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Annual Report 2008-2009

Highlights of the Year

Services and Instruction:

  • The University Libraries introduced a book delivery service to campus offices in January 2009.  During the first six months, there were 1,547 faculty and 1,278 graduate student filled requests.  Feedback from faculty and students has been very favorable.
  • In addition to the many class-related instructional sessions this year, the Libraries conducted an orientation session to the 72 African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Latino/a, and first-generation college students in the “Iowa Edge” college transition program.
  • Graduate students for the Information Literacy course in the School of Information Science participated in a practicum experience in which they taught library instruction sessions along with University librarians.
  • For the first time, librarians conducted library orientation sessions for the parents of new students. Research shows that students commonly consult with parents when they are unsure how to find information resources, and so the Libraries decided to familiarize parents with library services so they could refer their child to us for assistance.
  • The Hardin Library simulation lab was featured as part of an outreach program designed to interest K-12 students in careers in the health sciences.
  • IowaGoLocal was featured at the Iowa State Fair and the Johnson County Fair.
  • Hardin Library continued to partner with the History of Medicine Society to present a year long lecture series.


  • The first phase of Leigh Hunt Online was completed thanks to a grant from the Glady Krieble Delmas Foundation.   Donors Jack & Geraldine King also established a fund for the acquisition of Hunt manuscript items.
  • The first 1,300 Michael Lemberger photographs (a Gallery of Iowa politics and politicians) were mounted on the Iowa Digital Library.
  • The Des Moines Register has authorized the Libraries to develop web site parallel to the Jay N. “Ding” Darling site for the other political cartoonists who served the Register from 1906 to 2008: Tom Carlisle, Frank Miller, and Brian Duffy.
  • Lil Picard’s library was accessioned linking her personal papers and art works, housed at the UI Museum.   Abraham Friedman donated all remaining Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts materials that have been on deposit for several years.  This may prove to be the last large Fluxus acquisition.
  • After reaching 100,000 items only last year, Iowa Digital Library more than doubled its total number of digital objects this past June, celebrating the acquisition of its 250,000th item , a rare 18th-century music score from composer Ignaz Pleyel.
  • Digital Library Services collaborated with UI Press to offer a fully searchable and freely available online edition of The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa, featuring prominent Iowans throughout history.
  • The Libraries marked the anniversary of the flood with its Iowa City Flood Digital Collection, featuring thousands of photographs from University Relations, as well as oral history interviews recorded in cooperation with the national Story Corps project.
  • In celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the UI Libraries has digitized more than 1,000 artifacts related to Lincoln and his time.  The Abraham Lincoln Digital Collection explores the life and legacy of one of the nation’s most notable presidents.  This project was funded by Mary Calkin, in memory of her late husband Homer Calkin, in light of his lifelong interest in Lincoln.
  • The Libraries was awarded a $32,500 grant from the National Archives to digitize the papers of Iowa native, Henry A. Wallace, geneticist, author, economist, businessman, U.S. vice president, and third-party presidential candidate.
  • This January, the Libraries launched Iowa Research Online, a digital repository to showcase and preserve the intellectual output of the University.  IRO features faculty articles and Selected Works pages, student theses and dissertations, and locally-published scholarly journals.
  • Additional digital backfiles of major journals in the sciences, psychology and mathematics were purchased.


  • The Music Library, previously located in the Voxman Building, moved temporarily into the Main Library in January.  Since a new Music building will need to be constructed, the Music Library will likely be in Main for awhile. Over the summer, the Art Library also moved into the Main Library until Art Building West can be reoccupied.
  • The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences installed new carpeting on the third floor. Only a small part of the first floor and all of the fourth floor of that building has yet to be completed as part of this project.
  • Students are always looking for more group study spaces so additional group spaces were created over the summer on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.  Hardin Library converted 16 faculty studies into student studies to increase quiet space in that building.
  • New flooring was also installed in the Maps Department in the Main Library.
  • Hardin hosted two exhibits from the National Library of Medicine: “Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health” and “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons.”.