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  • Snowflake Photography

    Snowflakes are tiny works of art, and the science of snowflake photography gives us a unique insight to that world. The man who developed snowflake photography was Wilson Alwyn Bentley, known in his later years as Snowflake Bentley. Born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont, Bentley’s research of snow and […]

  • Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday | Monday, January 17

    The Hardin Library will be closed on Monday, January 17 for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  The 24-hour study will be available. The University of Iowa encourages participation in service projects during this week. List of campus events and projects  

  • Jacques Auguste de Thou, the romantic

    The following was written by Camille Davis, curatorial assistant to Dr. Eric Ensley  Jacques Auguste de Thou (8 October 1553, Paris – 7 May 1617, Paris), also known by his Latin name, Thuanus, was a French historian and president of the Parliament of Paris. He was also the key negotiator in the […]

  • Snow Engineering

    Now that we have entered the snowy time in the year, we might as well embrace the snow. Although we may not see snow as a positive thing, there are many cultures that take advantage of its unique properties. The Inuit peoples of North America and Greenland use snow to create igloos, also spelled […]

  • Local Libraries LIT Welcomes Jennine Capó Crucet – January 26

    Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk) will feature author Jennine Capó Crucet on January 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM. This is the fifth FREE virtual event in the series, which is offered by public libraries in Johnson County as well as the University of Iowa Libraries and Kirkwood Community College […]

  • Monica Ong: An Asian-American Visual Poet

    The following is written by Olson Graduate Research Assistant Matrice Young Special Collections & Archives recently acquired two artists books from Monica Ong, a second generation Chinese-Filipino American woman born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her family history, like many […]

  • December 2021 Book of the Month from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin | Early Italian Facial Plastic Surgery

    TAGLIACOZZI, GASPARE(1545-1599). De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem. Apud Gasparem Bindonum, juniorem, 1597. 32 cm tall. Tagliacozzi studied under Girolamo Cardano at the University of Bologna. After graduating, he became a professor of surgery and anatomy at Bologna. This work, “Concerning […]

  • Asian American Coalition: The Early Years (1998-2002)

    The following is written by Asian Alumni and Student Oral History Project Intern Jin Chang This a multi-part series reconstructing the history of the Asian American Coalition, a pan-ethnic Asian American student group from 1998-2017. This second blog post covers the Asian American Coalition’s […]

  • Disability Rights in the Elizabeth Riesz Papers

    The following post was written by IWA Student Assistant, Abbie Steuhm.  The Disability Rights Movement has seen great progress and recognition in recent years; however, as with most social movements, the historic past for disabled people is one of severe discrimination and offensive, prejudiced, […]

  • New | Reflection Space at Hardin Library | Room 417

    Need a place to meditate, pray, or calm down? Room 417 at Hardin Library is a reflection room available to all whenever the library is open.  Silence is valued in this space. Room includes: lamps instead of overhead lighting small upholstered chair yoga mat stuffed animal timer flat surface […]

  • Searching for Connection: Do LibGuides matter outside of libraries?

    My capstone project for the Public Digital Humanities certificate focused on creating a digital subject guide, or LibGuide, that describes material in the Iowa Women’s Archives (IWA) related to histories of sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and other sexual and gender-based violence. […]

  • Coast into Winter Fun

    You’re almost done with the semester, and soon you’ll have time to go outside and enjoy the snow. Have you ever thought about the history of sleds?  Sleds have a very long history, helping us to work and play. You may have spent your snow days gliding downhill on a plastic saucer or an […]

  • PDH Capstone: Braiding the Threads

    At the start of the capstone semester, I found myself following three disparate threads related to digital scholarship. The first was about determining when a digital project was complete. The second was about how digital work related to seeking external support. The third was about how to […]

  • Meditating on Manuscript Mapping

    As my time with the Digital Studio capstone project draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on two major elements of my project this semester: how much I have managed to complete, and the challenges I’ve had working through the term. My goal for this semester was to improve upon and expand my

  • Semester Reflection

    I appreciated the opportunity to work on the Digital Humanities Capstone this semester. I chose to study vaccine misinformation visualizations throughout history. I have always been interested in misinformation visualizations, or images that convey mis- or disinformation. I chose to analyze […]

  • Gingerbread Engineering

    Snow will soon be here and it’s time for wintertime traditions – which includes gingerbread creations! National Gingerbread House Day is December 12th. Early history of the recipe is hazy, and may range to as far back as Ancient Greece in 2400 BCE to France in 992 AD. Early on, gingerbread was […]

  • November 2021 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | Japanese Scroll from Mid-Edo Period

    Full newsletter including more information about Japanese scrolls and additional images.  UNKNOWN. Medicinal plants scroll from Japan’s mid-Edo period. Estimated date of creation is between 1727 and 1800. 29 x 800 cm. English translation available. The Medicinal plants scroll is, as its name […]

  • Finals Week Stress Relief at the Sciences Library: Fall 2021

    As we wrap up the Fall 2021 semester, a good place to study for final exams is the Sciences Library! Whether you need a quiet place to study, group space, or study break ideas, the Sciences Library has you covered! We have a variety of study spots to choose from including bean bag chairs, large

  • Anatomage Table | Video Tutorials Available!

    Hardin Library has an Anatomage Table available for individual or teaching use. Video tutorials on using Hardin’s table now available on YouTube!  Power On & Main Menu Changing View Options Save Screenshots & Presets Creating Custom Quizzes Anatomage Table is the world’s only […]

  • Capturing the Oldest Stars: Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope will soon be on its way to take images of the first stars in the universe. The Ariane rocket will launch on December 22 from French Guiana and carry the James Webb Space Telescope to the stars. At the time of this writing, the James Webb Space Telescope […]

  • The Legacy of Flatland

    The following was written by Marie Ernster, practicum student from School of Library and Information Science The field of mathematics was in a period of philosophical volatility in England in the 19th century. A huge debate raged in the area of geometry over whether they should allow non-Euclidean […]

  • Linda Lococo | Longest Serving Staff Member | Retired December 1, 2021

    Linda Lococo, Hardin Library’s longest serving staff member, retired on December 1 with 43 years of service. Linda worked in Hardin’s Interlibrary Loan Department, borrowing materials from other libraries for University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students as well as fulfilling materials […]

  • It’s in the details: a closer look at Old Armory fire in an unlikely place

    The following is written by University Archivist David McCartney In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 9, 1970, the building housing the Dept. of Rhetoric mysteriously caught fire and was declared a total loss. Although the cause of the blaze was never determined, many to this day believe it […]

  • Changes to Hardin Library Parking | Effective Oct 25

    The University of Iowa Parking & Transportation Department is removing coin-operated meters across the entire University and the meters at Hardin Library were removed on October 25, 2021.  Contact Parking & Transportation.  If you were ticketed in error, appeal your parking ticket. […]

  • Six-on-Six Basketball: Gone but Not Forgotten

    The following post was written by IWA Graduate Assistant, Emma Barton-Norris. Six-on-six girls’ basketball was extremely important in Iowa, to both those who played the game and to those who made the trek to attend the annual Iowa State Championship every year. In the newly processed collection, […]

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