News Archive, 2015
Savings for Author Fees (9/22/2015)
The Library currently subscribes to three journals published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Science, Science Signaling, and Science Translational Medicine. The latest journal from AAAS is Science Advances, a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes high quality original research in the life, physical, environmental, mathematical, engineering, computer, and social sciences. As a benefit of the Library’s three paid subscriptions, LSU Health Shreveport authors publishing in Science Advances will receive a discount of $450 ($150 per journal) for their article processing charges.
Library Faculty Promotion (8/28/2015)
|Betty Tucker, formerly Collection Management Librarian, has been appointed as Assistant Director of Technical Services, effective September 1. In this position, she will supervise all activities related to acquiring and processing resources for the collection. Ms. Tucker has served as Collection Management Librarian for over twenty-five years.|
Allied Health Winners in Library Orientation Quiz (8/25/2015)
|In July, the Library offered a Library Orientation Quiz to all new students in the School of Allied Health Professions. Respondents were entered in a random drawing for prizes. Although participants included students from various Allied Health programs, both of the winners are students in Cardiopulmonary Science. Congratulations to Jason Adams, who won a stethoscope, and grand prize winner Nicholas Jackson, who won a Chromecast streaming device. Thanks to all of the students who participated, and special thanks to the Bookstore for donating the stethoscope!|
MS1 Winners in Library Scavenger Hunt (8/20/2015)
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Special thanks to the Bookstore for donating some of the prizes!
Board of Regents Funding for Textbooks (8/11/2015)
The State Legislature recently asked the Board of Regents to help reduce higher education student expenses for books. The Regents responded by issuing a grant to academic libraries to license electronic versions of textbooks that students would otherwise be required to purchase. The LSU Health Shreveport Library was awarded part of this funding to purchase access to five textbooks used in the School of Allied Health Professions:
Fluids and electrolytes with clinical applications: a programmed approach
Pathology and intervention in musculoskeletal rehabilitation
Sounds of language: an introduction to phonetics and phonology
Urinalysis and body fluids
Library Welcomes New Reference Librarian (8/10/2015)
|Library faculty and staff are pleased to welcome Alexandria (Lexi) Brackett as the new Reference Librarian/Instructor. Ms. Brackett graduated in May with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma, where she worked as a graduate assistant at the Schusterman Library. Her responsibilities will include providing reference assistance, conducting database searches, and developing and teaching library classes.|
New Acquisitions (8/21/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during August 2015.|
The Library Is Open Monday, October 12, Columbus Day (10/5/2015)
Although Columbus Day is a holiday for LSU Health Shreveport, the Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for your convenience. Please note the opening time is later than the normal weekday opening time.
Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Display in Library (9/3/2015)
The first floor of the Library features a display of artwork created by cancer patients from all over the country. The panels, from the Lilly Oncology on Canvascompetition, are on display in the Library through September 29. Other pieces are displayed on the second and third floors of Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Three pieces in the exhibit were created by volunteers from Feist-Weiller Cancer Center's Arts in Medicine program.
Thanks to the Cancer Center for arranging for the Library to host this exhibit!
Librarian Published in Professional Journal (7/29/2015)
Library Associate Director Contributes to Encyclopedia (7/29/2015)
Will Olmstadt, associate director, authored two entries in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, 2nd edition, published July 2015. Mr. Olmstadt wrote the updated entries for Washington state and Wisconsin.
Drawing to Learn Neuroanatomy (7/21/2015)
|LSU Health Shreveport recently added the resource Draw It To Know It. With this interactive online resource, you will learn neuroanatomy by drawing each neuroanatomical pathway and structure. It also includes tutorials, videos, photos, and a question bank for board preparation. You can access Draw It To Know It via the library’s Databases menu or in the Library Catalog. Registration from the LSU Health Shreveport campus network is required for the first login; when this simple process is complete, you can sign in from any location at any time. The library subscribes to Draw It to Know It through a consortial arrangement with other medical libraries in a three-state region.|
Library Bids Farewell to User Education Librarian (7/21/2015)
Donna Timm, the library’s Head of User Education, is leaving LSU Health Shreveport at the end of July after thirteen years of service. Ms. Timm is moving to Orlando, Florida, where her husband, Dr. Daniel Banks, has accepted a position at the VA Hospital. As Head of User Education, Ms. Timm has spearheaded the library’s education and outreach efforts. In addition to teaching numerous classes, she has served on the Medical Curriculum Council. She has also made many contributions to librarianship through active participation in professional organizations, including terms as president of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana and chair of the Medical Library Association’s Governmental Relations Committee.
