The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. Funded by a generous endowment, this prestigious award acknowledges a library staff member’s professional contributions in the practice of librarianship, service to the profession, scholarship, or leadership which has had a significant impact or innovation to the operations of the Libraries or the University of Iowa.
The $1,500 award may be used to support professional development activity expenses for conferences or workshops in support of research projects and publications related to services, or it may be taken as a cash award.
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa is currently seeking a Biomedical Sciences Librarian who will serve as a liaison to biomedical research programs, centers, and departments in order to develop library partnerships in support of their research. Examples of groups that the Biomedical Sciences Librarian will liaise with include the departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Physiology at the Carver College of Medicine, the Biomedical Science PhD Program, and interdisciplinary programs in genetics, neuroscience, obesity, and human toxicology.
This Specialist Librarian position requires an MLS and a minimum of two years of professional experience in a science-oriented library. For more information including salary range, see https://jobs.uiowa.edu/pands/view/69615 . Applications will be accepted through September 18, 2016.
For questions or to recommend someone, please contact Janna Lawrence (firstname.lastname@example.org), Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.
InfoHawk, the traditional online catalog, has been taken out of service. Links to InfoHawk will now take you to Smart Search which has been an alternative way to search for UI Libraries’ resources for some time.
The next change will come in a few weeks, when Smart Search will be replaced by InfoHawk+.
InfoHawk+, which resembles Smart Search, will allow you to search for electronic and print journals and books, as well as other resources from the UI Libraries collections.
The staff side of the library system is also changing, so some services like receiving books from other UI Libraries may be slightly delayed until later in July.
If you have links to UI Libraries’ holdings, you will need to replace them with links to InfoHawk+. Permalink instructions and details about InfoHawk+ searches can be found at http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/infohawkplus.
Meet Molly Olmstead, Administrative Coordinator for the GMR office @Hardin Library. Molly will begin working July 1, 2016.
In her new role with the GMR office, Molly will be processing travel transactions, registering for and maintaining a schedule of exhibiting, serving as a first point of contact for the GMR office phone number and email address, processing subawards and updating awardees on funding progress, handling NLM brochure mailings to members, assisting with communications, and assisting with maintaining entries in the NN/LM exhibit database.
Molly has been employed as the Administration & Human Resources Secretary for the University Libraries’ since August 2015. During her time in that role, Molly processed human resources transactions, time records, maintained employee information, tracked expenses, and coordinated the student employment program.
Prior to this, Molly was employed as a Project Coordinator at Pearson, supporting ongoing operational assessment.
Molly holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Journalism and is a passionate fan of Faulkner.
Accelerating clinical research studies benefits researchers, research participants, and all who stand to gain from research results. Today, the time it takes to go from a sound research idea to the launch of a new, multi-site clinical research study is too long. A major contributor to the delay is that too many institutional review boards (IRBs) are reviewing the protocol and consent documents for the same study, often with no added benefit in terms of the protections for research participants. To address this bottleneck, NIH has issued a new policy to streamline the review process for NIH-funded, multi-site clinical research studies in the United States. The NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Multi-Site Research sets the expectation that multi-site studies conducting the same protocol use a single IRB to carry out the ethical review of the proposed research.
This policy applies to all competing grant applications (new, renewal, revision, or resubmission) with receipt dates on or after May 25, 2017. Ongoing, non-competing awards will not be expected to comply with this policy until the grantee submits a competing renewal application. For contracts, the policy applies to all solicitations issued on or after May 25, 2017. For the intramural program, the policy applies to intramural multi-site studies submitted for initial review after May 25, 2017.
IRBs play a critical role in reviewing and approving studies involving human research participants. IRBs evaluate the potential benefits of research and risks to participants. In the past, most clinical research studies were carried out at single institutions. Now studies are increasingly conducted at multiple sites to help increase the number and diversity of the participants, improve operational efficiencies, and accelerate the generation of research results. However, for the majority of multi-site studies, the IRB at each participating site continues to conduct an independent review. This review adds time, but generally does not meaningfully enhance protections for the participants. This new NIH policy seeks to end duplicative reviews that slow down the start of the research.
NIH will support applicant and awardee institutions as they implement the new policy with guidance and resources, such as a model authorization agreement that lays out the roles and responsibilities of each signatory, and a model communication plan that identifies which documents are to be completed, and when.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health
Meet Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Greater Midwest Regional Office.
Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN has been with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 2005. Her roles at the former office in Chicago evolved from Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator, and Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator during that time.
Prior to her work at the Greater… Midwest Region, Jacqueline was on the faculty at the University of South Florida Area Health Education Center program, providing outreach services over a nine-county region. She was branch manager at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Before her foray into health sciences librarianship, Jacqueline worked for almost twenty years as a nurse.
In her new role, Jacqueline will enhance network membership by building upon current connections and creating new partnerships throughout the Greater Midwest Region and nationally.
Jacqueline will be working from her home office in Chicago and traveling to the office in Iowa City once monthly for staff meetings.
As of May 1, Elizabeth (Liz) Kiscaden is the new Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NN/LM) regional office, located atHardin Library for the Health Sciences. This office serves the Greater Midwestern Region (GMR), comprising of a ten-state area surrounding Iowa.
In her new role, Liz will be responsible for operations and staffing and will collaborate on strategic planning for the new program office. She will be located at the GMR officeon the second floor of Hardin Library, for which construction is still underway.
During her time at the University of Iowa, Liz served as the Head of Hardin Library Services and served temporarily as a Clinical Education Librarian. Prior to joining the University of Iowa, she was employed as the Library Director at Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa and solo hospital librarian at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Liz’s professional experience has centered primarily on library administration and biomedical information instruction for health professionals.
Liz enjoys living in Iowa City and taking advantage of events and activities offered through the University of Iowa. In her free time, she takes her dog cruising, enjoys the outdoors and watches old martial arts movies with friends.
Phil stands for philanthropy, and this year we celebrate on April 28. Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and the John Martin Rare Book Room exist because of generous gifts.
The John Martin Rare Book Room was started with a gift of Dr. Martin’s extensive collection of 3000 original, historical medical books from the 15th Century-present day. Dr. Martin also provided an endowment which helped further purchase new materials for the collection. The collection now numbers approximately 6500 items.
Dr. Robert C. Hardin envisioned the need for a comprehensive campus medical library while he was Dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. Hardin found donors to help with the construction of the Health Sciences Library. A photographic history of the library is available online.
Gifts to the Hardin Library can also be used to pay for renovations like new study rooms, modern furniture, or new technology like the One Button Studio.