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New Collection Available: Janet McClain Papers, 1980-2010

Professor McClain was a long-time faculty member of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School and the UNI College of Education.  Professor McClain was a leading voice for diversity on campus.  For many years she headed the Minorities in Education program, which brought a large number of students to campus to earn their professional teaching credentia

UNI United Way children's book drive

Help us support a cause very dear to our heart here at Rod Library!  Research has shown that in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books per child is 1 book per 300 children.   Please join us in supporting literacy efforts in the Cedar Valley, and helping our community's children achieve their potential. Donate new and/or gently used children's books for ages birth through 4th grade. 

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward Week! February 16-20. Look for banners hung across campus showing the impact of donor support for UNI and our students. One of the banners is located here in the Learning Commons, on the south wall of the lounge area by the east entrance.  Rod Library received $250,000 to renovate the youth collection. See more here

Tom Kessler, Rod Librarian, receives a 2015 Diversity Matters Award

Recently one of our very own librarians, Tom Kessler, received a 2015 Diversity Matters Award at the Seventh Annual Diversity Town Hall Meeting.  Tom serves as a Social Sciences Bibliographer at Rod Library.  He has demonstrated his commitment to enhancing diversity through his accomplishments at Rod Library, the University of Northern Iowa and in the Iowa community. 


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