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The Hardin Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day. The library will close early at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 3.
Regular hours resume on Wednesday, July 5. The library will be open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day.
The 24-hour study will be available to affiliates whenever the library is closed.
The Lactation Room is temporarily closed for construction, but we do have some options for nursing mothers!
The Reflection Room is temporarily closed due to construction on the 4th Floor. The Reflection Room will return.
All restrooms in the Hardin Library are now open, including two single-user, gender-neutral ones in the 24-hour study area: Rooms 320 and 321.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA) held a joint annual conference in Detroit from May 16-19, 2023. Three librarians from the Hardin Library for Health Sciences gave lighting talks and presentations at the conference.
Lightning Talk: Authorship or Acknowledgement: A Complicated Question!
For librarians supporting systematic reviews, determining whether to request authorship, acknowledgment, or neither can be a conundrum. This talk presented an overview of the factors surrounding these decisions including a few case examples DeBerg’s experience.
Background: For librarians supporting systematic reviews, determining whether to request authorship, acknowledgment, or neither can be a conundrum. This talk will present an overview of the factors surrounding these decisions including a few case examples from my experience supporting reviews. The aim is to stimulate ongoing critical thought, discussion, and ideas to provide improved guidance. With the rise in the publication of systematic reviews, awareness of the need for librarian expertise has grown, supported by reputable organizations such as the Cochrane Collaboration. Recently, the Medical Library Association released an authorship statement to provide additional support for co-authorship in publication. There is potential for this statement, important as it is, to be misinterpreted as a standard of practice or a mandate.
Paper: Advocating for the value of health sciences librarians
Authors: Mark MacEachern, Janene Batten, Brian Conn, Jennifer DeBerg, HelenAnn Epstein, Mary Pat Harnegie, Terry Ann Jankowski, Ellen Justice, Liz Kellermeyer, Susan Lessick, Valerie Lookingbill, Andrea Lynch, Laura Menard, Tanisha Mills, Maggie Shawcross, Julia Stumpff, Jennifer Westrick, Douglas Varner, The Value Studies Working Group
Since 2016, the Evidence You Can Use To Communicate Library Value page on the Medical Library Association (MLA) website has highlighted studies that demonstrate the tremendous value health sciences librarians bring to their institutions and communities. It serves the profession as a freely accessible resource for library advocacy. This year the MLA/RTI (Research Training Institute) Value Studies Working Group was tasked with the first significant update to the page since it was originally published.
The goal of the project is to communicate the profession’s value through the selective use of the strongest evidence. The Working Group used several methods to identify the new value studies. They conducted database searches and hand searches of select journals, talked to domain experts, and checked references of key studies. Priority was given to studies published after the original work was done in 2016. After reviewing hundreds (maybe thousands) of studies, the Working Group found important new research that showcases librarians’ impact on clinical decisions, patient care, health profession education, evidence syntheses, scholarly research, and institutional bottom lines. The group also sought value studies in domains that were not represented on the original website, such as data management, patient safety, and hospital librarianship. As a collection, these studies show the impact of librarians to be significant and sweeping. This presentation covered the project’s goals, search methods, and challenges, while also summarizing the studies that are highlighted on the site.
Since 2016, the number of value studies in the profession has grown significantly, and a selective sample of these studies will be reflected on the updated website.
Paper: Waste Not, Want Not: Exposing the Secret Fragments of History in a Medical Rare Book Collection
Authors: Damien Ihrig, Elizabeth Stone, Eric Ensley
Ihrig also presented a public talk on this topic in Iowa City. Video
This paper details a project within a health sciences rare book collection embedded in an academic health sciences library to locate, describe, identify, digitize, and catalog manuscript/printer’s waste – manuscript or printed material recycled to make new books. This new information broadens the connections to non-medical/non-scientific areas of Western history and extends the collection’s usefulness to disciplines beyond those typically accessing history of medicine collections.
Using material from existing books to make new books is a well-established practice. These bits of books, referred to as waste, are found throughout rare book collections. Book makers were not picky about the waste they used. They used leaves from old manuscripts, test prints, usable pages from damaged books, and printed ephemera, among others, to support spines, make repairs, and cover books. And occasionally, the only existing versions of particular works are found as fragments in other books. Librarians at a health sciences rare book collection undertook an effort to locate, describe, identify, digitize, and catalog manuscript/printer’s waste in the collection. Phase 1 of the project identified books most likely to contain waste. The books were inspected for evidence of waste in Phase 2. Other curators/conservation staff will try to identify the hands and the type used and, if possible, the original work in Phase 3. The catalog will be updated in Phase 4. Digitization of the waste will take place during Phase 5. Future phases may include inspecting more books and utilizing imaging technologies.
