• What Do You Wish We Had @Hardin? | Submit your ideas and suggestions

    Do you have an idea for a new service, workshop, want a change in the physical space in the library? Do you want something changed on our website? We want to know! Please submit feedback online You can receive follow-up communication if […]

  • Welcome back, Hawkeyes!

    Welcome back, Hawkeyes! We hope that you had a nice break, and we’re glad that you are back! Keep our Hawkeye community safe by getting your free COVID-19 vaccinations and booster if you have not done so yet.                   […]

  • Welcome Back, Engineers!

    We’re diving back into classes, so make some plans to dive into library events too! Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re up to this semester: Each month Research Scholars Workshops: Join us for monthly webinars on advanced research […]

  • Snowflake Photography

    Snowflakes are tiny works of art, and the science of snowflake photography gives us a unique insight to that world. The man who developed snowflake photography was Wilson Alwyn Bentley, known in his later years as Snowflake Bentley. Born […]

  • Jacques Auguste de Thou, the romantic

    The following was written by Camille Davis, curatorial assistant to Dr. Eric Ensley  Jacques Auguste de Thou (8 October 1553, Paris – 7 May 1617, Paris), also known by his Latin name, Thuanus, was a French historian and president of the […]

  • Snow Engineering

    Now that we have entered the snowy time in the year, we might as well embrace the snow. Although we may not see snow as a positive thing, there are many cultures that take advantage of its unique properties. The Inuit peoples of North […]

  • Monica Ong: An Asian-American Visual Poet

    The following is written by Olson Graduate Research Assistant Matrice Young Special Collections & Archives recently acquired two artists books from Monica Ong, a second generation Chinese-Filipino American woman born and raised […]

  • December 2021 Book of the Month from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin | Early Italian Facial Plastic Surgery

    TAGLIACOZZI, GASPARE(1545-1599). De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem. Apud Gasparem Bindonum, juniorem, 1597. 32 cm tall. Tagliacozzi studied under Girolamo Cardano at the University of Bologna. After graduating, he became a professor […]

  • Asian American Coalition: The Early Years (1998-2002)

    The following is written by Asian Alumni and Student Oral History Project Intern Jin Chang This a multi-part series reconstructing the history of the Asian American Coalition, a pan-ethnic Asian American student group from 1998-2017. This […]

  • Disability Rights in the Elizabeth Riesz Papers

    The following post was written by IWA Student Assistant, Abbie Steuhm.  The Disability Rights Movement has seen great progress and recognition in recent years; however, as with most social movements, the historic past for disabled people […]

  • New | Reflection Space at Hardin Library | Room 417

    Need a place to meditate, pray, or calm down? Room 417 at Hardin Library is a reflection room available to all whenever the library is open.  Silence is valued in this space. Room includes: lamps instead of overhead lighting small […]

  • Searching for Connection: Do LibGuides matter outside of libraries?

    My capstone project for the Public Digital Humanities certificate focused on creating a digital subject guide, or LibGuide, that describes material in the Iowa Women’s Archives (IWA) related to histories of sexual harassment, intimate […]

  • Coast into Winter Fun

    You’re almost done with the semester, and soon you’ll have time to go outside and enjoy the snow. Have you ever thought about the history of sleds?  Sleds have a very long history, helping us to work and play. You may have spent your […]

  • PDH Capstone: Braiding the Threads

    At the start of the capstone semester, I found myself following three disparate threads related to digital scholarship. The first was about determining when a digital project was complete. The second was about how digital work related to […]

  • Meditating on Manuscript Mapping

    As my time with the Digital Studio capstone project draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on two major elements of my project this semester: how much I have managed to complete, and the challenges I’ve had working through the […]

  • Semester Reflection

    I appreciated the opportunity to work on the Digital Humanities Capstone this semester. I chose to study vaccine misinformation visualizations throughout history. I have always been interested in misinformation visualizations, or images […]

  • Gingerbread Engineering

    Snow will soon be here and it’s time for wintertime traditions – which includes gingerbread creations! National Gingerbread House Day is December 12th. Early history of the recipe is hazy, and may range to as far back as Ancient Greece […]

