New Service for Faculty: Renew Your Loans Online

The University Libraries is pleased to announce that faculty, graduate students, honors students, and P&S staff will now be able to go online (via My Account) and renew annual loans (currently due in June 2015).  You no longer need to bring your loans to a campus library to be renewed on-site.  This service change seeks to provide more convenient access to library collections and recognize the long-term needs of our users.  Questions can be directed to your library liaison or Amy Paulus, Head of Access Services.

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Changes in the Main Library Periodical Collection

The Libraries is making the periodical collection on the third floor of Main Library more orderly and accessible by reorganizing all volumes into a single alphabetically arranged sequence. A project is underway to shelve the current issues with the rest of their bound volumes. Bound periodicals run in alphabetical order on the east side of third floor. If you are having problems locating an issue, please call 335-5299, text 319-313-2395, or visit the Service Desk on the 1st floor.

Tonight Only! The Brinton Silent Film Project

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Tonight Only!  The Brinton Silent Film Project

Friends of the UI Libraries Annual Event
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Join Mike Zahs and Red Cedar Chamber Music for an evening of motion pictures and music from the earliest days of film.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Brinton Entertainment Co. of Washington, Iowa, would travel throughout the Midwest bringing films, magic lantern slides, and other forms of entertainment to populations who, in many cases, had never before seen such sights.

Now, the Brinton Collection is being preserved by the UI Libraries, and Zahs, partnering with Red Cedar Chamber Music, will show the silent films with a newly-commissioned score.  The filmmakers from Northland Films, who have been documenting the Brinton Collection project, will discuss their film and show a special preview.

Following the program, a reception will be offered in Special Collections, with the opportunity to interact with Zahs, the musicians, and the filmmakers and the chance to view some of the artifacts.

Program at 5:30 PM
Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library

Reception at 6:30 PM
Special Collections Reading Room, Main Library
cash bar, light refreshments

The event is free, but reservations ARE appreciated.  RSVP by Thursday, April 30th, 2015, by calling 319-335-6093 or e-mail lib-friends@uiowa.edu

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Announcing Edible Book Festival Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who created the delectable entries that made this year’s Edible Book Festival a success!

We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors who provided this year’s prizes: Beadology, Blick Art Materials, UI Libraries’ Conservation Lab, High Ground Cafe, and New Pioneer Co-op.

And we extend a hearty thanks to our judges who had to make some difficult decisions in choosing the winners: Executive Chef of the Iowa Memorial Union Barry Greenberg, Special Collections’ Outreach & Instruction Librarian Colleen Theisen, and Conservator Giselle Simon.

Ella and Jameson Sherlock created a wonderful edible version of Tom Riddle’s diary from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, complete with a basilisk fang and quill ink. Their entry won in three categories: Best Book Structure, Judge’s Favorite, and Audience Favorite, and their prizes include a tour of the UI Libraries’ Conservation Lab and two gift cards to New Pioneer Co-op.

The Best Literary Allusion category went to Lindsay Vella’s entry based on Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, titled “Geryon’s Dream Macaron.” Her prize was a handful of free coffee coins from High Ground Cafe.

And lastly, the Best Tasting Category went to Connie Sherman’s beautiful and delicious Accordion Book of Kolache, which came with the prize of a gift from Beadology.

Other entries were A Confederacy of Apricots king cake by Clare Jones based on A Confederacy of Dunces, a cake by Ferguson Ward (assisted by Connie Sherman) based on the webcomic xkcd, an I Want My Hat Back cake by Willow Fuchs, a penguin cake based off of And Tango Makes Three made by Andrea Rost, Pig Out! a pie by Kaikobad Irani based on the book Piggie Pie, and The Invisible Boy cookies made by Mary Wallis Gutmann.

Thanks again to all who participated, organized, judged, and ate these incredible edible books!

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Corridor Collaboration: Preserving Cedar Rapids’ History

Flood1-1The flood of 2008 threatened to destroy many of Cedar Rapids’ treasured artifacts. Since then, the University of Iowa Libraries’ Conservation Lab treated over 7,500 items, 100 boxes of manuscripts, and 11,000 single sheets affected by the disaster.

On April 23 the UI Alumni Association will co-host a Lifelong Learning event at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to celebrate the near-completion of the UI Libraries’ restoration efforts.

Find out how the UI Libraries partnered with National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the African American Museum of Iowa to rescue the city’s valuable relics. Panelists will display and discuss the restored items while detailing how these organizations united to preserve these pieces of Cedar Rapids history.

Panelists:
Jeff Kueter – President and CEO, UIAA (moderator)
Dave Muhlena – Library Director, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Brianna Wright – Curator, African American Museum of Iowa
Nancy E. Kraft – Head, Preservation and Conservation, UI Libraries

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7 p.m. (discussion)

WHERE: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, IA

The program is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. Register by Tuesday, April 21, at: http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/czech/

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Colleen Theisen Receives Prestigious “Mover and Shaker” Award from Library Journal

UI Main Library - Staff Photos, September 2012Colleen Theisen of the University of Iowa Libraries has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the Library Journal.