Based on a cutoff date of 1700 and binding condition (e.g., we excluded modern bindings), 1,311 books were surveyed for waste. This maximized the likelihood of finding waste while providing a reasonable number of books to survey. 65 books contained evidence of waste, with 156 individual instances identified for verification and description. Preliminary images and metadata were recorded. Phase 3 is ongoing as the team works to verify the waste and identify the hand/type and the original works.
Lightning Talk: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA): Why and How?
Because the COVID-19 Pandemic exacerbated behavioral health conditions and highlighted the need for more behavioral health advocacy/interventions, the workplace training program Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) may be of interest to health sciences libraries. MHFA training can help libraries educate staff, destigmatize mental illness, and provide de-escalation techniques to better meet their community’s needs. This talk provided a detailed description of what MHFA training is, how it can be implemented at your library, and the benefits of the training.
MHFA is a standardized curriculum that teaches lay people how to respond to mental health crises and provides background education regarding mental illnesses. MHFA is a natural fit for libraries since a large part of the training is devoted to teaching participants how to provide reliable mental health information, resources, and appropriate behavioral health treatment options. It is relevant and appropriate for all library staff, especially public-facing staff since it gives them skills to better cope with challenging public interactions.
University of Iowa Libraries staff will start MHFA training in fall 2023.
Erin plans to study Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison this fall.
Ian will be returning to Chicago to work in sales.
Ian looked forward to going to work at Hardin because of the friendly people. He considers himself friends with all his coworkers and some of Hardin’s regular patrons.
All loans due in June, 2023, should be returned or renewed (re-loaned). Materials due in June 2023 must be renewed or returned by October 1 to avoid being billed a replacement charge.
You may renew your loans:
You may return Hardin Library books to any UI library.
You may return books from any UI library to the Hardin Library.
You may return any University of Iowa Libraries books to Hardin Library via campus mail.
You may return any UI library books by shipping them to Hardin Library.
Hardin Library has a low-barrier book return at the Newton Road entrance. Come inside the first set of doors and you will see a wooden book return with a slot (nothing to pull) for returns. You may return any University of Iowa books here. This door is near parking and is handicapped-accessible.
If you need assistance returning your books due to a disability, please contact Michelle Dralle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jen DeBerg was named one of the 30 Revolutionary Leaders in 30 Years of the National Evidence-based Practice (EPB) Conference sponsored by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on April 19-20, 2023. She was recognized for contributions that have shaped evidence-based practice, this conference, and more importantly, improved patient outcomes.
Specific achievements include co-author and consultant for both editions of the book Evidence-Based Practice in Action, a frequent contributor to this conference, consultant for numerous EBP initiatives at UIHC, and regular instructor for the Advanced Practice Institute.
At the end of the semester, Hardin Library will have shorter hours on weekends through May.
|Saturday, May 13||10am-2pm|
|Sunday, May 14||Noon-4pm|
|Saturday, May 20||10am-2pm|
|Sunday, May 21||Noon-4pm|
|Saturday, May 27||10am-2pm|
|Sunday, May 28||Noon-4pm|
Regular hours will resume after the Memorial Day holiday.
The 24-hour study is available to University of Iowa affiliated students, faculty, staff, fellows, and residents.
Wednesday, May 3
Open House, 3-6pm, John Martin Rare Book Room, 446 Hardin Library, 600 Newton Road, Iowa City
Greta Nettleton Lecture, 6-7pm, Room 401 Hardin Library
The open house will highlight historical works on women’s health and those by or about women practitioners, including new acquisitions.
Lecture and open house free & open to the public.
Ms. Nettleton, the author of The Quack’s Daughter: A True Story About the Private Life of a Victorian College Girl, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2014, will speak about THE GREAT FORGETTING: The Prominent Role of Women in 19th-century Midwestern Medicine. Her talk will dig into the history of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the first fully co-educational medical school in the nation, and the hidden history of its first female graduates.
Greta Nettleton is a 2017 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Quack’s Daughter won the 2018 Book of the Year Award from the Rockland County Library System. She is currently at work on a biography of a 19th-century naturopathic Iowa physician named Mrs. Dr. Rebecca Keck, whose controversial forty-year career began with female folk practice and ended with the dawn of modern medicine.
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 Damien Ihrig in advance at 319-335-9154 or email@example.com.
Hosted by the NNLM All of Us Program Center (NAPC) at the University of Iowa
Curing Diabetes: The Human Trial
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Register now with invitation code THT-NNLM and watch the documentary as many times as you’d like between March 28 – April 28, 2023.
In partnership with the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), join the NNLM All of Us Research Program Center Tuesday, April 4th at 3 pm CT on YouTube for a thought-provoking virtual conversation with panelists, including filmmaker Lisa Hepner, on the research-patient paradigm and the importance of diverse participation in clinical research. Get a reminder by registering through Film Platform.
Want to listen to the conversation in Spanish? Register here to get access to Spanish interpretation and closed captioning.
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 Linda Loi in advance at 319-467-4273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film has closed captioning available in English, Spanish, and French. ASL available for panel discussion.