VPN Service Changing November 30 | vpn.uiowa.edu no longer available

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. the university VPN service will be changed. If you use the VPN website (https://vpn.uiowa.edu/) as your VPN connection method, you need to download, install, and use the Cisco AnyConnect client instead because this site is being discontinued as a VPN connection method.

The website will be discontinued because:

1. The overall practice of a web VPNs is no longer an industry best practice.

2. Support for the web VPN functionality from the vendor is very limited as a result, and not being actively updated.

3. The web VPN service has been responsible for confusion as to which option to use to access campus resources.

Visit this site to find more information on how to download, install, and connect to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.

If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk:

ITS Help Desk

The University of Iowa

2800 University Capitol Centre

319-384-HELP (4357)


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Greater Midwest Region National Network of Libraries of Medicine | First Six Months at UI Update


graphic of 10 states covered by GMRThe Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has now been operating from the University of Iowa for six months! If you’re curious as to what we’ve been working on, we put together a short recap, just for you.

Our team was fully staffed as of October 17th! Liz Kiscaden joined as the GMR’s Associate Director, along with Director Linda Walton, in April 0f 2016. Darlene Kaskie followed, joining as an Outreach Specialist, then we hired on Jacqueline Leskovec as our Network Librarian. In July, Molly Olmstead was hired as the Finance and Communications Coordinator and Bobbi Newman as the Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist. Our most recent hire, Derek Johnson, joined the staff as the Health Professionals Outreach Specialist in mid-October. The new GMR staff is compiled from a diverse array of backgrounds, including health science, law, and public librarianship, public health consulting, nursing, and libraries administration.

Associate Director, Liz Kiscaden, visited many of the Network’s Resource Libraries during these first six months. She traveled, with Linda Walton, to the Chicago Area to visit several institutions, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and Loyola. Liz has also traveled to visit Resource Libraries in Minnesota, Michigan, and Kentucky.

GMR staffIn early September, staff from the National Office of the NN/LM visited the GMR’s newly renovated office space in the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. NLM Associate Director Diane Babski, Project Scientists Margaret McGhee and Renee Bougard, and Division of Extramural Programs representative Allen VanBiervliet traveled from Washington DC to meet with the newly assembled GMR staff. The GMR hosted a dessert reception for the National Office visitors and the University of Iowa Libraries staff.

Our staff have exhibited across the region, promoting funding opportunities and demonstrating National Library of Medicine resources to librarians. Exhibits have included the North Dakota Library Association, Minnesota Library Association, the Iowa Library Association, and the Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois conference. Our staff also exhibited at the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, sponsoring two activities on the program.

During these first six months, our office sponsored several educational webinars, including the first installment NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar series, titled “Don’t Wait, Communicate about Disaster Preparedness!” Additionally, we presented an outstanding webinar on data management and another on emergency planning for collections, collaborating with our own Nancy Kraft from the University of Iowa libraries. Educational offerings have reached nearly 200 members across the ten-state region.

The GMR has already funded 16 outreach projects across seven states, allocating over $75,000 of funding toward this outreach. One example of a funded project is awarded to the Oakland University Kresage Medical Library, for their project titled “Health Information Outreach to Homeless Patients at the HOPE Recuperative Care Center.” The Kresage Library Staff, led by principal investigator Misa Mi, will use funding to provide computer and health information access to homeless patients discharged from the HOPE Adult Shelter. By providing these individuals computer access they will be able to use NLM Resources, such as MedlinePlus or NIHSeniorHealth.gov to seek valuable information and learn information searching skills.

Our office is currently planning for the second year of funding, which will offer more awards and educational opportunities. Upcoming awards will place an emphasis on providing health literacy outreach to medically underserved areas and populations. We’re looking forward to continuing to support the mission of the NN/LM and will share our activities with you!

To keep up with the GMR’s latest activity, follow our Facebook, Twitter, or join our listserv (GMRLIST@list.uiowa.edu).

