Library Exhibit Space Renovation to Begin Monday, December 22

Construction on the Main Library Exhibit Space – Room 1001 next to Shambaugh Auditorium – begins on Monday, December 22nd. Workers will be installing barriers and pathways inside and outside the north entrance, with demolition also scheduled to begin next week and continue over winter break.

At this point in time, at least one north door will remain available for entry and exit, although this may be closed off at any time depending on construction. Outside the north entrance, crews will be fencing off a perimeter that will include part of the pedway and encompassing the bike rack area. The bike racks may be relocated, but no decision has been made at this time. The construction perimeter will be used to locate a crane (for roof work), a dumpster, and a trailer for management, staging, and materials.

Primary demolition work is scheduled to occur during winter break with construction continuing through August 2015. We will keep you informed as the project moves forward.

Thank you for your patience!

Database of the Week: Mergent Online

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

The database: Mergent OnlineMergent

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

Use it to find:

  • Company information on both public and big private companies
  • Business summary information – history, properties, subsidiaries, long-term debt, capital stock, business segments
  • Executive information
  • Ownership information
  • Equity pricing and reports
  • Access to company news
  • List of company competitors
  • Quick access to Annual Reports and other SEC filings
  • Industry reports: automotive, banking, food & beverage, heavy construction, insurance, media, , pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, healthcare, oil & gas, retail, etc.
  • Company News

Tips for searching:

  • Search by company name or ticker symbol
  • Use the “Advanced Search” to search fro companies by: state, city, zip code, year incorporated, number of employees, number of shareholders, auditor, etc.
  • Use the tabs across the top to do a: executive search, government filings search, report search, ownership search or bond search

Take a look at our tutorials below:

Want help using Mergent ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Database of the Week: FAITS – Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies

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

The database: FAITS – Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies

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

Use it to find (from their brochure):

  • Technology tutorial reports – provide intelligence about emerging and mature technologies
  • Marketplace reports – offer an excellent way to stay current on all the latest trends and advances in the IT and communications market segments
  • Implementation guide reports – provide users with the know-how to keep a project running on a budget
  • Standards reports – examine the major IT and communications standards and protocols currently in place
  • Product profile reports – provide a concise summary of the leading products and suppliers, examine product strengths and limitations, and analyze current pricing strategies
  • Company profile reports – review business goals, sales and marketing strategies, and financial stability of the leading vendors
  • Comparison and selection guide reports – offer the intelligence user need to make the best product and service selections
  • Topics include: IT infrastructure, Telecom, Technology vendors, Linux/Open source, Healthcare IT topics, Wireless communication, Data networking, etc.

FAITS_TabletsTips for searching:

  • Start with a simple search in the search bar, or
  • Browse by topic or report type
  • Take a look at the “help with searching” page for additional suggestions – link above the search bar

Want help using FAITS ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Database of the Week: Business & Economics Portfolio

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

The database: Business & Economics Portfolio (The Conference Board)

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

Use it to find:

  • “Essential economic data coupled with superior business management research and insights from the world’s most widely-quoted source of management and economic research.” (from the website)
  • Economic data sets, including: Historical Data for Key Economic Indicators, the Conference Board Total Economy Database (macroeconomic time series on global output, input, and productivity for over 100 countries)
  • Business Management Research publications database. Topics covered include: Consumer Dynamics, Corporate Governance, Global Value Chains, Labor Markets, Risk Management, Sustainability, etc.

confernence_boardTips for searching:

  • Search Business Management Research by clicking on the search button
  • Browse by topic unless you know the report title or number
  • You can also do a keyword search, but it only searches within titles
  • Reports are listed with most recent at the top

Want help using Business & Economics Portfolio ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.


Are you starting a new research paper or project and looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about EndNote! EndNote is a citation management program supported by the UI Libraries. The web version is available for free to the entire UI community and the desktop client is available for free to UI faculty, staff, graduate and professional students.


Wed, Dec 3 12:30-1:20

3rd floor Sciences Library

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for (or download) EndNote for free!
  • Transfer existing references from other services to EndNote;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote;
  • Use EndNote to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • Get help when you need it!


This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

Aluka Collections – Trial ends 15 December 2014

 World Heritage Sites: Africa is made up of 20 sub-collections and more than 57,000 objects, linking visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites. The collection includes photographs, 3D models, GIS data, site plans, aerial and satellite photography, images of rock art, excavation reports, manuscripts, traveler’s accounts, historical and antiquarian maps, books, articles, and other scholarly research.

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The collection consists of more than 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral histories, and speeches.

Please send additional comments to Edward Miner.

Database of the Week: Academic Search Elite

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

The database: Academic Search Elite

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

Use it to find:

  • Academic articles from all disciplines, including: marketing, economics, management, banking, finance, and investing, etc.
  • Full-text journals, magazines, and other resources (reviews, newspapers, trade publications)
  • This is a great place to start your research, especially if it is an interdisciplinary topic

Tips for searching:

  • Use the quick search bars at the top
  • Use drop down menu to select a specif field to search: Author, Title, Subject Terms, Company entity, NAICS code, etc.
  • Use the left-hand bar to refine your search by: Source type, Publication, Company, Geography, NAICS/Industry, etc.

