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Iowa City Book Festival Named “Attraction of the Year”

Great cities of literature have great book festivals. Thanks to the Iowa City Book Festival, presented by The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City is no exception. The Iowa City Book Festival is the 2010 Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Attraction of the Year.

“The Iowa City Book Festival is just a wonderful addition to the rich literary tradition of our community,” said CVB President Josh Schamberger. “In just its second year, it has already become the kind of event that attracts residents and visitors alike to celebrate books, reading, and authors.”

Attendance at the 2010 edition of the festival was more than four times that seen in the inaugural year, in part due to a concerted effort to work with the retail community to host events in businesses on the final day of the festival. Those events, many of which were standing room only, complemented the impressive slate of readings and discussions that occurred earlier in the festival while attracting customers to the businesses that participated.

“We were very surprised to learn that the CVB recognized the Iowa City Book Festival presented by The University of Iowa Libraries as attraction of the year,” said University Librarian Nancy Baker. “We are thankful to the CVB, the other libraries in Johnson County, and our partners in the business community. We asked these organizations to take a chance on us and our idea, and together we created a great new event in Iowa City.”

One of the festival’s co-directors notes that the award suggests the event is meeting expectations.

“This award from the CVB is particularly gratifying as it recognizes one of our main goals for the festival: to develop an attraction that brings people to the University Library in celebration of our community’s rich literary and book arts heritage,” said Greg Prickman of The University of Iowa Libraries.

Co-director Kristi Bontrager of The University of Iowa Libraries is thankful for the support of a literary town:  “I think the success of the Iowa City Book Festival is due to the fantastic support we receive from this community. We are a community readers and writers. And for a couple of days in the middle of July, thousands of us come together to talk about books. What could be more fun?”


Thank you to all our OA authors.

As the cost of journal subscriptions continues to rise, we need more authors like you to publish their scholarly work in open access journals. We hope that you’ll encourage your colleagues to do the same. If you have other questions about open access publishing, please feel free to talk with the library liaison in your department.

Since it’s International Open Access Week (Oct 18-22), and we wanted to send a small token of our appreciation (a t-shirt from PLoS) to some lucky UI authors (we drew names) who have recently published in an open access journal in the Public Library of Science.

Congratulations to our winners!

  • Botond Banfi, associate professor in Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Kevin Bugge, staff member in Pediatrics
  • Karla Daniels, associate research scientist in Biology
  • Pamela Geyer, professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Adam Hedberg-Buenz, graduate research assistant in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics; Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Shihao Shen, graduate research assistant in Biostatistics
  • Diane Slusarski, professor in Biological Sciences
  • Anne Tye, undergraduate research assistant in Internal Medicine

Are you wondering who else among your peers is publishing in Open Access Journals?

Faculty across The University of Iowa are already publishing in Open Access journals. This is just the beginning; there is more you can do to become part of the solution.


Technology mines ever-expanding body of OA resources

The Open Access Week website offers resources explaining how research funders, researchers, administrators, students, publishers, and librarians can advocate for better OA practices. This year, the focus is on a challenge from Philip E. Bourne, focusing on sharing new ways technology can help us mine the ever-expanding body of OA resources:

Technology Mines OA Resources (video on the Chronicle of Higher Education)

Read Jason B. Jones article “What Are You Doing for Open Access?”


Scientists are the ultimate remixers


Making the Web Work for Science

Science Commons designs strategies and tools for faster, more efficient web-enabled scientific research. We identify unnecessary barriers to research, craft policy guidelines and legal agreements to lower those barriers, and develop technology to make research, data and materials easier to find and use.

Our goal is to speed the translation of data into discovery — unlocking the value of research so more people can benefit from the work scientists are doing.


Open Access Video from SPARC


SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries (of which The University of Iowa Libraries is a member) working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change. Its pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries. Action by SPARC in collaboration with stakeholders – including authors, publishers, and libraries – builds on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship. Leading academic organizations have endorsed SPARC.

Julie’s brilliant paper is available…


… to everyone because she published it in an open access journal. So now she can use it anyway she would like.


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.


Frost recognized by Guild of Book Workers

Gary Frost, Conservator, University of Iowa Libraries, has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2010 by the Guild of Book Workers. The Guild, founded in 1906, is focused on service to the hand bookbinding community. Frost joins other Awards recipients Bernard Middleton, Hedi Kyle, Don Etherington and Michael Wilcox. He is cited for contributions to conservation education and bookbinding studies. The Award will be presented this week during the “Standards of Excellence Seminar” in Tucson, Arizona, October 14-16.

The GBW article citing his achievements notes that Gary was a “key player during the pivotal period in the ’70s when the bookbinding field turned its attention from the traditional focus on the decoration of the book to the new fascination with the structure of the book.” The article talks about Gary’s fine drawings detailing book structures and his thought-provoking website The article concludes that “Gary is a rare bird who over four decades has become a monumental personality in the book world.” For entire article see

Congratulations, Gary, it’s an honor to work with you.


Banned Books Readout at IC Public Library, Sept 30

Join Iowa City celebrities and Working Group Theatre and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Working Group Theatre will be performing a new piece entitled “Burn Before Reading.” Iowa City celebrities will be doing readings from banned books and anyone from the public is encouraged to participate. Head to the Library, meet up with others and show your support for the First Amendment and the belief that “Free People Read Freely!”

Please note:  Because the topic is banned books, material presented may include mature language and themes.

Thursday, September 30, 2010
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

In 1995, The Iowa City Public Library established the annual Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival to honor Carol’s 26-year career at ICPL and life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas. Carol believes that the public library’s role is to be a resource and a forum for an individual’s pursuit and expression of diverse points of view.

All programs are free and open to the public.

2010 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival programs are generously funded through an award from the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), via its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. The Freedom to Read Foundation was established in 1969 as a First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association.



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.