March 2018 RodCast Articles

Over 300,000 Downloads - UNI Student, Faculty, and Staff Success Highlighted in UNI ScholarWorks  image

Over 300,000 Downloads - UNI Student, Faculty, and Staff Success Highlighted in UNI ScholarWorks

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:58pm - UNI Scholarworks, UNI's institutional repository reaches a milestone of 10,000 works with over 300,000 downloads. UNI ScholarWorks highlights UNI faculty, staff and student success by collecting, preserving and making digital research and scholarly output more accessible. The repository contains articles, journals, image galleries, theses, dissertations, conferences, and much more. Benefits: Items can now be discovered and viewed all over the world right from a Google search! Institutional repositories provide access, visibility, stability, flexibility, and long-term preservation of content. Example of collections are listed below: Peer-reviewed journals in UNI ScholarWorks include the following... Read More
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Rod Library Helps Celebrate Local Authors

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 1:35pm - Did you know that the Cedar Falls community boasts five best-selling writers, more than any other town in Iowa? Bess Streeter Aldrich, Ruth Suckow, Nancy Price, James Hearst, and Robert James Waller all have significant ties to the Cedar Falls Community as well as the University of Northern Iowa. To celebrate these renowned authors, the Cedar Falls Authors Festival was born. The festival is a year-long celebration of Cedar Falls authors featuring events each month, including tours of historic Cedar Falls sites, movie screenings, and lectures by local authors. The purpose of the Cedar Falls Authors Festival is to teach the community this unique part of Cedar Falls history through learning about famous authors... Read More
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Student Spotlight: Rachael Fix

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:33pm -   Without Rod Library’s dedicated student employees, the day-to-day operations of the library would not be possible. We wanted to take the time to recognize one of our outstanding student employees, who was just nominated for Student Employee of the Year. Rachael Fix is a senior political communication major with minors in Spanish and journalism. Rachael started working as a student library assistant in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection on the top floor of the library almost as soon as she came to campus her freshman year. Now, four years later, Rachael is still working in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection and has gone above and beyond inside and outside of Rod Library. Not only... Read More
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Where are They Now: Zach and Joanna Freking-Smith

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 9:29am - Rod Library has so many fantastic student workers each academic year. We wanted to see what a few of our student workers have gone on to accomplish after their time at Rod Library! Zach and Joanna Freking-Smith are two former Rod Library student employees who have both gone on to work in library services post-graduation. Zach is currently the library director of the Cherokee Public Library in Cherokee, Iowa, and Joanna serves as the middle school teacher-librarian at Storm Lake Middle School. Here is what Zach had to say about how working at Rod Library made an impact on his future both personally and professionally. What department did you work for while employed at Rod Library? "I started at the... Read More
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UNI Celebrates Open Education Week, March 5-9

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 3:57pm - What is it? This week is Open Education Week, a yearly celebration designed to raise awareness about open educational resources. Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free to read and reuse. Examples of OER include videos, problem sets, slides, and textbooks. Faculty often assign OER in order to make their course more affordable for students. By choosing an open textbook instead of a commercial textbook, for example, faculty can potentially save students hundreds of dollars a semester. Another benefit for faculty is it that OER is openly licensed, which means that faculty can remix and build upon the content, customizing the material to meet the needs of their particular class... Read More
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