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Congratulations to Will Olmstadt, executive director of the Library, who recently began a 3-year term as Secretary of the Leadership and Management Division (LMD) of the Special Libraries Association. LMD offers programming and projects to assist members in improving their abilities as managers and leaders at all career stages. The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit international organization for information professionals and their strategic partners in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia, and government agencies.

At the request of the medical student executive council, the Library recently purchased fans for study rooms, and 2 rolling 4’ x 6’ magnetic whiteboards. Last year, to improve study space, the Library purchased individually-wrapped ear plugs, a multi-device charging station, privacy screens for tables, and a standing desk. All of these improvements were funded by the Marianne & Stafford Comegys Library Enhancement Fund. Please ask at the Library’s main desk for details about these items.





The Library staff wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season and a joyous new year! Library hours are as follows:
December 24-26 Closed
December 27 & 28 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 29 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 30 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dec. 31 & Jan. 1 Closed
Normal hours resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019


Students were invited to decorate a study room door in the Library for the holidays.  The winners were Karnika Singh and Fengtian Wang, graduate students, first place (Roku Premiere + Player w/high speed HDMI cord); Harlee Possoit, medical student, second place ($25 Olive Garden gift card); and Brooke Deroche and Laura Gulotta-Parish, medical students, third place ($15 Nothing Bundt Cakes gift card).  Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to the judges Belinda Bonnette, Dale Stokes, and Lisa Higginbotham.





Starting November 26, students are invited to decorate a study room door in the Library for the holidays. Students must sign up at the Library front desk, and agree to adhere to the contest and campus safety rules. Door choice is first-come, first-served. Judging will be done on, or as close as possible, to December 11. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. People may work in teams, but only one prize will be awarded per door. A panel of non-library staff will do the judging. We look forward to the holiday spirit visiting the Library!







The Fall Food Drive benefitting the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana has begun! The food drive will last throughout the month of November. The most needed items are: peanut butter, canned meat, dried beans, rice, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, flour, sugar, cereal or oatmeal. 










Four Library faculty attended the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting, October 19-24, 2018, at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Papers presented included:


Duggar DC, Dobbins M, Esparza J, Tarver TA, Olmstadt W. Call for Book Chapters? Hold My Beer. Paper presented at: South Central Chapter-Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; 2018 October 23; San Antonio, TX.


Olmstadt W, Adams M, Dobbins M, Duggar D, Esparza J. Staff development with a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshop. Paper presented at: South Central Chapter-Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; 2018 October 23; San Antonio, TX.


Esparza J, Duggar D, Dobbins M, Brackett A. Mission Educate! Paper presented at: South Central Chapter-Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; 2018 October 23; San Antonio, TX.


At the meeting, Montie’ Dobbins, assistant director for technical services, concluded her year as President of the chapter.


David Duggar continued his term as alternate representative to the Chapter Council of the Medical Library Association.


Additionally, Julia Esparza, associate director of the Library, was named the South Central Chapter Librarian of the Year for 2018. Ms. Esparza is the only LSU Health Shreveport librarian to win the award since it was established in 2006.

Will Olmstadt, executive director of the Library, published “A Contract Archivist For A Brief Project In A Health Sciences Library: Case Study And Management Implications” in the current issue of the Journal of Library Administration. The paper describes the Library’s archives “clean-up” project completed in December 2017.

Will Olmstadt, executive director of the Library, has been appointed to a 3-year term on the Program & Education Committee of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The appointment begins at the conclusion of the AAHSL annual meeting in Austin, Texas, at the end of this week.

LSU Health Shreveport will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will also be closed on November 22 and 23. Regular Library hours will resume on Saturday, November 24.