Find James Alan McPherson’s work at the UI Libraries


James-Alan-McPhersonWEBWriter James Alan McPherson, professor in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and winner of the Pulitzer, MacArthur, and Guggenheim, died July 27, 2016. He was 72.

Find these two McPherson works at the UI Libraries:

Crabcakes  —  Main Library PS3563.A45544 Z476 1998

A region not home: reflections from exile — Main Library PS3563.A45544 .R4 2000


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Documenting and Treating Scrolls: Part 3 Final

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Submitted by Katarzyna Bator and Bailey Kinsky

Picture 1: Kate dipping the tissue through an acrylic paint bath.

Picture 1: Kate dipping the tissue through an acrylic paint bath.

The Buddhist scrolls from the Ficke collection had experienced pretty significant insect damage which greatly increased the risk of damage during handling. In order to stabilize the paper structure, Kate and I performed some basic paper mends using a remoistenable tissue. We had previously tested the inks to make sure that they were not water soluble, but we wanted to avoid exposing the scrolls to excessive moisture because tidelines easily formed and the sheets composing the scrolls were most likely adhered together using a starch-based paste.

We selected several types of Japanese tissue to prepare for the mending and began by first toning them with acrylic paint to better match the color of the scroll (Picture 1).

Picture 2: Area of loss traced on tissue.

Picture 2: Area of loss traced on tissue.

Next, a 50/50 mixture of methylcellulose and paste was brushed over the surface, and the tissues were allowed to dry.

To mend the paper, the area of loss was traced on the tissue using a needle point (Picture 2). A protective, transparent piece of Mylar was placed between the scroll and the mending tissue while tracing. Now comes the “remoistenable” phase of the treatment. The paste and methyl cellulose mixture becomes reactivated in a 1:1 mixture of water and ethanol. The mend was placed on a piece of Plexiglas or cotton blotter and the ethanol/water mix was brushed over the tissue (Picture 3). A tweezer was used to place the mend onto the loss on the paper surface (Picture 4), and then a blotter and weight are placed on top to help the repair to dry flat (Picture 5). All of the repairs were applied to the back of the scrolls so as not to interfere with the manuscript, and Picture 6 shows what a large section of mends look like after drying.

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Migration is Beautiful Website Premieres at 2016 National LULAC Convention

Janet Weaver holding a Migration is Beautiful posterJuly 12th was the kickoff for the 2016 National LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) convention. Janet, assistant curator here at the IWA, attended the conference to promote “Migration is Beautiful,” a new website featuring vignettes, oral history interview clips, memoirs, letters, and  photographs from the IWA’s Mujeres Latinas Project.

The new website highlights the experiences and contributions Latinas and Latinos have made to the state of Iowa. It also hosts an interactive map that shows the migration of Latinos through Iowa during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Recently, Hola Iowa, a news outlet focusing on Latinos in the Midwest, featured a vignette and photos from the Migration is Beautiful website.

We are very proud of Janet, and can’t wait to hear more about the convention when she returns!


Janet Weaver and the Migration is Beautiful display



Special Collections News & Updates 7/22/2016

Janet Weaver in front of Migration is Beautiful displayNewsfeed: Update on the Music Library Move: Pomerantz Business Library’s 2015-2016 Infographic: Migration is Beautiful Website Premieres at the 2016 National LULAC Convention July 12th was the kickoff for […]

New Liaison Librarians Join Hardin Staff

Heather Healy and Matt Regan
Heather Healy and Matt Regan

Heather Healy and Matt Regan

Hardin Library recently welcomed two new Clinical Education Librarians, Heather Healy and Matt Regan.

Heather is the primary liaison to Carver College of Medicine and to a number of UIHC departments, including Internal Medicine. Before arriving at Hardin on July 1, Heather was a health sciences librarian at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and previously worked at Kansas State University libraries. Before receiving her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University, Heather worked as an editor for Human Kinetics, a health sciences publisher. You can contact Heather at

Matt Regan joined the Hardin staff on July 18 and will be the liaison to Family Medicine and several other departments. He will also support Hardin’s website and other technologies. An Iowa native, Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. After receiving his Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Dominican University, he was a reference and instruction librarian at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where he served as liaison to Nursing and other health sciences programs. You can contact Matt at

Welcome to Hardin, Heather and Matt!

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Pictures of Nursing: Zwerdling Postcard Collection | Exhibit open @Hardin Library

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Rural visiting nurse Elizabeth McPhee

Rural visiting nurse Elizabeth McPhee

Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection is now on exhibit at Hardin Library.  The exhibit explores a 2,588 postcard archive spanning over 100 years.  Images of nursing and the nursing profession around the world have been frequent subjects of postcards.

Postcards are influenced by popular ideas and social and culture life, as well as fashion. These images of nurses and nursing are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and attitudes toward class, race, and national differences. By documenting the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, these postcards reveal how nursing was seen during those times.

500 additional postcards may be viewed online.nurses60s

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


Data Research Services: UM Experience | Webinar, Thursday July 21, 2-3pm


The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) @Hardin Library and South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine present a jointly sponsored webinar :

Data Research Services: University of Michigan Experience

Thursday, July 21, 2-3pm CDT

This webinar session is focused on interviewing Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte, both who are involved in research data services at the University of Michigan. Join us to learn how data services support interactions between scientists and librarians, and how these interactions create new opportunities for health sciences libraries.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • needs assessments to inform a research data service
  • the importance of teaching data literacy
  • data management requirement from funding agencies
  • value of health science libraries as partners in data management

Jake Carlson

Marisa Conte

Jake Carlson is the Research Data Services Manager for the UM Library. He oversees the development and implementation of a data services program designed to apply the practices, principles and perspectives of library science to address researchers’ needs in managing, organizing, sharing and preserving their research data. More information about Jake and the work that he has done is available on his website.

As the Translational Research and Data Informationist, Marisa Conte [Profile] provides research support to clinical and basic scientists with an emphasis on translational research. Her areas of expertise include data management, biomedical informatics, collaborative technologies, and expert literature searching. 

To join the meeting:

  1. Go to:
  2. At the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
  3. Once the room is open, the system will provide you with a phone number to dial-in and a participant code to connect to the audio.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

Problems? Contact the SCR Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 817-735-2223.

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Special Collections News & Updates 7/15/2016

18 people processing papersNewsfeed: UI Librarians Serving the Iowa Library Association: 1960’s Exhibition featured in the University of Iowa Alumni Magazine: YouTube Series If Books Could Talk finishes final episode: How an Obsolete […]