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Embracing the future, preserving the past

UI librarians discuss the modern library at Feb. 11 Lunch and Learn
In the not-too-distant past, the distance between you and the vast collections at University of Iowa Libraries was dictated by geography. But changes in the ways information is discovered, shared, and used are transforming university research libraries and opening access to anyone with a computer.

Old Gold: Inventory of film archives turns up football classic

Footage found of Iowa's 1939 upset of Notre Dame
On the 75th anniversary of Iowa's 1939 football upset of Notre Dame, the University of Iowa has posted online rare film footage of the contest. The footage includes plays from the game as well as views of Iowa Stadium (now Kinnick Stadium), the Hawkeye Marching Band, the Scottish Highlanders, and thousands of fans.

Student work is showcased in 'Worth Fighting For' Pop Up Museum

Temporary museum explores themes related to ‘Healing Wars’
Liz Lerman and members of her company have interacted with students across the University of Iowa this fall. Some of those students are creating work for a special Pop Up Museum.

Science fiction fanzines to be digitized as part of major UI initiative

James L. 'Rusty' Hevelin Collection contains about 10,000 fanzines
The University of Iowa Libraries, in partnership with the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, announces a major digitization initiative involving 10,000 science fiction fanzines from the James L. “Rusty” Hevelin Collection.
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Past, present, future

University librarians look to the future while preserving Iowa history Oct. 28 in Des Moines
The next Hawkeye Lunch and Learn in Des Moines will offer an insider’s view of University of Iowa Libraries as a statewide resource focused both on meeting the needs of 21st century students and researchers and on collecting and maintaining historical materials.
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Whetting our appetites

Campus gets first taste of Food for Thought theme to come in spring semester
Fill your mind, not just your belly during the University of Iowa Food for Thought Theme Semester, coming in spring 2015 with “appetizers” going on now.
Early 1900s photo of campus observatory building

Old Gold: Studying the cosmos from campus

UI archivist takes a look back on the UI’s history of looking up
Before an observatory was placed atop Van Allen Hall in the 1960s, students had opportunities to view the night sky from a number of locations you might not have known about.
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Old Gold: Exploring history through maps

UI map collection holds clues to the past, reveals biases
The University Archives’ online campus maps collection in the Iowa Digital Library reveals perspectives that shed light on campus features that have endured or are long gone.
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The Gazette Learning Commons spikes UI library use

Even though Liz Dankle had been a student on the UI campus for two years before the new $14.5 million Learning Commons opened in fall 2013, she says she almost can’t remember her academic life without the space.