Students on the AMC have desired 24/7 late night access for many years and now HSL delivers!

Guidelines and a handout covering details, tips and safety information is available at the library service desk and online.

Beginning Oct 13, 2014 Health Sciences Library increases access for the CU AMC University community by offering badge-ID access 24/7 after library closing times. Security enhancements to the library facility were made over the summer, and library staff have ready new closing procedures to help with the transition. The library will be closing up services and locking its doors two hours earlier on Sunday – Thursday evenings at 10pm. Friday and Saturday closing times remain the same at 6pm.

Library Public Access Hours. Oct 13, 2014 – June 2015.
During these posted hours library staff are on duty and our service desk is open:

Sun 10:00 am –  10:00 pm
Mon-Thurs  7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri  7:00 am –   6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • CU AMC students/employees have badge-ID access to the library 24/7
  • Have visible & be able to present University badge ID to remain past closing time
  • Library staff will check for and ask to see University badge IDs

Any person lacking the proper University campus badge ID will be directed to exit the facility immediately after closing times. Library staff will come around and do this after our service desk closes. Public and non-affiliated users are expected to exit the library at the posted closing times.

University students/staff/faculty with their AMC campus ID badge will be allowed to stay in the facility after closing time. Campus badge ID must be in your possession; no exceptions will be made. Library staff and/or University Police may ask to see badge ID any time after the library closes.

University users in the library who suspect unauthorized individuals are in the facility after closing should contact campus Police at 303-724-4444.

Emergency buttons have been installed throughout the building on all floors. They are the yellow devices on the wall labelled “In case of emergency, lift cover, push button.” A blue police emergency tent is on the wall above each yellow panic alarm. Campus police will respond when the red button is pressed.

Blue Emergency Signage     Yellow Emergency Alarm

Library materials may not be checked out/removed when the service desk is closed.Users are discouraged from leaving library materials you have checked out on the service desk after closing when library staff are gone. The library cannot guarantee that your returned items will be secure/safe sitting on the service desk. Library users should return laptops and other special/sensitive materials they have checked out in their names during regular open service hours and when staff are on service desk. There is an outside book drop near the front entrance and an interior book drop on the far end of the service desk for the return of books and journals.

Students and other University users agree to abide by the library’s Conduct policy [http://hsl.ucdenver.edu/policies/conduct] at all hours and to act in proper manners which promote an atmosphere conducive to study and research.

Contact our service desk during staffed hours and by phone at 303-724-2152 for any questions. You may also contact Douglas Stehle, Head of Access Services (303-724-2152 | douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu) for further information.

FYI: Demonstrate your scholarly impact!

One of the many challenges faced by scholars is to demonstrate their value and impact within their field of expertise and study. In addition, institutions look for ways to measure the intellectual output of their researchers as part of their overall performance evaluation process. This information can also help an organization’s leadership with making critical decisions in which research areas to support or build and contribute insights to strategic planning. Alternatively, identifying high impact research papers can help single out key players in a specific discipline and create possible networking opportunities for those breaking into the field.

The “Impact Metrics Road Map” was developed by the Medical Library Association‘s Scholarly Communication Committee to showcase key websites that deal with a variety of available measurement tools or point the reader to interesting initiatives. This map serves as a starting place for those with a recent interest in this area and may also be of interest to scholars who want to find additional resources. Traditional approaches/tools to measuring research impact are listed as well as AltMetrics (Attention Metrics), which are quickly developing due to the popularity of social media and the ever expanding digital environment.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

New Books and Media List

The New Books and Media List is ready for your review:


Dem bones, dem bones: Get into the Halloween spirit with the library’s anatomical models


Alas, poor Yorick!

If you feel like adding a little anatomical realness to your studies, why not check out one of the Health Sciences Library’s anatomical models?

The Health Sciences Library offers a variety of anatomical models and bones, including a cross-sectional brain model; articulated full skeleton; spine model; real human skull; and leg and arm models that include muscle, tendon, and nerve components.

All the anatomical models are available for checkout to University of Colorado affiliates. All you need is a valid CU ID and a few hours to spare!

Check out the online resource guides for more detailed information about the anatomical models or stop by the Service Desk and speak with a library staff member who will be happy to help and answer any of your questions!

Let the Health Sciences Library give you a hand!

Let the Health Sciences Library give you a hand!

Open Access Fund for Fall 2014 Now Open


Apply to the Open Access Fund for Student and Early-Career Authors

October 6th to November 7th or when funds are depletedApply here


The Health Sciences Library is now accepting applications for its Open Access Fund.  For students and early career professionals the award up to $1000 can be used to pay for the “author processing charge” (APC) that many open access journals require.   These journals allow authors to distribute their intellectual property without any restrictions, and usually permit them to retain copyright ownership.  In contrast to the traditional journal model in which the author is restricted from distributing her work and the reader has to pay to access it (via subscriptions), in the OA model the author pays to publish his work and readers have no limitations to access it.

Despite costs to authors, there is growing evidence that many articles published as open access are more widely noticed and downloaded than articles published in subscription-based journals (see for example, Davis 2011).   For more information about the Open Access movement, please see the OA FAQs.

The HSL Open Access Fund or OAF is meant to encourage researchers who have little or no financial support to pay for any type of publication fee.  Generally speaking, these scholars tend to be students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career faculty; these individuals will receive priority therefore for an OAF award.

While the OAF can be used to pay the APC of an open access journal of the author’s choice, in order to avoid fraudulent journals, the library will restrict the range of acceptable journals to those that are known to be legitimate. They include most members of the Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association  or those known to comply with its Code of Conduct.  Examples of these publishers or journals are: Biomed Central, JMIR Publications,  PeerJ,  PLoS , and others.  All journals will be assessed by the OAF committee for legitimacy and for their requirements.  Ideally, journals should allow the authors to retain copyright to their articles and not merely permit their distribution within limits. 


