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The Writing Consultant Service is unavailable during the holidays, starting on Friday, December 20. Documents will be reviewed in the order received starting on Monday, January 6, 2020.

For more information about the Library’s writing services and its policies, including turnaround time, please visit the Writing Consultants webpage.

The Library staff wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season and a joyous new year! Library hours are as follows:
December 13-15 Close at 7:00 p.m.
December 16-20 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 21-22 Closed
December 23 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 24-26 Closed
December 27 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 28-29 Closed
December 30 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 31 Closed
January 1 Closed
January 2-3 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
January 4-5 Close at 7:00 p.m.
Normal hours resume on Monday, January 6, 2020

The Library Writing Consulting e-mail will not be monitored Thursday, November 28 – Sunday, December 1, for the Thanksgiving holidays. Manuscripts submitted will be reviewed starting Monday, December 2, in the order they were received.


LSU Health Shreveport Medical Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 27 and will also be closed Thursday, November 28 thru Saturday, November 30. Regular Library hours will resume at noon on Sunday, December 1. 

Nomad (LibKey Nomad) is an extension for Chrome browsers to reduce the number of clicks to find full-text of articles in PubMed. It is fast and simple to download. Instructions are available here.

When the extension is installed in Chrome, it senses when full-text is available from the Library’s subscriptions, and displays the appropriate buttons. It slightly changes how PubMed results are displayed. Here is an example:

If the Library does not have access to the full-text, a button labeled Access Options appears. This offers the chance to request the article through interlibrary loan. (Fees may apply.)

Right now, Nomad only works with PubMed and selected publisher websites, and is only available for Chrome. It can be used on iPhone, iPad, desktop, and laptop computers. The developer plans to expand Nomad in the future.

Library faculty are excited to provide this time-saving option to the campus. Contact the library with questions.



In cooperation with the Ophthalmology Interest Group and the Shreveport Red River Lions Club, the Health Sciences Library will be holding an Eyeglass Drive during the month of November.

Starting November 1st to donate your old glasses and eyeglass cases, please leave them in the basket at the Library’s circulation desk.

At the end of November, the glasses will be given to the Shreveport Red River Lions Club. The Lions Club accepts prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses, with plastic or metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed.

Donate your old eyeglasses and help change lives one pair at a time.


Library faculty were active at the annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association, held in Oklahoma City, October 11-16, 2019.

Assistant Director Montie’ Dobbins, the immediate past president of the chapter, co-facilitated a round table on how libraries can serve first responders. Ms. Dobbins also began a term as the President-Elect of the Hospital Library Interest Section of the chapter.

Librarian David Duggar completed his term as Secretary of the Hospital Library Interest Section. Mr. Duggar also attended a special symposium for health sciences libraries doing outreach in their communities.

Associate Director Julia Esparza, on behalf of several Library staff, presented a poster about the Library’s recent relocation of the institutional archives. Ms. Esparza, who is the current President of the Medical Library Association, delivered the association update during the chapter business meeting. Ms. Esparza, who was named Librarian of the Year at last year’s chapter meeting, also presented that award to this year’s recipient.

Executive Director Will Olmstadt presented a lightning talk about outsourcing the Library’s writing consultant service. Mr. Olmstadt also began his term on the program committee for the chapter meeting in Houston in October 2020.


Celebrate Halloween on October 31 with a tasty treat in the Health Sciences Library.

Starting at 9:00 AM while supplies last.

Eat a Munchkin (from Dunkin Donuts)!

Provided by the LSU Health Shreveport Library