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News Archive, 2006

New Acquisitions (12/11/2006)
Review a listing of the new books and journals that the library has acquired.

Artwork in Library (12/8/2006)
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Carol Artis became interested in the arts from a very early age. At four, she began to study music and by age nine, she was drawing portraits. As a teenager she made recordings in both rock and big band music, and in 1968 she opened for a Bobby Vinton concert at the Cleveland Armory. After high school, Carol enrolled at Kent State University where she studied art. Her education and career plans were put on hold when she married in 1969, but she continued to find outlets for her interest in art and music. In the 1970s she developed a clothing line of crocheted hats, purses and capes.

Relocating to the Shreveport area, Carol involved herself in a wide range of activities related to art. She earned an associate's degree in business from Bossier Parish Community College, bachelor's degrees in public relations and fine art from LSUS, and a master's in education from Centenary. She has taught art for the Bossier Parish and Caddo Parish school systems and Bossier Parish Community College, and she has been involved with Artport (for the Philadelphia Center) and Artbreak (for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council). In 2000 she developed the Arts in Medicine project at the LSU Health Science Center, in which cancer patients paint on tiles following patterns she had laid out. The finished tiles are then joined together to form reproductions of well-known masterpieces. Subsequently, she reprised this popular project at Christus Schumpert and West Houston Medical Center.

No matter what the individual project may be, Carol Artis has always drawn subject matter from the natural world. Her gardening helps to inspire her painting. Her aim is to "trap for a moment what God has painted for us," and her work attests to her degree of success. When she teaches art to children, she paints and demonstrates her techniques as she teaches. Her ability to convey her enthusiasm is shown by the examples of her two daughters, who teach music in Houston.

Internal Medicine Board Review Software (11/29/2006)
Prep for Boards 2: An Enhancement to MKSAP, a computer-based board exam preparation resource, is now available to users at LSUHSC. The CD can be obtained for use within the library's computer labs at the circulation desk. This software, intended for Residents preparing for the certification examination in Internal Medicine, assists users in assessing the current state of their knowledge in Internal Medicine, identify areas where their knowledge-base needs improvement, and helps improve test-taking skills. Prep for Boards 2 is built around more than 500 questions that cover material from the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam. The software will run automatically when inserted into a computer's CD drive.

Sign up for Basic or Advanced PowerPoint Classes (11/27/2006)
Basic Class - Covers creating a basic slideshow, including getting started, inserting graphics and hyperlinks, and different methods of saving and presenting. Two Sessions Available -- December 5 (Tuesday) 10:30 -11:30 a.m. AND 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Advanced Class - How to refine presentations through transitions, altering color schemes, editing timing, in addition to a few presentation "tricks." Two Sessions Available -- December 7 (Thursday) 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. AND 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Both classes are based on PowerPoint 2002. All sessions will be held in the Library, Room 1-419. To pre-register, e-mail your name, department, phone number, preferred workshop date(s) & time(s) to dsouth@lsuhsc.edu.

Library holiday hours (11/17/2006)
The library will be closing on November 22nd at 5 pm and will remain closed through November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Regular hours will resume on November 25th.

LSUHSC Library Director receives Distinguished Service Award (11/2/2006)
Marianne Comegys, Director of the library at LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, received the Distinguished Service Award at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association's annual meeting in College Station, Texas in October. The award, created in 1985, is presented to a medical librarian within a five-state region that includes Louisiana. It is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the South Central Chapter and the profession of medical librarianship. The library's staff congratulates Marianne on receiving this prestigious award.

Systems Librarians receive award for poster session (11/2/2006)
Angela Anderson, Systems Librarian, and Mararia Adams, Head of the Systems Section in the library, received the "Honorable Mention for Best Non-Research Poster" award at a recent meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Their poster, "Ask Sassy Systems.", which describes a short question-and-answer format departmental newsletter covering common computer problems, drew noticeable crowds and many favorable comments at the Chapter's annual meeting in College Station, TX in October. Congratulations to Angela & Mararia!

