We have specialized units in the library designed to support teaching and learning. These include Fine & Performing Arts, Special Collections & University Archives, UNI Museum, and Youth Services. In addition to these units, we have a great deal of historical materials you may wish to assign your students. This section provides an overview of the resources and issues you may need to consider when assigning these materials.
Music and art resources can be particularly challenging to access in an online environment. Many materials are not available electronically. If you need help accessing resources, please contact Fine & Performing Arts Librarian, Angela Pratesi.
If you are interested in integrating Special Collections & University Archives materials into your course, please contact university archivist, Jaycie Vos. Special Collections staff can still digitize materials and assist with archival research and primary source literacy for you and your students. Please give at least 3 weeks notice if you want to plan an instruction session with the archives.
Contact: Nathan Arndt (email@example.com): Conducting Research Using Museum Collections
Contact: Haley Habinck (firstname.lastname@example.org): Instruction Requests or Incorporating Museum Objects in Classes
In an effort to provide digital access to ethnographic and historical objects, the UNI Museum collections are available at their website (see below).
The Youth Collection does not have an easily-accessible collection of ebooks. However, many public libraries do. If you already have a public library card, your local public library can help you access their platform. Most UNI students can also sign up for library cards at the Cedar Falls Public Library. Students in the education preparation programs may also have access to ebooks through Central Rivers AEA. Contact the Youth Collection if you'd like more information.
While there are remarkable and rich collections of free online historic information sources available such as pre-1925 magazines or books in HathiTrust, Google Books, and Internet Archive, certain forms of pre-1925 historic information such as newspaper article, and most forms of more modern historic information are only available through expensive databases. Much of magazine and newspaper literature from 1925 to 1980 is either not available to UNI (newspapers) or only available in print (magazines). For a better understanding of what is available, contact your liaison librarian.