Update by Elizabeth Kiscaden and Molly Olmstead.

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Increase your efficiency with PubMed | Workshop Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1-2pm


PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 26 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This one-hour session will show you how to improve your search results by using subject headings (MeSH) and advanced keyword searching techniques.

Wednesday, November 16th, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

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Tour health science mobile resources | workshop Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1-2pm

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Take a tour of some new (and some well-established) apps for your mobile device or smart phone! At this informal brown bag technology meeting, you’ll not only be shown a variety of tools for both academic and clinical use but also invited to share your own examples and experiences. If you don’t have a mobile device, don’t worry: The only necessary smart device is you!

Tuesday, November 15th 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor)

No time for the workshop?  See our mobile resources guide.  Many apps are provided free from library subscriptions including DynaMed Plus and UpToDate.

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History of Torture | History of Medicine Lecture by Robert Rakel, MD | Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30pm

Nazi prisoners in concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, 1938
photo from NARA

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society November lecture by Robert Rakel:
The History of Torture, including the experience of Janusz Bardach 

picture of Robert Rakel,

Robert Rakel, Professor Emeritus, Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Thursday, November 17
2117 MERF (Medical Education Research Facility


Torture has existed for most of recorded history.  Until the 2nd Century torture was only used on slaves, on the assumption that slaves could not be trusted to reveal the truth voluntarily.

This talk will focus on doctors who torture, and those who are tortured because they refuse to participate.  Stanley Milgram’s classic study at Yale showed how easily ordinary people can become torturers.

Recent atrocities will be discussed: Russian gulags under Stalin, Germany during WWII, the British in Northern Ireland, and The United States.


Please consider donating online to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society to sponsor events.

Nazi prisoners in concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, 1938 photo from NARA

Nazi prisoners in concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, 1938
photo from NARA

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871.

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Systematic Reviews | Free workshops @ Hardin Library

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Are you interested in conducting a systematic review? We have two workshops to help you get started.

Step one-
Systematic Reviews: Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review

This class provides a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review, including:

    • standards and criteria to consider
    • establishing a plan
    • registering a protocol,
    • developing a research question,
    • determining where to search
    • identifying search terms
    • reporting search strategies, and managing references.

 Thursday, November 1o, 2-3pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Step two-

Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching for the Health Sciences

This class focuses on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a health sciences systematic review. Topics include

    • techniques for developing search strategies
    • deciding which databases to search
    • how to seek out grey literature for a given topic
    • selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies
    • saving and organizing references.

 Thursday, November 17, 2-3pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Sign up for these workshops or request personal appointments online or by calling 319-335-9151.

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Francis Glisson | Anatomia Hepatis | November 2016 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

painting of Glisson

FRANCIS GLISSON (1597-1677). Anatomia hepatis. London: Typis DuGardianis, 1654.

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Francis Glisson (1599?-1677)

Glisson was a graduate of Cambridge and Regius professor of physic there for more than forty years, although he was almost never in residence, as he carried on a busy medical practice in London.

Glisson was a founder of the Royal Society and one-time president of the Royal College of Physicians. In this book he gives the first description of the capsule of the liver and describes its blood supply. Here, too, is the description of the sphincter of the bile duct.  In its time, the Anatomia hepatis was the most important treatise thus far on the physiology of the digestive system.

Our library owns a first edition of this work, as well as a 1681 edition published in The Hague.  Other editions came out in 1659 and 1665. Glisson also wrote books on rickets and the intestines.  For more information about Francis Glisson see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

You may view this book in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.

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Image from first edition of Anatomia hepatis, 1654



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Data Management for Researchers | Free workshop @Hardin Library | Wed., November 9, 2-3pm


As a result of recent requirements to expand public access to the results of federally funded research, researchers in all disciplines are required to “better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded research.”

The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • explain research data management and its importance,
  • help identify some common data management issues, and
  • learn about best practices and resources that are available to assist researchers.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2:00 – 3:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151

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