Board games for check-out

Need a study break?!?

We now have some board games that you can check out.  The games are located under the Dichotomy and they can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.  Games can be checked out for a week.

Games included: Clue, checkers, Tic Tac Toe, Connect 4 (board game size), Dominoes, Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry, Life, Trouble, UNO, Yatzee, and playing cards. 

A life-size game of Connect 4 and Jenga are also available to be used on the main floor of the library, but not available for check-out.

Shortcut to find research articles

In many of the library databases, you can limit to academic or peer-reviewed journal articles.  Typically, there is a box that you can click that says "(Scholarly) Peer-reviewed."  This box is generally located on the left-hand side of the webpage or in the middle of the advanced search page.

In OneSearch!, there are 2 ways to limit to research articles.  Watch this short video to see how to do it.

One word of caution.  In most cases, the software will retrieve research articles.  However, it is software, so it isn't perfect.  A quick librarian tip to see if it's research.....look for references or footnotes.  Generally, if it has references, it's considered research.

If you have questions, ask a librarian.  We'd be happy to help!

Using Comics in the Classroom

The Rod is co-sponsoring a panel discussion with CETL.  "Using Comics in the Classroom" with Harry Brod (SAC), Kate Hein (CIEP), Stephen Gaies (Languages and Literatures), Catherine Miller (Mathematics), Wendy Miller (Art), Paul Siddens (Communication Studies)
Monday, March 10, noon-1, LIB 378
In preparation for Rod Library’s mini Comic Con, join us for a panel discussion of the many ways that faculty from a variety of different disciplines use comics and graphic novels to promote student learning. Come and get some ideas for ways you might incorporate comics or graphic novels into your teaching!

Digital technology and its impact on information and scholarship


Rod Library is co-sponsoring the next speaker in the 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Cheryl Ball's talk is titled, "Boutique Data in Writing Studies," which explores digital technology's impact on the archiving of information and the subsequent redefinition of scholarship.

The event will take place Monday, March 3rd, at 7pm in the Commons Ballroom.  A reception will follow Dr. Ball's presentation.

For more information visit the event webpage or the series website.

Media Consultants Help with Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud got you down?

We are here to help!  We have a fine group of student Media Consultants on hand to help.  They have experience in CSS, Photoshop, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Audacity, WordPress, HTML5, Drupal, and more!

Stop by the Reference Desk to find them.  They are at the desk the following dates/times:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm

Friday: 9am-2pm

Sunday: 5pm-9pm

February 2014 Exhibits





For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.


Updates in the Digital Media Hub

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.

Blind Date With a Book 2014

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

African American History Digital Sources

It's African American History Month!

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.

January Exhibits 2014





For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.

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