Creative Space Open House!!




SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, is pleased to announce an Open House to introduce our new Creative Space!

The Open House will be a hands-on experience, allowing exploration of 3D scanning and virtual reality. You’ll also be able to experience the world through the lens of a 360° camera, and play the giant keyboard!

The Creative Space is designed to provide users with the space, equipment and software to Imagine, Tinker, Design, Create!

Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!


New Creative Space!

Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library has a new Creative Space within the Library!! We are so pleased to be collaborating with the College of Engineering to provide this exciting new space!!

We now have a dedicated space where users will be able to imagine, tinker, design, and ultimately, create new and innovative projects! The equipment and tools needed will either be located within the room itself or available for checkout from our Tool Library!


Matter & Form 3D Scanner

The 3D scanners scan different sized objects. We have a Matter & Form, a Sense 3D Scanner, a Structor Sensor for iPad and an Xbox Kinect!  3D printers are located within the Engineering Machine Shop so your scanned images can become a physical reality!


360fly – 360 Degree Camera

Our virtual reality station is equipped with a 4400 Dell computer with video card, allowing for endless amounts of virtual reality creation and display. Two 3D cameras – 360fly and a RICOH Theta may be checked out of the Tool Library for one week. Leap Motion controllers, which sense your hands moving naturally in 3D, are also available in the Tool Library for a one week check-out.  To enhance your experience there is an Oculus Rift – a virtual reality headset with precise tracking and integrated headphones to provide a full 3D effect. The Oculus Rift may be checked out from the Tool Library for a 2 hour period and may only be used within the library.


Three of the 5 glass “white” boards!

The new Creative Space is also equipped with 5 glass “white” boards (check out the colors!). Let the brainstorming begin!

There are 2 collaboration stations. Each station has a 43″ (4K) quad monitor and a stationary computer. The quad monitor allows the monitor screen to be split from a single screen up to 4 independent screens. It also has laptop jacks available – and the adapters and chargers are available for checkout from the Tool Library.

There is also a modeling station equipped with 4 computers, 6 Leap Motion controllers and Wacom drawing tablets. The computers are equipped with the software needed get your project started! The Leap Motion controllers and the drawing tablets may be checked out from the Tool Library.

Want to try tinkering with something new, but really don’t know where to start? Check out what we have in our Tool Library! We now have Creative Boxes to get you started! Thinking about trying some wearable tech? We have a LilyPad Design Kit (LDK) in our Tool Library. It includes everything you need to complete 6 simple experiments which will teach you how to sew basic circuits, light LEDs, create interactive designs, and more!


SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for RedBot

Do motor robots interest you? Check out the RedBot Creative Box from the Tool Library. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) for RedBot is a great way to get started! It doesn’t require previous programming experience but will help you learn to use the Arudino programming language. The Creative Box has everything you’ll need to complete 16 circuits that will teach you to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more. You don’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit – and it does not require any soldering!

Besides the LDK, SIK and SIK RedBot we also have a LittleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, a Raspberry Pi starter kit, and  a MaKey MaKey! All are available to be checked out from our Tool Library! With our available Creative Boxes you’ll be able to play a piano with fruit (MaKey MaKey), learn Arduino programming language (SparkFun Inventor’s Kit), learn to use the credit-card sized computer (Raspberry Pi Starter Kit), make remote controlled racecars and automatic bubble blowers (LittleBits), learn motor robotics (RedBot), and play with wearable technology (Lilly Pad)!

Working with the Engineering Electronics Shop (EES) and the Engineering Machine Shop (EMS) you can make your vision a reality. EES has many services available including electronic design automation software (EDA), circuit board fabrication, laser etching and cutting, PC board construction – and lots more! EMS provides 3D printers/prototype equipment, CNC milling machine, drill press, sheet metal brake, welders, a water jet cutter – and lots more! Be sure to check out their websites to learn about all the services they offer!

We have what you need to get started on that project!
So, get ready, stop in and begin to

Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!




Dr. Helkiah Crooke : Historical and Literary Legacy | History of Medicine Society | Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30pm

Jillian Linster
PhD Candidate, English Department, University of Iowa

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to attend the first talk of the semester.

