January 2016 RodCast Articles

The New Asylums: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 11:00am - The New Asylums: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System   February 17, 2016  @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ~ Center for Multicultural Education, Maucker Union, UNI Nearly 500,000 mentally ill men and women are serving time in U. S. jails and prisons, while fewer than 55,000 Americans currently receive treatment in psychiatric hospitals, according to Frontline producers Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor who observe, “As sheriffs and prison wardens become the unexpected and often ill-equipped caretakers of this burgeoning population, they raise a troubling new concern: Have America's jails and prisons become its new asylums?”  What challenges are faced by... Read More

Rescheduled!-Career Readiness Day

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:34am - Due to weather this event is being rescheduled for Wednesday Feb 10 from 9:00 am- 11:30 am. Make your first impression count! Stop by the Learning Commons in Rod Library on Wednesday February 10 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am to have your FREE professional headshot taken, review your resume with Career Services and order personal business cards through UNI Business. Whether you’re looking for a job or internship, or participating in social networking opportunities like LinkedIn, a polished look can set you apart from the competition. Professional attire is recommended, no appointment needed. Students, Staff and Faculty are welcome... Read More

Blind Date with a Book

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 1:00am - February means Blind Date with a Book at Rod Library!   Seeking a little adventure in your reading this year? Rod Library can make that happen. Library experts have selected our most eligible books for you to choose from. To make “the date” even more mysterious, books are wrapped in brown paper with only a few clues to their true identity. Complete a Rate a Date Bookmark for a chance to win prizes. Just look for the Blind Date with a Book Display on the main floor of the library. This annual event runs the whole month of February!  Drawing will be held on March 1st. 

User Account Capability

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 1:53pm - This week we launched library login capability to the public; this was necessary for allowing users to track 3D print requests.  Over time, we'll look to add additional connectivity services 'single sign on' experience for many library services.   For users who regularly send in forms through the library website, filling them out while logged in, will allow some fields (like name and e-mail address) to pre-populate...saving you time in submission.    


Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:36am - Reaching for Higher Ground, Common Read: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman This is the author’s story of how she was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime at a time in her life when she no longer resembled the reckless young woman she had been when she committed the crimes that caught up with her. With a promising career, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless foray into the world of drug trafficking. She spent thirteen months in prison where she met a variety of women living under exceptional circumstances. She tells the story of being locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an... Read More

Open Textbooks

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 1:49pm - Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their FREE use and repurposing by others, as noted by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.  One type of open educational resource of particular concern is the college textbook. The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate student at public four-year colleges spends $1,225 per year on books and supplies.  Adopting open textbooks is one way to reduce the total cost and debt born by students seeking to advance themselves.  The cost of required textbooks causes students to take certain actions and experience certain consequences, as... Read More
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