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Open Access Week, October 18-24, 2010

Open Access Week is a world-wide celebration intended to raise awareness of the potential benefits of open access in scholarship and research. “Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.  It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”

New in Panther Prowler:Save Citations, Create Database Lists

Panther Prowler fans can now create personal accounts in which to save favorite citations and to store customized, searchable lists of databases.  Everyone with a UNI CatID can create a personalized account; click the Log-in link under My Session in the upper right corner of the Panther Prowler screen to connect.   Panther Prowler can be accessed from the Rod Library home page under headings such as “Subjects A-Z (Panther Prowler)."

George Washington Carver Academy Students Visit Rod Library

Job Shadowing

The Rod Library was pleased to host two students of the Waterloo George Washington Carver Academy as part of UNI's Educational Talent Search Job Shadowing Day on September 30, 2010.  Eduardo and Andre spent the morning "shadowing" Gail Bunz, Library Associate, Multiservice Center.  They assisted in checking in youth books, checking out laptops, scanning articles for interlibary loan, toured Technical Services to see how books are processed, viewed two books that were well over 400 years old in Special Collections/University Archives, and got an overall tour of the l

New Comfy Study Furniture

Looking for a comfortable place to study in the Library?  Check out the new booth seating for your next group meeting or personal study time.  This seating area is found on the bottom floor of the building in the northeast corner, near the Current Periodicals.  The half-circle booths can accomodate as many as 7 or 8 people at one time.  This semester we hope to install more electrical outlets along this wall for laptops.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Need Help Identifying Banned or Challenged Books?

The Lovely Bones, Of Mice and Men, The Chocolate War, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Forever, The Color Purple, And Tango Makes Three, The Handmaid’s Tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – what do all of these books have in common? All of them were among the most commonly challenged or banned books – the targets of efforts to remove them from library collections or school reading lists - in the decade from 2000 – 2009.

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