LIBRARY SERVICES: Paging Service and CIC borrowing

NEW PAGING SERVICE—Beginning January 4, 2016, you can request up to 10 items for pickup at the Main Library through our catalog. Please request materials before 12:00 a.m. midnight for pickup after 12:00 p.m. noon the following business day. Requests received on a Friday will be ready the next Monday.

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It’s Love Your Data Week!




Valentine’s Day isn’t just for people – it is time to Love Your Data, too!

Love Your Data Week (LYD) is about recognizing the ways in which individuals and institutions can care for their data – by adopting consistent practices, and then modeling and implementing those practices. Federal funding agencies have more and more requirements with which researchers must comply. More public access to research results – including data – is one of those requirements. Love Your Data week will help researchers, libraries, and students look at how to be responsible stewards of their work.  The LYD website provides tips and tricks for managing research data, resources to help with data management, and daily activities. 

According to the LYD website, “Loving your data means investing in it, taking care of it for the future. Over the five day event, we will guide you through five activities to help get your data organized, secure, and ready for write-up, sharing and reuse.”

Each day of LYD week has a different theme:

  • Monday, Feb. 8: “Data: Keep It Safe”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: “It’s the 21st Century — Do You Know Where Your Data Is?”
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: “What Did I Mean Here?”
  • Thursday, Feb. 11: “Give/Get Credit for Data”
  • Friday, Feb. 12: “Think Big: Transforming, Extending, Reusing Data.”

Involvement across social media platforms is encouraged, and to be involved in the conversation use #LYD16 for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For Pinterest use Resources to help you LYD, and The changing face of data.  Unsure about how best to get involved? Check out the logistical details link for all you need to know! Join in the conversation, share your experiences and connect with others in data management!

The University of Iowa Libraries also has a thorough Resource Data Services guide to help you with your data management. There is information on organizing and documenting your data, creating a data management plan and other resources. If you have any questions you may email Qianjin (Marina) Zhang, the Licthenberger Engineering  & Informatics Librarian at; Sara Sheib, University of Iowa Sciences Library Reference & Instruction Librarian at, or by emailing

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (#UIEngLib), and Pinterest to keep up-to-date on all our activities and resources.

Have fun checking out all the data resource management tools we have available and learn to Love Your Data!



Love Your Data. 2016.

Celebrate Love Your Data Week with Emory Libraries Feb. 8-12. February 2, 2016.  Emory Libraries & Information Technology. Emory University.

Libraries’ Love Your Data Week raises awareness among research universities. Feb. 5, 2016. Penn State News.

February Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | Henri de Mondeville


Henri De Mondeville

Henri De Mondeville (ca 1260- ca 1320). Chirurgie. Paris: Felix Alcan, 1892.

Mondeville was born in Normandy and studied medicine in Paris and Montpellier before going to Bologna.  Italian surgeons were at a much higher status than in France at this time.

Mondeville’s chief work, the Cyrurgia, was written between 1306-1320 and contains his basic teachings.  This encyclopedia includes Mondeville’s views and practices of medical ethics, anatomy, surgery, physiology, and therapeutics.

Mondeville advocated cleanliness in treating wounds and was opposed to the use of salves.  He believed suppuration hindered wound healing and routinely used ligation instead of cautery.

The Cyrurgia was not published until 1892, when Pagel, after studying manuscripts in Berlin, Erfurt, and Paris, published the original Latin text.

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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from Chirurgie by Henri de Mondeville


Learn to write papers and articles faster with EndNote Desktop | Free workshops @Hardin Library

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.
EndNote Desktop is available free for faculty, staff, and graduate students.
Our sessions this semester:
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 10-11am

Register online  or by calling 319-335-9151.

Database of the Week: Mergent Historical Annual Reports

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Mergent Historical Annual Reports (available in Mergent Archives)StdbkrAnnRep1960

“Dating back to the mid 1800’s, Mergent’s Historical Annual Reports collections offers over 1,000,000 documents available in .PDF format for the United States, Canada and Europe. Access an extensive library of high-quality historical documents featuring rich textual details and in-depth analyses on thousands of global companies.”

Where to find it: You can find it here, or under “M” on the Databases A to Z page.  Note: Mergent Historical Annual Reports are within the Mergent Archives platform.

Use it to find: Public company annual reports and various other company documents.



Tips for searching:

  • Basic: Enter the company name, specify the date range of interest (optional), and identify the type of document you are looking for: annual report, 10-K, etc. (optional).
  • Alternatively, to find reports for companies from a specific city/town, choose the “Or” option and select the desired country, state, and city.
  • Advanced: combine these two elements by including company name, date range, document type, and location information.
  • Browse alphabetically by company name from the main search page.

On a related note: be sure to look at our recent profile of another great source for public company annual reports: ProQuest Historical Annual Reports.

Want help using the Mergent Historical Annual Reports database? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.

Open Web Resource Spotlight

datagovhomeThe U.S. government has long been an active gatherer and disseminator of information. In recent years, with the roll out of the website, it has made strides to make this data more accessible and useable by the public, researchers, app developers, and businesses. The site serves as a gateway to publicly available datasets from not only the federal government, but also state and local governments as well as universities. These data cover a wide range of subject matter including: education, employment, agriculture, and public safety.  According to the site, the number of datasets available currently stands at over 192,000.  The site also provides examples of businesses and organizations that rely on the data to power their sites/applications.

As some reviewers have pointed out, is not without its limits. For example, the currency of the data provided varies; in some cases, more recent data can be found on an agency’s own website. In addition, the file formats provided vary quite a bit, from HTML to XML, CSV, and others. The scope and depth of participation by federal agencies with the initiative vary as well; details can be found here.

To search the available datasets from the main page, enter a keyword(s) in the main search box. Or, to browse available datasets, select a topic from the “Browse Topics” icons. Then select the “Data” or “Data Catalog” tab to view the available datasets. These sets can then be narrowed using the filters on the left side of the screen. Results can be filtered based on the file format, the agency supplying the data, and other attributes.