Rod Cast - News and Events

November 06, 2012 - 5:49 pm

 Feeling a bit warm on the east side (the side toward Maucker Union) of the library?  A bit stuffy, too?  Our fans on that side of the building need to get repaired.  A major part of the motor was sent to Cedar Rapids for repair; if they can't fix it, we'll have to order a new one.  We can't predict when it will get fixed unfortunately.

So please bear with us!  If necessary, move to...

November 05, 2012 - 9:24 am

The Census Bureau launched its first mobile app in August. Called America’s Economy, it is available for both Android and Apple mobile device users.To download, visit the Census Bureau mobile site or the Apple or Google app stores.  It combines real-time updates for 16 indicators from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics:


  • Advance Monthly Retail Sales
  • Advance Report Durable Goods
  • Business Inventories
  • Construction Spending
  • Homeownership Rate
  • International Trade
  • Manufacturers’ Goods
  • Monthly Wholesale
  • New Residential Construction
  • New Residential Sales
  • Personal Income
  • QFR–Manufacturing
  • QFR–Retail Trade
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • Real Gross Domestic Product
  • Unemployment Rate


November 02, 2012 - 10:58 am

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 thou...

October 31, 2012 - 7:59 am

Did you know...

that Opposing Viewpoints In Context contains articles and other sources arguing different positions on major issues of the day?

Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff can access this title from any computer on campus and, after authenticating with their CatID, from off-campus as well. 

Here is a direct link:...

October 29, 2012 - 10:27 am

 Just found the right book but you don't have anything to write down the call number?  Not a problem anymore - just text it!

October 22, 2012 - 2:08 pm
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! 

October 22, 2012 - 8:46 am

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.


October 19, 2012 - 2:27 pm

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 va...

October 18, 2012 - 7:50 am

 Color Printing is here!!  To print in color from a public workstation, change the default printer to "2 Lobby-COLOR" and choose "Color" as a print option.   Follow the screen prompts and retrieve your print job from the color printer/copier in the 2nd Floor Lobby.  Price is .50 per page that will be charged to your U-bill.  If you need any assistance don't hesitate to ask f...

October 17, 2012 - 10:01 am

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 env...