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Rod Library Recognized for Community Engagement

Everyone knows that Rod Library serves students, faculty, and staff on a day-to-day basis, but Rod Library’s impact goes way beyond UNI’s campus! Every year, Rod Library impacts people across the state, country, and the world! Rod Library was recognized for all of this hard work in community engagement last week on Community Engagement Celebration Day. Rod Library entered three different posters into the competition on Community Engagement Celebration Day, and earned the Commitment to Service Award for one of these entries! We would like to recognize the faculty, staff, and students who make Rod Library’s many community engagement efforts possible.

Ellen Neuhaus and her poster for Community Engagement Day celebrationEllen Neuhaus, digital scholarship librarian, showcased the impact of UNI’s Scholarworks repository at Community Engagement Celebration Day. ScholarWorks allows the community engagement work of the UNI community to be preserved and showcased digitally for thousands of people to download all over the world. In fact, the community engagement work held through ScholarWorks has been downloaded over 7,558 times and has reached 122 countries of the world!

Angela Pratesi and one of her students with their poster for Community Engagement Celebration DayAngela Pratesi, fine and performing arts librarian and assistant professor, collaborated with students Ayanna Wallican Green, Carter Zehr, Katherine Jackson, Lydia Richards, and Molly Walleser to share their work in adding articles on feminist topics to Wikipedia. Their project engaged the community by drawing students, faculty, staff, and community members to Rod Library to work for the common purpose of adding articles about women and minorities in the arts to Wikipedia. This project drew 46 attendees to Rod Library, created 32 new articles, and edited 54 articles on Wikipedia.

Chris , interim head of learning and outreach, Chris Neuhaus, Jess Cruz, and Jaycie Voss with their poster for Community Engagement Celebration Day Jaycie Vos, special collections coordinator and university archivist, and Jess Cruz, exhibit preparator and outreach coordinator, were awarded the Commitment to Service Award at this year’s Community Engagement Celebration Day for their work on research days at Rod Library. Since 2006, faculty and staff at Rod Library have conducted hundreds of research day events for thousands of Iowa public and private school students. These research events teach students how to conduct university-level research and provide students with one-on-one research consultations with faculty librarians as well as informational sessions with UNI professors and coaches. Since beginning research days, 32 different area schools have been able to visit Rod Library to gain this valuable knowledge.

Thank you to all who participated in Community Engagement Celebration Day and to all those who play a part in keeping Rod Library engaged with the community every year. You make Rod Library great!

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