Congratulations Graduate! | Kyle Nolan, BA English, Minor in Psychology, Certificate in Museum Studies

Future Plans?
I’ll be moving back to New York to continue into graduate school at St. John’s University. I’ll be pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences while also looking to work at a local library.

What did you like about working at Hardin Library?
I really enjoyed the ability to learn practical skills that I can take with me as I move on forward with my career.

Congratulations Graduate! | Riley Samuelson, MA Library and Information Science

Future plans?
Looking for the right (librarian) job.

What did you like about working at the Hardin Library?
I always love helping users get what they need or teaching them about the resources that the library provides. Particularly, it’s always satisfying when you find just the right resource after a lengthy search process.

Congratulations Graduate! | Caroline Hogan, MA Library & Information Science, Graduate Certificate in Book Studies

Future plans?
I am continuing to work in the John Martin Rare Book Room and at the Hardin Library reference desk.  I am also working in the box office at Riverside Theatre.

What did you like about working at Hardin Library?
I’ve loved learning about medical history and special collections work in the rare book room, and working with all the great Hardin staff.

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Congratulations graduate! | Megan Deist, BS Global Health, Minor Portuguese, Public Health Certificate

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Megan Deist

Megan Deist will graduate this month with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Global Health, a Minor in Portuguese, and a Public Health Certificate.  Megan helped conducted research while working at the Hardin Library.

Future plans?
I plan to start Nursing School at Mercy College of the Health Sciences in the Fall of 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa.

What did I like best about working at Hardin Library?
I enjoy the research I am currently doing for Hardin Library and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. I am excited about the collaboration I have done in regards to making medical information available about underserved communities in the United States. This research is made available to medical professionals and the public.

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Congratulations graduate! | Kaitlin Andersen, BA English, Minor History with High Distinction

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Kaitlin Andersen

Kaitlin Andersen has worked at the Hardin Library for four years and will be graduating this month with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Minor in History and high distinction.

Future plans?
Working full time for a few years before returning to graduate school to get a Master’s of Library Science degree.

What did you like best about working at the Hardin Library? 
The staff and my coworkers were a joy to work with. I also loved learning the intricacies of library database and management, which made me more excited to work in the library field.


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Meet the Expert: Mirko von Elstermann, Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences Librarian

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Mirko von Elstermann

Mirko von Elstermann, Biomedical Sciences Librarian

Ph.D., Physiology
M.Sc., Biology
M.A., Philosophy (all from the University of Cologne, Germany)
M.A.S., Library & Information Sciences (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Three years biomedical publishing experience

Areas of expertise:

    • Project consultation, teaching and training
    • Literature and information searching in biomedicine
    • Impact of research and researchers
    • Biomedical publishing trends; understanding and writing publications
    • NCBI bioinformatics tools
    • Research integrity–replicability & reproducibility
    • Tools for keeping current

His interests in biomedicine include metabolism research, cancer biology, and neuroscience.
@biomedrevon is his Twitter account about publications in biomedicine.

Outside the sciences and the library:
Mirko enjoys music and reading, swimming and walking.  Before arriving here, he lived in some non-U.S. countries, most recently for more than two years in Peru.  In Iowa City he lives with his Peruvian wife and their daughter.

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Brittney Thomas, MLIS | All of Us Manager

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Brittney Thomas, MLIS

Meet Brittney Thomas, Manager for the NNLM All of Us Coordinating Center. Brittney  joined the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine in November and has spent the last few weeks learning as much as she can about health librarianship.

In her new role, Brittney will be coordinating outreach and engagement efforts to targeted communities in collaboration with the 8 Regional Medial Libraries on genetics and precision medicine. She’s currently using Jacqueline’s workspace while she waits for her own to be created.

Prior to joining the All of Us National project Brittney worked at the Main Library as the Learning Commons Coordinator where she oversaw programming and outreach, facilities and technology maintenance, marketing, faculty and student support, and much, much more!

Brittney received a Masters in Library and Information Science from The University of Iowa and has a B.A. in Art & Design from Iowa State University.  Welcome Brittney!

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Meet The Expert: Jen DeBerg, Reference Services Librarian

Jen DeBerg, Reference Services Librarian

Master of Library Science, Emporia State University

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Jennifer DeBerg, Reference Services Librarian

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, Elizabethtown College

Areas of expertise:

  • Adjunct Lecturer, College of Nursing
  • Health sciences literature searching
  • Systematic reviews
  • EndNote
  • Teaching and training users
  • Finding evidence-based resources
  • Arthur Benton Excellence in Reference Services award winner

Outside the library:
Jen lives in Iowa City with her family: husband and 2 sons, aged 12 and 9.  She enjoys music, reading, swimming, hiking, ice skating, snowboarding and watching all sports.