Medical Library Awarded Outreach Grant (11/2/2006)
The LSU Health Sciences Library in Shreveport has been awarded an outreach grant by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that will enable the library to offer training to health professionals, public librarians, and the community on the National Library of Medicine's health information resources available on the web. The resources include databases such as the Medline/PubMed database of more than 16 million biomedical journal articles, the MedlinePlus consumer health information resource, and the ClinicalTrials.gov site of current clinical research studies. The library will increase awareness of these resources, conducting health information outreach programs in partnership with community-based organizations such as federally qualified health centers, Families Helping Families, the Multicultural Center of the South, and the local public libraries.

Faculty of 1000 Medicine (10/30/2006)
Physicians and clinical researchers at LSUHSC-S now have access to Faculty of 1000 Medicine, a new literature evaluation and awareness tool similar to Faculty of 1000 Biology. Research articles are chosen by a selected faculty of nearly 2500 leading international researchers and clinicians and evaluated according to a standardized rating system. This database systematically highlights and reviews the most pertinent papers in many specialty areas. Key features include weekly, bi-weekly or monthly e-mailed alerts on your subject areas of interest, the ability to see the "top 10" papers in any given subject area, and the ability to e-mail a list of papers to a colleague. Faculty of 1000 is a "next generation" current awareness tool that will be useful to many clinicians.

E-Mail PubMed Search Results (10/12/2006)
Recently, a few library patrons have found that they are not receiving e-mailed search results from PubMed. If you encounter this problem, please contact us (x5-5455). It is not yet clear why this has begun to happen, but in many cases we can help you get your search results more reliably.

Library hosts Exhibit (10/4/2006)
"Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature", an exhibition organized by the National Library of Medicine, will be on display at the LSUHSC Medical Library in Shreveport from October 2 through December 29, 2006. This exhibition examines the monster and the scientist whose story has become one of the most enduring myths of the Western world since Mary Shelley published her book, Frankenstein in 1818.

Artwork in Library (10/4/2006)
The library is excited to announce an exhibition of artwork by Louisiana artist Dema Whitmeyer. Born and raised in Shreveport, Dema Whitmeyer graduated from C.E. Byrd High School and earned a B. A. in Art from Louisiana Tech University. She pursued further artistic studies at The Instituto de Allende in San Miguel, Mexico, and at various art schools in New Orleans and New York City.

Whitmeyer’s love of 35mm photography began with her first job in Arkansas, where she worked as the art director for KTVE-TV. After several years, she made a career shift into newspaper advertising, working mostly in New Orleans for the D.H. Holmes company. Her passion for fine detail graphite drawing led her to New York City in the fall of 1985. While working, she studied for The New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Illustration Certificate Program and took advantage of classes at several other art academies in the city.

Living her life as an artistic adventure, Ms. Whitmeyer has traveled across the United States, Mexico and Europe. She is a classic realist and naturalist whose talents encompass a wide range of fine art endeavors including photography, stone lithography, sculpture, etching, linoleum block cuts, charcoal and fine graphite drawings, pen and ink, watercolor, and oil painting. Since returning to Shreveport, she has devoted her time to painting and local photography, making limited edition Giclée prints on canvas. Her present fine art mantra is “Love of Beauty.” Dema Whitmeyer can be reached at demalea@yahoo.com.

New Author's Portal Added (9/30/2006)
The library website has recently added a new resource, an author's portal to assist with manuscript preparation for publication. This new portal links to author instructions in health science journals and to guidelines and examples from various style manuals. The author’s portal also contains links for verifying journal title abbreviations, ranking the journals in your field by impact factor, and determining your rights according to copyright law. This library resource was designed in response to frequent user requests for this type of information.

New Acquisitions (9/11/2006)
Review a listing of the new books and journals that the library has acquired.

New version of MicroMedex available (9/5/2006)
Internal users for MicroMedex no longer are required to login. When you click to open MicroMedex you now receive an informational page with screenshots. Just click on "Enter MicroMedex" at the bottom of this page and you will be automatically logged in and ready to begin searching.

Library hosts satellite broadcast (9/1/2006)
Registration is open for the Public Health Grand Rounds satellite broadcast: "Pandemic Flu Preparedness: What Every Community Should Know." It will be presented on September 29, 2006 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Central Time) in the LSUHSC-S Library, Room 1-423. The teleconference will focus on California's Santa Clara County where the community is preparing for a pandemic that will challenge their public health system and affect every aspect of their daily life.

To register, go to http://publichealthgrandrounds.unc.edu/partreg/index.htm and follow the instructions for "New Participant." If you have previously registered for a Public Health Grand Rounds presentation, then you should select "Returning Participant Login" and follow the instructions.

