If you haven't stopped by the Digital Media Hub on the 2nd floor next to the Reference Desk lately, you may have missed a few updates.
We have 3 iMacs and 2 Apple TV's for public use. There are 2 new group study spaces with 70' monitors that you can book in advance at the Circulation Desk.
The production rooms are nearing completion. They have video cameras for use in the room and for check out from the Reference Desk. The rooms have a green screen, microphones, lighting units, a sound board, and a telecaster. There are media consultants at the Reference Desk to help you with any of the equipment and software, if needed.
Rod Library to offer patrons an unusual dating service That’s right, back by popular demand, library staff will be sponsoring a fun reading promotion.
Blind Date With a Book February 10-21, 2014
Readers may check out a book wrapped in brown take it home, unwrap it and read it. Read the entire book if you like it, or just return it to the library. It’s feelings won’t be hurt. There will be a rating slip in the book so that you can review your blind date. The slip is in the form of a bookmark and will allow you to tell others about your experience. Who knows, you may get lucky and find an author you really like.
Rating slips returned to the library will be entered into a drawing for a special prize.
This fun activity is designed encourage reading and to try out new authors or genres. Readers may find themselves enjoying a book that they never would have selected on their own.
So break out of a winter reading rut and open yourself to the possibility of something new. The selected books will cover a wide range of authors and include both fiction and nonfiction. See the special display in the library lobby or call the front desk for more information. 319-273– 2462
Rod Library's Digitized African American History Sources guide is your portal to digitized historical documents and other primary sources documenting the African American experience. Browse the guide today; and please let us know if you know of any good sites to add. Contact information is listed in the guide.
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Watch a short video about MOOCs by the New York Times
What is this new phenomenon that is taking the world of education by storm?
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that anyone with an internet connection can attend usually for free. Some MOOCs report having as many as 100,000 students enrolled in the course. Most MOOCs have high drop out rates. A key concept is that allcourse material is open and free. According to Inside Higher Education, more than 1.5 million people have registered fora MOOC through three of the largest platforms, edX, Udacity, and Coursera. MOOCs are Important in creating additional pathways to lifelong learning. MOOCs have demonstrated that they build connectivity in worldwide learning groups.
MOOCs are evolving so rapidly that it is hard to make accurate predictions about how they will impact higher education.
The Friends of the UNI Museums is having a bookfair on Saturday, December 14th. The bookfair will take place at the Waterloo Barnes and Noble from 9am-10am, and at the University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls from 10am-5pm.
A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Friends as long as you mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends group (or mention the UNI Museums). This is good on just about anything that you can get in the stores--books, music, DVD's, toys, games. At Barnes and Noble, there are additional items that are included such as purchases of Nooks and cafe items. The Friends group will also be doing gift-wrapping for donations that same day at Barnes and Noble store.
You can support the UNI Museums online as well. If you shop online at www.barnesandnoble.com from December 14th through December 18th, you can enter the bookfair number 11208535 when you check out.
OPN presented their draft final report on Tuesday December 10 in the Library. We invite everyone to read the report and send the Library comments. Thanks to everyone who attended the Open House! We hope you are as excited as we are about this new vision of Rod Library!