Blogs

Mobile Website Survey

Rod Library is conducting a survey to help us tailor our mobile website to fit the needs of our mobile users.   The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and will be available until Feburary 16th. Thanks for your help!

Mobile Website Survey (survey is closed)


U.S. Private Company Research

Business researcher Amelia Kassel provides helpful tips in her short article called, "US Private Companies: Research and Analysis." She discusses topics such as variant names, Secretary of State filings, state securities offices, researching key executives, public records, credit reports, legal information, SEC EDGAR, free v. fee searching, and what's the best source.


Where's Your Chair @ the Rod Library?

View more Rod Library YouTube videos at Rod Library Video Playlist.


Tax Time Again! Information & Resources

It's that time of the year again. . .Tax Time!

Federal Taxes
The IRS no longer distributes tax information or forms in print. All information and forms can be found on the Internal Revenue website: http://www.irs.gov/

State of Iowa Taxes
A limited number of Iowa tax forms are available in paper. They are located on the wall between the main display case and the reference desk on the 2nd (main) floor of the library. You can also find information and forms on the Iowa Department of Revenue website: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The Department of Accounting offers a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to assist people in preparing their tax forms as well as answer questions. The VITA program will be available every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00 pm in Curris Business Building (CBB) Room 223 starting on February 7th, 2011. The VITA program will end on April 13th, 2011. Please direct any questions about the VITA program to the Department of Accounting at 273-2394.


Mobile Users Speak Out!

Mobile phone

We are continuing to develop our mobile website to better meet the needs of our users.  Please take the Mobile Website User Survey and tell us what you want to see on Rod Library's mobile site. The survey will be available from January 28 through February 14, 2011.

Thank you for your help!


ProQuest down for maintenance Saturday 1/29/11

ProQuest will perform maintenance on January 29, 2011 from 9:00 p.m. CST to Sunday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m. CST. 

The following products will be unavailable at that time:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • Chadwyck-Healey products only in North America (International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text, International Index to the Performing Arts)
  • UMI products including ProQuest online dissertation products

Is It Computer Mouses Or Computer Mice? Either Way - We Have Them!

Computer mouse

We now have computer mouses available for check-out along with the library's laptops.  They are available for a 3 hour checkout and are at the Multiservice Center desk on the first floor of the library.


Hot Chocolate Now Available

Need a warm drink on a cold afternoon while studying but not a coffee drinker - then a nice cup of hot chocolate could be your answer!  We now have available for purchase cups of hot chocolate on the first floor of the library at the Multiservice Center service desk.  The cost is $1.00 (cash only, please) and our staff will assist you in brewing that warm drink. 


UNISTAR Mobile Now Available

Mobile Catalog

A mobile version of UNISTAR, the Library's online catalog, is now available on your mobile device!  You can do a keyword search for library materials while you are on the go.  Point your mobile device to UNISTAR Mobile to check out this new interface.

Great features:

  • Book jackets for many items
  • Email records to yourself or others
  • Text records to your cell phone
  • Save catalog items to preview later (these are saved for 15 minutes at this time)

You'll also find a link to UNISTAR Mobile on the Library's mobile homepage.


Jon Stewart Interview with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

Jon Steward interviews Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales on the 10th anniversary of the free, international encyclopedia. Wales explains how issues such as accuracy and bias are addressed.


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