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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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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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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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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Meet Mirko von Elstermann, Biomedical Sciences Librarian

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picture of Mirko von ElstermannMirko von Elstermann began working at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences on May 31, 2017 as the Biomedical Sciences Librarian.

Mirko von Elstermann grew up in Western Germany’s Cologne area.  Before moving to Iowa he was living in Lima, Peru with his Peruvian wife and their baby daughter.

Mirko earned an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Cologne.  In 2006 he graduated with a Ph.D. in Physiology; his thesis was about the formation of a breast-cancer cell specific carbohydrate antigen.

From 2006 to 2009 Mirko worked as an editor at Nature Publishing Group (London, UK) and for a short time at Wiley-VCH (Weinheim, Germany).  Until 2011 he was the subject librarian for molecular biology and medicine at Basel University Library/Basel University Hospital in Switzerland, where he also studied library and information sciences.  In his LIS master’s thesis he discussed services and resources of a biomedical library in the future.  Next, Mirko worked briefly at The University of Veterinary Medicine (Hanover, Germany) before he resigned for private reasons.

Later he moved to Lima (Peru) where he worked as a freelance editor, translator, and biomedical information provider.  During these years he also had a stint as the biosciences information librarian and managing editor of a medical education platform–Innovations in Global Health Professions Education--at Weill Cornell Medicine in Doha (Qatar).

Mirko is Hardin’s liaison to researchers and faculty of the basic sciences at the Carver College of Medicine–cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular physiology/biophysics.  He also looks forward to supporting students of the College of Medicine’s graduate programs in genetics, immunology, molecular cell biology, and free radical and radiation biology.  Mirko enjoys reaching out to students and researchers from many different areas and supporting projects from inception to publication.  For several years he has used Twitter @BiomedRevon to highlight his own biomedical reading selections.

Mirko and his family moved to Iowa City in May, 2017.  As Lima had an arid climate, they particularly enjoy exploring green areas for outdoor activities.  Besides swimming and walking, Mirko enjoys literature and music.  He agrees with Nietzsche’s saying “Life without music would be an error.”


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4th of July Holiday Information | Library closed Tuesday, July 4 for holiday

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The Hardin Library will be closed on July 4 for the national holiday.  The 24 hour study will be available for those with access.  The library will be open regular summer hours before and after July 4.

The Iowa City Jazz Festival  (free) begins Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday, July 2.  Downtown streets and bus routes will be affected by the Jazz Festival.

Iowa City will display fireworks on Sunday, July 2  near the Old Capital Building downtown.

Coralville celebrates 4thFest, with most activities and a fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4.

View some biological fireworks from the NIH.

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Hardin One Button Studio closed for repairs | Main Library Studio closed for reconfiguation

Hardin’s One Button Studio is closed due to a broken camera.  The camera will be repaired or replaced.  At this time, we do not know when the studio will be available to use.  We will post an update when the studio is again open.  If you want to be contacted when the studio is available, please call 319-335-9151.

Main Library’s One Button Studio is closed so equipment can be moved.  We anticipate Main Library’s Studio will be available after June 29.


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Fabricius, De visione, voce, auditu | June 2017 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

HIERONYMUS FABRICUS ab Aquapendente (ca. 1533-1619). De visione, voce, auditu.  3 parts in 1 volume.  Venice: Per Franciscum Bolzettam, 1600.

One of the great Paduan anatomists and teachers, pupil of Fallopius, teacher of Harvey, and friend of Galileo, Fabricius built the first anatomical theater for public dissections at Padua, which is still preserved intact.

De visione voce, auditu was the first anatomy book with clearly scientific illustrations and set a precedent for future anatomists. Prior to this, anatomical illustrations often combined illustration with art such as Vesalius’ carefully composed skeletons.

During his long life, Fabricus produced a number of important works on anatomy, embryology, and physiology, characterized by numerous large, clear copperplate illustrations.  The major portion of this work on the organs of vision, speech, and hearing is devoted to the eye, and it is clear that Fabricius was one of the first to grasp the true form and proper location of the lens. Although his description of the ear is sound, it contributed no new knowledge about the ear or the sense of hearing. An extremely competent comparative anatomist, he was at his best in dealing with the laryngeal apparatus.

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.



Otology "De visione voce auditu" Fabricius Wellcome L0007956

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Get started with systematic reviews | Workshops Wednesdays June 20 & 28th 12pm-1pm

Are you interested in conducting a systematic review? We have two workshops to help you get started.

Step one-
Systematic Reviews: Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review

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Jennifer Deberg, User Services Librarian, Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing

This class provides a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review, including:

    • standards and criteria to consider
    • establishing a plan
    • registering a protocol,
    • developing a research question,
    • determining where to search
    • identifying search terms
    • reporting search strategies, and managing references.

Wednesday, June 12, 12-1pm,  Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Step two-

Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching for the Health Sciences

This class focuses on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a health sciences systematic review. Topics include

    • techniques for developing search strategies
    • deciding which databases to search
    • how to seek out grey literature for a given topic
    • selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies
    • saving and organizing references.

Wednesday, June 28, 12-1pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Sign up for these workshops or request personal appointments online.

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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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Phishing Scams Emails Look Like They are From Library | Don’t Get Caught!

The UI Libraries will never ask a user to verify HawkID and password via email.  If you received an email from the libraries that asked you to log in and verify your account, this is a scam.  Do not click!

If you received an email, clicked the link and logged in, your HawkID account could be compromised.  Please contact your department IT staff or call ITS at 319-384-4257 or email as soon as possible.

This is a copy of a scam phishing email that was sent to health science users:

On May 29, 2017, at 16:47, Library Services <> wrote:


Dear Library Member,

Your access to your library account is expiring soon due to inactivity. To continue to have access to the library services, you must reactivate your account.
For this purpose, click the web address below! or copy and paste it into your web browser. A successful login will activate your account and you will be redirected to your library profile. (source URL changed so it just goes to our true login page and not hackers)

If you are not able to login, please contact Sarah Miller at for immediate assistance.


Sarah Miller
The University of Iowa Libraries
100 Main Library (LIB)
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420
T: (319)335-5299

explanation of phishing

—–longer explanation—–
In the last several weeks, the UI campus has been a target of many phishing scams that try to steal a user’s HawkID password. A number of those phishing scams have been emails that are made to appear as though they are coming from the library and inform users that their library account is expiring due to inactivity. The scam then goes on to tell the user that they need to successfully login in order to reactivate their account.

If a user clicks on the link they are directed to a page that looks like our proxy login page but is not. Then once the user signs on, their HawkID and password are compromised and they are then just directed to our proxy page as if the login just didn’t work.

With the compromised password, hackers then have access to library resources via the proxy server. From there, they have been systematically downloading journal articles from various vendors. If not caught right away, some vendors have cut off access to their resources from our proxy server until we can identify the compromised account and address it. Because of this the UI Libraries has become more proactive at trying to identify compromised accounts before proxy access is denied by the vendors. We are encountering compromised HawkIDs that are using the proxy server almost on a daily basis. So, as a reminder, the UI Libraries will never ask for a user to verify their HawkID and password via an email.







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