Congratulations to our Spring 2017 Graduates!

graduation caps flying in air

picture of Jennifer Lam-Lu

Jennifer Lam-Lu

Jennifer Lam-Lu is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Global Health track.  Jennifer is currently looking for a job in sales or administration but is also considering teaching abroad.  Jennifer liked working in the Hardin Library because of the friendly atmosphere.


Azzah Nasraddin will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with Honors and University Honors.  Azzah will receive minors in Arabic, Psychology, Global Health and a Certificate of Critical Cultural Competency.  After graduating she will be looking for a job anywhere in the world, and is strongly considering Peace Corps.  Azzah loved helping provide a friendly atmosphere where people study, collaborate, and learn.  She enjoyed special events like finals week popcorn and coffee.

photo of Azzah Nasraddin

Azzah Nasraddin

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Skyler Gonzalez

Skyler Gonzalez will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Media Track and a certificate in Sustainability.  Skyler would like to stay in the Iowa City area and is currently searching for a job in public relations that focuses on sustainability.
Nicole (Nikki) McCubbin will be receiving a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science with distinction.  Nikki is currently looking for librarian jobs across the USA.  She is interested in special collections, archives, preservation, collection development, health sciences, law libraries, public or academic libraries.  Nikki also has a law degree and may also look for jobs requiring legal expertise.   Nikki enjoyed working at the reference desk because she likes to discover new information and learn search strategies.  She also liked everyone she worked with and especially working with a broad range of library users and teaching them new skills.

picture of Nicole McCubbin

Nicole McCubbin

picture of Elana Becker

Elana Becker


Elana Becker will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science.  Elana will be working in environmental education and wildlife conservation–saving the planet!  Elana liked working at the Hardin Library because the library is a calm environment and abundant treats were provided.









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Guess How Much Coffee Will We Serve – Win a Mug!


How many gallons of free coffee will be consumed in the Engin Library May 8-13? Post your guess by Wed 6pm to win a mug! #uienglibcoffee!

Remember this is finals week and we are open extended hours!

Mon-Thur: 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Post your guess on Facebook or Twitter by Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. Use #uienglibcoffee to post your guess! If your guess is the closest to how much we actually serve, you will win a new coffee mug!

Contest open to University of Iowa students, faculty and staff. Only one guess per person.

Good Luck!!

Twitter: @UIEngLib
FB: UI Lichtenberger Engineering Library





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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 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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Shakespeare and Medicine @Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

portrait of Shakespeare

Hardin Library is examining medicine through the eyes of William Shakespeare this month.

portrait of Shakespeare

Shakespeare, perhaps by John Taylor

Currently on display on Hardin’s 3rd floor is the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, “And There’s the Humor of It:” Shakespeare and the Four Humors.  In 16th century England, four bodily humors were thought to influence physical and mental health. Four temperaments – sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic – were equated with the four humors – blood, bile (or yellow bile), melancholy (or black bile), and blood. The exhibit explores the four humors as they appear in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew. More information on the exhibit can be found online.



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Kirilka Stavrena, Professor of English, Cornell College

A presentation exploring the humors, Attracted to Ill Humors, or What Hope for Shakespeare’s Cachexic Couples?, will be hosted by the History of Medicine Society on May 18th, at 5:30 pm in MERF Room 2117. Kirilka Stavrena, Professor of English at Cornell College, will explore the relationships of Hamlet and Ophelia from Hamlet and Katherina and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew.




Also on display on Hardin’s 3rd floor is an exhibit highlighting books from Shakespeare’s era that can be found in the John Martin Rare Book Room. Early Modern England: Medicine, Shakespeare, and Books features examples of common medical beliefs of the time, including the humors, herbals, and “monsters.”

A timeline of medical history shows that the 1555 2nd edition of Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica was published just nine years before Shakespeare’s birth, and that Harvey’s discovery of blood circulation occurred in 1628, after Shakespeare’s death in 1616. The exhibit also describes doctors found in Shakespeare’s plays and scientists who were his contemporaries. This exhibit was prepared by John Martin Rare Book Room Curator Donna Hirst, with assistance by Rare Book Room student assistant Caroline Hogan.

If you would like to read more about Shakespeare and the humors, the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division has posted a list of readings at


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New Resource: InCites

The UI Libraries recently obtained a license to InCites, a citation-based evaluation tool for academic and government administrators to analyze institutional productivity and benchmark output against peers in a national or international context. This resource enables rapid generation of reports, as it utilizes data from the Web of Science indexes already part of the UI Libraries collection. Below is a screenshot of the categories of reports available.

Includes people, organizations, regions, research areas, journals/books/conference proceedings, and funding agencies



InCites is available from the UI Libraries Databases A-Z list. In order to access this resource, an account is required. A previously created Web of Science account can be used or a new account can be created at the top right side of screen. If this resource is of interest to you, consider viewing additional training resources.

