Graduate Student Spotlight : Jim Kelly


Name:  Jim Kelly2001-12-31 23.00.00-21

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Undergraduate Education.:  B.A. in Government and International Relations, University of Notre Dame

Graduate Education:  M.A. in Library and Information Science, University of Iowa

Future Plans:  I hope to work in public service/reference in library or information services in either an academic library or special library (public or private sector).

Why I’m working at Hardin:  I came to Hardin to get experience in health sciences librarianship.  I had worked in several other library environments and wanted to try something different, a new challenge.

Favorite Part of Working at Hardin:  I enjoy working with the students, faculty, and staff who rely on Hardin’s resources and services.  They’re a smart, engaged group of people and I enjoy helping them find the materials or information they need.

I’m Currently ReadingThe Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer by Jane Smiley


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Free coffee for finals week & lots of study space

Does coffee make studying easier for you?  We can help you with that!

Hardin Library will begin serving free coffee beginning Friday, May 10th at 6pm.  Finals week coffee is sponsored by Linda Walton, Associate University Librarian for the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences & Branch Libraries.

Do you hate not being able to find a place to study?  You will be able to find one at our library! 

  • 15 quiet study rooms
  • 8 group study rooms
  • 253 seats at tables
  • 72 computers
  • 7 couches
  • 112 study carrels
  • 15 lounge chairs
  • 24 hour study area

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Later hours @HardinLib Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

Do you need some extra time to study for finals? 

Can’t get anything done at home?

Come to the Hardin Library on Friday or Saturday night.  The library will be open until Midnight both nights.

We can offer you:picture of coffee book highlighter

  • 72 public computers-all connected to black and white & a color printer
  • group and quiet study spaces
  • 24 hour quiet study area
  • free coffee beginning Friday at 6pm

Don’t like to study in complete quiet?

Come to Room 401 to  enjoy music selected by our student DJs.



Philanthropy Day: Hardin Library construction funded through gifts and NIH grant

Hardin at opening 1974


Hardin Library for the Health Sciences opened in 1974.  The building was designed by Walter Netsch, and was  funded by $1.4 million in  gifts and a National Institute of Health grant for $2.3 million.

The John Martin Rare Book Room was started by a generous donation of books and funding from Dr. John Martin.

See History of the Hardin Library for more pictures and information about the library.

If you would like to donate to our library, you may do so online.

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National Poetry Month @HardinLib


April is National Poetry Month.  Poems on many subjects have been posted throughout the library for you to enjoy.  This year the poems were selected by Hardin Library student employees.




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Women’s History Month : Emma L. Miller, first female employee of VA

Mrs. Emma L. Miller was the first woman employee in Veterans Health Administration.  She was appointed as the first matron at the Central Branch NHDVS in Dayton (now Dayton VAMC) in the fall of 1867.

Prior to her appointment, she worked with the U.S. Sanitary Commission at their Cleveland and Cincinnati branches  during the Civil War and was appointed as matron of the Ohio Soldiers Home in Columbus in October 1865.

When the U.S. government established a branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (later named National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) it initially took over the state home in Columbus, but later selected a site in Dayton as its permanent location.  Miss Miller brought 16 disabled “boys in blue” with her to the new Dayton site in the fall of 1867.

She helped at the hospital, oversaw laundry operations, ran the Home’s hotel, and was eventually elevated to Superintendent of the general depot, where much of the clothing and supplies for all of the National Homes were manufactured and distributed–a rare position to held by a woman, in those days. In the 1880 annual report, she reported that the “Matron’s Department” had washed, pressed, repaired, and reissued over 1,703,648 pieces of laundry and linens, averaging 32,762 pieces per week.  Worn out linens were condemned, then washed and reused in the hospital as bandages and dressings, in the engineer’s department as wipers and wrappings for steam-pipes, and as wipers and mops elsewhere. Emma Miller was a fixture at the Dayton home for nearly 50 years and she lived on-site. She spent her entire post-Civil War life at the home and grew old with many of the men whom she originally cared for during the war. Emma Miller died in her quarters at the National Home on January 18, 1914 and is buried in the Dayton National Cemetery (formerly the National Home’s cemetery).

*Information provided by the Veterans Health Administration’s History Office.

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The Demise of Stonewall Jackson lecture available on YouTube

Stonewall Jackson Dr. Wayne Richenbacher presented a lecture on The Demise of Stonewall Jackson at the Hardin Library on January 24, 2013.

See a video of the talk on YouTube:  

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, commander of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War. He died eight days later. This talk will focus on Jackson the brilliant military strategist– Hunter Holmes McGuire the chief surgeon of Jackson’s Corps–and medical care provided to Jackson following his injury.


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Need help managing your citations? Learn EndNote at our workshop, Thursday, February 28

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather together your references in one place, organize them, and then insert them into papers and format them in a style of your choosing. This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.
Our next session is
No time for a class?  We can help you with tips and support.  We are also offering this class on Wednesday, April 3 from 9:00-10:00am.
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Graduate Student Spotlight : Kristina Gavin


Name: Kristina Gavinpicture of Kristina Gavin

Hometown: Dubuque, IA

Undergraduate Education: University of Iowa, BA in English ’10, BM in Tuba Performance ’10

Graduate Education: University of Iowa, MA Library and Information Science, ’13.

Future Plans: A job or degree program where I get to use technology to connect people with information in innovative and meaningful ways.

Why I’m Working at Hardin: Work-Study program. I’ve worked in few different types of libraries, and Hardin offered a great opportunity to explore another area of the field.

Favorite Part of Working at Hardin: Reference is rewarding because I get the chance to help users with their immediate information needs, and I am always learning new things in the process.

Fun Facts: Studied abroad in Venezuela, Summer 2009. Completed an internship at the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, Summer 2012. Hobbies include music, dance, book arts, birdwatching, and all things Iowa Hawkeyes.

I’m Currently Reading: Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan


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