Program information and a list of currently available broadcast sites (including LSUHSC-S) are located on the Public Health Grand Rounds Web site. Registration is free, but you must register online and complete an online evaluation form following the presentation if you wish to receive continuing education credit.

Library holiday hours (8/28/2006)
The library will be closed on September 4th for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on September 5th.

Library book alarm notice (8/25/2006)
Recently, we have begun to have an increased number of "false alarms" from the library's theft detection system when patrons exit. These are caused by the failure of some local vendors--particularly booksellers--to properly desensitize merchandise at the point of sale. Since the library's system is based on the same technology as that used by many local stores, improperly desensitized books purchased off-campus set off our alarm system. If this should happen to you, please return to the circulation desk. In most cases, we can quickly and easily desensitize the book you purchased off-campus, so that it will not trigger the alarm again in the future.

Fundraising event for early literacy program (8/19/2006)
A local fundraising event to support the Reach out and Read (ROR) program for promoting early literacy in children approaching school age concluded on August 19th. Barnes & Noble donated 15% of the price of books purchased by participating LSUHSC-S personnel, raising approximately $800. The library extends its thanks to Barnes & Noble and to all LSUHSC-S personnel who participated in this fund raising event.

Medical Library Offers PubMed Classes (8/9/2006)
Two one-hour classes in finding information in PubMed will be offered to faculty, staff and students: Basic PubMed, on Tuesday, August 22, and PubMed Enhancements, on Thursday, August 24, both in room 1-419 in the Medical Library and starting at noon. 

Basic PubMed covers using MeSH terms and subheadings for greater precision, limiting searches, combining searches, and collecting results in the clipboard.  To register, contact Bob Wood, Reference Librarian, at 675-5679 (email: rwood@lsuhsc.edu).

Objectives:

At the end of the class, the participant will be able to:
1. Search the medical literature comprehensively and precisely.
2. Narrow down your literature search to the most relevant and useful citations.
3. Access your medical information in the most useful formats.

PubMed Enhancements includes Related Articles, Single Citation Matcher, Clinical Queries and My NCBI. To register for this course, contact Kerri Christopher, Reference Librarian, at 675-5393 (email: kchris@lsuhsc.edu).

Objectives: This workshop teaches effective strategies for searching MEDLINE using the National Library of Medicine's PubMed interface.

At the end of this presentation the participant will be able to:
1. Find articles for which only partial information is known using Single Citation Matcher.
2. Perform effective searches for clinical information using Clinical Queries.
3. Distinguish locally available full text articles from search results by customizing PubMed with My NCBI filters.
4. Remain current in your field with automatic email updates by saving a search in My NCBI.

One CME credit is available for each session attended.  Food is now permitted in the library, so feel free to bring and enjoy your lunch during class. 

If one or both of the times offered do not work for you, contact either of the instructors so that different arrangements can be made for the future.

Disclosure: The instructiors have no conflict of interest.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education Program designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 Category 1 credit hour towards the AMA's Physicians Recognition AwardT. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Library hosts photography exhibit (7/12/2006)
An exhibit of photography by Bob Wood will be on display on the first floor of the library beginning in July. He became seriously interested in photography in 1979, when looking for an outlet after completing his doctoral dissertation in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. His favorite subjects range from scenes of ordinary life in Terra Ceia Island in Florida to City Park in New Orleans and the New Mexico desert, and more recently, the bayous and flowers of Shreveport.

His career has been as varied as the subject matter of his photographs. Bob holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, a Master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina, and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. Over the years, he has worked as a housing planner, a technical writer, a managing editor for a database, a real estate appraiser, and has also taught English at the University of Tennessee. Well known to patrons of the library, Bob has been a reference librarian at LSUHSC-S since 1993.

Library/Internal Medicine research project wins national award (7/12/2006)
A paper reporting a joint research project by Library and Internal Medicine faculty was selected as best contributed paper at the Medical Library Association's national meeting in May 2006. The paper reported on a study which found that computerized literature reviews supporting case presentations reduce in-patient costs and length of stay in the hospital. Authors included Donna Timm, Kerri Christopher, David Duggar, and Marianne Comegys from the Library, and Daniel Banks, M.D., Runhua Shi, M.D., Ph.D., and MPH, and Jerry McLarty, Ph.D. from Internal Medicine.