Jillian Linster PhD Candidate, English Department, University of Iowa

Jillian Linster
PhD Candidate, English Department, University of Iowa

Jillian Linster, PhD candidate, English Department, University of Iowa
speaking on: Dr. Helkiah Crooke (1576-1648): The Historical and Literary Legacy of an Early Modern Physician.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30-6:30   Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Room 401

Dr. Helkiah Crooke wrote the first comprehensive English anatomy manual. His book, Mikrokosmographia, was printed by William Jaggard, who also published Shakespeare’s First Folio. But both Crooke’s and Jaggard’s careers were endangered by their decision to produce this controversial text, which made detailed medical knowledge available to the general public. A close examination of Crooke’s career as an author and physician provides insight into shifting views on medical authority at a crucial point in the history of Western medicine.

Mikrokosmographia by Helkiah Crooke

Mikrokosmographia by Helkiah Crooke

Please consider donating online to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society to sponsor events.

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 call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871.

AVICENNA | September 2016 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library


AVICENNA (980-1037). Canon medicinae. 4 vols. in 3. Lyons: Johannes Trechsel, completed by Johannes Clein, 1498.



Avicenna’s spinal manipulation techniques

Known in the Persian world as the Chief or the Second Doctor (Aristotle having been the first), Avicenna (Arabic Ibn Sīnā) was an accomplished physician as well as a noted philosopher. He wrote widely on theology, metaphysics, astronomy, philosophy, law, and medicine, and it has been estimated that he was the author of more than one hundred books.

The Canon was his greatest medical compilation and “stands for the epitome of all precedent development, the final codification of all Graeco-Arabic medicine.”  A large encyclopedic work on medicine, it is, for the most part, based on the writings of Hippocrates and Galen although Avicenna included many original observations and noteworthy clinical descriptions. Canon medicinae was a dominant force in medical thought, practice, and writing for more than five centuries.

This massive and beautiful incunable is the first edition of Avicenna to have been printed in France and is a landmark in the history of French printing.

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.

New Furniture in the Iowa Womens Archives

The Iowa Women’s Archives is approaching its 25th Anniversary in 2017. In preparation, through a series of fundraisers our donors have helped make it possible to update the Reading Room with new paint, tables, and technology. Most everything is place though some finishing touches like hanging artwork still remain. Sincere thanks to all of our supporters. Be sure to stop by and see our new look.


Reading Room Before

Reading Room Before

Reading Room After

Reading Room After




Work Room Before

Work Room After

Work Room After


Below you can see a live video from just when the new furniture was put into place:

Database Trial: HSTalks: Business & Management Collection

Screencapture of HSTalks webpage titled the Business and Management Collection

Screencapture of HSTalks webpage titled the Business and Management Collection
A semester long trial has been arranged for the Henry Stewart Talks: Business & Management Collection. This database contains over 900 online lectures, and case studies by leading experts from commerce, industry, the professions, and academia. All lectures and case studies are suitable for inclusion in courses and as additional learning material including in blended learning and flipped classroom programs.

Topics include marketing, global management, leadership, finance, operations, strategy, and more.

Included below are titles of recently released talks and case studies:

  • Building a Brand by Ms. Jan Ward, Corrotherm International Ltd.
  • Knowledge Empowering Risk Management: A Case Study by Atul Vashistha, Chairman & CEO, Neo Group
  • Consultancy, power, and management ideas – the case of McKinsey & Co. by Prof. Andrew Sturdy, University of Bristol, UK
  • Schools of Thought in Macroeconomics by Dr. Ivan Cohen, Richmond University, UK

The trial ends December 31, 2016.

If you have questions or comments about the database, please contact Kim Bloedel.



Tippie Learning Coaches in the Library

Tippie learning coaches will be present at the Pomerantz Business Library  to provide students with homework assistance, exam preparation, and more.  Students enrolled in Principles of Microeconomics (ECON:1100), Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON:1200), and Statistics for Business (STAT:1030) can find help Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 5:00-7:00 pm.  No scheduling is required.

Use EndNote Basic to import citations, build reference lists | free workshop Thurs. Sept. 1 @Hardin Library


EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to all UI affiliates. It allows you to import, organize and format citations for papers, articles, etc.

picture of instructor

Instructor Chris Childs, Outreach Librarian

EndNote Basic is not the same as the desktop software, Endnote.

