Auditorium. 
  • A Strayer-Wood Theatre production, American Way of Eating, based on the book of the same title by Tracie McMillan is scheduled for October 10-12, 16-19 at 7:30 pm and October 13 & 20 at 2:00 pm. The show is free to all UNI students. Non Cornerstone staff and faculty will need to purchase tickets at the Box Office or through UNItix. 
  • Rod Library has developed an American Way of Eating LibGuide (online subject guide) to help Cornerstone students find related resources.