Winter Holiday hours @Hardin Library

photo by Larry Krause

photo by Larry Krause

Special Hours – Winter Break
Saturday, December 20 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, December 21 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Wednesday, December 22-24 7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday – Sunday, December 25-28 CLOSED
Monday – Wednesday, December 29-31 7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday, January 1 CLOSED
Friday, January 2 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 3 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 4 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Thursday, January 5-8 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday, January 9 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 10 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 11 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Thursday, January 12-15 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday, January 16 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 17 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, January 18 Noon – 9:00pm
Monday, January 19 CLOSED
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Library Exhibit Space Renovation to Begin Monday, December 22

Construction on the Main Library Exhibit Space – Room 1001 next to Shambaugh Auditorium – begins on Monday, December 22nd. Workers will be installing barriers and pathways inside and outside the north entrance, with demolition also scheduled to begin next week and continue over winter break.

At this point in time, at least one north door will remain available for entry and exit, although this may be closed off at any time depending on construction. Outside the north entrance, crews will be fencing off a perimeter that will include part of the pedway and encompassing the bike rack area. The bike racks may be relocated, but no decision has been made at this time. The construction perimeter will be used to locate a crane (for roof work), a dumpster, and a trailer for management, staging, and materials.

Primary demolition work is scheduled to occur during winter break with construction continuing through August 2015. We will keep you informed as the project moves forward.

Thank you for your patience!

Santa Using Today’s Technology

Santa computer

Photo credit:

"Santa" by Robert Ariail

“Santa” by Robert Ariail Credit:

Drone home delivery

“Drone home delivery” by Dave Granlund (purchased license)

Elf on Kiva

Elf on a Kiva Credit:

Skylon by Reaction Engines

Santa’s future sleigh? Photo credit: Skylon by Reaction Engines

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Newly Added: Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, now in online format, is available from the University of Iowa Libraries.  Need to find out how about a country and its culture before you initiate business?  Select a country and learn.*

*You will need to enter your name and University ID to access this site.

“Measurable success in the global marketplace begins with an expert understanding of international protocols, practices, and cultural cues. Without it, businesses and organizations cannot develop a competitive network of customers, suppliers, and, most important, talent.

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands delivers essential knowledge for business people who are working abroad, traveling for business, or managing global teams from a domestic location. It empowers people to open borders, minds, and markets in more than 60 countries around the world. Each comprehensive country profile includes:

  • Country Background – history, government, language, cultural viewpoint
  • Tips on Doing Business – local style, typical business values
  • Cultural Orientation – cognitive styles, values, decision making
  • Cultural IQ Quiz – avoid costly faux pas (If presented with a gift in China, is it considered rude not to open it in front of your hosts?)
  • Know Before You Go – streaming weather, driving orientation, getting around
  • Protocol – greetings, forms of address, dress, dining, gifting conventions
  • Business Practices – importance of punctuality, negotiation practices, entertaining
  • Cultural Notes – dos and dont’s for conversations, common misunderstandings
  • Key Phrases in Local Languages – with audio to ensure correct pronunciation
  • Holidays – Up-to-date calendar of official holidays
  • Downloadable Content – that gives easy, portable access to these and other features anywhere in the world”

- “Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands” site

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Book Readers’ Intermingling Paper and Screen

Wednesday, December17, 2014
Submitted by Gary Frost
Paper and Screen
Generic distinctions between a screen and paper display (of the same image) include the recto/verso (duplex) and left/right (spread) attributes of paper and the persistence and accuracy of navigation of those features. Further complexity of the multiple display navigation is presented in book format (again same content for both paper and screen display). In books navigation of expositions and discovery are eased in paper with haptic manipulation and in screen with dexterity of touch. A contended factor in book format is cognitive navigation and mapping attributes as used in reading where studies favor paper.

Readability qualities of comparative paper/screen display technologies should also be considered. Resolution is mediated by the adaptability of eyesight and factors such as ambient light level. More intolerant are factors such as line length where browser defaults violate a ten word limit. Purely archival or retrieval and access comparisons vary with reading agendas and can skew either to paper or screen.

