Women in Politics 2014: Historic & Current Perspectives

women in politics

Women in Politics 2014: Historic & Current Perspectives
Friday, April 18th, 2014, 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM
Old Capitol Museum Senate Chambers

The Louise Noun – Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives was founded by two women who understood the critical importance of women participating in politics at all levels.

Join us for a day-long symposium that will examine why women do or do not run for political office, how they govern once elected, and documentation of the history of women in politics. The symposium will wrap up with a policy discussion and action steps.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but please register here, as space is limited.

The Women in Politics symposium is presented by the Public Policy Center in partnership with the Iowa Women’s Archives.

Database of the Week: Standard & Poor’s Net Advantage

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

The database: Standard and Poor’s Net Advantage

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under S in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Company profiles and analysis (includes valuation, financials, competitors, and stock reports)
  • Industry surveys (current environment, key industry ratios and statistics, etc.)
  • Mutual Fund/ETF reports
  • Standard & Poor’s premier investment advisory newsletter
  • Tools: advanced stock screener, register of private companies screener, register of corporations, executives and directors screener, mutual fund screener, and compustat excel analytics

NetAdvatage_ExTips for searching:

  • Search by company name or ticker
  • Search executives and directors by last name or by company name
  • Browse industry profiles or search for a company or ticker


Demos: The following demo shows how to find industry reports:

Want help using S&P’s Net Advantage? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Database of the Week: Market Research Academic

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

The database: MarketResearch.com Academic

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under M in the databases A-Z list.


MarketResearch reportUse it to find:

  • Extensive, detailed market research reports created by Packaged Facts, Simba Information, Kalorama Information, and SBI
  • Market size & segmentation, brand analyses, competitors, marketing & retailing trends, consumer trends, demographics
  • Reports on service industries, consumer goods & retail, food & beverage, technology & media
  • Reports on heavy industry (energy & resources, materials & chemicals)
  • Reports on life sciences (biotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals)

Tips for searching:

  • Browse by topic
  • Use the quick search or advanced search
  • Use column heading to sort by date

Demos: The following demo on Market Research Academic can be viewed on youtube:

Want help using Business Source Complete? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Database of the Week: Bloomberg


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

The database: Bloomberg Professional (Terminals)

Where to find it: The Bloomberg terminals have to be accessed in person. We now have 4 in the Business Library and there are others available on campus.



Use it to find:

  • Commodities
  • Derivatives
  • Economic Data
  • Equities
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Portfolio & Risk Analytics
  • News & Research
  • and More

Tips for searching: BloomberGS

  • Create a unique login/account
  • Type into the search bar at the top
  • Type BPS to access the Bloomberg Professional Service resource center and and array of cheat sheets for Bloomberg function codes
  • Bloomberg Essentials  Online Training is available to all users, type BESS to access these
  • A great cheat sheet on getting started can be viewed here


Iowa Climate Festival – April 26

Detail from Iowa River Ideology/Function (2011) by Brendan BaylorClimate in Iowa: What is happening?  How does it work?  And what can you do?  Come talk with climate scientists, learn about local climate issues, conduct climate science experiments, and join us for an ice cream social!  All events will be held at the University of Iowa’s Museum of Natural History on April 26, 2014.  Visit our website for free registration and details.

New milestone for DIY History: 40,000 pages transcribed!

Iowa Byington Reed diaries

We’re thrilled to announce the latest milestone for DIY History, the Libraries’ transcription crowdsourcing project: 40,000 pages transcribed!

To mark the occasion, we’re featuring our most prolific diarist — Iowa Byington Reed, an Iowa City native who wrote in her diary nearly every day from 1872 to 1936 — along with one of our most industrious volunteers, David Davenport of Fresno, California. In most crowdsourcing initiatives, a small minority of “power users” does a large majority of the work, and DIY History is no exception. David, a retired history professor, explains how he first started working with the Byington diaries:

I “joined” your project with the expectation that I would do only Civil War related materials, but those had been done, and since my family has lived in Iowa since territorial days (my g-g-grandfather James Blake Gray is responsible for naming Burlington — it was called Flint Hills when he and his brother in law Thomas Stephens operated a trading post there in the very early 1830s) I decided to try the Reed material because my mother grew up on a farm near Centerville. I figured I would learn a bit about what life was like for her mother and her mother’s mother. I have not been disappointed. Iowa Reed engaged in the same rather “mundane” activities for well over 50 years, and faithfully recorded her life for almost every day during the span of her diaries…

I really don’t think we appreciate in 2014 how very different “the work” was 125 years ago — washing that took 4-5 hours every Monday morning, followed by ironing, sometimes drying the clothes in the garret (which my mother tells me was the term for the unfinished portions of the attic) accessible with a folding ladder in the ceiling of the upstairs hallway, etc. But in some ways their lives were so similar to ours — Iowa’s record of her brother Robbie’s death, or the death in 1886 of the two day old son of Ott and Fanny (or was it Charlie and Ida? — I can’t recall right now), or the sudden and completely unexpected death of Charlie in mid-October 1895 that I just saw a few minutes ago. I was transcribing her entry for November 14 1895 and she wrote “it was three weeks ago today that Charlie died” so I had to look back to find out what happened. I’m not a medical doctor but it seemed that he had a mild heart attack that was undiagnosed a couple of days earlier and then a massive heart attack while changing clothes – he was gone in an instant.

I really wish I was still teaching history because I can see assigning student the “task” of reading her diaries, cover to cover. Most students today could learn far more from what Iowa wrote about herself and those around her than I could ever hope to “teach” in a more conventional lecture. She has given voice to hundreds of thousands of women who lived as she did, from day to day, doing “the work” and often “so tired” she “went to bed early.”

A heartfelt thank you goes out to David and everyone else who has contributed their time and efforts in support of our mission to make historic documents more accessible. There’s still plenty more work to be done — please visit the Iowa Women’s Lives collection to transcribe Iowa Byington Reed’s diaries, or stop by the DIY History home page to select other materials, including historic cookbooks and pioneer-era documents.

Iowa Byington Reed diary, 1875

…In the evening I wrote a little and looked over my old diary and indulged in a retrospective view of the past year. I most sincerely hope that I will not know some of the sorrow this year I did last… | Iowa Byington Reed diary, January 1, 1875

Check out books and eat them too… Edible Books Festival, April 1

The University of Iowa Libraries invites faculty, staff, students, and the community to celebrate the annual International Edible Books Festival April 1 by crafting a delicious book to share and, of course, eat.

To participate, follow two simple rules: entries must be edible, and they must have something to do with books as shapes and/or content. Edible books will be displayed on April 1 in the Main Library Learning Commons, Group Study Rooms1103 and 1105 in the South Lobby from 3:00-4:30 p.m., followed by a book tasting.

Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories including Best Book Structure, Best Literary Allusion, Judge’s Favorite, Audience Favorite, and Best Tasting. Entries will be judged by the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Michael Knock, University of Iowa Center for the Book’s Emily Martin, and University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Librarian Colleen Theisen.

For more information or to submit an entry, please contact Brett Cloyd via email at brett-cloyd@uiowa.edu or by telephone at (319) 335-5743, and bring your entry to Room 1103 between 2:00-2:45 p.m. on April 1.

The International Edible Books Festival is an annual event held on April 1 around the world. The event unites bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, photographed, and then consumed. Information and inspiration can be found at www.Books2Eat.com.