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News Archive, 2005

Images from Science exhibit (12/12/2005)
The Library is pleased to host “Images from Science” a unique exhibit of scientific photography assembled by faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The fifty-nine photographs were selected from 290 entries submitted by photographers from 14 countries. Non-traditional imaging sources range from scanning electron microscopes to digital photomicrography to astrophotography. A wide variety of subject matter includes DNA, a cranial surgical procedure, fossils, sea salt crystals, dust mites, mushroom gills, and the human digestive system.

This well-traveled exhibition has been shown in Spain, Sweden, Ireland, and Puerto Rico, as well as a number of United States venues including Harvard University. The exhibit is housed on the first floor of the Medical Library through January 2006. A color catalogue of the exhibition is available from the Library for $20.00. For additional information, please call 675-5458.

Library adds new e-journals (11/29/2005)
The libraries of LSUHSC-Shreveport and LSUHSC-New Orleans have negotiated a shared license for their subscribed journals hosted on Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform. As a result of this agreement, users at LSUHSC-S will gain access to 109 e-journals previously either unavailable on this campus, or available only in print. In addition, 59 journals that previously offered full text only for issues published during the most recent 12 months will now offer full text from 1995 forward. These journals will be added to the library's e-journals menu in the near future, but in the meantime can be accessed from these lists.

Printing is now available in 1-419 (11/29/2005)
The smaller computer lab, 1-419, now has printing capabilities. After the print command is issued at the workstation printed items can be picked up in the larger computer lab, 1-417.

New art display in the library (11/03/2005)
A collection of artwork by Dr. Hank Stoer went on display in the library on Thursday November 3rd. A graduate of the LSU New Orleans School of Medicine, Dr. Stoer served as a clinical professor in pathology at the LSU Medical School in both New Orleans and Shreveport and later directed the laboratory at Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport for 30 years. On retirement, he became a full-time artist. He has served as president of the Hoover Watercolor Society, the Men’s Art Guild and Louisiana Artists, Inc. He continues to paint in the studio behind his home.

LibQual+ survey has concluded (11/03/2005)
The LibQual+ survey concluded on 11/03/2005. 696 users, or about 15% of the library's primary user population, completed the survey. Winners of the incentive prizes were Stephanie Self (DVD player), Vinh Nguyen (TV set), and Henry Barham (Stereo). The library extends its thanks for all users who completed the survey.

Library vendors assist LSUHSC following hurricanes (10/27/2005)
In the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, several library vendors have graciously extended assistance to LSUHSC. Innovative Interfaces Inc., supplier of the library's integrated system, hosted the library's catalog and circulation control system on their servers in the weeks following the hurricanes. The American Association for Cancer Research has provided a free site license for 2006 to the six AACR journals to which the library subscribes:

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Cancer Research
Clinical Cancer Research
Molecular Cancer Research
Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research

UpToDate is a very heavily used full-text clinical resource, covering Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. The vendor has extended the library's subscription without charge for an extra six months, through the end of 2006.

The library extends its thanks to Innovative Interfaces, AACR, and UpToDate for their support.

Research by library faculty recognized at meeting (10/27/2005)
At the recent annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association, three members of the library faculty were recognized for their research efforts. Dee Jones' poster Consumer Health Information Provided by Hospital Websites in Louisiana received first prize for research-related posters at the meeting. David Duggar and Kerri Christopher's presentation, Journal Selection in a Morning Report Study, received second prize. The library congratulates these faculty members for their achievement.

National Medical Librarians Month (10/07/2005)
Join us in the BRI Atrium on Tuesday, October 11 as we celebrate National Medical Librarians Month. Find out all the details on how you can help us tailor our services to meet your information needs, and win great prizes at the same time! We will also have information about some of our new library resources. Stop by our display, enjoy a treat, and see what the Medical Library has to offer you.

Holiday Hours (10/06/2005)
The library will be open from 8 am - 5 pm on October 10 for Columbus Day. Regular hours will resume on October 11.

The Library Requests Your Help (10/04/2005)
The library requests that you complete a brief web-based survey. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, LibQual+ is an internationally recognized standard for assessment of library service quality. The survey should take no more than 8 - 10 minutes. By completing this survey & submitting your e-mail address, you will be entered in a drawing for prizes provided by a donor: a 14" flatscreen TV, a compact stereo system, and a portable DVD player with 7" screen. Your input is vital to help us understand the kinds of services you need. Please take a few minutes to take the LibQual+ survey.

