Discover health science images and how to use them | Workshop Thursday, July 27, 1-2pm

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Instructor Heather Healy, Clinical Education Librarian

Using images can add interest to your assignments and presentations and publications, but do you know where to find good images and how to ensure that you use those images ethically?

This workshop will help you understand copyright, creative common licenses, and public domain. You will also learn where to search for stock and health sciences images and how to cite your images appropriately.

For individual instruction on this topic, please contact your liaison librarian.  Register online or by calling 319-335-9151

Our next session:
Thursday, July 27, 1-2pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871


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Learn how to get better PubMed results | Workshop Wed. July 26, 11am-12pm

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PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 26 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This one-hour session will show you how to improve your search results by using subject headings (MeSH) and advanced keyword searching techniques. For individual instruction on this topic, please contact your liaison librarian.

Our next session:
Wednesday, July 26, 11am-12pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871

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ANDRÉ DU LAURENS | July 2017 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

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ANDRÉ DU LAURENS (1558-1609). De mirabili strumas sanandi vi solis Galliae regi-bus christianissimis divinitus concessa liber unus. Paris: Apud Marcum Orry, 1609.

Du Laurens taught at Montpellier until 1598 when he was called to Paris as court physician. In this position he eventually became personal physician to Marie de Medici and King Henry IV.

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Folding copperplate engraving showing King Henry IV administering healing touch.

During the Middle Ages, tuberculosis of the lymph glands of the neck was very common and was known variously as scrofula, struma, and the “King’s Evil.” For centuries it was believed that the “royal touch” could cure this disease and many English and French monarchs were in the habit of touching their afflicted subjects during major religious holidays.

Du Laurens was a firm believer in the effectiveness of the “royal touch” and, in this work, reports that King Henry IV often touched and healed as many as 1,500 individuals at a time.

The University of Iowa copy has an interesting provenance and can be traced back to original owner Jean Auguste de Thou, who died in 1617.

You may view this book in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.

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Thanks for Air Conditioning!

Yup, it’s July and the temperature is climbing. Time to head inside where it is cool and inviting. Thank heavens for that air conditioning! Ever wonder what they did before the air conditioner was invented? How the modern-day air conditioner evolved? Ever really want to say “thank you” to the inventor of that wonderful a/c?

Ancient Romans pumped water from aqueducts through the walls of their buildings in order to cool them. In Southeast Asia wet grass mats were hung over windows to lower the temperature inside homes. In the 1840s, Dr. John Gorrie of Florida came up with a method of cooling cities and hospital rooms and ridding them of “the evils of high temperatures.” Unfortunately, his system required shipping blocks of ice from frozen lakes and streams in the north to Florida… He was granted a patent in 1851 for a machine he designed which created ice using a compressor powered by a horse, water, wind-driven sails or steam. That technology didn’t make it to the marketplace.

In 1902, Willis Carrier began working for the Buffalo Forge Company where his job was to find a solution to the humidity problem. The high humidity was causing magazine pages to wrinkle at Sackett-Wilhelms Lithography and Publishing Company. He designed a system which controlled humidity using cooling coils and was granted a patent in 1904. He realized that his system of humidity control could be used in many other industries and at the St. Louis World’s Fair his system was used to cool the Missouri State Building. That was the first time the public had access to comfort cooling. In 1922 the first air conditioner was installed at the Metropolitan Theater in Los Angeles. A new system which used a centrifugal chiller was installed at the Rivoli Theater in New York that same year.


Milam High-rise Air Conditioned Building, San Antonio. 1928. photo credit: ASME


In 1928 the Milam Building in San Antonio became the first high-rise air conditioned building. In 1929 Frigidaire introduced a new room cooler small enough for home use. It was, however, heavy and quite expensive. That design was improved upon and by 1930-31 General Electric began producing 32 prototypes of a self-contained room cooler. Breakthroughs continued and by 1947 43,000 window air conditioning units were sold and homeowners were able to enjoy air conditioning in their own homes. By the late 1960s many homes had central air. Air conditioning technology has continued to evolve – becoming more energy efficient. Some of that new technology includes solar cooling systems (check out our resources for more information!)