Debate over differences between screen books and paper books share features with comparative debates generally. Aside from contest between dispositions pro and con and ambivalent outcomes, there is also the strange, complementary fulfillment inherent in binaries at first imagined as opposites. For example, debate between screen and paper books shares aspects of debate over walkable and drivable cities.[1]

While the health benefits of walking are known, the attributes of car travel are also obvious. Municipal accommodations and infrastructure for both modes is frequently conflicted but an active management of both is needed. Older cities built before the advent of the automobile are better able to straddle the needs for walking and driving. Sprawling suburbs dominated from the start by driving and car parking find pedestrian activity more difficult to re-establish.

The metaphor is apparent. Paper books and screen books can better co-exist and complement each other within more complex and mature reading infrastructures. Walking is still needed and engages our embodied capacities; we evolved to walk rather than to drive. The same contrast is less obvious with contrast between paper and screen book reading, but there is comparative difference considered as embodied capacity. There was a long period of dominance of the paper book, but the transition should not be to dominance of the screen book. Likewise, a conversion of physically active cognitive skills should not be converted with innocent compliance to sedentary viewing. Attractions and attributes of connected living and computer skills can be integrated to complement print books.

The larger agenda of book use or city mobility should engage the community in a variety of composite and complementary infrastructures. Both paper and screen books have advanced with digital technologies. They should also advance together as cognitive tools.

For bibliographers, there is an allure in wider comparative studies since books are only a small component of culture transmission, even though books are a transactional commodity for all the other sectors. Pedestrian proficiency, for example, is deeply embedded as a culture transmission mechanism including a legacy of embodied mobility that triggered our further speciation in the wake of primate dexterity. We actually wandered through the whole planet. Surprisingly, this long legacy of walking is well described in books including even saga equivalents of paleo or pre-historical trekking.[2]

Food production stories are also a deep culture transmission mode. This is an Iowa narrative contrasting agro industry, row crop production contrasted with family food gardening. Again, perhaps food production narrative can echo paper and screen reading contrasts whole it is also a massive book publishing genre. So we can look outside of books for culture transmission, by looking inside books.


[1] Wayne Curtis, The Last Great Walk, the true story of a 1909 walk from New York to San Francisco, and why it matters today, Rodale, 2014.

[2] Slavomir Rawicz, The Long Walk, the true story of a trek to freedom, 1997 and Andrez Rosendez, A Land So Strange, the extraordinary tale of a shipwrecked Spaniard who walked across America in the sixteenth century, 2007.

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Database of the Week: Mergent Online

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Mergent OnlineMergent

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under M in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Company information on both public and big private companies
  • Business summary information – history, properties, subsidiaries, long-term debt, capital stock, business segments
  • Executive information
  • Ownership information
  • Equity pricing and reports
  • Access to company news
  • List of company competitors
  • Quick access to Annual Reports and other SEC filings
  • Industry reports: automotive, banking, food & beverage, heavy construction, insurance, media, , pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, healthcare, oil & gas, retail, etc.
  • Company News

Tips for searching:

  • Search by company name or ticker symbol
  • Use the “Advanced Search” to search fro companies by: state, city, zip code, year incorporated, number of employees, number of shareholders, auditor, etc.
  • Use the tabs across the top to do a: executive search, government filings search, report search, ownership search or bond search

Take a look at our tutorials below:

Want help using Mergent ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Database of the Week: FAITS – Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: FAITS – Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under F in the databases A-Z list. FAITS

Use it to find (from their brochure):

  • Technology tutorial reports – provide intelligence about emerging and mature technologies
  • Marketplace reports – offer an excellent way to stay current on all the latest trends and advances in the IT and communications market segments
  • Implementation guide reports – provide users with the know-how to keep a project running on a budget
  • Standards reports – examine the major IT and communications standards and protocols currently in place
  • Product profile reports – provide a concise summary of the leading products and suppliers, examine product strengths and limitations, and analyze current pricing strategies
  • Company profile reports – review business goals, sales and marketing strategies, and financial stability of the leading vendors
  • Comparison and selection guide reports – offer the intelligence user need to make the best product and service selections
  • Topics include: IT infrastructure, Telecom, Technology vendors, Linux/Open source, Healthcare IT topics, Wireless communication, Data networking, etc.

