Special Collections News & Updates 7/22/2016

Janet Weaver in front of Migration is Beautiful displayNewsfeed: Update on the Music Library Move: http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/rbml/2016/07/22/were-moving/ Pomerantz Business Library’s 2015-2016 Infographic:  http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/biz/2016/07/14/pomerantz-business-library-a-look-back-at-fy-2016/ Migration is Beautiful Website Premieres at the 2016 National LULAC Convention July 12th was the kickoff for […]

New Liaison Librarians Join Hardin Staff

Heather Healy and Matt Regan
Heather Healy and Matt Regan

Heather Healy and Matt Regan

Hardin Library recently welcomed two new Clinical Education Librarians, Heather Healy and Matt Regan.

Heather is the primary liaison to Carver College of Medicine and to a number of UIHC departments, including Internal Medicine. Before arriving at Hardin on July 1, Heather was a health sciences librarian at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and previously worked at Kansas State University libraries. Before receiving her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University, Heather worked as an editor for Human Kinetics, a health sciences publisher. You can contact Heather at heather-healy@uiowa.edu.

Matt Regan joined the Hardin staff on July 18 and will be the liaison to Family Medicine and several other departments. He will also support Hardin’s website and other technologies. An Iowa native, Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. After receiving his Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Dominican University, he was a reference and instruction librarian at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where he served as liaison to Nursing and other health sciences programs. You can contact Matt at matthew-regan@uiowa.edu.

Welcome to Hardin, Heather and Matt!

Posted in Uncategorized

Pictures of Nursing: Zwerdling Postcard Collection | Exhibit open @Hardin Library

pulp fiction nurse pc
Rural visiting nurse Elizabeth McPhee

Rural visiting nurse Elizabeth McPhee

Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection is now on exhibit at Hardin Library.  The exhibit explores a 2,588 postcard archive spanning over 100 years.  Images of nursing and the nursing profession around the world have been frequent subjects of postcards.

Postcards are influenced by popular ideas and social and culture life, as well as fashion. These images of nurses and nursing are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and attitudes toward class, race, and national differences. By documenting the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, these postcards reveal how nursing was seen during those times.

500 additional postcards may be viewed online.nurses60s

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


Data Research Services: UM Experience | Webinar, Thursday July 21, 2-3pm


The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) @Hardin Library and South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine present a jointly sponsored webinar :

Data Research Services: University of Michigan Experience

Thursday, July 21, 2-3pm CDT

This webinar session is focused on interviewing Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte, both who are involved in research data services at the University of Michigan. Join us to learn how data services support interactions between scientists and librarians, and how these interactions create new opportunities for health sciences libraries.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • needs assessments to inform a research data service
  • the importance of teaching data literacy
  • data management requirement from funding agencies
  • value of health science libraries as partners in data management

Jake Carlson

Marisa Conte

Jake Carlson is the Research Data Services Manager for the UM Library. He oversees the development and implementation of a data services program designed to apply the practices, principles and perspectives of library science to address researchers’ needs in managing, organizing, sharing and preserving their research data. More information about Jake and the work that he has done is available on his website.

As the Translational Research and Data Informationist, Marisa Conte [Profile] provides research support to clinical and basic scientists with an emphasis on translational research. Her areas of expertise include data management, biomedical informatics, collaborative technologies, and expert literature searching. 

To join the meeting:

  1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/jointwebinar/
  2. At the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
  3. Once the room is open, the system will provide you with a phone number to dial-in and a participant code to connect to the audio.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

Problems? Contact the SCR Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 817-735-2223.

Posted in Uncategorized

Special Collections News & Updates 7/15/2016

18 people processing papersNewsfeed: UI Librarians Serving the Iowa Library Association: http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/news/2016/07/11/ui-librarians-serving-the-iowa-library-association/ 1960’s Exhibition featured in the University of Iowa Alumni Magazine: http://www.iowalum.com/magazine/digital/july16.cfm YouTube Series If Books Could Talk finishes final episode: http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2016/07/12/youtube-series-if-books-could-talk-finishes-final-episode/ How an Obsolete […]

Documenting and Treating Scrolls: Part 2

Friday, July 15, 2016
Submitted by Katarzyna Bator and Bailey Kinsky

Dry cleaning is the first step in most, if not all conservation treatments. Loose dirt and soil buildup collects on exposed portions of the object, in this case on the outermost part of the scroll. Additional dirt can find its way onto the surface of the object when it is handled with dirty hands. Soft brushes, vulcanized rubber sponges, and vinyl erasers are most commonly used in dry cleaning works of art and archival materials.

