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Tax Forms and Information

 It's that dreaded time of year again - tax time!  Rod Library no longer receives tax forms in print.  

For federal tax forms and information, please visit http://www.irs.gov/

For Iowa tax forms and information, please visit http://www.iowa.gov/tax/


VOTE for your favorite chairs!

Group of chairs to vote on

Welcome back to Rod Library! It's going to be an exciting and busy semester.  There are many changes, large and small, happening right inside your own library!  Rod Library currently has five sample chairs for you to try out and vote on.  These are the chairs that will be purchased specifically for the Learning Commons area on the 2nd (main) floor of the library.  The sample chairs are located in the Learning Commons area behind the Reference Desk on the 2nd (main) floor of the library. Sit in them, try them out, see which one is most comfortable!  Vote for your favorites on the whiteboard by the chairs - you can't miss it.  Voting will end on January 25th, 2013 at 12:00 noon.


Try out the funky chair - for a limited time only!

Student sitting in funbky "person" chair

 


 

You might have seen that strange chair shaped like a person that was delivered to the Learning Commons area of the library today. We are trying out some new furniture @ the Rod!  We want you to come try it out and vote!!!   What do YOU think???  It is located in the library by the glass windows facing the ITTC Building.


Learning Commons Update

Thanks to everyone for participating and giving input on the Learning Commons over the past few months! We are very excited about the changes to come and we know you are, too! We are currently compiling and analyzing all of the input we have received.  As soon as that is done, we will be sure to share our findings with you!  We do have information, articles, and other items of interest that can be found at our Learning Commons LibGuide: guides.lib.uni.edu/learning-commons   In addition, you can always send an e-mail to us at liblearningcommons@uni.edu or stop by the library and see the ongoing progress we have made!

 


Mixing It Up!

If you haven't noticed, we are mixing things up in the library!  If you look behind the Reference desk on the main floor, you will see what we have done.

  • Added a collaborative workstation
  • Six individual computers grouped around the pillars
  • Tables to study at
  • Casual seating (including neon pink chairs!)

This is a work in progress! We would like to hear your thoughts on what we have done so far! Please e-mail liblearningcommons@uni.edu with your comments

 

 


We have whiteboards! Feel free to use them!

Picture of whiteboards

Rumor has it that students would like whiteboards in the library! :-) Guess what?  We have two whiteboards floating around on the main (2nd) floor of the library. Please feel free to use them and move them around! 


Today is Geologic Map Day!

Did you know that today is Geologic Map Day? Geologic Map Day 2012, a special event designed to promote awareness of geologic mapping and its vital importance to society. As an extension of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, Geologic Map Day focuses the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of geologic maps for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. See http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/index.html for more information

 


Tell us what you want in the Learning Commons!

 Rod Library, in partnership with other campus units, is seeking to develop space in the library building into a learning commons.  The learning commons will be a student-centered physical and virtual learning space designed for optimal learning in groups or individually.  The reconfigured space will be designed to be open, comfortable, inspirational, and practical.  This survey will help us gather information from the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) about technologies, services and furnishings that will meet the needs of 21st century learners and researchers. 

The survey is available by clicking here.  You will be asked for your CatID to log in. The survey will be available from October 5th through October 19th.  Please feel free to contact the Learning Commons Task Force with any questions or comments at liblearningcommons@uni.edu


What is a Learning Commons?

In our earlier blog entry of the day, we asked for input from you on what you would like to see in our new Learning Commons area located behind the Reference desk on the 2nd (main) floor of Rod Library.  Below, the concept of the learning commons is explained.  We hope this will give you an understanding of what a learning commons is and what Rod Library hopes to do with it. 

 
What is a Learning Commons?
 
The Learning Commons is a student-centered physical and virtual learning space designed under the guiding principles of openness, flexibility, comfort, inspiration, and practicality. It fosters collaborative and independent active learning by providing technology, resources, and services that help to engage students and faculty in the learning process. Through the Learning Commons the library will strive to create active partnerships with other university units that incorporate campus-wide goals and objectives.
 
The Learning Commons supports the Library’s goals to provide “high quality services responsive to the changing cultural, research, and informational needs of our community” and “functional, flexible, inviting, safe, technology-equipped learning spaces.”
 
The Learning Commons supports the mission of the University of Northern Iowa to provide “transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.”
 
Any questions or comments? Please e-mail them to us @ liblearningcommons@uni.edu 

We want your ideas!!!

QR code

Welcome back! Hope you are all having a great fall semester so far! If you haven't already noticed, there is an area behind the Reference desk on the 2nd (main) floor that will be transformed into a new learning commons area.  

We want your ideas! Please tell us what you want to see added to the space!  How can you give us your ideas?

We have a flip board in the Learning Commons area (located behind the Reference Desk)  for you to write your ideas down on.  

You can also submit your ideas for the Learning Commons on our electronic Post-It board! Either scan the QR code or go directly to the site: tinyurl.com/LibraryLearningCommons-UNI  You can create notes and/or upload photos to tell us what you want!

What is a Learning Commons?
 
The Learning Commons is a student-centered physical and virtual learning space designed under the guiding principles of openness, flexibility, comfort, inspiration, and practicality. It fosters collaborative and independent active learning by providing technology, resources, and services that help to engage students and faculty in the learning process. Through the Learning Commons the library will strive to create active partnerships with other university units that incorporate campus-wide goals and objectives.
 
The Learning Commons supports the Library’s goals to provide “high quality services responsive to the changing cultural, research, and informational needs of our community” and “functional, flexible, inviting, safe, technology-equipped learning spaces.”
 
The Learning Commons supports the mission of the University of Northern Iowa to provide “transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.”

 

 

 


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