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Persson and Forys recognized with Benton Award, Oct 5

Earlier this spring, Dottie Persson, Psychology/Education Liaison, and John Forys, Head, Engineering Library, were named as the 2010 recipients of the Arthur Benton Excellence in Reference Services Professional Development Award.

Please join us at a reception honoring Dottie and John:

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
North Exhibition Hall, Main Library

The Benton Award is awarded biennially to a professional staff member from the University of Iowa Libraries who has demonstrated outstanding commitment in providing reference services for the UI community. The $1,000 award will support the winner’s professional development activities related to the advancement of reference services and may be used to pay for attendance at conferences or workshops in that field.  Faculty members from the College of Engineering nominated John; and Dottie was nominated by faculty from the College of Education.

A brief program beginning around 3:45 will include the presentation of plaques. Light refreshments will be served.


The Anesthesia for the First Heart Transplant: Cape Town 1967

The world was shaken when an unknown South African surgeon, Christian Bernard, performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant in 1967. Come hear the story of how the groundwork was laid, the young donor gave up her life, the recipient was selected and the world reacted to this magnificent surgical feat.

Franklin Scamman, M.D.
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Iowa

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 5:30-6:30
Room 401, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Light refreshments will be served.

Program sponsored by The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society.


Create a bibliography with a touch of a button. . .

The University of Iowa Libraries will offer two introductory workshops on RefWorks. RefWorks is a web-based service that enables you to save bibliographic citations from the library catalog and other library databases.

Thursday, Sept 9, noon-1:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept 10, noon-1:30 p.m.
Main Library, room 1015
(1st floor, northwest corner of Main Library)

In this workshop you will learn to: 

  • Create a RefWorks account and access it from on- and off-campus
  • Create, edit, and delete citations in RefWorks
  • Organize your citations and share them with colleagues at UIowa and beyond
  • Use RefWorks to easily create and format bibliographies

Librarians will show you how to use RefWorks, and then give you the opportunity to practice with it at the end of the workshop. No registration is required, but seating is limited, so latecomers may be turned away.

For additional RefWorks training options, including workshops held at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, see http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/find/refworks/workshops.html.


Sciences Library Open House, Aug 31

Please join us for a special Sciences Library Open House.  This is your chance to see all that the Sciences Library has to offer, while enjoying some sweet treats and refreshments!

Sciences Library Open House
Tuesday, August 31
1:00 – 3:00pm
Sciences Library – 120 Iowa Ave (across from Joe’s Place)

Specifically, come check out the Books, Journals, Reference and Reserve for Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Physics & Astronomy AND Reference and Reserve for Chemistry and Psychology! 

Please contact Kari Kozak (kari-kozak@uiowa.edu or 5-3024) or Leo Clougherty (leo-clougherty@uiowa.edu or 5-3083) for more information and/or view the attached flyer.  Hope to see you there!


Iowa City Book Festival Announces Line-up

The 2010 Iowa City Book Festival (ICBF), presented by the University of Iowa Libraries, has announced its schedule for the three-day celebration of reading, writing and books July 16-18. The Festival offers activities for the entire family: best-selling authors, hands-on book arts, kids’ activities, music and festival food.

For its second year, the ICBF has greatly expanded its schedule and has attracted some leading writers and filmmakers, including Jane Smiley, Audrey Niffenegger, Jeffrey Zaslow and Nicholas Meyer.

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Smiley kicks off the festival with the keynote address at the Author Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 16 in the Main Library. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased before the event, seating is limited.

On Saturday, July 17, best-selling authors Niffenegger, Zaslow, David Rhodes, and James Galvin join Smiley in the Shambaugh Auditorium Series.  The Libraries Special Collections and Iowa Women’s Archives will host a series of authors: Rebecca Johns and Wendy Webb will talk about research for novelists, Hope Edelman and Carl Klaus will discuss memoirs; Ray Young Bear will read from his book, “The Rock Island Hiking Club” and Nicholas Meyer will discuss his memoir, “The View from the Bridge.” Sessions about poetry appreciation, writing children’s books and adult computer literacy round out activities in the Main Library on Saturday. For complete author biographies, see http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/authors .

Gibson Square will be teeming with activity on Saturday, when mix of local and regional booksellers and emerging authors will be selling their books. Book artists from the UI Center for the Book will lead hands-on demonstrations in book-making. The Center for the Book’s tent is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Iowa Arts Council. Several local musicians will be playing folk, Celtic, and brass band music throughout the day in Gibson Square.

The Family Performance Tent will have puppet shows, kid’s music and clowns. Children can also meet some of their favorite book characters – Clifford, The Big Red Dog and Curious George.

Partnering with the Bijou Theatre and the Iowa City Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the ICBF will be presenting an Adaptation Film Series starting at noon Saturday, July 17. Join writers and filmmakers Nicholas Meyer, Max Allan Collins, and Phil Robinson for a moderated discussion of their experiences adapting their own work and the work of others, from the printed page to the big screen.

