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Librarians Participate in National Meeting

The Medical Library Association (MLA) recently held its annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.  Several LSU Health Shreveport librarians participated in the conference:

Will Olmstadt, Interim Library Director, attended a Leadership Institute as part of the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. Mr. Olmstadt is one of five health sciences librarians selected to participate in this program, which prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.

Julia M. Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, received the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award for her skills in teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, and educational leadership. Ms. Esparza presided over the meeting of the Hospital Libraries Section as its incoming chair.

David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, received the Professional Recognition Award for Technological Innovation from the Hospital Libraries Section. This award recognized his efforts to promote the section’s website.

The theme of the conference was “Dream, Dare, Do,” and our librarians contributed programming that reflected that theme.  Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, moderated a session on “Dreaming of a Healthier Community: Librarians Doing Research.”  Montie’ Dobbins and David Duggar presented a poster on “Librarians Dreamed of Participating in a Mock Mass Casualty Incident: Did They Dare to Do It?” Co-presenter of the poster was Paula Craig, librarian at Northwestern State University College of Nursing. David Duggar also presented the poster “Dreaming to Learn the Socious Platform:  The Hospital Libraries Section Dares to Follow the Educational Media and Technologies Section.”  His co-presenters were Ellen Aaronson from California and Lisa Marks from Arizona.

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Award-Winning Library Staff

Congratulations to Duchein Stinson, Library student worker, who was recently awarded an LSU Board of Supervisors Scholarship for the second year in a row. Mr. Stinson is currently a senior in Cardiopulmonary Science in the School of Allied Health Professions.  This full-tuition scholarship is awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors to students “who by their educational pursuits contribute positively to Louisiana’s and society’s prosperity and well-being.”  Congratulations, Duchein, on this well-deserved honor!

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Improvements to Library Study Environment

Check out some improvements to our space! The Library now offers:

·   A device charging station (main floor)

·   A standing desk with adjustable height (ground floor)

·   An earplug dispenser (at front desk)

·   Acrylic privacy screens to clamp onto study tables (soon at front desk; ID needed to check out)

These items were generously paid for by the Marianne and Stafford Comegys Library Enhancement Fund. Please give Library staff your feedback about these items.

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Library Welcomes New Allied Health Students

New students in the School of Allied Health Professions arrive on campus for orientation on May 22nd.  To welcome these new students, the Library is offering an electronic scavenger hunt for new Allied Health students only!  Click on the link below to access the questions.  All of them can be answered by using the Library’s website.  All students who answer all questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes that were generously donated by the Bookstore.

The deadline to submit the quiz is Friday, June 2, at noon.

Electronic Scavenger Hunt

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Memorial Day

The Library will be closed Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

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Library Bids Farewell to Reference Librarian

Alexandria (“Lexi”) Brackett, Reference Librarian, is leaving LSU Health Shreveport in May for a position as Clinical Librarian at Yale University’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.  Ms. Brackett joined our staff in August 2015 from the library at University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.  In addition to her reference duties, she has taught classes and served as one of the Writing Consultants.  She served as librarian liaison to the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Therapy.  She has also been responsible for our social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.  We appreciate her service to the Library and LSU Health, and we wish her all the best in the future!  

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“Six-word Story Contest” Winner

In celebration of National Poetry Month and the end of the academic year, the Health Sciences Library sponsored a special contest.  Students, faculty, and staff were challenged to submit a six-word description of their academic year, and the entries were judged by local author Phil Estes.  Congratulations to Dr. Oluwayemisi Ojemakinde, House Officer 4 in the Department of Radiology, who received a $10 Starbucks gift card for her winning entry. “My Academic Year” by Dr. Ojemakinde is currently on display in the Library.

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Departmental Copying & Printing with PaperCut

The Library’s new PaperCut system allows you to pay for copying and printing with your ID badge. It is also possible for departments to set up accounts to cover copying and printing costs for their faculty and staff.  If you are authorized by your department, then you will be able to use your own ID to pay from your department’s account, with no need to keep up with a departmental card or remember the department’s code. We are working with departmental business managers to implement this feature.  Contact your business manager or the Library staff for more information.

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