Our sessions this Fall:
Thursday, September 1st, 2:00 – 3:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library)
Wednesday, October 12th, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151

Getting to Hardin

Tips on EndNote Basic

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.


Look at What is Happening in the Engineering Library!

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Imagine! Tinker! Design! Create!

We’re Having an Open House! 


The Oculus Rift and one of the two new 43” (4K) quad monitors!

We are having an Open House on September 8 from 2:30 to 4:30! Come celebrate and explore our new Creative Space!  You’ll have a chance to enjoy a hands-on experience with some of the new equipment. We are excited to be collaborating with the Engineering Technological Centers to provide this exciting new Creative Space!

New equipment includes:

Matter and Form 3D Scanner!

  • 3D Scanners: Matter & Form; Sense 3D; Structor for iPad; Xbox Kinect
  • Virtual Reality Station: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset; Leap Motion Controller
  • 3D Cameras: 360fly 4K & RICOH Theta
  • 2 Collaboration Tables: each with 43” (4K) quad monitor; stationary computer; laptop jacks
  • Modeling Station: 4 Computers; Leap Motion Controllers; Wacom Drawing Tablets; 3D Modeling Software
  • Tool Library: Canon PowerShot Camera; Tape Measure; Screwdrivers; Light Meters; Webcam; Creative Boxes; other Technology Tools; Hand Tools; Measuring Tools; and LabQuest Equipment.

Updated Study Spaces! We have updated our 43 individual study carrels – they are now equipped with electrical outlets, so you can be sure all your electronics stay powered up. There will also be individual lights installed on each carrel! And don’t forget we have 2 scanners, ITS computers, gamer chairs, bean bag chairs, and group study tables. We have 2 group study pods – Pod 1 is equipped with MediaScape. And the group study pods will now have electronic reservation systems! Our lower level is a dedicated quiet space – we have a space for all your study needs!

Tool Library Additions! We now have cables and chargers in our Tool Library along with the Creative Space specialty tools!  We have 30 pin to VGA, 30 pin wall charger, lightning wall charger, micro USB wall charger and more! Check here for a complete look at what is available to check out!

Wondering how long you can check out any of our many resources – including the Tool Library – check our circulation policy webpage!

Front_SpineE-Books on the Bookshelves!
A pilot project is making our e-book resources accessible on our bookshelves!
  • Each e-book has a book-sized plastic case shelved by call number.
  • Each case has spine label, and both front and back covers
  • There is a QR code on the spine
  • NFC tag on the back cover
  • Inside the case are info sheets which may be taken by the user. The information includes title, call number, and web address.

New and Updated Resources!!

Over 100 years of history, IHS Jane’s is the most trusted & respected public source of defense and security information in the world. Jane’s is available only to On-Campus Users. Our subscription includes:
  • Jane’s Aero-Engines
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Development & Production
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft in Service
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Unmanned
  • Jane’s Fighting Ships
We now have 800 synthesis lectures which are 50-100 page electronic books with in-depth analysis of a current topic in 22 different areas including:
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science


  • 2016 Editions now available In our reference section (non-circulating)
  • Provides construction cost estimates, including: City Cost Indexes; Crew Composition; Labor; Profit Rates; Materials; Facilities Repair; Productivity Rates; and Green Building
Current Protocols
Protocols are presented in a “recipe” style providing step-by-step descriptions of procedures which you can take to the lab and immediately apply in your own research.

MIT Books

  • More than 650 ebooks from MIT Press dating back as far as 1943
  • approximately 65% of titles in computing-related fields, such as computer science, artificial intelligence, information theory, and computer programming

Springers Material

  • Providing access to numerical and graphical data on the properties of materials
  • Search by elements, structure, or corrosion
Provides access to over 175,000 continuously updated technical reports. Subjects include aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicles. The reports date bask as far as 1906.
And, as always, Kari Kozak, Head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library and Qianjin (Marina) Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian are here to answer your questions!

Want to see the number of how the Engineering Library did last year? Check out this infographic!

So many exciting things are happening here! And so many more exciting things to come!

M-Th: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Welcome back to campus – we look forward to seeing you!!