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From the Dean

Welcome to Rod Library!  We are a staff of experts dedicated to ensuring your success.  How can we help you today?

We provide information resources to support your coursework and independent learning.  Our collection consists of 1.2 million volumes, along with a dizzying array of online databases, electronic journals and books, and streaming media, available 24/7 no matter the device or location.  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 through OneSearch, our Google-like research discovery tool.  Our collection is supplemented by items available through the Cedar Valley Library Consortium, reciprocal borrowing with other Iowa libraries like Iowa and Iowa State, a courier service, and interlibrary loan. A new service allows you to directly request items from other Iowa libraries for delivery to UNI through the “Local Libraries” tab.

We are committed to student learning and promoting campus scholarship. Librarians work closely with campus faculty to ensure that UNI students graduate with the skills to find, use, and evaluate information, and are informed critical thinkers and lifelong learners.  We accomplish this through online courses like Beyond Google, instruction in academic courses, and at our new Library Services desk where we answer queries and assist users in person, on the phone, via email, and chat.  Each major on campus has an assigned liaison librarian who knows your professors and the subject matter, providing you with individualized expert assistance. When it comes to scholarship, we are actively working to preserve and provide access to faculty and student work produced at UNI through publication in UNI ScholarWorks.  In making this work accessible, we share and celebrate campus scholarship with the state of Iowa and the world.

We provide unique research collections and experiences. 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 to unique collections from prominent alumni of research interest to faculty and community.  The UNI Museum preserves and displays high quality artifacts related to the UNI curriculum.  These collections provide for specialized internship and research opportunities and distinctive learning experiences unrivaled by other institutions of our size and type.

We provide spaces for intellectual exploration and social interaction.  Our Learning Commons responds to students' research and study needs by offering expanded collaborative study space, and access to new technologies.  Through the development of partnerships with other student support services we can provide assistance at every step of the research process, from creation to presentation.  The Digital Media Hub, managed by IT, supports student digital media creation (video, audio, graphics), providing equipment such as cameras and green screen technology, complemented with the assistance students need.  Meeting rooms and group studies can be booked using RodScheduler.  While the Learning Commons acts as a social center where students and faculty can actively engage in intellectual discourse, the library offers quiet study spaces on our upper floors, furnished with everything from traditional study carrels to tables and upholstered furniture.

We are open to all.  Diversity is a key value of the library.  Students and faculty who visit the library, interact with our staff, and utilize our services both in person and electronically will be treated fairly, equally, and with respect.  Our physical and virtual doors are open and all are welcome inside to explore, learn, and grow.

We urge you to explore all that we have to offer – both in person and online.  We are always innovating to serve you better.  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.  We look forward to serving you and helping you succeed at UNI!

See you in the library,

Chris Cox
Dean of Library Services



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