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For Rhetoric Instructors

Spring 2020 Virtual Instruction Updates

Whether near or far, the UI Libraries are here to help!

For the most recent updates on UI Libraries resources and services:

We librarians are still here working virtually and have online materials and services to assist with your students' research and information literacy needs. We've updated the RHET1030/1040/1060 Subject Guide and will continue to do so throughout the semester as new issues and resources arise. Please share this guide with your students if you haven't already. The resources on the Home page include those that we librarians use most often in our work assisting students in completing their Rhetoric course research assignments.

Please let me, (, know if I can answer any questions you might have about UI LIbraries resources and services during this time. I will try to respond within 48 hours to all email inquiries. If you're on this page, check out my profile box on the left-hand side of the screen. Click the 'Ask Us' button under my profile picture and we'll be connected via chat. The 'Ask Us' button will only show up when I'm online and available for chat.

The following information is provided on the RHET1030/1040/1060 guide but worth highlighting here as well.

Our librarians are still providing many of our most valuable research assistance services, including:

  • CHAT WITH US! Having troubles accessing materials? Want help locating research or news articles? Chat with an expert from wherever you may be working. Librarians are available 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday until further notice. 
    • Katie Hassman, the UI Libraries liaison to Rhetoric, might be online, too. If you want to chat with her directly, check out her profile page. If she's online and available, click on the 'Ask Us' button under her picture to chat with her directly.
  • VIRTUAL ONE-ON-ONE RESEARCH MEETING WITH A LIBRARIAN - Need assistance finding reliable articles? Want to talk through your research topic or search for additional perspectives? We've got virtual meetings with librarians available!
    • Drop-In Meetings
    • Dates: Each Sunday - Thursday, beginning March 29th, 2020 and continuing through April 20, 2020 
    • Time: 5:00 - 9:00 PM CST
    • Zoom link: 
    • NOTE: At this time we encourage you to share this information with your students but please do not require consultations as part of assignments.

Enhanced Access to The New York Times

The University of Iowa Libraries has purchased a subscription that provides all students, staff, and faculty complimentary, full* access to The New York Times. *See description below for minimal limitations.

To register for a complimentary subscription to The New York Times click on the link provided below.

From there you'll be prompted to register using your University of Iowa email address. 

Reading Stamina & Fake News

Reading Stamina

A few of us in The UI Libraries are working with K-12 Teacher Librarians across the state to pull together a bibliography about recent decreases in reading stamina at the the high school level and implications for college/career readiness and success. Let Katie Hassman ( know if you'd like to learn more or are interested in assisting with the project. 

Fake News

Timothy Arnold, one of our 'fake-news' confronting librarians, is leading conversations amongst our staff about fake news research and what we can do as instructors. Tim is leading conversations around the following two articles during our monthly Teaching Librarians Journal Club. NOTE: On campus patrons will be able to access full-text of these articles by following the links out.