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Movies and Medicine Contest

In recognition of the way movies have portrayed health and medical issues, the Health Sciences Library is holding the Movies and Medicine Contest during the month of February. The Grand Prize (Fandango Gift Card) will go to the person with the most correct answers. Enter the contest by February 28 (Oscar Night). Winners will be announced on Monday, February 29 (Leap Day). Forms are at the Library’s Circulation Desk.


ClinicalKey for Your Mobile Device

The Library provides our users with access to ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing.  These databases include books, journals, guidelines, images, and videos to provide you with evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information.  A new mobile app is now available to give you access to these resources on your Apple or Android device.  To download the mobile app, you must first have a remote access account:
   1. Go to ClinicalKey or ClinicalKey for Nursing and click Register in the top right corner.
   2. Using your institutional email address, fill in the required information on the registration page.
   3. Click Register when finished. You should see an activation message and receive a confirmation email.
   4. In the confirmation email, click the link to officially start your remote access.
To download the mobile app, open the App Store on your mobile device, search for “Clinical Key,” and install the app at no charge.  Select your option, ClinicalKey or ClinicalKey for Nursing, and enter your remote access username and password.  Then you can start using the app for access on the go!


Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Monday, February 8, is the campus Mardi Gras holiday.  However, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Please note that this is a later start time, as the Library usually opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays.  The Library will be open its usual Saturday and Sunday schedule preceding the holiday, and normal hours will resume on Tuesday, February 9.


Library Staff Changes

The Library welcomes Terri Nail as the new evening/weekend supervisor in Access Services.  Her responsibilities will include assisting Library users and supervising the Library’s student workers.  Ms. Nail has a bachelor’s degree in English education with a minor in library and information science and a master’s degree in secondary and higher education.  In addition to experience at the public library, she has also worked at the libraries at Louisiana Tech University and the Paul M. Herbert Law Center at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Locrecia Abner, formerly Library Associate in Systems, has been appointed as Cataloging and Digitization Librarian. In this position, she will catalog electronic and print books and also digitize materials for the archives.  Ms. Abner has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in business administration, and she has worked at the Health Sciences Library for approximately two years.


Information about Current Public Health Emergencies

Three current public health emergencies have appeared in the news recently. The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center provides information on these and other public health threats. The Center has published a customized page of reputable Zika virus resources. The center has also published PDF fact sheets on the Aliso Canyon gas leak, and lead levels in the Flint, Michigan water supply.

The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) published a fact sheet about Zika disease. The DHH Center for Environmental Health runs the Safe Drinking Water Program for Louisiana, which includes specific information about lead and copper in drinking water supplies.

Please contact the Library reference desk at, 318-675-5477, or stop by librarian offices on the first floor of the Library, for help locating information about public health issues.


Library Faculty Interviewed

Will Olmstadt, associate director, was interviewed for the January 2016 issue of CONNECT!ONS, the Consortium for Media Literacy newsletter for teachers, parents, administrators and policy makers. The issue theme was “A Day in the Life of a Media Literacy Educator.” Mr. Olmstadt was asked to give specific examples of how Library faculty teaching supports the development of skills to identify, analyze and evaluate published works, and provide a foundation for the lifelong learning in future health care professionals.


Library Associate Director Co-authors Article

Will Olmstadt, associate director, has co-authored an article in the January 2016 Journal of the Medical Library Association. The article describes a recent collaboration  between the St. Louis Public Library, Washington University’s Becker Medical Library, and Siteman Cancer Center. Funded partially by the National Cancer Institute, the project was designed to expand access to health and cancer information for users of the St. Louis Public Library, and to improve training for St. Louis Public Library employees who answer health-related questions from the public. From 2012-2013, Mr. Olmstadt was the health sciences librarian involved with the project.


New Acquisitions

list of materials that the Library acquired during December 2015.



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