Please join us in honoring Ms. Timm for her years of dedication and outstanding service at a farewell reception in the library on Wednesday, July 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
USMLE Study Aid Now Available (7/10/2015)
LSU Health Shreveport now has access to BoardVitals, a review tool to help students prepare for the USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3. BoardVitals is a question bank of expert-reviewed questions with detailed explanations for each answer. Access to BoardVitals is available via the library’s Databases menu, in the Library Catalog, or in theUSMLE Review Materials LibGuide. Registration from within our institution is required for the first login; when this simple process is complete, you can sign in from any location at any time to continue using BoardVitals.Faculty members may be interested in the option to create and send customized exams to students with BoardVitals; for more information on this feature, see BoardVitals Training Video: Send Exams to Students.
The library subscribes to BoardVitals through a consortial arrangement with other medical libraries in a three-state region. To meet the needs of all of the subscribing institutions, the subscription also includes question banks for the NCLEX RN nursing licensure exam as well as the National Board Dental Exam.
Quilting Queens of Allied Health Professions (4/17/2015)
|A unique exhibit featuring intricate quilts designed and created by local allied health professionals is on display in the Health Sciences Library. The quilting artists include School of Allied Health Professions faculty members, Dr. Lynda Britton, Mary Mitchell, and Dr. Diana Merendino. Also, Mary Beth Beene and Betty Williams, who are retired clinical laboratory scientists from the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, contributed their artwork to the exhibit. Collectively, these “quilting queens” have about 140 years of experience with designing, blocking, piecing, and sewing! These decorative quilts will be on display until September 25, 2015.|
Labor Day Holiday (9/3/2015)
The Library will be closed Monday, September 7, 2015 for Labor Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 8.
New Acquisitions (8/21/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during July 2015.|
New Acquisitions (7/14/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during June 2015.|
The Noise Paradox (6/29/2015)
|From July 6-17, the Library might seem noisier than usual while contractors are working on second floor. The good news is that they are installing insulation in the ceilings and walls of the individual study rooms on second floor to make the rooms quieter! Students will not be able to use the individual study rooms on second floor while the project is ongoing. Group study rooms will still be available. We appreciate the funding from the medical school’s Alumni Association and the efforts of Physical Plant personnel to make this happen for the benefit of our students!|
Comic Fest, Shreve Memorial Library (6/22/2015)
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Shreve Memorial Library hosted Comic Fest at the Hamilton/South Caddo branch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Librarians Talicia Tarver and Deidra Woodson teamed up up again with LSU-S graphic arts student Nick Fechter to participate in a 30-minute author’s panel to talk about their comic book, The Amazing Captain Fit. Funded through an NN/LM Health Information Literacy Award, the comic follows the adventures of a young boy who aspires to be just like his favorite superhero, Captain Fit. However, the boy must first complete a series of tasks to make sure he is himself healthy and ready to help Captain Fit fight childhood obesity. The event highlighted local authors who write graphic novels, comic books, science fiction, and fantasy.
Medical Student Donates Art to Library (5/26/2015)
Medical student Kyle M. Rose (Class of 2016) recently donated his sculpture of the Caduceus to the Health Sciences Library. Kyle submitted his sculpture to this year’s Art from the Heart of LSU Health Shreveport, an annual exhibit co-sponsored by the Library and Medical Communications Department that features all forms of visual and decorative art created by faculty, staff, and students of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health. Now that the 2015 art show has come to a close, Kyle graciously donated his submission to the Library for permanent display.
His rustic portrayal of the Caduceus features a worn cedar staff surrounded by two black serpents and adorned with wings formed in a blacksmithing forge. Kyle noted that the Caduceus was the staff of Hermes, the Greek god of commerce, and is used by commercial entities as the symbol of medicine. For his next endeavor, Kyle would like to create a sculpture of the symbol of medicine used by professional associations, the staff of Asclepius, who was the Greek god of healing. The Library appreciates Kyle’s donation, as well as his service as a student representative on the Library Committee for the 2014-2015 term.
Library Faculty Promotion (5/26/2015)
The LSU Board of Supervisors recently ratified the promotion of two members of the Health Sciences Library faculty. Dixie Jones, library director, is promoted to Librarian/Professor. Talicia Tarver, digital and information services librarian, is promoted to Associate Librarian/Associate Professor with tenure. These promotions are effective as of July 1.
Library Adds JoVE Neuroscience (5/8/2015)
Last fall, in response to numerous requests, the Health Sciences Library added subscriptions to three sections of the Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE Biology, JoVE Chemistry, and JoVE Medicine. The Library recently added another section, JoVE Neuroscience, which is devoted to research on the brain and nervous system. JoVE is a video journal that publishes scientific research in a visual format to help researchers learn new experimental techniques and reproduce research results.
