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This guide provides information concerning the new Learning Commons @ Rod Library project.
Last Updated: May 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Photo by Elaine Chen, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Learning Commons Task Force Members:

Pete Callaghan (Chair) - Rod Library

Ben Arnold - ITS-User Services

Emily Borcherding - Academic Learning Center

Gail Bunz - Rod Library

Deirdre Heistad - Languages and Literatures

Susan Hill - Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Jerilyn Marshall - Rod Library

Alexander Newkirk - Student representative

Angela Pratesi - Rod Library

Lori Seawel - ITS-Educational Technology

Julie Williamson- Rod Library



    Photo by Lori Seawel, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa


    By providing both a physical and organizational structure, the learning commons seeks to benefit the campus community with the following central goals:

    • Create a central hub for faculty, staff, students, and the community to exchange ideas and enjoy a collective pursuit of learning.
    • Offer connected learning experiences through service adjacencies and coordinated learning support.
    • Provide a venue for enriching UNI's learning culture with seminars, dialogues, and events

    The Learning Commons supports the mission of the University of Northern Iowa to provide“transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.”

    The Learning Commons supports the Library’s goals to provide “high quality services responsive to the changing cultural, research, and informational needs of our community” and “functional, flexible, inviting, safe, technology-equipped learning spaces.”


    The Digital Media Hub, collaborative spaces and seating, research and information help,and the MultiService and Circulation desks are all part of the Learning Commons.  A cafe, the Book Bistro, will be open for fall semester 2014 - as will the new west entrance.  Changes to other areas on the main floor will be coming soon!


    Map of Floor 2, Rod Library, Learning Commons Space


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