Grab a nap!

Today the 28th of February is National Public Sleeping Day.  A day to sleep in public- you can sleep on a park bench if it’s not snowing.  You can doze on a blanket at McBride Park, again if it’s not too cold, but best of all, some people opt to sleep on the job at their own risk.

Sleep: A basic necessity which is as important
as air, food and water.  We spend as much as a third of our lives sleeping and
yet, sleep is often lost or taken for granted when trying to meet a deadline or
care for ill family members. More than half of us don’t get enough sleep. Not
only does this leave us tired and not at our best, but poor sleep can affect our
ability to concentrate, retain new information, and can affect your judgment and
mood. Insufficient sleep may also lead to poor health. Studies reveal that
people who sleep poorly are at greater risk for a number of health concerns from
obesity to high blood pressure.

There are all kinds of sleep resources at the above website, but wherever you choose to sleep today, we hope it is peaceful and restful like the creator of this holiday.    Nobody knows the origin; the creator was obviously sleeping on the job.

Some books on sleep at the Lichtenberger Engineering Library:

Sleep deprivation countermeasures for motorist safety / Jane C. Stutts. Washington, D.C. : National Academy   Press, 2000.

Sleep, sleepiness and traffic safety / Joris C. Verster and Charles F.P. George, editors. New York : Nova Science Publishers, c2011.
Sleep, wakefulness and circadian rhythm. [Neuilly sur Seine, France] : North Atlantic
Treaty Organization, Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development,

Quantifying the cognitive   abilities and performance of drivers with sleep disorders  by Amit K. Paul. 2005.

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The Demise of Stonewall Jackson lecture available on YouTube

Stonewall Jackson Dr. Wayne Richenbacher presented a lecture on The Demise of Stonewall Jackson at the Hardin Library on January 24, 2013.

See a video of the talk on YouTube:  

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, commander of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War. He died eight days later. This talk will focus on Jackson the brilliant military strategist– Hunter Holmes McGuire the chief surgeon of Jackson’s Corps–and medical care provided to Jackson following his injury.


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Need help managing your citations? Learn EndNote at our workshop, Thursday, February 28

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather together your references in one place, organize them, and then insert them into papers and format them in a style of your choosing. This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.
Our next session is
No time for a class?  We can help you with tips and support.  We are also offering this class on Wednesday, April 3 from 9:00-10:00am.
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Good News for Science

A new policy memorandum from Dr. John Holdren of the Office of Science and Technology Policy requires Federal agencies to develop plans to make the published results and digital data of federally funded research freely available to the public within 12 months of publication.

For more information, including the full-text of the memorandum:

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Web of Science Workshop

Do you use Web of Science in your research? The UI Libraries provide free access to Web of Science, an excellent multidisciplinary citation database. Join us for a Web of Science Workshop and learn advanced techniques that will help you conduct your research more efficiently and effectively.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Web of Science Workshop
11:30am- 12:20pm, Wednesday, February 27th
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Access Web of Science from off-campus;
  • Use Advanced Search to retrieve more relevant search results;
  • Analyze result lists by author, organization, publication year, etc.;
  • Save citations from Web of Science to RefWorks, EndNote and other citation managers;
  • Set up alerts to keep up with the literature in your field;
  • Find the full-text of citations retrieved in Web of Science;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

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WordsAnalytics (Trial Subscription)

 WordsAnalytics is a search and analytic web portal for SEC filings. WordsAnalytics treats each paragraph of an SEC filing as a separate document, enabling one to quickly search by keyword or phrase or other criteria. There are more than 1,000 pre-programmed search strings.  One may also search a current filing of a company and use a “Compare” or “Finding similar paragraphs” tool to learn of revisions from the previous filing.

This trial subscription ends March 15th, 2013.

Please send additional comments to Kim Bloedel.

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WordsAnalytics – Trial ended 15 March 2013

WordsAnalytics is a search and analytic web portal for SEC filings. WordsAnalytics treats each paragraph of an SEC filing as a separate document, enabling one to quickly search by keyword or phrase or other criteria. There are more than 1,000 pre-programmed search strings.  One may also search a current filing of a company and use a “Compare” or “Finding similar paragraphs” tool to learn of revisions from the previous filing.

Please send additional comments to Kim Bloedel.

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Asian Studies in Video – Trial ends 22 April 2013

Asian Studies in Video is an online streaming video collection of narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts. With Asian voices addressing Asian issues, and through works selected by Asian film experts, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights. Its themes—such as modernity, globalization, national identity, female agency, inequalities in opportunity amid social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity—are central to any meaningful discussion of Asian culture.

More than 75 percent of the films stream exclusively in Asian Studies in Video, and more than 60 percent are award winners. Twenty-four countries across the region are represented, with a strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.

NB: Passcode is uiowaasiv

Please send additional comments to Edward Miner.

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Rusty, Rustebar, Rust E. Barron

Photo of Rusty Hevelin

Photo by William S. Higgins

The James L. “Rusty” Hevelin Collection of Pulps, Fanzines, and Science Fiction Books in the Special Collections of the University of Iowa Library is a manifestation of fandom, a subculture of shared interest, networking, and activity that grows up around almost any subject. Fandom demands more of its participants than merely liking something; they must become involved. Science Fiction fandom is unique because of its heavy influence on the shaping of the literary genre that spawned it. This post looks at two early examples of Rusty Hevelin’s fan activity as a writer for fanzines.



RustebarRusty was a science fiction fan from his teen years in the late 1930’s until his death in  2011. He participated in all aspects of fandom, including fan groups (LASFS, and PSFS),  fanzines (H-1661, StefNews, Nebula, Aliquot, Badly, etc.), conventions, as a fan, “huckster” (“dealer” in fan lingo), and organizer, and avid collecting.

In 1941, when he was nineteen, Rusty hitchhiked from L.A. to Denver to attend Denvention I, the third Worldcon, or WorldThe Fantasite Science Fiction   Convention. He wrote a report of the convention afterwards (as “Rustebar”) for the September 1941 issue of The Fantasite, a  zine Phil Bronson edited for the Minneapolis Fantasy Society.

After Denvention I, Rusty moved to Philadelphia where he joined Robert A. Madle and Jack Agnew on the editorial staff of Fantascience Digest. In the November-December 1941 issue, he began a column titled,“Coventry,” (under another pseudonym, “Rust E. Barron”) devoted to the contrary opinions of “rebels and individualists.”


When America entered WWII, Rusty joined the Marines and served in the Pacific as a meteorologist. He continued his fannish activity during the war, which couldn’t have been easy. We will bring you more about Rusty and his collection in the months to come.   Please follow along online as it’s unpacked:

Graduate Student Spotlight : Kristina Gavin


Name: Kristina Gavinpicture of Kristina Gavin

Hometown: Dubuque, IA

Undergraduate Education: University of Iowa, BA in English ’10, BM in Tuba Performance ’10

Graduate Education: University of Iowa, MA Library and Information Science, ’13.

Future Plans: A job or degree program where I get to use technology to connect people with information in innovative and meaningful ways.

Why I’m Working at Hardin: Work-Study program. I’ve worked in few different types of libraries, and Hardin offered a great opportunity to explore another area of the field.

Favorite Part of Working at Hardin: Reference is rewarding because I get the chance to help users with their immediate information needs, and I am always learning new things in the process.

Fun Facts: Studied abroad in Venezuela, Summer 2009. Completed an internship at the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, Summer 2012. Hobbies include music, dance, book arts, birdwatching, and all things Iowa Hawkeyes.

I’m Currently Reading: Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan


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