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Library Faculty Begins Term as Chair of Louisiana Library Association Section

Will Olmstadt, interim director, begins his term as Chair of the Subject Specialists section of the Louisiana Library Association on July 1st. The Subject Specialists section encourages librarians and library staff with a subject interest or expertise, or those who are employed in a special library, information center or special collection, through continuing education opportunities and programs at the association’s annual meeting. Mr. Olmstadt’s term as Chair goes through June 2018.


Allied Health Winners in Library Quiz

The Health Sciences Library recently offered an electronic scavenger hunt for new students in the School of Allied Health Professions. All of the questions on the quiz could be answered by using the Library’s website.  Respondents who answered all questions correctly were entered in a random drawing for prizes. Congratulations to Physician Assistant student Kary Wilson, who won a set of Rohen’s Photographic Anatomy Flash Cards; Physical Therapy student Courtney Page, who won the “Board Review Series” book Gross Anatomy; and Physician Assistant student Kasie Nelson, who won a Cardio-Lite stethoscope. Thanks to all of the students who participated, and special thanks to the Bookstore for donating the great prizes!


Librarian Elected President of General Faculty

Congratulations to David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, who was recently elected President of the General Faculty of LSU Health Shreveport.  His responsibilities in this new role will include presiding at General Faculty meetings and serving on the Faculty Senate.  Mr. Duggar’s term of office begins July 1.


Online Catalog Not Available on Wednesday, June 28

On Wednesday, June 28, the Library will be migrating to a newer version of the software that manages many Library functions.  The online public catalog will not be available that day, and some other tasks (such as checking out materials) may take slightly longer than usual. We are working to ensure a smooth transition, and we appreciate your patience! Please do not hesitate to contact the Library at or 318.675.5445 if you need help locating materials in the Library.


Librarian to Lead Hospital Library Organization

Congratulations to Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach, who was recently elected Chair of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association (MLA).  With almost 500 members, the Hospital Libraries Section is the largest section within MLA.  Ms. Esparza’s term began at the annual meeting in May. 


Librarians Awarded National Network of Libraries of Medicine Grant

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region recently awarded a $25,000 Consumer Health Outreach Award to the Health Sciences Library’s project “Geaux Consumer Health:  Bringing Comprehensive Consumer Health Resources Training to Louisiana.”  Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach, is the grant’s primary investigator, and her co-investigators are Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services; David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, and Mararia Adams, Assistant Director of Systems.   The funds will be used to provide comprehensive consumer health education to public and school librarians throughout Louisiana.  


Board of Regents Funding for Textbooks

We are grateful to the Board of Regents for providing grant funding for us to license the electronic versions of some textbooks.  This is part of a statewide grant to academic libraries to help reduce higher education student expenses for books.  The LSU Health Shreveport Library was awarded this funding by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network to purchase access to five textbooks:

Biochemistry (Rapid Review series)

Differential diagnosis for physical therapists: screening for referral

Egan's fundamentals of respiratory care

Functional performance in older adults

Pathology and intervention in musculoskeletal rehabilitation


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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