Ovid logins restored (09/30/2005)
As of Friday Sept. 30th, Ovid logins are once again available. When visiting Ovid through the library's database menu, you will be once again be prompted for your LSUMC-MASTER userID & password, and saved searches will again be available.

Catalog and database access restored (09/20/2005)
Access to the library catalog, Ovid, and MicroMedex have been restored. Innovative Interfaces Inc. is graciously hosting the library's catalog on its servers until our own system again becomes available. Thomson Micromedex has kindly permitted us access to their Internet version of the MicroMedex drug information system, until the intranet version normally used by LSUHSC again becomes available. The library extends its thanks to these vendors.

Ovid is once again available through the library's database menu. We have temporarily altered the links to Ovid on our database menu to utilize the IP-validated, no-login-required authentication method which is not dependent on the unavailable validation server on the New Orleans campus. Users who access Ovid through bookmarks should use this URL:

NIH responds to Hurricane Katrina (09/06/2005)
Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Director of the National Institutes of Health, recently organized an emergency conference call with all U.S. medical school deans to coordinate the response from NIH and academic medicine to the health care needs of patients affected by Hurricane Katrina. The NIH expects to call upon these instititutions for expert consultation and evaluation of high acuity patients evacuated from the disaster area who will require transfer to academic medical centers.

The medical consultation service, at 1-866-887-2842, provides telephone consultation on acute care patients on environmental/toxic concerns, infectious diseases and tropical/geographical Medicine, ophthalmology, oral medicine, and psychiatry. The NIH asks that this service be restricted to healthcare providers caring for patients either in the disaster area, or patients who have been evacuated from the disaster area.

Library catalog and database outages (08/31/2005) 
The recent hurricane has interrupted access to the library's catalog and the MicroMedex Drug Information System, which are housed on servers in New Orleans. At this time, there are no firm estimates of when Internet access to the New Orleans campus is likely to be restored, but the Office of Telecommunications Management is working on the problem.

Ovid is still available, however any searches that users may have previously saved within Ovid will be unavailable until Internet access to the New Orleans campus is restored, permitting login through the Ovid validation server.

We appreciate your patience during these difficult times.

Free personal subscriptions to Cell (08/16/2005) 
As a benefit of the Library's license to Cell online, Cell Press is offering LSUHSC-S faculty, staff and students free subscriptions to the print version of the journal at no charge. The subscription is for one year (26 issues). You should receive your first issue 4 - 6 weeks after filling out a brief online order formCell is one of the premier journals in the biological sciences, publishing original, high-impact papers and review articles.

New Resource: PsychiatryOnline (08/03/2005) 
The library now offers access to PsychiatryOnline, an online collection of books and journals in psychiatry. This was made possible by a joint purchase with the SCAMeL medical library consortium.

The books include DSM-IV-TRDSM-IV Case Studies, and DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis; Hales and Yudofsky's Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry (4th edition), and the APA Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders, which is updated dynamically as new guidelines are issued. PDA versions of the Quick Reference to DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Critieria, the DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and the Quick Reference to APA Practice Guidelines are also available for download.

Journals include the American Journal of PsychiatryPsychiatric ServicesAcademic PsychiatryJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, and Psychosomatics.

In addition to full text of these resources, PsychiatryOnline offers self-assessment tests using questions derived from Self-Assessment in Clinical Psychiatry by Donald Hilty et al, which will be useful for residents preparing for boards.

PsychiatryOnline is available at, or through the library's database menu. Direct links to individual books and journals are also available on the library's e-book and e-journal menus. 

Library adds database Faculty of 1000 (06/29/2005) 
Faculty of 1000 is a current awareness tool from BioMed Central. A panel of 1000 experts evaluates recently published literature in biology, highlighting the most important papers. Its subject scope includes biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, physiology, and other disciplines. Lindsey Hutt-Fletcher, Ph.D., of the Department of Microbiology, is among the contributors. Faculty of 1000 is now available through the library's database menu.

AccessMedicine now available (06/23/2005) 
AccessMedicine, a collection of twenty-eight online books from McGraw-Hill covering a wide range of biomedical topics in both clinical and basic sciences disciplines, is now available at LSUHSC-S. This purchase, made through the library's membership in a regional consortium of academic health sciences libraries, greatly extends the range of online texts available to students, clinicians and researchers. The books in AccessMedicine include both large, encyclopedic texts as well as the popular Lange Educational series, which offers a more compact introduction or review of many subjects that many medical students find particularly useful (a complete title list is available at AccessMedicine is available from computers located on campus, or off-campus through the institutional VPN or the library's proxy server.

MDConsult access simplified (06/09/2005) 
MDConsult is an online library of books, journals, and patient education materials. It has been available through the library for several years, but users were required to register and select a userID and password. The library has just converted its subscription to IP validation, so as of Wednesday June 8th, MDConsult no longer requires a login. MDConsult should be available from any computer on campus, or through the library's proxy server or the institution's VPN, at

New Books (06/02/2005) 
Review a listing the the new books and journals that the library has acquired.

Identify the Instruments (05/27/2005)
The Medical Library has several hundred examples of medical instruments, equipment, and machines. We think these items would make interesting exhibits, but cannot identify them. That is where you can help! We’ve chosen 30 of the most unusual items to display. Just stop by the lobby of the Library to see the display and make your best guess. All entries will be eligible for the grand prize drawing of dinner for two at the Outback Steakhouse.

Artwork in Library (05/03/2005)
The library is excited to announce an exhibition of artwork by Louisiana artist Jennifer Rice. Ms. Rice was educated at Baylor University, the Art League School in Alexandria, and continues to study with Frank Mason of the Art Students League in Manhattan. Twenty-three examples of her work, on loan from Nader’s Gallery of Shreveport, are on display on the first floor.

Thanks! (04/29/2005)
The library was recently able to add several online resources to its collections. Thanks to a donation from Medical Center Clinics Inc., we were able to add online versions of Hurst's The Heart and Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment to our collection of ebooks, and also to renew our subscription to Harrison's Online. This donation also enabled us to upgrade our subscription to The Lancet to a multi-user version, and to purchase a number of print books for the History of Medicine Collection. Many thanks to Medical Center Clinics Inc. for their support of the library!

Goodman & Gilman's (04/29/2005) 
With support from the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience, the library also added a 3-user license to the online version of Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. This authoritative reference is available to users on the LSUHSC-S network through the library's e-book menu.

Changes on the First Floor (04/29/2005)
The library is remodeling parts of the public areas on the first floor to more effectively utilize library space and better serve its patrons. We have created a comfortable seating area in the southeast corner of the first floor. Our always-popular leisure reading collection has been relocated to this area to better accomodate the browser seeking a bit of light reading. If you're anticipating an extended study session, try stretching out in the comfortable seating area.

National Library Week April 11-15 (04/28/2005)
Thanks to all who joined us in our National Library Week celebration! Hundreds participated in our “Bookworm” and “Sticker Shock” contests. Many of you took the opportunity to inquire about library services, suggest materials, and learn more about the features on our new web site. For contest answers, a list of our winners and more click here.

Library offers Current Protocols online (03/21/2005)
The library now offers access to most of the John Wiley & Sons Current Protocols titles online. This series is a recognized resource for authoritative, up-to-date information on experimental methodologies covering a wide range of biomedical subjects.

Titles available online through the library include:

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
Current Protocols in Cell Biology
Current Protocols in Protein Science 
Current Protocols in Immunology 
Current Protocols in Bioinformatics 
Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Current Protocols in Neuroscience
Current Protocols in Pharmacology 
Current Protocols in Cytometry 
Current Protocols in Human Genetics

The Current Protocols series is available through the library’s database menu.

Library launches new website (02/23/2005)
On Feb 23, 2005, the library launched an updated and expanded version of its website. Release of the new site culminates a six month process of usage analysis and multiple iterations of redesign. The new site features improved navigational tools, streamlined library resource menus, and enhanced use of online forms.
The library staff welcomes your comments on the new site.

Alumni Association Donation (02/17/2005)
Special thanks to the Medical School Alumni Association for their recent gift of $1000. These funds are designated for the purchase of new editions of our Reserve books. This is the third year in a row that the Alumni Association has made this generous donation. Each book purchased with this money has a “Compliments of the LSUHSC-S Medical Alumni Association” label on its front cover.

Ten most heavily used e-journals: (02/14/2005)

  1. New England Journal of Medicine
  2. JAMA
  3. Nature
  4. Science
  5. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  6. Lancet
  7. Journal of Biological Chemistry
  8. Chest
  9. Journal of Virology
  10. Pediatrics

(Based on clickthrough counts from e-journals menu, Sept 9, 2004 through Feb 14, 2005)