Welcome Darlene Kaskie, Technology & Communication Librarian for the Regional Medical Library

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Darlene Kaskie Technology and Communications Librarian, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region

Darlene Kaskie
Technology and Communications Librarian, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region

Please welcome Darlene Kaskie, our first Regional Medical Library (RML) librarian to join the team. Darlene will be serving as the Technology and Communications Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) program office.

In her new role, Darlene will be managing the GMR website and social media, and handling communication for members in the ten state region. Darlene will be permanently located in the GMR offices, for which construction is still underway. Until that time, Darlene is in a temporary location at Hardin Library.

Previously, Darlene served as the Student Computer Services Librarian for the Law Library at the University of Iowa. In this role, Darlene assisted with technology and network services and served as the editor for the Law Library’s website.  Darlene also worked as a temporary  librarian for the University of Iowa Engineering Library, helping with marketing and educational outreach using social media.

Darlene received her MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Darlene worked as a managing research librarian for the law firms of Latham & Watkins in Chicago, McCutchen, Doyle Brown & Enersen (now known as Bingham McCutchen) in Los Angeles, and Beveridge & Diamond in San Francisco.  Darlene researched corporate healthcare client information as a law firm librarian.  Darlene is looking forward to discovering healthcare from the academic perspective in her new position. 

Darlene’s husband teaches health policy for the College of Public Health, and their two daughters keep them busy with soccer, volleyball, and all things tween.

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Disover U.S. Patents, Trademarks, and Patent Applications |Workshop Tuesday, April 5, 1pm @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 highlighted as a source for finding information on patents. Taught by Kari Kozak (Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library).


Tuesday, April 5th, 1-2p – East Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Find nutrition information in PubMed & Embase faster with our workshop | Tuesday, April 5, 10am@Hardin Library


Literature searching for nutrition-related subjects in PubMed and Embase can be challenging.

This hands-on session will:

  • examine those challenges and
  • suggest techniques for doing better searches on topics related to nutrition, and
  • improve your search results by using subject headings (MeSH) and advanced keyword searching techniques.

Our next session:
Tuesday, April 5th, 10-11a – East Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Hardin Library will be Regional Medical Library for Greater Midwest Region

Linda Walton picture
Linda Walton picture

Linda Walton
Associate University Librarian Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences & Principal Investigator

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is thrilled to be the Regional Medical Library for the Greater Midwest Region. We look forward to working with our colleagues over the next five years as we work together to continuously enhance easy access to quality health information for all.

Midwest Region serves Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  For more information, see U.S. National Library of Medicine news.

This award is for $6.5 million dollars over 5 years.  Six new people will be hired to staff the office located at the Hardin Library.

R. Palmer Howard Dinner | History of Medicine Society | Ink & Silver Medicine, Photography, & the Printed Book 1845-1890 | Friday April 22

Stephen Greenberg, MSLS, Ph.D National Library of Medicine

Stephen Greenberg, MSLS, Ph.D
National Library of Medicine

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to attend the 2016 R. Palmer Howard Dinner on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel, Iowa City.  Reception begins at 6pm, followed by a buffet dinner and presentation.

Stephen Greenberg will talk on the use of photography in 19th Century printed medical books.  Researchers and photographers pushed the existing art to their limits.  Why were these pictures taken?  Who saw them?  Were they meant for private study or professional publication?  How did they reflect the techniques and aesthetics of the rest of contemporary Victorian photography?

Please register and prepay by April 15.  Cost is $10 for students, $40 for everyone else.   Printable HOM 2016 Banquet Registration Form

Please consider donating online to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society to sponsor events or student participation in the R. Palmer Howard Dinner.

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 contact Janna Lawrence in advance at 319-335-9871.


Learn to use NCBI to search for genetic information | workshop @Hardin Library | Tuesday, March 22, 1-2pm

Chris Childs, instructor

Overwhelmed by the number of databases that the National Center for Biotechnology Information has to offer on nucleotide sequences, genes and proteins? Wondering which database you should always start with?

Chris Childs, instructor

Chris Childs, instructor

Would you like to learn how to set up an NCBI account to link articles in PubMed to records in other databases?

Do you know about PubMed’s Gene Sensor?

Are you familiar with the concept of linear navigation?

Learn all of these tips and more in this session that is designed for anyone who needs to search the NCBI databases for genetic information.

Our next session is:
Tuesday, March 22nd , 1-2p – East Commons

Register online

March 2016 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | William Porterfield (1695-1771) | Treatise on the eye

WILLIAM PORTERFIELD (1695-1771). A treatise on the eye, the manner and phaenomena of vision 1st edition. 2 vol. Edinburgh: Printed for A. Miller at London, 1759.

potterfield2Porterfield was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, received his M.D. in 1717 at Rheims, and by 1721 was practicing in Edinburgh.  Porterfield was made a professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1724 but apparently never taught.

Porterfield devoted himself chiefly to research on the physiology of vision, reporting his experiments and observations in this book. Porterfield’s Treatise was carefully read by all of the subsequent great contributors to ophthalmology and visual science for more than a century after its publication.

 One of the most erudite of 18th century medical authors, Porterfield quoted widely from both the ‘old’ and ‘modern’ authors of his day. This  book’s greatest strength, however, lies in numerous original experiments and observations about visual physiology.

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.