Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | October 2015 | Giovanni Andrea Dalla Croce

Giovanni Andrea Dalla Croce (1509?-1580).  Chirugiae…libri septem. Venice: Apud Jordanum Zilettun, 1573. picture from Croce book

Not a great deal is known of Croce’s life.  He was born at Venice, and was a member of the College of Surgeons in Venice.  In 1560 he was mentioned as being on of the city’s most successful surgeons.  Chirugiae is Croce’s major contribution and is a historic compilation of writings of authorities from Hippocrates to Abulcasis.

Croce’s wound management recommendations are similar to some used 500 years later.  Chirugiae contains excellent illustrations.  Nearly all the best known, most frequently used surgical instruments are depicted in historical sequence.  This book also depicts arrows, spears, and bullets used for warfare, and scenes of a typical 16th century operating room.

You may view this work 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.

Open Access is the way that new knowledge is made easier | Faculty guest post

By Willow Fuchs

During the month of Open Access Week (October 19-25) 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.

Professor Williams

Professor Williams

The first guest post is by Associate Professor, Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Ph.D. University of Iowa,  Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, Faculty member of the School of Art and Art History/Media, Social Practice, and Design.

Open Access is the way that new knowledge is made…easier

October 19-25 is International Open Access Week all across the world. As a scholar I have directly benefited from participating in the Iowa Research Online open access platform. One of my articles has been downloaded over 12,000 times. The ripple effects of this can be seen easily on Google Scholar. That particular article is cited numerous times by other people who are pursuing similar questions in countries like Albania and Spain. If not for open access and my participation in the Iowa Research Online program I doubt those scholars would have found my work.

As a public servant at a public university I feel that an open access system for all of the scholarship that we produce is important. Print journals are expensive to produce, subscriptions are costly for individuals and libraries, and people without access to the journal can’t use the information. Ultimately as researchers we want to engage in conversations with other people about our work and trends or ideas in our field. My own research often appeals to people who are not directly connected with a university. It gives me great pleasure to know that they can still find and read my scholarship even if they can’t afford a subscription to a journal, they live in a place where the journal is not available, or they are not aware of what journals to consult in order to find information about a particular topic.

We are always standing on the shoulders of giants. Climbing up to those places in order to survey the world stretched out before us should be easy, free, and independent of our connections in academia. It is important to find what came before us with regard to a history of ideas. I wrote my dissertation at a time when printed journals were still the way that scholarship was disseminated. Google was still five years away from launching Google Scholar. As a doctoral student I traveled to university libraries all over the country to browse stacks, read journals, and find information. It was a slow, expensive, and arduous process. Now, I can simply use the internet to find information from the comfort of my own couch. With open access I can still read that information even if my university does not subscribe to the journal or I don’t have funding to purchase the articles. Having easy and free access to the ideas of others can spark our creativity, help us formulate new ideas and approaches, keep us from being redundant, and make collaboration easier, thus creating new knowledge.

Open access also levels the playing field. As an educator I care deeply about equality. Students from schools with small budgets or in developing countries can access the work of others without barriers As a teacher, it broadens the possibilities of ideas and research that I can share with students. Nothing is more frustrating than finding an abstract that seems relevant to your lecture only to discover you can’t access it without paying for it. This has real relevance for my colleagues in medicine where people’s lives might depend on access to the latest research about procedures or pharmaceuticals.

If we are committed to making new knowledge and advancing the act of discovery we must all commit ourselves to open access and to the possibilities it offers to everyone who has the technological ability to surf the web.

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Hardin Librarians activity at Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association Meeting | 2015

Hardin Library staff will be presenting posters and paper at the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
The conference theme is Librarians + Evidence = Proof.

Eric Rumsey, Janna Lawrence and Xiaomei Gu will present a paper Food Diet & Nutrition: A Tricky Search in PubMed.
This paper details their research on searching food, diet, and nutrition (FDN) in PubMed, how to do comprehensive searching on FDN, and potential changes in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) coming later this year.

