Trial: IMF DataPLUS

IMF DataPLUS is now available as trail service.  This resource provides easy access to an extensive repository of standardized and structured statistical information. The data set, Data Planet, harmonizes the database structures, making it easy to compare data from multiple sources. Users can combine exactly the series they need for models, analyses, and presentations.

The trail ends 24 November, 2016.

Please send additional comments to Kim Bloedel.

Visiting NYC – Digital Transitions Cultural Heritage Round Table

A plate from Francisco de Goya's Los Desastres de la Guerra (1863) being photographed by a camera on a copy stand.

Photographing Francisco de Goya’s Los Desastres de la Guerra with a Digital Transitions RCam & Phase One IQ180 Digital Back. Photo credit: Bethany Davis.

Last week, I flew to New York City for the very first time to attend the Digital Transitions Division of Cultural Heritage Round Table, a day-long event which brought together digital imaging professionals from a variety of institutions including the New York Public Library, Smithsonian Institution, and Frick Collection.

The day began at the Morgan Library & Museum with a handful of colleagues sharing their work in brief presentations. Several times, the audience heartily agreed with nods and laughs as the speakers shared their grips, challenges, and exasperations. Digitization of fold-outs, metadata workflows, and software limitations were among the all-too-familiar challenges. Angela Waarala from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign spoke about two projects which involve large and fragile fold-outs housed within bound volumes. As she enumerated the collections’ features and digitization rationale, I thought of our own Engineering Bachelors Theses Collection, which is likely to be both a digitization joy and stressor in 2017. At the conclusion of the presentations, Digital Transition’s Peter Siegel led the group in a round table discussion about our priorities for Phase One’s future development of Capture One CH. Back at the Digital Transitions office, I mingled with colleagues from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), Yale University, and Ohio State University while watching live demos of digitization techniques like focus stacking.

UI Libraries has been digitizing special collections and rare materials with a Digital Transitions RG3040 Reprographic System since November 2014. To date, we have photographed items from the Arthur and Miriam Canter Rare Book Room (Clementi’s Various piano works) and John Martin Rare Book Room (Browne’s Religio Medici) as well as more than 70 managers’ reports and clipping books from the Keith/Albee Collection in Special Collections & University Archives.

More about Digital Transitions and the UI Libraries’ work on the Keith/Albee Project:

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Open Access Week | Chioma M. Okeoma, Ph.D., Microbiology


By Willow Fuchs

During the month of Open Access week (October 24-30, 2016) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.  We appreciate their contributions.

The first guest post is by Chioma M. Okeoma, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Microbiology.  okeoma

See her Iowa Research Online deposited publications here.

Open access (OA) literally means making literature available to researchers, teachers, journalists, policy makers, and the general public without barriers. Without the open access mechanism, readers or consumers of scientific findings would face price and permission barriers for the use of research findings.

For authors like me, OA provides unlimited access to our work to anyone regardless of their geographic location. The benefits are optimal dissemination of intellectual findings, rigorous peer and public discourse, and increased citations. Above all, OA provides an author maximum visibility and impact for research findings. As authors benefit from publishing OA, so do institutions.

Of course OA publishing is not without a cost to authors because OA publishers charge fees to cover costs. However, the cost of publishing may be covered by grants to authors, or by government and/or institutional subsidies depending on the country and institution. For example, the University of Iowa is a huge proponent of OA publishing. The University through the Office of the Provost and University Libraries provides funds to cover the fees for OA publishing; So when next you think of publishing, think OA. Try it and you will find being “OPEN” truly rewarding.

Chioma M. Okeoma, Ph.D

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Special Collections News 10/21/2016

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Guest Post: Leonardo Marchini on Open Access

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During the month of Open Access week (October 24-30, 2016) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.  We appreciate their contributions.marchini_leo_051716_200x300_0

The third guest post is by Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative and Community Dentistry.

See his Iowa Research Online deposited publications here.

I consider open access publishing a better way to share research findings, since by removing the financial barrier to access it allows for a larger audience to read and use the findings worldwide. It also allows for authors to share their publications more widely, by promoting it in research oriented social media and e-mailing it to groups of researchers in the same field, allowing for even more exposure.

However, most journals in my research field are not open access. In a recent work with a broader focus, I searched for a journal capable of reaching a larger audience and then selected an open access Journal with a higher than average impact factor in my field. The submission process happened as usual, and the peer review was intense, but the manuscript was accepted after a couple review rounds.

