Rod Cast - News and Events

November 14, 2012 - 2:16 pm

The LexisNexis Academic database periodically adds and deletes titles. Over the last few months, for example, they added 143 titles and dropped 19. One of the new titles is Progressive Media's Market Industry Research. This is a collection of industry snapshots, covering markets and categories in 74 countries; one report example is Drinks Retailing in United States: Market Snapshot to 2016.

November 09, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Beginning Monday, November 12, the Library will open at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Please check our Building Hours page for our complete schedule.

November 08, 2012 - 7:52 am






For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exh...

November 07, 2012 - 8:44 am

Did you know.....

that the Gale Virtual Reference Library provides credible topic overviews from sources such as specialized subject encyclopedias?  You can find it by going to "Databases A-Z" on our library homepage.  You may hear some of us library guys refer to it as the "Good" Wikipedia you can use!!!

November 06, 2012 - 4:49 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 - 8:24 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 - 9:58 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 - 6:59 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 - 9:27 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 - 1:08 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!