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Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

Even though Monday, January 15th is a school holiday, the Health Sciences Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with reduced staff. Please note the later opening time for the holiday. 


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 Reference Librarian

Library faculty and staff are pleased to welcome Erin Reardon as the new Reference Librarian. Her responsibilities will include providing reference assistance, conducting database searches, and developing and teaching library classes.  Ms. Reardon holds a BA in English from Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA, an MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University, and an MLIS from Valdosta State University in Georgia.  She completed field work in health sciences librarianship at Mercer University’s Atlanta campus.


Library Holiday Hours

The Library staff wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season and a joyous new year! Library hours are as follows:
December 23-26 Closed
December 27-29 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 30-31 Closed
January 1-2 Closed
Normal hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018



Electronic Resource Cancellations for 2018

Like many health sciences libraries nationwide, our collection budget remains static while costs for our licensed resources continue to increase. This situation has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel some of our resources so that we can maintain a fiscally healthy Library.  Library faculty scrutinized in detail the use and feedback about our online products before arriving at these decisions. The Library Committee and administration also provided input. Resources that will not be renewed for 2018 include VisualDx, Faculty of 1000, and some of our e-journals.

Interlibrary loan is available for journals not owned by the Library. Library staff are also available by e-mail or phone to help locate materials and answer questions.


Writing Consultant Service during the holidays

The Writing Consultant Service is unavailable during the holidays.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please submit your document again on January 3.

For more information about the Library’s writing services and its policies, including turnaround time, please visit the Writing Consultants webpage (


Library Bids Farewell to Nell Hays

Nell Hays, Administrative Coordinator in the Library, is leaving LSU Health Shreveport January 31. Ms. Hays began working at LSU Health Shreveport in the Urology Department in 1980, and she was hired in the Library in 2000.  She officially retired in December 2015 but has continued to help us on a part-time basis.  Ms. Hays was recognized with an LSU Health Shreveport Employee Excellence Award in 2012.

The Library staff honored Ms. Hays with a reception on Tuesday, December 5.   We appreciate her service to the Library and LSU Health, and we wish her all the best in the future!



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