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Fitbits

 The "Employee Well-being Collection" now housed in the Rod has Fitbits for checkout by UNI Faculty and Staff! Just come to the MultiService Center and check one out for 4 weeks!

"The tracker measures steps taken, and combines it with user data to calculate distance walked, calories burned, floors climbed, and activity duration and intensity. It also measures sleep quality by tracking periods of restlessness, how long it takes the wearer to fall asleep, and how long they are actually asleep".  -  From Wikipedia 


Reserve Your Study Room

Scheduler

On Monday September 8,  you will be able to reserve your study room in advance!  Go  to the big "Rod Scheduler" button on the right hand side of the homepage and login with your CAT ID.  Choose your time and the room is yours!  All current study room policies will still apply, one room for 3 hours per day.

All study room doors will remain unlocked.  If a room is not booked, you can use it until anyone with a reservation needs the room.  

 

 

 

 


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!


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 Dean on Iowa Public Radio

Library Dean Chris Cox recently joined Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe on Iowa Public Radio (along with the  library deans at Iowa and Iowa State) to discuss the changes and trends in academic libraries.   

Listen to the program recording


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 on October 21, 2014 and give a keynote at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium (campus map).  A book signing is scheduled after the address.

Rod Library will  host Ernie Cline, author of "Ready Player One," this year's Common Read @ UNI, in Book Bistro for a Meet and Greet from 2 - 3:30 pm this Tuesday, October 21st.  Ernie is known for his DeLorean which is also depicted in the book.  We'll actually have a real-life DeLorean parked in the front of the library during the time of the event, owned by a DeLorean aficionado who lives in the area.  

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!


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