Learn something new with our summer open workshops!

Do you have more time to learn something new in the summer?  We can help with that!

Hardin Library is offering open workshops on a variety of topics:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Open Access publishing
  • Determining your scholarly impact
  • Keeping current
  • Toxicology resources
  • RefWorks
  • Scopus and Web of Science

Descriptions, schedule and registration forms at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/

If none of these times work for you, but you would like an individual or group session, contact your librarian!

 

 

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Springtime in Iowa

Remembering Iowa City’s tornado of 2006 and floods of 2008, via Iowa Digital Library. Here’s hoping for a less extreme 2013…

Alpha Chi Omega house, University of Iowa, April 2006 | University Communication and Marketing Photographs

Alpha Chi Omega house, University of Iowa, April 2006 | University Communication and Marketing Photographs

Tornado damage, Iowa City, April 2006 | University Communication and Marketing Photographs

Tornado damage, Iowa City, April 2006 | University Communication and Marketing Photographs

The Daily Iowan, April 17, 2006 | The Daily Iowan Historic Newspapers

The Daily Iowan, April 17, 2006 | The Daily Iowan Historic Newspapers

Art Building West, University of Iowa, June 2008 | Iowa City Flood

Art Building West, University of Iowa, June 2008 | Iowa City Flood

Volunteers help with sandbagging, University of Iowa, June 2008 | Iowa City Flood

Volunteers help with sandbagging, University of Iowa, June 2008 | Iowa City Flood

The Daily Iowan, June 11, 2008 | The Daily Iowan Historic Newspapers

The Daily Iowan, June 11, 2008 | The Daily Iowan Historic Newspapers

Main Library Flood Preparations, May 30

As the University of Iowa prepares for anticipated flooding of the Iowa River, some efforts have begun in the Main Library to remove books from lower level basement storage. These are lesser used books from our general circulating collection. Library staff are handling the book evacuation: no volunteers are needed at this time.

In 2012, the rare book, manuscript, and archival material from Special Collections & University Archives were moved from their previous location in the Main Library basement to permanent secure space on the third floor of the building.

During the flood of 2008, the Main Library building only took on 2″ of water in the lowest levels of the basement through floor drains. No materials in the building were damaged. The lowest shelf on the storage bookstacks is higher than 2″. The only materials damaged were books checked out to a student whose Coralville apartment flooded.

UPDATE: Art Library to Close, Thu, May 30

With the closure of Art Building West (ABW) due to possible flooding, the Art Library will be closing sometime today (Thursday, May 30) until further notice.

  • Art Reserve will be placed at Main Library Reserve
  • Materials currently on hold at the Art Library will be at the North Circ Desk of the Main Library
  • Materials may be returned to the Main Library.
  • Please use Interlibrary Loan for all needed materials (library staff will not have access to ABW)

The Art Library staff will be relocated to the Main Library (details will be forthcoming). In the meantime if you have questions, please contact Art Library staff at lib-art@uiowa.edu .

Map Conservation Challenge

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Map Before Conservation

Map Before Conservation

One particular map from the “History of the Expedition under the Command of Captain Lewis and Clark, 1814″ was a particular challenge. It presented a great opportunity to treat a very important map that was in much need of repair. The map, depicting Lewis and Clark’s route and the first map of the journey to be published, was in poor condition, with past mends of heavy paper, which caused stretching and stress to the paper. The map had also been backed, or adhered to linen in order to give the heavily used map more support, but it had been glued with an adhesive that was thick and degrading, causing yellowing and staining of the paper. The proposal was to remove the map from the book, remove the old lining and adhesive by aqueous means, wash, and then reline the map
Removing the Old Linen

Removing the Old Linen


onto a Korean hanji paper. The washing treatment would hopefully brighten the map overall, but also prolong the life of the paper by removing the old adhesive. The new lining would provide a stable, flexible support.

The old linen came away easily, but Giselle and Bill were in for much more work when it came to removing the adhesive. In many cases this simply floats away in the bath, but this adhesive was thick and viscous. It required a very gentle scrapping to even move it off the surface, done with soft bamboo spatulas, designed by NY area binder and conservator Jeff Peachy. Once the map is wet, it’s best to finish this process all in one day. Thankfully we started first thing in the morning!

Gently Removing Old Adhesive

Gently Removing Old Adhesive

After the adhesive removal was complete, the map was washed and relined onto hanji paper. This is a Korean paper, made in a similar way to Japanese washi, and made to meet conservation standards. The team enjoyed utilizing the sparkling new, oversize table, specifically designed for large flat work.
Free of Old Lining

Free of Old Lining

Preparing Hanji Paper Liner

Preparing Hanji Paper Liner

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Vinzani’s Papermaking class at PBI

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Submitted by Pamela Olson

Paper made with watermark at end of class.

Paper made with watermark at end of class.


Bernie Vinanzi, a veteran papermaker who trained at Twinrocker Handmade Paper and now teaches papermaking at the University of Maine at Machias, taught a workshop with a focus on paper history, fiber selection, and sheet formation. Workshop participants designed their own watermarks and made a wide range of textweight, Western-style paper from cotton, abaca, and hemp fibers.

Julie McLaughlin and Jana Dambrogio cutting out watermarks from vinyl lettering adhesive.

Julie McLaughlin and Jana Dambrogio cutting out watermarks from vinyl lettering adhesive.

Bill Hosterman forming sheets at the vat

Bill Hosterman forming sheets at the vat

Pamela Olson is a Graduate Student at UICB and Conservation Assistant for the University of Iowa Libraries Preservation & Conservation Department and attended Vinzani’s class. Images in this post are from the PBI Facebook page.

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Print DSM-5 Available at Hardin Library

A print copy of the DSM-5 is now available in the Hardin Permanent Reserve collection, under call number RC 455.2 .C4 D54 2013.  It may be checked out for two hours at a time.

We have had several questions about whether we will be adding the electronic version of the DSM-5.  The quick answer is yes, we will!  The longer answer is that we have to wait for it to actually be available.  We get the electronic version of the DSM through the American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatry Online platform.  They have informed us that the DSM-5 will be added sometime this summer.

If you have questions about how we acquire new resources, please contact Janna Lawrence at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu or 319-335-9870.

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