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October is National Medical Librarians Month

This month is National Medical Librarian Month and the theme from the Medical Library Association is “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives.”  Hardin Library offers a variety of services to save you time whether you are a student, faculty, staff, resident, fellow, physician, or other health professional.

Hardin Library Open House
Come celebrate National Medical Librarians Month with us on October 17, 2013 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the 3rd floor service desk.  We’ll have free refreshments, novelty clocks, and the opportunity for tours of our fascinating building.  You might just find out if Hardin Library is haunted. I can’t tell you, but there may be an answer on our trivia display.

NMLM Display 2013

This display can be found on the third floor of Hardin Library between the service desk and 24 hour study area. This display will be up through the end of October.

10 Ways that Hardin Library Can Save You Time

  1. Hardin Open Workshops – Learn some new skills in our free 1 hour classes.  If the time doesn’t work for you or you’d like to schedule a special session for a group, feel free to contact us. We’re very flexible.
  2. Interlibrary Loan – Don’t settle for an article or book that isn’t exactly what you need for your research. If the University of Iowa doesn’t have the material you need, we can order it from another library. This service is free to our affiliates.
  3. Document Delivery – Do we have something you need, but you can’t leave your office? Maybe it’s too cold to trek across the river to another library. Don’t worry. We can send library materials straight to your office. If you need an article, we will scan the material and email you the PDF.
  4. Subject Guides – Did you know that Hardin librarians have created subject specific guides to put many of the resources you need (databases, books, journals, etc.) all in one convenient location? We don’t want the research process to be as easy as possible.  We’re also happy to take suggestions if you know of something that’s missing from a guide.
  5. Electronic Books – Many of our textbooks are available online, 24/7 both on-campus and off-campus (as long as you have a Hawk ID and password).
  6. Electronic Journal A-Z – Most of our journals are available online, 24/7 both on-campus and off-campus (as long as you have a Hawk ID and password).
  7. High Powered Databases – Don’t waste your time sifting through hundreds of thousands of links from a search engine. Many of our databases offer point of care information or specialized filters to get you the information you need quickly.  And, Hardin Librarians can teach you the most efficient ways to search these databases.
  8. Mobile Resources – Hardin Library supports a wide variety of apps with health sciences information.  We can also help you download apps to your mobile device.
  9. One on One Consultations – Are you struggling to find the information you need? Do you need help using EndNote or RefWorks? Hardin Librarians can meet with you by phone, email, chat, or in person. We can even come to your office!
  10. Personalized Library Liaisons – Hardin Library has different liaisons assigned to different departments so that we can better serve your needs.

National Medical Librarians Month Contest

One way librarians save people time is by answering questions. How many questions were answered by Hardin Library staff in September of 2013? Guess correctly, and you could win a gift card to the Iowa Hawk Shop Tech Connection!

To enter this contest, fill out a registration form at our main service desk on the 3rd floor of Hardin Library. This contest is open to University of Iowa affiliates, only. The winner will be announced in early November.





Happy Match Day to Carver College of Medicine Students!

Congrats CCOM Graduates!!!Today is Match Day. This is the day when 4th year medical students find out which programs they have matched with and where they will be starting their residencies. If you’d like to learn more, the Carver College of Medicine has a map showing where students headed last year along with other data from previous years on their Match Week website.  http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/md/match/

To all of our M4′s, good luck in your future endeavors and congratulations from all of us at Hardin Library!



October is National Medical Librarians Month

Photo of Exhibit

October is National Medical Librarians Month and Hardin Library is celebrating with a display in honor of our librarians. You can learn more about us, which departments we serve and our research and personal interests. The display is located to your left as you enter Hardin Library on the 3rd floor (Special thanks to Trish Duffel for providing a high quality photo).

You might be wondering what medical librarians do and what sort of training we have.  To list a few things, medical librarians have master’s degrees in library science and participate in many continuing education classes and conferences. Many of them are certified through the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) and participate in scholarly activities such as publishing. In addition, librarians teach classes on evidence based practice, information literacy, mobile resources, publishing, and many other topics.  They also help to support clinical practice by assisting health care professionals with locating quality health information.

Medical librarians are part of the health care team, and a recent article in The Nurse Practitioner highlights some of the reasons why you should get to know your local librarian.

