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Overview of the Library

Purpose

The LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library serves as the principal information resource for the faculty, staff, students, and other affiliates of the institution. The Library is also open to patients, visitors, and other members of the public.

 

Resources

The Library provides access to 151 databases, over 4,705 electronic journals, and 1,667  electronic books. The Library also has over 163,000 print volumes, including books and bound journal volumes. Both electronic and print holdings can be searched through the online catalog, and the electronic resources are also accessible via alphabetical lists on the Library's website. Users may place interlibrary loan requests online using the ILLiad system for materials not available in the Library's collection. The Library maintains health information accessible to patients and their caregivers, as well as the public, via the healthelinks website.

 

Personnel

All Library faculty possess accredited graduate degrees. Some Library faculty and staff have additional graduate degrees, post-graduate training or credentials. Library faculty and staff answered over 3,700 questions in the academic year 2015/2016. Library faculty are actively involved with LSU Health Shreveport committees, in addition to holding elected offices in state, regional and national library associations. Library faculty and staff also participate in relevant continuing education activities.

 

Accessibility

The Library is open 102.5 hours per week (Library hours & holiday schedule) to both institutional affiliates and the general public.  Off-campus access to the databases and other electronic resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to affiliates through the institution's virtual private network (VPN).

Library visitors agree to adhere to the Policies of the Health Sciences Library.

 

Physical Space

The Library occupies over 39,000 square feet on three floors with seating for 312 users. Seating includes tables, carrels, private study rooms, five small group teaching rooms, sixty computer workstations, two computer labs, and a teleconference room.

 

Technology and Equipment

The computer lab in 1-417 has 29 computer workstations, the computer lab in 1-419 has 20 workstations, and each computer is equipped with Windows 7. Both labs have a projection system for teaching classes, and the larger computer lab has a flatbed scanner.

Each small group teaching room has a flat screen monitor that can be connected to a laptop for group collaboration and demonstration.

The teleconference room contains videoconference equipment and meeting space for 23 attendees.

Network connectivity for laptop and tablet computers, as well as other mobile devices, is provided through wireless networking and through wired Ethernet jacks located in public areas on all three floors.

Phone chargers, laptop chargers, and a Bluetooth keyboard, are available for checkout at the Library front desk.

Printing and copying are available using the PaperCut system and LSU Health Shreveport ID badges. All printing and copying equipment is located in room 1-415 (copy room) inside the front entrance of the Library. Two black-and-white machines and one color printer are available. Pricing is 10 cents per page for black-and-white machines, and 35 per page for the color machine. A book scanner is also available in the copy room.

 

Conclusion

The Health Sciences Library provides students, faculty, and staff with ready access to critically important information required for research, patient care, instruction, and community outreach.

 

Updated: 11/1/2016

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