  • November 2021 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | Japanese Scroll from Mid-Edo Period

    Full newsletter including more information about Japanese scrolls and additional images.  UNKNOWN. Medicinal plants scroll from Japan’s mid-Edo period. Estimated date of creation is between 1727 and 1800. 29 x 800 cm. English […]

  • Finals Week Stress Relief at the Sciences Library: Fall 2021

    As we wrap up the Fall 2021 semester, a good place to study for final exams is the Sciences Library! Whether you need a quiet place to study, group space, or study break ideas, the Sciences Library has you covered! We have a variety of […]

  • Anatomage Table | Video Tutorials Available!

    Hardin Library has an Anatomage Table available for individual or teaching use. Video tutorials on using Hardin’s table now available on YouTube!  Power On & Main Menu Changing View Options Save Screenshots & Presets Creating […]

  • Capturing the Oldest Stars: Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope will soon be on its way to take images of the first stars in the universe. The Ariane rocket will launch on December 22 from French Guiana and carry the James Webb Space Telescope to the stars. At […]

  • The Legacy of Flatland

    The following was written by Marie Ernster, practicum student from School of Library and Information Science The field of mathematics was in a period of philosophical volatility in England in the 19th century. A huge debate raged in the […]

  • Linda Lococo | Longest Serving Staff Member | Retired December 1, 2021

    Linda Lococo, Hardin Library’s longest serving staff member, retired on December 1 with 43 years of service. Linda worked in Hardin’s Interlibrary Loan Department, borrowing materials from other libraries for University of Iowa […]

  • It’s in the details: a closer look at Old Armory fire in an unlikely place

    The following is written by University Archivist David McCartney In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 9, 1970, the building housing the Dept. of Rhetoric mysteriously caught fire and was declared a total loss. Although the cause of […]

  • Changes to Hardin Library Parking | Effective Oct 25

    The University of Iowa Parking & Transportation Department is removing coin-operated meters across the entire University and the meters at Hardin Library were removed on October 25, 2021.  Contact Parking & Transportation.  If […]

  • Six-on-Six Basketball: Gone but Not Forgotten

    The following post was written by IWA Graduate Assistant, Emma Barton-Norris. Six-on-six girls’ basketball was extremely important in Iowa, to both those who played the game and to those who made the trek to attend the annual Iowa State […]

  • Thankful for Indigenous Foods: Native American Cookbooks in Special Collections

    The following is written by Olson Graduate Research Assistant, Rachel Miller-Haughton This article will use the words ‘Native American’ and ‘Indigenous’ to refer to the people and cuisines mentioned. Other words, some of which are […]

  • Happy Native American Heritage Month!

    November is Native American Heritage Month, so let’s celebrate some Native American Engineers! Ely S. Parker (1828-1895) – Seneca, Civil and Military Engineer Born in 1828 on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, Ely S. Parker lived up to […]

  • New Interlibrary Loan Interface Goes Live!

    Have you ever used interlibrary loan? If you haven’t, now is a great time to check it out! A new interface has been launched making it even easier for you to request the items you need. First, visit the website of any University of Iowa […]

  • Library Resources on Leadership

    Check out this new guide on leadership. The guide feature books, articles and videos on leadership. If you have questions or comments, please contact the business library  

  • Beating as One: The Hearts and Minds of Fruit Flies  

    University of Iowa Biology Professors Alan Kay and Daniel Eberl have discovered a tiny heart that beats inside the brain of fruit flies. The heart, which is a secondary heart to the main heart, pumps on its own and provides the […]

  • Thanksgiving Recess Service-Desk Hours

    Over Thanksgiving Recess, November 22-28, service-desk hours will be: Monday-Wednesday, November 22-24   8:00 am-4:00 pm Thursday-Sunday, November 25-28        Closed Need assistance?  Contact us!

  • Tadoku Hour: reading in Japanese for fun!

