Subject Guides can help you with and inform you about the best sources and searches to use when preparing papers, presentations, and other projects. These guides are online 24/7 for whenever you are working on assignments. We are always creating new guides -- some of the recently created ones are for certain classes, but we also have a new guide to help prepare for tests in the sciences, for example.
The library has a new searchable FAQ. It is available through the Ask Us links on the library home page. Through searching the main FAQ page you can find information about the library, and also ask questions about your research. Just type a question into the search box and hit Enter to look for the answer.
We are continuing to add new information to the FAQ. If your answer is not added yet, a form will pop up to submit your question. The questions will be reviewed by librarians and staff, and we will reply as soon as possible.
Notice some new technology and other changes on the main floor of the library lately? The Learning Commons is starting to come together and expand throughout the main floor. Check the Campus Input tab on the Learning Commons home page for a summary of changes and improvements made in response to your feedback!
The Summary of Actions document is linked in the right column, under Findings and Actions. Check the site later for more updates.
You asked, we listened! The learning commons now has more electrical outlets. The north wall near the comfy furniture formerly had no outlets, and now there are several running along the wall. The paneled wall area now has several additional places to plug in electrical devices near the study tables. Visit us during spring semester!
The online chat and text message service has reduced hours during the holiday break. There will be no chat or text service between December 15-January 6. The week of January 7-11 the chat and text hours will be 12 noon - 5:00 pm.
Librarians and staff are available to answer questions any time the library is open during the above dates. Please contact the reference desk by voice phone at 273-2838, in person, or by email through this form. The email account will be checked several times per day.
Subject Guides (LibGuides) include information and links to some of the best sources for doing research in basic subject areas. They also give search tips that can help when preparing for papers and presentations. Try one today! Just click on the Subject Guides link in the left column of the library home page.
The learning commons survey is running until Friday, October 19. We want to hear from the university community about technologies, services, and spaces that students, faculty, and staff would like us to consider when developing the learning commons, a space that will be redesigned to enhance learning and research.
The brief survey asks questions about your preferences for an ideal learning and research environment. Please fill out the survey through MyUNIverse or through this direct link. (CatID login is required.)
The Rod Library Learning Commons survey is currently running. Students, faculty, and staff of UNI are invited to send us ideas and preferences for how we can develop this project now and in the future. The survey is available through MyUNIverse, or through this link (requires login with CatID).
Note: Some people initially experienced a technical problem when trying to access or submit the survey. This problem is now resolved, and we invite you to please try again.
About the Learning Commons:
Rod Library, in partnership with other campus units, is seeking to develop and redesign space in the library building into a learning commons. We are in early stages of planning the learning commons, which will also include virtual space, technological upgrades, and new furniture for the area.
The reconfigured space will be designed to be open, comfortable, inspirational, and practical. We are excited about this project and are looking forward to getting things moving in its initial year.
If you’ve visited the library lately you may have noticed that the area north of the reference desk is looking pretty bare – or some would say, wide open! Some people have been asking us what we will be putting there now that all of the dark brown shelves have been removed. The library is currently developing a plan to redesign the area as a comfortable, open, flexible learning space that will be both inspirational and practical.
UNI students, faculty, and staff, please watch during fall semester for a survey. We’d like to know what you would like to see in the new learning and research space. In the meantime, for the coming academic year we will be equipping the space with a different combination of technology and furniture that we hope will lead to comfortable and productive research.
Did you know that the library has over 130 online guides in a wide variety of subject areas? These were created by librarians and library staff; they can help you to find the best and most reliable sources on a topic. Find out the best resources to use for your class assignments, or for research, quickly and easily.
The guides are searchable by keywords, tags, and subjects. Click here to get started -- and you could save some time, finish assignments more efficiently, and go out and enjoy the summer weather!