New Acquisition: Aristotle’s Compleat Masterpiece

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Newly acquired by the University of Iowa for the John Martin Rare Book Room, Aristotle’s Compleat Masterpiece and the other works included here — considered “the first sex manual in the English language” — were not, in fact, authored by Aristotle. Rather, attribution of the works to him was a way to gain an air of authority. The Masterpiece (“in three parts, displaying the secrets of nature in the generation of man”), was first published in 1684, reprinted with great frequency through the 17th and 18th centuries, and was still being printed in England in the 1930s. The edition here is from 1763. The first part covers anatomy, sex, virginity, marriage, pregnancy, midwifery; and religious warnings against polygamy and adultery. The second part continues with the processes of fertilization, pregnancy, infertility, failed pregnancies, and how the sex of the fetus can be determined.

Aristotle’s Compleat and Experience’d Midwife (this edition from about 1765) was an early manual of obstetrics and the disorders and diseases of women in pregnancy and childbirth. It was supposedly “translated” by popular author William Salmon. The Book of Problems (first published in 1595) was a series of questions and answers relating to natural history, rather than human reproduction. Aristotle’s Last Legacy was essentially a condensed version of the Masterpiece.

Come visit this book, or any other of over 6,500 items of antiquity and rarity, in the John Martin Rare Book Room!

Aristotle's Masterpiece Interior

Tap into the Chinese Financial Market: Trial to Wind Financial

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Wind FinancialStop by the Business Library to take a look at the Wind Financial platform. Wind provides data and information on the Chinese financial market, covering stocks, bonds, funds, indices, warrants, commodity futures, foreign exchanges, and the macro industry.  A trial version of Wind is installed on one of the Business Library laptops. The laptop can be checked out from the Business Library Information desk. I would like to thank Professor Tong Yao for arranging the trial.  If you have questions or comments about the trial, please contact me.

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Research Data Management Seminar | Thurs. April 21, 10:30-11:30am |sponsored by UI Libraries


Dr. Jeff de la Beaujadiere, Data Management Architect at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be speaking about research data.  His talk: Open Data from NOAA and its Grantees will be held Thursday, April 21, from 10:30-11:30am in Room 348 (Illinois Room) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

An informal meet and greet and refreshments will follow.  Please register at

Detailed information about the presentation and Dr. Beaujadiere is available online.



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Track Scholarly Impact: H-Index, Impact Factors & Eigenfactor | Workshop @Hardin Library Tues., April 19, 10am

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Eigenfactor logoThis class will teach participants how to use tools such as Ulrich’s, Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science, and Scopus to determine the impact that journals, articles, and authors have had on a particular field. Topics such as impact factors, Eigenfactors, and H-indices will also be discussed.


Workshop held:
Tuesday, April 19th, 10-11a – East Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

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.



Special Collections Update 4/8/2016

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Prickman honored with Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence

Greg Prickman, head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, was honored March 31 with the 2015 Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence.

The Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence recognizes a member of the UI Libraries’ professional staff who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in furthering Libraries’ mission serve the University community.

The honor includes a $1,500 award for professional development that will support the recipient’s research projects or publications related to library services. This award was made possible by an endowment from Dr. Arthur Benton, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neurology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

In letters of support for this award, the selection committee noted Prickman’s commitment to furthering the Libraries’ role in the University’s academic mission, as well as his professionalism and responsiveness to researcher needs.

Timothy Barrett, Director of the University of Iowa Center for the Book and Associate Professor in the UI School of Library and Information Science, nominated Prickman for the award. Barrett notes that Prickman’s work “resulted in the UI being selected as the site for the Folger Shakespeare First Folio traveling exhibit. Greg’s leadership shines in the midst of a complex but very promising event for the UI Libraries, all participating units, and the UI overall.”

Prickman also earned praises from Adam Hooks, Assistant Professor of English, who notes a climate of accessibility that Greg has created for scholars.

“Greg’s vision for the library has transformed the learning experience for students at the University of Iowa,” says Hooks. “Thanks to the significant digital projects sponsored by Special Collections, the intellectual and material resources at Iowa are accessible to students around the world.”

 Jennifer Burek Pierce, Associate Professor in the UI School of Library and Information Science, writes of Prickman’s ability to empower his staff to assist researchers. Burek Pierce notes that “those with whom we work in Special Collections clearly feel empowered to do their best work, to look for interesting and new ways to connect with users. As the head of Special Collections, Greg is instrumental in allowing this to happen, in the example he sets, in his development of responsive policies, and in hiring.”

The Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence Award is given annually. Past recipients include Kari Kozak, Jen DeBerg, Dottie Persson, John Forys, Edward Miner, Kathy Magarrell, Kären Mason, Dave Martin, and John Schacht.