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After carefully reviewing the use and time involved maintaining the Library’s Facebook page, Library senior staff have decided to discontinue it. The Library announces news through several channels, including its Twitter feed, campus electronic bulletin boards, and our customized guides for departments and programs. Selected news about the Library is also included in the official publications of the campus. Faculty, staff and students are always welcome to contact the Library at 318.675.5445 with questions.

Library faculty and staff are pleased to welcome Kathleen Bloomingdale as the new Library Associate in Library Administration. She will serve as the Library’s business manager and will also cross-train to help in other sections of the Library.  Ms. Bloomingdale holds a BS in Computer Science from LSU – Shreveport, and she has worked at LSU Health for almost 15 years. 






Two Library faculty were elected to serve as officers in the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana (HSLAL). Locrecia Abner, cataloging & digitization librarian, will serve as Secretary during 2018, and Will Olmstadt, interim director, will serve as President during 2018. HSLAL was formed in 1976 and represents health sciences libraries throughout Louisiana.

Julia Esparza, head of user education and outreach services, has been selected through a competitive process to participate in a course on “Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians.” The goal of the course is to help librarians implement or enhance research data management training and services at their institutions.  The program is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office.  Following eight weeks of online coursework, Ms. Esparza will complete a Capstone project to apply her new skills and knowledge to the support of data management services at LSU Health Shreveport.  The experience will culminate with a Capstone Summit, held in April at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where Ms. Esparza will share her Capstone project and meet with experts in data science.




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Visit the Library on February 14 between 11 am and 1 pm.

We will have information available on library services and resources so you will learn how we can help.

We will also have free Twizzlers!

Twizzlers are twisted, but nothing else in your life has to be!

Monday, February 12, is the campus Mardi Gras holiday.  However, the Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. with a limited staff. Please note the later opening time, as the Library usually opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays.  The Library will be open its usual Saturday and Sunday schedule, and normal hours resume on Tuesday, February 13.

Library faculty and staff are pleased to welcome Erin Reardon as the new Reference Librarian. Her responsibilities will include providing reference assistance, conducting database searches, and developing and teaching library classes.  Ms. Reardon holds a BA in English from Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA, an MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University, and an MLIS from Valdosta State University in Georgia.  She completed field work in health sciences librarianship at Mercer University’s Atlanta campus.





Even though Monday, January 15th is a school holiday, the Health Sciences Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with reduced staff. Please note the later opening time for the holiday. 

The Library staff wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season and a joyous new year! Library hours are as follows:
December 23-26 Closed
December 27-29 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 30-31 Closed
January 1-2 Closed
Normal hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Like many health sciences libraries nationwide, our collection budget remains static while costs for our licensed resources continue to increase. This situation has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel some of our resources so that we can maintain a fiscally healthy Library.  Library faculty scrutinized in detail the use and feedback about our online products before arriving at these decisions. The Library Committee and administration also provided input. Resources that will not be renewed for 2018 include VisualDx, Faculty of 1000, and some of our e-journals.

Interlibrary loan is available for journals not owned by the Library. Library staff are also available by e-mail or phone to help locate materials and answer questions.