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Library Faculty Member Renews Academy Membership

The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) is the professional development and career recognition program of the Medical Library Association (MLA). Interim Director Will Olmstadt was recently approved for renewal at the highest AHIP level, Distinguished. He has been a member at the Distinguished level since 2013. Three other Library faculty also have Academy credentialing as recognition of their academic preparation, professional experience, and professional accomplishment: at the Senior level, Betty Tucker, Assistant Director of Technical Services; and at the Distinguished level, Julia Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach; and David Duggar, Head of the Liaison Program.


Library Annual Report 2016/2017

The Library’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2017 is now available, in addition to a shorter document summarizing our progress over the last fiscal year. We invite you to look at these reports to see the excellent work our Library staff did in 2016/2017 for the benefit of our faculty, staff and students.


Library Hours for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Library will observe the following hours during the Thanksgiving holiday period:

  • Wednesday, November 22, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 23 - Friday, November 24, CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 25, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Win a VIP Study Room

The Health Sciences Library is giving away one private, VIP study room to a lucky student for one week. To enter, send an email to with the Subject line: “I want to win a Room” before 9:00 am, Wednesday, November 22. One winner will be randomly selected at 9:00 am on November 22. The winner can choose the week and the room! 


Library Contest Winners

To celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, the Health Sciences Library invited you to “Pop Into the Library” and guess the number of popcorn kernels in a jar at the circulation desk.  The correct answer was 5272.  Our winners were Junaid Ansari, Physiology fellow, first place; Pooja Shah, medical student, second place; and medical students Keia Castle and Brandon Toy, who tied for third place.  Thanks to all who submitted entries, and congratulations to the winners!


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!



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