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November 2016

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Remembering Billy Triplett

Retired librarian Billy Triplett passed away on November 1.  Mr. Triplett began working at the Library of the LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport as an assistant on nights and weekends in September 1975. In 1980, he became the Audiovisuals Librarian, a position he held for more than twenty years. In 1991, he took on additional responsibilities as the Library’s Assistant Director of Operations, managing various remodeling and relocation projects.  Mr. Triplett retired from LSU on January 31, 2007, with 31 years of service. 

The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport Library. 


Library Hours for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Library will observe the following hours during the Thanksgiving holiday period:

  • Wednesday, November 23, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 24-Friday, November 25, CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 26, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

New Acquisitions

Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during October 2016.



Dr. Jack Pou Remembered in Library

Thanks to Mrs. Margaret Anne Pou, the legacy of her husband Dr. Jack W. Pou will be preserved in the Health Sciences Library Archives. As the Founding Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at LSU Health Shreveport, Dr. Pou helped to establish graduate medical education in north Louisiana. After he passed away, his wife donated his photos, medical instruments, and research articles to the Archives. An exhibit honoring Dr. Pou’s contributions is now on display in the Library.


Art by Cancer Patients in Library

Selected paintings from Feist-Weiller Cancer Center’s Arts in Medicine program are currently on display in the Health Sciences Library. This special program offers cancer patients the opportunity to recreate paintings by some of the most historically influential artists, as well as artists from the local community. Volunteers trace the paintings to create a color-by-numbers pattern and cut the sketch into 10-inch squares. Then, the patients paint the squares during chemotherapy. Last, the squares are combined, framed, and placed on display. For more information about the program, contact Darlene Whitaker at


Librarians Share Knowledge at Regional Meeting

The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association recently held its annual conference in Galveston, Texas.  Several LSU Health Shreveport librarians presented their work at the conference:

Alexandria (“Lexi”) Brackett, Reference Librarian, presented two posters. “Birds and Books! An Academic Health Sciences Library on Twitter and Facebook” highlighted the benefits and challenges she has experienced as moderator of the Library’s social media accounts.  “It’s a Match!  Helping Fourth-Year Students with their Residency Applications” described the creation of a LibGuide and book display on residency programs.

Will Olmstadt, Associate Director of the Library, presented a Lightning Round session on “Revising a Library Employee Handbook into a LibGuide.” This presentation addressed the transformation of the Library Employee Handbook from a wiki version into a LibGuide. 

David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, presented a Lightning Round session on “Health Observances: A Wave of Promotion Using LibGuides.”  This presentation described the creation of monthly health observance pages to promote national health observances, special events in the library, and local observances on campus and in the community.

Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, presented the contributed paper “Community Knowledge Assessment of HPV Vaccination in Males.”  This award-winning paper was co-written with Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, Dr. Meher Mavuram, and Dr. Eric Thomas from the Department of Internal Medicine; Dr. Afaf Abdulbaki and Dr. Lois Anderson from the University Health Pharmacy Department; high school student Grace Dodd; and college students Derrick Murcia and Jessica Sims.

Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, and David Duggar presented the contributed paper “Intruder Alert!  A Symposium for Mass Murder Response.”  The paper described a disaster preparedness event recently held for first responders and librarians. David Duggar and Montie’ Dobbins also served as moderators for a Roundtable on “Disaster Information Resources.” In this session, they facilitated a discussion about online resources for different types of disasters, disaster education and planning within libraries, and the incorporation of disaster education into medical, nursing, and allied health curriculums.  They collaborated with Paula Craig from the NSU College of Nursing and Allied Health Library for both presentations.

Alexandria Brackett and David Duggar co-presented a poster on “Transforming National Library Week in a Health Sciences Library Setting.”  The poster described activities during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016.

Julia Esparza, Alexandria Brackett, Montie’ Dobbins, David Duggar, and Will Olmstadt, presented a contributed paper titled “If It Swells, Ride It!” to coordinate with the conference’s beach theme.  The paper assessed the Library’s involvement in the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a part of the institution’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation.  The paper was co-written with Dr. Tim Gilbert, Director of QEP/Faculty Development; Christi Rinaudo, Director of Education Program Development; Dr. Gunjan Kahlon from the Department of Internal Medicine; and Dr. Lucy Robinson from the Department of Biochemistry.


Librarian Shares Tips for Newbies

Congratulations to Alexandria (“Lexi”) Brackett, Reference Librarian, whose article "Tips for the First-Year Health Sciences Librarian" was recently published in the journal Medical Reference Services Quarterly. In the article, Ms. Brackett describes the teaching experiences she has encountered in her first year as a librarian at LSU Health Shreveport.  She also shares advice and insights based on what she has learned.