Air conditioning technology is also used to refrigerate food for storage and transportation. So, when you step outside your air-conditioned home to grab a treat from the ice cream truck – you can thank Willis H. Carrier!



Challoner, Jack; editor. 2009. 1001 inventions that changed the world. Hauppauge, NY : Barron’s Engineering Library T212 .A12 2009

Black, Jennifer M. 2014. Machines that made history : landmarks in mechanical engineering. New York, NY : ASME  Engineering Library T15 .B58 2014

The Invention That Changed the World. 2017. Weathermakers to the World.  Carrier United Technologies.

Lester, Paul. July 20, 2015. History of Air Conditioning.  Department of Energy.

About Willis Carrier. 2017. United Technologies Corp. Carrier.

Apparatus for treating patents. US8080097 A.

Milam High-rise Air Conditioned Building.  ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Date accessed: July 20, 2017.

Other Resources:

Sarbu, Ioan. 2017. Solar heating and cooling systems  fundamentals, experiments and applications. London ; Sad Diego, CA : Academic Press Engineering Library TH7413 .S37 2017

Kohlenbach, Paul. 2014. Solar cooling : the Earthscan expert guide to solar cooling systems. London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group : Earthscan from Routledge. Engineering Library TH7681.9 .K64 2014

Castilla, Maria del Mar. 2014. 2014. Comfort control in buildings. Dordrecht : Springer. Engineering Library TH6021 .C664 2014

Whitman, William C. 2013. Refrigeration & air conditioning technology. Clifton Park, N.Y. : Delmar Cengage Learning. Engineering Library FOLIO TP492 .R45 2013

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Residents | Services for you

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Hardin Library provides a variety of services to help you succeed!  picture of doctor's white coat

Your department has a specialist librarian
Every department is assigned a liaison librarian, who can help you with all of your questions about the library and its resources.

Evidence-based medicine resources
Hardin subscribes to DynaMed, the Cochrane Library, JAMAevidence, BMJ Best Practice, and more.

Board review materials
Board Vitals provides question banks, with feedback, for most specialty boards.

Assistance with literature searches and systematic reviews
The UI Libraries subscribe to hundreds of online databases, focused on a variety of disciplines and implementations, from point-of-care to basic science research. Your liaison can help you choose the right databases, the right headings, and the right strategy.
Health Sciences databases
All databases

Easy access to electronic journals and an app to help you read them on mobile devices
A-Z list of electronic journals – we may have other issues in print as well!
Browzine app for iOS, Android and Kindle lets you make a customized newsstand of journals to browse, read, and monitor.

Help with your systematic review or meta-analysis
The Institute of Medicine recommends working with a librarian or other information specialist to plan out your search strategy and to peer-review the final strategy used.

Free interlibrary loan and document delivery
If you need an article or book that the UI Libraries doesn’t have, we can get it for you, for free. And if you need an article that we only have in print, we will scan it for you.  No limits on the number of requests!

EndNote Desktop and other citation management software
EndNote is freely available for residents, and your liaison can work with you to tame your references.

Mobile resources
Hardin subscriptions provide access to many mobile apps at no charge to you including UpToDate, DynaMed Plus, ClinicalKey, BMJ Best Practice and more.

Hardin Open Workshops
Hardin librarians offer monthly workshops on topics like PubMed, EndNote, and avoiding predatory publishers. We can also bring any of our sessions to you individually or to your group.

Quick help when you need it
Whenever the library is open, we have trained reference staff available to answer questions by phone 319-335-9151, email or chat.

Individual and group study/work space
Hardin has individual and small group studies, as well as study carrels and tables. The 24-hour study is available to any UI-affiliated user who registers to use it.

