Digitization and digital collections
Digitization and digital collection building began at the Rod Library in the Technical Services Department in fall 2001 using the CONTENTdm platform. Digital Collections contains a variety of collections including the UNI Yearbooks, UNI Athletics, Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Art on Campus, etc.
Northern Iowa's institutional repository, UNI ScholarWorks
UNI ScholarWorks, a service of the University of Northern Iowa Rod Library, is a virtual showcase for UNI's research, scholarship, and creative energies. Launched in February 2015 by Rod Library with funding from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. UNI ScholarWorks was originally intended as an institutional repository (IR) for the university that would also provide digital preservation and free open access (OA) of materials. Today, UNI ScholarWorks provides worldwide access to thousands of articles, books, journals, conference presentations, and other types of research.
UNI ScholarWorks has been registered with the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) since spring 2016. ROAR is a searchable international database indexing the creation, location, and growth of open access institutional repositories and their contents. To date (spring 2018), over 3,000 institutional and cross-institutional repositories have been registered. See the UNI ScholarWorks ROAR entry (ROAR ID 11437) for details.
Digital Scholarship unit
When Rod Library reorganized in July 2015, the Digital Scholarship Unit was formed within the new Content Discovery Division. The Unit offers Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) that span everything from repository services, digital publishing, copyright and fair use expertise, and digital scholarship workshops and consultations.