image of learning lounge in East Commons

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 The two group studies can also be reserved independently through the Group Study Reservation form at, 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, or Matt Regan, Clinical Education Librarian, at 319-384-1407 or

InfoHawk+, UILink replace library catalog and InfoLink

Infohawk + is the new public catalog which searches by default all UI Libraries holdings + many of our subscribed literature databases. Infohawk, the traditional catalog, has retired.

infohawk search bar

This tool is similar to SmartSearch in that it is a discovery tool, which means that it is iintended to be a starting point for finding information. When an thorough literature search is needed, we recommend use of literature databases directly (PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus). If you would like to learn more about using Infohawk+, please view our tutorials, or contact us.

UILinkUI Link is replacing Infolink from all databases. It continues to be bright yellow and serves the same purpose: to link to electronic full text if UI libraries has a subscription or to direct you to request an item through interlibrary loan when electronic access is unavailable.

UI Link is active for many databases, such as Pubmed and CINAHL, and the transition will continue to take effect for all resources occur over the next month.

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UILink search box

Because this is a new system, the implementation team is working to resolve problems. One known issue is that the link to borrow from interlibrary loan (borrow from another library) does not initiate a request with pre-population of the request form, as it previously did with Infolink.

Please let us know about other issues you encounter so that we can continue to work toward improving functionality.



New Resource: The Medical Letter (site license) and its Mobile App

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences now has a site license for the Medical Letter at Medical Letter can also be found on the Health Sciences Resources A-Z .

The Medical Letter’s home page shows the current issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics.

  • To view full text articles and to find the  Download PDF link, click on the title of the article.
  • Use the navigation links on the left side of the screen to access other contents, including previous issues, continue education (CME/CE), Drugs for Parasitic Infections, and The Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy.

Note that the library also has print copies of the Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, Drugs for Parasitic Infections, and Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy. Search InfoHawk Catalog  for more information.

medical letter homepage

Content in the Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics can also be accessed via the Medial Letter mobile app. Follow the steps below to install the app.

  1. Go to letter app
  2. Click the Mobile Apps link under Products on the left side of the screen.
  3. Fill in the registration form using your Iowa email to set up a password.
  4. Open the App Store on your mobile device, search for “the Medical Letter” and install at no charge.
  5. Log in with the password you created earlier.

Questions? Comments? Email us at or call (319) 335-9151.

OrthoEvidence – international evidence tool for clinicians – now available

Hardin Library now subscribes to OrthoEvidenceTM, an international evidence summary tool designed for orthopedic clinicians. The collection contains over 3000 evidence reports (advanced clinical evidence or ACE) authored by experts in the field.

ACETM reports are intended to help the busy practitioner to  review the evidence from important journals efficiently to support sound clinical decision making. The  database also contains educational videos about research methods and evidence-based practice.

Check out this resource from the health sciences resources A-Z  list or directly OrthoEvidenceat:

Mobile is available for  iOS devices. To view directions for installation, visit the Hardin Library Mobile Devices guide (or

Please contact your liaison librarian or the Hardin Library Reference desk with questions or problems with this or other resources.

Open Access Fund – articles in Iowa Research Online

Two years ago, the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office launched an Open Access Fund to pay the processing fees related to open access publishing.

The fund is meant to encourage the University community to publish their research in open access journals.  Articles required to be deposited according to NIH’s Public Access Policy are not eligible for the fund.

The open access publishing model allows free, immediate access to research and allows authors to retain intellectual property rights to their research. Some open access journals charge article processing fees to make the work freely available online. More information about the fund can be found here.

To date, 73 funded items have been funded, published and added to our institutional repository, with 10 published in 2015, 40 in 2014, and 23 in 2013. An additional 17 items have been approved and are awaiting publication. The author publishing charges for these 73 articles total $101,605.03, for an average cost of $1,391.85.


Open access journals which charge author fees are more common in the sciences. Our collection of articles is similarly heavy in the sciences.




Most of the articles are in journals that are completely open access. A few are in hybrid journals. (If you have an item in a hybrid journal, you can may be able to post a version of the article in IRO without paying an additional fee. Contact Janna Lawrence for more information.) One article is available freely on the publisher’s site, but we cannot add it to our collection, because the publisher required that the authors give away their copyright of the article to the publisher as a condition of publication.



Transplant Library : new evidence-based infromation on solid organ transplantation

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has access to Transplant Library through June 30, 2015.

Transplant Library provides access to evidence-based information on all aspects of solid organ transplantation including:

  • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) from 1970-present
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of good quality from 2008
  • Expert reviews

Searching the Transplant Library does not require special skills so it may be used by clinicians, researchers and other related health professionals in organ transplantation.

If you have comments about Transplant Library, please send them to Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.