Library Bits and Bytes

Did You Know…

11 LSU Health Shreveport Health Science Librarians are members of the South Centeral Chapter of the Medical Library Association. This organization allows medical librarians from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and New Mexico to connect and learn from one another. To learn more, see the organization’s website:

The History Corner

Mayo Drake's Legacy

Mr. Drake was a respected and integral member of not only the founding faculty of the School of Medicine in Shreveport, but also the medical library profession.

To read more about this issue's history feature, check out the November, 2016 – Issue 31 section of The History Corner page

Library and Faculty News

The Library congratulates its faculty and staff this issue for years of service, and for contributions to the profession at the local and regional meetings.

Library Faculty Receives Service Award

Congratulations to Barbara Reilly, who celebrates fifteen years of service to LSU Health Shreveport! As Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Ms. Reilly connects with other libraries to provide our users with resources that are not in our collection. She will receive her 15-year pin at an employee reception this November.

Librarians publishes advice article for new librarians

Alexandria (“Lexi”) Brackett, Reference Librarian, article “Tips for the First-Year Health Sciences Librarian” was recently published in the journal Medical Reference Services Quarterly. In the article, Ms. Brackett describes the teaching experiences she has encountered in her first year as a librarian at LSU Health Shreveport. She also shares advice and insights based on what she has learned.




Librarian makes prodigious contributions for Medical Library profession

new-picture-of-willCongratulations to Will Olmstadt, Associate Director of the Library, on his recent election as President-elect of the Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana (HSLAL). He will serve as President-elect in 2017 and become President in 2018. HSLAL includes librarians from academic health science centers and hospitals throughout the state.

Also, Will Olmstadt is one of five health sciences librarians selected to participate in the 2016-2017 National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program. Jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL, the Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.
The year-long program includes regular interaction via a virtual learning community; sessions during the November 2016 AAHSL meeting and the May 2017 meeting of the Medical Library Association; attendance at one day of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting in November 2016; and a capstone and graduation in Washington DC in September 2017. A unique feature of the program is mentoring from a health sciences library director who is not at the fellow’s home institution. Will’s mentor is Michael Kronenfeld, MLS MBA AHIP FMLA, University Librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library, A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences. As part of the fellowship, Will will make 2 week-long site visits to the A.T. Still Memorial Library in Mesa, Arizona.

Will is also the co-author of a chapter in Translating Expertise: The Librarian’s Role in Translational Research, edited by Marisa Conte. Along with two colleagues from Washington University School of Medicine (Robert Engeszer and Mychal Voorhees), Will wrote about the library component of a unique community research fellows program offered at Washington University in the summer of 2013. The chapter appears in the segment of the book about librarian contributions to the community engagement strategies of Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) at their institutions.