Dry cleaning with soot sponges to reduce surface soil buildup.

Dry cleaning with soot sponges to reduce surface soil buildup.

Overview shot displaying a comparison of before and after dry cleaning.  The five vertical columns of script on the left have been cleaned.

Overview shot displaying a comparison of before and after dry cleaning. The five vertical columns of script on the left have been cleaned.

A close up shot of dry cleaning with a soot sponge.

A close up shot of dry cleaning with a soot sponge.

Posted in Uncategorized

Pomerantz Business Library: A Look Back at FY 2016

Today the Pomerantz Business Library looks back at the recently ended fiscal year 2016. What follows provides a window into the impact that the business library has on the teaching, learning, and research activities of students, faculty, and staff of the Tippie College of Business and the entire University of Iowa community.

Thanks for a great FY 2016 and here’s to a strong and productive FY 2017!



UI Librarians Serving the Iowa Library Association

2016Q&A with Duncan Stewart

ILA’s past president and UI special collections catalog librarian

Q: How long have you been an active member of ILA?

A: I joined ILA in 1998 when I got my first professional library job as a cataloger at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City. I joined ILA because ALA was not affordable or vital to my job as a state librarian.

Q: List any positions or projects you’ve worked on for ILA

A:  When I joined, I volunteered to be a member of ILA Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC). I was a member for several years, assisting with ILA Lobbying Day at the State Capitol in the Law Library. Then I became chair of GAC and held that position for several years, working closely with ILA leadership and ILA professional lobbyists in Des Moines. ILA actually has a fairly powerful lobbying voice in the state legislature. Over the years, I have served on the ILA-ACRL board, as a member of the ILA Executive board, and as vice president, president, and now past president of ILA.

Q: How would you describe what ILA is and how it serves Iowa/Iowans?

A: ILA serves Iowa librarians, libraries, and librarians as the organized voice of the library community in the state. With 1500 members from every county of Iowa, we combine all types of librarians (teacher librarians, public librarians, academics, special librarians) into one strong group. This works well in Iowa because we are a small state and separate groups for every type of librarian would be impractical, though ILA does have subdivisions where like-minded librarians gather for professional development. ILA serves Iowa by explaining the need for and huge impact of state assistance to Iowa libraries through the State Library of Iowa. ILA has partnered with the State Library to ask for state financial aid for Inter Library Loan, making books much more available to participating libraries. ILA has worked to support and shape the State Library and the services it provides. But the best example of ILA benefiting Iowans is the statewide contract for Ebsco Host, the database of journal articles and news stories—the State Library, with ILA’s ongoing assistance, uses this contract to provide access (paid) to every library in the state. ILA has also been instrumental in garnering legislative support for ongoing access to Learning Express, which is a database of professional tests and educational materials available to all Iowa libraries.

Q: Please explain why, as a University of Iowa librarian, you joined and participate in ILA

A: I continued my membership in ILA, even though I also became active with ALA after being hired at UIL in 2002. I did this because I had seen the positive effects that ILA had on Iowa libraries, I enjoyed working with librarians from across the state and from many kinds of libraries, and because I am convinced that membership and participation in ILA is one way for UI librarians to fulfill the mission of the library and the university to serve the people of Iowa. UI librarians have had strong support for ongoing membership in ILA and have served at every level from committee member to president (I was ILA president in 2015). ILA benefits greatly from the commitment and energy of UI Librarians and would not be the same organization without us.

Q: What is something you learned through participating in ILA that you might not have learned at another conference or on-the-job?

A:  The most basic thing I learned as a member of ILA is the strength and diversity of the library community in Iowa and our power when we all work together. ILA includes para-professional staff members, state certified librarians without MLS, as well as MLS librarians. Together we span the spectrum of libraries in the state and cooperate to improve all library services. I learned that it is not only possible, but highly powerful to work with people of greatly differing backgrounds, job experience, and training. ILA taught me that there is strength in cooperation and numbers.

Q: What do you value most about your participation in ILA?

A: The thing I value most about ILA is the chance to meet, work with, and celebrate successes with librarians from across Iowa and from every kind of library. ILA is, at heart, the center of the Iowa library community. And I see my work in ILA as a direct contribution to serving the people of Iowa. ILA allows you to meet the citizens and librarians of Iowa that we are here to serve. ILA unites librarians, government, and library users into a force for library support.