Books and DVDs for entertainment or families
As the 34th largest research library in the US, the UI Libraries system has thousands of DVDs and millions of books in many languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic as well as a large collection of children’s books.  Search the catalog to find them.  Materials can be sent to Hardin Library for pickup.

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Solar Eclipse – 8/11/2017

Solar eclipse sequence

Solar eclipse sequence

Have you heard the news? On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States! During this rare event, the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, blocking our view of the Sun. While some areas of the country will see a total solar eclipse, in Iowa City, we will see a partial eclipse. At the maximum at 1:12 PM, 92% of the Sun will be obscured by the moon.

To learn more about this exciting phenomenon, check out our guide or stop by the Sciences Library to see our new exhibit. And on August 21st, join us at the Sciences Library for an Eclipse Viewing Party!

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EndNote Desktop user? Learn to maximize productivity | Thursday, July 20, 1-2pm

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For those already using Endnote, this class teaches you to maximize the tool. From exporting and importing to syncing and sharing, this class will help you manage your own information seamlessly from desktop to mobile device and on the web. You’ll also learn about the Endnote options for sharing, so you can collaborate effectively.

For individual instruction on this topic, please contact your liaison librarian.

Our Next Session:
Thursday, July 20th 1:00-2:00pm East Information Commons, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871Call: 319-335-9871.

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Iowa City Feminists: The Women’s Resource and Action Center

WRAC newsletter from 1978

“We will meet all of us women of every land. We will meet at the center, make a circle. We will weave a world we to entangle the powers that bury our children.” — cover art for WRAC’s December 1978 newsletter

Iowa City’s Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC) opened in 1971 as a place for women to meet about and organize around issues that mattered to them. With support from the University, members of WRAC hosted a rape crisis line, formed anti-racism organizations, and kept track of local LGBT friendly businesses and housed dozens of discussion and support groups for women from all walks of life.

WRAC published monthly newsletters for Newsletters frequently included schedules for women’s events in town, notices for

“A Feminist Prayer” from vol. 1 no 12 issue of the WRAC newsletter

for discussion and support groups, and opinion pieces on issues important to women. Newsletters also frequently included feminist poetry, such as “A Feminist Prayer,” printed in a 1975 issue.

WRAC, still on the UIowa campus, recently moved to a new, bigger location. If you would like to tour WRAC, it will be hosting a reception this Friday, July 14th, at 6pm as a part of the Iowa City Feminist Reunion.

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Celebrating Iowa City’s Feminists

Join us this weekend, July 14-15, for the Iowa City Feminists Reunion! Many of the women who created Ain’t I a Woman, the Iowa City Women’s Press, Nahuatzen, and other publications featured in the Main Library’s current exhibit, Power to the Printers, will be here to reflect on their experiences as activists in Iowa City in the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

Festivities over Friday and Saturday will include a gala dinner, a variety of panel discussions, an open house at the Iowa Women’s Archives, and a reception at the Women’s Resource and Action Center. For a full schedule, please visit the event’s site.

Feel free to drop in this Friday and Saturday for the panel discussions in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library. We hope to see you there!

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Meet Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

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picture of Janna LawrenceJanna Lawrence, Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Master of Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts, Rhetoric, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of expertise:

    • Health sciences literature searching
    • Trends in health sciences publishing
    • Copyright, fair use, appropriate use of resources
    • Open access publishing
    • Identifying predatory publishers
    • EndNote
    • Teaching and training users
    • Library management
    • Conference planning
    • Library collection management

Outside the library:
Like the stereotypical librarian, Janna has 2 cats, Harley and Alice, and knits. She also loves to bake, and tries to bring baked goods for all Hardin staff members’ birthdays. Her favorite colors are currently pink and grey and her favorite city is San Antonio, where she lived for over 20 years. Janna loves hot weather and tries not to complain too much about winter.



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