healthelinks | eNewsletter | Library Value | Health Observances


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.


2016 Annual Art from the Heart Show

Are you an artist? Have you always wanted 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 15 and May 31, 2016. 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


Classics of Medicine Donated to Library

Thanks to former Chancellor Robert Barish, who recently donated 184 books to the Library’s History of Medicine Collection.  The books are from the “Classics of Medicine Library” series, which are leather-bound facsimiles of original classic works of medicine.  The Library will install additional shelving in the History of Medicine Room to house this collection.


Library Opens 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18, MLK Day

Even though January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a holiday for LSU Health Shreveport, the Library will be open that day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. to accommodate our users. The normal opening time of 7:30 a.m. will resume on Tuesday, January 19.



Subscribe to Health Sciences Library RSS