New Laptops!

The Pomerantz Business Library has 12 new Dell Latitudes.

  • Software includes Microsoft Office 2013.
  • Laptops have Webcams for use with Skype (included).
  • Users can print with Web printing (
  • University students and staff can use their ID’s to borrow a laptop for 4-hour loan (Library use only).

New dell laptop

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Come Explore Our Library! We have 2 Scanners!!

We added a brand-new overhead scanner this fall! We now have two and they are both free of charge!


Both scanners have large touch screens make them easy to use.

The scanners are easy to use. They have large touch screens to guide you through the scanning process. You are also able to either save your scanned document to a USB drive or email the document to yourself. Each scanner will scan in black & white or in color. If a USB drive is inserted, the scanner automatically recognizes this and will indicate that this is where the document will be saved. Since both scanners will scan color or black & white, they are perfect for scanning graphs, photos, magazines and journals.


The new scanner is an overhead, face-up scanner, so there will be no more book spine damage.

The new scanner is an overhead, face-up scanner. These means that books don’t have to be flattened in order to be scanned – thus preventing bo0k spine damage. You are also able to split the two pages of a book into separate images. Black edges can be removed and the content can be straightened. It also has a much larger capture area so is able to scan larger images than either copiers or typical scanners. It is much easier and quicker to scan multiple pages of a book – there is no need to flip them over to turn the page and then flip them over again to scan. You simply turn the page. There is a foot peddle so the user may use that rather than the hand scan screen. It is also wheel-chair accessible.

The scanners are located with the print station and the photocopier.

Come explore our library and find out how easy and convenient our scanners are!

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Data Management for Researchers

Image courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Image courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Are you confused about funding agencies’ new data management and sharing policies? Or do you need some help managing your research data? You’re not alone and we can help! Join us for one of five upcoming workshops (each session is identical):

The purpose of this workshop is to explain research data management and its importance, help identify some common data management issues, and learn about best practices and resources that are available. This workshop is open to all UI students, faculty, and staff. Registration is requested. To register, please click on one of the dates above.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to request a session for your group, please contact Sara Scheib or Marina Zhang.

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Learn how to find U.S. Patents & Trademarks | Sept. 22, 3-4pm |@Hardin Library

The purpose of this hands-on class is to introduce several resources found on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website that may be used to locate information on patents, trademarks and patent applications. Google’s patent searching feature  will be also be covered.

Our session:
Tuesday, September 22nd, 3:00-4:00pm (Location: East Information Commons, 2nd floor, Hardin Library)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Instructor Kari Kozak Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Instructor Kari Kozak
Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Tour some new and well-established apps for your mobile device! | Sept. 22, 2-3pm

Take a tour of some new (and some well-established) apps for your mobile device or smart phone!

At this informal brown bag technology meeting, you’ll not only be shown a variety of tools for both academic and clinical use but also invited to share your own examples and experiences.

If you don’t have a mobile device, don’t worry: The only necessary smart device is you!

Instructor Amy Blevins

Instructor Amy Blevins

Our next session is
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2:00-3:00pm (Location East Information Commons)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

No time for class?  See our mobile resource guide.


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DIY for the Weekend! LEGO© Ice Cream Maker!!

Want to do something totally different this weekend? Have a pile of LEGO© blocks lying around? How about making an ice cream maker!? Then, how about home-made S’mores ice cream? Want the flavor of the fire-toasted marshmallows? Try making your own liquid smoke!

Author Jeff Potter with his LEGO ice cream maker.

Author Jeff Potter with his LEGO ice cream maker.

To make the ice cream maker you’ll need a LEGO© Technic Kit, an XL motor, a large (empty) yogurt container and, of course, the LEGO© blocks. The base of ice cream is traditionally milk or cream with flavorings added. That homemade ice cream maker will agitate the base as it freezes.

If you don’t want to try your hand at making the LEGO© ice cream maker, you can use a traditional ice cream maker and then use either dry ice or liquid nitrogen for the freezing.

For S’mores ice cream, the base consists of whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, chocolate syrup, medium-sized marshmallows and liquid smoke. You can buy liquid smoke or make your own. If you buy liquid smoke the ingredients should only be “water, smoke.” Really, that’s all. Making your own liquid smoke requires about $20 in ingredients and is best done with chemistry equipment in a lab. This will allow you to create a closed system to capture the liquid smoke and to heat it safely. Buying your liquid smoke is cheaper, takes less time, and is a little safer…

Ready to make the S’mores ice cream? Combine the base ingredients, pre-chill it, put it in your LEGO© machine and it will all – including your LEGO© machine – go into your freezer. Once the base is set, stir in graham crackers, toasted and cut into pieces. Serve with hot fudge or chocolate syrup – add whipped cream, cherries or nuts if you like.  Yum….

Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food, by Jeff Potter. Engineering Library TX715 .P882010

Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food, by Jeff Potter. Engineering Library TX715 .P88201


For the instructions and recipes, check out Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food, by Jeff Potter.

Have fun building your Lego ice cream maker and enjoy that home-made ice cream!!


