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.
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!
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!
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!