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Learning Commons Open House: April 16th

Come join us at Rod Library four Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday, April 16th from 3-5pm.  Come learn about what the new Learning Commons and Digital Media Hub have to offer and how to use the new technology.  There will be free food, fun and prizes.  Door prizes will be given every 15 minutes and there will be a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

You can also take a peek at where the new cafe will be going as well as the second entrance!

Stop by and see the space!

National Library Week: April 13-April 19, 2014

Lives Change @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19

This week, Rod Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources.  Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The Rod Library is celebrating National Library Week by:

  • Trivia in the Union. Monday-Wednesday from 1-2pm
  • Search for Intelligent Life. Monday-Friday. Pull out your favorite book and be on the lookout for library staff across campus awarding readers with prizes.
  • New Museum exhibit. The Sacred and Secular exhibit examines the multiple roles that art plays in African cultures. 
  • Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday from 3pm-5pm.  Stop by and see the new space, services and technology you can use.  Free food and prizes, including a grand prize of a Kindle Fire, will be provided.
  • For more updates and information of events going on this week, check our social media sites:

For more information, visit the Rod Library or see our website at

New Public Printers

We have 2 new public printers in the Learning Commons.  As some of you may know, our Reference 2-B and Learning Commons printers had seen better days and were experiencing continual problems.  Both printers have now been replaced with new ones, and are ready for you to print your assignments out!

Thank you for your patience as we waited for the new printers to arrive.

Library Mini ComicCon on March 29th

In case you haven't heard, the library is hosting a mini ComicCon this Saturday, March 29th from noon-5pm. 

Several activities will take place that day including: 

  • Panel Discussions
  • Magic Tournament
  • Trivia Contests
  • Coloring Contest
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Photobooth
  • Table Top Gaming
  • Video Gaming Tournament
  • Costume Contest
  • Artist Alley with local artists showcasing their work

For more information go to the main ComicCon website.

To join the Facebook event and see some of the artists' work, go here.

Live Music in Rod Library

Today at noon Jason Weinberger, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony conductor will be performing "New York Counter Point for 11 Clarinets" under Dichotomy on the main floor. Stop in and enjoy!

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!

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

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.

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