NursingConsult now available (6/19/2006)
The library is pleased to announce the availability of NursingConsult to LSUHSC-S users. NursingConsult is an integrated online service to help nurses find answers to clinical questions efficiently. It covers a wide range of information, including drug information, patient education, professional journals, and reference books. This resource was acquired in support of the LSUHSC Magnet initiative, announced in the June issue of On The Inside.

Holiday Hours (6/19/2006)
The library will be closed on July 4th for Independence Day. Regular hours will resume on July 5th.

PowerPoint Classes (6/14/2006)
Two classes covering use of Microsoft PowerPoint will be offered in the library. The Basic Class, which will cover creating a basic slideshow, inserting graphics and hyperlinks, and methods of saving and presenting, will be offered Tuesday, June 20, at 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. The Advanced Class, which covers refining presentations through transitions, altering color schemes, editing timing, and other tricks of presentation, will be offered Thursday June 22 at 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. All sessions will be held in the library in room 1-419. Interested parties should pre-register by e-mailing Dawn Parker (dsouth@lsuhsc.edu) with your name, e-mail, phone number,and preferred class date & time.

Library adds Thieme Flexibook Atlas & Textbook Series (6/07/2006)
The library is pleased to announce immediate online availability of the Flexibook Atlas & Textbook Series from the Thieme Electronic Book Library. This collection of twenty-nine electronic books is now available from any computer located on campus, or to off-campus patrons through the institutional VPN or the library's proxy server. Hypertext links to each title are available through the library's e-books list or the online catalog.

Database vendor extends free access period for LSUHSC-S (5/30/2006)
The vendor of UpToDate, a highly regarded clinical point-of-care online information resource, has agreed to provide access to their database through the end of December without charge. Earlier this year, UpToDate provided access to its database without charge through June in order to support Louisiana as it works to recover from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The cost of providing access to UpToDate for the Shreveport campus are substantial, which makes the vendor's willingness to provide it without charge particularly valuable. The library extends its thanks to UpToDate for its generous gesture of support.

Library adds new e-journals (5/10/2006)
The libraries of LSUHSC in Shreveport and New Orleans have concluded a joint license agreement with John Wiley & Sons for system-wide access to e-journals. This permits each campus to have access to the journals subscribed by the other. Users in Shreveport gain access to twenty additional journals. Years available varies from title to title, but most are available from 1996 to present.

Biomed Central Membership Cancellation (5/10/2006)
Since 2003, publication fees have been waived for LSUHSC-S authors publishing in Biomed Central's open access journals due to the library's membership in Biomed Central. In the upcoming fiscal year, Biomed Central's pricing model is changing. The library would have to pay a considerably higher fee, for which LSUHSC-S authors would gain only a 15% discount on publication fees. Based on this, we have chosen not to renew the library's membership. LSUHSC-S will retain access to Biomed Central's open access journals, but the publisher will no longer waive publication fees for LSUHSC-S authors. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Michael Watson, x5-5455.

Medical Library Offers PubMed Classes (4/5/2006)
Two one-hour classes in finding information in PubMed will be offered to faculty, staff and students: Basic PubMed, on Tuesday, April 25, and PubMed Enhancements, on Thursday, April 27, both in room 1-419 in the Medical Library and starting at noon. Earn one hour CME credit for each class. Don't forget that food is not banned from the library, so feel free to bring and enjoy your lunch during class.

Basic PubMed covers using MeSH terms and subheadings for greater precision, limiting searches, combining searches, and collecting results in the clipboard. To register, contact Bob Wood, Reference Librarian, at 675-5679 (email: rwood@lsuhsc.edu).

PubMed Enhancements includes Related Articles, Single Citation Matcher, Clinical Queries and My NCBI. To register for this course, contact Kerri Christopher, Reference Librarian, at 675-5393 (email: kchris@lsuhsc.edu).

If one or both of the times offered do not work for you, contact either of the instructors so that different arrangements can be made for the future.

National Library Week Celebration (4/3/2006)
Help us celebrate National Library Week April 3-7. Visit the Library for your opportunity to enter our contests! New this year is Library EGGStravaganza. Choose an egg, answer a question about the Library, and you could be a winner! Returning this year is the ever-popular Bookworm game. Guess how many gummiworms we have in the jar for prizes and bragging rights.

