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Policies and Procedures
The Library is open for service to the general public. Certain services, such as materials check out, off-campus journal access, and interlibrary loan, are limited to LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport affiliates:
Residents and Fellows
Students currently enrolled within the LSUHSC School of Medicine, the LSUHSC-Shreveport School of Allied Health, or the LSUHSC School of Graduate Studies.
To check items out, an individual must be an LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport affiliate and present his/her own valid photo ID.
Although the library is open to the public, library staff cannot accept responsibility for children left unattended in the library. If an unattended child is in the library, library staff will immediately contact University Police.
Books and audiovisual items can be checked out for two weeks and renewed once by telephone, provided there are no holds or recalls on the item. Journals and Reference items are not available for checkout except by Medical Communications for creating slides. Items in the Reserve collection may be checked out from the Reserve area for in-house use only and must be returned before closing on the same day. Exception: Most reserve items can be checked out at 10:00 p.m. for overnight use and will be due at 8:00 a.m. the next day.
Class dates and times are advertised on the library’s classes page. In addition, upon request, library staff will customize class offerings for specific needs. Classes should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by contacting the User Education Librarian.
The collection of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library is developed to meet the present and future information needs of the students, faculty, researchers, health care providers, administrators, and staff of the LSU Hospital, School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Allied Health Professions. Therefore, major emphasis is given to acquiring materials covering the subjects of biomedical research, medical practice, and associated issues. Funds for the purchase of materials are a designated item in the Library budget, which is assigned by the Budget Office.
Monetary contributions to the Library are always gratefully accepted. Library patrons may choose to honor a family member, friend, or colleague by making a monetary contribution to the Library for the purchase of a book. The donor may designate a particular subject area for the book.The donor will receive a letter acknowledging the gift and identifying the amount of the gift. Notification of the gift (without identifying the amount) will be sent to the honoree or, in the case of a memorial, to the family of the deceased. If a print book is purchased, a bookplate will be placed on the inside front cover of the book to identify it as a commemorative gift. If an electronic book is purchased, the donor and the honoree will be acknowledged on the electronic books page at the library’s website. Click here to download the commemorative gift form.
The library has two computer labs, housing 48 PCs and 2 network printers. These labs are available to LSUHSC faculty, students, staff and visitors who are performing research within the scope of health and biomedical research. Computer use is on a first-come, first-served basis. Only preloaded software can be used; no personal software may be installed. The computer lab in room 1-419 can be scheduled for classes & presentations. Users should contact Donna Haas (x5-5268) or Hank Ewing (x5-4997). The computer lab in 1-417 is heavily used, and accordingly cannot be scheduled without approval by library administration.
Wireless Internet connectivity is available for laptops used by LSUHSC faculty, students, and staff. However, laptop specifications and settings must comply with the institutional policy concerning wireless usage.
The library computers are not to be used for the following:
Seeking unauthorized access to library or network computer systems or files with the intent of violating computer security; altering system or network configurations; altering system or network access codes; sabotage; or causing damage through the placing of viruses, worms or embedded messages
Engaging in any illegal activity, including violation of copyright laws or licensing agreements
Misrepresenting oneself on the Internet or engaging in fraud
Viewing, downloading, or disseminating pornography
Participating in chat rooms or forums that are non-work related
Viewing or participating in sites such as YouTube, MySpace, or Facebook
Downloading streaming audio or video
As stated in Chancellor's Memorandum #18, "All users are advised that they should have no expectation whatsoever of privacy as to any transmission/communication or image generated, received by, sent by, or stored in a computer." For the full LSUHSC-S policy regarding computer use, see:
Library response to inappropriate uses may include revoking computer access privileges or contacting the University Police.
The library adheres to federal copyright law, which is summarized by the following copyright notice:
WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
THE COPYRIGHT LAW of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making
of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to
furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy
or reproduction is not to be 'used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.'
If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in
excess of 'fair use,' that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
THIS INSTITUTION reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if,
in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
All patrons are expected to comply with federal copyright law.
Anyone may request a literature search whether affiliated with LSUHSC-S or not. All full-time faculty, staff, and students of LSUHSC-S are provided this service by the Reference Librarians free of charge for most searches. Gratis faculty members are charged a fee for database searching unless they appear in person to make their requests or to pick up the results of their request. The fee for non-affiliates is based on fees charged by the databases used, the number of citations, whether the citations are printed online or downloaded, and whether they are printed with or without abstracts.
