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Memorial Day

The Library will be closed Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!


Who Let the Dogs Out… Again?!

Therapy dogs will be back in the Library on Thursday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. Employees and students are welcome to visit with them for stress relief or just for the love of dogs.


Student Wins Exclusive Study Room for Finals Week

Congratulations to Lauren Lange, first year medical student, who is this semester’s “Win An Exclusive Study Room For Finals Week” contest winner! And thank you to all who participated in the Library’s contest.  We had 43 entries who liked, shared, or joined the official Facebook event, and 20 entries who retweeted us on Twitter.   Stay tuned to our Facebook page ( and Twitter page ( for more exciting contests, events, and announcements.


Take a Break with BB-8!

Wednesday, May 4, is “May the Fourth be with You” Day. Take a break with BB-8, the newest ‘droid’ from Star Wars from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Library. Remote control trucks will also be available for employees and students to take a break with.


Win An Exclusive Study Room For Finals Week!

LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library is giving away one private, VIP study room to one lucky student to study for end of semester, year, module or rotation examination.

To enter this VIP contest: you can like, share or join the official Facebook event OR retweet us on Twitter on Tuesday, May 2nd at 9:00 a.m. until Thursday, May 5th at midnight. You can even enter the contest all three ways (Like, Share, Join) to increase your chances.

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on 9:00 a.m. May 6th using randomization software. The winner will be contacted via Louisiana State University Health Science Center email on the morning of Friday, May 6th and must respond by 5:00 p.m. that day. If they do not respond, they lose the prize and a new winner will be selected.

After notification, the winner will get to choose the exclusive study room to use during week of their choosing (Monday through Friday). The key for the selected study room will be held for the student’s exclusive use at the Circulation desk during the week.


Library and Pediatrics Faculty Cooperate for Shreveport Medical Society Alliance Grant

The Shreveport Medical Society Alliance recently awarded John Vanchiere, MD PhD, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Will Olmstadt, Library Associate Director, a $1,565 Health Project Grant. The funds will be used to purchase audiovisual equipment and patient-friendly DVDs for use in the Viral Disease Clinic on St. Vincent Avenue and the Children’s Clinical Research Center on the LSU Health Shreveport campus. 


Librarians and Captain Fit Combat Childhood Obesity

Congratulations to Deidra Woodson, Metadata & Digitization Librarian, and Will Olmstadt, Library Associate Director, whose article “A Novel Tool for Health Literacy: Using Comic Books to Combat Childhood Obesity” appears in the current issue of Journal of Hospital Librarianship.  They co-authored the article with Dr. John Vanchiere from the Department of Pediatrics, former Library faculty members Talicia Tarver and Charlie Tudor, and graphic artist Nick Fechter. The article describes their creation of The Amazing Captain Fit Comic Book .  Funded through a Health Information Literacy Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 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.


Patient Education Resource: Teen Health

The healthelinks website is a collection of consumer health information links that have been evaluated for authority, objectivity, and currency.  The site now features a TEEN HEALTH page linking to sites that provide age-appropriate information on physical development, diseases and conditions, as well as emotional and mental health issues.  This resource was developed by Library staff as part of an outreach agreement with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region.  



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