However, the publication fees for this journal would be a problem if I was not supported by the UI Libraries Open Access Fund. My experience with the Open Access Fund was amazing! I applied and got funded really fast!

Since then the article has been published and received great attention from the scientific community in many countries, as we had a lot of comments and requests for additional information through channels that would not be available for non-open access articles, like researcher networks. I hope it will reflect in more citations in the near future.

DIY Costumes That Will Light Up The Night!

Happy Halloween: Vol. 5


Been thinking about that perfect Halloween costume? Sure, you could go to a store or online and order something, but what fun would that be? You want something special – uniquely yours, right? We’re here to help you make your very own Halloween costume and light up the night!

Not sure how to get started with creating wearable tech and your own costume? We have Lilypad in our Tool Library! Lilypad is a set of sewable electronic pieces which will help you build soft interactive textiles. There is a small programmable computer, conductive thread, LED lights, battery and battery holder, conductive fabric and more – all you need to get started working with wearable tech! Make : Wearable Electronics will help you learn the skills you need! Once you get the hang of it – you can make your own light-up dress like the one Lupita Nyong’o wore at a Star Wars©  promotional event!

Butterfly Dress designed by Alexander Reeder

Butterfly Dress designed by Alexander Reeder


Perhaps you are going dressed as a “social butterfly.” What could be better than a dress with butterflies that actually flap their wings? If you are interested in wearable tech that utilizes motors, both Make: Wearable Electronics and Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists can help you learn to do just that!

Maybe a light saber more your style? has several DIY lightsabers (from Padawan to Jedi Master!). With MaKey MaKey (available in our Tool Library!), you can make the light saber sounds!

Mjolnir - Thor's Hammer

Mjolnir – Thor’s Hammer


Always dreamed of being Thor? Check out this video and then read up on fingerprint scanners in Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics to see how the DIY Thor’s hammer is created! Visit instructables for more superhero LED wearables!


Whatever your costume ideas are we have the resources to help you really stand out!

Two of the many resources we have available to help you make that unique costume!

Two of the many resources we have available to help you make that truly unique costume!



Hartman, Kate. 2014. Make : Wearable electronics. Sebastopol, CA : Maker Media. Engineering Library QA76.592 .H37 2014

Light Saber. 2008. Scratch

Ulaby, Fawwaz T. 2015. Fundamentals of applied electromagnetics. Boston : Pearson Education, Inc. Engineering Library QC760 .U49 2015

Lupita Nyong’o wore a light-up dress programmed by young women, and it was stunning. June 16, 2016. The Viral Beat

Other Resources:

Cho, Gilsoo, editor. 2010. Smart clothing : technology and applications. Boca Raton, Fla : CRC ; London : Taylor & Francis distributor. Engineering Library QA76.592 .S63 2010

Tao, Xioming, editor. 2005.  Wearable electronics and photonics. Cambridge : Woodhead ; Boca Raton FL : CRC Press. Engineering Library QA76.592 .W43 2005

The Galaxy Dress. Date accessed Oct. 18, 2016

6 Ways to Light Up Your Halloween Costume. Make: Explore Maker Camp. Date accessed Oct. 19, 2016

McCann, J. and Bryson, D, editors. 2009. Smart clothes and wearable technology. Oxford : Woodhead Publishing. Engineering Library TT497 .S58 2009b

Pedersen, Isabel. 2013. Ready to wear : a rhetoric of wearable computers and reality-shifting media. Anderson, South Carolina : Parlor Press. Engineering Library AQ76.592 .P43 2013.

Let’s Make DIY wearables wearables. Date Accessed Oct. 20, 2016

To code your own ZAC Zac Posen dress that Lupita Nyong’o wore:
Projects : Check out some of the amazing things you can do with code. Made w/Code Google Date Accessed Oct. 19, 2016


Watch the Presidential Debates!

myvote-my-voicePlease join the Libraries in collaboration with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and the Communication Studies program in the Main Library this evening for the third & final Presidential Debate!

We’ve got pizza, popcorn, buttons, and cookies and plenty of activities for anyone who might need a break from studying (or from the debate)! We’ll be viewing the debate live in the Food for Thought Café so please join us, even for a few minutes!