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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:  libscholcomm@uni.edu.

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


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.


Ready Player One - Common Read @ UNI

Join Cornerstone students in reading this year's common read book, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.

"It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopica that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Holliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune -- and remarkable power -- to whoever can unlock them... From Amazon.com" 

    

The book's author, Ernest Cline, is scheduled to visit UNI in October 2014. 

Rod Library has developed a Ready Player One LibGuide (online subject guide) to help Cornerstone students find related resources.

SUMMER BOOK CLUB

Join "Not Just Any Book!" Club Become part of an online group that makes reading Ready Player One interactive and helps you prepare to be successful at UNI.

This summer activity will help you:

  • Finish reading Ready Player One
  • A book that takes place in the '80s and 2044, is full of video games, and is a race for a magical egg!
  • Connect with your UNI classmates
  • Be more prepared for classes in the Fall

Books selected for the common read program are based on the current theme for the UNI Reaching for Higher Ground project. This year's theme is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society

 

 

 

 

 


Rod Library FAQ

Have you ever wondered if the library has color printing or if the library has a laptop that you could borrow?  You can either ask a librarian OR you can use the library's FAQ system! 

To find the library's FAQ, you can go to the Ask Us! link on the library's homepage located on the left-hand side of the page or by going here.  We are continually adding to the question bank.  If you ask a question that we haven't answered yet, you can request a follow-up email for your question. 

 


Memorial Day Weekend Hours

The library will have the following schedule of hours this weekend:

Friday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, Closed

Sunday, May 25, Closed

Monday, May 26, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Have a great weekend!


Summer Coffee Special

Awwwww that refreshing taste from an iced coffee or iced tea - doesn't that sound great right now?  Or maybe you found the "chillin" spot in the library and a nice warm cup of hot cocoa, apple cider or pumpkin spice coffee sounds even better.  Well stop by the Multiservice Center desk on the 2nd floor (main floor) and purchase them at the incredible price of $.50 per cup.  Offer lasts while supplies do.  See you soon!


Government Documents Moving

 The Government Documents collection currently housed on the 2nd floor is moving to the first floor this week.  Stop at any service desk if you need assistance locating materials.  Thanks!


Interlibrary Loan Has Moved

 The Interlibrary Loan service has now moved to room 241 on the main floor.  If you need to pick up your materials, just stop by the Circulation desk.


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