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Attend the Open Textbook Network Workshop

The University of Northern Iowa Office of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Rod Library are pleased to announce a workshop lead by the Open Textbook Network. This workshop introduces the concept of open textbooks, their benefits, and how to find and incorporate them into courses.

When: Friday, October 21, 2016, Time 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Library Room 287 [Old browsing room located on main floor]

Your Guide to LGBTQIAP+ Literature in the UNI Youth Collection

This year, Leila Rod-Welch and I brought a whole bunch of Youth books to the Rainbow Reception. I meant to bring a link to our LibGuide of LGBTQIAP+ resources, but I forgot! For information about books in the Youth Collection, and a few additional resources, you can see our libguide at

Feel free to get in touch with questions as well--all my contact information is on the guide.

Need help? AskUs!

Rod Library staff are eager to assist with research questions/assignments and help you make use of library resources. The Information Desk, located on the main floor of the library, is staffed by student assistants during almost all hours that the library is open. Librarians are available during select hours at the nearby Research Help Desk to consult on more complex questions as well as by appointment. Liaison librarians are assigned to each academic department. You may also contact us via phone, email, text, or live chat for any of your research questions.

Rock the Stacks

On August 23rd at 7pm the UNI Museum will be hosting Rock the Stacks! a concert featuring local legends Twins, Peas and Carrot, and Kitsch. This concert will kick off our latest exhibit "Ballroom Bash: Iowa's Rock 'n' Roll Legacy." Stop by, rock out, and learn more about how Iowa has rocked through the decades. 

Check Out the Changes in the Library Website

We're excited to launch the latest updates to the Rod Library website!  Here are the major changes to the user experience:

1. The login prompts have been removed from the homepage, as they were confusing to some users. 

2. The Databases A-Z pages have been moved to their own separate website, for increased reliability and availability.

3. We created a new Student Employment Portal for processing new student job applications, and pushed all student employment content to that portal.

Accepting Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award

Dean Chris Cox Accepts Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award

Dean Chris Cox accepted the 2016 ALA Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award on behalf of Rod Library in Orlando at the American Library Association National Conference this past week.  The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting meritorious achievements in carrying out a project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library.  Rod Library won this year’s award for creating a crowdfunding campaign and video for the Surface Hub last fall. 


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