John Hunter | History of the Human Teeth | January 2017 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

John Hunter. 1813 painting by John Jackson


John Hunter. 1813 painting by John Jackson

John Hunter in an 1813 painting by John Jackson

JOHN HUNTER (1728-1793). The natural history of the human teeth. London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1771.

John Hunter was an anatomist and surgeon, practicing in London. His tireless energy helped him to overcome whatever obstacles his educational and cultural lacks may have provided. “Hunter remains one of the great all-round biologists like Haller and Johannes Müller, and with Paré and Lister, one of the three greatest surgeons of all time. . . . Hunter found surgery a mechanical art and left it an experimental science” (Fielding H. Garrison).

One of Hunter’s most important works was this treatise on the teeth. This book was the first scientific study of the teeth and is basic to all modern dentistry.

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.


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Water shut off | Wednesday, December 28


All water will be shut off in the Hardin Library on Wednesday, December 28.  The water shut off is for maintenance and we expect water to be turned on Thursday, December 29.

The library will be open 7:30am-6pm.  The closest public restrooms are at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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Information Commons East CLOSED for remodeling

The Information Commons East is closed for remodeling through winter break.  If you have a class scheduled in the Commons East classroom, you will be able to attend.

The Information Commons East will receive new carpet, paint, furniture and best of all–two group studies!  The classroom will remain as is.



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Best Science Books of 2016

Best Science Books of 2016

Looking for something to read over break? Looking for gift ideas for the science nerds in your life? Well, you’re in luck. It’s the end of the year, which means everyone has a list of their picks for the best science books of the year. Here are some of my favorite lists:

And many scientific journals and magazines regularly publish book reviews. Here are some of the most popular:

Before you go out and buy anything, check the library catalog to see if we have it. If we don’t (and you think we should) you can recommend a purchase and we’ll add it to our collection!

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IWA Graduate Assistant Rachel Black Graduates from SLIS

Image of Rachel Black holding a bookRachel Black, IWA graduate assistant completed her studies and graduated from the School of Library and Information Science. She will walk tomorrow at graduation.

Earlier this month, Rachel successfully defended her poster, “Community Building and Humanizing Social Media.”

Earlier we highlighted Rachel’s work on her blog, “@ Your Local Library.” You can read more about the project here.

Please join us in congratulating Rachel and wishing her the best in her future career.
Two SLIS students at their poster sessions

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Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive – Trial ends 8 February 2017

Banyan Productions has produced a film library of the highest international standards, covering documentary, drama, music, dance, and much more, spanning the past 40 years. With more than 1,100 hours of exclusive programming, Caribbean Studies in Video brings the oral and visual history of the people, culture, society, and identity of the Caribbean people, by the Caribbean people to the forefront.

Please send additional comments to Lisa Gardinier.

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Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group 2016

As a new librarian, I appreciate the privilege that my residency at the University of Iowa’s Preservation and Conservation department affords me; aside from the professional expectations of any other position, I’m encouraged to explore gaps in my LIS education and professional interests. However, there is never enough time to learn everything! Professional conferences are invaluable, particularly in this stage of my career, for continuing education and exposure to adjacent areas of focus in librarianship. Imagine my excitement when I learned that that 2016’s PASIG fall meeting would be in NYC. Yes, I WAS overjoyed. PASIG’s conference was envisioned as both a sharing and learning opportunity for preservation and archiving professionals at all levels, as well as those outside of the LIS profession, such as developers.

Founded in 2007, the practice-centered meeting focuses on questions and considerations as well as solutions, but keeps it light on theory. Too often, professional meetings and conferences’ pre-assumption of broad audience understanding and heavy use of LIS-centered jargon can leave one feeling intimidated and behind the pack. Day one at PASIG directly addressed the issue and leveled the plane in preparation for the deep dives to follow – all without an additional cost and additional travel accommodations of a “pre-conference.”  About half of the estimated 300 participants attended boot camp the first day, which serves as both an introduction, overview, and a refresher.

Sessions following the boot camp covered topics along the spectrum of the “3rd age of digital preservation,” as well as preservation and archiving in relation to reference rot, new media, social justice, and the environmental impacts of digital preservation and professional responsibilities, among others. Though vendors were well-represented at the conference, the mix of professionals and scholars were the highlight of the conference. Presenters and lightning round speakers from libraries, archives, museums, universities, and cross-institutional partnerships shared case studies, challenges, successes, and pitfalls to avoid.

As always, librarians and archivists put together a lovely fete for attendants. Our hosts at MoMa arranged an after-hours reception and tours of two works that were recently treated by their Media Conservation department. Media Conservator Kate Lewis gave a tour of Teiji Furuhashi’s 1994 immersive work, Lovers. After we experienced the piece, conserved to maintain the integrity of Furuhashi vision as well as its condition in 1994, we were allowed a peek at the required wiring and networked coordinating components of sound and motion. After discussing the guaranteed obsolesce of hardware currently in use and the knowledge management in place in anticipation of treatment needed in 20 years, we moved on to Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1979-2004). Peter Oleksik spoke of the use and conservation challenges of the work before we viewed MoMa’s iteration of the installation.

By conference close, I felt that I had valuable information and references to bring back to Iowa. By far, PASIG 2016 was the most useful professional conference I’ve attended thus far. Next year’s PASIG meeting will be in Oxford.

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Finals Week at the Sciences Library

You’re getting ready for Finals Week, and so is the Sciences Library! The following special activities will be available all week (Mon., Dec. 12 – Fri., Dec. 16)!:

  1. Missing Mascot Mug Giveaway – Our mascot, Chauncey, is missing! Find him in the Library, bring him to the service desk, and win a free Sciences Library travel mug (while supplies last)!Travel mugChauncey
  2. Legos, K’Nex, and coloring – Take a study break and relax with building games and coloring pages/crayons!toys and games
  3. Free coffee, tea, and treats – We always put out free coffee and tea to help fuel your studies, but Finals Week is special, so we have treats too! Pam is making her famous mini brownies!coffee and treats

We’ll be open from 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday. Join us!


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Special Collections News & Updates 12/8/2016

20161207_110017News of Interest: Something Really Cool that You’ve Never Heard Of Before & After Treatment: Keith’s New Theatre clipping book Events: Arthur Bonfield, “The Why, How, What, and […]
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