Newland, Jamesetta. (2012) Celebrating Medical Librarians. The Nurse Practitioner; 37(10): 5. http://proxy.lib.uiowa.edu/login?url=http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&CSC=Y&NEWS=N&PAGE=fulltext&AN=00006205-201210000-00001&LSLINK=80&D=ovft

This month, the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association had their annual meeting. As you can see, Hardin Library has done a lot this year with regards to presenting and providing leadership roles in the organization.

Xiaomei Gu

Developing and Administering a Campus-wide Survey: A First Step in Assessing Data Management Needs (paper)

First Year Experience: Librarian as Instructor of a Pharmacy Practice Laboratory (poster)

Jen DeBerg

Exploring Value of Customized Tutorials for Remote Students (paper)

Growing Relationships: A Project to Reduce Hospital Noise (poster)

Kelly Thormodson

Growing from Within: From Art History to Urology – All liaisons Working Together to be the Best Team (paper)

Donna Hirst

The John Martin Rare Book Room as a Learning Resource (poster)

Janna Lawrence

2012 President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (elected)

Chris Childs

Recording Secretary of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (elected)


In honor of National Medical Librarian month, we at Hardin Library invite you to stop in, get to know us, and find out what Hardin librarians can do for you.


National Physician Assistants Week

This week, October 6-12, is National Physician Assistants Week.  Last year, Rep. Karen Bass recognized PAs during a short statement to the House of Representatives.   This year, a group of PA’s and students will be heading to Rockefeller Plaza to appear on the Today Show.

You can learn more about PA’s and what they do from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). You might also be interested in learning more about the history of this profession which has been around since the mid-60′s. The PA program here at the University of Iowa is well known as top ranking program in the nation.

Happy PA week from all of us at Hardin Library!


Happy Homecoming!

Hardin Library staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy homecoming this weekend. We’re showing our spirit, today.

From left to right, top: Kelly Thormodson, Shane Wallace, Cassie Reed-Thureson, Chris Childs, Amy Blevins, Kerry Minner.

From left to right, bottom: Sarah Andrews, Xiaomei Gu, Linda Walton, Janna Lawrence



RefWorks Issues Resolved

Problems related to last night’s hardware upgrade for RefWorks have been addressed and testing has shown IP authentication and other functionality returned to normal.

All users will need to clear their internet browser cache of cookies and restart their browsers before attempting to log back in again.

RefWorks has apologized for the inconvenience and appreciates your understanding.

If you have any problems with using or accessing RefWorks, please do not hesitate to contact us at Hardin Library.


Happy National Library Week!

As you may know, this week is National Library Week and today is Library Worker’s Day (April 10, 2012). In celebration, a poster has been placed on our exhibit board in appreciation of everyone that works at Hardin.

In addition, we will be having a little guessing game for library patrons. At the 3rd floor desk, I’ve placed a little iced tea/lemonade jug with a bunch of M&M’s. The amount of M&M’s in that jug is approximately equal to the amount of people who visited Hardin Library on April 2, 2012. If you can guess that amount, you will win the jug of M&M’s. To participate, write your name, email address and best guess on a slip of paper and place it in the box next to the jug.  We’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 16th. Good Luck!

National Library Week Poster


Happy National Doctor’s Day!

Today, March 30, is National Doctor’s Day. This is a day when for all of us to take some time to thank the hard working physicians that keep us healthy and work to heal us when we are sick and injured.

Happy National Doctor's Day from Hardin Library

If you’d like to learn more, see http://www.doctorsday.org/


Congratulations on Match Day!

Today is Match Day. This is the day when 4th year medical students find out which programs they have matched with and where they will be starting their residencies. If you’d like to learn more, the Carver College of Medicine has a map showing where students are headed this year and data from matches in previous years on their Match Week website.  http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/md/match/

Too all of our M4′s, good luck in your future endeavors and congratulations from all of us at Hardin Library!

Congrats CCOM Graduates!!!


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Currently, Micromedex 2.0 does not seem to be working with the Mozilla Firefox browser. It does seem to work fine with Google Chrome and with Internet Explorer.

To learn more about this and other known issues with electronic resources, please see the University of Iowa Libraries Electronic Resources: Problems, Tips and FAQ page.