Demos: Check out the following demo:

Want help using Academic Search Elite? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Vesalius Turns the Page on Ancient Medicine Lecture @Hardin Library Thursday, November 20

portrait of VesaliusThe University of Iowa History of Medicine Society, The Classics Department, and the Center for the Book invite you to a lecture by Daniel Garrison, Emeritus Professor, Department of Classics, Northwestern University on “Vesalius Turns the Page on Ancient Medicine.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The lecture will be held on Thursday,  November 20 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

This talk concentrates on the procedural contributions Vesalius made in his 1543 De humani corporis fabrica. Vesalius began his medical studies at the University of Paris, which was still a conservative institution that relied heavily on readings from Galen and later Medieval summaries and required little or no dissection, even of animals. Vesalius introduced a new regimen at the University of Padua that called for  dissection by the students  and visual testing of anatomy rather than dependence upon books.

from De humani corporis fabrica

Skeleton from De Humani Corporis Fabrica

De humani corporis fabrica is one of the most important anatomy books ever published, and the John Martin Rare Book Room owns a first edition.  You may view this book or others from our collection by visiting the John Martin Rare Book Room.  Some images are also available in the Iowa Digital Library.






Contributing in code

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For librarians, particularly those in academic settings, an important part of the job is contributing to the development of the profession; traditionally, this has included tasks such as giving presentations at conferences and publishing articles in scholarly journals. But thanks to the evolving nature of our work and to innovations on the part of our developers, the University of Iowa Libraries has become active in a new area of professional development: sharing code for re-use and adaptation by other institutions.

When George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media launched Scripto, an NEH-funded open-source tool for transcription crowdsourcing projects, we were eager to adopt it for DIY History to replace our existing makeshift and labor-intensive system. Once it was installed, we became even more eager to make extensive changes to Scripto. While the tool was designed to treat transcription as an add-in activity for digital exhibits, we needed it front and center for DIY History.

DRP’s developers, Shawn Averkamp (now at New York Public Library) and Matthew Butler, solved this problem by adding new features to Scripto and creating a simple-to-use theme that focuses exclusively on the act of transcription. Other enhancements included a progress system for tracking completion status, as well as various scripts for migrating mass quantities of objects and metadata from our digital library to DIY History and back again. As it turned out, we weren’t the only ones looking for these functionalities. In the open source spirit of sharing work for the good of the community, Shawn and Matthew made their enhancements and related code available online, where it’s been reused by a number of other institutions [see below].

As we prepare to launch a redesigned and streamlined DIY History soon, we’re grateful for the open source tools that have allowed us to make progress on our own project, and thrilled to have contributed to the development of crowdsourcing sites at other libraries and museums.

“DIY History and similar projects are about community” says Matthew Butler, the Libraries’ Multimedia Consultant. “They succeed because of the collaborative efforts of transcribers, developers, librarians, and curators to make the content and tools as accessible as possible.”

DIY History | University of Iowa Libraries

DIY History | University of Iowa Libraries

The Civil War in Letters | The Newberry Library

The Civil War in Letters | The Newberry Library

Making History | Library of Virginia

Making History | Library of Virginia

Jones' Icones Online | University of Oxford

Jones’ Icones Online | University of Oxford

Virtual Volunteering | Carnamah Historical Society & Museum

Virtual Volunteering | Carnamah Historical Society & Museum

DIY History celebrates 50,000th transcription!


As DIY History, the University of Iowa’s transcription crowdsourcing site, has inched toward its 50,000th submission, we’ve been looking forward to reaching such an amazing milestone — hence the queued-up cake gif.

But as it turned out, we weren’t quite prepared for how it went down today. On the heels of some high-profile attention from BuzzFeed and NBC News in October, DIY History just hit the big time with a Tumblr post from Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant fame, which was rebloggged by John Green, of The Fault in Our Stars and many other things. Once a portion of their millions of devoted followers visited our site, the 50K achievement was immediately unlocked — along with a fair amount of panic among library staff about insufficient server bandwith and a dearth of untranscribed pages (plus Colleen wept with joy) (although low threshold)(we love you Colleen!).

We are humbled and gratified by the dedication of all our volunteer transcribers — those of you who have just joined us, and those who have been with us from the beginning. Since the Libraries put its first batch of Civil War diaries up in the spring of 2011, you have fought a brave battle against inaccessibility and illegibility, rescuing the first-hand accounts of soldiers, cooks, students, railroad barons, farmers, artists, suffragists, and so many others. In lieu of the celebratory cake we wish we could give you, here is a comprehensive list of the Libraries’ thousands of historic manuscript cake recipes — an unthinkingly time-consuming task pre-crowdsourcing, the compilation of such a list now happens almost instantly, thanks to the magic of fully-searchable transcribed text. Happy baking, and don’t forget to stock up on lard.

While you’re busy with that, we’ll be powering up our scanners to get new content on the site as quickly as possible, so please stop back soon and often. The next 50,000 manuscript pages starts now!