What’s Happening in the Lichtenberger Engineering Library?

Lichtenberger Engineering Library Fall 2017 Newsletter

  1. Engineering Library 2016-2017 Year in Review
  2. Creative Space & Tool Library
  3. YouTube Video Channel
  4. Live Chat and Text Messaging Now Available!
  5. New Resources
  6. Subject Guides
  7. Classroom Assistance and Library Tours
  8. Course Reserves


1)      Engineering Library 2016-2017 Year in Review

 Want to know what the Engineering Library has been up to this last year?  Check out the following infographic: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/23653246-2016-2017-engineering-library


 2)      Creative Space & Tool Library

In September 2016, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library in collaboration with the Engineering Technology Centers opened a maker/creative space for students. This space is for students to imagine, tinker, design, and create.

With this space, we have added 111 tools to the Tool Library over this past year. Some of the tools added include:

  • Virtual Reality Glasses
  • 3D Scanners
  • Adapter, Cables and Chargers for computers and mobile devices
  • Arduino programming language and circuit building kits
  • GoPro Camera
  • Soldering Irons

Set up a tour of the space and to learn more about the tools available at: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/creative-space/


3)      YouTube video channel

We have a new YouTube video channel!

  • Check out our latest video: Surviving College
  • We have tutorials for specific library resources and how to get the most benefit when using them!
  • There are videos designed to help new (and returning) faculty, staff, and students become familiar with the library and what is available.


4)      Live Chat and Text Messaging!

We now have both live chat AND text messaging available!

Live chat is now available on the Lichtenberger Engineering Library homepage and within each Subject Guide!

You may also ask your questions by texting us at 319.250.2176!


5)      New Resource

ACM eBook Collection:

  • 37 eBooks from across the spectrum of computer science subject matter

Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Collection:

  • We own the complete collection of over 800 of these 75 to 125-page electronic books that synthesizes a research or developing hot topic.
  • Areas covered include: Tissue Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining,  and Global Engineering just to name a few.

MIT eBooks

  • The MIT Press eBooks library – a computing and engineering collection is now available through IEEE Xplore
  • With almost 600 titles going back as far as 1943!


6)      Subject Guides

Check out our subject guides – available for each discipline. The subject guides are being continually updated with new information and resources. You’ll find information on popular resources geared toward your discipline. The guides also include helpful information on patents, standards, creating citations, and engineering ethics among other things. Check our homepage (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/) to discover it all!


7)      Classroom Assistance and Library Tours

Both Engineering Librarians are available for short- or class-length demonstrations on a wide variety of library resources.

Kari Kozak, Head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, is available to talk about resources and services to students, faculty, and/or staff.  This could range from an overview of the library and services to in-depth researching strategies including evaluating information.  Sessions can be to individuals, small groups, lab groups, or classes.  Email Kari at kari-kozak@uiowa.edu for more information.

Qianjin (Marina) Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian, is available to talk about data management and citation management programs such as Endnote. Email Marina at qianjin-zhang@uiowa.edu for more information

Kari is also available to give tours of the library, including the Creative Space. Schedule a time to visit individually or as a class, to see first-hand all we have available.


8)      Course Reserves

Course Reserves are being organized for the Fall Semester.  If you have not already done so and would like to have items put on reserve for the Fall Semester, please email the Engineering Library at lib-engineering@uiowa.edu with a list of the materials and course number.

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Open Access & Predatory Publishing Basics Workshop | Tues. August 15, 1-2pm @HLHS

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You need to publish your research, but there seem to be many choices.  We can help you find the right fit.

Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

This workshop will provide information about open access publishing, detail the reasons for the open access publishing movement, and describe key elements of predatory publishers.

A process often used by UI Librarians to critically evaluate the quality of open access journals will be shared to allow participants to improve their skills/efficiency with appraisal. Information about open access mandates will be included, as well as an overview of how the UI Libraries Open Access Fund works.

Tuesday, August 15
Hardin Library, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor
Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.  Directions to Hardin Library.

No time for the workshop?  Contact your subject specialist for individual instruction.

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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Printing Changes | Fall 2017

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Printing prices have been reduced, and color printing is now available on 2nd Floor in Information Commons West.

UI students will no longer receive $10/credit per semester for printing, and the price of printing has been reduced as of August 14, 2017. All UI faculty/staff/student printing will be charged to your U(niversity)-Bill.  Guests must continue to purchase printkeys in order to print.

Black and white printouts will be .03/side (was .05).
Color printouts will be .15/side (was .50).  Color prints single-sided as default setting.

A new combination color and black and white printer was installed in the West Commons this summer. If you would like to print in color, please select ITC-Color for your printer.

You can also send jobs to campus printers from your own device or home by using Web Print.

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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.

Work off-campus
All of our library resources are available off-campus but require authentication with your Iowa HawkID and password. Start at Hardin’s website.

Specialized guides to resources
Find quick help for your specialty, department, with publishing or other topics.

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 lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or chat.

138 Health Science databases
Web of Science, Micromedex, and more!

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 40,000+ 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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Abu al-Qasim | August 2017 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

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ABU AL-QASIM (d. 1013?). Liber theoricae necnon practicae Alsaharavii. [Augsburg: Impensis Sigismundi Grimm, & Marci Vuirsung, 1519].

Abu al-Qasim (or Abulcasis, or Albucasis, as he is variously known), a native of Cordova in Moorish Spain, may be classed with Avicenna in the importance of his great medical encyclopedia, al-Tasrif.

Kitab Al-Tasrif was originally published in 30 volumes in about 1000 CE, and then published in three parts after the invention of printing: the pharmaceutical part in 1471, the surgical in 1497, and the featured volume on general medicine, in 1519, edited by the Augsburg physician and printer Sigismund Grimm (fl. 1519).

The work was known to physicians and surgeons in the West as well as in the Muslim world.  This book describes haemophilia for the first time.

Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi is considered the most influential Arab surgeon to date and is considered the father of modern surgery.  More information about Abu al-Qasim Al-Zahrawi available from Muslim Heritage.  Arabic Wikipedia entry on Albucasis.

The woodcut vignette from title page, is signed HB, for Hans Burgkmair (1473-1531), the famous sixteenth-century painter and printmaker of Augsburg, although it may have been cut by the Petrarca Master, whose splendid woodcut printer’s device appears on the last leaf.

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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Our Year in Review!

Check out this fascinating infographic highlighting our past fiscal year! We’ve had an exciting year and are looking forward to a great 2017-2018!! 



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Interim Hours begin Saturday, August 5

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The library will be open shorter hours for the August interim, beginning Saturday, August 4.

Monday-Friday hours: 7:30am-6pm

Saturday hours: 10am-2pm

Sunday hours: Noon-4pm

The 24 hour study will be available when the library is closed.  Apply for access to the study at the 3rd floor Reference desk.

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Business Library Year in Review FY17

The Business Library team just finished a review of FY17. Below is an infographic highlighting our FY17 numbers.  It has been a great year working with  students, faculty, and staff. We are looking forward to a productive FY18 and to the opening of a new collaborative space this spring. Thank you for supporting library services!

Business Library Year in Review FY17

Business Library Year in Review FY17



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Hardin Library Public Computers now running Windows 10

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As of August 2, Hardin Library public and classroom workstations are running Windows 10.  The Internet Explorer browser has been retired in version 10 and the new Microsoft browser is called Microsoft Edge.  If you have any issues using our computers, please report them to the 3rd Floor Reference Desk.

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