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Free Conference for Instructors | Teaching with the Library: From Data to Knowledge | Friday, January 12

Teaching with the Library: From Data to Knowledge

In order to succeed as scholars in a world of fake news and information overload, it is more important than ever for our students to learn how to critically evaluate, analyze, and utilize the information they consume every day in their academic and personal lives. You’ve seen the need in your classroom and the University Libraries can help. In this free, one-day conference for instructors, you will learn innovative and creative strategies to leverage library resources and librarian expertise to teach students the information literacy skills they need to transform data into knowledge.

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 9:30am to 3:00pm

University of Iowa Main Library, Learning Commons
125 West Washington St. Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

We hope you can join us. You can register for all or just some of the sessions at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0MS7cNajPlmURDv.

Schedule of Events:
9:30 AM – Registration/ Breakfast
10:00 AM – Keynote: “Calling BS in an Age of Misinformation” by Dr. Jevin West  graphic and conference info
11:00 AM – Break
11:15 AM – 1st Concurrent Sessions
12:00 PM – Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM – 2nd Concurrent Sessions
1:45 PM – Break
2:00 PM – Workshop: “Make Them Think: Library Research Assignment Design”

Full schedule with session descriptions is available here

Keynote Speaker: Jevin D. West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and co-founder of the DataLab. Broadly, he works in the area of data science and data reasoning. With his colleague, Carl Bergstrom, he developed a new course: Calling BS in the Age of Big Data. His core research asks questions about the origins of scientific disciplines, the biases within science that drive these disciplines, and the impact the current publication system has on the health of science. To explore these questions, he develops machine learning techniques for mining scientific text, citations and figures. Example projects include Eigenfactor.org and Viziometric.org. More details on his research and teaching can be found at: jevinwest.org.

Keynote Description: The digital revolution has democratized the consumption and production of news and information. This has created a platform for voices unheard, but among these benefits, there has been an increase in false news stories, memes and outright lies. This comes from all sides of the political spectrum, industry, society and even science. Democracy and collective decision making depends on an informed citizenry. This talk will explore some of the reasons behind this onslaught of misinformation and the ways to combat it. This includes a new-age kind of BS cloaked in the authority of data, statistics and algorithms.

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 contact Sara Scheib in advance at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

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Workshop: Lit Searching for a Systematic Review | Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2-3pm

This class will focus on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a systematic review. Topics will include techniques for developing search strategies, deciding which databases to search and how to seek out grey literature for a given topic. There will also be discussion on selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies, and saving and organizing references.

NOTE: We suggest that “Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review” be taken before “Literature Searching for a Systematic Review.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Time:2:00pm – 3:00pm  Hardin Library – Information Commons East 2nd Floor

Better genetic information searching | NCBI Gene, Nucleotide Sequences & Protein | workshop Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11a-12pm

Chris Childs, instructor

Overwhelmed by the number of databases that the National Center for Biotechnology Information has to offer on nucleotide sequences, genes and proteins? Wondering which database you should always start with? Would you like to learn how to set up an NCBI account to link articles in PubMed to records in other databases? Do you know about PubMed’s Gene Sensor? Are you familiar with the concept of linear navigation? Learn all of these tips and more in this session that is designed for anyone who needs to search the NCBI databases for genetic information.

Wednesday, November 8th, 11:00am-12:00pm, East Information Commons, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

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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Manage your citations effectively | EndNote Desktop Advanced workshop | Tuesday, Nov. 7, 3-4pm

For those already using Endnote, this class teaches you to maximize the tool. From exporting and importing to syncing and sharing, this class will help you manage your own information seamlessly from desktop to mobile device and on the web. You’ll also learn about the Endnote options for sharing, so you can collaborate effectively.

Tuesday, November 7
3-4pm
Information Commons East, 2nd Floor Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

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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Announcing the Learning Lounge @Hardin Library

image of learning lounge in East CommonsLast spring, Dr. Wayne Johnson approached Hardin Library staff about the possibility of using library space for the small-group component of the human physiology course he teaches at the College of Dentistry. Because the classrooms in the East and West Commons were already heavily booked, we began looking at other space. The East Commons on the 2nd floor had been recently refurbished to include cabana-like group studies and restaurant-style booths, each seating about 6 people.  Dr. Johnson saw the possibility of using this space for this class, which consists of 4 small groups meeting simultaneously. All that was needed was screen-sharing technology and more white boards, and the Learning Lounge was created.

The Learning Lounge is straight ahead when you enter the East Commons, and consists of the two group studies and the two booths in front of the studies. Each study or booth has a 55” monitor equipped with Mersive Solstice software that allows users to wirelessly share the screens of their laptops or mobile devices by connecting using either a browser or the free Solstice app.  Directions for connecting are shown on the monitors.  White boards are also available in the Learning Lounge.

The Learning Lounge can be reserved at through the Classroom Reservation Form at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/classroom/. The two group studies can also be reserved independently through the Group Study Reservation form at http://uiowa.libcal.com/booking/hardin-groupstudy, where they are listed as East Commons-1 and East Commons-2.  (Reserving the Learning Lounge automatically reserves the group studies.)

Want more information?  Contact Janna Lawrence, Hardin Deputy Director, at 319-335-9870 or janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu, or Matt Regan, Clinical Education Librarian, at 319-384-1407 or matthew-regan@uiowa.edu

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Test Tube Babies During America’s Baby Boom : Artificial Insemination in Law & Medicine | HOM November Lecture | Thurs. Nov. 16, 6-7pm

Kara Swanson, J.D., PhD. Professor of Law, Northeastern University

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society and The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences John Martin Rare Book Room invite you to hear Kara Swanson, J.D., PhD., Professor of Law, Northeastern University for the November, 2017 lecture.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00-7:00

Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)  Room 2117
375 Newton Road, Iowa City

In 1978, Louise Brown, the first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilization, was heralded around the world as the first “test tube” baby. But for decades, doctors had been quietly practicing artificial insemination, the first successful assisted reproductive technology (ART). As the post-WWII baby boom swelled the numbers of would-be parents seeking fertility treatment, the challenges posed by the use of donor gametes spilled into courtrooms and popular culture. Worries about this new form of family formation shaped medical practice and ultimately, the law.

picture of babies falling from test tube into filePlease consider donating online to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society to sponsor events.

Donate online to Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

University of Iowa History of Medicine Society calendar 2017/2018

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.

Researchers: Data Management Planning Workshop | Wed., October 18, 3-4pm

As a result of recent requirements to expand public access to the results of federally funded research, researchers in all disciplines are required to “better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded research.”

The purpose of this workshop is to explain research data management and its importance, help identify some common data management issues, and learn about best practices and resources that are available to assist researchers.

Wednesday, October 18th, 3:00-4:00pm, East Information Commons, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.
Libraries Guide to Data Management Plans

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.