January 2015 RodCast Articles

Blind Date With a Book 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:51am - February 2-20 we will bring back our popular “Blind Date With a Book” display in the lobby.  These books are single and ready to mingle!  Just check one out from the display- take it home and give it a read.  Fill out your “rate a date card” and return it to the library to be entered for a drawing for prizes. Just like the real world some may not be for you, but you may just find the book you want to take for long walks in the snow.  We look forward to hearing all about your date on our Facebook page.

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 4:05pm - 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.  Within the past year, Tom served as one of the inaugural members of the library’s Diversity Task Force, charged with developing the library’s first diversity plan.  He attended the 2014 White Privilege Conference in Madison, WI., which provided opportunity for the task force members to gain a better understanding... Read More
Collegiate Readership Program comes to Rod Library

Collegiate Readership Program comes to Rod Library

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:37pm - The Northern Iowa Student Government has expanded their Collegiate Readership Program to the Learning Commons, west entrance of the library.  Free copies of the Des Moines Register and the USA Today are available for students.

Rod Library joins the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:18am - The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to announce its membership in the Central Iowa - Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI).   CI-CCI was formed in 2013 by the library directors of Central College, Drake University, Grand View University, Grinnell College and Simpson College to: Responsibly reduce the size of local print collections by reducing duplication among the participating libraries so that library space may be freed up for other uses. Create and maintain a distributed, shared collection of these titles to ensure that circulating copies of them are retained within the group. Coordinate acquisitions with the goal of developing a shared collection among the... Read More
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Rural Schools Collection featured in Des Moines Register

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 9:22am - Congratulations to the UNI Museum's Rural Schools Collection staff and contributors;  their efforts were featured this week in the Des Moines Register.   The article highlights the work of Katherine Martin and Dustin Witsman, and describes the origin, uses, and value of this unique  collection. Read the full article here.
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"Cedar Valley in World War I" Lecture

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:20pm - At 3pm, January 29th, Bob Neymeyer, Historian at the Grout Museum District, will speak on the challenges that German –Americans in Iowa were confronted with during World War I. The demand for “100% Americanism” was administered by both public and private groups who distrusted the loyalty of these hyphenated Americans. The tactics ranged from intimidation and vandalism to a state law stating English was the only legal language to be used in public. The result was a series of accommodations, some temporary and others permanent, that changed the culture of German-Americans in the state. This talk will take place at UNI Museum, on the first floor of Rod Library and accompanies the current exhibit,... Read More

New Curator of the UNI Museums

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 2:13pm - UNI Museums and Rod Library are pleased to announce the appointment of Nathan Arndt as the Curator of the UNI Museums. Arndt holds a master of arts in American history from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor of arts in history from Buena Vista University. Arndt's duties will include the development and assessment of the museums' diverse collections. According to Arndt, "There are many things that I am looking forward to. The main one is the chance to bring the collections to a wider audience. One of my primary goals will be promoting the use of collections within the classroom and for personal research projects. I am excited to work with and train professors in the use of collections in... Read More
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