IRO December 2014 Usage

While their total downloads was not the highest in IRO, these items had the greatest percentage increase of use in December compared with November.

These five items include a dissertation, a book from UI Press, an issue of 19th century magazine and a two journal articles. One of the journal articles come from our locally published journal, Poroi.

Our most downloaded items in December were very similar to the top items for November:

The twitter data stream had the most use by far.

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Main Library North Entrance Without ADA Access through September 2015

ADA access via the North entrance of the Main Library will not be available during construction of the new Main Library Exhibit Space next to Shambaugh Auditorium. Regular access will be available through one of the North entrance doors. Patrons needing ADA access are directed to use the East and South doors. This restriction will remain in place throughout construction, projected to be completed by August/September, 2015.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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North Entrance of Main Library to Close

We were notified today by the Project Manager for the Main Library Exhibit Space renovation that the north entrance will be closed for construction. Workers today are putting up barriers and signage indicating that patrons and staff must enter and exit the Library via the east and south doors. The closure is effective today, December 23rd, and is scheduled to remain in place until the project is completed (projected to be August/September 2015).

Workers are currently installing a temporary door that will enable exit through the north doors in the event of emergency. This door is to be used for emergencies only.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Pluses and Minuses of Open Access Publishing

Along with the positive aspects of open access publishing, there are some negatives too: work, time and, of course, money. Rose Eveleth, in her article “Free Access to Science Research Doesn’t Benefit Everyone” (The Atlantic, 22 December 2014) notes that it’s often graduate students and early career professionals who deal with the problems.  Read the article here.

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Winter Holiday hours @Hardin Library

photo by Larry Krause

photo by Larry Krause

Special Hours – Winter Break
Saturday, December 20 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, December 21 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Wednesday, December 22-24 7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday – Sunday, December 25-28 CLOSED
Monday – Wednesday, December 29-31 7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday, January 1 CLOSED
Friday, January 2 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 3 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 4 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Thursday, January 5-8 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday, January 9 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 10 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 11 Noon – 4:00pm
Monday – Thursday, January 12-15 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday, January 16 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, January 17 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, January 18 Noon – 9:00pm
Monday, January 19 CLOSED
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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!

Santa Using Today’s Technology

Santa computer

Photo credit:

"Santa" by Robert Ariail

“Santa” by Robert Ariail Credit:

Drone home delivery

“Drone home delivery” by Dave Granlund (purchased license)

Elf on Kiva

Elf on a Kiva Credit:

Skylon by Reaction Engines

Santa’s future sleigh? Photo credit: Skylon by Reaction Engines

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Newly Added: Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, now in online format, is available from the University of Iowa Libraries.  Need to find out how about a country and its culture before you initiate business?  Select a country and learn.*

*You will need to enter your name and University ID to access this site.

“Measurable success in the global marketplace begins with an expert understanding of international protocols, practices, and cultural cues. Without it, businesses and organizations cannot develop a competitive network of customers, suppliers, and, most important, talent.

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands delivers essential knowledge for business people who are working abroad, traveling for business, or managing global teams from a domestic location. It empowers people to open borders, minds, and markets in more than 60 countries around the world. Each comprehensive country profile includes:

  • Country Background – history, government, language, cultural viewpoint
  • Tips on Doing Business – local style, typical business values
  • Cultural Orientation – cognitive styles, values, decision making
  • Cultural IQ Quiz – avoid costly faux pas (If presented with a gift in China, is it considered rude not to open it in front of your hosts?)
  • Know Before You Go – streaming weather, driving orientation, getting around
  • Protocol – greetings, forms of address, dress, dining, gifting conventions
  • Business Practices – importance of punctuality, negotiation practices, entertaining
  • Cultural Notes – dos and dont’s for conversations, common misunderstandings
  • Key Phrases in Local Languages – with audio to ensure correct pronunciation
  • Holidays – Up-to-date calendar of official holidays
  • Downloadable Content – that gives easy, portable access to these and other features anywhere in the world”

- “Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands” site

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Book Readers’ Intermingling Paper and Screen

Wednesday, December17, 2014
Submitted by Gary Frost
Paper and Screen
Generic distinctions between a screen and paper display (of the same image) include the recto/verso (duplex) and left/right (spread) attributes of paper and the persistence and accuracy of navigation of those features. Further complexity of the multiple display navigation is presented in book format (again same content for both paper and screen display). In books navigation of expositions and discovery are eased in paper with haptic manipulation and in screen with dexterity of touch. A contended factor in book format is cognitive navigation and mapping attributes as used in reading where studies favor paper.

Readability qualities of comparative paper/screen display technologies should also be considered. Resolution is mediated by the adaptability of eyesight and factors such as ambient light level. More intolerant are factors such as line length where browser defaults violate a ten word limit. Purely archival or retrieval and access comparisons vary with reading agendas and can skew either to paper or screen.

Debate over differences between screen books and paper books share features with comparative debates generally. Aside from contest between dispositions pro and con and ambivalent outcomes, there is also the strange, complementary fulfillment inherent in binaries at first imagined as opposites. For example, debate between screen and paper books shares aspects of debate over walkable and drivable cities.[1]

While the health benefits of walking are known, the attributes of car travel are also obvious. Municipal accommodations and infrastructure for both modes is frequently conflicted but an active management of both is needed. Older cities built before the advent of the automobile are better able to straddle the needs for walking and driving. Sprawling suburbs dominated from the start by driving and car parking find pedestrian activity more difficult to re-establish.

The metaphor is apparent. Paper books and screen books can better co-exist and complement each other within more complex and mature reading infrastructures. Walking is still needed and engages our embodied capacities; we evolved to walk rather than to drive. The same contrast is less obvious with contrast between paper and screen book reading, but there is comparative difference considered as embodied capacity. There was a long period of dominance of the paper book, but the transition should not be to dominance of the screen book. Likewise, a conversion of physically active cognitive skills should not be converted with innocent compliance to sedentary viewing. Attractions and attributes of connected living and computer skills can be integrated to complement print books.

The larger agenda of book use or city mobility should engage the community in a variety of composite and complementary infrastructures. Both paper and screen books have advanced with digital technologies. They should also advance together as cognitive tools.

For bibliographers, there is an allure in wider comparative studies since books are only a small component of culture transmission, even though books are a transactional commodity for all the other sectors. Pedestrian proficiency, for example, is deeply embedded as a culture transmission mechanism including a legacy of embodied mobility that triggered our further speciation in the wake of primate dexterity. We actually wandered through the whole planet. Surprisingly, this long legacy of walking is well described in books including even saga equivalents of paleo or pre-historical trekking.[2]

Food production stories are also a deep culture transmission mode. This is an Iowa narrative contrasting agro industry, row crop production contrasted with family food gardening. Again, perhaps food production narrative can echo paper and screen reading contrasts whole it is also a massive book publishing genre. So we can look outside of books for culture transmission, by looking inside books.


[1] Wayne Curtis, The Last Great Walk, the true story of a 1909 walk from New York to San Francisco, and why it matters today, Rodale, 2014.

[2] Slavomir Rawicz, The Long Walk, the true story of a trek to freedom, 1997 and Andrez Rosendez, A Land So Strange, the extraordinary tale of a shipwrecked Spaniard who walked across America in the sixteenth century, 2007.

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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.