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Material Witness: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki exhibit in UI Main Library

At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, the world changed. An atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later. These two cities witnessed first-hand how devastating the effects of nuclear weaponry would be. The cities were destroyed instantly and many lives were lost.

The current exhibit in the Main Library Exhibition Hall, Material Witness: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, features a Hiroshima-Nagasaki poster collection donated to the Libraries by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The exhibit covers the history of the atomic bombings in Japan up to present day peace activism.

The Hiroshima Peace Foundation organized a U.S. national poster exhibition tour of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from September 2007 through December 2008. The purpose of the traveling exhibition was to convey the reality of the damages and horrors of those events, as well as extend the Foundation’s efforts for the abolition of nuclear weapons and calls for peace. Organizers from 103 cities in 44 states hosted the same exhibition and now the UI Libraries is joining them.

The exhibition was organized by Chiaki Sakai, Japanese Studies Librarian; Marianne Mason, Federal Documents Librarian and Duncan Stewart, Cataloging Librarian.

To learn more about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the exhibition committee put together an online resource guide at

The exhibit will be on display in the North Exhibition Hall of the UI Main Library through February 28, 2010. If you would like to schedule a tour of the exhibit for your group, please contact Kristi Bontrager ( or 319-335-5960) to make arrangements.


National History Day Workshop: Nov 19

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 Thursday, November 19. If you have any questions, please contact Janalyn Moss, Reference & Instruction Librarian, 335-5698.


Food for Thought Manager Profiled in the DI

Food for Thought manager Terry Endreshak was recently profiled in the Daily Iowan’s Spotlight Iowa City series.

Read the full article on the DI website.


Constitution Day Message from Rep. Loebsack

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To Constitution Day Participants at The University of Iowa Libraries:

The Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. That day marked the completion of one of the most important documents not only in United States history, but in the history of democratic governance. In making this document the core of our new country, the Founding Fathers declared that the rights and freedoms enumerated in the Constitution would be the foundation and guiding principles for the United States of America.

It is precisely because these rights and freedoms are at the core of American democracy that we must remain vigilant in protecting and upholding them. In order to do so, I believe it is the responsibility of every American to study the Constitution. This is why it is my honor to provide copies of the Constitution for you to take home with you.

I applaud your participation in today’s events and hope that you will find the copies of the Constitution useful. I encourage all of you to honor the legacy of our Constitution by remaining engaged in your communities as well as in the state and national issues that matter most to you.


Dave Loebsack
Member of Congress

Editor’s Note: Representative Loebsack’s office provided copies of the pocket Constitution. You can pick up yours at the North Circulation desk of the Main Library.


Download Main Library Audio Tour

Learn your way around the library on your own time and at your own pace. Use the libraries’ downloadable mp3 audio tours of all 5 floors of the Main Library.

Each tour lasts 2-4 minutes, and you should be able to complete the whole tour in under 30 minutes. Knowing where the good stuff is in the library will save you time and effort when you need it.

Download tours at and take them when you have the time.

For more personalized information about the library, doing research or finding the right information, Ask a Librarian!


Looking for your Interlibrary Loan book?

You can pick up the materials you’ve requested through Interlibrary Loan at the Main Library North Circulation desk any hours that the Main Library is open.

Requests can be made through our online system.

Any questions about Interlibrary Loan can be answered by staff at the South Circulation desk.


Digital Library Services in the Information Arcade

It’s the dawn of a new era in the Information Arcade®. In its first 20 years, much of the focus in the Arcade was on integrating technology into teaching and learning, which has become mainstream activity on campus and supported by many different departments like ITS-Instructional Services.

Digital Library Services has relocated to the Arcade to create a center of digital research and scholarship. In the coming year, we will focus on integrating technology into research and scholarship – supporting new forms of scholarly publishing, digital humanities, data curation, and open/linked data. The Arcade will be the home of the Iowa Digital Library and Iowa Research Online. It will also be a place for librarian/faculty partnerships in e-research and other digital library initiatives.

Rather than defining a set of services, we want to remain flexible and embrace the notion of “perpetual beta,” mirroring the collaborative, dynamic processes used in e-research and e-scholarship. To that end we are kicking off an e-Research task force which will employ several information-gathering strategies, ranging from brown bag discussions to a public planning wiki, and work together across disciplines and professional roles (e.g., scholar, librarian, IT professional) to identify themes and develop a plan of action.

Many of the services previously offered in the Information Arcade have been mainstreamed across campus. For example multimedia software titles, including the Adobe Creative Suite, are widely available in campus ITCs and on library public workstations. For specific questions, inquire at the ITS Help Desk (319-384-HELP) or the Main Library Information Desk (319-335-5299).


Art, Fact and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place

The first biennial conference, Art, Fact and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place, of the College Book Art Association begins today, January 8 and runs through Saturday, January 10 and is hosted by the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Conference activities include talks, artist presentations, exhibits, demos, professional development and tours over the three days. A complete schedule is available on the conference website.

Many of the activities including registration and the keynote address take place in the Main Library.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Graduate College, the English Department, the School of Art and Art History, the UI Main Libraries, and the School of Library and Information Sciences.


One Bean, One Vote – Nov 4

Is the election becoming a little too intense for you?  Lighten up by casting your Great Northern Bean to vote in the Main Library’s strictly unofficial presidential bean poll on Election Day, Nov. 4th. 

The bean poll will be located at the kiosk near the Information Desk at the Main Library.

Here’s how it works; simply drop a bean in the glass jar marked with your candidate’s name between 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4th, Election Day.  Library Poll workers will tally the count and announce the results on Wednesday, Nov. 5th.

The six major presidential candidates according to Project Vote Smart are:

  • Charles O. Baldwin (Constitution Party)
  • Robert L. Barr (Independent, Libertarian Party)
  • John S. McCain, III (Republican Party)
  • Cynthia Ann McKinney (Independent, Green Party)
  • Ralph Nader (No Party Affiliation, Independent)
  • Barack H. Obama, Jr. (Democratic Party)

Display at Main Library Highlights Politically Active Women

Through a display at the Main Library, the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., proudly presents, “Delta Women Who Have Served in the Political Arena,” to honor past and present members of the sorority who have served in public office. Members of the 95-year-old organization have labored in various capacities of local, state and federal government.

Political Awareness and Involvement is one of the organization’s Five Point Thrust, and only months after founding the sorority, young Delta women at Howard University participated in the Suffrage Parade on Washington on March 3, 1913. Although Black women suffragists had few allies and their concerns were not on the agenda, Delta women realized that Black women needed the ballot. Asked to march at the rear of the procession, Delta women were not discouraged and marched on Pennsylvania Avenue alongside women representing states, countries, organizations, and colleges. In 2008, Delta women continue to march for freedom and justice!

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The Delta Chapter at the University of Iowa will celebrate its 90th anniversary in April 2009. The Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Alumnae chapter is composed of UI alums and current graduate students.

To learn more about Delta Sigma Theta in Iowa, you can check resources like the Catherine Williams Papers in the Iowa Women’s Archives as well as the digital collection of African-American Women in Iowa.

The display will be presented at the south end of the first floor of the Main Library through the end of November.