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Happy National Library Week!

This year, National Library week is April 12-18, 2015 and National Library Assistants Day is April 14, 2015. This is a time to celebrate your local library personnel. Library staff members and student workers keep the library running by doing a wide variety of things like interlibrary loan, stack maintenance, circulation, etc. They also answer your questions.

To help celebrate, we’ve put up a display in Hardin Library with the names of all of the people that work here. We’re also hosting a little contest.

If you can guess how many questions were answered by Hardin Library staff members during April of 2014, you’ll be entered to win a fancy Hawkeye water bottled filled with candy.

Check out our display for details on how to enter this contest. The display can be found on the 3rd floor of Hardin Library to your left as you enter the building.


National Library Week Poster

fancy Hawkeye water bottle


Learn nuts & bolts of a systematic review – Wednesday, April 15

This class will provide a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review. Topics will include the following: standards and criteria to consider, establishing a plan, registering a protocol, developing a research question, determining where to search, identifying search terms, reporting search strategies, and managing references.


Our next session is Wednesday, April 15, 12pm-1pm, Information Commons East


UBorrow down due to technical problems

uborrow logoDue to technical difficulties, UBorrow is temporarily not available.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have everything working soon. In the meantime, please place your requests through the Interlibrary Loan system:


Medicinal Plants of the Mediterranean – History of Medicine Society, R. Palmer Howard Dinner – April 24, 2015

picture of Alain Touwaide

Alain Touwaide

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to attend the R. Palmer Howard reception, dinner,  and presentation on Friday, April 24, 2015.  Alain Touwaide of the Smithsonian Institution will speak on Medicinal Plants of the Mediterranean : A Unique Tradition.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Iowa City, beginning at 6pm.  Reservations and payment are due by April 17.  ( printable registration form, including menu)

Physicians of Antiquity collected  information about the therapeutic uses of natural resources, particularly plants. This knowledge, best illustrated by Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Galen, was handed down through centuries from one generation and one culture to another in an uninterrupted chain. Touwaide will illustrate this unique phenomenon by following the legacy of Antiquity in its odyssey around the Mediterranean until the dawn of Modern Science, focusing on exceptional and ordinary books that transmitted this legacy.





Give to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society    Give to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Hardin Library open regular hours Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5

easter bunnyHardin Library for the Health Sciences will be open regular hours this weekend.

Saturday, April 4th 10am-6pm

Sunday, April 5 12pm-12am

Monday, April 6 library opens at 7:30am


Changes in Authentication Software for Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery

We adopted new authentication software for our interlibrary loan/document delivery services library-wide. Due to the change in software, all users will be required to register with the system once again. Your borrowing history has not been lost! Within 1-3 business days after re-registering, your new account will be merged with your old account and you will be able to view your history.


The new software will allow users to place requests from databases using prepopulated request forms without the need to open a new tab and log into the system. The software also allows for better authorization of users within our system.


Note that you will see a new pick-up library location titled ‘Office Delivery’ when you re-register. We will be mailing interlibrary loan items to office locations for users that request this option. If you choose office delivery, please be certain that your campus address is correct!


We are experiencing several issues surrounding the migration to the new software, and our staff are working to resolve these as quickly as possible.



Learn to organize your references with our EndNote Desktop workshop Wednesday, April 1

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather together your references in one place, organize them, and then insert them into papers and format them in a style of your choosing.

This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.

Our next sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 1st, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Location: East Information Commons)
  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Location: East Information Commons)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

EndNote Desktop is available free to faculty, staff, and graduate students.

For more information or help, see our guide to citing sources or contact your librarian.


Get Free Chocolate and Learn about Searching for Nutrition Information!

mast_brothers Attend any of our upcoming workshops on locating information on nutrition topics and earn a chance to receive a free Mast Brothers chocolate bar!

  • Nutrition: Searching the Literature for Plant-Based Foods. Tuesday, March 31st, 9:00-10:00 am, Hardin Library East Commons Classroom
  • Everything You Need to Know about Food and Nutrition Searching in PubMed.  Wednesday, April 29, 10:00-11:00 am, Main Library LC-1105

The first ten people to arrive for each class (and stay until the end) will receive a Mast Brothers chocolate bar. * Registration for the session held at Hardin Library is appreciated, but registration is not necessary for the the session at Main Library.

*Studies have shown that dark chocolate can be a healthy supplement to your diet. For a recent article, see Latham LS, Hensen AK, Minor DS. Chocolate—guilty pleasure of healthy supplement? Journal of Clinical Hypertension 2014; 16(2): 101-6; doi: 10.111/jch.12223. The chocolate for these events was funded by a grant from the University of Iowa’s Food for Thought Theme Semester.


Birthing, Obstetrics & Midwifery – John Martin Rare Book Room open house March 26, 4-7pm

Join the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society and the University Libraries at an open house in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, on March 26, 2015 from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

28 books (complete list)  from 1551 to 1894 will be on display, covering:  Birthing

  • anatomy
  • midwifery
  • early obstetrics
  • disease


For more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see:


Try Out ScienceDirect’s Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences

ScienceDirect’s Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences contains trusted, peer-reviewed, comprehensive content from ScienceDirect’s reference works as curated by an editorial board led by Editor-in-Chief, Michael Caplan. Valuable for interdisciplinary research, it is designed for faster, more relevant browsing within the subject and beyond, with featured articles for quick, clear overviews, subject hierarchies to put everything in context, and guidance to lead researchers to related knowledge.  The trial runs until March 24, 2015.

Please send comments to Janna Lawrence.