The library maintains an environment conducive to quiet study and research. Individuals behaving in a disruptive manner will be reminded to maintain our quiet environment. If disruptive behavior persists, library staff may ask the individual to leave and/or may notify University Police.
All of the library's electronic resources are available at computers located on the LSUHSC network. Off campus access is available through the LSUHSC-S VPN. To access the VPN software, the user must have a current LSUMC-MASTER email account.
When the fire alarms sound, library personnel will immediately contact the University Police (x5-6160) to determine whether a drill is in progress. If University Police cannot be reached, library supervisory staff will make a decision as to whether or not to evacuate the library. In the event of a fire, library staff will notify patrons via the P.A. system. All occupants must exit the building immediately. Maps noting the location of exits are posted near the library elevators. In the event of any other emergency or disaster, instructions will be given.
In accordance with campus policies, medical emergencies should be directed to local emergency services by dialing 9-911. Non-medical emergencies should be immediately reported to campus police by dialing x5-3UPD or x5-3873.
In the event of a power failure, backup generators will provide emergency power.
Food and drink are permitted in the Library.
The library appreciates gifts of medical books, journals, and audiovisual materials that are current, complete, and in good condition. All donations delivered to the library by LSUHSC personnel are accepted, with the understanding that the library becomes the owner of the material and reserves the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to use or disposition. Materials not needed for the LSUHSC Library collection will be offered to other libraries or discarded.
The following materials cannot be used by the LSUHSC Library or other medical libraries participating in cooperative exchanges:
Materials that are damaged or missing parts, such as books or journals that are missing pages
Books or journals that have been marked in any way (highlighting, handwritten notes, etc.)
Multiple copies of the same journal issue
Software packages unless licensing restrictions specifically permit library use
Out-of-scope materials on topics unrelated to medicine (except for hardback books that are appropriate for the leisure reading collection)
The Collection Management Section of the library maintains a record of the persons and departments that have donated items, along with the format of items donated; however, these records do not include number of items donated or the value of those items. Each donor receives an e-mail acknowledgement when the first donation of the calendar year is received. At the end of each calendar year, each donor receives a letter which states that a donation was made but does not specify the number of items or value of the gift. Any additional recordkeeping for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor.
Non-LSUHSC donors who wish to make a gift of materials to the library should send a list of the titles and publication dates of items to be donated. Library personnel will evaluate the list and make arrangements with the donor for delivery of any items that are needed.
The library maintains a list of local, national, and international institutions and organizations that accept donations of used books and journals. This information will be forwarded upon request.
ILL services are available for LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport affiliates. Only items which are not available in the library may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan. Any charges incurred in obtaining an item will be billed to the individual requesting the item.
The library participates in Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium (LALINC), a partnership of libraries cooperating to promote resource sharing among Louisiana libraries. Patrons in good standing with the LSU Health Sciences Library may utilize collections of participating Louisiana Libraries by applying for a LALINC card. Any charges incurred through the LALINC program are reported to the home library and are charged directly to the patron.
The Library provides books for leisure reading that may be checked out by faculty, staff, and students. The leisure reading collection includes fiction and non-fiction hardback volumes; it does not include paperbacks.
The leisure reading collection is maintained entirely through donations; state budget funds are not used for purchases for this collection. It is the responsibility of the Collection Management Section to determine that a donated item is appropriate for the leisure reading collection.
The library does not have sufficient space or a secure location to retain lost items. Items left in the library will be turned in to University Police (x5-6160).
Visitors may have access to the Library computers for educational or research purposes only. The Library is located on the first floor of the Medical School, where night and weekend access is restricted to registered access card holders only. To obtain an access card, library users who are not directly affiliated with LSUHSC – S will need to visit the library during the day (between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.), present a valid photo ID such as driver’s license, and complete an application form. Once this form is completed and signed by a Library representative, the visitor presents the form to Auxiliary Services to have a Library Access card issued.
The primary goal of the Reference Section is to anticipate, meet and exceed the information needs of the faculty, staff and students of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. The Reference Section librarians provide computerized mediated searches as well as assist with manual information searches, in addition to answering ready reference questions from walk-in, telephone, or electronic mail clients. These services are provided as quickly as possible by accessing information housed in the library, as well as that available through outside sources. The Reference Section provides instruction on the content and organization of various information sources in the formats available in the library. The faculty, staff and students are assisted in mastering the use of complex information systems. The Reference Section librarians identify the needs of clients by monitoring the usage of various services and materials.
A telephone for answering in-house pages is available on each floor of the library. In addition, cell phone usage is permitted. All telephone users are encouraged to maintain a quiet atmosphere conducive to study.