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Academy of Health Information Professionals

The Academy of Health Information Professionals is the professional development and career recognition program of the Medical Library Association (MLA). Congratulations to Library Director Dixie Jones, who was recently evaluated by the MLA Credentialing Committee and approved for five-year renewal at the highest level, Distinguished Member. Ms. Jones has maintained her Distinguished level status since 1990. Five other faculty members at the LSU Health Shreveport Library also have Academy credentialing as recognition of their academic preparation, professional experience, and professional accomplishment: at the Provisional level, Lexi Brackett, Reference Librarian; at the Senior level, Betty Tucker, Assistant Director of Technical Services; and at the Distinguished level, Will Olmstadt, Library Associate Director; Julia Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach; and David Duggar, Head of the Liaison Program.


Looking for ACP Smart Medicine?

The American College of Physicians recently announced that ACP Smart Medicine would be discontinued as of January 1. Alternative resources may be found on the Library’s Clinical Decision Making Tools page.


Library Welcomes New Employee

Library faculty and staff recently welcomed Katrina Bell as the new Library Associate in the Systems Department. Ms. Bell has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.  She has extensive experience in website development and administration, most recently as the Web Systems Administrator at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. She will assist in the maintenance of the library’s website, electronic resources, and computer workstations.


Writing Consultant Service during the holidays

The Writing Consultant Service is unavailable during the holidays.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please submit your document again on January 4. For more information about the Library’s writing services and its policies, including turnaround time, please visit the Writing Consultants webpage (


Goodbye to Nursing Consult, Hello to Clinical Key for Nursing

NursingConsult will be retired by the publisher on December 31.  Our subscription is being upgraded to Clinical Key for Nursing.  This new resource includes the same content as NursingConsult plus new features and more multimedia.  It includes access to 53 nursing journals and over 65 books.  Customizable features allow you to easily create patient education handouts and build slides for presentations.  LSU Health Shreveport users can access NursingConsult (until December 31) and Clinical Key for Nursing via the Library’s Databases page.


Pet Therapy at the Library

First-year medical students Lauren Lange and Maggie Aucoin with Ellie

Fifty students, faculty and staff gathered in the library last week to escape holiday stress with some furry friends. Four therapy dogs and their handlers participated. Facebook has more photos.



The library staff wishes everyone a happy, healthy, safe holiday! Library hours are as follows:
December 21-23 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 24-27 Closed
December 28-30 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 31 Closed
January 1-3 Closed
Normal hours resume on Monday, January 4, 2016



Librarian Elected to Head State Organization

Congratulations to Julie Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach, on her recent election as President of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana (HSLAL). She succeeds Deidra Woodson, Metadata & Digitization Librarian, whose term as President just ended.  HSLAL includes librarians from academic health science centers and hospitals throughout the state.



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