Teetotalers vs. Bootleggers – the 100-year road to Prohibition

Looking for primary resources for your speech or paper, but don’t have lots of time? Join librarian Marianne Mason for 15 minutes of “brainfood.” This week’s focus is on primary resources documenting the Temperance Movement, the passage of Prohibition and its repeal.

Learn transferable skills that can be applied to nearly all topics. These mini-workshops are like veggies for your brain!

Thursday, October 13
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Main Library, rm 2032 (next to ITC)

Snacks provided.



Organize your citations and learn to use RefWorks in two workshops

The University of Iowa Libraries will offer two introductory workshops on RefWorks. RefWorks is a web-based service that enables you to save bibliographic citations from the library catalog and other library databases. Both workshops will be held in 1015A LIB (1st floor, northwest corner of Main Library, located in the Digital Studio for Public Humanities).

Wednesday, Oct 12, 12:15-1:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct 14, 12:15-1:45 p.m.

In this workshop you will learn to:

* Export citations from a data service

* Create, edit, and delete citations in RefWorks

* Organize your citations and share them with colleagues at UIowa and beyond

* Use RefWorks to easily create and format bibliographies

Librarians will show you how to use RefWorks, and then give you the opportunity to practice with it at the end of the workshop. No registration is required, but seating is limited, so latecomers may be turned away.

Participants should have created personal accounts in RefWorks prior to the workshop. To do this, follow the “Connect to RefWorks” link on the UI Libraries RefWorks web page: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/find/refworks.

For additional RefWorks training options, including workshops held at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, see http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/find/refworks/workshops.html


Thought Balloons: Talking about Comics, Oct 4

Thought Balloons: Talking about ComicsDrop in at the Main Library’s Comic Book Café and share your thoughts about comics: creating them, reading them, collecting them. Tell us what your favorite comic is (and why). Bring your own creations, or listen to others talk about journaling through comics, or the history of comics, or the comic book industry. Learn about the growing collection of comics and graphic novels in the UI Libraries and some of the comics created by the Federal Government. Anyone who wishes can speak for up to five minutes about some aspect of comic books, but when the egg timer rings, your time is up.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011 “Thought Balloons: Talking about Comics”
11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
Comic Book Café, 1st floor, UI Main Library

Drinks will be provided. Bring your own lunch.

Sponsored by the University of Iowa Libraries.


Chemistry: It’s FUN-damental

A demonstration on the Wonders of Chemistry will take be conducted by Lou Messerle, Chemistry Professor

Thursday, September 8th
Main Library North Exhibition Hall

The University of Iowa Libraries has compiled an exhibit celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011 as well as emphasizing how fundamental chemistry is and how it can be seen in everyday life. The exhibit will be on display from July to December 2011.

Wherever we look, the work of the chemist has raised the level of our civilisation and has increased the productive capacity of the nation.

— John Calvin Coolidge


Iowa City Book Festival seeks volunteers – July 16 & 17

The Iowa City Book Festival is seeking volunteers Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 to direct visitors, assist authors and work in the information booth.

For a complete list of volunteer needs and to sign up to volunteer, see http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/volunteers-2.

See the Iowa City Book Festival schedule of events at http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org. For more information, contact festival co-directors Kristi Bontrager at kristi-r-bontrager@uiowa.edu and Greg Prickman at greg-prickman@uiowa.edu.

It’s Snapshot Day at the UI Libraries, April 12

To celebrate National Library Week, the UI Libraries are taking a “snapshot” of activities in the library today. We need your help.

  • Check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UofIowaLibraries) and tell us what you’re doing in the library today.
  • Visit the library and check out our physical Facebook page and “Like” the reason you’re at the library
  • Take a picture of yourself in the library, outside the library, using the Libraries website, reading an article you downloaded from a library database – then post that picture on our Facebook page.

We can’t wait to see what you’re doing in the library.

Remember the Triangle Fire, March 25

We will close women’s history month on Friday, March 25th  with “In Memoriam:  The Triangle Factory Fire 100th Anniversary,” an event to commemorate the 146 young, immigrant garment workers who lost their lives in this tragedy. 

Friday, March 25
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Second Floor Conference Room (2032), UI Main Library

Remarks by Professor of History Linda K. Kerber and dramatic readings by Carol Macvey and UI theater students will follow, with comments by playwright Janet Schlapkohl. 

For further information call 319-335-5068.  Event is free and open to the public.

Filmmaker Booth to speak in Iowa Women’s Archives, March 22

Award-winning filmmaker Marlene Booth will present a talk entitled “Tell Me a Story:  Making and Learning From Documentary Films” on Tuesday, March 22nd. Born and raised in Des Moines, Booth looks back – with clips from her films – on 35 years of filmmaking as a woman, a feminist, and a dyed-in-the-wool Hawkeye. 

Iowa Women’s Archives, third floor UI Main Library
March 22, 2011
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  Reception at 4:00 p.m., followed by presentation from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Booth, a lecturer in film at the University of Hawaii, has worked in film since 1975, both as an independent and for public television station WGBH-TV in Boston. She has produced and directed several major documentary films screened on PBS, at national and international film festivals, and in classrooms nationwide. Her most recent film, Pidgin: the voice of Hawaii (2009), examines the language spoken by over half of Hawai’i’s people, and confronts issues of language and identity, and who gets to decide what language we speak. 

Booth’s 1999 film “Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa” (1999) explores her Iowa-Jewish roots and uses home movies, period photos, her high school reunion, and interviews, to examine the process of negotiating identity, as an American, a Jew, and a woman.  “Yidl in the Middle” will be screened at Hillel (122 E. Market St.) on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer with the director.

Today’s Hot Topic: underage drinking on campus

Do you have a speech or a paper due on a current event? You’ve come to the right place. In 15 minutes, you’ll develop your research skills and learn about a database that will be sure to add credibility to your paper or speech.  These mini-workshop are like veggies for your brain!

Topic: Underage Drinking
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
12:00-12:15 p.m.
Room 4037, Main Library

For more information, check our brainfood LibGuide.