Special Collections News 9/9/2016

uncutpagesNewsfeed: Old Gold – Wishing Herky a Happy Birthday: https://now.uiowa.edu/2016/09/old-gold-wishing-herky-happy-birthday Gene Wilder’s Superfans Made a ’70s Zine Called Geneology, and It’s Wonderful  http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/09/06/gene_wilder_s_superfans_made_a_70s_zine_called_geneology_and_it_s_wonderful.html Avicenna – John Martin Rare Book Room: http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/2016/09/06/avicenna-september-2016-notes-from-the-john-martin-rare-book-room-hardin-library/ Regents […]

Become proficient with APA Style | Workshop @Hardin Library Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 1-2pm

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Learn how to format your papers and references in American Psychological Association (APA) Style, version 6.

You will learn how to do basic formatting with APA style and how to apply APA formatting to journal, book, and web references.  Speed up your writing with our free workshop!

Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library)

Register for this or any of our other workshops online, or by calling 319-335-9151.

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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.

Plant-Based Foods – A Tricky PubMed Search – Revised 2016


By Eric Rumsey, Janna Lawrence and Xiaomei Gu

As we discussed in an article earlier this year, searching for nutrition in PubMed has improved greatly since NLM brought the subject together in one explosion (Diet, Food, and Nutrition). This ability to search the field of nutrition easily has helped in searching for plant-based foods [PBFs] in some ways. But in other ways, it’s still as difficult as it was when we wrote our 2013 article on the same topic.

The basic problem in searching for PBFs, just as it was before the addition of the new explosion, is that a large proportion of PBFs are not in the Food explosion, but are only in Plants, and not in Food. So the fact that Food is part of the new inclusive explosion doesn’t make it any easier to search for PBFs.

In addition to the fact that most fruits and vegetables are treated as plants instead of foods, another problem in searching for them is that almost all of them are put under their botanical, Latin names, that are not recognizable to most people. Here are some examples, all of which are in the plant-taxonomic branch of the MeSH tree:

  • Kale is Brassica
  • Sweet potato is Ipomoea batatas
  • Plum is Prunus domestica
  • Almond is Prunus dulcis
  • Apple is Malus
  • Cranberry is Vaccinium macrocarpon
  • Strawberry is Fragaria
  • Kidney Beans is Phaseolus
  • Chocolate is Cacao
  • Turmeric is Curcuma

If you’re searching for specific food plants, the Latin MeSH terms are usually not a problem, because when you search for a common name, it’s mapped to the botanical MeSH term (e.g. if you search for Grapes, it maps to Vitis). The problem comes if you want to browse the Plants explosion to pick out the edible plants from the many plants that are not edible, because only the botanical names are listed. The Rose family (Rosaceae) of plants, for example, has several edible species within it. There are 19 genera listed in MeSH in the family, and 6 of them have edible species. But to find them, you have to be able to pick out the genera with edible species (e.g. Malus, Prunus) from the others (e.g. Agrimonia, Alchemilla).

If you’re interested in learning about how to search for PBFs in PubMed, see our companion article, which includes an updated “search recipe,” or hedge.

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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.