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Library Contest Winners

To celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, the Health Sciences Library invited you to “Pop Into the Library” and guess the number of popcorn kernels in a jar at the circulation desk.  The correct answer was 5272.  Our winners were Junaid Ansari, Physiology fellow, first place; Pooja Shah, medical student, second place; and medical students Keia Castle and Brandon Toy, who tied for third place.  Thanks to all who submitted entries, and congratulations to the winners!


Librarian Begins Term as Regional President

Congratulations to Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, who was recently installed as president of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) at its annual meeting. As president, she will lead an organization of more than 200 health sciences information professionals from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Her term of office is October 2017-October 2018. (Photo credit: Ali Bernard Photography)


Librarians Share Knowledge at Regional Meeting

The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association recently held its annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Several LSU Health Shreveport librarians presented their work at the conference:

Will Olmstadt, Interim Director of the Library, presented a contributed paper on “A Modified Scoping Review of Burnout in Library Personnel.” This award-winning presentation reviewed the literature on burnout among library personnel. 

Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, presented the contributed paper “From Thought to Liftoff: The Hidden Figures from Research to Launch a Community Project.”  This paper was co-written with Dr. Lois Anderson and Dr. Afaf Abdulbaki from the University Health Pharmacy Department; Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, Dr. Meher Mavuram, and Dr. Eric Thomas from the Department of Internal Medicine; high school student Grace Dodd; and college students Derrick Murcia and Jessica Sims.

David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, presented a Lightning Round session on “What I Learned in Three Months on the Faculty Senate.”  In this presentation, Mr. Duggar described his experiences and encouraged librarians to get involved in campus activities.

David Duggar also presented the contributed paper “The Invisible Ceiling: Success and Failure in the ‘Teaching Science through Gamification’ Project.”  This paper was co-written with Julia Esparza; Mararia Adams, the Library’s Assistant Director of Systems; and Katrina Bell, Library Associate in Systems.  This paper highlighted the results of a recent study of game-based resources for science education, which was funded by an outreach award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

David Duggar also presented the contributed paper “Live United or Die Hard!  Lessons Learned from the Front.”  The paper was co-written with Barbara Reilly, Interlibrary Loan Librarian and a former United Way campaign co-chair, and Mr. Duggar’s 2017 campaign co-chairs, Sue Johnson and Themessia Fenceroy.  This paper described the Library’s involvement with the institution’s United Way campaign.


September Eyeglass Drive Results

The Health Sciences Library held an eyeglass drive during the month of September in cooperation with the Ophthalmology Interest Group and the Shreveport Red River Lions Club.  Thanks to your generosity, over 150 pairs of glasses were donated to the Lions Club’s “Recycle for Sight” program.  The glasses included prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses.  We also received 36 eyeglass cases and several packages of contact lenses.  Thanks for helping to change lives, one pair at a time!


Award-Winning Library Research

Congratulations to Will Olmstadt, interim director, who recently received an award for a paper that he presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association.  His paper, “A Modified Scoping Review of Burnout in Library Personnel,” was the second place winner in the contributed papers category of the Elizabeth K. Eaton, PhD Research Award presented by the SCC Research Committee


Relax with Therapy Dogs November 1

Come to the Library at 3:00 on November 1 to visit therapy dogs who will help you “keep calm and carry on.” Meet them on the Library’s first floor in the relaxation area at the back of the main room, 1-401.


Library Bids Farewell to Deidra Woodson

Deidra Woodson, MLS, MA, MT(ASCP), is leaving LSU Health Shreveport October 31. Ms. Woodson joined our staff in September 2008 as the metadata & digitization librarian. In addition to cataloging duties, she has taught classes and worked collaboratively on a number of creative projects, including the popular Captain Fit health comic book. We appreciate her service to the Library and LSU Health, and we wish her all the best in the future!


Award-Winning Shreveport Sculptor James Marks Presents “Anatomical Abnormalities”

Just in time for Halloween, the Library is pleased to host “Anatomical Abnormalities,” a new wire and metal sculpture show from local artist James Marks. The show features new works, such as “Swallowed a Watermelon Seed” (pictured), and will be on display October 11 through early December.

James Marks has been sculpting for over 30 years. In April 2017, he received the “Best Studio” award during Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Culture Crush weekend. His work is also featured in downtown Shreveport’s “Uncommon Murals” project.

In conjunction with the show, Library faculty have selected for display relevant books illustrating anatomy from the Library’s History of Medicine collection.

The Library is hosting a reception for the show on Thursday, October 12, at 6:00 PM, on the first floor of the Library.



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