The electronic version of the Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory is now available through UNISTAR, the Library’s online catalog. Use this resource to obtain bibliographic and publisher information about more than 300,000 journals, determine journals in subject areas of interest, and identify refereed journals.
Dozens of new dictionaries have replaced older editions on the dictionary stands located around the library, and many of the stands themselves have been relocated, to provide library users with the most current and convenient information possible.
Library staff members are often asked if we can give someone a list of the books they have checked out in the past. Our answer has always been, "No." The library takes seriously the privacy of your library records so we do not maintain a list of what you borrow after you return it. "My Reading History" is a new feature which allows you to track items you borrow. Some patrons have asked for this service as a means of recalling a book or author they liked or for keeping a list of what they have already read. Participation in the feature is entirely voluntary.
Rod Library has just added a copy of the "Atlas of Black Hawk County 1926" to its Digital Collections. This book provides a unique look at our county in a different era where the township assumed great importance in local government.
As you may be aware, the Rod Library recurring materials budget has been protected, and will not be reduced as part of the University's budget reduction measures being implemented in FY 09-10. This is good news for the entire University community. However, the materials budget has been static for the last seven years. This situation already has led us to substantially reduce periodical and other serial subscriptions as well as one-time expenditures for monographs and other resources, such as cds and DVDs.