Library Exhibits Artistic Photography (3/22/2006)
The Library is honored to host an exhibit of the works of acclaimed photographer Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen. Mr. Thorne-Thomsen, whose photographic career spans more than 60 years, has exhibited his works nationally and internationally and has been published extensively. He is a proponent of the psychological and therapeutic value of photographic art in hospitals and medical facilities. He is currently working with Dr. Michael Harper of LSUHSC’s Family Medicine Department on a research project relating to the soothing effects of art in a medical environment.

Library offers trial for the Thieme ElectronicBook Library (3/13/2006)
The library is pleased to offer a thirty day trial to a collection of 26 e-books from Thieme. Resources include the Flexibook Atlas and Textbook Series, which is a series of popular and highly respected review textbooks. The library is interested in user feedback on this product. Please send your comments to Michael Watson. This free trial will run through April 15, 2006.

Library creates new Sticker Shock! (3/13/2006)
Stop by the Library to see our newest display "More Sticker Shock!" Frequent library visitors are familiar with our previous display "Sticker Shock", in which annual journal subscription prices were compared to luxury items. "More Sticker Shock!" compares the annual subscription price of your favorite database to a 2006 Lexus SUV, a face lift, yearly mortgage payments, and the yearly salary of a full-time licensed practical nurse.

PDA Portal now available on library website (3/6/2006)
The library has compiled a portal highlighting the databases and e-books in its collection that offer PDA support. The portal also lists popular free medical resources for the PDA such as medical calculators, clinical guidelines, and directories & dictionaries. The library's PDA portal is available at http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu/portals/pda/index.html.

Trial access to Evidence Matters (2/9/2006)
The library has arranged trial access to Evidence Matters, a full-text evidence-based medicine database. The library is interested in user feedback on this product. Please send your comments to Michael Watson. Evidence Matters will be available through Feb 28th.

New USMLE study resource (2/7/2006)
The library has obtained access to EXAMMASTER, a bank of test questions for the USMLE steps 1, 2 and 3. It includes a "simulated exam" option to further assist in board preparation. First-time users will need to register (free) by clicking the "First Time Registration" link, and select a username and password.

Clinical trial finds continuous antiviral therapy for HIV/AIDS superior (2/6/2006)
A clinical trial by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) comparing continuous antiretroval therapy with episodic treatment was ended early when it emerged that patients receiving episodic therapy had twice the risk of disease progression. For more details, see the NIH announcement.

ISI Journal Citation Reports available online (1/27/2006)
The library is pleased to announce the availability of Journal Citation Reports online. Previously available at LSUHSC-S in hardcopy and microfiche, JCR was created using citation data from 7,500 scientific and technical journals. It lists the ISI impact factor of many journals, and also identifies the most frequently cited journals in many fields.

Journal Citation Reports is available through the library's database menu.

Night & Weekend library access for visitors (1/13/2006)
Visitors who are not directly affiliated with LSUHSC - S are welcome to come to the library and use its resources. However, procedures for access to the library during the evenings and weekends have recently changed. Access on weekends or on weekdays after 6:00 p.m. will be available only through the covered walkway entrance to the medical school C-building. Night and weekend visitors will need to obtain a library access card in order to use this entrance. For details on how to apply for a library access card, and a map showing how to reach the library, click here.

Medical Library Offers PubMed Classes (1/11/2006)
Two one-hour classes in finding information in PubMed will be offered to faculty, staff and students: Basic PubMed, on Wednesday, January 25, and PubMed Enhancements, on Friday, January 27, both in room 1-419 in the Medical Library and starting at noon.

Basic PubMed covers using MeSH terms and subheadings for greater precision, limiting searches, combining searches, and collecting results in the clipboard. To register, contact Bob Wood, Reference Librarian, at 675-5679 (email: rwood@lsuhsc.edu).

PubMed Enhancements includes Related Articles, Single Citation Matcher, Clinical Queries and My NCBI. To register for this course, contact Kerri Christopher, Reference Librarian, at 675-5393 (email: kchris@lsuhsc.edu).

One CME credit is available for each session attended. If one or both of the times offered do not work for you, contact either of the instructors so that different arrangements can be made for the future.

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