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Looking for Lucretia, Elizabeth and Susan B.: women who put the “rage” in suffrage

Got 15 minutes?  Develop your research skills and learn about a database that will be sure to add credibility to your paper or speech.  

Looking for Lucretia, Elizabeth, and Susan B. : women who put the rage in suffrage:

Wednesday, March 9th

Main Library, Rm. 4037
Noon – 12:15
Snacks Provided


Today’s Hot Topic: underage drinking on campus

Do you have a speech or a paper due on a current event? You’ve come to the right place. In 15 minutes, you’ll develop your research skills and learn about a database that will be sure to add credibility to your paper or speech.  These mini-workshop are like veggies for your brain!

Topic: Underage Drinking
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
12:00-12:15 p.m.
Room 4037, Main Library

For more information, check our brainfood LibGuide.


Invisible Book-a-Thon Closes City of Literature Exhibit

As the City of Literature: Literary Life in Iowa City exhibit comes to a close this week, Dr. Alphabet will perform a reading. His costume has been on display throughout the exhibit.

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 PM
North Exhibit Hall, Main Library


International Writers to read in Main Library, Oct 29

The International Writing Program will bring their Friday evening reading to the UI Main Library on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Ms. Yong Mee Cho from South Korea and Ms. Lai Chu Hon from Hong Kong will read from their work. Ms. Cho is the author of four poetry collections and the recipient of the 2005 Kim Dal Jin Literary Prize. Ms. Hon is the award-winning novelists and her most recent work, “Grey Flower,” was selected as Top 10 Chinese Novels World-wide for the year 2009. More detailed biography of the authors are available at:

Friday, October 29th
5:00 to 6:00 PM
Main Library, Second Floor North Study Lounge (rm 2001)
Library floorplan (pdf)

Refreshments will be served.

The “City of Literature: Literary Life in Iowa City” exhibit will be on display in the North Exhibition Hall through the Mid-November.


Flooring Project in Main Library

Work to remove the carpeting in front of the cafe and the alcove seating area between the entrance and exit at the south end starts this Friday. The first step will be to remove existing carpet and seal off the area(s) so prep work can begin.

During this two week project neither staff nor public will be allowed access through the area. The Food for Thought will be closed.  The freight elevator will be available only to the contractor.  The other south elevator (west side) is to be programmed to not stop on first floor.

The old carpet will be replaced by a hard surfaced terrazzo, one which will blend nicely with the flooring adjacent to these spaces.  This work will improve the appearance of the area and make it easier to maintain.

Dust from the grinding/polishing will be contained within the sealed off space and odor should be kept to a minimum. There will be some noise associated with the grinding/polishing part of the project. Certainly, there will be other inconveniences and so thank you for your understanding.


Morrow Emmy on display at Main Library

The Emmy Award that Barry Morrow received for writing the 1981 TV movie “Bill” is now on display in the University of Iowa Main Library in the Special Collections on the third floor. Morrow, an award-winning screenwriter who worked at the UI from 1974 to 1981, gave the Emmy to the university earlier this year.

Included as part of the Emmy display is a video loop that contains selected clips from the acclaimed documentary “A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story,” produced and directed by 1990 UI graduate Lane J. Wyrick. The display is available during the Library’s regular business hours. The film will be shown in its entirety at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center as part of the second annual Bill Sackter Day. Other Sackter Day festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. that day at Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop in North Hall on the UI campus.

The special “Bill” Emmy display and video loop in the UI Main Library were made possible in part by gifts to the UI Foundation from Richard S. and Jeanne M. Levitt of Des Moines, Iowa, and Eileen S. Schmidt, of Greenwich, Conn.


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,

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.


National History Day Workshop: Feb 16

The UI Libraries welcome National History Day students from across Eastern Iowa to a research workshop. These students prepare projects around a theme and present them at an annual competition.

Reference, Special Collections and Iowa Women’s Archives library staff put together a special library guide webpage for these students: .

Students will be visiting the Main Library on Tuesday, February 16. If you have any questions, please contact Janalyn Moss, Reference & Instruction Librarian, 335-5698.


Main Library corridors to be painted

On Monday, February 15, painters will begin work in the east hall (leading to Administration Offices).  The west wall of the central corridor will be the next project.

The paint being used is odorless, but library users are advised this project will be taking place. Chair rails are also being installed along the corridor to protect the freshly painted walls.