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PDR Mobile App Available Free

PDR, the well-known resource for drug prescribing information, now offers a free mobile app.  The app allows you to search by generic name, brand name, or drug class, and it includes a drug interaction checker and a pill identifier.  Drug information is refreshed daily, and any FDA label changes are updated within 4 days.  To install the app on your Apple or Android device, visit  Click “App Store” or “Google Play” to install, and open the app on your device.  Tap “Create an account,” followed by “Skip this step.” Enter the requested information, and submit your registration.  You may install and use mobilePDR on multiple devices.


Librarian Elected to Head Hospital Libraries

Congratulations to Julie Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach, on her recent election as Chair-elect of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association. The Hospital Libraries Section, which has over 600 members, focuses on excellence in the provision and management of information to support patient care.  Ms. Esparza was also recently elected to serve as President of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana, an organization of librarians from academic health science centers and hospitals throughout the state. 


Librarian Elected to Serve Cancer Librarians Organization

Congratulations to David Duggar, Head of the Library’s Liaison Program, on his recent election as Treasurer of the Cancer Librarians Section of the Medical Library Association.  He will take office during the Association’s meeting in May, and he will serve a three-year term.  The Cancer Librarians Section includes information professionals from around the world who specialize in clinical and/or patient-level cancer librarianship.


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.



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