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Art Library Open

The Art Library is again open in Art Building West.

Interim hours (Aug 11-22) are 8:30a – 12:00p and 1:00p – 5:00 p M-F (closed Sat and Sun).

For more information, please check the library’s website or call (319)335-3089.

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Art Library materials usage during flood.

As a result of the closing of Art Building West (ABW), the staff of the Art Library have made arrangements to provide resources for art faculty and students.

  • Art Library books checked out by UI graduate students and faculty will be automatically renewed.
  • Materials on Reserve will be placed at Main Library Reserve.
  • Materials currently on hold at the Art Library will be at the Service Desk in the Main Library.
  • Materials may be returned to the Main Library.

 

Please use Interlibrary Loan for all needed materials (library staff will not have access to ABW).

Please contact the Art Library staff (lib-art@uiowa.edu) or Main Library Circulation staff (lib-maincirc@uiowa.edu) with any questions.

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Art Library CLOSED

With the closure of Art Building West (ABW) due to possible flooding, the Art Library will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on July 2 until further notice.

  • Materials on Reserve will be placed at Main Library Reserve.
  • Materials currently on hold at the Art Library will be at the Service Desk in the Main Library.
  • Materials may be returned to the Main Library.
  • Please use Interlibrary Loan for all needed materials (library staff will not have access to ABW).
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Finals Week in the Libraries

As you finish prepare for your exams, the Libraries have some things planned to help you stay balanced.

Study all night, Main Library will be open 24/7, May 9-16.

Pet a dog, 4-7PM, May 13 — Therapy Dogs of Johnson County will be in Main Library room 2032 for you to cuddle and relax with.

May 11-13, each night from 10PM until it runs out, there will be free coffee at Food for Thought Cafe.

Eat some free popcorn at midnight, May 12, in the Learning Commons. We will also have a Confess Your Stress photobooth confessional at that time. 

Post a secret anytime from May 9-May 20 in the Learning Commons.

Send a postcard home anytime from May 9-May 20 in the Learning Commons, Hardin, and the Business Library. Postage will be paid by the University of Iowa Alumni Association and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow.

Finally, make a button or do some coloring from 8-10PM on May 14 at the craft table in the Learning Commons.

Over at the Sciences Library, you can also find free coffee and treats, de-stress with Legos, and challenge your study partner to a game on the Wii.

At the Business Library, you can get treats and take a few minutes to refocus your mind with some puzzles.

You can always check what is happening in Main Library by checking the calendar.

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Check out books and eat them too… Edible Books Festival, April 1

The University of Iowa Libraries invites faculty, staff, students, and the community to celebrate the annual International Edible Books Festival April 1 by crafting a delicious book to share and, of course, eat.

To participate, follow two simple rules: entries must be edible, and they must have something to do with books as shapes and/or content. Edible books will be displayed on April 1 in the Main Library Learning Commons, Group Study Rooms1103 and 1105 in the South Lobby from 3:00-4:30 p.m., followed by a book tasting.

Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories including Best Book Structure, Best Literary Allusion, Judge’s Favorite, Audience Favorite, and Best Tasting. Entries will be judged by the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Michael Knock, University of Iowa Center for the Book’s Emily Martin, and University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Librarian Colleen Theisen.

For more information or to submit an entry, please contact Brett Cloyd via email at brett-cloyd@uiowa.edu or by telephone at (319) 335-5743, and bring your entry to Room 1103 between 2:00-2:45 p.m. on April 1.

The International Edible Books Festival is an annual event held on April 1 around the world. The event unites bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, photographed, and then consumed. Information and inspiration can be found at www.Books2Eat.com.

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Takedown Notices from Publishers: What are your rights?

Chris Diaz, Residency Librarian, Scholarly Communications & Collections
Karen Fischer, Collections Analysis Librarian

You may have read in the Washington Post or the Chronicle of Higher Education that users of Academia.edu have had their research papers taken down from their profile pages. Elsevier, the largest publisher of journals in the Scientific, Technical, and Medical fields, has been sending takedown notices to third-party websites, like Academia.edu, hosting research articles published in their journals. As the copyright holder, Elsevier is within their rights to do this because publishing agreements often give them the exclusive right to sell and distribute the article, thus prohibiting sharing of those articles by the author or anyone else.

