Subject: State Library of Iowa Update April 2007

State Library of Iowa      

April 2007
Vol. 5, no. 2

In this issue:
*Register NOW for the State Data Show Case to learn how to access the abundance of data available from state agencies.
*Dr. Patricia Quinlisk will speak at a Lunch & Learn to celebrate National Library Week.
*View an exhibit of beautiful nature photography by Mike Wetteland at the Ola Babcock Miller Building.
*The official portrait of former first lady Christie Vilsack is housed at the State Library.
*2006 Iowa inventors are added to the Iowa Inventor's Database
*The State Library has books on a wide range of topics.  Check them out online and have them sent directly to your office.

Register now for the State Data Showcase!
There is still time to register for free classes offered at the State Library during National Library Week, April 16-20, 2007.
*Classes cover data sources about Iowa's population, communities, labor force, children, schools, colleges, crime and criminal justice, natural resources, transportation, health, agriculture, government finance, legislative matters, and grants.
*One day is dedicated to interactive mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) resources in state agencies.
*State agency experts will answer your questions about where to find data, how data are collected, how often data are updated, and where to get help in using the data.
Each class is 50 minutes in length. You may register for one session or as many sessions as you like. For more information, visit our Web site at or call 515-281-4102 or 800-248-4483.
Great Achievements in Public Health: The History of Vaccines
Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, MD, MPH
Medical Director and State Epidemiologist
Iowa Department of Public Health
Come to a Lunch and Learn sponsored by the State Library of Iowa
Celebrate National Library Week Bring your lunch - drinks will be
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18th
Grant Room, Jessie Parker Building, 510 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
How did vaccines get started, how have vaccinations affected the health
of the world, what vaccines do we use today, and what is the future of
vaccines? A concise history of immunizations.
For more information call the State Library at 515-281-4102 or email
The photographs of Michael Wetteland, Minnesota, will be on display at the State Library through April.  Wetteland had this to say about his work:  "Photography has become, for me, a medium through which to explore and experience the natural landscape in a more intimate way.  It is an endeavor that causes me to move slowly, to stop often and experience what might otherwise be passed by.  Composition is my response to that experience."
The photographs are on display on the first floor of the Ola Babcock Miller Building at E. 12th and Grand in Des Moines. 

Christie Vilsack was a tireless supporter of Iowa libraries during her husband's eight years in office.  What more appropriate place for her official portrait to hang than the State Library of Iowa?  Mrs. Vilsack's portrait is on the first floor in the Johnson Brigham Room. The artist is Barbara Jones Prall of Marion, IA. Be sure to stop by and see it if you are visiting the Ola Babcock Miller Building.
Looking for an Iowa inventor? Check the Iowa Inventor's Database on the State Library's Web site. More than 75,000 individuals with their brilliant inventions are listed in this searchable database covering the years from 1843 through 2006.  Created by the State Library, this is a one-of-a-kind index showcasing Iowans who have received patents from the US Patent & Trademark Office.  See technology over the years, find information about an ancestor, or look for a tool or plant patented by an Iowan.
For any questions you may have about patents or trademarks, contact our expert in the area, Karon King, at 515-242-6541, 800-248-4483 or email at Karon spent 2005 doing an internship at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. and constantly refreshes her knowledge on these two topics.
Here is a short sample of the many new titles the State Library has added to its collection in the last few months.  For more titles, or to check these out, go to our online catalog, search for the book you want, and click on "Request Item.”  If you don't have a State Library card, go to our Web site at and click on "Get a Library Card" in the left side-bar.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Podcasting / George W. Colombo. 2006.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Podcasting is the aspiring podcaster's handbook. The authors guide you through creating, editing, and syndicating your podcast. They also tell you the kinds of equipment you need, how to design a podcast that will reach the widest audience possible and legal issues faced by podcasters.
Are You Ready to Succeed? : Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life / Srikumar S. Rao. 2006.
This Buddhism-inspired self-help book promises readers the tools to effect fundamental life changes and find inner peace. At its heart, this is a case of Eastern philosophy leading Western MBAs along the path to self-improvement and corporate enlightenment, with a kinder and more productive working world as the ultimate goal.
Attack the Messenger : How Politicians Turn You Against the Media / Craig Crawford. 2006.
In this impassioned dissection of the rapid devolution of the media's power in today's political environment, Crawford asserts that the public's distrust of the news media has reached at a high point, an issue he considers one of "the most hazardous political challenges now facing Americans."
Multisourcing : Moving Beyond Outsourcing to Achieve Growth and Agility / Linda Cohen, Allie Young. 2006.
Over the last decade, the number of services that can be outsourced has grown exponentially. Yet research suggests that 50 percent of outsourcing contracts signed during the last three years will fail to meet expectations. The authors argue that this is because most organizations are utilizing ad-hoc approaches to outsourcing that are both short-sighted and ineffective. Based on extensive, multiyear research, this book unveils a new operational model—multisourcing—that seamlessly blends internally and externally delivered services not just to cut costs or gain efficiencies, but to maximize growth, agility, and bottom-line results.
Waiting For Your Cat to Bark? : Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing / Bryan Eisenberg. 2006.
This book examines how emerging media have undermined the effectiveness of prevailing mass marketing models. At the same time, emerging media have created an unprecedented opportunity for businesses to redefine how they communicate with customers by leveraging the power of increasingly interconnected media channels. 
OTHER SERVICES that the State Library provides free of charge:

*Search for full-text journal articles and research using our online resources at
*The State Medical Library staff can help with medical research for a project or proposal, or can help find information about medical conditions or medications.  Located on the second floor of the Ola Babcock Miller Building, the library is open Monday-Friday, 8-4:30.  Call 515-281-5772, 800-248-4483 or email at
*Didn't find the book or journal that you needed in our catalog?  State Library staff can borrow a copy of almost any book, journal article, thesis, report, etc. that has been published.  This service is free for state employees.  To request that an item be sent to you go to or call 515-281-6920, 800-248-4483.
*Your state library card gives you the ability to check out materials from the State Library and also to log-in to the many online information sources that we provide at To register for a state library card go to our Web site at and click on "Get a State Library Card" in the left side-bar.
Barbara Corson
Program Director for Library Services
State Library of Iowa
E. 12th & Grand
Des Moines, IA 50319