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Invitation - Institutional Repository @ UNI discussion sessions at Rod Library

UNI faculty and staff are invited to attend one of several small group discussion sessions on Institutional Repository @ UNI scheduled for next week in Rod Library room 324. Rod Library is in the process of investigating the desirability and feasibility of developing an institutional repository at the University of Northern Iowa.

An institutional repository is a set of services supporting the management and long-term preservation of scholarly materials created by faculty, students, and staff.

Dates for the meetings:

  • Monday, April 29:  9-10 am
  • Tuesday, April 30:  11 a.m.-12 noon
  • Wednesday, May 1:  1-2 pm
  • Thursday, May 2:  2-3 pm
  • Friday, May 3:  12 noon–1 pm

Plan to attend to one of the discussion meetings to find out more about developing an institutional repository at UNI and the benefits and opportunities it offers for individuals and departments/units, as well as to provide your ideas, questions, or concerns.

  • What is it?
  • What can it do for me?

These sessions will be conducted by members of the Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee. Questions may be directed to committee members by using the email:  libscholcomm@uni.edu.

A follow-up session open to the campus will be conducted by David Stout, a representative from bepress, on Digital Commons, a commercial IR software package is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in Library room 324.

For additional information about Institutional Repositories, see the Scholarly Communication LibGuide.

Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee
Ellen Neuhaus (chair); Thomas Kessler, Stanley Lyle, Katherine Martin, and Linda McLaury

Ready Player One - Common Read @ UNI

Join Cornerstone students in reading this year's common read book, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.

"It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopica that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Holliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune -- and remarkable power -- to whoever can unlock them... From Amazon.com" 


The Book's author, Ernest Cline, is scheduled to visit UNI on October 21, 2014 and give a keynote at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium (campus map).  A book signing is scheduled after the address. 

Rod Library has developed a Ready Player One LibGuide (online subject guide) to help Cornerstone students find related resources.


Join "Not Just Any Book!" Club Become part of an online group that makes reading Ready Player One interactive and helps you prepare to be successful at UNI.

This summer activity will help you:

  • Finish reading Ready Player One
  • A book that takes place in the '80s and 2044, is full of video games, and is a race for a magical egg!
  • Connect with your UNI classmates
  • Be more prepared for classes in the Fall

Books selected for the common read program are based on the current theme for the UNI Reaching for Higher Ground project. This year's theme is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society




MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses


 Watch a short video about MOOCs by the New York Times


What is this new phenomenon that is taking the world of education by storm?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that anyone with an internet connection can attend usually for free. Some MOOCs report having as many as 100,000 students enrolled in the course. Most MOOCs have high drop out rates. A key concept is that all course material is open and free. According to Inside Higher Education, more than 1.5 million people have registered for a MOOC through three of the largest platforms, edX, Udacity, and Coursera. MOOCs are Important in creating additional pathways to lifelong learning. MOOCs have demonstrated that they build connectivity in worldwide learning groups.  

MOOCs are evolving so rapidly that it is hard to make accurate predictions about how they will impact higher education.

To learn more, see the following Rod Library LibGuides: MOOCs, Open Educational Resources, Open Access, Copyright, and Scholarly Communication.

Open Access Week - October 21-27, 2013

October 21-27 is International Open Access Week! Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon in a free and open environment. Open access is made possible with the consent of the author and the copyright holder. Open Access Week is an effort to promote and to inform authors, students, researchers, administrators, publishers and librarians about the benefits of Open Access. For more information about what you can do, go to the Open Access Week website.

Rod Library also provides information about open access and author rights in a Scholarly Communication LibGuide.

Please visit the Open Access Week display in the library lobby exhibit case (main floor). Learn what faculty can do to promote Open Access and how it benefits students.

Institutional Repository @ UNI Funded!

Wordle: Scholarly Communication


Institutional Repository @ UNI Funded!

