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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


Learning Commons Open House: April 16th

Come join us at Rod Library four Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday, April 16th from 3-5pm.  Come learn about what the new Learning Commons and Digital Media Hub have to offer and how to use the new technology.  There will be free food, fun and prizes.  Door prizes will be given every 15 minutes and there will be a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

You can also take a peek at where the new cafe will be going as well as the second entrance!

Stop by and see the space!


The Sacred and The Secular - New Museums Exhibit

Take some time to visit The Sacred and The Secular, an exhibit highlighting diverse objects from the Museums collection of African art, on the first floor of Rod Library. The exhibit will be available from April 10th -September 28th. It examines the multiple roles that art plays in African cultures.


National Library Week: April 13-April 19, 2014

Lives Change @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19

This week, Rod Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources.  Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The Rod Library is celebrating National Library Week by:

  • Trivia in the Union. Monday-Wednesday from 1-2pm
  • Search for Intelligent Life. Monday-Friday. Pull out your favorite book and be on the lookout for library staff across campus awarding readers with prizes.
  • New Museum exhibit. The Sacred and Secular exhibit examines the multiple roles that art plays in African cultures. 
  • Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday from 3pm-5pm.  Stop by and see the new space, services and technology you can use.  Free food and prizes, including a grand prize of a Kindle Fire, will be provided.
  • For more updates and information of events going on this week, check our social media sites:

For more information, visit the Rod Library or see our website at www.library.uni.edu.


Temperatures in the Building

We are finally getting some warm temperatures outside this week.  We hope you have been enjoying the sun.  The calendar tells us we are still in early spring however, where we'll have some hot days and some very cool days.  Because this is a transition period we will have some days where the building is too warm. 

We've heard comments from some of you that Rod Library is a bit warm right now.  We are sorry that this may make an uncomfortable study environment for you.  We ask for your patience until it is the best time for our air conditioning to be turned on.  Switching to the cooling season is not an easy or quick process. Physical Plant, our HVAC experts, plan our switch carefully based on the long term forecast.  We have some very cool nights coming up in the next week so it isn't time yet to switch to cooling.

Thanks for your patience!


Maps, Atlases, and Government Documents Microfiche moving to First Floor

You will notice a lot of activity going on in the library.  We are moving the maps, atlases, and government documents microfiche from the southwest corner of the main (second floor) of the library as we make room for other new and exciting things! The maps, atlases, and government documents microfiche will move to its new home on the bottom (first floor) in the northeast corner. If you need assistance in locating these materials after they are moved, please feel free to Ask Us!


New Public Printers

We have 2 new public printers in the Learning Commons.  As some of you may know, our Reference 2-B and Learning Commons printers had seen better days and were experiencing continual problems.  Both printers have now been replaced with new ones, and are ready for you to print your assignments out!

Thank you for your patience as we waited for the new printers to arrive.


Excuse our Mess!

Please excuse our mess!  We have been preparing the first floor northeast corner of the building for a change!

Today we moved almost all the furniture out of the northeast corner of the first floor so that the carpeting may be shampooed on Friday.

Then on Tuesday April 8 we will be moving the Maps Collection, the Government Documents Microfiche Collection, Atlas and Maps Reference Collection, and Maps File Cabinets to the first floor.  Watch for our signs!

If you need help finding a map, atlas, or another item from this collection please be sure to stop at the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk.  We would be happy to help you!


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.


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