    By Tsuyoshi Harada This semester, the UI Japanese Program and the UI Libraries are presenting Tadoku Club, which offers opportunities for anyone to enjoy reading Japanese books at a comfortable setting.  Tadoku (多読) means reading a […]

  • New Sound Recordings Exhibit in the Library!

    This week’s blog is from Keegan Hockett, who curated this exhibit. Keegan Hockett is a graduate music student pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy with a secondary area in musicology. He also […]

  • Introducing Kathryn Reuter, Academic Outreach Coordinator

    Special Collections & Archives is excited to welcome Kathryn Reuter to the team as our new Academic Outreach Coordinator.    As Academic Outreach Coordinator, Kathryn will be working with both the UI Libraries and Stanley Museum of […]

  • Hardin Library Closed for Home Football Games | Nov 13, Nov 20

    Hardin Library is closed whenever there is an Iowa home football (American football) game.  The 24-hour study is available when the library is closed.  Access the study with your healthcare badge of Iowa One card. Cambus detours on […]

  • How Galaxies Grow: The Research of UI Professor Keri Hoadley

    University of Iowa Professor Keri Hoadley researches how galaxies are formed as part of a mission called Faint Intergalactic-medium Redshifted Emission Balloon, or FIREBall-2. Using a balloon telescope, her research involves measuring gas […]

  • Open Education Resources and the 5 R’s

    One of the best kept secrets of education are Open Educational Resources. The University of Iowa’s adopted definition is: “Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access […]

  • Open Science

    In 2019, UNESCO created their Recommendation on Open Science, a set of guidelines to help encourage collaboration across national boarders, language barriers, and institutional divides. Open Science advocates for Open Access, but widens […]

  • Congratulations to the Lord of the Rings Trivia Grand Prize Winner!

    Congratulations to the Lord of the Rings Trivia Grand Prize Winner! We were pleased to present the book Middle-earth from Script to Screen: Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Nick, an undergraduate student at the […]

  • Historicizing #MeToo

    My Capstone project for the Public Digital Humanities certificate combines my background and interests in history, archives, and gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. As a historian and a gender scholar who thought about women’s […]

  • Bringing out information in re-cataloging project

    Bethany Kluender, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, is hard at work re-cataloging and reclassifying Special Collections’ Dewey materials, which means she is updating the existing catalog records so they have accurate […]

  • Community Collaboration brings Latinx History from the Archives to the Classroom

    This fall, Yamila Transtenvot, an instructor in Spanish at Cornell College, has been working with IWA, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 10, and the Davenport Community School District (DCSD) to bring primary […]

  • Understanding the Anti-Vaccination Movement through Imagery (Part 1)

    My project focuses on anti-vaccination content in both textual and visual form. However, I have chosen to examine this content through visualization so that I may build a timeline detailing the evolution. I will similarly specifically […]

  • PDH Capstone: Following the Threads

    When I began my wonderful entanglement with The Studio in 2018, I did not know what would result. I wanted to learn new digital methods, theorize about digital work in contemporary higher education, and become a bit more sophisticated when […]

  • Returning to the Studio: A Timely Remix

    It feels great to be “back.” In the summer of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had the privilege to serve as a Summer Fellow in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. The experience was unprecedented. Not only […]

  • Climbing a Ladder to Map a Book Culture

    One of my favorite devotional icons is known as the Ladder of Virtue. In Orthodox Churches, the image of devotees striving to climb a ladder as saintly onlookers cheer them on from clouds high above and demons attempt to pull them down […]

  • Evidence Synthesis Institute

    By Kelly Hangauer In August 2021, I had the opportunity to participate in the Evidence Synthesis Institute. This four-day online institute is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and is a partnership between […]

  • Art to Eat By: Cookbooks as Record and Expression

    The following Top 10 List is written by graduate student worker Diane Ray, with introduction by Curator Eric Ensley. Images, unless otherwise noted, are also from Diane. Eric and Diane co-curated the exhibit “Art to Eat By: Cookbooks as […]

  • Seeking nominations for the Benton Award

    The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. Funded by a generous endowment, this prestigious award acknowledges a library staff member’s professional contributions […]