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News Archive, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours (11/26/2012)
The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21st and remain closed through Friday, November 23rd. Normal hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 24th. Happy Thanksgiving!

Librarians Receive Service Awards (11/19/2012)
Congratulations to David Duggar, Reference Librarian, and Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, who were recently recognized for their milestone years of service to LSU Health Shreveport. Mrs. Dobbins received her ten-year pin in an afternoon ceremony in the BRI Atrium on October 23rd. Mr. Duggar was honored for twenty years of service at a dinner held at East Ridge Country Club, also on October 23rd.

Librarians Make Presentations at Regional Meeting (11/19/2012)
At the recent meeting of the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association, several presentations were made by LSU Health Shreveport librarians

In addition, Dixie Jones, who is a member of the SCC Credentialing committee, helped to facilitate a roundtable discussion, “Academy of Health Information Professionals: Can I Join Too?”  In her role as Chair of the SCC Membership Committee, Deidra Woodson coordinated and moderated the New Members Reception.  Although unable to attend the meeting, Kimberly Pullen served as Fundraising Committee Chair and coordinated the Committee’s activities at the meeting.  
The South Central Chapter includes health sciences librarians from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  This year’s conference was held in Lubbock, Texas.


Librarian Addresses Canadian Meeting (11/19/2012)
Dixie Jones, Interim Library Director, recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA).  This conference was held in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.  Mrs. Jones, who currently serves as President-elect of MLA, presented the “MLA Update” during a general session of the conference.

Librarian to Serve State Organization (11/19/2012)
Congratulations to Talicia Tarver, Digital & Information Services Librarian. She was recently elected Secretary of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana.  This organization includes librarians from health science institutions throughout the state.

Librarians Evaluate Health Education Resources for Children (11/19/2012)
Congratulations to Deidra Woodson, Metadata and Digitization Librarian; Dee Jones, Head Cataloging Librarian; and Donna Timm, Head of User Education, whose article Playing Online Interactive Games for Health Education: Evaluating Their Effectiveness was recently published. The article, which appears in the current issue of Journal of Hospital Librarianship, details the process through which online games with a health education focus were selected for the children’s section of the Library’s consumer health database healthelinks. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to recommend healthelinks to their patients as a source of accurate and easy-to-understand health information.

Library Exhibits at Benefits Fair (11/19/2012)Fair
LSU Health Shreveport’s annual Benefits Fair gives employees the opportunity to find out about various insurance and retirement plans and other services available to those who work here. For the first time ever, the Library participated in the Fair, which was held on October 10th. Over 300 employees visited the Library table to learn about our services, snack on cookies (courtesy of Amedisys Hospice), and enter our drawing for four great prizes. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to our generous donors: Gertrude Johnson won a $50 gift certificate to Fresco Market Deli & Pizzeria, donated by Dawna Bledsoe, Coldwell Banker realtor. Randa Eshaq won an LSU tote bag valued at $65 and a $25 gift certificate, and Rana Thomas won an LSU tote bag valued at $75 with a $25 gift certificate. The bags and gift certificates were donated by Samantha Bradley of Thirty-One Gifts. Bridgett Bushnell won a collection of Roden & Fields skincare products valued at $295, donated by Michele Attaway. Click here to see photos of the Benefits Fair prize winners.

Librarian Coordinates History Project (11/19/2012)
Dee Jones, Head of Cataloging, recently coordinated a retrospective indexing project for the Medical Library Association. New indexes were prepared for thirty-seven of the organization’s oral histories that lacked adequate indexing. These new indexes will facilitate the use of these oral histories for research purposes. The Medical Library Association’s membership includes more than 3600 individual members in the health sciences information field. The oral histories are available to members at the organization’s website. In addition to her cataloging responsibilities, Mrs. Jones also maintains LSU Health Shreveport’s Archives and History of Medicine Collection.

Library Staff Member Recognized for Excellence (11/19/2012)Nell hays
Congratulations to Nell Hays, Administrative Coordinator in the Library, who was recently selected as a winner of the 2012 LSU Health Shreveport Employee Excellence Awards.  She was selected by the LSU Health Shreveport Foundation, the sponsor of the award, based on nominations received from her co-workers.  She will receive the award, along with a check for $250, at a banquet on October 23. Ms. Hays has worked at LSU Health Shreveport since 1980, and she has served in the Library since 2000.  She always exemplifies excellence, and we are proud that she has been recognized by the Foundation with this special award.

Librarian to Edit Journal Column (11/19/2012)
Congratulations to Kim Pullen, Head of the Library Liaison Program, who was recently appointed co-editor of the "Informatics Education" column in the journal Medical Reference Services Quarterly. She will begin her duties with the 2013 issues. Medical Reference Services Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal for librarians who provide reference and public services to health sciences personnel in clinical, educational, or research settings.

New England Journal of Medicine Deputy Editor Visits Campus (10/30/2012)
On Tuesday, September 18, Dr. Julie Ingelfinger, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Senior Consultant in Pediatric Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Deputy Editor from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), will visit LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Ingelfinger will speak at the Department of Medicine's Grand Rounds in the medical school auditorium (Room 1-400) at noon. Students, residents, and fellows are highly encouraged to attend Dr. Ingelfinger's lecture on "Hot Tips for Submitting, Revising, and Succeeding in Getting Your Paper Accepted in a Major Journal." Dr. Ingelfinger is a pediatric nephrologist who trained with Dr. Joan Blondin, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medicine Residency Associate Program Director. As the NEJM's deputy editor, Dr. Ingelfinger currently works with Clinical Medical Librarian and Associate Professor, Julia Esparza, who serves on the NEJM Library Advisory Board.
In honor of Dr. Ingelfinger's visit, as well as NEJM's 200th anniversary, the Health Sciences Library is hosting an exhibit that highlights the groundbreaking research and significant medical discoveries that have been published in the journal throughout its history. For more information about the exhibit or Dr. Ingelfinger's visit, contact Julia Esparza at 318-675-4179.

Drs. Joe and Alice Baker Holoubek (10/30/2012)
Several new displays in the Medical Library foyer celebrate the lives of Drs. Joe and Alice Baker Holoubek, who practiced medicine in Shreveport for more than 40 years. Dr. Joe Holoubek was one of the founders of the School of Medicine in Shreveport and went on to document this early history in several publications. These exhibits coincide with the publication of The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing by the Holoubeks' daughter, Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald. The book was compiled from a private collection of nearly 800 courtship letters between Fitzgerald's parents and illustrates what life was like for two young medical students.
A book signing will be held on Thursday, August 23rd from 5 to 7 pm in the Biomedical Research Atrium. Proceeds from this event will benefit the medical school.

Quality Accreditation for Library Resource (10/30/2012)
Healthelinks, the Library's consumer health website, is designed to provide easy access to reliable sources of health information so people can take an active role in their wellness. One of the resources that the Library incorporates into healthelinks is the Health Library, which offers information on hundreds of conditions, procedures, and medications. Health Library recently achieved accreditation from URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. We are pleased to offer this quality resource to our users.
Healthcare professionals, remember to refer your patients to healthelinks for “Online Health Information You Can Trust.”

Librarian Investigates Personal Health Records (10/30/2012)
Congratulations to Dixie Jones, Interim Library Director, whose article Personal Health Records: Selected Webliography" was recently published in Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. The article offers examples of different types of personal health records (PHRs) and lists websites that provide general information about PHRs. This will assist librarians in identifying web-based information that they can provide to consumers on this topic. The article includes a screenshot of the public webpage for LSU Health's version of MyChart.

Combining Library Instruction and History of Medicine (10/30/2012)
Library faculty members teach a database searching class to third-year medical students during their surgery rotation. Our librarians have developed a curriculum that incorporates the history of medicine into the lesson. Students examine the Edwin Smith surgical papyrus to discover how an injury or ailment was treated in 1600 B.C. They also search current resources to report on how the same condition is treated today. Librarians Donna Timm, Dee Jones, Deidra Woodson, and John Cyrus describe this creative teaching approach in their article, "Combining History of Medicine and Library Instruction: An Innovative Approach to Teaching Database Searching to Medical Students," which appears in the current issue of Medical Reference Services Quarterly.
LSU Health Shreveport faculty members who are interested in setting up a customized library class for their students should contact Donna Timm at x55474 or e-mail

Librarian Examines Technology's Impact on Privacy (10/30/2012)
Congratulations to John Cyrus, Liaison Librarian, whose article "Mobile Technology: Implications for Privacy and Librarianship" was recently published. The article, which appears in the current issue of The Reference Librarian, examines how new technologies affect user privacy and the role of librarians in facing these new challenges.

Librarian Speaks at National Pharmacy Conference (10/30/2012)
Julia Esparza, Associate Professor/Clinical Medical Librarian, was an invited speaker at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's recent national meeting in Orlando, Florida. She spoke on the topic "Publishing is Easier Than You Think!" This practical presentation covered the steps to getting published, from research concept to final publication.

Congratulations and Thanks to Dr. Chen (10/30/2012)
atlasCongratulations to Dr. Harold Chen, Department of Pediatrics, on the recent publication of the second edition of his book Atlas of Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling. This comprehensive pictorial atlas covers over two hundred genetic disorders, malformations, and malformation syndromes. The Library appreciates the generosity of Dr. Chen, who provided funding for the Library to have this valuable resource. Access to the electronic version of Atlas of genetic diagnosis and counseling is now available, and the Library will also have the print version soon.

Library Open Monday, October 8 (10/9/2012)
The library will be open on Columbus Day the usual hours, 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m

New Acquisitions (10/4/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during August 2012.

Library's Interlibrary Loan System to Be out of Service During Upgrade (10/4/2012)
The library's ILLiad system for processing interlibrary loans is undergoing a required upgrade on Monday, September 24th between 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. During this upgrade, you will not be able to log in to the ILLiad page. Access should be restored by late Monday afternoon. The library staff apologizes for any inconvenience while we perform this upgrade to insure that the system continues to function.

Labor Day Holiday (9/6/2012)
The library will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2012, for the holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4.

New Acquisitions (9/6/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during July 2012.

Library to Collaborate with FWCC on Community Event (9/6/2012)
The LSU Health Shreveport librarians will collaborate with the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center Clinical Trials Department on an upcoming event entitled, “Ask the Expert: Inherited Breast and Gynecologic Cancers.” The event will be held at the Broadmoor Branch Library (1212 Captain Shreve Dr.) on Wednesday, July 18th, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dr. Robin Lacour, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, will be the presenter. The library’s role will be to show participants where to find clinical trials information on this topic through healthelinks (, the library’s consumer health Web site.

New Library Exhibit (9/6/2012)
The Library is pleased to host "And There's the Humor of It": Shakespeare and the Four Humors. This exhibit, developed by the National Library of Medicine, will be on display in the Library from July 2 - August 11, 2012. One might wonder how Shakespeare is associated with medicine. The now discarded theory of the four bodily humors - blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm - pervades the plays of William Shakespeare. In his time, the four humors defined peoples' physical and mental health, and determined their personality, as well. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope and fear - the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. After viewing this exhibit, one might observe the behaviors of Katharine Minola in The Taming of the Shrew, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in an entirely different way.

Library Faculty Member Retiring (9/6/2012)
The library faculty and staff congratulate Dennis Pernotto, Ph.D. on his retirement June 30. Dr. Pernotto has been a member of the LSU Health Shreveport community since 1980, and he joined the library faculty in 1991. In his role as the library's Head of Special Projects, Dr. Pernotto has spearheaded our grantwriting efforts. He has received numerous funding awards from the National Library of Medicine to bring information technology to rural hospitals. Dr. Pernotto has also facilitated the library's focus groups to assess our strengths and weaknesses with our users. We appreciate Dr. Pernotto's years of service to the library and LSU Health, and we wish him all the best in his retirement!

We have Secrets! (9/6/2012)
The review books in the Secrets Series use a question-and-answer format to help students, residents, and practicing physicians prepare for tests, board exams, rounds, and clinical discussions. Each book focuses on a particular specialty and includes a “Top 100 Secrets” section summarizing the most important concepts and principles in that field. The library recently added the electronic versions of several of the Secrets books published in 2012:
Medical secrets
Nephrology secrets
Spine secrets plus
We will also add Critical Care Secrets when the new edition is published in September. Other new e-books recently added to the library collection include the newest editions of:
Greenfield's surgery: scientific principles and practice
Marriott's practical electrocardiography
Sternberg's diagnostic surgical pathology
Virus taxonomy: ninth report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses
Washington manual of surgery
You can access all of the library’s electronic books through the E-books list or in the Library Catalog.

Exchange Grant Received by Library (9/6/2012)
The Library recently received a grant from the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) consortium for an exchange visit between University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) librarians and LSU Health Shreveport librarians. This funding enabled three UAMS librarians to visit our campus on June 13-14 and four librarians here to visit the UAMS campus in Little Rock on June 21-22. Our librarians saw their team-based learning center, computer pods, 24/7 study area and archives, and learned about the software they use in computer classrooms, the equipment they use for digitization, how they assist in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, the tools they use for benchmarking, and more. They saw our History of Medicine room, archives, computer labs, and small group teaching rooms, and learned about our clinical medical librarianship program, participation in medicine conferences, writing consultants, outreach programs, and collaborations on papers, posters and publications. Librarians from both sites shared information about teaching, outreach, website management, exhibits, and historical collections. The visits were a valuable learning experience for both libraries.

New Acquisitions (9/6/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during May 2012.

Fourth of July Holiday (7/5/2012)
The library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2012, for the holiday. Normal hours will resume Thursday, July 5.

Library's Interlibrary Loan System to Be out of Service During Upgrade (7/5/2012)
The library's ILLiad system for processing interlibrary loans is undergoing a required upgrade on Tuesday, June 26th. You will not be able to log in to the ILLiad page for most of the day on Tuesday, although access should be restored by late Tuesday afternoon. The library staff apologizes for any inconvenience while we perform this upgrade to insure that the system continues to function.

New Acquisitions (7/5/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during May 2012.

Librarians Make Presentations at National Meeting (7/5/2012)
At the recent Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, several presentations were made by LSU Health Shreveport librarians:

Contributed Paper--Assessing the FACTTS: An Evidence-Based Medicine and Critical Appraisal Course for Medical Students. David C. Duggar, Deidra Woodson (presenter), Kimberly A. Pullen, John Cyrus, Donna Timm, Jerry McLarty (Feist-Weiller Cancer Center), Mark P. Baggett (now at University of Tennessee) and Daniel E. Banks (now at Brooke Army Medical Center).

Contributed Paper--Opening Day: Reflections by a Clinical Medical Librarian on Clinical Rounds During the First Day Implementation of a New Electronic Health Record System. Julia Esparza (presenter) and Gunjan Kahlon.

Contributed Paper--Bringing School Librarians to the Game: Promoting Reliable Online Health Information through School Librarians. Kimberly A. Pullen and Betty Tucker.

Poster--Changing Our Game: From the Clinical Challenge to the Surgical Papyrus. Deidra Woodson, Dee Jones, Donna Timm and John Cyrus.

Poster--Teaming up with Girl Scouts for Nutrition: Making Reliable Electronic Health Information Accessible to the Girl Scouts of Louisiana--Pines to the Gulf. Kimberly A. Pullen and Betty Tucker.

Montie' Dobbins moderated a contributed papers session on Patient Advocacy: Meaningful User Needs Assessment, and Marianne Comegys presented the MLA Treasurer's Report.


Accessing ScienceDirect articles (7/5/2012)
Some of our users have reported the appearance of an intermediate screen when they are trying to link from PubMed to articles published by Elsevier. If you encounter a screen instructing you to "Select a website below to get this article," click on "Update your website selections" at the bottom of the screen. When this new screen opens, uncheck the "Select: All" box. Scroll through the alphabetical list to "ScienceDirect" and check that box only, then scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "Save." Once you have done this, clicking on the  icon in PubMed should take you directly to the article.

As always, please contact the Library if you experience any problems accessing the articles you need.

Librarian receives award (7/5/2012)
Congratulations to Montie' Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, who recently received the Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award from the regional office of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Federal funds associated with this competitive award will enable the Library to partner with the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana to connect the public to reliable electronic health information resources. Computer equipment will be provided for the Downtown and Broadmoor branches of the YMCA, and library faculty will instruct YMCA staff and members on NLM consumer health resources. In addition, items promoting NLM's consumer health resources will be distributed at community events such as the YMCA Half Marathon and 5K.

New Acquisitions (7/5/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during April 2012.

Library's Mobile Instruction for Nurses featured in article (7/5/2012)
Library faculty recently collaborated with Nursing Administration to implement a plan for delivering instruction on patient care resources to nurses on the patient floors. The librarians then conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of this innovative Mobile Instruction for Nurse Education (MINE) program. A report on the study, titled "Connecting with Hospital Nurses through MINE," appears in the current issue ofJournal of Hospital Librarianship. Congratulations to authors John Cyrus, David Duggar, Julia Esparza, Mararia Adams, Montie' Dobbins, and Kim Pullen.

Librarian receives award (7/5/2012)
David Duggar, Reference Librarian, recently received a competitive award from the regional office of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Federal funds will be used to promote NLM's Environmental Health Student Portal in Caddo Parish schools. David will train middle and high school science teachers and librarians about the resources in the portal, and he will work with the district science supervisors to recognize those teachers that implement environmental health projects with their students. He will also demonstrate the portal at the Joint Louisiana Science Teachers Association/Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in November.
Congratulations, David!

Sage Journal Package Now Available (7/5/2012)
The Library recently added the Sage Premier journal package, which includes approximately 200 journals in science, technology and medicine, including:
American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Biological Research for Nursing
Child Maltreatment
Health Education & Behavior
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Transcultural Psychiatry
These journals, as well as others published by Sage, can be accessed by title in the Library's E-journals list or in the Library Catalog.
The Library subscribed to this package through the LOUIS consortium, a statewide partnership of academic libraries funded primarily by the Board of Regents.

Library's Web App (7/5/2012)
The Medical Library now has an app for your mobile device! Visit from your iPad, iPhone or Android, and you will automatically be directed to the mobile version of the Library's website. The app is optimized for the smaller screen sizes of smartphones.

Librarian Is Double Award Recipient (7/5/2012)
Congratulations to Julia M. Esparza, Clinical Medical Librarian, who is receiving two awards from the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association (MLA). She is being honored with the Professional Recognition Award for Technological Innovation, as well as a 2012 Travel Grant to help defray costs of attending the MLA annual meeting in Seattle in May.

Librarian Receives Award (7/5/2012)
Congratulations to Deidra Woodson, Metadata and Digitization Librarian, who recently received the William D. Postell, Sr. Professional Development Award from the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA). This award will fund her registration cost to attend the course on Cataloging with Resource Description and Access (RDA) at the MLA Annual Meeting in Seattle in May.

Thanks for UpToDate (7/5/2012)
UpToDate is a point-of-care resource that provides specific, concise, evidence-based answers to clinical questions. Although access is only available on campus due to licensing restrictions, it is consistently one of the Library's most heavily-used resources. We thank the Departments of Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Pediatrics for their partnership with the Library to provide funding for this resource. We appreciate their generosity to help make UpToDate available for everyone at LSU Health Shreveport.

Pictures for Your Projects (7/5/2012)
Do you need a photo, graph, table, or microscopy image to enhance a lecture or presentation? Many of the Library's databases include images that may be freely used for instructional (non-commercial) purposes. For information on what is available and the guidelines for their use, check out the new Image Database Portal, found in the list of Resources on the left side of the Library homepage.

National Library Week Contest Winner (5/17/2012)
To celebrate National Library Week, the Health Sciences Library recently held a contest to guess the number of visitors that would come to the Library during National Library Week. Congratulations to Shahraam Kamalpour, MS III, who won a Kindle for guessing closest to that week's gate count of 1945 without going over. Thanks to all of you who visited the Library to participate in the contest, and special thanks to our anonymous donor who provided the Kindle.

Library Celebrates Preservation Week on April 23rd (5/17/2012)
In honor of Preservation Week, Health Sciences Library faculty will host an exhibit table on Monday, April 23rd from 10am to 2pm on the ground floor of the Medical School building, near the deli. What is Preservation Week, you ask? It is an annual event that promotes awareness to preserve important historical documents, such as photographs, correspondence, programs, yearbooks, and other items one might find in the Library Archives. One way that library faculty are preserving our institution's history is by digitizing items in the archives and making them accessible online. Stop by the library's table on April 23rd to learn about our latest projects and online collections, such as the yearbook and commencement program collection. For more information, contact Deidra Woodson or Dee Jones.

Making Exercise Fun (5/17/2012)
Librarians from LSU Health Shreveport will present a story hour at the Wallette branch of the Shreve Memorial Library on April 17th. The program will include stories about exercise, followed by a fun physical activity. For more information, go to the Medical Library's Kids' Health page on healthelinks.

Lilly Oncology Art Exhibit in Library (5/17/2012)
"Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey" is a biennial art competition and exhibition presented by Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. The competition invites those who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer, as well as their families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare providers, to express their cancer experiences through art. We are pleased to host an exhibit of twenty-five of the inspiring entries from the 2010 competition. The collection, which includes watercolors, acrylics, pastels, oil paintings, and photographs, is currently displayed on easels on the first floor of the Library.
The Library also has the 2007 book Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey, which has selections from the 2006 competition. This book is currently in the Reference section.

National Library Week @ Your Library (5/17/2012)
You belong @ your library for National Library Week April 8-14, 2012. As part of our celebration, we will hold a contest to give away a Kindle eBook reader. To enter, guess the number of visitors you think will stop by the library during National Library Week. The winner will be the entry closest to the week's gate count without going over. All entries must be placed in the entry box before the library closes on Friday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Evidence-Based Medicine and the Medical School Curriculum (5/17/2012)
Connie Schardt from the Duke University Medical Center Library will present "EBM and the Medical School Curriculum" on April 2, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in the Library's computer lab, room 1-417. Her presentation will outline the Duke University School of Medicine experience of integrating evidence-based medicine into the curriculum. Ms. Schardt will also conduct a continuing education course for librarians on evidence-based medicine on April 2. The course and presentation are sponsored by the Marianne and Stafford Comegys Professorship in Medical Library Science. If you would like to attend the 4:00 session, please call 5-5449 or email Nell Hays at by March 29th.

EBM Articles by Local Authors (5/17/2012)
The March 2012 issue of Southern Medical Journal focuses on the important topic of evidence-based medicine (EBM). These articles help non-statisticians understand statistics and describe the step-by-step process of critical appraisal of medical literature. We are proud that many of the articles were authored by our LSU Health Shreveport faculty:
Dr. Pat Bass (Internal Medicine)
Dr. Jerry McLarty (Cancer Center)
Ms. Donna Timm (Library)
Dr. Jai Varma (Cardiology Section, Department of Medicine)
Dr. Dennis Wissing (Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Allied Health Professions)
Other authors include former LSU Health faculty members Dr. Daniel Banks, Dr. Donna Carden, and Dr. Ishak Mansi.
Congratulations to the authors on your recognition as regional experts in the field of EBM!

Librarian Runs Marathon (5/17/2012)
Congratulations to Montie' Dobbins, Head of Library Access Services, for successfully completing her first marathon. For reaching the finish line of the Little Rock Marathon held March 4, 2012, Montie' received a medal which she is wearing in the photograph here. See more about the event at Facebook.

New Acquisitions (5/9/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during March 2012.

Reference Books Available Online (4/20/2012)
The Library recently added the Credo Reference e-book collection. Our access to these resources is through LOUIS, a statewide consortium of academic libraries that is funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The e-books that are most relevant to our collection have been added individually to our E-books list, or you can search the full collection by accessing Credo Reference in the Databases menu.
Included in this collection are these reference books:
Black's medical dictionary
Cambridge historical dictionary of disease
Churchill Livingstone's dictionary of nursing
Collins dictionary of biology
Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary
Encyclopedia of ethics
Handbook of forensic psychology: resource for mental health and legal professions
Human body book
Jablonski's dictionary of medical acronyms and abbreviations
Macmillan dictionary of toxicology
McGraw-Hill concise encyclopedia of science & technology
McGraw-Hill dictionary of scientific and technical terms
Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions
New Harvard guide to women's health
Pharmaceutical medicine dictionary
State & county quickfacts
Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary.

Library Director Retires (4/20/2012)
Marianne Comegys, Library Director and Chair of the Department of Medical Library Science, retired January 31, 2012. Marianne has been a member of the LSU Health Shreveport community since 1976 when she came to the Library as the Head of Circulation. She was Associate Director from 1988 to 2003 and Director from 2003 to the present. In addition to her work in the Library, Marianne has also served as Co-Director of the Medical Alumni Association on a volunteer basis since 1998. She has also worked extensively with the LSU Health Sciences Foundation, serving on its Board of Directors for over ten years. Marianne has made many contributions to the profession through active participation in professional organizations, legislative activities, scholarly publications, and teaching. She has also received numerous awards at state, regional, and national levels for service to the profession, for presentations, and for publishing. Marianne will continue her commitment to LSU Health Shreveport in her retirement, working part-time for the LSU Health Shreveport Foundation and the Chancellor's Office as Director of Community Relations.
Marianne was honored at a retirement reception in the BRI Atrium on Monday, January 30th. Many guests expressed gratitude for her years of dedication and outstanding service to LSU Health Shreveport and to the profession of librarianship. Click here for photos from this event.
Dixie Jones, Associate Director of the Library, is now serving as Interim Director.

New Web Site on Clinical Trials for Consumers: NIH Clinical Research Trials and You (4/20/2012)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently created a new Web site: NIH Clinical Research Trials and You. The purpose of the site is to help people learn more about why clinical trials are important, the locations where they are being conducted, and how volunteers can participate in them. People can search for clinical trials on various health conditions and connect with researchers seeking volunteers to participate in their research studies. The site also includes educational materials for health care professionals who wish to promote clinical trials in their clinics and offices.

Library Holiday Hours (4/10/2012)
The library will be closed Friday, April 6th through Sunday, April 8th. Normal operating hours resume on Monday, April 9th, 2012. The library will be open 7:30 am to 11:00 pm even though April 9th is a holiday for employees and students.

New Acquisitions (4/4/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during February 2012.

Civil War Exhibit in Library (3/12/2012)
More than three million soldiers fought in the Civil War from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs.
The exhibit, Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, is now on display in the Medical Library and explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine and serve to highlight the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations, as well as the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime.
This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and will be on display in the Medical Library until March 2, 2012. Additional materials pertaining to Civil War medicine, selected from the holdings of the Medical Library, are also on display. For more information please contact Dee Jones at or 675-5458.

Yearbooks and Commencement Programs to be Preserved Online (3/12/2012)
LSU Health Shreveport medical librarians have been given the exciting opportunity to digitally preserve our university's yearbooks and commencement programs with funding from the Alumni Association. These items will be digitized through the Mass Digitization Collaborative offered by LYRASIS, a regional non-profit organization that provides services to libraries. Through the grant-subsidized Mass Digitization Collaborative, LYRASIS is able to offer digitization services at a reduced cost to libraries for a limited time. Our yearbooks and commencement programs date back to 1973, when our first class of medical students graduated. They will be scanned, uploaded to the Internet Archive, and be fully searchable. They should be available online some time later this year. Health Sciences Library faculty would like to thank the Alumni Association for funding this worthwhile project.

Never Too Young to Learn about Heart Health (3/12/2012)
In honor of Heart Health Month, Health Sciences Library faculty will be teaching preschool age children about maintaining a healthy heart on February 29th at the Shreve Memorial Library, Mooretown Branch. Medical Librarians will read Thump-Thump: Learning about Your Heart written by Pamela Hill Nettleton and illustrated by Becky Shipe. Then, the lesson will be reinforced with the Heart Smart exercise, in which the children will differentiate between activities that strengthen and weaken the heart by jumping for the healthy activities and squatting for the unhealthy ones. For children's health information, see healthelinks for Kids, a website created by LSU Health Shreveport librarians.

New Acquisitions (2/28/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during January 2012.

Art Exhibition and Reception CANCELLED (2/22/2012)
We regret that the art exhibition and reception being sponsored by The Office of Diversity Affairs/EEO and the Multicultural Center of the South has been cancelled due to the hospitalization of the artist. The show was to have featured the artwork of Tesfaye Negusse. There will not be a reception on Saturday, February 18, as previously announced.

Library Open Monday, February 20th (2/22/2012)
Even though February 20th is a holiday for LSU Health Shreveport, the Library will be open normal hours, 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Remembering Dr. McDonald (2/14/2012)
The Library faculty and staff were saddened to learn of the recent death of Dr. John McDonald, former Chancellor and Dean of the Health Sciences Center. Dr. McDonald was a friend and supporter of the Library throughout his tenure. When he retired, he donated many of his papers and related memorabilia to the Library's Archives. This collection documents his role in the history of our institution, as well as his pioneering efforts in transplantation and organ sharing. Some of these materials have been placed in a display near the Library entrance to honor this extraordinary surgeon, researcher, educator, and administrator. 
For more information on Dr. McDonald, visit, a website created by the Library over the last several years with the help and support of Dr. McDonald and his family. The website includes detailed biographical information, digitized versions of many of his key documents, and links to videos of some of his speeches. We are proud to celebrate his life, his work, and his legacy in this way.

Librarians Elected to Medical Library Association Board (2/14/2012)
A recent election has led to three Health Sciences Library faculty and staff serving on the Medical Library Association's (MLA) Board of Directors--likely the first time in MLA's history that three members of the board have hailed from one institution. Dixie Jones, MLS, AHIP, associate director of the library, will begin serving on the board as president-elect in May 2012 and will serve as president from May 2013-2014, followed by another year on the board as past president. Julie Esparza, MLS, AHIP, clinical medical librarian, will also serve as a member of the board of directors from May 2012 to 2015. Marianne Comegys, MLS, chair of the department, will stay on the board as treasurer until May 2013.

Library Contest Winner (2/14/2012)
To celebrate the holiday season, the Health Sciences Library recently sponsored a contest to guess the number of peppermints in the apothecary jar at the Library Circulation Desk. Congratulations to Jim Rabalais, Medical Student, who won a Kindle for his correct guess of 702 peppermints. Thanks to all of you who visited the Library to participate in the contest, and special thanks to our anonymous donor who provided the Kindle.

200 Years of NEJM (2/14/2012)
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2012. In honor of the occasion, the publisher is launching a special 200th anniversary website and is asking its readers to contribute anniversary messages and videos. To share your story about how NEJM has inspired your work or influenced your education, click here.

First Aid Study Guides Now Available (2/14/2012)
The Library has recently added McGraw-Hill's First Aid Study Guide e-book collection. These e-books are peer-reviewed study guides to help you prepare for exams, rotations, and the match process. They provide mnemonics, exam tips, and guidance for typical clinical scenarios. First Aid titles include:
First aid for the anesthesiology boards
First aid for the basic sciences: general principles
First aid for the basic sciences: organ systems
First aid for the emergency medicine boards
First aid for the emergency medicine clerkship
First aid for the internal medicine boards
First aid for the match
First aid for the medicine clerkship
First aid for the neurology boards
First aid for the obstetrics & gynecology clerkship
First aid for the orthopaedic boards
First aid for the pediatric boards
First aid for the pediatrics clerkship
First aid for the psychiatry boards
First aid for the psychiatry clerkship
First aid for the surgery clerkship
First aid for the wards
First aid radiology for the wards
Unfortunately, the current electronic versions of the First Aid for the USMLE study guides are not available for institutions. However, print editions are available in the Library’s Reserve Collection.

New Acquisitions (2/14/2012)
Review a list of materials that the library acquired during December 2011.

FAQ: Why can't I download e-books? (2/14/2012)
The local public libraries offer users the option of downloading many novels to their e-reader devices (Kindles, Nooks, etc.) Some of you have asked why our electronic books are not available for download, so a team of library faculty members have investigated this issue. We have contacted various vendors and discovered that the e-books that our users need are either not available for institutional purchase in that format, or the cost is prohibitive. However, the Library does offer access to over a thousand E-books through our website. The primary advantage to this method of access is that it permits multiple users at the same time.

As with all matters related to technology, the e-book situation will certainly change in the future. The Library faculty and staff are continuing to investigate the available options so that we can provide the resources that you need for patient care, education, and research in easily accessible formats and in a cost-efficient manner.

Our singing librarian (2/14/2012)
Talicia Tarver, Digital and Information Services Librarian, recently participated in the southern regional competition of the National Association for Teachers of Singing. She placed first in the Avocational category (adult, private lesson) with her performance of the aria "Black Swan" from the opera "The Medium." Congratulations, Talicia, on your singing success!

Thanks, Anesthesiology! (2/14/2012)
Last spring, the Department of Anesthesiology generously provided funding for over fifty new e-books. We appreciate the continued support of Anesthesiology as the department recently sponsored the purchase of four additional e-books:
Acute pain management
Atlas of musculoskeletal ultrasound anatomy (2nd edition)
Basics of anesthesia (6th edition)
Essence of analgesia and analgesics
By partnering with the Library, Anesthesiology was able to provide access to these resources not only for the department, but for everyone at LSU Health Shreveport. For a complete list of Anesthesiology e-books, see the Selected E-Books list in the Anesthesiology subject portal.

Health Sciences Library Scheduled to Hold MyChart Orientation (1/4/2012)
On December 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., the LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library will begin conducting monthly orientation sessions on the new MyChart health record. The purpose of these sessions is to help patients understand how to navigate the MyChart interface, and how to find consumer health information linked from their personal charts to MedlinePlus Connect. Sessions will initially be conducted every second Wednesday of the month in room 1-419. For more information, contact the library at (318)675-5455.

Enter the Library's Contest to Win a Kindle (1/4/2012)
Visit the Library Circulation Desk and guess how many peppermints are in the apothecary jar. You could win a Kindle!

Library sponsoring an award (1/4/2012)
The Library at LSU Health Shreveport is sponsoring an award of $500 each for four Caddo Parish school librarians. Applicants for the award must submit plans for promotional ideas and enrichment projects that will increase student awareness of reliable online health information resources. Plans should encourage use of sites such as healthelinks and MedlinePlus, as well as other databases from U.S. National Library of Medicine. The award recipients will be selected for innovative, creative ideas that will augment the curricula in a meaningful way but would not be possible within the ordinary school budget.

Please share this information with Caddo Parish school librarians that you may know. If they have questions or would like an application packet, have them contact Kimberly Pullen by telephone at 675-5447 or via email at This project has been funded in whole or part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Library.

Applications must be submitted by November 28, 2011.

"Name That Librarian" Winner! (1/4/2012)
Congratulations to Janice Soderstrom, RN, BSN, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Human Research Protections Program. Janice correctly identified the narrator of the Library's new Virtual Tour Video as Julia Esparza, Clinical Medical Librarian. All LSU Health Shreveport faculty, staff, and students that guessed correctly were entered into a drawing that was held in October as part of our National Medical Librarians Month celebration. Janice's name was drawn to win a $25.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Congratulations to Library Award Winners (1/4/2012)
Several members of the Library faculty recently collaborated on a contributed paper presented at a regional conference. "Accessing and Assessing the FACTTS: An EBM and Critical Appraisal Course for Medical Students" was co-authored by Kim Pullen, Head of the Liaison Program; David Duggar, Reference Librarian; John Cyrus, Assistant Liaison Librarian; Deidra Woodson, Metadata & Digitization Librarian; and Donna Timm, Head of Education and Outreach, along with Dr. Jerry W. McLarty, Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Medicine, and two faculty members at other institutions. When the paper was presented at the recent annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association, it was awarded third place in the chapter's Research Award competition. The Research Award recognizes the best research projects presented at the meeting.

Library Faculty Authors (1/4/2012)
Neal-Schuman Publishers recently published the book The Medical Library Association's Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences. This book identifies the most important and highest quality works in the health sciences literature, for medical librarians as well as health care professionals. Two of our library faculty members contributed chapters to the book. Julia Esparza, Clinical Medical Librarian, wrote the section on "Clinical Medicine." Donna Timm, Head of User Education, contributed the chapter "Evidence-Based Practice." Another new book from Neal-Schuman, The Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries (2nd edition) also includes a chapter by a member of our library faculty. Dixie Jones, Library Associate Director, contributed the chapter on "Human Resources Management." A review in JAMA describes this book as "essential for anyone involved in the management of a health sciences library, whether as a library director, a coordinator of clinical information specialist services, or as an outreach librarian responsible for community programming." Congratulations to these librarians, whose expertise has been recognized on a national level.

Library Faculty News (1/4/2012)
Congratulations to Montie' Dobbins, the Library's Head of User Access Services. Montie' was recently elected Secretary of the Hospital Library Interest Section of the Medical Library Association's South Central Chapter. This organization includes hospital librarians from Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Montie' was also recently elected Treasurer of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana, which includes librarians from health science institutions throughout the state. Montie's terms of office begin during the organizations' October business meetings.

Library Holiday Hours (1/4/2012)
The library staff extends wishes for a happy and safe holiday season. Please, note the library's hours: 

  • Monday, December 19th - Thursday, December 22nd (7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 23rd - Monday, December 26th (Closed)
  • Tuesday, December 27th - Thursday, December 29th (7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 30rd - Sunday, January 1, 2012 (Closed)

Normal operating hours resume on Monday, January 2, 2012. The library will be open 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. even though January 2nd is a holiday for employees and students.