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Asitha Jayawardena: “Expedited ‘Diffusion of Innovation’: A Reflection on the Ponseti Method in the current era of medicine”

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear: Asitha Jayawardena on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30-6:30 in Room 401.

Sparks Essay Contest winner and College of Medicine Student Jayawardena will describe the history and cultural context of clubfoot and treatments developed by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti. He will then describe diffusion theory as Ponseti’s treatment spread through the world. Visit the UI History of Medicine Society for more info or call Donna Hirst in the Rare Book Room at 335-9154.

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<p>The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear Asitha Jayawardena, College of Medicine student and winner of the Sparks Essay Contest, on the history and diffusion of the Ponseti Method for treating clubfoot. This event will be held in Room 401 from 5:30-6:30 on Thursday, January 23.


Reindeer Game ends Friday @Hardin

Be the first to find the large stuffed reindeer and bring it to the 3rd floor desk, then chose your prize!

The reindeer will be hidden in a different spot each day through Friday, December 20.



Last Day to Find the Reindeer!

December  20 is the last day to find Ed the reindeer! Bring him to the front desk for a prize!

Previous winners


Visit therapy dogs @Hardin Library Friday 5:30pm-8pm

Visit 3 therapy dogs Friday, December 13.  The dogs will be at Hardin Library, Room 401 from 5:30pm-8pm.

pix of therapy dogIf you are coming from the East Campus, take the Pentacrest Bus to the VA Loop or Newton Road Ramp to get to the Hardin Library.


Bring your lunch to Hardin for a discussion on mobile devices and apps

Want to share your favorite apps with the world? Wonder what apps are out there for your work and your personal life? Bring your lunch and mobile device and join us for a lively discussion at Hardin. This brownbag lunch is not intended to provide technical supports for mobile devices. It is about sharing with and learning from each other.

This session takes place:

Tuesday, November 5, 12-1 pm (Location: Hardin Library East Information Commons)

Register here or by calling 319-335-9151.



Celebrate Halloween with some anatomical illustrations

The John Martin Rare Book Room has over 350 anatomy books.  Enjoy this selection!


Andreas Vesalius


 Bernhard Siegfried Albinus


 Jacopo Berengario da Carpi


 William Cheselden


 Charles Estienne


 Genga Bernardino

Craving more?  All images from National Library of Medicine’s collection.




Video : Hardin Librarians teach how to use Twitter professionally

Eric Rumsey and Xiaomei Gu were featured on Daily Iowan TV teaching a class on using Twitter professionally:

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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.





Free coffee for finals week & lots of study space

Does coffee make studying easier for you?  We can help you with that!

Hardin Library will begin serving free coffee beginning Friday, May 10th at 6pm.  Finals week coffee is sponsored by Linda Walton, Associate University Librarian for the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences & Branch Libraries.

Do you hate not being able to find a place to study?  You will be able to find one at our library! 

  • 15 quiet study rooms
  • 8 group study rooms
  • 253 seats at tables
  • 72 computers
  • 7 couches
  • 112 study carrels
  • 15 lounge chairs
  • 24 hour study area

picture of coffee cup


Philanthropy Day: Hardin Library construction funded through gifts and NIH grant

Hardin at opening 1974


Hardin Library for the Health Sciences opened in 1974.  The building was designed by Walter Netsch, and was  funded by $1.4 million in  gifts and a National Institute of Health grant for $2.3 million.

The John Martin Rare Book Room was started by a generous donation of books and funding from Dr. John Martin.

See History of the Hardin Library for more pictures and information about the library.

If you would like to donate to our library, you may do so online.