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Librarian Receives State Award

Congratulations to Montie’ Dobbins, the Library’s head of User Access Services, who was recently selected by the Louisiana Library Association as the recipient of its Anthony H. Benoit Mid-Career Award. This award recognizes a Louisiana librarian with 10-20 years of professional experience who has contributed significantly to librarianship and to the people of Louisiana. The award was presented on March 8 at the Louisiana Library Association's annual conference.  (Photo credit: Ali Bernard Photography)


Additional Study/Group Space During Core Lab Renovations

The Library has made additional temporary space for students in room G-425. This room is on the ground floor of the Library, near the restrooms. When not in use for small groups, it will be available for individual study, similar to other rooms in the Library. The room has desks, chairs and a round table.

Right now, this space is a temporary effort from the Library to help our students during the Core lab renovation, and as final exams near. The usual policies about the Library’s study rooms apply to this room.


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.  The grant is provided through our statewide academic library consortium, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, and its goal is to help reduce higher education student expenses for books. The LSU Health Shreveport Library was awarded this funding to purchase access to four textbooks used in the School of Allied Health Professions: 

Clinical immunology & serology : a laboratory perspective

Clinical manifestations and assessment of respiratory disease

Documentation manual for occupational therapy: writing SOAP notes

Legal and ethical issues for health professionals


Library Discontinuing Facebook Page

After carefully reviewing the use and time involved maintaining the Library’s Facebook page, Library senior staff have decided to discontinue it. The Library announces news through several channels, including its Twitter feed, campus electronic bulletin boards, and our customized guides for departments and programs. Selected news about the Library is also included in the official publications of the campus. Faculty, staff and students are always welcome to contact the Library at 318.675.5445 with questions.


Librarians Publish Book Chapters

Congratulations to two librarians who recently shared their expertise in book chapters.

Dixie Jones, Medical Library Science gratis faculty and retired library director, contributed a chapter in the new book Transforming Medical Library Staff for the Twenty-First Century. The chapter, "Knowing and Understanding the Staff," discusses how library administrators can develop and motivate their librarians to support new library services and priorities. 

Julia Esparza, head of User Education and Outreach Services, co-authored a chapter in the recently published book Surgical Patient Safety: A Case-based Approach.  Her chapter, “Evidence, Information, and Knowledge: The Basic Elements of Safe Surgical Care,” describes how effective use of scientifically sound, fully researched data can contribute to safer surgeries. 


Librarian Selected for Course in Research Data Management

Julia Esparza, head of user education and outreach services, has been selected through a competitive process to participate in a course on “Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians.” The goal of the course is to help librarians implement or enhance research data management training and services at their institutions.  The program is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office.  Following eight weeks of online coursework, Ms. Esparza will complete a Capstone project to apply her new skills and knowledge to the support of data management services at LSU Health Shreveport.  The experience will culminate with a Capstone Summit, held in April at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where Ms. Esparza will share her Capstone project and meet with experts in data science.


Library Faculty Begin Terms as Officers in State Association

Two Library faculty were elected to serve as officers in the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana (HSLAL). Locrecia Abner, cataloging & digitization librarian, will serve as Secretary during 2018, and Will Olmstadt, interim director, will serve as President during 2018. HSLAL was formed in 1976 and represents health sciences libraries throughout Louisiana.


Library Welcomes New Employee

Library faculty and staff are pleased to welcome Kathleen Bloomingdale as the new Library Associate in Library Administration. She will serve as the Library’s business manager and will also cross-train to help in other sections of the Library.  Ms. Bloomingdale holds a BS in Computer Science from LSU – Shreveport, and she has worked at LSU Health for almost 15 years. 



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