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New in Panther Prowler:Save Citations, Create Database Lists

Panther Prowler fans can now create personal accounts in which to save favorite citations and to store customized, searchable lists of databases.  Everyone with a UNI CatID can create a personalized account; click the Log-in link under My Session in the upper right corner of the Panther Prowler screen to connect.   Panther Prowler can be accessed from the Rod Library home page under headings such as “Subjects A-Z (Panther Prowler)."

After logging on to your Panther Prowler account and doing a search, click the “Save this record” link at the bottom of a citation you want to save. You are given the option of assigning one or more labels to a citation so that similar ones are grouped together.  The citations you save will be in your account until you delete them; click the “My Saved Records” link in the upper right corner of the Panther Prowler screen to see them.

Rod Library provides nearly 60 groupings of databases in subjects such as chemistry, history, and psychology.  You can now create your own list(s) of preferred databases. After logging on to your Panther Prowler account, click the “My Saved Databases” link in the upper right corner of the screen. Click the “Add databases and Edit” link in the upper left corner of the screen. Follow the edit options such as “Add Databases,” “I’m done adding databases,” and “I’m done editing” to create your customized, searchable list of My Saved Databases. The My Collections link in the lower right side of the Panther Prowler screen also can be used to create multiple named lists of databases. Your saved lists of databases will be available until you delete them from your account.


Building History: Rod Library at UNI

This video takes you through the building history of the Rod library at the University of Northern Iowa from its early beginnings in Seerley Hall to where it stands today. Special thanks to the Special Collections & University Archives at UNI.

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


George Washington Carver Academy Students Visit Rod Library

Job Shadowing

The Rod Library was pleased to host two students of the Waterloo George Washington Carver Academy as part of UNI's Educational Talent Search Job Shadowing Day on September 30, 2010.  Eduardo and Andre spent the morning "shadowing" Gail Bunz, Library Associate, Multiservice Center.  They assisted in checking in youth books, checking out laptops, scanning articles for interlibary loan, toured Technical Services to see how books are processed, viewed two books that were well over 400 years old in Special Collections/University Archives, and got an overall tour of the library.  Eduardo said "I didn't know libraries could be so much fun!" and Andre was quite impressed with the historical books. 

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More Electrical Outlets to be Installed

Thursday, September 30th, UNI Physical Plant personnel will begin adding additional electrical outlets to the north end of the east wall on the first floor.  Currently only one outlet is available along this portion of the wall.  At the end of the project up to 11 outlets will be usable near the new bench furniture and a bit further south down the wall.

Physical Plant will also be adding power and hard-wired Web connections to the "space ship" study area in that same corner of the building.  You'll be able to plug in your laptop for charging and connect directly to the web.  Look for more information about our new "space ship" in an upcoming blog entry.

Because of the electrical work beginning Thursday there will be extra noise and a bit of dust in that corner of the first floor.  If you need help identifying another place to study please see the smiling folks at the Circulation Desk by the entrance.

Thanks for your patience while we improve our building!

 


New Comfy Study Furniture

Looking for a comfortable place to study in the Library?  Check out the new booth seating for your next group meeting or personal study time.  This seating area is found on the bottom floor of the building in the northeast corner, near the Current Periodicals.  The half-circle booths can accomodate as many as 7 or 8 people at one time.  This semester we hope to install more electrical outlets along this wall for laptops.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!

 


Celebrate Banned Book week next week and read a banned book!

What do Chris Crutcher, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, Judy Blume, Philip Pulman, Mark Twain, J. K. Rowling, and J.D. Salinger have in common?

They all have the distinction of appearing on the list of "Most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century". The American Library Association and other organizations designate a week every year to celebrate the freedom to read.  Celebrate Banned Book week from September 25-October 2, 2010. Read more about the week at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm and read a banned or challenged book this week!


Need Help Identifying Banned or Challenged Books?

The Lovely Bones, Of Mice and Men, The Chocolate War, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Forever, The Color Purple, And Tango Makes Three, The Handmaid’s Tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – what do all of these books have in common? All of them were among the most commonly challenged or banned books – the targets of efforts to remove them from library collections or school reading lists - in the decade from 2000 – 2009.

Each September, the American Library Association highlights the importance of the freedom to read and of open access to information by drawing attention to the challenging and banning of books across the country during Banned Books Week.

For more information about Banned Books Week, and to view lists of challenged and banned titles, visit the American Library Association Banned Books Week web page at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm.


Grants Database Now Available

This blurb from the Rod Library News blog explains a new grants database: Are You Seeking Grants to Help Fund Programs? The university has a new grants database called The Foundation Directory Online accessible through the library website 24/7 from any location. Off-campus users will be prompted for their CatID. The Foundation Center, a leading authority on organized philanthropy, produces the database which contains information about nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and 2.1 million recently awarded grants. The database includes: •Detailed information about grantmakers •Types of programs/activities grantmakers will support •Application process and links to 990 tax forms •Lists of organizations that have received money from grantmakers •Recipients of grants located in geographic location (i.e., Waterloo, IA) To get to the database from the Rod Library home page, click on the Databases A - Z link located under the Articles tab and scroll down the alphabetical list of databases. Next, click on the title to enter the database. The direct link to the database is The Foundation Directory Online database is funded jointly by three campus units: Rod Library, Office of Sponsored Programs, and the UNI Foundation. Submitted by neuhaus_e


Foundation Directory Online Database

Are You Seeking Grants to Help Fund Programs?

The university has a new grants database called The Foundation Directory Online accessible through the library website 24/7 from any location.   Off-campus users will be prompted for their CatID.

The Foundation Center, a leading authority on organized philanthropy, produces the database which contains information about nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and 2.1 million recently awarded grants.  The database includes:

  • Detailed information about grantmakers
  • Types of programs/activities grantmakers will support
  • Application process and links to 990 tax forms
  • Lists of organizations that have received money from grantmakers
  • Recipients of grants located in geographic location (i.e., Waterloo, IA)

To get to the database from the Rod Library home page, click on the Databases A - Z link located under the Articles tab and scroll down the alphabetical list of databases.  Next, click on the title to enter the database.  The direct link to the database is https://login.proxy.lib.uni.edu/login?url=http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/ipl.php.

The Foundation Directory Online database is funded jointly by three campus units: Rod Library, Office of Sponsored Programs, and the UNI Foundation.

 


Three Ways to Find Journal Articles

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