Spring Break hours begin Friday, March 9

The Hardin Library will have reduced hours for Spring Break, beginning on Friday, March 9.

Friday, March 9 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, March 10 10am-2pm
Sunday, March 11 Noon-4pm
Monday, March 12-Friday, March 16 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, March 17 10am-2pm
Sunday, March 18 Noon-Midnight *regular hours resume*
24-hour study available when the library is closed.
Apply for access at the desk.

 

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Pacific cliffs by 12010 at Pixabay.com
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Researchers: Clean Up Your Messy Datasets! | OpenRefine | Workshop Wed. Feb. 28, 11am-12pm

OpenRefine (formerly known as Google Refine) is a free tool for working with messy tabular data.  Save yourself time working with datasets that need to be transformed, cleaned, or processed before use.  Bring your laptop for hands-on training.  You may also follow along without a laptop.

Prior to the workshop, please install the Release Version of OpenRefine on your laptop:
https://github.com/OpenRefine/OpenRefine/wiki/Installation-Instructions

Our session:
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11am-12pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, HLHS)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Need a personal session or one for your team?  Contact Brian Westra by email or phone 319-467-0069.

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Hardin Library open regular hours for President’s Day holiday Monday, Feb. 19

The Hardin Library will be open regular hours 7:30am-Midnight on President’s Day.  This year President’s Day is celebrated on February 19.

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Painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, dated 1797

Presidents Day always falls on the third Monday in February.  The holiday was originally called “Washington’s Birthday” to celebrate the first president of the United States, George Washington.  The holiday was celebrated throughout the USA beginning in 1885.

Learn APA Style | Workshop Wed., January 31, 12pm-1pm

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Jen DeBerg, Instructor

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) provides guidelines for formatting papers/manuscripts followed by nursing and most allied health sciences disciplines.

In this hands-on session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn basic rules of APA formatting as well as gain experience applying APA formatting to journal, book, and web references. Resources for future referral will also be provided.

Our next session:
Wednesday, January 31st, 12:00-1:00pm, West Information Commons

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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Faculty Calculate Your Scholarly Impact, Impact Factors | Workshop Tuesday, Jan. 23

This hands-on workshop will give attendees an overview of traditional and recent ways to measure

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Mirko von Elstermann, PhD, MA, MAS
Instructor

scholarly impact of journals, individual researchers, and articles. Afterward, it will be clearer how different ‘impact factors’ now offered both by the Web of Science and Scopus are determined.

 

We will discuss the features of these factors as well as the evaluation of researchers through the h-index

and other methods. Article-related impact through citations and social media will also be explained.

Workshop
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2:00-3:00pm, East Information Commons

For individual support related to these topics, please contact your liaison librarian Mirko von Elstermann, Ph.D., at 319-335-9153 or mirko-vonelstermann@uiowa.edu. Or stop by his office on the second floor of Hardin Library, 207A.

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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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Winter Break Hours @Hardin Library

Hardin Library has a 24-hour study available when the library is closed but you must apply for access at the library in advance.

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Saturday, Dec. 16 CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 17 CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 18-Friday, Dec. 22 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, Dec. 23 CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 24 CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 25 CLOSED  Christmas holiday
Tuesday, Dec. 26 CLOSED  University holiday
Wednesday, Dec. 27-Friday, Dec. 29 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, Dec. 30 CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 31 CLOSED
Monday, Jan. 1 CLOSED  New Years Day holiday
Tuesday, Jan. 2-Friday, Jan. 5 7:30am-9pm
Saturday, Jan. 6 10am-6pm
Sunday, Jan. 7 Noon-9pm
Monday, Jan. 8- Thursday, Jan. 11 7:30am-9pm
Friday, Jan. 12 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, Jan. 13 10am-6pm
Sunday, Jan. 14 Noon-9pm
Monday, Jan. 15 CLOSED MLK Day