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From the Dean

Welcome to Rod Library! We are a staff of experts dedicated to providing you with the information resources and services you need when and where you need them.

We want to be your first place for information. Our collection consists of over 1.2 million print volumes, along with a dizzying array of online databases, electronic journals, and ebooks, available on campus or off, 24/7. Unlike Google, the items in our collection are chosen by librarians in collaboration with campus faculty to meet your research needs. All of our resources can be retrieved using OneSearch, our Google-like research discovery tool. Our collection is supplemented by items available through libraries in the Cedar Valley Library Consortium, reciprocal borrowing from Iowa and Iowa State, a new courier delivery service, and interlibrary loan through ILLIAD.

Rod Library is committed to enriching student learning and promoting scholarship.

Librarians work closely with campus faculty to ensure UNI students graduate with the skills to find, use, and evaluate information, and are informed critical thinkers and lifelong learners. We accomplish this through credit courses like Beyond Google, instruction in other academic courses, and at the rinformation and research desks where we answer queries and assist users in person, on the phone, via email and chat. When it comes to scholarship, we are actively working to preserve and provide access to faculty and student work, as well as other documents produced at UNI, through UNI ScholarWorks and other digital publishing initiatives. In making this work accessible, we share and celebrate campus scholarship with the state of Iowa and the world.

We continue to develop unique research collections.

Our Youth Collection celebrates the study of children’s and young adult literature, both past and present. Special Collections and University Archives is the caretaker of UNI’s historical consciousness and the home of unique collections of research interest to students, faculty and community members -- such as the papers of Robert James Waller. The merger of the UNI Museums and the library brings together high quality artifacts with information resources and expert assistance, providing UNI students with a distinctive learning experience unrivaled by other institutions of our size and type.

Our building serves as a vibrant intellectual and social center for the campus community.

We partner with faculty and other campus organizations to offer compelling exhibits and academic programming. Our Learning Commons responds to student’s research and study needs by offering expanded collaborative study space, access to new technologies like the Microsoft Surface Hub, and encouraging the development of partnerships which result in enhanced services to assist students in every step in the research process, from creation to presentation. The Digital Media Hub, now merged with and powered by the Production House, supports student digital media creation (video, audio, posters, graphics), providing laptops, desktops, software, cameras, and green screen technology, complemented with the assistance students need. While the learning commons acts as a social center where students and faculty can actively engage in intellectual discourse, the library also offers quiet study spaces on our upper floors, furnished with everything from more traditional study carrels and tables to upholstered furniture.

We urge you to explore all that we have to offer – both in person and online. Tell us what you think and share suggestions of how we might make your research lives better. You can use our online form or email me directly. And visit us often. We’re here to help you succeed!

See you in the library!

Chris Cox
Dean of Library Services