Please contact your subject librarian or the Hardin Library Reference desk with problems or questions.

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Extended Finals Week Hours & Free Coffee!!

Hard to believe that it is already time for finals!! We have extended our hours and will have free coffee and hot chocolate to help you make it through!

Extended Hours
Sunday, May 7th: 2:00 p.m. to Midnight
Monday, May 8th through Thursday, May 11th: 8:30 a.m. to Midnight
Friday, May 12th: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, May 13th and 14th: Closed



We will also have free coffee and hot chocolate (while supplies last)!


Please bring your own mug – Mother Earth will thank you!

We have plenty of space for both individual and group study. We have 2 group study pods with white boards, and pod 1 has MediaScape®. Instructions for reserving the study pods are here on our webpage.


The Creative Space is also available for group or individual study! We have two 4-person collaboration tables with 43 inch (4K) quad monitors, 4 modeling stations, and 5 dry erase boards!


And don’t forget the lower level of the library is a dedicated quiet space with study carrels (with lights and electrical outlets), easy chairs, bean bag chairs and gamer chairs!



In need of a break to clear your mind? We’ve got you covered there, too! We have Color by Number – Engineering Style grids, LEGOs®, and this year we have an augmented reality sand table! Perfect for giving your mind a break!



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Time to renew your books for 2018 | Books checked out now due Summer, 2018

Books checked out by Faculty and Professional Staff  will be due on June 4, 2018.

Books checked out by Graduate or Undergraduate Honors students will be due on June 27, 2018.

You may renew books due in June 2017 so they will now be due in June 2018.  Renew online, or bring your books in-person to any University of Iowa Library.  If you have 5 books or less, you may also call us to renew at 319-335-9151.

If you have questions about due dates or renewing materials, please contact Michelle Dralle by email ( or by phone at 319-335-9876.

If you would like to return materials by campus mail, please send them to:
Name: Michelle Dralle
Department: Hardin Library Returns
Building: 324 HLHS

If you would like to return materials by postal mail, please send them to:
Michelle Dralle
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
600 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242


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National Superhero Day! Are You an Earth Month Hero?

April 28th is National Superhero Day!

And what better way to be a Superhero than by doing your part to save our planet!?


Paper or Plastic?

Paper or plastic? Many communities are beginning to outlaw plastic shopping bags. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Plastic is, well, plastic and paper is made from trees. Ergo, paper is good and plastic is bad. Right? Right?

Actually, maybe not….

ALL disposable bags have an environmental cost. Paper bags are made of a renewable resource, can be recycled curbside, and break down in a landfill. But getting a paper bag to the grocery store is a long process – it takes lots and lots of trees. Trees are often logged by clear-cutting which results in habitat reduction and long-term ecological damage. The machinery used to cut the trees need roads, and use fossil fuel to operate. The trees then have to dry for 3 years, then the bark is stripped (more machinery), chipped into 1-inch squares which are ‘cooked,’ and then ‘digested’ with a chemical mixture of limestone and acid……. you get the idea!

Plastic bags are made from oil – a non-renewable resource. Plastic bag creation requires electricity, which mainly comes from coal-burning power plants… Plastic can be recycled, but it isn’t simple or easy, either. It involves re-melting the bags and re-casting the plastic…. And, those plastic bags often become litter – hanging on tree branches, caught in ditches, floating down the street…

There are biodegradable plastic bags. Sort of. They are completely biodegradable in a compost bin, but slowly – if at all – in a landfill…

Best choice? The reusable canvas bags….


Once you know how toxic paper and plastic are it is hard not to look around your living space and notice everything that is plastic or comes packaged in plastic…. look for items that come in recyclable packaging – and packaging that isn’t excessive.

Green cleaning:

We all want out homes to be clean and with so many products available, how does one choose? Check to see if the product has a “Danger,” Warning,” or “Caution,” designation. Danger = very hazardous, could explode if hot, could cause death if used incorrectly. Warning = less hazardous but easily catches on fire and can cause serious illness or injury. Caution = least hazardous, but can still cause illness and irritation. Green Goes With Everything : Simple Steps To A Healthier Life and Cleaner Planet  has a list of dangerous chemicals used in common household products. It also has a number of “recipes” for home-made, safe, green alternatives – for example, a window cleaner which is made of 3 cups of water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, mix & spray! Simple!

Green Gardens and Green Eating:

Another way to become a ‘green’ superhero is looking at what you eat, where it comes from, and how it is grown.  Love those oranges, strawberries and other out-of-season fruit during the winter months? Think about how they end up in your market when they are, in fact, out-of-season. It is always in-season somewhere in the world, but getting those fruits and vegetables to your table takes a lot of energy – think of all the packing (and packaging), and fossil fuel it takes to get them to you. Not to mention the pesticides and chemicals used to make sure they are “fresh” when they arrive at your store.

