October is National Medical Librarians Month

Photo of Exhibit

October is National Medical Librarians Month and Hardin Library is celebrating with a display in honor of our librarians. You can learn more about us, which departments we serve and our research and personal interests. The display is located to your left as you enter Hardin Library on the 3rd floor (Special thanks to Trish Duffel for providing a high quality photo).

You might be wondering what medical librarians do and what sort of training we have.  To list a few things, medical librarians have master’s degrees in library science and participate in many continuing education classes and conferences. Many of them are certified through the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) and participate in scholarly activities such as publishing. In addition, librarians teach classes on evidence based practice, information literacy, mobile resources, publishing, and many other topics.  They also help to support clinical practice by assisting health care professionals with locating quality health information.

Medical librarians are part of the health care team, and a recent article in The Nurse Practitioner highlights some of the reasons why you should get to know your local librarian.

Newland, Jamesetta. (2012) Celebrating Medical Librarians. The Nurse Practitioner; 37(10): 5. http://proxy.lib.uiowa.edu/login?url=http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&CSC=Y&NEWS=N&PAGE=fulltext&AN=00006205-201210000-00001&LSLINK=80&D=ovft

This month, the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association had their annual meeting. As you can see, Hardin Library has done a lot this year with regards to presenting and providing leadership roles in the organization.

Xiaomei Gu

Developing and Administering a Campus-wide Survey: A First Step in Assessing Data Management Needs (paper)

First Year Experience: Librarian as Instructor of a Pharmacy Practice Laboratory (poster)

Jen DeBerg

Exploring Value of Customized Tutorials for Remote Students (paper)

Growing Relationships: A Project to Reduce Hospital Noise (poster)

Kelly Thormodson

Growing from Within: From Art History to Urology – All liaisons Working Together to be the Best Team (paper)

Donna Hirst

The John Martin Rare Book Room as a Learning Resource (poster)

Janna Lawrence

2012 President of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (elected)

Chris Childs

Recording Secretary of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (elected)


In honor of National Medical Librarian month, we at Hardin Library invite you to stop in, get to know us, and find out what Hardin librarians can do for you.

American Pharmacists Month

October is American Pharmacists Month!  The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reminds the public, policymakers, and other health care professionals to  “Know Your PHARMACIST, Know Your MEDICINE.”  If you are on Twitter, follow #APhM2012 see how people are celebrating American Pharmacists Month.

For information on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, which is the 4th oldest College of Pharmacy in a state-supported university, visit its website at http://pharmacy.uiowa.edu


RefWorks Issues Resolved

Problems related to last night’s hardware upgrade for RefWorks have been addressed and testing has shown IP authentication and other functionality returned to normal.

All users will need to clear their internet browser cache of cookies and restart their browsers before attempting to log back in again.

RefWorks has apologized for the inconvenience and appreciates your understanding.

If you have any problems with using or accessing RefWorks, please do not hesitate to contact us at Hardin Library.

New App for Accessing the National Library of Medicine’s FREE Mobile Resources

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library recently released a mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to all of their mobile resources.  You can use this app to find information about health topics, prescription drugs and more.

The best part about this app is that all of the resources listed are FREE!

Check out the app on your mobile device by going to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile-app/

Learn to use EndNote with our free workshop Thursday, July 12

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather together your references in one place, organize them, and then insert them into papers and format them in a style of your choosing.

This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations.  The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.

This session is on

Sign up online http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/regform.html or by calling 319-335-9151

Mobile Version of Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices. http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/m.drugportal

This mobile optimized web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams.  Each record also features information links to 19 other resources including NLM PubMed, NLM LactMed, and Drugs@FDA.

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, June 2012

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Sir THOMAS BROWNE (1605-1682). A true and full coppy of that which was most imperfectly and Surreptitiously printed before under the name of Religio Medici. [London]: 1643.

Browne was not only a noted physician, but one of the great English writers and philosophers of the 17th century. His works deal more with moral and philosophical issues than medicine, as in this, his masterpiece and most popular work. In the book he sets forth his personal religious philosophy and the tenets by which he lived. Browne’s simple and concise essays were widely read, commented upon, and criticized. His book has deeply influenced many individuals and retains its appeal even after three centuries. This first authorized edition contains the curious allegorical engraving by William Marshall which depicts a man falling headfirst into the sea from the rock of faith. A hand emerging from nearby clouds catches him by the arm and saves him from the sea.

American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides access to the population, housing and economic data collected by the Census Bureau.  You can find information from the 2000 and 2010 Census, American Community Surveys (ACS), Population Estimates and the Economic Census and Surveys. Some of the data from these programs may not be available for rural communities.  Information on Puerto Rico is also available in Spanish.

Searches can be done by:



Race & Ethic Groups

Industry Codes

To start searching American FactFinder, go to http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml