Former Student Assistant Wins Oscar

Brook Busey, one of the students hired for the Dada retrospective conversion project in 2000, won the Oscar for best original screenplay at Academy Awards for Juno, written under the pen name Diablo Cody. 

candygirl.jpgAlthough she did not explicitly mention the International Dada Archive in her acceptance speech, her supervisor, Tim Shipe, Arts & Literature Bibliographer, jokingly claims that it was her job in the University Libraries, “force-fitting chaotic Dada texts into the rigorous MARC format, that taught her the discipline needed to focus her creativity and write an entire screenplay.” 

After her work in the Libraries, she went on to make several other interesting career choices before becoming a screenwriter. Her book Candy Girl  is in the library’s collection.

Kudos to Brook!

UI Libraries Compiles Digital Campus Map Collection

The University of Iowa Libraries has compiled the Campus Maps Digital Collection, documenting nearly 150 years of UI campus building development.

This digital collection, at, documents the growth of the UI, with 97 items dated from 1892 to 2004. The collection — drawn from University Archives — includes maps from course catalogs, a 1893 survey map of what is now the Pentacrest, and a 1946 (post-World War II) guide featuring temporary buildings. The collection also includes bird’s-eye drawings of campus development plans that were never carried out.

“All researchers of university history will benefit from this new online collection,” said David McCartney, university archivist. “It offers something of interest to alumni, genealogists, historians with an interest in urban development, and even current students who want to examine what campus life must have been like in another era.”


“This is a valuable resource for the university community, showing changes to the campus that are not visible today,” says Mark Anderson, digital initiatives librarian. “It nicely complements other digital collections in the Iowa Digital Library such as the Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes ( and Irving Weber’s Iowa City (”

Several of the items in this digital collection will also be on display in a March exhibit at the Main Library north exhibit hall called “Building the University.”

The Iowa Digital Library ( contains nearly 100,000 digital objects — photographs, maps, sound recordings and documents — from libraries and archives at the University of Iowa and their partnering institutions.

UI Libraries Sponsored Speakers Program: “The Network Reconfigures the Library”

National expert, Lorcan Dempsey will discuss how networking is impacting research, learning behaviors, and organizational models as they relate to place, expertise, collections and services in libraries in the University of Iowa Libraries sponsored speaker program.

Lorcan Dempsey is the Vice President and Chief Strategist for the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.  Dempsey has policy, research and service development experience, mostly in the area of networked information and digital libraries. He writes and speaks extensively, and can be followed on his weblog. He is currently a member of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Board and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 

The lecture will be held in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on Thursday, February 21, 2008, 10-11:30am, followed by a reception, 12pm-1:30pm in the North Exhibit Hall of the Main Library.

Due to space limitations, please register for the lecture at:

UI Libraries Presents African-American Student History Online

queenofcampus1.jpgAdah Hyde Johnson (Class of 1912) described her graduation from The University of Iowa as “one of the great dreams” of her father, a successful businessman who had grown up under slavery. Helping to integrate Currier Hall in 1946 was the first step of Virginia Harper’s (Class of 1948) lifelong career as a civil rights activist. The election of Dora Martin Berry (Class of 1957, pictured on the left from the Saturday Evening Post) as the UI’s campus queen of 1955 attracted national press coverage as an example of racial tolerance, yet she was barred from carrying out the traditional honors and duties of her title.

The stories of these women and many others are featured in a new digital collection from the UI Libraries: African American Women Students at The University of Iowa, 1910-1960, available online at

This collection features 150 digitized artifacts, including photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, and oral history audio clips, drawn from the holdings of the Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of Iowa Archives, the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, and the State Historical Society of Iowa. The project was led by Shawn Averkamp, a Fellow in the School of Library and Information Science’s Digital Libraries Program, and coordinated by the UI’s Digital Library Services department.

“I was most impressed by the African American Women’s archive website,” says Courtney Parker, Recruitment Chair of the Black Student Union. “The collection of data in one convenient place about the contributions of black women to Iowa’s rich history is intriguing and moving. I truly appreciate the hard work that goes into such projects, as it justifiably honors and commemorates the everyday black women, college-age women in America such as myself, who have (until now) anonymously participated in the gratifying struggle of leaving their mark in the history books. It makes me proud to look upon the faces of and read the stories about women who have made a difference for women like me.”

The goal of the project was to compile and increase access to primary source materials from a variety of archival collections, thereby helping to piece together the history of African American students at the UI. This history has been under-documented since African Americans were often excluded from such mainstream student publications as the yearbook and The Daily Iowan.

“The collective experience of African American women students at UI is a rich one that must be preserved so that future generations will remember the struggles and joys of those times,” said David McCartney, University Archivist. “The online collection helps us understand that experience more deeply and from a variety of individual perspectives.”

The collection is the latest addition to the Iowa Digital Library — – which contains more than 95,000 digital objects (photographs, maps, sound recordings and documents) from libraries and archives at UI and their partnering institutions. The Iowa Digital Library also includes faculty research collections and bibliographic tools.

Reference Service Award Nominees Wanted

The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton Excellence in Reference Services Professional Development Award. Funded by a generous endowment and presented in alternating years, this prestigious award recognizes a member of the Libraries’ professional staff who provides exemplary reference services for the University community. The recipient of the award receives $1,000 to be used for professional development activities.

Criteria for the award and the nomination form are available at:

*The University Libraries includes the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and the Art, Biological Sciences, Business, Engineering, Geoscience, Mathematical Sciences, Music, Physics, and Psychology libraries.

(Professional staff in the Law Library, Curriculum Lab, and other campus departmental library staff are not eligible.)

With Love from the Libraries – Winners Announced!

How does Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet compare to Speech and Language Pathology or even Psychology? A couple of UI graduate students were able to make the case for the With Love from the Libraries contest.

Patricia Grieg, a graduate student in Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology compared the communication breakdowns between Romeo and Juliet and their families and the communication difficulties of stroke patients suffering from aphasia. For her entry, Patricia won first prize – two tickets to dinner and a performance of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Hancher.

Rose Halterman, a psychology graduate student, re-casted Act II, Scene II of Romeo & Juliet to tell the story of how she found a particularly important book for research. As the runner-up, Rose won two tickets to the performance at Hancher.

Congratulations to Patricia and Rose and all the other students who submitted entries.

Scholarly communication news for the UI community – February 2008

February 2008
Issue 1.08

Welcome to the February issue of Transitions.

The purpose of this irregular electronic newsletter is to bring to readers’ attention some of the many new projects and developments affecting the current system of scholarly communication, with emphasis on new products and programs, the open access movement and other alternative publishing models. Scholarly communication refers to the full range of formal and informal means by which scholars and researchers communicate, from email discussion lists to peer-reviewed publication. In general authors are seeking to document and share new discoveries with their colleagues, while readers–researchers, students, librarians and others–want access to all the literature relevant to their work.

While the system of scholarly communication exists for the benefit of the world’s research and educational community and the public at large, it faces a multitude of challenges and is undergoing rapid change brought on by technology. To help interested members of the UI community keep up on these challenges and changes we plan to put out 4-6 issues per year of this newsletter.

This newsletter aims to reflect the interests of its readers so please forward comments, suggestions and entries to include to Also, read the health sciences counterpart to Transitions: Hardin Scholarly Communication News.

Table of Contents:

NIH Mandates Open Access to Researchers’ Publications
NIH Public Access web site
What’s Next, Post-NIH Mandate?
Study of Author Attitudes Towards Open Access Publishing
Together Again: Springer, Max Planck Agree To New “Experimental” Deal
Max Planck Society Pays OA Journal Fees for Copernicus Journals
Students for Free Culture –
Questioning the Impact Factor (and new alternatives)
Open Content Primer
U. of Michigan Places 1 Millionth Scanned Book Online
Jane: A Tool for Suggesting Journals and Finding Experts (and Facilitating Peer-Review)
Cost Profiles of Alternative Approaches to Journal Publishing
University Presses Collaborate to Produce More Books

An Endangered River Runs Through Us – Guided Tour and Exhibit


The second of Three Iowa River Journeys is scheduled for Friday, February 8. This guided bus and walking tour leaves from the south foyer of the UI Main Library at 3 p.m. 

On the tour you will see models of Columbia River dams created to discover better means to protect salmon; beaches where the College of Public Health conducts a water quality project; species relocation necessitated by the work on the river at Iowa Avenue; and an Iowa River photographic exhibit and reception in the second floor, north room, of the UI Main Library.

At 7 p.m., Jacques Leslie, author of Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, will read and lecture at the Iowa City Water Treatment Plant on Dubuque Street north of I-80.

All events are free and open to the public. Bus tours require registration by emailing Cory Sanderson or calling 319-353-1021.

Check UI News for more information.