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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:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhCNgGqY7xU&t=1m45s

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Graduate Student Spotlight : Anne Price

picture of Anne PriceName: Anne Price
Hometown: Columbus, NE
Undergraduate Education: University of Nebraska – Lincoln BA English ‘12
Graduate Education: University of Iowa, MA Library and Information Science, ’14.
Future Plans: Hopefully a job working with either a museum collection or an archive. I’m also open to working in youth services at a public library.
Why I’m Working at Hardin: My interests are primarily special collections and the opportunity arose for me to work in the John Martin Rare Book Room
Favorite Part of Working at Hardin: Just seeing the daily operations it takes to keep a special collection accessible.
Fun Fact:  My great-great uncle was a third class passenger on the R.M.S. Titanic, and was among the people rescued by the R.M.S. Carpathia.

Anne works in the John Martin Rare Book Room as a Student Specialist I.


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