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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2004

Reception Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Hardin Library

With a look back over the last 30 years, staff members of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences will celebrate their library's anniversary with a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. on the building's third floor.

The festivities include tours of the library, exhibits, demonstrations and music. UI President David Skorton will share his experiences at Hardin while a professor in the UI College of Medicine with remarks at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Today's users of the Hardin Library take for granted the well-maintained and service-oriented facility that serves their information needs. Earlier users were not as fortunate as they were forced to navigate the crowded, narrow stacks, low ceilings and limited study space that characterized the earlier homes of the collection. The completion of the Health Sciences Library in 1974 (its name was changed to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences in 1988) marked the first time that all university health sciences information resources were located in a single building.

Since its completion in 1974, Hardin Library staff members have played a leading role in the health science information revolution as they sought to take advantage of the burgeoning technology that has characterized the last three decades. The library is recognized as one of the most innovative in the country and has established a sterling reputation for service excellence through its close partnership with health science staff and faculty.

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