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Hardin Services, Staff to be Relocated during Summer Renovations

Due to extensive renovations of its HVAC system, the Hardin Library building will be closed this summer, beginning Saturday, May 14, through Tuesday, August 16 (reopening Wednesday, August 17). However, library services will still be available.

While Hardin is closed, temporary locations will be set up in MERF and the College of Pharmacy.  At those locations, users will be able to consult with library staff, use reserve and reference materials as well as simulation center equipment, check out laptops, and use computers.  Watch the blog for more details as our plans are finalized!

Work being done this summer in Hardin includes replacement of HVAC (heating-ventilation-air conditioning) ductwork and ceiling tiles, as well as upgrading lighting.  These improvements are being done to make the library more energy efficient.


Hirst to Attend Rare Book School

We are pleased to announce that Donna Hirst, curator of the John Martin Rare Book Room, has been accepted to the very prestigious Rare Book School located on the University of Virginia campus.  She will attend the week-long class, Printed Books to 1800: Description & Analysis, where she will learn more about the physical aspects of books from the hand-press period. The course will cover such things as the identification and description of paper (laid vs. wove, watermarks); typography (type sizes and styles); letterpress printing; illustration processes (relief, intaglio); binding materials (leather, parchment, paper) and styles (dating and localizing bindings. The instructor, David Whitesell, is Curator of Books at the American Antiquarian Society. Previously, he was rare book cataloger at the Houghton Library, Harvard University and was in the antiquarian book trade.


New Exhibit: Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

An exhibit exploring Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine is currently on display on the third floor of the Hardin Library.    Developed by the National Library of Medicine of the  National Institutes of Health and using materials from the NLM, it will be on display through January 28.


Welcome to Kerry and Shane!

Hardin Library has recently welcomed two new staff members.

Kerry MinnerKerry Minner joined Hardin’s staff when the Physics Library closed.  Kerry has worked as a library assistant at the University Libraries since 1983, and even worked at Hardin before, from 1987 to 1993.  Kerry will be  working on projects in both collections and technology at Hardin.  Welcome back, Kerry!

Shane WallaceShane Wallace joined the Hardin staff as Emerging Technology Librarian from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Information Center, where he held the same position.  In addition to working with technologies both old and new, Shane will be involved in Hardin’s reference and liaison activites.  Shane’s  master of science in library science degree is from the University of North Carolina.   Welcome, Shane!


My NCBI Tool Replacing eRA Commons July 23

Beginning July 23, 2010, principal investigators will need to use the My NCBI My Bibliography tool to track publications and related NIH grants, rather than entering them manually through eRA Commons. My Bibliography is part of the My NCBI toolbox in PubMed. Current eRA Commons users can link their eRA Commons account to My Bibliography.

Beginning October 22, 2010, eRA Commons will no longer display citations manually entered. By that date, all citations must be added to My Bilbliography so that they will continue to appear in eRA Commons.

More information about this change can by found in the NIH Public Access Policy LibGuide, and detailed, step-by-step instructions for the transition to My Bibliography can be found here.


Older Volumes of JAMA, Archives Now Online

The Library now has electronic access to older volumes of JAMA and the AMA Archives journals, back to volume 1.  Titles and coverage include

  • JAMA 1883-present
  • American Journal of Diseases of Children 1911-1993 (continued by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 1994-present)
  • Archives of Dermatology 1920-present
  • Archives of Family Medicine 1992-2000
  • Archives of General Psychiatry 1959-present
  • Archives of Internal Medicine 1908-present
  • Archives of Neurology 1959-present
  • Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry 1919-1958
  • Archives of Ophthalmology 1929-present
  • Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery 1925-present
  • Archives of Surgery 1920-present

Electronic journals can be access through the InfoHawk catalog or the Electronic Journal A-Z list; both are available on Hardin Library’s website.


Lawrence Lessig Webcast, Thursday, Feb. 25

The University of Iowa Libraries will join libraries across the country for a “Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig” on Thursday, February 25 at 5 p.m. in the Main Library Second Floor Conference Room.

The lecture by Lawrence Lessig will last 45 minutes, and will be followed by a 30 minute interactive Q & A session. The event will be moderated by Elizabeth Stark of the Open Video Alliance.

Lessig has been described as the “foundational voice of the free culture movement.” He will be speaking via online video from Harvard Law School.

This is a talk about copyright in a digital age, and the role (and importance) of a doctrine like “fair use.” Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video.

As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage participation, not just passive consumption.

The Wireside Chat is made possible with the support of iCommons and the Ford Foundation.


More PubMed Changes

The National Library of Medicine has made more changes to PubMed. Limits (including language, years, ages, publication type, and others) are now found on a separate page and are no longer located on the Advanced Search page. A link to Limits is found above the search box on each PubMed page. Search History, which shows you what you have searched in this session and allows you to combine search statements, is still located on the Advanced Search page. Advanced Search also include a Search Builder which can be used to construct a search.

More information about these changes can be found in the Jan-Feb 2010 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin.


Transitions: scholarly communication news for the UI Community, January 2010

January 2010
Issue 1.10

Welcome to the winter issue of Transitions.

The purpose of this irregular electronic newsletter is to bring to readers’ attention some of the many new projects and developments informnig the current system of scholarly communication, with emphasis on new products and programs, the open access movement, and other alternative publishing models. Scholarly communication refers to the full range of formal and informal means by which scholars and researchers communicate, from email discussion lists to peer-reviewed publication. In general, authors are seeking to document and share new discoveries with their colleagues, while readers–researchers, students, librarians and others–want access to all the literature relevant to their work.

While the system of scholarly communication exists for the benefit of the world’s research and educational community and the public at large, it faces a multitude of challenges and is undergoing rapid change brought on by technology. To help interested members of the UI community keep up on these challenges and changes we plan to put out 4 issues per year of this newsletter.  Please visit our web site, Transforming Scholarly Communication, to find out more about this topic.

This newsletter is designed to reflect the interests of its readers so please forward comments, suggestions and entries to include to karen-fischer@uiowa.edu.

Visit our newsletter to read the articles:

Public Access to Federally Funded Research – Public input
University Press survival… through open access
Compact for Open Access Publication Equity (COPE)
PLoS One to be indexed by Web of Science
Optical Society of America – a pioneer in scholarly publishing innovation
Nobel Prize-winning scientists urge Congress to act
Open Access Encyclopedias
Who will pay for Arxiv?
Studies on Access – a review
Medical Schools Quizzed on Ghostwriting
Scholarly and Research Communication, a new OA journal
Wellcome Trust calls for greater transparency


Noise on Hardin’s 1st Floor

Beginning Tuesday, November 24, books and journals currently located on Hardin’s first floor will be moved out of the Library to the Library Annex.  Shelving will also be removed. This is the first stage of a long-term project which will result in offices for the University’s Institutional Review Board being built on the first floor.  Additionally, volumes from the current Psychology Library will be moved into the remaining first floor stacks.

We apologize for the noise which this project will create over the next several months, and recommend using other areas of the Library for study.  The fourth floor is generally the quietest area of the Library.

Questions or comments can be sent to lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or to Janna Lawrence, Hardin Library Assistant Director, at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu.