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The latest issue of Journal of Hospital Librarianship contains an article written by Barbara Reilly, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, and recently retired Library Director Dixie Jones.  Their article, "Effects of a Change in Hospital Affiliation on an Academic Medical Center Library,” reports on the privatization of University Health and its impact on the Library.  They describe how the Library continues to provide services and vital resources to affiliates of University Health as well as LSU Health Shreveport.

Dixie Jones, Library Director and Chair of the Department of Medical Library Science, will retire from the Health Sciences Library on January 31.  She has worked in health science libraries for over 40 years, including twelve years as our Head of Reference and three years as our Associate Director.  She has served as our Library Director since November 2012.

Service to the profession has been a hallmark of Ms. Jones’ career.  She has served as President of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana (1992/93) and of the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association (1996/97). She served as President of the Medical Library Association in 2013/14, only the second librarian from Louisiana ever elected to this position in the international organization’s history.  

In addition to association service, Ms. Jones has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on health sciences librarianship. She currently serves on the editorial boards of three health sciences librarianship journals. 

Ms. Jones has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 2003 SCC Distinguished Service Award and the Louisiana Library Association Subject Specialists Section’s Lucy B. Foote Award in 2014. 

We appreciate Ms. Jones’ years of service to this Library, to LSU Health, and to librarianship, and we wish her all the best in her retirement!

Will Olmstadt, who has served as the Library’s Associate Director since September 2013, has been appointed as Interim Library Director effective February 1.  

Mr. Olmstadt came to LSU Health Shreveport from Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He has also worked at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library in Dallas. Mr. Olmstadt has a master’s degree in library science as well as a master’s degree in public health, and he is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Distinguished level.  He is one of five health sciences librarians selected to participate in the 2016-2017 National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program, which prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.

Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during December 2016.


Reveal your artistic ability and have a chance at winning a prize in the exciting 5th Annual Art from the Heart of LSU Health Shreveport exhibit that displays the hidden creative talents of the faculty, staff, and students of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health. The Library will host this event between March 13 and June 2, 2017. Viewers will vote for their favorite work, and the artist of the winning piece will be awarded a gift card at the reception. All forms of the visual arts including but not limited to painting, sculpting, photography, pottery, jewelry, computer-generated art, and fabric art are eligible. To participate in this year’s show, complete the online submission form by February 28. For more information, visit

Even though January 16th is a school holiday, the Health Sciences Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with reduced staff. Please note the later opening time for the holiday. 

Congratulations to Library Director Dixie Jones, who was selected as the recipient of the Marianne and Stafford Comegys Endowed Professorship in Medical Library Science in September 2016.  She was awarded this honor in recognition of her outstanding achievements in departmental leadership, especially her efforts to provide mentoring and educational opportunities to Library faculty.

Congratulations to David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program/Principal Investigator, and Julie Esparza, Head of User Education & Outreach, who recently received the Exhibitor Award from the regional office of the National Library of Medicine. The purpose of this competitive award is to enable librarians to promote and demonstrate National Library of Medicine products to health professionals, health organizations, emergency responders, consumer groups, and public or school librarians.  This award will provide funding for a booth at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Louisiana Library Association.  At this meeting, Mr. Duggar and Ms. Esparza will educate school, public, academic, and subject specialist librarians from all over the state on the science and health resources available from the National Library of Medicine.

The Library staff wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season and a joyous new year! Library hours are as follows:
December 19-22 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 23-26 Closed
December 27-29 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 30-31 Closed
January 1-2 Closed
Normal hours resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Review a list of materials that the Library acquired during November 2016.