FAITS_TabletsTips for searching:

  • Start with a simple search in the search bar, or
  • Browse by topic or report type
  • Take a look at the “help with searching” page for additional suggestions – link above the search bar

Want help using FAITS ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

DRP welcomes Rob Shepard!

Digital Research & Publishing is pleased to announce that Rob Shepard has accepted our offer to be the new Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Librarian for the UI Libraries. Rob comes to us from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography.

University of Iowa campus map, ca. 1943

University of Iowa campus map, ca. 1943

We at DRP are looking forward to the talents and experience Rob brings that will further enhance the accessibility and usability of geospatial resources (everything’s spatial!) in the Iowa Digital Library.  Rob will also be working on cross-campus coordination of GIS and support for faculty research and other Libraries partners.

Moving items into Main Library, the University of Iowa, 1951

Moving items into Main Library, the University of Iowa, 1951

Welcome, Rob!

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Drones are taking off

Source: Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 37: Drones Take Off!

Source: Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 37: Drones Take Off! January 31, 2014 Available in the UI Lichtenberger Engineering Library periodicals section

As you take your final exam, you may find yourself shopping last minute for your family’s holiday gifts. Don’t despair. There is a day for that. December 18th is Free Shipping Day; a one-day, online-shopping event when thousands of merchants offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve.1

So how do your packages go over the river and through the woods to arrive at your grandmother’s house in less than a week? Current delivery methods include carefully choreographed and computerized warehouse management structures as well as expedited ground and air express shipping services. Now, another method is rapidly taking off: commercial drones.

Typically, drones are associated with clandestine military operations. However, a year ago Amazon announced that it is developing aerial robotic technology to fly packages directly to a person’s doorstep.2 “Drones ‘will change the way we conduct some of our existing business in the not-too-distant future, but more importantly, will create completely new and world-changing applications we haven’t even thought of yet,’ said Jeff Lovin, a Woolpert senior vice president.”3

What is required to make this happen? The Federal Aviation Administration, the government agency responsible for all aircraft flying in the United States airspace, must approve of their safety. “The key safety element is to prevent drones from colliding with other aircraft, or with people on the ground. That means ensuring ways for other aircraft to detect and avoid drones, and for drones to land safely if they lose contact with remote pilots.”4

Because of the high demand for developing commercial, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the FAA is pressured to expedite rules and regulations. In a letter to the FAA, Amazon said its indoor testing of drones must now move outdoors “to practice in real-world conditions.” Paul Misener, the company’s vice president of global public policy, said the company might move its research abroad if the FAA does not act quickly. With a Congressionally mandated deadline of September 2015 looming large, the government agency has set up six test sites across the country and given exemption status to a few companies in order to learn more about how the technology works.5

What if you miss Free Shipping Day? Perhaps purchase your own Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and personally deliver your gifts in record time.

Planning and Decision Making for Aerial Robots book cover

Bestaoui Sebbane, Yasmina. Planning and Decision Making for Aerial Robots. New York: Springer, 2014. Engineering Library TL718 .B47 2014


1About Free Shipping Day

2Amazon Unveils Futureristic Plan: Delivery by Drone December 2, 2013 (Source: 60 Minutes CBS News website)

3FAA Lets 4 companies Fly Commercial Drones (Source:, December 10, 2014)


5FAA’s Treatment of Amazon Proves Congress Must Act or Companies Will Take Drone Research Abroad (Source:, December 10, 2014)



Learn More

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Bestaoui Sebbane, Yasmina. Planning and Decision Making for Aerial Robots. New York: Springer, 2014. Engineering Library TL718 .B47 2014

Commercial Drones (Source: Popular Science website)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Source: Federal Aviation Administration website -

“60 Minutes” reports on the uncertainty of regulating drones March 14, 2014 (Source: YouTube)

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