February 2018 RodCast Articles

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The Results are in: Students Love Rod Library!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:37am -   In November, Rod Library conducted a survey of students to measure the impact that the library has on their experience and success as a student at UNI. The results are in, and they show that students are gaining a great deal from their experiences at Rod Library! Out of 218 student respondents, 76.03% rated Rod Library as extremely important or very important to their ongoing success as a student. Additionally, over 50% of respondents rated several services as extremely important to their success as a student. These services include individual assistance at the Library Services desk, computer, printer, scanner, wireless, and laptop services, access to online research materials, group study... Read More
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Graduate Students Discover Special Collections & University Archives

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:30pm - Rod Library houses thousands of rare, valuable, and delicate books, manuscripts, and institutional records that are available for students to use. Unfortunately, these valuable primary resources are underutilized by students because they can be difficult to find and can seem intimidating or confusing to beginning researchers. Jaycie Vos, special collections coordinator and university archivist, has recently begun an extensive effort to make the items housed in Special Collections & University Archives (SC&UA) more easily accessible for students. Manuscripts and University Archives materials in SC&UA are discoverable through finding aids, which are documents that provide contextual information... Read More
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We Need Your Website Feedback!

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 12:18pm - What's great about the Rod Library website? What needs work? We're carrying out the first major redesign in four years, and need your input to ensure we're on the right track. Students, faculty, staff, and community members -- make your opinion count by taking our VERY brief survey. Entry deadline is March 2nd.
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Bringing James Hearst to the Digital World

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 10:21am - Thanks to a collaboration between Rod Library and the Department of Languages and Literature, the poems, audio files, photos, and interviews of James Hearst have been added to a digital archive accessible to the public online. The Life of James Hearst James Hearst was a Cedar Falls native and had significant ties to the area. His mother was the first secretary at the University of Northern Iowa (known as the Iowa State Teachers College). After graduating early from high school, Hearst began taking classes at the Iowa State Teachers College. When a swimming accident left him partially paralyzed, James Hearst turned to writing about plants, animals, and people through the eyes of a Midwestern farmer. He also... Read More
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Celebrating Milestone Years of Service

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 1:35pm -   Rod Library could not serve students and the UNI campus community without its dedicated faculty and staff. Each year, the university recognizes employees who have served milestone years at UNI. This year, 11 members of Rod Library’s faculty and staff were recognized for their many years of service. These staff members have dedicated their time to support student success and maintain a library institution that makes the university proud. When asked about their time at Rod Library, our longest service award honorees had this to say: Lila Wagner, clerk III, Rod Library "Working at Rod Library has been a great experience. The energy of all the young students keeps me energized.... Read More
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Rod Library Continues Diversity Initiatives

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:29am -   Rod Library recognizes diversity as the broad range of experiences and backgrounds our community brings together to create a rich learning environment. We support the university’s vision of celebrating individuality while creating an inclusive community. Our goal is to empower all users to learn and grow together in a welcoming and safe climate. As Diversity Library Assistant Cindy Bancroft says, “Libraries are a place where communities can come together and people can meet and you can have those discussions and have that learning. It’s a neutral space. We serve everyone, and everyone is welcome.” Within the current school year alone, many exciting steps have been taken to help... Read More
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