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Library Faculty Member Retiring

The Library faculty and staff congratulate Charlie Tudor, MHA, on his retirement March 31. Mr. Tudor has worked at LSU Health Shreveport for eighteen years, serving for the last four years in the Health Sciences Library.   In his role as Systems Librarian, he has significantly improved our technological infrastructure and cheerfully helped with computer problems.  In his retirement, he plans to travel around the country in his RV.  We appreciate Mr. Tudor’s years of service to the Library and LSU Health, and we wish him all the best in his retirement!


New Website Coming Soon!

On Monday, March 14, the Health Sciences Library will launch a new website.  The content will be the same, but the appearance will be more attractive and user-friendly. For a sneak peek, see


Library Faculty Elected Vice-Chair of Louisiana Library Association Section

Congratulations to Will Olmstadt, associate director, who was elected Vice-Chair of the Subject Specialists section of the Louisiana Library Association. The Subject Specialists section encourages librarians and library staff with a subject interest or expertise, or those who are employed in a special library, information center or special collection, through continuing education opportunities and programs at the association’s annual meeting. Founded in 1925, the Louisiana Library Association is the only statewide organization representing libraries of all types. Mr. Olmstadt’s term as Vice-Chair goes through June 2017.


Celebrating March’s Match Day

How well do you know the Class of 2016? In honor of March Match Day and the graduating Class of 2016, the Library is holding a contest. What percentage of our Class of 2016 will stay in Louisiana? After Louisiana, which state will have most students from our Class of 2016 attending for residencies? Who will be the last Class of 2016 student to get match results at the Match Day ceremony? Enter the Match Day Contest by Noon on Thursday, March 17.

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Then watch the Match Day celebration on Friday, March 18. Winners will be notified the following week when results are finalized.


Thanks to Psychiatry!

PsychiatryOnline is a collection of psychiatry books and journals.  Through PsychiatryOnline, we are able to access critical resources such as DSM-5 Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders and American Journal of Psychiatry.  We thank the Department of Psychiatry for continuing to generously support our subscription to this database.


New Look for VisualDx

VisualDx is an online tool to help you recognize and diagnose visually identifiable diseases, drug reactions, and infections.   As you type in the symptoms you see on your patient, VisualDx provides a list of possible causes and accompanying images, so you can match what you see on the screen to what you see on your patient.  On Tuesday, March 1, VisualDx is upgrading to a new look.  In addition to the new appearance, the database will double the number of possible diagnoses it offers, and the image library will expand to include more photos and X-rays.  Access to VisualDx is available through our Databases page and in our Library Catalog , and it is also integrated within UpToDate so that links identified with this icon visual dx icon in UpToDate will open content within VisualDx. 


PDR Mobile App Available Free

PDR, the well-known resource for drug prescribing information, now offers a free mobile app.  The app allows you to search by generic name, brand name, or drug class, and it includes a drug interaction checker and a pill identifier.  Drug information is refreshed daily, and any FDA label changes are updated within 4 days.  To install the app on your Apple or Android device, visit  Click “App Store” or “Google Play” to install, and open the app on your device.  Tap “Create an account,” followed by “Skip this step.” Enter the requested information, and submit your registration.  You may install and use mobilePDR on multiple devices.


Librarian Elected to Head Hospital Libraries

Congratulations to Julie Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach, on her recent election as Chair-elect of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association. The Hospital Libraries Section, which has over 600 members, focuses on excellence in the provision and management of information to support patient care.  Ms. Esparza was also recently elected to serve as President of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana, an organization of librarians from academic health science centers and hospitals throughout the state. 



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