December 2, 2020

University of Iowa Libraries and Provost Office Launches Open Access Publishing Fund

From the Iowa City Press-Citizen: [Last] week, the Office of the Provost and UI Libraries established a $50,000 fund to cover researchers’ publication fees for open access journals, which can be as much as $3,000. Library officials say it will be an annual fund. [Clip] When researchers publish in an open access journal, they’re charged […]

Significant Science Fiction Collection Comes to the University of Iowa Libraries

From U. of Iowa Library News: The University of Iowa Libraries has acquired a significant collection of pulp magazines, fanzines, and science fiction books owned by the late James L. “Rusty” Hevelin. The collection encompasses nearly one hundred years of material, documenting in great detail the development of science fiction, popular culture, and participatory fan […]

New Article: Experimenting with Strategies for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription

The following article appears in the latest issue of Research Library Issues (Number 277) published by the Association of Research Libraries. Title: Experimenting with Strategies for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription Authors: Nicole Saylor (Head, Digital Library Services, University of Iowa Libraries) Jen Wolfe (Metadata Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries) From the Introduction: Crowdsourcing—soliciting the public’s help […]

Newspaper Digitization: "Over 100 Years of Daily Iowan Archives Launch Today"

From The Daily Iowan: Launching today, The Daily Iowan newspaper archive provides greater access to personal and national history — beginning in 1868. [Clip] The DI partnered with the University of Iowa Library in a four-year project to preserve the history of the newspaper. “If you actually went to Special Collections and looked at the […]

Academic Libraries: "University of Iowa Main Library May Get Facelift, $14.6 Million Project in the Works

From The Daily Iowan: University of Iowa students reportedly want to see a more “student-friendly” space at the UI Main Library. So UI officials are developing a $14.6 million project to create that atmosphere. The renovation would include more study rooms, an expanded Food for Thought Café, remodeled restrooms, and a Madison Street entrance in […]

GPO Partners With University Of Iowa To Preserve Historic Collection of Government Posters

From the GPO: The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is partnering with the University of Iowa Libraries to preserve and make available in digital format historic Government-issued posters from pre-World War II to the 1990s. The University of Iowa Libraries is providing public access to the collection of 1,500 posters promoting services, programs, and initiatives […]

Article (Preprint): Give 'em What They Want: A One-year Study of Unmediated Patron-Driven Acquisition of E-Books"

Direct to Full Text (42 pages; PDF) Co-Authors: Karen S. Fischer (U. of Iowa) Michael Wright (U. of Iowa) Kathleen Clatanoff (YBP Library Services) Hope Barton (U. of Iowa) Edward Shreeves (U of Iowa) Source: College and Research Libraries Abstract: In September 2009 the University of Iowa Libraries embarked on an experiment with patron driven […]

Digitization Projects: "University of Iowa Puts 1860s Diaries Online"

From the Iowa City Press-Citizen: A collection of pocket-sized diaries from the 1860s has created an Internet sensation for the University of Iowa library. The diaries are part of the library’s Civil War collection employees have been working on for more than two years, digitizing pages in time for the war’s 150th anniversary in April. […]

Iowa Digital Library: Improved Searching Comes To Henry A. Wallace Collection

From a Blog Post by Wendy Robertson We have recently improved the searching of our Henry A. Wallace Collection. This enhancement makes finding letters, telegrams, postcards or memorandum much easier. In 1975, Earl M. Rogers and Leslie W. Dunlap published an index to the letters in our microfilm collection as well as to the correspondence […]