September 2010 RodCast Articles

Job Shadowing

George Washington Carver Academy Students Visit Rod Library

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:48pm - The Rod Library was pleased to host two students of the Waterloo George Washington Carver Academy as part of UNI's Educational Talent Search Job Shadowing Day on September 30, 2010.  Eduardo and Andre spent the morning "shadowing" Gail Bunz, Library Associate, Multiservice Center.  They assisted in checking in youth books, checking out laptops, scanning articles for interlibary loan, toured Technical Services to see how books are processed, viewed two books that were well over 400 years old in Special Collections/University Archives, and got an overall tour of the library.  Eduardo said "I didn't know libraries could be so much fun!" and Andre was quite impressed with the... Read More

More Electrical Outlets to be Installed

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 1:51pm - Thursday, September 30th, UNI Physical Plant personnel will begin adding additional electrical outlets to the north end of the east wall on the first floor.  Currently only one outlet is available along this portion of the wall.  At the end of the project up to 11 outlets will be usable near the new bench furniture and a bit further south down the wall.Physical Plant will also be adding power and hard-wired Web connections to the "space ship" study area in that same corner of the building.  You'll be able to plug in your laptop for charging and connect directly to the web.  Look for more information about our new "space ship" in an upcoming blog entry.Because of the... Read More

New Comfy Study Furniture

Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:57am - Looking for a comfortable place to study in the Library?  Check out the new booth seating for your next group meeting or personal study time.  This seating area is found on the bottom floor of the building in the northeast corner, near the Current Periodicals.  The half-circle booths can accomodate as many as 7 or 8 people at one time.  This semester we hope to install more electrical outlets along this wall for laptops.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!  

Celebrate Banned Book week next week and read a banned book!

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 4:29pm - What do Chris Crutcher, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, Judy Blume, Philip Pulman, Mark Twain, J. K. Rowling, and J.D. Salinger have in common? They all have the distinction of appearing on the list of "Most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century". The American Library Association and other organizations designate a week every year to celebrate the freedom to read.  Celebrate Banned Book week from September 25-October 2, 2010. Read more about the week at and read a banned or challenged book this week!

Need Help Identifying Banned or Challenged Books?

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 3:39pm - 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.Each September, the American Library Association highlights the importance of the freedom to read and of open access to information by drawing attention to the challenging... Read More

Three Ways to Find Journal Articles

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 7:24pm - View more Rod Library YouTube videos at Rod Library Video Playlist.

New Books in High Use and Interest Areas Now Available

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 3:06pm - 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 gender studies.  A number of books also have been acquired for the Youth Collection.  To identify titles of potential interest, you may... Read More
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