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February 2016

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Thanks to Psychiatry!

PsychiatryOnline is a collection of psychiatry books and journals.  Through PsychiatryOnline, we are able to access critical resources such as DSM-5 Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders and American Journal of Psychiatry.  We thank the Department of Psychiatry for continuing to generously support our subscription to this database.


New Look for VisualDx

VisualDx is an online tool to help you recognize and diagnose visually identifiable diseases, drug reactions, and infections.   As you type in the symptoms you see on your patient, VisualDx provides a list of possible causes and accompanying images, so you can match what you see on the screen to what you see on your patient.  On Tuesday, March 1, VisualDx is upgrading to a new look.  In addition to the new appearance, the database will double the number of possible diagnoses it offers, and the image library will expand to include more photos and X-rays.  Access to VisualDx is available through our Databases page and in our Library Catalog , and it is also integrated within UpToDate so that links identified with this icon visual dx icon in UpToDate will open content within VisualDx. 


PDR Mobile App Available Free

PDR, the well-known resource for drug prescribing information, now offers a free mobile app.  The app allows you to search by generic name, brand name, or drug class, and it includes a drug interaction checker and a pill identifier.  Drug information is refreshed daily, and any FDA label changes are updated within 4 days.  To install the app on your Apple or Android device, visit  Click “App Store” or “Google Play” to install, and open the app on your device.  Tap “Create an account,” followed by “Skip this step.” Enter the requested information, and submit your registration.  You may install and use mobilePDR on multiple devices.


Librarian Elected to Head Hospital Libraries

Congratulations to Julie Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach, on her recent election as Chair-elect of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association. The Hospital Libraries Section, which has over 600 members, focuses on excellence in the provision and management of information to support patient care.  Ms. Esparza was also recently elected to serve as President of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana, an organization of librarians from academic health science centers and hospitals throughout the state. 


Librarian Elected to Serve Cancer Librarians Organization

Congratulations to David Duggar, Head of the Library’s Liaison Program, on his recent election as Treasurer of the Cancer Librarians Section of the Medical Library Association.  He will take office during the Association’s meeting in May, and he will serve a three-year term.  The Cancer Librarians Section includes information professionals from around the world who specialize in clinical and/or patient-level cancer librarianship.


Movies and Medicine Contest

In recognition of the way movies have portrayed health and medical issues, the Health Sciences Library is holding the Movies and Medicine Contest during the month of February. The Grand Prize (Fandango Gift Card) will go to the person with the most correct answers. Enter the contest by February 28 (Oscar Night). Winners will be announced on Monday, February 29 (Leap Day). Forms are at the Library’s Circulation Desk.


ClinicalKey for Your Mobile Device

The Library provides our users with access to ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing.  These databases include books, journals, guidelines, images, and videos to provide you with evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information.  A new mobile app is now available to give you access to these resources on your Apple or Android device.  To download the mobile app, you must first have a remote access account:
   1. Go to ClinicalKey or ClinicalKey for Nursing and click Register in the top right corner.
   2. Using your institutional email address, fill in the required information on the registration page.
   3. Click Register when finished. You should see an activation message and receive a confirmation email.
   4. In the confirmation email, click the link to officially start your remote access.
To download the mobile app, open the App Store on your mobile device, search for “Clinical Key,” and install the app at no charge.  Select your option, ClinicalKey or ClinicalKey for Nursing, and enter your remote access username and password.  Then you can start using the app for access on the go!


Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Monday, February 8, is the campus Mardi Gras holiday.  However, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Please note that this is a later start 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 will resume on Tuesday, February 9.


Library Staff Changes

The Library welcomes Terri Nail as the new evening/weekend supervisor in Access Services.  Her responsibilities will include assisting Library users and supervising the Library’s student workers.  Ms. Nail has a bachelor’s degree in English education with a minor in library and information science and a master’s degree in secondary and higher education.  In addition to experience at the public library, she has also worked at the libraries at Louisiana Tech University and the Paul M. Herbert Law Center at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Locrecia Abner, formerly Library Associate in Systems, has been appointed as Cataloging and Digitization Librarian. In this position, she will catalog electronic and print books and also digitize materials for the archives.  Ms. Abner has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in business administration, and she has worked at the Health Sciences Library for approximately two years.