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UNI Faculty, Staff, and Student Focus Groups

Library Staff Focus Group

The Library's Feasibility Study continues today, Wednesday Oct. 2, with three more focus groups.  The focus groups are a great way for your voice to be heard.  UNI faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a focus group to help us design the library of the future!

All sessions are held behind the Reference Desk.  Follow the signs in the lobby!

  • UNI Faculty:  noon-1:00 (bring your lunch!)
  • UNI Staff:  3:00-4:00
  • UNI Students:  4:00-5:00

End of the Season Special on Iced Coffees and Tea

Enjoy these last couple of warm days with a cool drink at an amazing price.  Iced coffees and teas are only $.50 and if you have your own cup they are only $.25!  Stop by the Multiservice Desk on the main floor to see our selections and make your purchase.

This special will run until October 31, 2013 or while supplies last!


Listing: Government Websites Completely Offline

Update: the following federal government websites are completely offline and inaccessible:

USGS.gov
Bureau of Economic Analysis (bea.gov)
Business.gov
Census.gov
Copyright.gov
Data.gov
Disability.gov
ERIC (eric.ed.gov)
FCC.gov
FTC.gov
Library of Congress (loc.gov)
NASA.gov
National Park Service (nps.gov)
NIMH.gov
NIST.gov
NOAA.gov is offline but you can still get to weather.gov
NSF.gov
Nutrition.gov
USDA (usda.gov)

 


Presentation on Library Space Trends

Sam Demas

Sam Demas, of Sam Demas Collaborative Consulting, will be giving a presentation on "Library Building Design: Trends and Issues" from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Maucker Union University Room on Tuesday October 1.

The University Room is in the lower level of the building.

No RSVP is required. Everyone is invited to attend.  Come hear how libraries are changing to meet higher technological expectations and the evolving needs of today's students.


Student Focus Group Sessions

All UNI students are invited to the Student Focus Group sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Library.  The sessions will be held on the main floor behind the Reference Desk (follow the signs!).

The focus group sessions will be a time for students to share your ideas about what Rod Library needs to be in the future to meet your needs. 

Come help us design the Library of the future!


Library Feasibility Study Begins This Week

Rod Library and Facilities Planning are embarking on a semester-long library building feasibility study. With the development of the learning commons, other space changes that have been suggested, and the integration of the UNI Museums into the building, we thought it would be prudent to take a more systematic look at library space.

We've hired OPN Architects, who just completed the Redeker project and who recently designed the Cedar Rapids Public Library, to work with us. Library consultant Sam Demas (former Library Director at Carleton College) will also be assisting us with this project.

We will be holding several focus group sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday (to gather feedback from YOU) along with a great presenatation by Sam Demas on "Library Building Design: Trends and Issues" on Tuesday at 4:00 in the University Room of the Union. 

Watch for signs in the Library and more blog posts with the details! More information may also be found on the Feasibility Study's Libguide.


Coffee Special - Mocha Nut Fudge

The Multiservice Center is running a special on the flavored coffee Mocha Nut Fudge while limited supplies last.  Normally $1.25 a cup, the special price is $.75.  If you have your own cup the price will only be $.50.  

The flavored coffee Mocha Nut Fudge is described as a decandent pairing of chocolate and coffee layered with roasted nuts and a ribbon of sweet caramel, fresh from the roaster.  Stop by our desk on the second floor of the library (main floor) to get this special flavor today.


Institutional Repository @ UNI Funded!

Wordle: Scholarly Communication

 

Institutional Repository @ UNI Funded!

The Provost has provided two years of funding to begin a subscription to a commercial digital repository platform. Work on creating and developing an Institutional Repository (IR) @ UNI will begin shortly under the direction of Rod Library.  We anticipate we will begin adding content in the Spring 2014 semester.  Look for regular updates about the status of the IR over the 2013/2014 academic year.

Questions about Author Rights, Open Access, Institutional Repositories...

How do I retain some copyright for things that I publish?  Why do I need to do so?  What does Open Access mean?  Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee can help answer these and other related questions.  Contact the committee with your questions using the libscholcomm@uni.edu email account.

More information about scholarly communication topics can be found on the Rod Library Scholarly Communication website.

 


Rod Library Celebrates Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week!  It is a week set aside to celebrate the freedom to read.  Rod Library is celebrating this week by hosting a variety of events.

  • We are having a Facebook trivia contest with a new banned books question every day.  Prizes will be awarded!  Go to www.facebook.com/rodlibrary for more information.
  • We are hosting our 1st Annual Virtual Read-Out.  Go to www.youtube.com/user/rodlibinstruction and look for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out playlist!  Check out some celebrities who have participated in the ALA Virtual Read-Out: www.youtube.com/bannedbooksweek.
  • We are partnering with UNIFI, a UNI student organization, to host our 2nd Annual Read-Out on Thursday, September 26th, from 12:00pm-4pm in front of Rod Library.  Stop by and read a favorite banned book or stop and listen/discuss books that have been banned.

For more information on what Banned Books Week is, the history of Banned Books Week, and listings of books that have been banned, go to: www.ala.org/bbooks/.


Seeking Nominations for Next Year's Common Read Book

The common read selection committee is seeking your book recommendations for this campus-wide project.

Submit Your Book Nominations

The University of Northern Iowa community is beginning the selection process for our "common read" for the 2014-2015 academic year. This book will be used in the curriculum for the First-Year Cornerstone class, provide inspiration for a Strayer Wood Theatre production, and bring together the campus and municipal communities in discussion around critical issues. 

This year, the common read must relate to the theme Media & Social Media (more details on Submit Your Book Nominations form).


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