Theisen was recognized in the magazine’s March 15 issue for her efforts to transform libraries in the 21st century. She was selected because of her commitment to the profession and her efforts to transform how library outreach and how we learn about, and interact with, the unique primary source collections in academic libraries. Library Journal especially noted herinnovative work connecting communities on campus and online to rare books and historic documents through social media, online video, and in the classroom

Theisen currently serves as special collections outreach and instruction librarian as part of Special Collections & University Archives

LJ’s newest class of Movers & Shakers proves once again that the library arena is rich with innovation driven by mission-focus,” said Rebecca T. Miller, group editor, Library Journal and School Library Journal. “Those identified come from across the library universe and beyond, and they are each transforming how libraries connect with and enrich their communities. We congratulate them, and look forward to seeing their ongoing contributions multiply.”

Theisen is from Cedar Rapids and graduated from Regis High School before completing her BA in Art History & Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She followed her degree with a teaching certificate for secondary art education at Clarke College in Dubuque, before completing her Masters of Science in Information, specializing in archives and records management, at the University of Michigan in 2011. She has worked as outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Iowa for more than three years.

The 2015 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. Each of the Movers & Shakers will be prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special luncheon in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco, CA. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC and Boopsie, and it is available at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2015. The luncheon and awards ceremony is made possible by the support of sponsors, including Baker and Taylor, Demco, Mission Bell Media, OCLC, Plata Publishing, Rosen Publishing and Sage.

Read more about new inductees at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2015.

 

ABOUT LIBRARY JOURNAL
Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. Over 75,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews over 8000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases, and web sites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.comLibrary Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, The Horn Book publications, and Junior Library Guild.

UI Libraries Launches Explorer’s Legacy Website

van allen siteThe University of Iowa Libraries has launched an online site that presents the history of the 1958 Explorer I satellite mission and the role played by UI astrophysicist James Van Allen in its success.

The site, Explorer’s Legacy, chronicles the mission that led to the first scientific discovery of the space age when Van Allen identified the radiation belts surrounding the earth. The website also provides, for the first time, access to the complete set of data collected during the Explorer I mission. Digitized from the original reel-to-reel tapes that have been preserved by the University of Iowa Libraries, these data represent the first scientific data returned to Earth from space.

The new website embeds digitized content from the Van Allen papers within a new narrative account of the mission written exclusively for the site by Abigail Foerstner, author of James Van Allen: The First Eight Billion Miles. The presentation provides a complete overview of the development, launch, and success of the Explorer missions, and highlights the participation of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Iowa in many subsequent space missions, including the current Van Allen probes that continue to make new discoveries within the radiation belts.

“It’s great to have the first scientific measurements ever made in space available to the public,” says Craig Kletzing, F. Wendell Miller Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. “From those first days in 1958 to today’s Van Allen Probes mission, the University of Iowa is still at it, working to solve the mysteries of space.” The data tapes from the Explorer missions were created during the satellite’s orbits around the earth. When Explorer I was launched on January 31, 1958, it began to send a signal back to earth. A series of receiving stations were positioned around the globe that would listen in as the satellite passed overhead, and a technician would activate a reel-to-reel tape machine to record the signals.

In 2009, the University of Iowa began an effort to preserve the original analogue reel-to-reel tapes that were stored in the basement of MacLean Hall on the Pentacrest. Staff from the Libraries’ Preservation Department cleaned and stabilized the tapes onsite, and then transferred them to the Main Library. The entire collection is now physically stable and in appropriate environmental conditions. “This new resource is the culmination of years of effort to preserve these historic recordings,” says Greg Prickman, Head of Special Collections. “The availability of the data tapes in a digital format provides broad access to the foundational information of the space age.”

Explorer’s Legacy is the result of inter-disciplinary collaboration between librarians, conservators, physicists, writers, and digital media specialists. In years to come, it will only be getting bigger—the reel-to-reel tapes holding the data from the next successful mission, Explorer III, have already been digitized, and are being prepared for inclusion in the site.

The site was launched with support from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

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SuDocs Have Moved!

FDLPThe University of Iowa Libraries is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. federal government information.  This collection of print publications (classified with the Superintendent of Documents or SuDocs scheme) was recently moved from the third floor to the northwest corner of the fifth floor in the Main Library. Not only is the space on the fifth floor more accessible to our users but this has allowed the Main Library to open up space on the third floor for our ever expanding Special Collections.

Please visit the guide to finding government information for further information about the U.S. government information resources:  http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/us.

Learning Commons Available to Faculty for Class Presentations

Rhetoric Email ImageAre you seeking opportunities for your students to become confident, eloquent, and engaging public speakers? I’d like to invite you to use the Learning Commons for your class presentations! The Learning Commons has six reservable group areas, each equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including 80-inch monitors. Laptops, cables & slide advancers are available for check out at the nearby Library service desk. Your students can even reserve a group area or room ahead of time to practice their presentations. The Learning Commons is an active, collaborative space that will give your students real-world experience presenting in a more formal and public place. If you are interested to learn more or to reserve a space today contact me at Brittney-Thomas@uiowa.edu. I’d be more than happy to help you find the perfect space and make sure your students have everything they need to knock it out of the park!

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