Intensive English Course for Professionals

Iowa Intensive Communication Skills for Professionals (IIE 103:002) will be offered during the fall 2008 semester. This course is designed for international professionals at UI (visiting scholars, post-docs, researchers). Students will improve conversational fluency and practice language skills for professional disccusions and presentations.

For more information, contact ESL Programs, 1112 University Capitol Centre, 335-5630 or

Information is also available at the IIEP website:

Play Wii at Hardin Library!

Have you tried Nintendo’s latest game console, Wii? Come play at Hardin Library! These events are free and open to novices and experienced gamers alike. Games available include Wii Sports, WarioWare Smooth Moves, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

We will be ready to play in the Info Commons East classroom on the following days:

Thursday, August 21st 1-3pm

Monday, August 25th 2-4pm

Wednesday, August 27th 12-3pm

Thursday, August 28th 3-5pm

Hardin Library is conveniently located on the health sciences campus. For a map, visit

Wireless access via iPhone and iPod Touch

In addition to laptops and other common types of PDAs, UI Wireless now supports the iPhone and iPod Touch. Simple configuration instructions are available from the ITS Help Desk website:

General wireless coverage is available throughout Hardin Library. The University of Iowa provides Wi-Fi wireless access for students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Faculty Proxy for Interlibrary Loan

On August 1st, faculty members will be able to authorize a designated person (proxy) to request and pick-up materials in their name for Interlibrary Loan materials. Proxies are able to submit requests online as well as in person. An online request form is available at Look for the “Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Request System” box.

All notices will be sent to the faculty member and to the proxy.

A list of items checked out or requested via the Proxy card can be viewed by logging in to the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery system.

To access the proxy account, use the three sets of three numbers from the pink barcode number on the Circulation-issued proxy card as the Hawk ID. The password will be emailed to you shortly after submission of this form.

If you later wish to have the account cancelled, please contact interlibrary loan staff to cancel the account and prohibit any further checkouts or requests.

Improved VisualDx Interface

VisualDx will be upgraded on July 23. The new version 6.0 will no longer require Java and thus will work on any system, including Macs and iPhones. The software’s simple design allows the user to generate a differential diagnosis through the module main menu or search for a specific diagnosis using the search box. Intuitive tabs enable quick and easy switching between differential diagnosis and compare views. Additionally, new tracking tools will help you save your work and share it with others.

Free online training events are available at

For more information or assistance, please contact Kathryn Skhal at 335-7636 or

Facility tours available

During the summer months, the University of Iowa welcomes a large number of incoming faculty, staff, and students. Hardin Library staff strongly desire to serve these newcomers and are happy to offer tours of the building. Please schedule your tour today by contacting Cassie Reed Thureson at (319) 335-7221 or Staff at the information desks are available to direct you, and useful maps and directions are acessible here.

Hardin Library Staff offer their expertise on Iowa Public Radio

Talk@12, an Iowa Public Radio news program that hosts a mix of guests and newsmakers across the state, recently interviewed Linda Walton, Director of Hardin Library, and Janna Lawrence, Assistant Director for Collections & Outreach. Their conversation with the radio show’s host, Katherine Perkins, addresses finding reliable medical information online. Originally aired on July 7, this show is now accessible via podcast by visiting Talk@12’s website.

UI Flood Recovery Information Web site launched

While the immediate shock of the flooding in Iowa City and surrounding communities is over, affected individuals and organizations are now in the midst of long-term recovery efforts. The University is committed to assisting in this process and to providing all members of the University community with up-to-date information as we move forward together.

The Office of University Relations, the Office of the Provost, Human Resources, and the Division of Student Services have been working together to coordinate a centralized web portal that gathers a wide variety of resources and news for flood-affected students, staff and faculty, as well as resources for members of the University community wishing to contribute to flood recovery efforts. The UI Flood Recovery Information Web site may be accessed directly through or via the banner on the top of the University’s home page. The Office of University Relations will also use this new site to post flood-related news.

Flood 2008 Public Health Fact Sheet available

The UI College of Public Health and University Hygienic Laboratory has produced a Flood 2008 Public Health Fact Sheet. This document includes information about mental health, environmental hazards, infectious disease risks, and more. Check it out at Look for the “Flood 2008 Public Health Fact Sheets” listing under the heading Resources. Additionally, a hard copy is on display at Hardin’s Info/Reference desk on the third floor.