Hardin Library closed this summer for renovations

The Hardin Library building will be closed this summer for renovations beginning Saturday, May 14, and reopening on Tuesday, August 17.  Staff have been busy planning how to provide service during this time.

  • Two temporary locations will be set up where library users can pick up materials and consult with staff.  One location will be in MERF (375 Newton Rd.) in the atrium, and will be open 7:30 am-6:00 pm Monday-Friday and 1:00-5:00 pm Sunday.  Simulation Center equipment will also be relocated to MERF and available Monday-Friday.  Much of the reserve book collection will be available at this location.  A few computers will be available, also.
  • A second library location will be situated in the Pharmacy Building Computer Lab (115 South Grand Ave.).  That location will be open 7:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Computers and printing will be available to all users.
  • Library patrons will be able to request books from the Hardin collection using InfoHawk’s Request feature.  Because staff will only be able to enter the building once per day, it may take as long as two days for materials to be pulled.  Requested material can be delivered to offices via campus mail or can be picked up at one of the temporary locations or at another UI library.
  • Books checked out to faculty, graduate/professional students, and undergraduate honors students which are currently due in June 2011 will be automatically renewed until June 2012.   An email will be sent to users whose books are automatically renewed.  Please be aware that this only applies to books checked out from Hardin Library on long-term loans (due annually in June).
  • If you have materials you need to return with the library is closed, you have several options.
    •  Return materials to any other University Library. 
    • Return materials to the Hardin Library summer locations at the MERF Atrium, or Pharmacy Building Computer Lab Room 129 when the locations are open.
    •  Return materials to the relocated book drop at the Newton Road Parking ramp. (Available beginning Friday, May 13).
    •  Return materials via Campus Mail.  Put them in envelopes, and address them:
      HLHS Returns

If you have questions about returns, please feel free to contact Sarah Andrews, Access Services Supervisor for Hardin Library.

We’ll post more details as they become available.  If you have questions, contact Hardin Reference staff at 319-335-9150 or lib-hardin@uiowa.edu.

Walton earns NLM fellowship

Linda Walton, associate university librarian and director of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, has been accepted for the prestigious National Library of Medicine’s 2011 fellowship program in Biomedical Informatics held at the Marine Biological Laboratory located in Woods Hole, MA. This week-long survey course is designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Taught by a nationally known faculty, the course prepares students to become actively involved in making informed decisions about computer-based tools in his/her organizational environment.

Hardin Library participates in pipeline education project

Saba Rasheed Ali, an associate professor in the University of Iowa Counseling Psychology Department in the College of Education, received a Roy J. Carver charitable trust grant of more than $11,000 to expand a career education program called Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation, Exploration): Pipeline Education for Underserved Rural Students.The initiative will allow middle school students to explore future job opportunities in the health science field. The project focuses on rural areas in Iowa that include a large Mexican immigrant population.

In addition to the UI College of Education, other areas collaborating on this project with the West Liberty and Columbus Community Middle Schools include the UI health science colleges (Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and Dentistry), the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa and the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

Orange for Open Access

The University of Iowa Libraries joins thousands of other academic research libraries worldwide in celebration of Open Access Week, which is now in its fourth year. To draw attention to this important issue facing faculty, students and librarians, we’re turning our website orange in recognition of Open Access.

We see this as an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

The Anesthesia for the First Heart Transplant: Cape Town 1967

The world was shaken when an unknown South African surgeon, Christian Bernard, performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant in 1967. Come hear the story of how the groundwork was laid, the young donor gave up her life, the recipient was selected and the world reacted to this magnificent surgical feat.

Franklin Scamman, M.D.
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Iowa

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 5:30-6:30
Room 401, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Light refreshments will be served.

Program sponsored by The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society.

Not Just Another Pretty Face

Hardin Library’s newest exhibit traces the history of the dubious attempts to divine personality characteristics by analyzing the size, shape, structure and composition of the human head. 

It was Aristotle who coined the term, “physiognomy” to support his own writings and inclinations on the subject. Since that time the notion that character and personality are somehow imprinted in facial features has received considerable attention through a variety of approaches, nearly all of them unsupported by empirical evidence of any kind and many of them used for such nefarious purposes as racial stereotyping and the outright support of bigotry. 

The exhibit is located near the 3rd floor entrance to the library.

Open House and Exhibit in Martin Rare Book Room – May 14

The open house and exhibit, “De Partu Hominis; Six Centuries of Obstetrics,” will feature rare books on childbirth from the 15th through the 20th centuries.  Visitors can view and page through early atlases and manuals used by midwives and physicians featuring illustrations and descriptions of birthing chairs, forceps, caesarean section, the development of anesthesia, and complications of labor and delivery. 

Among the dozens of works to be displayed include William Hunter’s striking 1774 atlas, The anatomy of the human gravid uterus, Oliver Wendell Holmes’ controversial 1842 treatise,  The contagiousness of puerperal fever, and De formato foetu, a set of plates rendered in the Baroque style, published in 1626. 

Thursday, May 14 from 4:30 to 7:30
John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

The exhibit is part of a series of public lectures and presentation sponsored by the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society.  The John Martin Rare Book Room is located on the fourth floor of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  For additional information, please contact Ed Holtum, Curator at 335-9154.

Koffel Recognized by College of Pharmacy


Jonathan Koffel, education and outreach librarian, recently received special recognition from the UI College of Pharmacy for his teaching and outreach efforts.  The award was based on votes and comments from Pharmacy students and was awarded at the College’s annual reception held to honor scholarship recipients and Teacher of the Year award winners.  


Jonathan is the Library’s liaison to the College of Pharmacy and holds an adjunct faculty appointment within the College.  He teaches information use skills to students in the Pharmacy Practice Lab course sequence, creates customized resource guides on pharmacy topics, and selects pharmacy-related materials for the library’s collection.