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As part of an ever growing effort to build and strengthen relationships and partnerships with Cedar Valley and state-wide educational institutions, we have partnered with: Drake University, Grand View University, Hawkeye Community College, Iowa State University, St Ambrose University, University of Iowa, and Wartburg College,to include their print collections in our “Local Libraries” search. This new partnership will allow UNI patrons with their UNI ID card to walk into any of these institutions and check out material at no cost. Don’t have transportation? No problem!

Star Trek 50th Anniversary

As any “Trekkie” will know, September 2016 is the 50th Anniversary of the television series, "Star Trek". We have pulled together a selection of resources relating to science, television, and media, for a display in celebration of this fifty year milestone. You can find this display located on the 2nd floor next to the Book Bistro cafe. Special thanks to Library Dean Chris Cox, who loaned us some pieces from his personal collection for this display.

Stress Busting For Finals 2015

Finals week creeps up on us once again.  Don’t worry, the Rod is here to make the journey slightly less painful.  We have a few stress relieving activities planned.  Dec 14-16 from 5pm-8pm there will be free chair massages in the Learning Commons.  The graffiti wall and stress free zones will make a reappearance, and back by popular demand- P.E.T.P.A.L.S therapy dogs will be in the lobby to greet you and let you know how amazing you are.   They’ll be here Dec 9,10, 14-16 from 11am-2pm.

The Microsoft Surface Hub at Rod Library

Rod Library is actively fundraising to purchase a Microsoft Surface Hub, as a key component of the new Learning Commons collaborative workspace.    

Why the Microsoft Surface Hub?

The 55” Microsoft Surface Hub represents a new era in collaboration at Rod Library.   While we have a number of conferencing and collaboration tools (like webcams and shared screens) at Rod Library today, they exist separately and take a bit of know-how and prep time to sync up and activate.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off

On September 15th, from 4-7pm the Rod Library will be hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff to celebrate all things Hispanic and Latino. We will feature performances by Salsa Cedar Falls, IDT Dance Company, and the campus Capoeira group. There will be free food as well, along with crafts and a piñata! At the end of the evening we'll be screening the first episode of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, to kick off our year long series of programs celebrating  Latinos and Latino culture.

Career Readiness Day

UNI students proofing a resume with TC

Make your first impression count! Stop by the Learning Commons in Rod Library on Wednesday, September 16 from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm 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.

“Recreating the Human: Making Hate Our Footstool”

On Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00 pm in the Waterloo Center for the Arts,  Dr. Michael D. Blackwell will be speaking on the socialization and institutionalization of hatred in the United States and discuss creative ways individuals and communities can address categorical prejudices and structural apparatuses that perpetuate the varieties of xenophobia and inequities in our nation.

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