New Acquisitions (4/17/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during May 2015.|
New Acquisitions (4/17/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during April 2015.|
Independence Day Holiday Hours (6/22/2015)
Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. The Library hours are as follows:
|Friday, July 3||8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
Saturday, July 4
Sunday, July 5
12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Illiad Maintenance (6/25/2015)
Due to Computer Services maintenance, ILLIAD, (the Interlibrary Loan database) will be unavailable between 1:30 -3:00 p.m. June 29th.
Comic Fest, Shreve Memorial Library (6/18/2015)
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Shreve Memorial Library will host Comic Fest at the Hamilton/South Caddo branch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Librarians Talicia Tarver and Deidra Woodson will team up again with LSU-S graphic arts student Nick Fechter to participate in a 30-minute author’s panel to talk about their comic book, The Amazing Captain Fit. Funded through an NN/LM Health Information Literacy Award, the comic follows the adventures of a young boy who aspires to be just like his favorite superhero, Captain Fit. However, the boy must first complete a series of tasks to make sure he is himself healthy and ready to help Captain Fit fight childhood obesity. The event is scheduled to highlight local authors who write graphic novels, comic books, science fiction, and fantasy. Visit the Shreve Memorial Library’s website for more information:http://www.shreve-lib.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=43.
Web Comic, The Amazing Captain Fit Now Available (4/27/2015)
|On April 17, 2015, Librarians Talicia Tarver and Deidra Woodson, along with LSU-S art student, Nick Fechter, launched the web version of their comic book, The Amazing Captain Fit to the healthelinkswebsite. Funded through an NN/LM Health Information Literacy Award, the comic follows the adventures of a young boy who aspires to be just like his favorite superhero, Captain Fit. However, the boy must first complete a series of tasks to make sure he is himself healthy and ready to help Captain Fit fight childhood obesity. The print copy is in production and will be distributed throughout the community with the cooperation of the Shreve Memorial and Bossier Parish Library systems, as well as the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Pediatrics. You can read the online version here:http://www.healthelinks.org/kidshealth/.|
Who Can Resist Those Puppy Dog Eyes? (5/15/2015)
|Maureen Kidd and dog handlers from The Glen will be back with their adorable pets on Thursday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m. for the last visit this school year. Come by the Library, pet the dogs, relax, and feel your stress melt away--at least for a little while. You will be asked to sign a couple of release forms and then you may interact with the dogs. Shown here is Buttons.|
Library Contest Winners (3/20/2015)
|To celebrate National Library Week, the Health Sciences Library recently held a contest in which entrants guessed the number of knots in the dreamcatcher "Snow." This artwork by Pharmacology graduate student Elyse Cornett is in the "Art from the Heart" exhibit that is currently on display in the Library. Congratulations to the contest winner, Brian McManus, a second year medical student, who won a $25 Target gift card. Second place winner Brooke Baucom from Animal Resources won a $25 Starbucks gift card. "Art from the Heart," which features work from students, faculty, and staff of LSU Health and University Health, will be on display through the end of May.||
New Acquisitions (4/17/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during March 2015.|
Congratulations to the Prize Winners from the 2015 Student Survey! (3/20/2015)
|The Library recently completed a survey of student satisfaction, with a chance to win one of two prizes. Congratulations to Mallory Hitt and Mary Gaston, both fourth-year medical students, who were randomly selected to win the prizes. Mallory won the grand prize of an Apple TV, and Mary won a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. Thanks to the 247 students who responded to this year's survey.||
3rd Annual Art from the Heart Show and Reception (3/12/2015)
See the artistic talents of the faculty, staff, and students of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health at the Art from the Heart exhibit that will be held in the Library between March 16 and May 31, 2015. You will have the opportunity to chat with the artists during the opening reception on Thursday, March 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Library. This event, co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and Medical Communications, includes a variety of artwork, such as paintings, photographs, illustrations, jewelry, wood art, quilts, and even a metallic sculpture!
Librarian Selected for Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics (3/4/2015)
Will Olmstadt, associate director, has been selected through a competitive process to attend the Biomedical Informatics survey course at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia, in September. This fellowship program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, is taught by nationally-known faculty. The week-long course is designed to familiarize medical educators, medical administrators, and medical librarians with the application of computer technologies in the health sciences.