Sunday, July 18 is A Day in the City of Literature with readings and book-related activities at more than 20 venues throughout downtown Iowa City. Local authors and poets will be reading at Revival Clothing Store, RSVP, The Haunted Bookshop, AKAR Design, T’Spoons on Market, Iowa Book and Supply, M.C. Ginsberg and Prairie Lights. Participants can make their own bookmarks at Home Ec. Workshop or take a guess at the book titles and authors depicted on Dulcinea’s literary mural. The Congregational United Church of Christ of Iowa City will be hosting a series of writers who have published works about religious subjects and spirituality.

For a complete schedule of events, see http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org . For more information, contact festival co-directors Kristi Bontrager at kristi-r-bontrager@uiowa.edu and Greg Prickman at greg-prickman@uiowa.edu.


Where do you study in the UI Libraries? Take a picture!

Take a picture and post to our Facebook page. We’ll take the top three snapshots and submit to the Iowa Library Association for Library Snapshot Day.


Lasers in the Library, Mar 25 at 7 p.m.

On May 16, 1960, working at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, Theodore Maiman and his co-workers C. K. Asawa and I. J. D’Haenens switched on a makeshift device that they had assembled, and hoped for the best. The device was revolutionary, yet deceptively simple and elegant–its essence was a powerful coiled flash lamp surrounding a synthetic, single-crystal ruby rod. The brilliant pulsed lamp excited chromium ions in the ruby, which then emitted a bright fluorescent pulse of red light. But the experimenters looked more closely and saw what they were hoping for, something much more unusual: a telltale burst of coherent radiation superimposed on the normal fluorescence. This team had just created the first working example of a laser.  — Thomas M. Baer, LaserFest.org

At this extraordinary moment, the Hughes Researchers could not have known the myriad uses the laser would come to be employed. A new exhibit at the University Libraries Main Library, “50 Years of Laser Innovation,” explores the beginnings of the laser, it’s many uses today and takes a peek at the future of the laser.

The exhibit opens with a laser demostration by Dale Stille and graduate students in Physics and Astronomy department in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library.

Thursday, March 25
7 p.m.
North Exhibition Hall, Main Library

For questions, contact Science Librarian Kari Kozak at 335-3024.


What is the future of the print book? Mar 10 at 4 p.m.

What is the future of the print book in a context of its digital delivery? Wide redefinition is in progress in fields as diverse as neurology of reading, digital preservation, e-book marketing, and technology of print on demand.

Book Studies Forum
Wednesday, March 10 at 4-5:30 p.m.
Main Library Second Floor Conference Room (2032)

Discussion extends from standards and certification of print originals to blog rants on the death of the book, electronic format competitions and favorite reading devices. Over arching this dynamic is the canonic role of the physical book and its imprint on the future of cultural transmission.

A short introduction will be offered by Gary Frost which will include an outline of a proposed fall seminar on the future of the print book. Forum participants will be invited to survey issues and experience reading devices.


“Comrades in the Labor Room,” Women’s History Month Lecture

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University’s Council on the Status of Women, History of Medicine Society and Iowa Women’s Archives will sponsor a reception and a public lecture by University of Iowa History Professor Paula Michaels.

Wednesday, March 10
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Iowa Women’s Archives on the third floor of the Main Library. 

The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a reception featuring light refreshments.  At 5:15 p.m., Theatre Arts graduate student Janet Schlapkohl will entertain with “There’s This Thing Called Lamaze,” a brief monologue and song about natural childbirth in the 1970s.  

At 5:30 p.m., Professor Michaels will begin her lecture, “Comrades in the Labor Room: The International Story of the Lamaze Method, 1950-1980,” which reveals the origins of the Lamaze method in the Soviet Union, its promotion by the French Communist Party, and the deliberate efforts to obscure these leftist ties that made Lamaze palatable to U.S. women during the Cold War era. 

Please join us for any or all of these activities.

For more information, contact Sharon Lake, Chair of Herstory Committee; Kären Mason, Iowa Women’s Archives, at 319-335-5068; or  Ed Holtum, History of Medicine Society, at 319-335-9154.


Defectives in the Land: Disability and American Immigration Policy, 1882-1924

The chief goal of early immigration law in the late-nineteenth-century United States was the exclusion of “defective” persons and races. Douglas C.  Baynton, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Iowa will share his research on the topic of disability and immigration policy at the turn of the 20th century.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Main Library, Second Floor Conference (rm 2032)

The advent of immigration law can be best understood in the context of the institutionalization of disabled people, sterilization of the “unfit,” euthanasia campaigns, sign language proscription, “unsightly beggar” laws, and a growing desire to keep disabled people out of sight. The larger context, in turn, was a cultural transformation in the understanding of history, time, and progress.

This program is sponsored by The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Ed Holtum at 319-335-9154.