Miscellaneous Category


Want to try Windows 7? We’ve got it!

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has three Windows 7 beta test machines available on the 3rd floor.  Try them out and report your problems to Information Technology Services.


John Martin Rare Book Room video available on Youtube

We have created a six minute video introduction to the John Martin Rare Book Room describing the history of the collection, a description of some of the more notable works, and a description of current services.  Click here to whet your appetite for a visit to the room!


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.


How do Americans use the internet to find health information?

A survey –The Social Life of Health Information–from the Pew Research Center’s Intenet and American Life Project and California Healthcare Foundation found that 61 percent of Americans now look online for health information. 

More interesting findings:

  • online information is impacting healthcare decisions for patients
  • 38 percent of users are looking for information about hospitals
  • 47 percent are looking for information about doctors or healthcare providers
  • 66 percent are looking for information about a specific disease or problem

See the complete report online for more information:  http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/8-The-Social-Life-of-Health-Information/1-Specific-disease-or-medical-problem.aspx?r=1


Memorial Service for Kathy Skhal

Kathy Skhal, Clinical Education Librarian at Hardin Library, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 16.  A memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Sahai Auditorium (Room 1103) in MERF (Medical Education & Research Facility) at 375 Newton Road on the University of Iowa Health Sciences Campus. [map]  All of Kathy’s friends and colleagues are welcome to attend.  Parking is available at the Newton Road Parking Ramp, across the street from MERF.

Arrangements and online condolences are with Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.  Memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children

For more information, please call the Hardin Library at 319-335-9151.


President Obama addresses the American Medical Association annual conference

President Obama addressed the AMA annual conference in Chicago this morning. 

Watch the address as an online video or read the text  online.


The Iowa City Book Festival

The festival is a day-long celebration of books, reading, and writing presented by the University of Iowa Libraries on Saturday, July 18.

It will be held in Gibson Square outside the Main Library’s south entrance.

See all of the activities that you will be able to participate in as well as volunteer opportunities and book vendor registrations at this website.


Follow us on Twitter

Hardin Library is now sending tweets on Twitter.  If you want to follow us, our name on Twitter is HardinLHS.  (http://twitter.com/hardinlhs

If you are interested in twittering yourself, stop by the Information Commons on Fridays from 10am-Noon or contact us for help.


April is National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, Hardin has posted medical poetry around the library!

You can also view a wider array of poetry at: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406

Make sure to check it out!


Power Down for the Planet Contest!

The University of Iowa is currently apart of the Power Down for the Planet sustainability challenge.  The contest challenges students to reduce computer energy use, and to get more of their student population involved than the opposing schools.  The challenge is put on by Climate Savers Computing Initiative, with hopes to lower energy bills and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to participate by pledging to use green computing practices at:


Pledge to Power Down and help the University of Iowa win the challenge!