DynaMed Mobile App Upgrade (1/23/2015)
DynaMed is a point-of-care database that provides clinically organized summaries for more than 3200 topics. The information is updated daily through the systematic review of the content of over 500 medical journals. Mobile access to Dynamed has been available, but users were required to contact the Library for serial numbers before downloading the app. Thanks to a recent redesign, this step is no longer necessary. After downloading the free DynaMed app from the iTunes App store/Google Play, access DynaMed from within our institution. Click on the Mobile link in the Dynamed toolbar at the top of the screen, and enter your email address. When an authentication link is emailed to you, open the email from your mobile device and tap the authentication link, and the DynaMed app will open on your device and begin the initial content download. For more information, see How do I install and authenticate the DynaMed app on my mobile device? If you are using Dynamed's old mobile app, you may continue to do so until your serial number expires, but you are encouraged to download the new app as soon as possible.
Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences (2/2/2015)
Are you looking for a complete, concise summary to help you understand a topic in the basic life sciences? Remember to check the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences. This resource is a collection of expert summaries of biomedical research topics. Each "lecture" synthesizes a topic in 50-120 pages. These are intended for researchers, laboratory personnel, and students. A sample of the variety of topics covered:
Genetics of Epilepsy and Refractory Epilepsy
Intestinal Immune System
The Molecular Biology of Chronic Heart Failure
Stroke: Pathophysiology and Therapy
Vascular Biology of the Placenta
You can access Collections One and Two of the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences in the Databases menu or theLibrary Catalog.
Literature, Arts and Medicine Database Now Available (1/23/2015)
The Health Sciences Library recently added the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database from the New York University School of Medicine. This free website catalogs hundreds of films, paintings, novels, and other works of art that focus on illness and its consequences, health care, and related social issues. Editorial board members, or approved contributors, briefly annotate the database entries for significance to medicine and health. The content is searchable by keyword, annotation text, or author, or entries can be browsed alphabetically.
3rd Annual Art from the Heart Show (1/15/2015)
Are you an artist? Have you secretly dreamed of having your work showcased? Now's your chance! The Art from the Heart of LSU Health Shreveport exhibit is an annual event to display the hidden artistic talents of the faculty, staff, and students of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health. This event, co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and Medical Communications, will be held in the Library between March 16 and May 31, 2015. All forms of the visual and decorative arts including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, pottery, jewelry, computer-generated art, and fabric art are eligible. To participate in this year's show, complete the online submission form by February 28. For more information, visit http://art.lsuhsc.edu
VisualDx Now Available (1/7/2015)
In response to numerous requests, the Health Sciences Library has added VisualDx, a resource that helps clinicians recognize, diagnose, and treat visually identifiable diseases, drug reactions, and infections. VisualDx contains over 30,000 high-quality images covering diseases of the skin, nails, hair, oral mucosa, genital mucosa, eyes, and lungs, as well as other internal and systemic diseases. It includes variation by age, body location, skin type, disease severity, and ethnicity. In addition to accessing VisualDx through our Databases page and in our Library Catalog , it is also integrated within UpToDate so that links identified with this icon in UpToDate will open content within VisualDx. To learn more about VisualDx, view the product overview here. For information on mobile access, seehttp://www.visualdx.com/features/mobile-access.
Four-Legged Stress Relief in the Library (4/15/2015)
|They're back! On Wednesday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m., therapy dogs will be in the Library. Anyone who signs a couple of release forms will be able to interact with the dogs who will be accompanied by their owners at all times. Shown here is Buttons, owned by Maureen Kidd. What an easy way to instantly feel better!|
New Acquisitions (3/9/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during February 2015.|
Easter Holiday Hours (4/7/2015)
Holiday hours for the Library will be as follows:
April 6………Open 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
April 7………Normal hours resume
The Library staff members wish everyone a happy weekend.
Country Music Legends: Art by Jerry Harris (12/15/2014)
|The Health Sciences Library is currently hosting a display of paintings by local artist Jerry Harris. Harris painted 105 portraits of Louisiana Hayride artists for the museum at the Municipal Auditorium, and he is currently painting all of the portraits for the new Branson Entertainment Hall of Fame in Missouri. Harris is the author and illustrator of the book Tales of the Legends, a collection of stories about Louisiana Hayride performers. Harris' artwork will be on display from December 2014 to February 2015.|
Deadline Extended for Art from the Heart (3/2/2015)
Due to recent school closures, the Art from the Heart deadline has been extended by a few days. Please complete the online submission form by Wednesday, March 4. For more information, visit http://art.lsuhsc.edu. The Art from the Heart of LSU Health Shreveport exhibit is an annual event to display the hidden artistic talents of the faculty, staff, and students of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health. This event, co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and Medical Communications, will be held in the Library between March 16 and May 31, 2015. All forms of the visual and decorative arts including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, pottery, jewelry, computer-generated art, and fabric art are eligible.
