SEEKING NOMINATIONS: Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence

The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. Funded by a generous endowment, this prestigious award acknowledges a library staff member’s professional contributions in the practice of librarianship, service to the profession, scholarship, or leadership which has had a significant impact or innovation to the operations of the Libraries or the University of Iowa. The library staff member will receive $1,500 to be used for professional development activities.

Criteria for the award and the nomination form are available at:

Nominations are due by Friday, October 16.

Many graduate students and faculty work closely with our librarians to locate and procure curriculum and research resources. The Benton Award is a great opportunity to recognize that collaborative relationship.

*The University Libraries includes the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and the Art, Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Music libraries. (Professional staff in the Law Library and other campus departmental library staff are not eligible.)

William Anthony Lecture

The University of Iowa Libraries’ Preservation and Conservation presents:

The William Anthony Conservation Lecture
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Adler Journalism Building, E105
Gary Frost, guest lecturer
“Great Legacy, Great Prospects — The Historical Bookbinding Model Collection at Iowa”

A reception will follow. All UI students, faculty, staff  and Iowa City area community members are invited to attend.

At this event, you can expect to learn about the art and craft of bookbinding over the centuries. Discover the University of Iowa Libraries’ unique role in helping to document and teach these techniques.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Download PDF poster to print Anthony Lecture flier 8.5 x 10-FINAL-1.

Talk About Just Living: Classroom Strategies for Social Justice Learning in the Public Sphere

The Main Library Learning Commons invites you to attend the faculty workshop Talk About Just Living: Classroom Strategies for Social Justice Learning in the Public Sphere on Friday, September 18th from 1:30-4:30pm

Take advantage of the second annual Theme Semester Just Living in Spring 2016 to infuse your assignments with social justice issues that will resonate with your students. Give students the opportunity to engage in dialogue about social justice in public using your curriculum as their voice. Faculty can use assignments and projects to encourage students to engage with social justice issues and to learn what it means to participate in a public conversation.

This workshop will provide instructors the opportunity to reimagine how they can incorporate social justice into their curriculum and learn about opportunities for their students to showcase their work in public spaces. Participants will:

  • Discover opportunities and resources available for showcasing student work connected to the spring 2016 theme semester Just Living.
  • Learn how faculty and campus partners have promoted student work in public using the Learning Commons.
  • Revamp a current or previous assignment into something that can be displayed or performed in public.
  • Infuse social justice themes into a current or previous assignment.
  • Learn how to use the Just Living website to market courses related to social justice.

Experienced guest instructors will share their insights and experiences in using the Learning Commons to promote their students’ work and will demonstrate future opportunities on campus to showcase student work publicly. Participants will leave with a variety of project ideas for classroom use and will have the opportunity to return for an optional, drop in working session the following week where colleagues from the University Libraries, Learning Commons, and Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology will be available for one-on-one consultation.

The workshop will be held in Group Rooms 1103/1105 in the Main Library Learning Commons on Friday, September 18th from 1:30-4:30pm with an optional, drop-in work session on Friday, September 25 from 1:30-4:30pm. The institute is open to all faculty and instructors. There is no cost to attend, although pre-registration to the institute is required. Please register here.

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Math Journals Moving Location in Main Library

To improve findability for the journals held in the Main Library, the math collection journals are being moved from the 2nd floor to the 3rd floor and will be located adjacent to the other journals. Bookstacks staff are beginning to move these materials upstairs and in a few months you will be able to find the math collection journals in the northeast corner of the third floor. In the meantime, if you have problems locating a title, please contact the Service Desk staff on the 1st floor.

Remote Delivery Service Available to Faculty

Will you be spending your summer doing research outside the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids metro area but still need access to library materials? Take advantage of our remote delivery service!  While searching the library catalog, place a delivery request for remote delivery and enter in the address where the book should be delivered.  We use UPS so delivery is fast and traceable.  For further information and a listing of cities excluded from this service, please visit:

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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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