Linda McLaury's blog

Book Bistro Open!

The Book Bistro on the Main Floor of the Rod Library is open for business!  The Cafe serves high end grilled cheese, tea drinks, and unique desserts, as well as soup, sandwiches, coffee, and assorted take and go items. The renovated space includes closed captioned TVs, new furniture, and is the new home of the CFPL @ UNI Collection and newspapers. The cafe will be open 10:30 - 2:30 M - F.


 The "Employee Well-being Collection" now housed in the Rod has Fitbits for checkout by UNI Faculty and Staff! Just come to the MultiService Center and check one out for 4 weeks!

"The tracker measures steps taken, and combines it with user data to calculate distance walked, calories burned, floors climbed, and activity duration and intensity. It also measures sleep quality by tracking periods of restlessness, how long it takes the wearer to fall asleep, and how long they are actually asleep".  -  From Wikipedia 

Reserve Your Study Room


On Monday September 8,  you will be able to reserve your study room in advance!  Go  to the big "Rod Scheduler" button on the right hand side of the homepage and login with your CAT ID.  Choose your time and the room is yours!  All current study room policies will still apply, one room for 3 hours per day.

All study room doors will remain unlocked.  If a room is not booked, you can use it until anyone with a reservation needs the room.  





Government Documents Moving

 The Government Documents collection currently housed on the 2nd floor is moving to the first floor this week.  Stop at any service desk if you need assistance locating materials.  Thanks!

Interlibrary Loan Has Moved

 The Interlibrary Loan service has now moved to room 241 on the main floor.  If you need to pick up your materials, just stop by the Circulation desk.

Monday of Finals Week

Welcome to your first day of finals week!  We have a few activities to take the sting out of it all.  We have "Stress Free Zones", a graffiti Wall,  free fruit and snacks in the library lobby,  Juggling with the Dean of Juggling (Demonstration and Hands-on) at 11:30am, Morty and Patty from P.E.T.P.A.L.S. (Therapy Dogs) in the library from 1:00-2:30pm,  chair massages from 5-8pm, and finally cookies with the President at 7pm.  We hope to see you here!!

Rod Library Seeking FAA Permission

 It turns out that retail powerhouse Amazon isn't the only business with lofty ambitions... The university of Northern Iowa's own Rod library has been busy for the past few years with "Project Lightning Rod." Essentially, the University is developing plans to deliver library materials directly to student dorms, apartments, and houses via drone by 2018. "Staying relevant in the digital frontier is about more than updating a website" said Access Services Coordinator Biff Stroganoff. "It is about commissioning 150 Used MQ-1 Predator drones from the pentagon and programming them to deliver classic literature and microfiche to the student body." The project may sound far reaching, however, the library staff is excited about the potential applications. "This really is a brave new world", said drone enthusiast and reserve desk employee Lila Wayward. There are discussions happening right now about increasing student staffing, expanding the building, and equipping the roof with numerous radar antenna and landing strips.

While this project may put the university on the map, some in the Cedar Valley are skeptical and want to proceed with caution. "What attempts are being taken to ensure that a copy of 50 Shades of Gray isn't being delivered into the hands of am innocent child?" Asked local Mary Jo Stills. "The library is an institution you seek out, not one that comes for you," said the overly concerned Stills. Despite lingering concerns, it is clear that students will enjoy the easy access to reference materials that the project promises. "It is so simple", said on site project lead Linda McLaury. "If a student wants a medical journal from 1997 delivered to their door they need only go to our Facebook page and click on the Drone Deliver link. From there they will search for the material on the millennium reference site. That is assuming there OS is up to date and they use something other than Chrome or Mac. Then they can geotag their location with a new tumblr app that is currently compatible with android and windows mobile platforms." Once this process is complete, student could potentially see the requested materials within a matter or mere days!

It should be noted that this is not the only futuristic endeavor that is going on behind the scenes. The university is also researching dehydrated meal plans for the students who do not want to leave their rooms during the months of November through March. Happy April 1, 2014.

March 2014 Exhibits



March is Women's History Month and our first ever Rod Library Mini Comic Con.  Check out the displays throughout the building as we celebrate March. 

For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.

Craftiness in the Digital Media Hub

Need to get to work on your costume for the Rod Library Mini ComicCon, or a class project?  We have just the solution for you.  In the Digital Media Hub near rooms 282A and 282B we have some supplies to help you out.  There is a rotary cutter, construction paper, markers, glue, tape, craft scissors, T squares, magazines, and a suggestion box in case we have forgotten anything.  Let the creativity begin!

Using Comics in the Classroom

The Rod is co-sponsoring a panel discussion with CETL.  "Using Comics in the Classroom" with Harry Brod (SAC), Kate Hein (CIEP), Stephen Gaies (Languages and Literatures), Catherine Miller (Mathematics), Wendy Miller (Art), Paul Siddens (Communication Studies)
Monday, March 10, noon-1, LIB 378
In preparation for Rod Library’s mini Comic Con, join us for a panel discussion of the many ways that faculty from a variety of different disciplines use comics and graphic novels to promote student learning. Come and get some ideas for ways you might incorporate comics or graphic novels into your teaching!

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