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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.


Retired librarian Billy Triplett passed away on November 1.  Mr. Triplett began working at the Library of the LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport as an assistant on nights and weekends in September 1975. In 1980, he became the Audiovisuals Librarian, a position he held for more than twenty years. In 1991, he took on additional responsibilities as the Library’s Assistant Director of Operations, managing various remodeling and relocation projects.  Mr. Triplett retired from LSU on January 31, 2007, with 31 years of service. 

The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport Library.