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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.

Treasures: A Sampling of the UNI Museums Collection – A New Exhibit

The UNI Museums has mounted an exhibit highlighting the diverse resources in its collections on the first floor of Rod Library. Entitled “Treasures: A Sampling of the UNI Museums Collection,” it provides an introduction to the collections in the areas of Anthropology/World Cultures, Biology, Geology, and History. The exhibit will be open through February 28, 2014. Be sure to plan to visit during regular Library hours. Remember that the Museums collections are accessible to University faculty, staff, and students by appointment. Consider their use in your instruction and coursework.

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/

Video Streaming Trials - Check Out These Services

Rod Library currently is conducting 60-day trials of four video streaming services, which are described below. We hope that by providing access to services such as those below we can better meet student needs, enhance integration of media content into course environments such as Blackboard, and make better use of the Library's financial resources and physical storage space.

These services may be used by faculty, staff, and students, with access from any computer on campus. The urls for direct access to each service appear below. These services will only be accessible from on campus during the trials. For more information about each service, please see https://www.library.uni.edu/collection-management/library-video-streaming-service-trials



iCollection (Paley Center for Media)

Infobase Learning (Films on Demand)

During the trials we will be asking for feedback from users via Survey Monkey, with instructions to follow at a later date.



New JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections – 100s of Periodicals

Rod Library is expanding access to electronic journals with its recent purchase of the JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections V-VIII.  These collections complement the previously purchased Arts & Sciences Collections I-IV.  Hundreds of scholarly journals in numerous disciplines, including Business and Economics, Education, History, Language and Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, and Music, are now available.  Go to the Library home page and click on the  ”Databases A –Z” menu for which there is a link on the “Articles” tab.  On the next screen, select "JSTOR" from the menu. You may search for a specific title or browse by title, discipline, or publisher.  While access is available beginning with volume 1 of a title, the more recent volumes may not be available through JSTOR depending on publisher restrictions and Library subscriptions.  Entries for individual titles included in these collections currrently are being added to UNISTAR, the online catalog. 

Arabic-Language Resources

Recently, the Library was asked to provide access to Arabic-language newspapers.  The good news is that it already does!  More than 30 Arabic-language newspapers are available in electronic format through the Library’s subscription to the PressDisplay database, which provides access to recent issues of newspapers across the world.  To access the database go to the Library homepage and select the “Databases A-Z “ link that appears in the box with the “Articles” tab.  The PressDisplay homepage may be customized for an Arabic user interface.  Available newspapers may be identified by clicking on the arrow to the right of the “Select Title” button at the top right of the main screen and then choosing the “By Language” option.

To identify other resources about Arabic language and culture available through the Library do a subject search in UNISTAR, the online catalog, on subject headings such as “Arabic language,.” “Arabic fiction,” and “Arabic history.” 

And did you know that the Library offers a You Tube tour in Arabic?  Check it out at http://www.library.uni.edu/blog/rod-library-tour-arabic-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A9

New York Times (1851-2007): ProQuest Historical Newspapers

What happened on this date in 1911?  What was the impact of the Colombian earthquake of 1875?  What was Franklin D. Roosevelt's funeral service like?
The ProQuest Historical Newspapers digitized version of The New York Times includes full-text and full-image articles from over 3.4 million pages of the newspaper from 1851-2007. Widely known as “America’s newspaper,” “with all the news that’s fit to print,” The New York Times includes information on diverse aspects of U.S. and world events. In addition to news stories, the digitized version includes editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos, and advertisements. Digital reproductions of every page and every article from every issue are available in downloadable PDF files. It is possible to display the complete image of any page in any issue or browse individual issues page by page.

Ebooks from ebrary Now Available

Rod Library is making available collections of ebooks distributed by the company ebrary. These collections include over 55,000 titles issued by U.S. academic and trade publishers. Most of the titles were published in the last decade. New titles are being added on an ongoing basis.

There are individual entries for each title in the collection in UNISTAR , the online catalog. Some books also are available in print format in the local collection. To access an ebrary title, simply click on the link that reads “An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click to view” that appears in the box below the title.

It is possible to search within a title for the appearance of a name or keyword using the “Search Document” function and to jump to relevant chapters and pages. It also is possible to search the entire ebrary collection available to Rod Library to identify titles that cover a particular topic or event, or works by a specific author or from a particular publisher. Library patrons may copy and paste or print selected text with automatic citations, or save to a flash drive. 

ebrary books can be read using QuickView on most devices that run a browser, including smart phones, iPhones, and iPads. ebrary does not offer a special app or operating system for these devices; it uses a standard browser. ebrary books must be read online; they cannot be downloaded as pdfs for offline reading.

An Institutional Repository - Presentations in Rod Library

On Wednesday, April 20th, Rod Library will be hosting two presentations on the bepress Digital Commons, an institutional repository software currently being reviewed by UNI, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Rod Library Room 324. These sessions will be conducted by bepress representatives. They are being held as a follow-up to the survey on institutional repositories conducted in December 2010. 

An institutional repository would provide UNI with a means to build a centralized, web-based collection of digital versions of research and scholarly products for which authors have retained selected rights. A repository can enhance accessibility, serve as a preservation tool, and highlight the research and scholarship occurring at the university. Additional information about institutional repositories and links to readings on the topic is available at http://www.library.uni.edu/scholarly-communication/institutional-repository

Literature Criticism Online

Literature Criticism Online, a compendium of 10 award-winning series of reference works published by Gale Cengage, is now available to the UNI community. The database provides access to diverse views on historical and modern authors and their works from a variety of regions, eras, and genres. The content includes author biographies and excerpts of literary criticism published in books and journals. The literary series covered by the database, which can be searched individually or as a group, include:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism®
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism®
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400–1800
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Children's Literature Review
These series also can be cross-searched with the Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online and Something About the Author Online.
Literature Criticism Online is available through the Databases A – Z list on the Library’s home page. 


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