Welcome Darlene Kaskie, Technology & Communication Librarian for the Regional Medical Library

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Darlene Kaskie Technology and Communications Librarian, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region

Darlene Kaskie
Technology and Communications Librarian, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region

Please welcome Darlene Kaskie, our first Regional Medical Library (RML) librarian to join the team. Darlene will be serving as the Technology and Communications Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) program office.

In her new role, Darlene will be managing the GMR website and social media, and handling communication for members in the ten state region. Darlene will be permanently located in the GMR offices, for which construction is still underway. Until that time, Darlene is in a temporary location at Hardin Library.

Previously, Darlene served as the Student Computer Services Librarian for the Law Library at the University of Iowa. In this role, Darlene assisted with technology and network services and served as the editor for the Law Library’s website.  Darlene also worked as a temporary  librarian for the University of Iowa Engineering Library, helping with marketing and educational outreach using social media.

Darlene received her MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Darlene worked as a managing research librarian for the law firms of Latham & Watkins in Chicago, McCutchen, Doyle Brown & Enersen (now known as Bingham McCutchen) in Los Angeles, and Beveridge & Diamond in San Francisco.  Darlene researched corporate healthcare client information as a law firm librarian.  Darlene is looking forward to discovering healthcare from the academic perspective in her new position. 

Darlene’s husband teaches health policy for the College of Public Health, and their two daughters keep them busy with soccer, volleyball, and all things tween.

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University of Iowa Alumni Association “Lifelong Learning” event

The University of Iowa Libraries is proud to present an exhibition of materials and experiences related to the work of UI alumnus and faculty astrophysicist James Van Allen, 36MS, 39PhD. The UIAA invites you to join Greg Prickman, head of UI Libraries Special Collections, as he guides you on a tour of the Main Library’s new gallery space, featuring an exhibition of Van Allen’s stellar career. Artifacts, writings, photos, and recordings launch visitors into the heart of the Space Age to tell the compelling story of the Iowan’s groundbreaking discovery of the Van Allen Radiation Belts.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6 p.m.
WHERE: The University of Iowa Main Library, 125 W. Washington St., Iowa City
COST: This lecture is FREE and open to the public; however, RSVPs are encouraged.

Pre-registration for this event has ended, however, walk-ups are welcome and may register at the event.

See more at: http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/vanallen/#sthash.nL7xUD5h.dpuf

Details found here:  http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/vanallen/

4/4/16 = Square Root Day!!



April 4, 2016 is Square Root Day – so let’s get to the root of it!!

The next square root day won’t be until May 5, 2025, so let’s celebrate! There are only nine square root days in a century – so don’t miss this one!

The square root is an important mathematical concept used in many different occupations – including carpentry, engineering, architects, landscapers, and artists and designers. So, what is a square root? The square root of any number (x) is equal to the number (y) that when multiplied by itself or squared returns the first number (x). In other words, the square root of x is y, because x X x or x²2 is y.

Did you know that the symbol for square root (√) is called the radix or the radical sign? And Christoff Rudolff first used it in 1525?

Maurice Machover wrote a proof poem of the irrationality of √2:

Double a square is never a square, and here is the reason why:
If m-squared were equal to two n-squared, then to their prime factors we’d fly.
But the decomposition that lies on the left has all its exponents even.
But the power of two on the right must be odd: so one of the twos is bereaven.*


What fun ways can you find to celebrate this auspicious day? 

How about:
  • Square Dancing
  • Learn to tie a square knot
  • Eat square shaped food – made from root vegetables (what else!?). How about square sweet potato fries, make a square carrot cake!
  • Try root vegetables you might not have eaten before: rutabagas, parsnips, yucca roots, and kohlrabi.
  • Onions, garlic and ginger are also root veggies – find new recipes

Be SURE to come into the library and work on our Color by Numbers (Engineering Style!)



*breaven is a derivation of the word “bereave.”


Fun Holiday – Square Root Day. 2016. timeanddate.com

Flannery, David. The square root of 2: a dialogue concerning a number and a sequence. 2006. New York : Copernicus : [Chichester, England] : Praxis. Engineering Library QA247.5 .F53 2006

Other Resources:

Square Root Day. 4/4/16 Opening Day and Square Root Day!! Square Root Day. Date accessed March 25, 2016




Disover U.S. Patents, Trademarks, and Patent Applications |Workshop Tuesday, April 5, 1pm @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 highlighted as a source for finding information on patents. Taught by Kari Kozak (Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library).


Tuesday, April 5th, 1-2p – East Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Find nutrition information in PubMed & Embase faster with our workshop | Tuesday, April 5, 10am@Hardin Library


Literature searching for nutrition-related subjects in PubMed and Embase can be challenging.

This hands-on session will:

  • examine those challenges and
  • suggest techniques for doing better searches on topics related to nutrition, and
  • improve your search results by using subject headings (MeSH) and advanced keyword searching techniques.

Our next session:
Tuesday, April 5th, 10-11a – East Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Hardin Library will be Regional Medical Library for Greater Midwest Region

Linda Walton picture
Linda Walton picture

Linda Walton
Associate University Librarian Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences & Principal Investigator

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is thrilled to be the Regional Medical Library for the Greater Midwest Region. We look forward to working with our colleagues over the next five years as we work together to continuously enhance easy access to quality health information for all.

Midwest Region serves Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  For more information, see U.S. National Library of Medicine news.

This award is for $6.5 million dollars over 5 years.  Six new people will be hired to staff the office located at the Hardin Library.

Database of the Week: Business Expert Press

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

The database: Business Expert PressBusiness Expert Press Main Screen

“Business Expert Press’s Digital Libraries are filled with practical, concise books covering specific areas of business, including supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy. They’re written by international authorities, specifically for students seeking bachelors or masters degrees.”

Where to find it: You can find it here, under B on our Databases A to Z page, or under B on our “E-Book Collections” page.

 Use it to find: Business Expert Press offers more than 300 E-Books that can be read online or downloaded in PDF or EPUB formats.  Topics include: accounting, supply chain management, leadership, finance, corporate social responsibility, and business writing.

Tips for searching: Business Expert Press Related Topics

  • Use the search box to search using keywords.
  • Advanced search is available via the gear icon to the right of the search box.
  • Users can browse titles from the main page (see top image).
  • For more focused browsing:
    • Select from the “Filters” on the left, or
    • Click on “Related Topics” and select from options presented (see image at right).


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Want help using Business Expert Press eBook collection? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.