The University of Iowa Libraries offers a number of options to support and encourage the permissible posting of research articles online. As the author of an original research paper, you can decide how you want your findings to reach your audience. By publishing in an academic journal, you are within your rights to negotiate for terms that suit your needs. One way to do this is to attach the University of Iowa’s Author’s Addendum to your next publishing agreement. This addendum preserves your right to share your work online through a personal website or Iowa Research Online, the University’s open access archive for scholarship. Iowa Research Online is a free resource for making scholarship available online and preserved in perpetuity by the Libraries. In addition to hosting and preserving research articles, Iowa Research Online accepts conference proceedings, presentations, and multimedia to meet the diverse methods by which scholars share their work.

If you have received a takedown notice from a publisher or have any questions about copyright or publishing agreements, please contact your librarian for assistance. To learn more about the University Libraries’ publishing services, please visit our informative guides on Scholarly Publishing issues and Copyright. We look forward to helping you in your scholarly endeavors.

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Millions of Titles to Borrow

Amy Paulus, Head of Access Services

Looking for books not available or not owned by the University Libraries?  Try UBorrow! A book found in UBorrow will be delivered quickly from one of 15 research libraries (Big Ten Universities plus Center for Research Libraries, University of Chicago, Maryland, and Rutgers), arriving within one week of request.

You can use these materials for 12 weeks, a much longer loan period than a traditional interlibrary loan, without the fear of having it recalled from you. A four week renewal is also an option. If you discover materials through UBorrow that are not available, the interlibrary loan option is presented and staff will request from other libraries. To further simplify, these requests can be tracked and managed along with the rest of your interlibrary loan requests through the ILL system: https://uiowa.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/illiad.dll.  To ensure your request will be submitted automatically, you should log-in to the ILL system before performing searches in UBorrow.  For further information, instructions, tutorials, and a link to UBorrow, see the UBorrow libguide at http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/uborrow.

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Research Resources Your Students Need in Subject Specific Guides

Ericka Raber, Research & Instruction Librarian

With the wealth of information resources available, students often need help finding the information they need for research projects and papers. Libguides are selective lists of subscription databases, books, journals, and other resources available through the UI Libraries.

Libguides are easily accessible from the Libraries’ website and ICON course pages. ICON’s “Library Resources” link leads to the subject libguide for each department so, for example, students in Political Science courses are guided to: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/polisci.

Librarians can also develop course-specific libguides to help students locate quality resources for class assignments. These guides can help students at various stages of the research process, from developing a topic to citing their sources in perfect APA style. Libguides can also include dynamic features such as Twitter streams and RSS feeds.

Some recent course-specific libguides:

Libguides are available for a variety of resources, including Dissertations, Newspapers, Evidence Based Practice, Mobile Device Resources, and Citation Formats.

Usage reports provide data on how libguides are being used and which libguides get the most traffic. Statistics can also help editors refresh the guides to better meet research needs.

То learn more about using a libguide for your class, contact your librarian.

 

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Pick up your copy of the U.S. Constitution, Sept 17

September 17th marks the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. If you haven’t read the Constitution, now is your chance to get your very own copy to celebrate Constitution Day.
Thanks to Representative Dave Loebsack, you can pick up a pocket-sized copy at the following locations tomorrow – while supplies last:
  • Main Library Learning Commons Service Desk
  • Java House, Washington St.
  • T’Spoons, Old Capitol Mall

Although the U.S. Constitution is a fairly short document, it is the defining outline of the United States government and the source of rights, freedoms and responsibilities of citizens. The Constitution is the highest law in the land and all other laws must comply with its mandates.

If you want to learn the basics of U.S. constitutional research take a look at this research guide: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/us_constitution

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Learning Commons Open House: September 18th, 11am-2pm

Learning Commons Open HouseYou are invited to the

Learning Commons
Open House

Wednesday, September 18th

11:00am – 2:00pm


 

 

The Learning Commons project is a collaboration of the Provost’s Office, UI Libraries and ITS to create an intellectual hub for undergrads at the University of Iowa.