Potter, Jeff. 2010. Cooking for geeks: real science, great hacks and good food. Sebastopol, CA : O’Reilly. Engineering Library TX715 .P882010

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Database of the Week: Passport

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

The database: Passport (Consumer Industries) – Euromonitor International

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

NB: HawkID login is required for all users.
Passport is Euromonitor International’s global market analysis software platform, which analyses the industry in countries around the world. It monitors industry trends and gives strategic analysis and a market size and market share database for products across all key countries.

Use it to find:    Passport2

  • Global industry data / analysis
  • Industries include:Alcoholic drinks, Apparel and footwear, Beauty and personal care, Consumer appliances, Consumer electronics, Consumer finance, Consumer foodservice, Consumer health, Eyewear, Fresh food, Health and wellness, Home and garden, Home care, Hot drinks, Ingredients, Luxury goods, Packaged food, Packaging, Personal accessories, Pet care, Retailing, Soft drinks, Tissue & hygiene, Tobacco, Toys and games, Travel.
  • Each industry contains categories to choose from
  • Industry trends
  • Competitive analysis
  • Sales by sub category
  • Company shares
  • Brand shares
  • Forecasting
  • Distribution
  • Company profiles

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search box – top right
  • Alternatively, choose one of the options at the top – Search, Industries, Economies, Companies
  • By choosing “Search” – you will be able to search within specific content – Categories and Topics, Companies, Brands, packaging, Closures
  • By choosing “Industries” – you can pick an industry

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

News from Special Collections 9/18/2015

New Staff:

Image of Alonso Avila

Alonso Avila is a new librarian and will begin his residency at the University of Iowa Libraries by spending a year working in Special Collections & University Archives. In May 2015, he received his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to UIUC, Alonso worked as a special education tutor at a charter high school in Chicago, and also served two years in Peace Corps Jordan. Alonso’s research interests include the intersection of youth culture and social justice, as well as the interrelationship between librarianship and hip hop’s 5th element, knowledge AKA information literacy. While at The University of Iowa Libraries, he plans on building and gaining a new set of skills that will help him become a successful academic librarian whether in Chicago or any other institution around the world.


From the Web and Social Media:

1. Iowa Public Radio Interview

Image of Peter Balestrieri holding zines


Librarians Peter Balestrieri and Laura Hampton were interviewed on Iowa Public Radio this week about digitizing 1930s-1950s science fiction fanzines.  You can hear the four minute interview or read the transcript here.





2. Cheryl Jacobsen Calligraphy Video

Image of Calligraphy

Cheryl Jacobsen, professional calligrapher and Lettering Arts instructor for the University of Iowa Center for the Book spoke about historic black letter hands from Medieval manuscripts at the Iowa Bibliophiles meeting last week.  While there, she did a calligraphy demonstration and Colleen Theisen put together this short video of her work.



New Acquisitions:

1. Emblem book

Paradin. Devises Heroïques. Lyon 1551.

This is the first edition of the first illustrated book of devices, or emblem book. Iowa has a growing collection of emblem books, which are frequently used for class sessions, but none are quite like this. Paradin’s devices went without explanation until  the second edition was printed in 1557 with more text. This first edition, with its complete lack of explanation, is oddly appealing in its vagueness.

Cover image of 1551 emblem book Emblem Book Images first emblem

2. Facsimiles of Historic Bindings

Two wonderful new facsimiles have arrived that are extremely high quality reproductions of early types of medieval manuscripts and their bindings.

The first is Historia Langobardorum by Paul the Deacon which is a 9th century text that is fundamental to understand the relationship between the Lombards, the Franks, the Byzantine Empire and the Papacy.  The bare boards binding allows students to view how the quires are assembled and sewn in the text.

Facsimile of 9th century manuscript Facsimile of historic book with exposed spine

The second is Liber Precum, a facsimile of a 16th century book with a girdle style binding.  The manuscript combines two Latin texts, each written and decorated separately and apparently unique in the forms found in this book: the first portion of the manuscript is a series of prayers on the life and Passion of Christ, and the second is a set of sermons and prayers in prose and verse, many attributed to distinguished spiritual authors, among them Saints Anselm, Gregory, Bernard, Jerome, and Thomas, as well as Jean Gerson and others.  It includes 41 full page miniatures.

Images of early bindings Facsimile of girdle book binding


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Deconstructing the body: medical art | History of Medicine Lecture | Sept. 24, 5:30pm

Dr. Richard Kerber

Dr. Richard Kerber

This lecture will demonstrate how primarily Western artists have portrayed the human body, physicians, illnesses and their treatments from 1500AD-present.

Dr. Kerber will review the rise of medical imaging in the 20th century, and show how artists have incorporated these new imaging technologies into their art.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm
Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) 2117

Fore more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see

kerber lecture


Pharmaceutical Substances Structure Query

There is a known problem with the Thieme Pharmaceutical Substances Structure Query function. The error messages differ based on your browser. In Internet Explorer: Application Blocked by Java Security. In Chrome: This plugin is not supported. Thieme is aware of the problem and it will be fixed with the next version, scheduled for release early next year.

In the meantime, there is a workaround for Internet Explorer, but you must manually add it to the Java Security Exception Site list:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Java > Security
  2. Click “Edit Site List…”
  3. Click “Add”
  4. Type in the Location field
  5. Click “OK”
  6. Click “Continue”
  7. Click “OK and “OK” again to exit the Java Control Panel and save the changes

There is no work around for Chrome.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Sciences Library at or 319-335-3083.

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