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Library and Pediatrics Faculty Cooperate for Shreveport Medical Society Alliance Grant

The Shreveport Medical Society Alliance recently awarded John Vanchiere, MD PhD, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Will Olmstadt, Library Associate Director, a $1,565 Health Project Grant. The funds will be used to purchase audiovisual equipment and patient-friendly DVDs for use in the Viral Disease Clinic on St. Vincent Avenue and the Children’s Clinical Research Center on the LSU Health Shreveport campus. 

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Librarians and Captain Fit Combat Childhood Obesity

Congratulations to Deidra Woodson, Metadata & Digitization Librarian, and Will Olmstadt, Library Associate Director, whose article “A Novel Tool for Health Literacy: Using Comic Books to Combat Childhood Obesity” appears in the current issue of Journal of Hospital Librarianship.  They co-authored the article with Dr. John Vanchiere from the Department of Pediatrics, former Library faculty members Talicia Tarver and Charlie Tudor, and graphic artist Nick Fechter. The article describes their creation of The Amazing Captain Fit Comic Book .  Funded through a Health Information Literacy Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the comic follows the adventures of a young boy who aspires to be just like his favorite superhero, Captain Fit. However, the boy must first complete a series of tasks to make sure he is himself healthy and ready to help Captain Fit fight childhood obesity.

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Patient Education Resource: Teen Health

The healthelinks website is a collection of consumer health information links that have been evaluated for authority, objectivity, and currency.  The site now features a TEEN HEALTH page linking to sites that provide age-appropriate information on physical development, diseases and conditions, as well as emotional and mental health issues.  This resource was developed by Library staff as part of an outreach agreement with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region.  

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Who Let the Dogs Out?!

Therapy dogs will be in the Library on Tuesday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help students and employees de-stress. Included in the group will be Lucy Woodley, MSII, and her registered therapy dog, Lady Sybil. Everyone is invited to spend some time with these sweet canine friends.

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Librarian Authors Book Chapter

Deidra Woodson, Metadata & Digitization Librarian, has written a chapter in the recently published book Consumer Health Information Services and Programs: Best Practices. Ms. Woodson co-wrote Chapter 5, “Rewards and Challenges of Children’s Health Education: An Ongoing Community Partnership to Reach Local Preschoolers,” with former faculty member Donna Timm.  The chapter describes their health education activities for children at local public libraries.  These events are supported by funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region.

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Celebrate National Library Week

Libraries Transform is the theme for National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016. Pick up a form at the Circulation desk and jot down why your library is important or how it has transformed the way that you do your work. Then display it on the cork board that will be available.

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On Wednesday, April 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., join the trend of coloring for stress relief! Valorie Lurry, School of Allied Health Professions Student Life Director and Board member of the Gingerbread House, has designed a coloring page for the occasion. The pages that you color (crayons supplied) will be presented to children at the center.  Get transformed at the Library and brighten the Gingerbread House, Bossier/Caddo Children’s Advocacy Center, at the same time. Why? In addition to being the host month for National Library Week, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. More information is available on the Library Health Observances LibGuide.

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Librarian Elected to Lead the State’s Academic Librarians

Congratulations to David Duggar, Head of the Library’s Liaison Program, on his recent election as Chair of the Academic Section of the Louisiana Library Association.  The Academic Section includes academic librarians from colleges and universities all over the state.  As a Section chairman, Mr. Duggar will also serve on the Executive Board of the Louisiana Library Association, the only statewide organization representing libraries of all types.

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Get Published in BMJ Case Reports

Are you looking for an opportunity to write for publication?  Have you encountered a case that involved a rare disease, an unusual presentation of a common disease, a novel treatment, or an unexpected outcome?  If so, consider submitting a case report to the journal BMJ Case Reports.  This journal’s business model requires authors to pay an annual “fellowship fee” to submit cases for publication.  However, because the Health Sciences Library subscribes to the journal, the fee is waived for LSU Health Shreveport faculty, staff and students.  For more information, click on BMJ Case Reports in the Electronic Journals list.  You will be directed to a link to submit an email request for the institution’s code.  A librarian will verify your affiliation and email you the code as well as submission instructions.      

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