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October 2017

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Librarian Begins Term as Regional President

Congratulations to Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, who was recently installed as president of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) at its annual meeting. As president, she will lead an organization of more than 200 health sciences information professionals from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Her term of office is October 2017-October 2018. (Photo credit: Ali Bernard Photography)


Librarians Share Knowledge at Regional Meeting

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

Will Olmstadt, Interim Director of the Library, presented a contributed paper on “A Modified Scoping Review of Burnout in Library Personnel.” This award-winning presentation reviewed the literature on burnout among library personnel. 

Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, presented the contributed paper “From Thought to Liftoff: The Hidden Figures from Research to Launch a Community Project.”  This paper was co-written with Dr. Lois Anderson and Dr. Afaf Abdulbaki from the University Health Pharmacy Department; Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, Dr. Meher Mavuram, and Dr. Eric Thomas from the Department of Internal Medicine; high school student Grace Dodd; and college students Derrick Murcia and Jessica Sims.

David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, presented a Lightning Round session on “What I Learned in Three Months on the Faculty Senate.”  In this presentation, Mr. Duggar described his experiences and encouraged librarians to get involved in campus activities.

David Duggar also presented the contributed paper “The Invisible Ceiling: Success and Failure in the ‘Teaching Science through Gamification’ Project.”  This paper was co-written with Julia Esparza; Mararia Adams, the Library’s Assistant Director of Systems; and Katrina Bell, Library Associate in Systems.  This paper highlighted the results of a recent study of game-based resources for science education, which was funded by an outreach award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

David Duggar also presented the contributed paper “Live United or Die Hard!  Lessons Learned from the Front.”  The paper was co-written with Barbara Reilly, Interlibrary Loan Librarian and a former United Way campaign co-chair, and Mr. Duggar’s 2017 campaign co-chairs, Sue Johnson and Themessia Fenceroy.  This paper described the Library’s involvement with the institution’s United Way campaign.


September Eyeglass Drive Results

The Health Sciences Library held an eyeglass drive during the month of September in cooperation with the Ophthalmology Interest Group and the Shreveport Red River Lions Club.  Thanks to your generosity, over 150 pairs of glasses were donated to the Lions Club’s “Recycle for Sight” program.  The glasses included prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses.  We also received 36 eyeglass cases and several packages of contact lenses.  Thanks for helping to change lives, one pair at a time!


Award-Winning Library Research

Congratulations to Will Olmstadt, interim director, who recently received an award for a paper that he presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association.  His paper, “A Modified Scoping Review of Burnout in Library Personnel,” was the second place winner in the contributed papers category of the Elizabeth K. Eaton, PhD Research Award presented by the SCC Research Committee


Relax with Therapy Dogs November 1

Come to the Library at 3:00 on November 1 to visit therapy dogs who will help you “keep calm and carry on.” Meet them on the Library’s first floor in the relaxation area at the back of the main room, 1-401.


Library Bids Farewell to Deidra Woodson

Deidra Woodson, MLS, MA, MT(ASCP), is leaving LSU Health Shreveport October 31. Ms. Woodson joined our staff in September 2008 as the metadata & digitization librarian. In addition to cataloging duties, she has taught classes and worked collaboratively on a number of creative projects, including the popular Captain Fit health comic book. We appreciate her service to the Library and LSU Health, and we wish her all the best in the future!


Award-Winning Shreveport Sculptor James Marks Presents “Anatomical Abnormalities”

Just in time for Halloween, the Library is pleased to host “Anatomical Abnormalities,” a new wire and metal sculpture show from local artist James Marks. The show features new works, such as “Swallowed a Watermelon Seed” (pictured), and will be on display October 11 through early December.

James Marks has been sculpting for over 30 years. In April 2017, he received the “Best Studio” award during Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Culture Crush weekend. His work is also featured in downtown Shreveport’s “Uncommon Murals” project.

In conjunction with the show, Library faculty have selected for display relevant books illustrating anatomy from the Library’s History of Medicine collection.

The Library is hosting a reception for the show on Thursday, October 12, at 6:00 PM, on the first floor of the Library.


Library Staff Member Recognized for Excellence

Congratulations to Katrina Bell, Library Associate in Systems, who was recently selected as a winner of the 2017 LSU Health Shreveport Employee Excellence Awards.  She was selected by the LSU Health Shreveport Foundation, the sponsor of the award, based on nominations received from her co-workers.  As one of the nominations stated, “Katrina exemplifies excellence and is the model of efficiency and effectiveness. With a friendly smile, she is willing to take on difficult projects and go out of her way to help others. She loves people, works hard and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her.”  Ms. Bell received the award at a banquet on October 3. We are proud that she has been recognized by the Foundation with this special honor.


Librarians Celebrate Their Years of Service

Two library faculty members were recently honored for their years of service to LSU Health Shreveport.  Congratulations to David Duggar, who is celebrating twenty-five years.  Mr. Duggar serves as head of the Library’s liaison program, and he is currently serving as president of the general faculty.  Congratulations also to Montie’ Dobbins, who is celebrating fifteen years of service.  Ms. Dobbins is head of user access services.  Later this month, she will be installed as president of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association.  We appreciate these librarians and their combined forty years of service!  


Pop into the Library

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Join the celebration!

Guess the Number of Kernels in the Jar

Enter by October 29 for a chance to win a prize

Winners will be notified October 30


Hot Air Popcorn Maker by Cuisinart

Spirits of the Season

2 - $15 Starbucks Gift Cards


Columbus Day Holiday

Although Monday, October 9, is a holiday for LSU Health Shreveport, the Library will be open with limited staffing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Full staff will be here on Tuesday, October 10, when normal hours resume.

DynaMed Upgraded to DynaMed Plus

The Health Sciences Library has subscribed to DynaMed, a point-of-care database, since 2008.  However, the publisher is retiring the product, and the Library has agreed to pay for an upgraded subscription to DynaMed Plus for one year.  The new product has a completely new user interface and new search functionality.  It includes hundreds of new topics, and each new topic includes overviews and recommendations.  DynaMed Plus includes thousands of graphics and images. DynaMed Plus is available in Epic and also available on mobile devices.

Our alumni may access DynaMed Plus as part of our subscription.  For additional information about access, alumni should contact the Alumni Association.