In Living Green: a Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability author Greg Horn relates an incident when he visited a lettuce farm. The lettuce looked so healthy, but the workers were wearing long sleeves and rubber boots. Some were wearing masks. When he asked why they were dressed like that he was told it was because the lettuce was sprayed an average of 12 times with up to 50 different pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The workers needed to be protected from the chemicals we eat…

Sloan Barnett, author of Green Goes With Everything : Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet, cites that in 2004, “…researchers in two different independent laboratories examined the umbilical cord blood of ten newborns from around the country. What they discovered was astonishing: There were 287 chemicals present in the blood these babies depended upon for nourishment and survival. There were 180 chemicals known to cause cancer in humans and animals. there were 217 toxic chemicals known to cause brain and nervous system damage. And there were 208 known to cause birth defects and abnormal development in tests on animals.”.

Solutions: if possible, plant your own garden. Then you have control over pesticides and other chemicals. If you do plant your own garden, plant only plants that are specifically suited to your climate. Trying to grow plants that come from different areas often requires the use of chemicals and other devices to help them flourish. Obviously, not everyone can have their own garden – so look for organic options whenever possible. If you have a farmer’s market nearby – you know you are getting fresh produce and you can personally talk to the grower and find out what has been used on the plants.

The organically grown fruits and veggies probably won’t look as “healthy.” They won’t be as full or lush as the mass produced items, but they won’t be sprayed and infused with chemicals intended to make them grow bigger. They also won’t be packaged in plastic containers to survive shipping. Look at the organic apple – it looks like an apple you would pick right off a tree, imperfections and all!


Glass globe in water. Photo from MyLocalNews.US


Water is finite. No new water is created, what we have is what we have. It may seem like we have an endless supply, after all, approximately 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water – 96.5% is oceans. Although water also exists in rivers, lakes, streams, icecaps, glaciers, water vapor, and underground in aquifers, 96.5% of the Earth’s water is salt water. And with the growing population comes an increased demand for water – for hygiene, sanitation, and potable water.

Fortunately, there are a lot of changes that individuals can make that will have a substantial impact on our water supply. First, look at the water that you use on a daily basis: showering and bathing, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, cooking, lawn and gardens… The estimate in 1999 (the last time the American Water Works Association estimated) was that each person used somewhere between 60 and 70 gallons a day.

Did you know waiting only 30 seconds for the hot water to heat up in the shower can result in nearly 4 gallons of water going down the drain? A bath can use up to 70 gallons of water, while a quick shower (with a reduced-flow shower head) can use only 10 gallons.

There have been many advances since 1999 – tankless on-demand water heaters, low-flow toilets and shower heads, water-saving dishwashers and washing machines. And many communities provide incentives to encourage water savings.


Remember that each and every little thing you do does make a difference. Start small and choose one action, one small change you can make. Maybe just use the recipe for window cleaner to start and then go from there!

You can do it! You can be an Earth Month Superhero!



Barnett, Sloan. 2008. Green goes with everything : simple steps to a healthier life and a cleaner planet. New York : Atria Books. Engineering Library RA770 .B37 2008

Ryan, Eric. 2008. Squeaky green : the Method guide to detoxing your home. San Francisco : Chronicle Books. Engineering Library RA770.5 .R933 2008

Horn, Greg. 2006. Living green : a practical guide for simple sustainability. Topanga, CA : Freedom Press. Engineering Library RA776.5 .H67 2006

Haynes, Chip. 2009. Wearing smaller shoes : living light on the big blue marble. Gabriola Island BC : New Society Pub. Engineering Library GE196 .H39 2009

Ferguson, Rebecca. 2011. The role of the individual. Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press. Engineering Library GE195 .F47 2011

Dunn, Collin. July 9, 2008. Paper Bags or Plastic Bags? Everything You Need to Know. treehugger.

How much water is there on, in, and above the earth? Dec. 2, 2016. U.S. USGS. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

Gilbert Celebrates Earth Month With Water Saving Tips.My Local News – AZ April 11, 2017.

Other resources:

Local Johnson County, Iowa resource: Backyard  Abundance. 2017

WHO Report: A Quarter of Childhood Deaths are Due to Environmental Pollution. Futurism. Earth & Energy. Date accessed April, 5, 2017

Schiller, Kristan. April 5, 2017. Iconic Monuments You Didn’t Know Were Eco-Friendly : From the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal. AFAR Media .

McGrath, Jane. 2017. Which is more environmentally friendly: paper or plastic? How Stuff Works : Science .

A Company in Japan Just Broke the World Record for Solar Panel Efficiency. Futurism Date accessed April 3, 2017


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