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24 Hour Study Available, Hardin Library will reopen at 7:30 on Friday 7/20

Water service has been restored to the Hardin Library.  The 24-hour study area is now open if you have an access card.

The library will reopen on Friday, July 20 at 7:30am.


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


Iowa City Book Festival this weekend

image Iowa City book festivalThe Iowa City Book Festival is a celebration of books, reading and writing presented by The University of Iowa Libraries.  Most of the book festival programs are free and many are appropriate for children.

Pick up a guide to the festival at the Hardin Library or see list of events online (


Programming about illness or medicine:

Saturday, July 14, 11:00am
Lichtenberger Engineering Library, Seamans Center
A Pocket Full of Posies, My Life with Cancer by Deborah Leistikow
Cancer as a comedy? Discover how humor trumps crying with illuminating self-reflection, candid treatment descriptions, tenacious optimism and smiles.

Saturday, July 14, 11:30am
Seamans Center Commons
Carol Scott-Conner and Mary Jane Nealon have both seen the inside of a hosptial room as medical caregivers.  Through fiction and nonfiction they share stories of sickness and health.’

Saturday, July 14, 2:00pm
Macbride Auditorium
Mary O’Connell introduces Sandanista Jones in her first novel, The Sharp Time.  Sandinista is an injured teen who experiences grief and loneliness during one week of her life.

Sunday, July 15, 11AM
321 North Hall/Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop
Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone, shares how her background in social work informs her fiction writing.


Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan system was down for maintenance 2pm-4pm

Service was restored at 4pm Wednesday!


Our document delivery and interlibrary loan systems will go down at 2pm today for scheduled maintenance.  The ILLiad  system is expected to return to operations at 4pm today.  We will post an update when it is again ready to use.

You can still search the UBorrow catalog, but you will not be able to submit requests until the system returns.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hardin Interlibrary Loan Office (319-335-9874, or the Main Library Interlibrary Loan Office (319-335-5917, ).



Public health hazard from Iowa City landfill fire

picture of smoke from fire

photo by Joshua Cornelius

The Iowa City landfill  has been on fire since Saturday evening, and is predicted to burn for several more days.  Burning tires are causing a large smoke plume.

The Johnson County Public Health department warns:

Persons in the path of the smoke plume should avoid exposure to the smoke as much as possible. Persons who have respiratory, heart or other conditions which may be aggravated by smoke and the young and elderly should shelter in place with outside sources of air shut off.

Most home air conditioning units recirculate air from the interior and should be sufficient. Businesses and other structures which draw in outside air should close outside air sources if the smoke plume is present. Avoid outdoor activities such as exercising if the smoke plume is present.

Nursing homes, day cares and other businesses which care for the elderly, very young and persons with respiratory diseases should take special care to monitor the health of clients and to minimize exposure to the smoke plume.

The Johnson County Health Department is coordinating with the University of Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory’s Air Quality Department to begin air quality monitoring.

For more current information, please check local news sources.


There’s a new wireless network on campus – eduroam

The eduroam wireless network is now available on the University of Iowa campus.

Devices that have been connected to UI-Wireless-WPA2 should still be able to connect to that network, but if you are connecting a new device you must use the eduroam network.

To connect a new device to eduroam:

1. Select UI-Wireless-Setup for automatic configuration

2.  Your username for eduroam must be formatted like this:  You will use your Iowa HawkID password, not your Healthcare password.

This fall, the UI-Wireless-WPA2 network will be retired, and only eduroam will be available.  If you have accessed wireless on campus previously, ITS will send you an email with more details.

To connect a device to eduroam already configured for UI Wireless
1. Select eduroam as your wireless network.

2. Your username is
Your password is your Iowa HawkID password.

Need more help?  See or call the ITS helpdesk at 319-384-4357.

eduroam graphic

Why Eduroam?  eduroam is a worldwide network of colleges and universities that are collaborating to provide seamless wireless network access across institutions.  It will allow anyone from an eduroam participating university to access the wireless network at any other participating eduroam institution without having to worry about guest IDs or complicated configuration settings.  If you configure your laptop for access at Iowa, for example, then travel to the University of Illinois, you’ll be able to access their network just as if you were here on campus. 

For more information about eduroam, including a map of available locations see: 


Hardin Librarians present at annual Medical Library Association Meeting in Seattle

graphicThis year’s Medical Library Association annual meeting is in Seattle, and our librarians are contributing papers and posters.

  • Amy Blevins, Clinical Education Librarian
    Cracker Jack Instruction: Creating, Implementing and Managing a No-Budget Online Continuing Education Course
  • Kelly Thormodson, Head,  Education and Outreach & Shane Wallace, Clinical Education Librarian
    Improving Our Reference Desk Management and Training or “I Wish I Had an Answer to that because I’m Tired of Answering that Question” (Yogi Berra)
  • Amy Blevins and Shane Wallace
    Poster Session: Stepping up to the Plate: Experiences as First-Time Instructors of a Library Research in Context Class

Interlibrary Loan service back up Thursday

The interlibrary loan service has been repaired overnight. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Hardin Interlibrary Loan Office (319-335-9874,

or the Main Library Interlibrary Loan Office (319-335-5917, ).



Happy National Nurses Week

logoNational Nurses Week celebrates the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and improve health.

Iowa Nurses

Nursing facts

  • In 2011, Americans again voted nurses the most trusted profession in America for the 12th time in 13 years in the annual Gallup poll that ranks professions for their honesty and ethical standards.
  • Nursing is the largest of the health care professions, and continues to grow. More job growth is projected in nursing than in any other occupation between 2008 and 2018.
  • The profession has grown by 5.3 percent since 2004, a net growth of more than 150,000 RNs.

NLM Announces New Look for NIHSeniorHealth

In March, the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) released a redesigned version of NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health consumer health Web site for older adults, launched in 2002. The redesign improves usability and modernizes the appearance throughout the site. Changes incorporate user feedback about the site as well as results from usability testing of proposed designs with seniors.

The redesign includes:

  • New NIHSeniorHealth Banner makes it easier to find information on the website
  • New left-side navigation to make searching for topics easier
  • New search feature that shows top ten results for a search topic

To take a look at the NIHSeniorHealth redesign, go to