Hardin Library Staff Category


Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Graduate – Brad Havel

Picture of Brad HavelHardin student employee Brad Havel graduated this month with a B.B.A. in Market Research.
Brad is moving to New York City in August to pursue a career in his field.



Graduate Student Spotlight: Jen Eilers

Name: Jen Eilers

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IAjen_eilers_profile_hardin

Undergraduate Education: Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, BA English Literature and Writing, ’05

Graduate Education: University of Iowa, MA Library and Information Science, ’13.

Future Plans: I will begin working at Iowa City Public Library at the reference desk and teaching some basic tech classes this summer.

Why I’m Working at Hardin:  To tie my schoolwork into a practical framework and practice and hone my reference librarian skills.

Favorite Part of Working at Hardin: Being challenged to find and use resources (especially databases) that I had never encountered until coming to Hardin.

Fun Facts:  I am a published poet and make a mean lemon bar. I love to hike the National Parks and miss doing all my mountain hiking now that I’m living in Iowa again.

I’m Currently Reading: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan and Soulless by Gail Carriger


Graduate Student Spotlight : Jim Kelly


Name:  Jim Kelly2001-12-31 23.00.00-21

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Undergraduate Education.:  B.A. in Government and International Relations, University of Notre Dame

Graduate Education:  M.A. in Library and Information Science, University of Iowa

Future Plans:  I hope to work in public service/reference in library or information services in either an academic library or special library (public or private sector).

Why I’m working at Hardin:  I came to Hardin to get experience in health sciences librarianship.  I had worked in several other library environments and wanted to try something different, a new challenge.

Favorite Part of Working at Hardin:  I enjoy working with the students, faculty, and staff who rely on Hardin’s resources and services.  They’re a smart, engaged group of people and I enjoy helping them find the materials or information they need.

I’m Currently ReadingThe Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer by Jane Smiley



Graduate Student Spotlight : Kristina Gavin


Name: Kristina Gavinpicture of Kristina Gavin

Hometown: Dubuque, IA

Undergraduate Education: University of Iowa, BA in English ’10, BM in Tuba Performance ’10

Graduate Education: University of Iowa, MA Library and Information Science, ’13.

Future Plans: A job or degree program where I get to use technology to connect people with information in innovative and meaningful ways.

Why I’m Working at Hardin: Work-Study program. I’ve worked in few different types of libraries, and Hardin offered a great opportunity to explore another area of the field.

Favorite Part of Working at Hardin: Reference is rewarding because I get the chance to help users with their immediate information needs, and I am always learning new things in the process.

Fun Facts: Studied abroad in Venezuela, Summer 2009. Completed an internship at the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, Summer 2012. Hobbies include music, dance, book arts, birdwatching, and all things Iowa Hawkeyes.

I’m Currently Reading: Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan



Xiaomei Gu appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in College of Pharmacy

picture of Xiaomei GuXiaomei Gu, Clinical Education Librarian at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy.

Professor Gu teaches drug information search and medical literature as part of required Pharmacy Practice Laboratories for PharmD students.  These help students develop pharmacy practice skills.  She also works with graduate students, training them to search and then organize literature.  Xiaomei is an active member of the Medical Library Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

She maintains two LibGuides for use by PharmD students, faculty, and researchers:


Some of her publications and presentations are available in Iowa Research Online.


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



Reception to honor Deberg on Wednesday

image of Jennifer DebergJennifer Deberg, Clinical Education Librarian for the College of Nursing, has earned the Arthur Benton Excellence in Reference Services Professional Development Award.

Please join us for a celebration on Wednesday, September 26 from 3-4:30pm in the Hardin Library Conference Room 401.

Jennifer was nominated by both The College of Nursing and the Department of Nursing at University of Iowa Healthcare.  Jennifer provides one-on-one consults and course integrated training for students, faculty, and staff in these departments as well as other departments.


Gu and Deberg awarded conference scholarships

picture of Xiaomei GuXiaomei Gu was awarded a Sewell Fund stipend to attend the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting.  This year’s meeting is from July 14-18 in Kissimmee, Florida.

The mission of The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical, pharmaceutical, and health care professionals. Librarians experienced in managing knowledge and teaching informatics can supply quality information by becoming ongoing members of the health care team. Immersion in the health care environment is necessary for librarians to understand how health care professionals solve problems individually and through consensus.


Jennifer Deberg was accepted to the Iowa Library Association Leadership Institute for 2012.  Participants in the institute will learn leadership skills in a retreat-like setting.  After her acceptance, Deberg was awarded a scholarship for registration costs from the Iowa Library Association Health Sciences Subdivisionpicture of Jennifer Deberg


Congratulations to our graduates!

Congratulations to Hardin’s student employees who graduate this month!

Amanda Langdon M.A. Library and Information Science
Graduate Certificate from Center for the Book
Amanda plans to work in special collections or public libraries.  She would like to live and work in Wales, Colorado, or the Pacific Northwest.  picture of Amanda Langdon
Elizabeth Holdsworth M.A. Library and Information Science Liz plans to work as a medical librarian.
Sea a Joung B.F.A. Painting Sea a plans to attend graduate school for an MFA in painting.
Brett Mayfield B.A. English with honors
Minor Political Science
Brett will begin working as an intern at Midwest Writing Center this summer.  He will pursue a career in publishing or at a nonprofit.  picture of Brett Mayfield
Colleen Quaid B.A. Communication Studies
B.A. Sport Studies
Minor Spanish
Colleen will be working for the WNBA team Chicago Skye in Chicago.
Erika Bjorklund With distinction
B.A. English
B.A. French
B.A. Studio Art
Erika will begin working as an intern at Cuisine at Home magazine this summer.  She intends to pursue a career in magazine or book publishing.  picture of Erika Bjorklund
Qiana White B.A. Psychology
Minor Sociology
Qiana plans to attend receive an M.A. in Counseling.  She wants to work with recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.  picture of Qiana White
Tabitha Byrum B.S. Psychology Tabitha plans to attend graduate school in Psychology, hopefully in California.
Alexander Stanton B.A. Political Science Alex will be working for Johnson County Secondary Roads this summer.  In two years he will move to Des Moines and pursue a career in state government.  picture of Alex Stanton
Krystal Rusk B.A. Art History
B.A. Anthropology
Certificate in Museum Studies
Krystal is currently pursuing internships or an entry-level job.  She plans to attend graduate school for Museum Studies.  picture of Krystal Rusk
Phu (Mary) Truong B.A. Interdepartmental Studies, Health Sciences Track Mary plans to work for a year and then attend Nursing school.
 Rachel Litterer  B.A. English Certificate in Medieval Studies Rachel plans on finding a full-time job, preferably in a library. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school.  picture of Rachel Litterer
Brittany Laine B.A. Marketing
Minor Human Relations
Brittany plans to return to the Chicago area and work in business.

Deberg publishes article on Planning Your Evidence Search

Jennifer Deberg, Clinical Education Librarian at Hardin Library recently published an article with members of the nursing community at UIHC in the February 2012 issue of Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  The article “Evidence Into Practice: Basic Steps for Planning Your Evidence Search” by Jennifer Deberg, MLS, OTR, Susan Adams, PhD, RN, and Laura Cullen, MA, RN, FAAN can be read following this link http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2011.11.001.