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Notes from the Rare Book Room December, 2010

An Invitation to Explore the Past

Visit us before, during or after the holidays and bring a friend.  To insure that the room is open email donna-hirst@uiowa.edu or call 335-9154.



Mobile Apps Brown Bag Friday at Noon

Take a tour of some new (and some well-established) apps for your mobile device or smart phone! At this informal brown bag technology meeting, you’ll not only be shown a variety of tools for both academic and clinical use but also invited to share your own examples and experiences.

If you don’t have a mobile device, don’t worry: The only necessary smart device is you!  You may also bring your lunch–food and drink are are allowed in the Commons.

Information Commons West, 2nd floor


Halloween – a Fun Friday @Hardin

Scooby Doo imagesCelebrate Halloween @ the Hardin Library this year. We have treats available at the service desks. 

We will be screening episodes of Scooby-Doo at 4pm this afternoon. Stop in for a treat, a break, or the afternoon.


National Medical Librarian’s Month Fact #4

During the fall and spring semesters, Hardin staff answer on average over 170 questions per week from our patrons.  Questions include literature searches for faculty members working on a systematic review to a nursing or pharmacy student doing an assignment to can you please help me get the ap for Dynamed on my iPhone.  We’re here to help.

Stop by Hardin Library today and have a sweet treat and thank you for helping us celebrate National Medical Librarian’s Month.


George Beran speaks on One Health: Human and Animal Rabies

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear George W. Beran speak on One Health: Human and Animal Rabies, an issue in human and animal relations.  Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30-6:30, Room 401, Hardin Library.


National Medical Librarian’s Month Fact #3

Looking for somewhere to study?  Hardin library has over 640 available locations!  We have a variety of study carrels, a mix of tables and chair, computer stations and even some comfortable seating.  If you are looking for a really quiet place to study we recommend the fourth floor or the West Commons on the second floor.  If you are looking for places to work in a group, there are large tables on the first and third floors.  Plus, we have a study area that is open 24-7 so feel free to pull that all-nighter.


Orange for Open Access

The University of Iowa Libraries joins thousands of other academic research libraries worldwide in celebration of Open Access Week, which is now in its fourth year. To draw attention to this important issue facing faculty, students and librarians, we’re turning our website orange in recognition of Open Access.

We see this as an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.


National Medical Librarian’s Month Fact #2

Since July 1, 2010, Hardin librarians and staff have taught over 80 sessions on library resources.  We have done orientation sessions for students, faculty and residents.  We go into the classrooms and teach library resources to students at the Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry and the Carver College of Medicine.  And of course we teach our Hardin Open Workshops which offer a variety of content and are open to any student, staff or faculty on campus.

Register for a session today!  http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/regform.html


Interlibrary Loan System – back up

Our interlibrary loan system is working again. If you experience problems, please call our reference desk at 319-335-9151.


Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room


Nicholas Culpeper (1616–1654) was an English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer. His published books, The English Physician (1652) and the Complete Herbal (1653), contain a rich store of pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge.

Culpeper spent the greater part of his life in the English outdoors cataloging hundreds of medicinal herbs. He criticized what he considered the unnatural methods of his contemporaries, writing: “This not being pleasing, and less profitable to me, I consulted with my two brothers, DR. REASON and DR. EXPERIENCE, and took a voyage to visit my mother NATURE, by whose advice, together with the help of Dr. DILIGENCE, I at last obtained my desire; and, being warned by MR. HONESTY, a stranger in our days, to publish it to the world, I have done it.”