October 2013

University Avenue Environmental Assessment - in print and online

A copy of the the University Avenue/IA 934 From IA 58 to U.S. 63 Black Hawk County, Iowa Environmental Assessment and De Minimis Impact Finding from the Iowa Department of Transportation is available for public viewing.  
 
This item has been placed on Permanent Reserve at the MultiService Center desk located on the main floor of the library.  It is available for a 3 hour check out but cannot be taken out of the building.  There are scanners and copiers available if there are certain pages you want to copy.
 
If you are not affiliated with UNI, you can use your visitor's card or driver's license to check this item out. 
 
 
 

Subject Guides Can Boost Your Research!

Subject Guides can help you with and inform you about the best sources and searches to use when preparing papers, presentations, and other projects.  These guides are online 24/7 for whenever you are working on assignments.  We are always creating new guides -- some of the recently created ones are for certain classes, but we also have a new guide to help prepare for tests in the sciences, for example.

Check out the online research and subject guides today!  They may not give you super powers, but could make doing research a lot easier.


New CHRIEC Rural Schools Web Site

Check out the new web site of the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC) created by staff of the UNI Museums as part of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Center makes available diverse resources that support the study of the history of public education in Iowa. Did you know that Iowa had over 12,000 one-room schools? On the web site you will find information about an extensive collection of official records documenting Iowa's rural schools, photographic exhibits, a bibliography of reference materials with links to Internet resources, and descriptions of a rural school textbook collection and school memorabilia. It's all available at http://www.uni.edu/museum/ruralschool/


Dr. Jean Donham awarded ILA Member of the Year

Congratulations to one of our colleagues, Dr. Jean Donham, who was recently awarded the ILA Member of the Year at the Iowa Library Association conference!  This award is given to an individual or institution based upon their activities or accomplishments in areas such as assisting libraries in improving their service, helping library users, leadership in education or in-service training for librarians, extension of library services through cooperation, and development of library facilities.



Open Access Week - October 21-27, 2013

October 21-27 is International 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, go to the Open Access Week website.

Rod Library also provides information about open access and author rights in a Scholarly Communication LibGuide.

Please visit the Open Access Week display in the library lobby exhibit case (main floor). Learn what faculty can do to promote Open Access and how it benefits students.


Book Cart Drill Team to Perform at Volleyball Game

If volleyball is more your sport you will find Rod Library and other local librarians and staff at tomorrow's game against Indiana State at 7:00 p.m.  Watch for the Book Cart Drill Team during half-time!

Not sure what a book cart drill team is?  Check out these sites -

 


Library Sponsoring UNI's Gold-Out Game Saturday

Going Gold!

Rod Library is going GOLD!

We are happy to be sponsoring the UNI football game tomorrow against South Dakota.  Watch for us on the Jumbotron!  Go Panthers!


October 2013 Exhibits

 

 

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


Send Us Your Ideas on the Future Rod Library

Thanks to everyone who came to the Library last week to meet with OPN Architects in the Feasibility Study focus groups!  You gave OPN a lot of great information about where we are as a library now and where we should go in the future.

If you were not able to attend a focus group but would like to share YOUR ideas on the future design of Rod Library send us your thoughts on the Feedback Form. 

If you would like to share general comments on the feasibility study please use the Feedback Form as well.

 


Comic Con

The Rod Library will be hosting a mini comic con on March 29, 2014.  As you can see,  we need your help!  

We are seeking artwork submissions in the following categories:

  • Black History in Comics
  • Women's History in Comics
  • General Theme
  • A graphic novel about the resources available at the Rod Library 

Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 13th.  Entries may be submitted either in person to the Circulation desk of the Rod Library, or via e-mail ro rodlibprc@gmail.com

 

 


Presentation on Library Design Trends Available Online

 

Sam Demas presented on "Library Building Design: Trends and Issues" on Tuesday, Octrober 1 in Maucker Union.  This presentation was made as a part of the Library's Building Feasibility Study.  See how Libraries are changing to meet the needs of their users in unique and comfortable ways!

If you cannot hear the presentation hover your mouse over the speaker, then move the slider that appears next to the speaker symbol to increase the sound level.  This is a YouTube issue apparently.


Project AWARE artist David Williamson speaks at Rod Library!

Come hear how the annual Iowa River cleanup has turned into a work of art!

David Williamson, Iowa artist, and Lynette Seigley, from Project AWARE, will be at Rod Library at 7pm on Tuesday, October 8th.  Mr. Williamson will discuss the public artworks created from a decade of river trash salvaged by canoeists and displayed in the library.

The presentation will take place on the 3rd floor of the library, where the sculptures are currently located.

Last year, it was present at the Iowa State Fair!  Here's a clip from the CBS affiliate in Des Moines.


They're back! iPhone Chargers

We now have the regular iPhone chargers available for checkout plus the charger for the iPhone 5!  All of these chargers checkout for a 3 hour time period and can be checked out from the Multiservice Center desk, main floor of the Library.


UNI Faculty, Staff, and Student Focus Groups

Library Staff Focus Group

The Library's Feasibility Study continues today, Wednesday Oct. 2, with three more focus groups.  The focus groups are a great way for your voice to be heard.  UNI faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a focus group to help us design the library of the future!

All sessions are held behind the Reference Desk.  Follow the signs in the lobby!

  • UNI Faculty:  noon-1:00 (bring your lunch!)
  • UNI Staff:  3:00-4:00
  • UNI Students:  4:00-5:00

End of the Season Special on Iced Coffees and Tea

Enjoy these last couple of warm days with a cool drink at an amazing price.  Iced coffees and teas are only $.50 and if you have your own cup they are only $.25!  Stop by the Multiservice Desk on the main floor to see our selections and make your purchase.

This special will run until October 31, 2013 or while supplies last!


Listing: Government Websites Completely Offline

Update: the following federal government websites are completely offline and inaccessible:

USGS.gov
Bureau of Economic Analysis (bea.gov)
Business.gov
Census.gov
Copyright.gov
Data.gov
Disability.gov
ERIC (eric.ed.gov)
FCC.gov
FTC.gov
Library of Congress (loc.gov)
NASA.gov
National Park Service (nps.gov)
NIMH.gov
NIST.gov
NOAA.gov is offline but you can still get to weather.gov
NSF.gov
Nutrition.gov
USDA (usda.gov)