March 2014

Email Messages from Library

Due to email problems with the UNISTAR Online Catalog, several email messages sent from the Library or directly by patrons to themselves since approximately March 21st, were not actually sent. The problem should be fixed now so please try again if you did not receive an email you sent to yourself.

Rod Library Seeking FAA Permission

 It turns out that retail powerhouse Amazon isn't the only business with lofty ambitions... The university of Northern Iowa's own Rod library has been busy for the past few years with "Project Lightning Rod." Essentially, the University is developing plans to deliver library materials directly to student dorms, apartments, and houses via drone by 2018. "Staying relevant in the digital frontier is about more than updating a website" said Access Services Coordinator Biff Stroganoff. "It is about commissioning 150 Used MQ-1 Predator drones from the pentagon and programming them to deliver classic literature and microfiche to the student body." The project may sound far reaching, however, the library staff is excited about the potential applications. "This really is a brave new world", said drone enthusiast and reserve desk employee Lila Wayward. There are discussions happening right now about increasing student staffing, expanding the building, and equipping the roof with numerous radar antenna and landing strips.

While this project may put the university on the map, some in the Cedar Valley are skeptical and want to proceed with caution. "What attempts are being taken to ensure that a copy of 50 Shades of Gray isn't being delivered into the hands of am innocent child?" Asked local Mary Jo Stills. "The library is an institution you seek out, not one that comes for you," said the overly concerned Stills. Despite lingering concerns, it is clear that students will enjoy the easy access to reference materials that the project promises. "It is so simple", said on site project lead Linda McLaury. "If a student wants a medical journal from 1997 delivered to their door they need only go to our Facebook page and click on the Drone Deliver link. From there they will search for the material on the millennium reference site. That is assuming there OS is up to date and they use something other than Chrome or Mac. Then they can geotag their location with a new tumblr app that is currently compatible with android and windows mobile platforms." Once this process is complete, student could potentially see the requested materials within a matter or mere days!

It should be noted that this is not the only futuristic endeavor that is going on behind the scenes. The university is also researching dehydrated meal plans for the students who do not want to leave their rooms during the months of November through March. Happy April 1, 2014.

Library Mini ComicCon on March 29th

In case you haven't heard, the library is hosting a mini ComicCon this Saturday, March 29th from noon-5pm. 

Several activities will take place that day including: 

  • Panel Discussions
  • Magic Tournament
  • Trivia Contests
  • Coloring Contest
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Photobooth
  • Table Top Gaming
  • Video Gaming Tournament
  • Costume Contest
  • Artist Alley with local artists showcasing their work

For more information go to the main ComicCon website.

To join the Facebook event and see some of the artists' work, go here.

Take Your Shot of the Day

Stop by across from the
Circulation Desk

and shoot for your chance to win a shot of caffeine

(okay actually a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or apple cider)




Live Music in Rod Library

Today at noon Jason Weinberger, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony conductor will be performing "New York Counter Point for 11 Clarinets" under Dichotomy on the main floor. Stop in and enjoy!

March 2014 Exhibits



March is Women's History Month and our first ever Rod Library Mini Comic Con.  Check out the displays throughout the building as we celebrate March. 

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

Craftiness in the Digital Media Hub

Need to get to work on your costume for the Rod Library Mini ComicCon, or a class project?  We have just the solution for you.  In the Digital Media Hub near rooms 282A and 282B we have some supplies to help you out.  There is a rotary cutter, construction paper, markers, glue, tape, craft scissors, T squares, magazines, and a suggestion box in case we have forgotten anything.  Let the creativity begin!

Board games for check-out

Need a study break?!?

We now have some board games that you can check out.  The games are located under the Dichotomy and they can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.  Games can be checked out for a week.

Games included: Clue, checkers, Tic Tac Toe, Connect 4 (board game size), Dominoes, Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry, Life, Trouble, UNO, Yatzee, and playing cards. 

A life-size game of Connect 4 and Jenga are also available to be used on the main floor of the library, but not available for check-out.

Shortcut to find research articles

In many of the library databases, you can limit to academic or peer-reviewed journal articles.  Typically, there is a box that you can click that says "(Scholarly) Peer-reviewed."  This box is generally located on the left-hand side of the webpage or in the middle of the advanced search page.

In OneSearch!, there are 2 ways to limit to research articles.  Watch this short video to see how to do it.

One word of caution.  In most cases, the software will retrieve research articles.  However, it is software, so it isn't perfect.  A quick librarian tip to see if it's research.....look for references or footnotes.  Generally, if it has references, it's considered research.

If you have questions, ask a librarian.  We'd be happy to help!

Using Comics in the Classroom

The Rod is co-sponsoring a panel discussion with CETL.  "Using Comics in the Classroom" with Harry Brod (SAC), Kate Hein (CIEP), Stephen Gaies (Languages and Literatures), Catherine Miller (Mathematics), Wendy Miller (Art), Paul Siddens (Communication Studies)
Monday, March 10, noon-1, LIB 378
In preparation for Rod Library’s mini Comic Con, join us for a panel discussion of the many ways that faculty from a variety of different disciplines use comics and graphic novels to promote student learning. Come and get some ideas for ways you might incorporate comics or graphic novels into your teaching!