New Exhibit: Go Hawks!

Red-tailed Hawk

Introducing our new exhibit: Go Hawks!

In Iowa City, Herky is famous, but you may be less familiar other members of his family. Red-tailed hawks, Cooper’s hawks, and others are often spotted in Johnson County. These beautiful birds are accomplished predators, feeding on smaller birds and small mammals. Come see two impressive specimens up close at the Sciences Library.

Hawk Exhibit Case 1 Red-tailed Hawk Red-tailed Hawk egg Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk

Many thanks to the Museum of Natural History for the loan of the hawks and hawk egg, to the University Archives for the homecoming buttons, and to wildlife photographer James Scheib for the beautiful photos.

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Fall Workshops at the Sciences Library

Fall 2017 Sciences Library Workshops

Fall 2017 Sciences Library Workshops

The following workshops will be offered at the Sciences Library during the Fall 2017 semester. Our workshops are open to everyone and there is no need to register. They will be held in the computer room on the third floor of the Sciences Library. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib.

Saving Time (and Citations) with EndNote – Thursday, September 21 at 2 – 2:50 PM
In this workshop you will learn how to  save time by using EndNote to import references from popular databases, organize and share your references, and automatically format in-text citations and bibliographies/reference lists in Microsoft Word.

Foolproof Searching Secrets – Thursday, September 28 at 10 – 10:50 AM
This is your chance to learn how to search like a librarian! Bring your questions and learn how to save time and effort by applying some simple search strategies. You’ll learn which resources are the best bets for different types of information, how to improve your search results, and how to refine your results when you get overwhelmed. And you’ll learn how to evaluate the quality of the information you find, no matter where you find it.

Lions and Tigers and Predatory Publishers, Oh My! – Wednesday, October 4 at 1:30 – 2:20 PM
In this workshop, you will learn strategies for navigating through the jungle of scholarly publishing. Have you ever wondered how to identify and avoid predatory publishers? How to publish open access without sacrificing impact? And how to control your identity as a scholar? This workshop will provide answers to these questions and more. Bring your own questions too!

Demystifying Metrics: H-Index, Impact Factor, and More – Wednesday, October 11 at 2 – 2:50 PM
Learn how bibliometrics like h-index and impact factor are calculated, how they’re used, and what they really mean. Learn to use tools like Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar to measure your scholarly impact.

If you’re interested, but unable to attend these workshops, private appointments and webinars are available. Contact Sara Scheib for more information.

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Eclipse 2017 Event

The solar eclipse viewing event at the Sciences Library was a huge success! Thanks to all who attended and many thanks to our partners, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Museum of Natural History.

In the end, we gave away over 1000 pairs of eclipse glasses! If you wish to recycle your glasses, you can bring them to the Museum of Natural History. Astronomers Without Borders will donate them to other countries for future eclipses.

Eclipse glasses

Hundreds of people visited our courtyard to watch the eclipse as a community. The clouds parted just enough to give everyone a great view of the peak of the eclipse at 1:12 PM, when 92% of the Sun was obscured by the moon.

Viewing the solar eclipse

Some also came inside to watch NASA’s live stream of the eclipse, following the path of totality across the country from Oregon to South Carolina.

NASA's live stream on the big screen at the Sciences Library

Have you caught eclipse fever? The next total eclipse will be July 2, 2019 and will be visible in South America. Your next chance to see a total solar eclipse in the United States will be April 8, 2024! I can’t wait!

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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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Finals Week at the Sciences Library

Chauncey, the Sciences Library mascot

Study for finals at the Sciences Library! We’ll be open from 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday. The following special activities will be available all week! (Mon. May 8 – Fri. May 12)

  1. Missing Mascot Mug Giveaway!
    Keep an eye out for our mascot, Chauncey, while you’re looking for a quiet corner to study. If you find him, bring him to the service desk. You’ll win a free Sciences Library mug! Chauncey, the Sciences Library mascot Travel mug
  2. Treats!
    Fill your free coffee mug with free coffee and tea. And when you need a snack, make sure to try Pam’s famous homemade mini-brownies!

    coffee and treats
  3. Toys and Games!
    Ready for a break? We have building toys like Legos and K’Nex, card games like UNO and Phase 10, and coloring pages and crayons to help you relax.toys and games
  4. Quiet Study Space and Friendly Staff!
    As always, our quiet study spaces will help you focus on your work. And if you have questions, our friendly staff is always happy to help.quiet study space
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New Exhibit: Library Technology Through the Years

Library Technology Through the Years

The Sciences Library has a new exhibit, relating to this semester’s theme: Our Lives Online. The exhibit, “Library Technology Through the Years”, showcases items from the University Archives collection that have been made obsolete by new forms of media and online streaming. In our cases, you’ll find an antique typewriter, an Edison phonograph record, a Barbara Streisand 8-track, an Asteroids Atari game cartridge, and so much more. Check out our exhibit and take a walk down memory lane! How many of the items do you remember?

Library Technology Through the Years Library Technology Through the Years

 

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New Exhibit: Library Technology Through the Years

Library Technology Through the Years

The Sciences Library has a new exhibit, relating to this semester’s theme: Our Lives Online. The exhibit, “Library Technology Through the Years”, showcases items from the University Archives collection that have been made obsolete by new forms of media and online streaming. In our cases, you’ll find an antique typewriter, an Edison phonograph record, a Barbara Streisand 8-track, an Asteroids Atari game cartridge, and so much more. Check out our exhibit and take a walk down memory lane! How many of the items do you remember?

Library Technology Through the Years Library Technology Through the Years

 

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Love Your Data Week

Love Your Data Week

It’s Love Your Data Week! A five-day international event to help researchers take better care of their data. Did you know there are resources on campus to help you create a management plan to store, organize, document, share, and preserve your research data? Research Data Services can help!

If you have questions about any of the services described above, please contact us for assistance. And make sure to stop by one of the campus libraries this week for candy and a bookmark!

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Love Your Data Week

Love Your Data Week

It’s Love Your Data Week! A five-day international event to help researchers take better care of their data. Did you know there are resources on campus to help you create a management plan to store, organize, document, share, and preserve your research data? Research Data Services can help!

If you have questions about any of the services described above, please contact us for assistance. And make sure to stop by one of the campus libraries this week for candy and a bookmark!

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Staying Current Workshop

Staying Current Workshop

Wednesday, February 22 at 1-1:50 PM
Sciences Library, room 102

How do you keep up with the news and research in your field? Would you like to learn how to use technology to find new information? Join us for a Staying Current workshop, and learn how to use RSS feeds and other alert options to keep up with blog posts, news, and scholarly articles.

Our workshops are open to everyone and there is no need to register. If you’re interested, but unable to attend this workshop, private appointments and webinars are available. Contact Sara Scheib for more information.

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 contact Sara Scheib in advance at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu.

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