Cedar Valley Hunger Games II

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Survey for Rod Library Users

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Survey Link (Click here to take the survey). 

Rod Library is interested in learning how you feel about its services.  Your input is important to us as we build the library you want. 

Please respond by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2010.

Coffee and Tea Now Available

Green Mountain Coffee

Rod Library now offers you quality Green Mountain Coffee and tea in individual K-Cups just perfect for brewing a 10 oz cup of hot joe.  We have a lot of delicious flavors too!  Each K-Cup is $1.00.  Stop at the Multiservice Center on the first floor to purchase your K-Cup.  You can use your own cup or one of ours.  Enjoy!

Light Roasts:

  • Breakfast Blend
  • Caramel Vanilla Cream
  • Chocolate Glazed Donut
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Donut House
  • French Vanilla
  • Mocha Nut Fudge
  • Our Blend
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Rain Forest Nut
  • Southern Pecan

Medium Roasts:

  • Autumn Harvest Blend
  • Caribou Blend
  • Colombian Fair Trade

Dark Roasts:

  • Dark Magic
  • French Roast
  • Tully’s Italian Roast


  • Breakfast blend
  • Hazelnut
  • Vermont Country Blend


  • Earl Grey
  • Indian Chai
  • Mandarin Orange
  • Mango


Rod Library Tour (in English)

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Open Access Week, October 18-24, 2010

Open Access Week is a world-wide celebration intended to raise awareness of the potential benefits of open access in scholarship and research. “Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.  It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”

For more information, please visit the Open Access Web site at

New Coffee Service in the Library


Beginning at around 10:00 a.m. Monday Oct. 18th the Library will be offering free samples of Keurig coffee from our new coffee machine on the first floor of the library in the Newspaper Room.  Upon entering the building go down the main stairs, turn left at the bottom and follow the wall around to the Newspaper Room.

Free samples of a variety of coffee flavors will be available until the supply is gone.  After the free samples are gone you may purchase Keurig coffee K-Cups from the Multiservice Desk on the first floor for $1.00.  You may use the cup supplied or your own cup.


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.

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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. 

job shadowing 2

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!


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