New Acquisitions (2/12/2015)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during January 2015.|
Library closed due to inclement weather Wednesday (2/24/2015)
With the risk of dangerous road conditions from snow and ice overnight, the LSU Health Shreveport campus will be closed again Wednesday. This includes the Schools of Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies. Residents should check with supervisors concerning their work schedules.
Pictures for Your Presentations (12/3/2014)
SpringerImages is a database of scientific images, including photos, graphs, figures, and tables. Unfortunately, the publisher will discontinue this database at the end of the year. However, the Health Sciences Library subscribes to numerous other databases that provide images. Links to these resources can be found in the Library's Image Database Portal, which includes information on incorporating the images into presentations for educational purposes.
MD Consult => Clinical Key (11/5/2014)
The Health Sciences Library has provided LSU Health Shreveport with access to the MD Consult database since 1999. The database provided full-text access to approximately fifty medical reference books, as well as the Clinics series of journals. However, users may have recently noticed a banner at the site announcing the publisher's decision that "MD CONSULT IS RETIRING." When the Library's MD Consult subscription expired, it was replaced by Clinical Key, a new product from the same publisher. This resource contains all of the content from MD Consult, plus much more -- over 1000 books, 500 journals, 13,000 videos, more than 15,000 patient education handouts, and more than 5 million images.
Finding LSU Health Shreveport Dissertations (11/5/2014)
Dissertations and Theses is a database indexing doctoral dissertations and master's theses from approximately 700 academic institutions. However, this comprehensive collection can seem overwhelming when searching for papers from one specific school. We now have access to a subset of dissertations and theses from students at our institution at Dissertations & Theses @ Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport.
Thanks for Participating! Results of Food Drive in Memory of Kim Pullen (11/3/2014)
The Library's food drive during October collected 240 pounds of food and other items which were donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. Online donations for the Library's food drive totaled $2,250 as of November 3. This drive was organized in memory of LSU Health Shreveport librarian Kim Pullen, head of the Library Liaison Program. The Library staff wishes to express appreciation to everyone who participated. Ms. Pullen passed away on September 25, after a valiant battle with breast cancer. The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana accepts monetary donations via their website, at the top right of the page. If you donate via the Food Bank website, please specify the donation is for the LSU Health Shreveport Library's food drive in memory of Kimberly Arnold Pullen. This can be done on the online donation form in the box labeled "Additional Comments."
De-stress with a Therapy Dog (12/15/2014)
|Approximately forty students and staff members took a stress break on Wednesday, December 10, to play with three therapy dogs in the Health Sciences Library. Participants interacted with Buttons, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel; Cole, a black lab; and Delilah, a poodle. The dogs are scheduled to return to the Library on Wednesday, December 17, from 10:30 am to noon to provide more pet therapy. Meet the trained dogs in this video.|
Library Open 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Shreveport Campus for Mardi Gras Holiday (February 16, 2015) (2/10/2015)
|The library will be open on the campus Mardi Gras holiday, Monday, February 16, 2015. Please, note that the opening time will be 9:00 a.m. The Library will be open its usual Saturday and Sunday hours preceding the holiday. It's also Presidents' Day but, hey, this is Louisiana! The official holiday listed for the school is Mardi Gras.|
New Acquisitions (12/14/2014)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during December 2014.|
Volunteer for a Library Focus Group this Spring (1/23/2015)
The Health Sciences Library seeks volunteers for its annual focus groups. These are small group conversations, led by a Library faculty member, to give students from all programs a chance to offer feedback on the Library and its services. The transcribed results are anonymous and reviewed carefully by Library Administration. Many of the suggestions from past focus groups have resulted in improvements in the Library or its collections – for instance, the suggestion to update test preparation materials in the Reserve collection was made during a 2014 focus group.
This year's groups will be held in March and April. Groups are held in the Library, usually for an hour during lunch, and the Library provides lunch. Participation is limited to 10 students per group, and representation is needed from all programs, including graduate students, first through fourth-year medical students, and School of Allied Health Professions students.
Please e-mail Will Olmstadt (firstname.lastname@example.org), associate director, to volunteer. Please be sure to indicate which school you represent.
Library Open on MLK Day (1/15/2015)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday, January 19, as a campus holiday for LSU Health Shreveport. However, the Library will be open regular hours.
New Acquisitions (11-12-2014)
|Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during November 2014.|