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Comment on the Feasibility Study Draft Final Report!

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!


You Are Invited to Feasibility Study Open House Tues. Dec. 10

UNI faculty, staff, and students and the UNI community are invited to the Feasbility Study Open House on Tuesday December 10 from 2:00-5:00 pm in the open area behind the Reference Desk on the second floor.  OPN Architects will share concept drawings which will depict a 5-10 year vision for Rod Library.  Stop by and take a look!  OPN will give a short presentation on the report at 3:00 and 4:00 that afternoon as well.

This event is sponsored by Northern Iowa Student Government.  Refreshments will be served!

 

 


Book Cart Drill Team to Perform at Volleyball Game

If volleyball is more your sport you will find Rod Library and other local librarians and staff at tomorrow's game against Indiana State at 7:00 p.m.  Watch for the Book Cart Drill Team during half-time!

Not sure what a book cart drill team is?  Check out these sites -

 


Library Sponsoring UNI's Gold-Out Game Saturday

Going Gold!

Rod Library is going GOLD!

We are happy to be sponsoring the UNI football game tomorrow against South Dakota.  Watch for us on the Jumbotron!  Go Panthers!


Send Us Your Ideas on the Future Rod Library

Thanks to everyone who came to the Library last week to meet with OPN Architects in the Feasibility Study focus groups!  You gave OPN a lot of great information about where we are as a library now and where we should go in the future.

If you were not able to attend a focus group but would like to share YOUR ideas on the future design of Rod Library send us your thoughts on the Feedback Form. 

If you would like to share general comments on the feasibility study please use the Feedback Form as well.

 


Presentation on Library Design Trends Available Online

 

Sam Demas presented on "Library Building Design: Trends and Issues" on Tuesday, Octrober 1 in Maucker Union.  This presentation was made as a part of the Library's Building Feasibility Study.  See how Libraries are changing to meet the needs of their users in unique and comfortable ways!

If you cannot hear the presentation hover your mouse over the speaker, then move the slider that appears next to the speaker symbol to increase the sound level.  This is a YouTube issue apparently.


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.


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