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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

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.


A-Team Tutoring in the Browsing Room

Are you looking for tutoring or feedback in some of your courses? Visit the A-Team on Sunday nights from 6 to 9 p.m., in Rod Library, starting Sept. 8. The A-Team provides help for students in math, science, writing, Spanish, and college reading and study strategies for humanities, business, and all your other courses.

A-Team is located on the second floor of the Library in the Browsing Room, to the right of the main entrance. The A-Team is sponsored by the Academic Learning Center.


Renovation Work to Begin on Third Floor

Today Porter and Porter Construction and their sub-contractors will begin renovating rooms 378, 379, 380 and 381 on the third floor of the Library.  At the end of the project the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning/Liberal Arts Core offices will be located in these spaces.  Look for more information on CETL/LAC in the next few weeks.

They will be painting the rooms, installing new ceiling tile, adding electrical and data connections, and installing a service point just outside the offices.  We are very excited to have the CETL/LAC offices and staff in the Library soon!


Labor Day Weekend Hours

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The Library's hours this weekend, Labor Day weekend, will be:

Friday, Aug. 30: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31:  Closed

Sunday, Sept. 1: Closed

Monday, Sept. 2: 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight

 

Have a fantastic holiday weekend!  Stay cool and safe!


Register Now for the Cedar Valley Hunger Games III

Hunger Games

Quarter Quell is coming to the Rod!!!

Register now for the Cedar Valley Hunger Games III. More information and scenes from previous battles can be found on the Youth Collection homepage.

Pick up your registration form at the Circulation desk or register online using the forms on the website.

Deadline to register is September 7 so don't delay!


UNI Career Services Outreach

Jobs image from Freedigitalphotos.net

UNI Career Services is excited to begin outreach hours in Rod Library during fall semester! A table near the circulation desk will be staffed by one of their Career Guides from 10 am - 12 pm on Tuesdays, starting September 3. Students are welcome to stop by with questions about resumes, interviewing, Career Services events and any other career-related questions.

See you at the Library!


New, More Powerful Searching for Articles and More

Rod Library is now offering a new and improved method to find the information you need for your class assignments and research. Just use the "Articles" tab on the library home page to access the new, more powerful version of Panther Prowler.

When you try it out, you should notice right away that the top results are even more relevant to your search than before. This single, quick search finds the best information from almost all of the library's electronic journals and databases, as well as from the library catalog of books, DVDs, CDs, and other physical items.

(We believe everyone will benefit from the new Panther Prowler, but for a limited time, you can still access the old version here.)

 

 


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