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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.  


Board of Regents Funding for Textbooks

We are grateful to the Board of Regents for providing grant funding for us to license the electronic versions of some textbooks.  This is part of a statewide grant to academic libraries to help reduce higher education student expenses for books.  The LSU Health Shreveport Library was awarded this funding by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network to purchase access to five textbooks:

Biochemistry (Rapid Review series)

Differential diagnosis for physical therapists: screening for referral

Egan's fundamentals of respiratory care

Functional performance in older adults

Pathology and intervention in musculoskeletal rehabilitation


Librarians Participate in National Meeting

The Medical Library Association (MLA) recently held its annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.  Several LSU Health Shreveport librarians participated in the conference:

Will Olmstadt, Interim Library Director, attended a Leadership Institute as part of the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. Mr. Olmstadt is one of five health sciences librarians selected to participate in this program, which prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.

Julia M. Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, received the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award for her skills in teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, and educational leadership. Ms. Esparza presided over the meeting of the Hospital Libraries Section as its incoming chair.

David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, received the Professional Recognition Award for Technological Innovation from the Hospital Libraries Section. This award recognized his efforts to promote the section’s website.

The theme of the conference was “Dream, Dare, Do,” and our librarians contributed programming that reflected that theme.  Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, moderated a session on “Dreaming of a Healthier Community: Librarians Doing Research.”  Montie’ Dobbins and David Duggar presented a poster on “Librarians Dreamed of Participating in a Mock Mass Casualty Incident: Did They Dare to Do It?” Co-presenter of the poster was Paula Craig, librarian at Northwestern State University College of Nursing. David Duggar also presented the poster “Dreaming to Learn the Socious Platform:  The Hospital Libraries Section Dares to Follow the Educational Media and Technologies Section.”  His co-presenters were Ellen Aaronson from California and Lisa Marks from Arizona.


Award-Winning Library Staff

Congratulations to Duchein Stinson, Library student worker, who was recently awarded an LSU Board of Supervisors Scholarship for the second year in a row. Mr. Stinson is currently a senior in Cardiopulmonary Science in the School of Allied Health Professions.  This full-tuition scholarship is awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors to students “who by their educational pursuits contribute positively to Louisiana’s and society’s prosperity and well-being.”  Congratulations, Duchein, on this well-deserved honor!


Improvements to Library Study Environment

Check out some improvements to our space! The Library now offers:

·   A device charging station (main floor)

·   A standing desk with adjustable height (ground floor)

·   An earplug dispenser (at front desk)

·   Acrylic privacy screens to clamp onto study tables (soon at front desk; ID needed to check out)

These items were generously paid for by the Marianne and Stafford Comegys Library Enhancement Fund. Please give Library staff your feedback about these items.


Library Welcomes New Allied Health Students

New students in the School of Allied Health Professions arrive on campus for orientation on May 22nd.  To welcome these new students, the Library is offering an electronic scavenger hunt for new Allied Health students only!  Click on the link below to access the questions.  All of them can be answered by using the Library’s website.  All students who answer all questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes that were generously donated by the Bookstore.

The deadline to submit the quiz is Friday, June 2, at noon.

Electronic Scavenger Hunt


Memorial Day

The Library will be closed Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!



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