International Open Access Week, October 24-30

It’s International Open Access Week (Oct 24-30), and we wanted to recognize University of Iowa faculty’s efforts in supporting open access. Who among your collegues supports open access? Check this year’s list of OA Authors, then thank them for publishing in an open access journal.

In addition to publishing in open access journals, faculty can support open access by:
1.Depositing pre-prints, post-prints and associated data files in an open access disciplinary or institutional repository like Iowa Research Online (
2.Accepting invitations to referee papers or serving on editorial boards of OA journals.
3.Serving on promotion and tenure committees and making sure that publishing in a peer-reviewed OA journal is not penalized.
4.Working with members of your professional society to make sure they understand open access. Persuading the organization to investigate making its own journals open access.

For more information about Open Access, talk with a librarian or visit the Libraries Open Access website.

Job Posting Clinical Education Librarian



2 Position Vacancies

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences


Position Description: Reporting to the Hardin Library’s Coordinator, Education and Research, the Clinical Education Librarian plans, promotes and provides instruction and 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 a liaison to an academic or clinical unit and cultivates 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;
  • provides support of 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.



  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community
  • Strong customer service and public services abilities
  • Experience with mobile devices, social networking and other new forms of technology
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated interest 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


  • Experience in a health sciences or life sciences library
  • Experience searching biomedical literature and full-text databases
  • Experience using pharmaceutical databases and resources
  • Experience providing instruction and reference services
  • Knowledge of course management systems
  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice concepts
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication and open access initiatives

Additional Expectations of the Position:

  • Civil and Respectful Interactions

Demonstrates respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers; constructively brings forward workplace concerns to coworkers and/or supervisor.

  • Diversity and Inclusion

Welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.

  • Leadership Accountability

Represents the interests of the University and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within unit goals and budgets; strives to promote continual process and quality improvement.

  • Learning and Professional Development

Seeks opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian I level with a salary range of $41,000 to $44,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences: The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences serves the combined information and research needs of the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (including Graduate medical education and related allied-health education programs), and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The mission of the Hardin Library is to assist faculty, staff and students of the University of Iowa in locating quality information in support of education, research, and health care, and to preserve the scholarly record for the future. Additionally, the Hardin Library serves as a regional and outreach library within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and serves the state through a number of electronic and traditional information services. The Hardin Library is the largest health sciences library in the state; its collection includes more than 360,000 print volumes and 2,300 serials subscriptions, primarily in electronic format.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa library system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University’s locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring more the 440,000 digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books.

Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, more than 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 10% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 8% of the students are from foreign countries.

Iowa City is a community of some 63,000 people (more than 100,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 32% of the students are minority, with 16.2% identifying as African-American, 8.3% as Latino/Hispanic, 7.2% as Asian-American, and .3% as Native American during the 2009/10 school year.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number – 59407. Applications must be received by May 20, 2011.


For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and community, please see

National Medical Librarian’s Month Fact #4

During the fall and spring semesters, Hardin staff answer on average over 170 questions per week from our patrons.  Questions include literature searches for faculty members working on a systematic review to a nursing or pharmacy student doing an assignment to can you please help me get the ap for Dynamed on my iPhone.  We’re here to help.

Stop by Hardin Library today and have a sweet treat and thank you for helping us celebrate National Medical Librarian’s Month.

National Medical Librarian’s Month Fact #3

Looking for somewhere to study?  Hardin library has over 640 available locations!  We have a variety of study carrels, a mix of tables and chair, computer stations and even some comfortable seating.  If you are looking for a really quiet place to study we recommend the fourth floor or the West Commons on the second floor.  If you are looking for places to work in a group, there are large tables on the first and third floors.  Plus, we have a study area that is open 24-7 so feel free to pull that all-nighter.

Orange for Open Access

The University of Iowa Libraries joins thousands of other academic research libraries worldwide in celebration of Open Access Week, which is now in its fourth year. To draw attention to this important issue facing faculty, students and librarians, we’re turning our website orange in recognition of Open Access.

We see this as an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

National Medical Librarian’s Month Fact #2

Since July 1, 2010, Hardin librarians and staff have taught over 80 sessions on library resources.  We have done orientation sessions for students, faculty and residents.  We go into the classrooms and teach library resources to students at the Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry and the Carver College of Medicine.  And of course we teach our Hardin Open Workshops which offer a variety of content and are open to any student, staff or faculty on campus.

Register for a session today!

Help us Celebrate!


Help us celebrate!

October is National Medical Librarian’s Month. Watch our blog every Friday this month for interesting facts about Hardin, our services and our people. Stop in on October 29th to conclude National Medical Librarian’s Month with a sweet treat from us.

Hardin Library was built in the early 1970’s and designed by architect Walter Netsch.