“Open Access or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Internet”

Did you know that access to some scholarly journals can cost as much as buying a new car…every year? That is a price that UI Libraries cannot afford, but it is a research tool that YOU can’t afford to work without. So what do we do? Open Access: it means more readers, more recognition and more impact for new ideas.

We invite you to join us to hear Molly Kleinman, Special Assistant to the Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan and a copyright specialist, talk about it: “Open Access or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Internet” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20th in the Bijou at the Iowa Memorial Union. 

This event is part of UI Libraries’ celebration of Open Access Week, October 19-23, 2009. Also that week, we’ll be posting more useful information about open access including our UI colleagues own experiences with open access.

For more information about scholarly communication and your role in creating a
sustainable system, check the Libraries website (www.lib.uiowa.edu/scholarly).

Co-sponsors of this event include the University of Iowa Libraries, Department of Communication Studies, Graduate Student Senate, the UI Center for Human Rights, College of Public Health, Widernet, Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, and the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI).

Preview the new PubMed interface

The National Library of Medicine has posted a preview of the new PubMed interface.  To try it out, go to PubMed as usual, through the Library’s website (so that the links to full-text will work), then click on Try the redesigned PubMed.   Notice that features like Limits, Details, and History that were previously available through tabs are now available by using Advanced Search.

Questions?  Feel free to call Hardin Reference staff at 319-335-9151, but please realize that we are just now becoming acquainted with the new interface, too!

Clinical Education Librarian Position Available

For more information, please review the complete job announcement.

Reporting to the Hardin Library’s Coordinator, Education and Research, the Clinical Education Librarian plans, promotes and provides information services that support the needs of faculty, researchers, staff and students of the university’s five health sciences colleges and affiliated hospitals and clinics. The incumbent:

  • serves as the liaison to the Carver College of Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum and the Graduate Medical Education office by cultivating relationships with faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships; 
  • works with faculty to integrate library education into the curriculum;
  • writes curriculum and provides instruction to students, staff and faculty one-on-one and in group settings;
  • provides reference service at public services desks;
  • assists users with research and information management tools;
  • serves as Hardin Library’s expert on Evidence-Based Practice;
  • is proficient with current technologies and investigates new technologies;
  • works with others to develop and revise programs to respond to changing information needs;
  • serves on working groups/committees and participates in initiatives of the Libraries, health colleges, university, and hospital; and
  • contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.


Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science;
  • Three years post-Masters experience in a health sciences or life sciences library;
  • Experience providing instruction and reference services; 
  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice concepts;
  • Experience with mobile devices, social networking and other new forms of technology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;
  • Strong customer service and public services abilities;
  • Experience providing advanced information services, including searching biomedical literature and full-text databases;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team; and
  • Demonstrated involvement in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community.



Try DynaMed in place of Essential Evidence Plus

Due to budget constraints, Hardin Library must cancel our subscription to Essential Evidence Plus as of August 7.  We would like to suggest that you try DynaMed in its place.  DynaMed offers evidence-based information in bulleted format on a wide range of diseases and conditions, with links to references embedded within the description.

If you are a fan of the calculators found in Essential Evidence Plus, we suggest that you look at the calculators tab on Hardin’s Evidence Based Practice guide.  We will continue to add calculators to the guide and appreciate suggestions.

If you have suggestions or comments, please contact Janna Lawrence, Hardin Library Assistant Director, at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu

Memorial Service for Kathy Skhal

Kathy Skhal, Clinical Education Librarian at Hardin Library, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 16.  A memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Sahai Auditorium (Room 1103) in MERF (Medical Education & Research Facility) at 375 Newton Road on the University of Iowa Health Sciences Campus. [map]  All of Kathy’s friends and colleagues are welcome to attend.  Parking is available at the Newton Road Parking Ramp, across the street from MERF.

Arrangements and online condolences are with Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.  Memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children

For more information, please call the Hardin Library at 319-335-9151.

Electronic Book Collection Under Evaluation

The R2 Library, a collection of electronic books in the health sciences from Rittenhouse Book Distributors, is currently being evaluated by the Hardin Library.  Books in the collection come from a wide variety of publishers, including Wiley, Thomson Healthcare, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, and many others. The books in the collection can be browsed or searched. All artwork, including tables, graphs, charts, illustrations and photographs, may be used for educational purposes in the classroom.

The R2 Library is available for evaluation through December. For off-campus access, you will be required to enter your HawkID and password. Please send comments, including recommendations on individual book titles that you find useful, to Janna Lawrence (janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu).

Clinical Education position available

For more information, please review the complete job announcement.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Collections and Outreach, the Clinical Education Librarian plans, promotes and provides information services that support the needs of residents and, to a lesser degree, faculty, researchers, staff and students, of the Carver College of Medicine and the affiliated hospital.
• As liaison to academic and clinical units, cultivates relationships with residents and faculty to identify opportunities for library partnerships with education and health care programs.
• Develops and teaches tailored library education sessions. Coordinates education services for liaison units. Works with faculty to integrate library education into the curriculum.
• In support of research and education, assists patrons with research and information management tools and skills through individual and small group consultations. Coordinates consultation services for liaison units.
• Partners with other librarians to market library services and promote increased awareness of scholarly communication issues on the health campus.
• Provides information and circulation services at the public service desk in-person and via telephone, email and instant messenger.
• Investigates new technologies and works with others to develop and revise programs to respond to the changing information needs of members of the health campus.
• Works with other Hardin Library staff members on public services projects for the health campus and health professionals and consumers in the State of Iowa.
• Serves on Hardin Library, University Libraries, health colleges, university and hospital committees and working groups.
• Contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.

More books added to Stat!Ref

The following electronic books have been added to Stat!Ref. You can access them by searching for the title in InfoHawk , or by going directly to Stat!Ref.

    AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing
    American Dietetic Association Guide to Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy and Education
    An Evidence-Based Approach to the Treatment and Care of the Older Adult With Cancer
    Bell’s Orofacial Pains: The Clinical Management of Orofacial Pain
    Cardiovascular Nutrition: Disease Management and Prevention
    Clinical Manual for the Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse
    Compounding Sterile Preparations
    Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics
    Conceptual Models of Nursing
    Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health
    Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing
    EKG Plain and Simple
    Ethical Questions in Dentistry
    Functional Neuroanatomy
    Handbook of Institutional Pharmacy Practice
    Introduction to Orthodontics
    Medication Errors
    Nursing Management: Principles and Practice
    Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach
    Pediatric Manual of Clinical Dietetics
    Pharmacology for Nurses
    Public Health and Preventive Medicine
    Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Pharmacy and Nuclear Medicine
    Temporomandibular Disorders: An Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment
    Trissel’s Stability of Compounded Formulations

Questions, comments, and suggestions about books and journals –print or electronic – can be sent to Janna Lawrence, Assistant Library Director for Collections and Outreach.

Test drive An@tomy.TV, on trial until March 31, 2008.

An@tomy.tv provides 3-D interactive human anatomy and pathology images that can be rotated and zoomed from different angles. Dissection videos and slides, MRI images, x-rays, and slides are also available. In addition to images, An@tomy.tv includes extensive explanatory text and interactive quizzes.

To try An@tomy.TV, log in to STAT!Ref and select the Resources tab. The tutorial demonstrates the features of Anatomy.TV.

Feedback is appreciated and can be sent to Janna Lawrence at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu.