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News Archive, 2008

Library Holiday Hours (12/5/2008)
Please note the schedule changes for the library for the Christmas and New Year's holidays:
* Monday, Dec. 22nd - Tuesday, Dec. 23rd - Close at 5.p.m.
* Wednesday, Dec. 24th - Thursday, Dec. 25th - CLOSED
* Friday, Dec. 26th - Close at 5 p.m.
* Saturday, Dec. 27th - Sunday, Dec. 28th - CLOSED
* Monday, Dec. 29th - Tuesday, Dec. 30th - Close at 5 p.m.
* Wednesday, Dec. 31st - Thurday, Jan. 1st - CLOSED
Regular hours will resume Friday, Jan. 2nd.

New Acquisitions (12/5/2008)
Review a listing of the new books that the library has acquired.

Images of Our Past (11/17/2008)
The LSUHSC-S Archives documents the history of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, as well as the history of medicine in Shreveport and Louisiana. Holdings include photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, and other primary source materials. Our website will feature items from the archives that highlight important events of the health sciences center's history.

This month we feature the first freshman class admitted to the LSU Medical School in 1969. Click here to learn more about this historic event.

New Service: Wireless Printing Available (11/6/2008)
Wireless printing is now provided in the library for faculty, staff, and students using their own Windows or Mac laptops. Documents to be printed are sent to the GoPrint charging station in the library computer lab and may be retrieved using a prepaid copy card.

New Electronic Books (11/6/2008)
The The Library has recently received several generous memorial gifts that have been used to provide access to electronic books:

Library to offer PowerPoint classes (10/6/2008)
The Library is pleased to present Basic PowerPoint on Monday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Advanced PowerPoint on Tuesday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Both sessions will be held in the Library, Room 1-419. To ensure computer availability, please pre-register via e-mail to

National Medical Librarians Month (10/6/2008)
Avast matey! You can unlock a treasure of knowledge at the Medical Library during October. Join us as we celebrate National Medical Librarians Month with a treasure hunt. Look on the home page each week for the key that will lead you to the treasure chest with the clue to open your own treasure. Entrants are eligible to win great loot like flash drives, textbooks, copy cards, and more. Contest closes October 29th, with winners announced October 31st.

You are cordially invited. (9/12/2008)
To attend the Hoover Watercolor Society's annual Juried Small Painting Show reception in the Library on Sunday, September 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to this event, and valet parking will be available. The artwork will continue to be on display in the Library until November 3. The Hoover Watercolor Society is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1958 as the Shreveport Watercolor Society. The Society's goals are to provide members with opportunities to exhibit their artwork in judged exhibitions and to educate the public in fine watercolor art. More information on the Society is available at its website, For information on visiting the exhibits on weekends, call the Library at 675-5445.

CINAHL (9/12/2008)
CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, is no longer available via Ovid. EbscoHost is now the only provider of the CINAHL database. Although the interface is different, the data is the same. If you need assistance setting up your preferences, creating your accounts, or taking advantage of any of the enhancements available via EbscoHost, please email your question or phone 675-5477.

Holiday Hours (8/25/2008)
The library will be closed Monday, September 1st, for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on September 2nd.

LaRHIX Provides DynaMed (8/18/2008)
LSUHSC-S faculty, staff, and students now have access to DynaMed, a point-of-care database that provides clinically organized summaries of almost 3000 topics. This access was made possible through funding from the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange (LaRHIX), a network formed by the Louisiana Rural Hospital Coalition and LSUHSC-S to support Louisiana's health information technology initiatives in rural areas. LSUHSC-S hosts and technically supports many aspects of the LaRHIX network and also serves as the tertiary care site for LaRHIX's rural hospitals.

LaRHIX Executive Director Donald E. Hines, M.D., collaborated with the LSUHSC-S Medical Library to provide access to DynaMed for LSUHSC-S, E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe, and Huey P. Long Hospital in Pineville, as well as the forty-one LaRHIX member hospitals. Access will also be available for LSUHSC-S alumni soon.

E-books in the Library (8/12/2008)
Did you know that the library has over 500 electronic books? You can access a list of the library's e-books by clicking on the E-books link in the "Resources" section of this page. The list is arranged by subject, but if you are looking for a specific title, click on the "List e-books by title" button for an alphabetical list.

Art in the Library (8/11/2008)
The Medical Library is pleased to showcase the photographic art of Ron E. Mills, a Shreveport artist with a perspective uniquely his own. His photographs of nature, animals, architecture, and people reveal the individual beauty and personality of each subject. Inspired by God's creativity, Ron is eager to share his work with as many people as possible. Sharing this excitement is what keeps him searching for ordinary things to present in an un-ordinary way. Ron has been producing these unique photographs for the past three years and his work hangs in private collections and galleries throughout the South and the Northeast. Ron's show, consisting of 35 distinctive images, will be on display through September 24th. More of his work can be seen on his website

New displays in the Medical Library (8/4/2008)
The Shreveport Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1873
Medical fiction
Doctors' bags from the 1950s
Turn-of-the-century pharmaceutical compounds

What do these four items have in common? They are topics of new displays in the Medical Library. Spend a few minutes during your next library visit to learn some medical history. Can you spot the skull signed by the members of the first Medical School graduating class?

NIH Public Access Policy (8/1/2008)
Effective April 7, 2008, all published papers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must be deposited in PubMed Central, a free online archive of full-text biomedical journal articles, upon acceptance for publication. Confused or concerned? The Library can help! For more information about complying with the policy, go to the Library's NIH Public Access Policy page. If you have questions, please call the Library's Head of User Education, Donna Timm (ext. 5-5474).

Re-carpeting completed (7/18/2008)
The library re-carpeting project is now completed. Thanks for your patience.

Library computer labs open (7/11/2008)
The library carpet project is continuing. The library computer labs are now open but will be closed periodically for regularly scheduled classes.

New Acquisitions (7/9/2008)
Review a listing of the new books that the library has acquired.

Library computer labs closed (7/03/2008)
Re-carpeting has begun on the library's first floor. Both computer labs will be closed for several days. During this period, computing facilities on the library's first floor will not be available. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and hope to have the computer labs available again on or about Thursday.

New Database: DynaMed (6/30/2008)
Thanks to a collaborative project between the medical library and the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange (LARHIX), LSUHSC-S and the 41 LARHIX hospitals have gained access to DynaMed, an online clinical reference tool intended for use primarily at the point of care. It includes clinically-organized summaries for nearly 3,000 topics. Updated daily, DynaMed monitors the content of over 500 medical journals, evaluating each article for its clinical relevance and scientific validity.

Holiday Hours (6/30/2008)
The Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th, for the Independence Day holiday. Regular library hours will resume on July 5th.

Library re-carpeting project (6/12/2008)
A project to recarpet all three floors of the library will begin on Thursday, July 3rd. The contractors will be working in the library from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. everyday for six weeks. Since this will require shifting of the book and print journal collections, there will unfortunately be some noise, and parts of the library may be temporarily inaccessible. However, we will attempt to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible. We appreciate your patience during this project. If you have any questions, please call the library's Director, Marianne Comegys (x5-5450).

New Acquisitions (6/12/2008)
Review a listing of the new books that the library has acquired.

African American Surgeons Exhibit (5/7/2008)
The Medical Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are co-hosting an exhibition entitled "Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons." This traveling exhibition, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, is a celebration of the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. Featured are the achievements of four contemporary pioneer African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields. This fascinating exhibit, on the first floor of the Medical Library, will be on display from May 7 - July 28.

MKSAP 14 (4/25/2008)
The Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program, 14th ed. (MKSAP) is now available on one computer in each of the library's two computer labs. It can be used on Workstation 03 in the larger lab (room 1-417), and on Workstation 40 in room 1-419.

Access to Ovid (4/25/2008)
Walk-in visitors to the library can now access Ovid without the need for an LSUMC-MASTER account. Look for the "OvidWeb Autologin" icon on the public computers adjacent to the circulation desk on the first floor of the library.

LSUHSC-S Medical Library Evidence Alert Page (4/18/2008)
To assist in patient care, the library now offers Evidence Alert blog that highlights evidence-based guidelines, reports, and reviews. You will receive notification when major guidelines, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and/or major reviews are released by national and international organizations. Sign up to receive alerts as a feed through a news reader or to receive the alerts via e-mail. For more information, contact Julia Esparza, Clinical Medical Librarian, at x54179.

Gummy Worm Contest (4/18/2008)
Thanks to all who entered our contest! The total number of gummy worms in the jar was 252. Although this year no one guessed the number exactly, we did have five super guessers who were only 2 worms away! Congratulations to our winners!

New Acquisitions (4/9/2008)
Review a listing of the new books that the library has acquired.

Holiday Hours (3/20/2008)
The Library will be closed Friday through Sunday, March 21-23, 2008 for the Easter holiday. The Library will close at 5 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008. Regular library hours will resume on March 25, 2008.

New OVID user interface (1/31/2008)
On Monday Feb 4th, Ovid will launch OvidSP, its new user interface. With a simplified, cleaner appearance, OvidSP is a significant revision to the Ovid platform. It addresses enhancement requests made by users over the last several years. To use the new version of Ovid, Windows users will need either Internet Explorer 6.1 or greater, or Firefox 1.5 or greater. Mac users will need to use Firefox, as OvidSP does not support Safari.

Assistance submitting manuscripts to PubMed Central (1/22/2008)
Skill Kit for the NIH Manuscript Submission System is now available online. It includes online slide presentations that demonstrate the process of submitting a manuscript. This will assist researchers in complying with the NIH requirement that manuscripts for papers resulting from NIH-funded research be submitted to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central archive.

More content and a new name coming to InfoPOEMS/InfoRetriever (1/22/2008)
The InfoPOEMS and InfoRetriever evidence-based medicine database is undergoing significant expansion. EBM Guidelines, a concise collection of 950+ Practice Guidelines, 3,000+ Evidence Summaries, and 1,000+ images, and e-Essential Evidence, a collection provides highly structured, evidence-based summaries for primary care physicians providing first contact care, will be added in the first quarter of 2008. Reflecting the broadened scope of the database, InfoPOEMS/InfoRetriever will be renamed Essential Evidence Plus as of February 1st, 2008.

Holiday Hours (1/17/2008)
The Library will close at 5 pm on Monday, January 21, 2008 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Regular library hours will resume on January 22, 2008.

Central archiving mandatory in 2008 (1/16/2008)
The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act includes a change in policy relating to archiving of manuscripts resulting from research funded through NIH grants in 2008. All peer-reviewed manuscripts that result from research funded in whole or in part by direct-costs from NIH grants must be deposited in PubMed Central no later than 12 months following the official date of publication. Details can be found at, and and the NIH Office of Public Research's Public Access Homepage.

Nature backfiles (1/7/2008)
The Library recently purchased access to backfiles of the electronic journal Nature. This makes it possible to access articles from Nature back to 1987.

Journal changes for 2008 (1/7/2008)
The Library is in the process of implementing journal changes for 2008. Twenty-four electronic journals are being added to the collection. In addition, 47 journals that have been received in print are changing to electronic. More information on individual titles will be forthcoming as access becomes available.