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A Reminder about Appropriate Use of Library Electronic Resources

The Health Sciences Library negotiates and agrees to licenses for our electronic resources. These licenses permit certain uses of the e-resources and prohibit other uses.  In general, you may download and share resources or full-text (such as PDF downloads of articles) with other LSU Health Shreveport or University Health personnel.

The following uses of our resources are usually prohibited:

  • Sharing downloads with colleagues not affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport
  • Systematically running web crawlers to download copyrighted full-text content or download excessive numbers of bibliographic citations
  • Posting full-text or copyrighted content from databases to e-mail lists or worldwide file-sharing utilities such as Sci-Hub
  • Sharing usernames and passwords with colleagues not affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport

Publishers patrol electronic resource usage for potential violations of licensing agreements. Such violations could result in the publisher discontinuing access to the electronic resource for all of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health.

These policies are certainly not intended to deter using Library electronic resources. However, these restrictions are part of the regulatory environment in which we work. We are happy to answer questions if you are unsure about using Library online resources properly. 


Beat the Heat with National Ice Cream Day

The Health Sciences Library will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day on Friday, July 14th starting at 3 PM. The first 120 people will receive an ice cream cup. Beat the summer heat and get an early start on celebrating National Ice Cream Day. Then end your day at Painting for a Purpose 2.0!


Library Faculty Begins Term as Chair of Louisiana Library Association Section

Will Olmstadt, interim director, begins his term as Chair of the Subject Specialists section of the Louisiana Library Association on July 1st. 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. Mr. Olmstadt’s term as Chair goes through June 2018.


Allied Health Winners in Library Quiz

The Health Sciences Library recently offered an electronic scavenger hunt for new students in the School of Allied Health Professions. All of the questions on the quiz could be answered by using the Library’s website.  Respondents who answered all questions correctly were entered in a random drawing for prizes. Congratulations to Physician Assistant student Kary Wilson, who won a set of Rohen’s Photographic Anatomy Flash Cards; Physical Therapy student Courtney Page, who won the “Board Review Series” book Gross Anatomy; and Physician Assistant student Kasie Nelson, who won a Cardio-Lite stethoscope. Thanks to all of the students who participated, and special thanks to the Bookstore for donating the great prizes!


Librarian Elected President of General Faculty

Congratulations to David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, who was recently elected President of the General Faculty of LSU Health Shreveport.  His responsibilities in this new role will include presiding at General Faculty meetings and serving on the Faculty Senate.  Mr. Duggar’s term of office begins July 1.


Online Catalog Not Available on Wednesday, June 28

On Wednesday, June 28, the Library will be migrating to a newer version of the software that manages many Library functions.  The online public catalog will not be available that day, and some other tasks (such as checking out materials) may take slightly longer than usual. We are working to ensure a smooth transition, and we appreciate your patience! Please do not hesitate to contact the Library at or 318.675.5445 if you need help locating materials in the Library.


Librarian to Lead Hospital Library Organization

Congratulations to Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach, who was recently elected Chair of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association (MLA).  With almost 500 members, the Hospital Libraries Section is the largest section within MLA.  Ms. Esparza’s term began at the annual meeting in May. 


Librarians Awarded National Network of Libraries of Medicine Grant

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region recently awarded a $25,000 Consumer Health Outreach Award to the Health Sciences Library’s project “Geaux Consumer Health:  Bringing Comprehensive Consumer Health Resources Training to Louisiana.”  Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach, is the grant’s primary investigator, and her co-investigators are Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services; David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, and Mararia Adams, Assistant Director of Systems.   The funds will be used to provide comprehensive consumer health education to public and school librarians throughout Louisiana.  



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