Nominate a librarian for UI Libraries Benton Award for Excellence

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.

Any member of the University of Iowa community may make a nomination, or self-nominations are accepted. The nomination form is available at: .

Jennifer DeBerg, Users Services Librarian at Hardin Library, won the award in 2012.

Biomedical Sciences Librarian needed for Hardin Library | we’re hiring

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 .  Applications will be accepted through September 18, 2016.

For questions or to recommend someone, please contact Janna Lawrence (, Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

New library catalog is here! | InfoHawk catalog retired

After 16 years, the UI Libraries is moving to a new library catalog and system. Changes have begun and will continue through July.

InfoHawk+ is now available!

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

If you need any help at all, please contact us.

If you are interested in more information on the transition to InfoHawk+, please see the library guide.

infohawk retired


Molly Olmstead | Administrative Services Coordinator | National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region

Meet Molly Olmstead, Administrative Coordinator for the GMR office @Hardin Library.  Molly will begin working July 1, 2016.

Olmstead Molly-20160624-NF-03In 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.

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Office

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NN/LM, GMR
Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NN/LM, GMR

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.