Happy National Library Week!

As you may know, this week is National Library Week and today is Library Worker’s Day (April 10, 2012). In celebration, a poster has been placed on our exhibit board in appreciation of everyone that works at Hardin.

In addition, we will be having a little guessing game for library patrons. At the 3rd floor desk, I’ve placed a little iced tea/lemonade jug with a bunch of M&M’s. The amount of M&M’s in that jug is approximately equal to the amount of people who visited Hardin Library on April 2, 2012. If you can guess that amount, you will win the jug of M&M’s. To participate, write your name, email address and best guess on a slip of paper and place it in the box next to the jug.  We’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 16th. Good Luck!

National Library Week Poster

National Public Health Week

State, local and federal health officials from across the county unite this week to celebrate National Public Health Week (April 2-8), an annual health observance aimed at educating the public, policy-makers and the public health community about critical public health challenges facing the nation.

To learn more go to http://www.nphw.org/tools-and-tips/themes/communicable-diseases

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, February 2012

MOTONORI TAKI (1732-1801). Kokei saikyuho [Emergency remedies for the benefit of the people]. 1789.

The author was a court physician famous in the annals of Japanese medicine. He was also known as Rankei Taki and Gentoku Tamba, combinations of his professional and personal names. Taki prepared this early Japanese home medical adviser at the request of the shogun Iyeharu in order to help disseminate medical knowledge among the common people. The three-volume set contains information on how to remedy maladies of various kinds and meet emergencies without the help of a physician. The work is illustrated with more than one hundred and thirty woodcuts of plants, animals, fish, and insects with medicinal uses, as well as illustrations of acupuncture sites, methods of reducing fractures, anatomical details, etc.


Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, January, 2012

Nicolaas Tulp (1593-1664). Observationes medicae. 1652.

Along with other distinguished anatomists in Holland, Tulp left a rich legacy of anatomical discoveries.  His name is current in the eponym”Tulp’s valve” (the ileocecal valve).  This book contains the first descriptions of beri-beri and of what is probably diphtheria.  Tulp described the condition we know as migraine, the devastating effects to the lungs caused by tobacco smoking, and revealed an understanding of human phychology in a description of the placebo effect.


January, 2012

International Open Access Week, October 24-30

It’s International Open Access Week (Oct 24-30), and we wanted to recognize University of Iowa faculty’s efforts in supporting open access. Who among your collegues supports open access? Check this year’s list of OA Authors, then thank them for publishing in an open access journal.

In addition to publishing in open access journals, faculty can support open access by:
1.Depositing pre-prints, post-prints and associated data files in an open access disciplinary or institutional repository like Iowa Research Online (ir.uiowa.edu).
2.Accepting invitations to referee papers or serving on editorial boards of OA journals.
3.Serving on promotion and tenure committees and making sure that publishing in a peer-reviewed OA journal is not penalized.
4.Working with members of your professional society to make sure they understand open access. Persuading the organization to investigate making its own journals open access.

For more information about Open Access, talk with a librarian or visit the Libraries Open Access website.

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, October, 2011

Notes from the JMRBR, October 2011

Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680).  Opuscula nova anatomica, de lacteis thoracicis et lymphaticis vasis.  1670.

Bartholin’s classic treatises on the lymphatics are two of the works reprinted in this collection.  Bartholin first reported  his discovery of the thoracic duct in De lacteis thoracicis in homine brutisque in 1652.  Bartholin was the first to recognize the physiological importance of the lymphatic system.