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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
Congratulations to Nicole, Kayla, Evan, Lauren, Jessica, Jackie, Alissa, Alison, Alexandra, Sarah, Brennan, Susanna, and Ashley who are graduating this spring or leaving to student teach! These individuals have worked at Rod Library for a combined 29.5 years!
The staff and faculty of Rod Library appreciate all their work and their dedication to the UNI community and wish them all the best as they begin the next phase of their lives.
Big changes are coming to the Rod Library lobby area over spring break. The picture here shows the wood paneled wall separating the lobby from the Reference Collection shelves. Say goodbye to the wall!
Beginning Monday March 18 contractors from Waterloo will be removing this wall and patching the carpeting and columns for us. This work will open up our lobby area more than ever. The lobby will still have soft seating with tables and be a place for people to sit and work together, talk, or read. After spring semester ends the area will be recarpeted too. Eventually new furniture will be purchased but not this fiscal year.
The computer stations behind the wall will be relocated to another place on this floor.
During the construction next week there will be noise and a bit of dust in the lobby area.