The Provost has provided two years of funding to begin a subscription to a commercial digital repository platform. Work on creating and developing an Institutional Repository (IR) @ UNI will begin shortly under the direction of Rod Library.  We anticipate we will begin adding content in the Spring 2014 semester.  Look for regular updates about the status of the IR over the 2013/2014 academic year.

Questions about Author Rights, Open Access, Institutional Repositories...

How do I retain some copyright for things that I publish?  Why do I need to do so?  What does Open Access mean?  Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee can help answer these and other related questions.  Contact the committee with your questions using the libscholcomm@uni.edu email account.

More information about scholarly communication topics can be found on the Rod Library Scholarly Communication website.


Seeking Nominations for Next Year's Common Read Book

The common read selection committee is seeking your book recommendations for this campus-wide project.

Submit Your Book Nominations

The University of Northern Iowa community is beginning the selection process for our "common read" for the 2014-2015 academic year. This book will be used in the curriculum for the First-Year Cornerstone class, provide inspiration for a Strayer Wood Theatre production, and bring together the campus and municipal communities in discussion around critical issues. 

This year, the common read must relate to the theme Media & Social Media (more details on Submit Your Book Nominations form).

The American Way of Eating - Common Read @ UNI


Join Cornerstone students in reading this year's common read book, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table, by Tracie McMillan.

In 2009 Tracie McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.

  • The book's author, Tracie McMillan, is scheduled to visit UNI on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7pm in Lang Hall Auditorium. 
  • A Strayer-Wood Theatre production, American Way of Eating, based on the book of the same title by Tracie McMillan is scheduled for October 10-12, 16-19 at 7:30 pm and October 13 & 20 at 2:00 pm. The show is free to all UNI students. Non Cornerstone staff and faculty will need to purchase tickets at the Box Office or through UNItix. 
  • Rod Library has developed an American Way of Eating LibGuide (online subject guide) to help Cornerstone students find related resources. 


Open Access Policies Supported by Iowa Universities


Drake University’s Faculty Senate endorsed an Open Access Policy at its regular meeting on 17 April 2013. Drake hopes that the endorsement will raise awareness of open access in general and the Drake Institutional Repository (eScholarShare) in particular.

Similarly at the University of Iowa (UI), the Faculty Senate endorsed the CIC Statement on Publishing Agreements on October 23, 2007. This agreement advocates for authors to retain some rights when they publish so that their work can be placed in an institutional repository.  

Just this week University of Iowa officials are showing their strong support for open access publishing by announcing an annual $50,000 fund to cover faculty’s publication fees for open access publishing, which can be as much as $3,000. The fund is offered by the Office of the Provost and UI Libraries. UI will pay up to $3,000 in publishing fees for open access and up to $1,500 fees for “hybrid” open access, journals that require a subscription but allow open access to certain articles for a fee. Read more

Open access (OA) works are scholarly and freely available online. Two methods for delivering open access to research articles are open access journals and open access repositories or archives. Open access journals are funded by author submission fees rather than the traditional model of subscriptions. Some traditional journal publishers offer authors a "hybrid" open access option where they can pay a fee so that their articles might be freely distributed to interested readers.

Visit the Rod Library Scholarly Communication LibGuide for additional information on scholarly communication topics.


Invitation - May 7th Campus IR Session - Digital Commons - bepress

Scholarly Communication, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library

The Rod Library is in the process of investigating the desirability and feasibility of developing an institutional repository at the University of Northern Iowa. An institutional repository is a set of services supporting the management and long-term dissemination of digital materials created by faculty, students, and staff.

David Stout , a representative from bepress, will provide a presentation open to the campus on Digital Commons, a commercial IR software package. This is a follow-up session to the general informational sessions given this week about IRs.

The open campus session is scheduled for :

  • Tuesday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (Rod Library - Room 324)

Questions may be directed to committee members by using the email: libscholcomm@uni.edu

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