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:

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

West Entrance Now Open!

West entrance now open

The Library's west entrance is now open!  You now have easier access to the building from the west side of campus.  Coming soon...the Book Bistro cafe in September!  Next week you should start to see hints of the cafe kiosk as the cabinetry is assembled.  Stop by to check out the progress!

Library Closing at 5 pm Wednesday August 27

The Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27 in order to allow our staff to prepare fun and exciting events for Bash in the Stacks.  Bash in the Stacks will held from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. that night and offers a fun evening of game, food, and prizes.

Maucker Union will be open until midnight if you need a location in which to study.  You may also access our resources online from our homepage.

Labor Day Building Hours

Labor Day

Rod Library will have special hours this weekend for Labor Day.

Friday, August 29 - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 30 - Closed
Sunday, August 31 - Closed
Monday (Labor Day), September 1 - 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight

Have a great weekend!

Business Database Changes

Business Source Complete

Rod Library has upgraded its EBSCO Business Source Elite subscription to Business Source Complete and also will be cancelling its subscription to Business Insights: Global. 

Compared to Business Source Elite, Business Source Complete provides many more academic journals, trade journals, industry profiles, SWOT analyses, and country reports. Strong international coverage is provided by publishers such as MarketLine (Data Monitor) and Business Monitor International. Industry profiles typically include five forces analysis. Search methods include browsing under headings such as Company Information, Industry Profiles, and SWOT analyses.

Business Source Complete can be accessed from the Databases A-Z list on the Library home page, from the Library Business Portal, and from various Library subject guides.


Library Bash in the Stacks


The Library is hosting a "Bash in the Stacks" event to welcome UNI students back to campus.  The event will be on August, Wednesday 27th from 7-9:30pm.  

There will be games, music, free food, and prizes!

For more details, go to:  or follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Library Hours in August

Library Hours Between the Summer Session and the Fall Semester 2014

August 1 Friday 7am-5pm
August 2-3 Saturday-Sunday Closed
August 4-10 Monday-Friday 7am-5pm
  Saturday-Sunday Closed
August 11-17 Monday-Friday 7am-5pm
  Saturday-Sunday Closed
August 18-22 Monday-Friday 7am-5pm
August 23 Saturday 12 (Noon)-5pm
August 24 Sunday 12 (Noon)-9pm



Library Dean on Iowa Public Radio

Library Dean Chris Cox will be on "Talk of Iowa" on Iowa Public Radio at 10am on Tuesday, July 29th.  He will be joined by the library deans at Iowa and Iowa State to discuss the changes and trends in academic libraries. 

Tune in here tomorrow!

Current Library Space and Noise Levels

The library is a pretty big building and with recent construction projects, it's easy to get confused.  Did you ever wonder if we'll shush you?  You might be surprised by the answer.  Let us tell you more about our current library space!

1st Floor (Noise Level: Usually Pretty LOW)

  • Museum Exhibit
  • Government Documents
  • Periodicals & Newspapers
  • Vending Machines

2nd Floor (Noise Level: HIGH)

  • Learning Commons
    • Digital Media Hub and Production Rooms
    • Cafe
    • Collaborative study spaces and booths
  • Service Desks (Reference, Circulation, and MSC)
  • Browsing Room

3rd Floor (Noise Level: MEDIUM)

  • Stacks Collection
  • Youth Collection
  • Special Collections and University Archives
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Liberal Arts Core

4th Floor (Noise Level: LOW)

  • Designated Quiet Floor
  • Only floor you will get shushed
  • Stacks Collection
  • Video Collection
  • Fine and Performing Arts Collection


Library Digital Collections

Did you know...

That the library has digital collections fo you to use?  These collections include digitized information about Iowa, the Cedar Valley, and UNI  So, if you've ever wondered about living in Iowa during the Civil War or what the UNI campus looked like through the year, give the digital collections a look.

A sample of the collections available on our digital collections site:

To see all of the collections available, click on "Collections" on the main library page or go here.

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