The UNI Museums has mounted an exhibit highlighting the diverse resources in its collections on the first floor of Rod Library. Entitled “Treasures: A Sampling of the UNI Museums Collection,” it provides an introduction to the collections in the areas of Anthropology/World Cultures, Biology, Geology, and History. The exhibit will be open through February 28, 2014. Be sure to plan to visit during regular Library hours. Remember that the Museums collections are accessible to University faculty, staff, and students by appointment.
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Check out the new web site of the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC) created by staff of the UNI Museums as part of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Center makes available diverse resources that support the study of the history of public education in Iowa. Did you know that Iowa had over 12,000 one-room schools?
Rod Library is expanding access to electronic journals with its recent purchase of the JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections V-VIII. These collections complement the previously purchased Arts & Sciences Collections I-IV.
Recently, the Library was asked to provide access to Arabic-language newspapers.
Rod Library is making available collections of ebooks distributed by the company ebrary. These collections include over 55,000 titles issued by U.S. academic and trade publishers. Most of the titles were published in the last decade. New titles are being added on an ongoing basis.
Literature Criticism Online, a compendium of 10 award-winning series of reference works published by Gale Cengage, is now available to the UNI community. The database provides access to diverse views on historical and modern authors and their works from a variety of regions, eras, and genres. The content includes author biographies and excerpts of literary criticism published in books and journals. The literary series covered by the database, which can be searched individually or as a group, include:
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.
With the support of an allocation of $20,000 in ARRA (American Recovery and Investment Act) funds received in spring 2010, Rod Library has acquired almost 600 recently published books in areas of high use and on current topics of interest. Most of these titles have been added to the circulating Stacks collection. The selections include recent award winners in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. These titles focus on such subjects as digital technologies, diversity, global warming, Islam, multiculturalism, sustainability, and women's and