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August 2020 Check out the August 2020 additions to the Library's e-book collection. These items were funded by LOUIS: the state academic library consortium.

The Library is excited to announce a license for EndNote for LSU Health Shreveport students, faculty & staff. EndNote manages citations, produces bibliographies, and more. To request the software, follow the directions at Requests must be made from LSUHSC email. The download is not immediate – ITG first verifies requests on business days before sending download instructions. EndNote software retails for $115-$250 per user, so this is a significant savings to improve our school’s publications.

For help using or downloading EndNote, contact the Library at


Embase is a highly versatile, multipurpose, and up-to-date biomedical research database. It covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day and all articles are indexed in depth. It offers comprehensive coverage of biomedicine with a focus on drugs, pharmacology, and medical devices. It includes excellent coverage of international literature and includes 2,900 journals not covered in PubMed. Embase is a valuable tool for systematic reviews. Contact the library for assistance!

Starting Monday, August 3, the library will open at 7:30 a.m. and continue to close at 5 p.m. We will remain closed on weekends. Materials will not be checked out. Per recent chancellor guidance, masks and social distancing are required. Bleach solution and paper towels are available at the library's entrance.

The library’s subscription to STAT!Ref now includes the Wills Eye Manual (2017) and Wintrobe’s Clinical Hematology (2019).

Health sciences library faculty used time wisely during the work-at-home orders to earn additional credentials from the Medical Library Association.

Montie’ Dobbins, Assistant Director of Technical Services, was approved for membership at the Distinguished (highest) level of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) from the Medical Library Association. She also earned the association’s Disaster Information Specialization and an Annual Meeting Grant.

Erin Ware, reference librarian, completed the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), and was also awarded an Annual Meeting Grant.

The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) is the professional development and career recognition program of the Medical Library Association (MLA).

The Consumer Health Information and Disaster Information Specializations represent completion of specific tracks of continuing education from the association.

Annual Meeting Grants will offset the cost of attending the Medical Library Association virtual conference in August 2020.

Will Olmstadt, executive director of the health sciences library, was approved for promotion to Librarian/Professor of Medical Library Science, effective July 1, 2020.

The library will remain open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Use of the library during Phase I did not justify expanding hours during Phase II. Library administration will consider expanded hours as part of Phase III.

All guidelines listed in the Chancellor memo about Phase II also apply to the use of the library.

In-training exams will only be held in the library's computer labs with social distancing enforced.

Library staff are available to help, by appointment or by email at

The library is not checking out materials at this time. The governor’s orders for Phase II do not recommend it.

Library CollabCongratulations to Montie’ Dobbins, Will Olmstadt, David Duggar, and Julia Esparza, who co-authored a chapter in the recently published book Library Collaborations and Community Partnerships. Former LSUHS library faculty Talicia Tarver is also a co-author. The chapter describes the lessons learned from the funding the LSUHS library received to promote reputable health information in the Shreveport/Bossier community.

Because of staffing limitations imposed during Phase I, the Library will continue to operate Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., through June 1. Depending on guidance from the administration for Phase II, the Library may expand to more typical hours.

The seating in the Library has been calculated to meet the 25% capacity requirement from the governor, and enforce social distance. Library staff will be tracking capacity.

Guidance about testing in the computer labs is forthcoming. There are only 18 seats available in the computer labs because of reduced capacity.

To help the campus during Phase I:

  • Reference librarians will be available in person starting Monday, May 18. Please make an appointment for best service. You can find the librarian for your department or program at this link.
  • Library faculty are happy to provide virtual orientations or presentations.
  • Library Writing Consulting and Interlibrary Loan continue to be available. Borrowing materials from other libraries may still be restricted since not all states are re-opening.
  • All the Library’s electronic resources remain available through the VPN.
  • We have temporarily stopped charging for printing and copying in the Library.

One additional note:

  • The Library has gathered many of the resources publishers made free at As more states re-open, publishers may discontinue this free access with no notice. Many trials and free resources expire on May 31.