Amy Blevins will be a panelist for The Party Crashers Reunion: More Tips and Tricks for Connecting With Our Faculty, Students and Clinicians.
This panel will discuss the status of liaison librarian activities at 5 institutions, and how librarians establish meaningful ongoing relationships with those they serve.

Jennifer Deberg and Elizabeth Kiscaden will present a poster Discovering Trends in Locally Published Systematic Reviews.
The poster shows results of an environmental scan of locally authored systematic reviews, and how librarians can provide service to improve quality of future research.

Xiaomei Gu, Eric Rumsey, and Janna Lawrence will present a poster The Growth of Food-Diet-Nutrition Literature in PubMed.
The poster analyzes growth of FDN subjects, and publication trends.

Eric Rumsey, Janna Lawrence, and Xiaomei Gu will present a poster The Most Important Plant-Based Food Families in PubMed.
This poster examines how PubMed’s MeSH tree structure facilitates searching for plant-based foods, including searching by family of plants.

Xiaomei Gu will present a poster Introducing Embase to the College of Pharmacy through Active Learning Activities.
The poster shows how to use different active learning activities to teach Embase to new users at multiple levels.


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Learn to find ASTM, ISO, ADA, NFPA standards |@Hardin Library| Tuesday, Sept. 29, 3-4pm

Introduction to standards and specifications. Learn how to access a wide variety of standards including ASTM, ISO, ADA, NFPA (Fluid), and the US Code of Federal Regulations. Featuring a new database, TechStreet, to gain electronic access to these standards and more.

Our next session is
Tuesday, September 29th, 3:00-4:00pm, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Instructor Kari Kozak Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Instructor Kari Kozak
Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Get an introduction to American Psychological Association Style |@Hardin Library| Sept. 30, Noon-1pm

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) provides guidelines for formatting papers or manuscripts used by nursing, social sciences,apa manual and most allied health sciences disciplines. In this hands on session, you will learn basic rules of APA formatting as well as gain experience applying APA formatting to journal, book, and web references. Resources for future referral will also be provided.

Our next session
Wednesday, September 30th, 12:00- 1:00pm, Hardin Library, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Remodeling on 3rd floor started Monday, September 28

Part of Hardin Library is getting a new look!  Work begins on Monday, September 28 on the 3rd Floor.

remodeled space

remodeled space will look like this

  • 4 new group studies with added technology
  • Updates to group studies on 3rd
  • One Button video recording studio
  • Standing computer desks
  • Some new furniture
  • Accent color walls
  • New exhibition area

Looking for a quiet study areas?
4th Floor, Information Commons West, 24-hour study area

Want to sit with a group?
1st Floor has larger tables and is not a quiet area

picture of library with furniture removed

Day 1 most of the furniture removed

Day 3 - furniture delivered and installation started

Day 3 – furniture delivered and installation started

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Raising of America | Hardin Library Film Series |Moderated Discussion November 5


Join us at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences for a screening and moderated discussion  of the film The Raising of America.

Thursday, November 5, from 6-8pm, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
RSVP for the event

More information about the Hardin Library Film Series is available online.

About the film
The Raising of America will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. This ambitious documentary series by the producers of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.

Discussion Panelists
Resmiye Oral, MD, Director, Child Protection Program, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics-General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Renita Schmidt, PhD, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning
Christine M. Catney, PharmD, MA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Applied Clinical Science

For more information, see our guide.
All 5 episodes are available via streaming for University of Iowa affiliates:
The Raising of America    Once Upon a Time   Are We Crazy About Our Kids?  Wounded Places  DNA Is Not Destiny



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Learn how to find U.S. Patents & Trademarks | Sept. 22, 3-4pm |@Hardin Library

The purpose of this hands-on class is to introduce several resources found on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website that may be used to locate information on patents, trademarks and patent applications. Google’s patent searching feature  will be also be covered.

Our session:
Tuesday, September 22nd, 3:00-4:00pm (Location: East Information Commons, 2nd floor, Hardin Library)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Instructor Kari Kozak Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Instructor Kari Kozak
Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library