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Librarian to Receive Prestigious Award

Julie Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach, is the recipient of the 2017 Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award.  This award, which is presented by the Medical Library Association (MLA), honors outstanding librarians who demonstrate skills in teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, or educational leadership.  She will receive her award at MLA’s annual conference in May.   Ms. Esparza received another major MLA award, the Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year, in 2014. She is only the second person in the history of the organization to win both of these prestigious awards.

Ms. Esparza’s involvement in education at LSU Health Shreveport includes serving on and currently chairing the Continuing Medical Education Committee.  She has been involved in the Medical School curriculum through the SACS-QEP “Translating Research into Practice” initiative.  In addition, she has mentored high school and undergraduate students each summer through the programs of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  She has also been awarded grant funding to educate the community on healthcare issues.  Through funding she received from the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, LSU Health Shreveport will host a symposium on “Human Papillomavirus Risk and Prevention:  Protecting Future Generations” on March 25.  


You Pick the Winner!

Vote for your favorite artwork in the 5th Annual Art from the Heart Show in the Library. The artistic talents of the faculty, staff, and students of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health will be on display on the first floor of the Library from March 13 to June 2. With over 40 paintings, photographs, and other unique pieces, you may have a difficult time choosing your favorite! Voting will be open from March 13 to March 31. Then, see the winner receive a special prize at the reception on April 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library. 


New Acquisitions

Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during January 2017 and February 2017.



Last Call for Art from the Heart Entries! Deadline is February 28!

Time is running out to reveal your artistic ability and have a chance at winning a prize in the exciting annual Art from the Heart of LSU Health Shreveport exhibit that displays the hidden creative talents of the faculty, staff, and students of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health. The Library will host this event between March 13 and June 2, 2017. Viewers will vote for their favorite work, and the artist of the winning piece will be awarded a gift card at the reception. All forms of the visual arts including but not limited to painting, sculpting, photography, pottery, jewelry, computer-generated art, and fabric art are eligible. 


Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Monday, February 27, is the campus Mardi Gras holiday.  However, the Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. with a limited staff. Please note the later opening 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 resume on Tuesday, February 28.


Librarians Published in Professional Journal

The latest issue of Journal of Hospital Librarianship contains an article written by Barbara Reilly, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, and recently retired Library Director Dixie Jones.  Their article, "Effects of a Change in Hospital Affiliation on an Academic Medical Center Library,” reports on the privatization of University Health and its impact on the Library.  They describe how the Library continues to provide services and vital resources to affiliates of University Health as well as LSU Health Shreveport.


Library Interim Director Appointed

Will Olmstadt, who has served as the Library’s Associate Director since September 2013, has been appointed as Interim Library Director effective February 1.  

Mr. Olmstadt came to LSU Health Shreveport from Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He has also worked at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library in Dallas. Mr. Olmstadt has a master’s degree in library science as well as a master’s degree in public health, and he is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Distinguished level.  He is one of five health sciences librarians selected to participate in the 2016-2017 National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program, which prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.


Library Director Retiring

Dixie Jones, Library Director and Chair of the Department of Medical Library Science, will retire from the Health Sciences Library on January 31.  She has worked in health science libraries for over 40 years, including twelve years as our Head of Reference and three years as our Associate Director.  She has served as our Library Director since November 2012.

Service to the profession has been a hallmark of Ms. Jones’ career.  She has served as President of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana (1992/93) and of the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association (1996/97). She served as President of the Medical Library Association in 2013/14, only the second librarian from Louisiana ever elected to this position in the international organization’s history.  

In addition to association service, Ms. Jones has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on health sciences librarianship. She currently serves on the editorial boards of three health sciences librarianship journals. 

Ms. Jones has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 2003 SCC Distinguished Service Award and the Louisiana Library Association Subject Specialists Section’s Lucy B. Foote Award in 2014. 

We appreciate Ms. Jones’ years of service to this Library, to LSU Health, and to librarianship, and we wish her all the best in her retirement!



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