  • affiliated with AMC
  • early-career author (see Funding Priorities below)
  • publishing in a reputable OA journal
  • article is accepted (and APC has not been paid) or submitted]. NOTE: We cannot consider applications for articles that are still under preparation.
  • no other funding source except personal funds
  • substantive contribution to the article


Funding Priorities are as follows:

  1. Students
  2. Residents, Fellows, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Junior Faculty (within 3 years of the start of his/her career)
  3. Other faculty


  • The maximum award per application is $1000 to be used only for the author processing charge (APC).  The award cannot be used to fund other fees such as “submission charges,” “review charges,” or “page charges.”
    • If the APC is less than $1000, the award amount will equal the APC amount – i.e. your award will also be less than $1000
    • If the APC is more than $1000, the maximum award is $1000 and the author is responsible for paying the difference to the publisher.
    • Awards are paid once the library receives a copy of the publisher’s invoice.
    • Applications must be received by the specified date.
      • Applicants who meet all eligibility criteria will be considered on a first-come first-served basis within the application period.
      • Every application will be reviewed by the OAF committee for eligibility.
      • We cannot consider past recipients of the OAF for a new award.

Requirements for Applicants Who are Identified as Award Recipients:

  • Provide an invoice for the APC from the journal publisher
  • Upon publication, submit the article to the Health Sciences Library’s institutional repository, Digital Collections of Colorado with a signed Deposit Agreement (see link to the Agreement near the bottom).  Make sure you have the proper copyright permissions or you own copyright to your article.
  • Complete a short evaluation form which will be emailed later.

Get Started!

1. Check Eligibility (see above)
2. Check Rules (see above)
3. Apply right away: http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/open-access.  We stop accepting applications on November 7th or earlier when funds are depleted.
4. Award recipients must comply with the Requirements (see above)


Please contact: Lilian Hoffecker 303-724-2124 lilian.hoffecker@ucdenver.edu , or Heidi Zuniga 303-724-2134 Heidi.zuniga@ucdenver.edu .

Communicate your research with emojis?

A tongue-in-cheek Twitter hashtag has emerged following a challenge to academics to write more clearly and powerfully.

Researchers condense their research into tweets using emojis, those little symbols that stand in for emotions and concepts.

#emojiresearch  provides a clever way for you to communicate your research focus – can you meet the challenge?

Need an emoji lexicon?  Try:



Or to translate those tweets, try:



[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Students: drop by our focus group on Oct. 29 – and have lunch on us!

The library’s Virtual PC pilot program allows you to access some of our library licensed software, such as Endnote, VH Dissector and SPSS on your own laptop (PC or Mac)  when you are connected to the UC Denver wireless network. The pilot Virtual PC is available by reservation only. We are seeking feedback about whether Anschutz students might think this is useful.  At our pizza lunch/focus group on Oct. 29, we’ll be asking for input on what additional software applications to include, if any, and we’ll also discuss options that may come available in the future, such as “application virtualization” .

Mark your calendar (and RSVP!):

Virtual PC / Pizza for Lunch Focus Group

  • Wed., Oct. 29, 12 noon at the Health Sciences Library

RSVP deadline: by noon on Oct. 27  .

Email  jeff.kuntzman@ucdenver.edu to RSVP .

Attendance will be limited by the room we are using. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Beam me up! eBeams available for checkout at the Service Desk

ebeam 1

Are you tired of trying to decipher grainy cell phone photos of your whiteboard sessions? If so, stop by the Service Desk at the Health Sciences Library and check out a set of eBeams!

How does it work?

eBeams transform content written on whiteboards into digital files that can be saved, shared, and retrieved.

Record it!

eBeams allow you to use the whiteboards as normal, but record and save your work on your computer. As you change the content on the whiteboard, the digital file of your whiteboard sessions changes, too.

ebeam 2

Stream it!

Using the secure eBeam server, eBeam technology allows you to broadcast your whiteboard session in real-time! Fellow students and colleagues can follow along and even save the session on their own computer.

Distribute it!

After recording and saving your whiteboard sessions, you can edit, reference, reuse, or forward them to fellow students and colleagues.

eBeams are just one of the many cool tech devices that the library offers. Stop by the Service Desk for more info!

star-trek-fans-beamed-up-by-augmented-reality-app-0-300x204Note: Contrary to popular belief, eBeams do not use the same technology as the transporter on Star Trek.

Beware of Phishing Scam Impersonating the Library


The University has been recently subjected to a phishing attack. The subject line of these new phishing messages is “Library Account Access”. These emails are designed to appear as if they are coming from the library concerning a library account activation.  The phishing emails also contain links to malicious web sites that ask for your University information (Name and student/employee ID).

These are phishing emails and were NOT sent by OIT or the library.  Please DO NOT respond to these emails! If you have provided your credentials, please change your password immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Sciences Library 303-724-2152 or the OIT Help Desk: 303-724-4357 (or 4-HELP).

American Library Association Annual Conference: Viva Las Vegas

Ever wonder what goes on at the American Library Association annual conference? Here’s your chance to find out. Deirdre Adams-Buckley, a member of the Access Services team at the Health Sciences Library, attended the conference in June. She’s offered up a summary of her experience. Check it out!

ALA Las Vegas

This summer I was given the opportunity to attend the American Library Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.  I met many people who work in access services departments at other universities and was able to talk with them about their experiences in a variety of situations.  I also attended sessions on training of staff and students, interlibrary loan and met many of our vendors.

Attending this event and meeting all of these people gave me insight on how other libraries run their Access Services and ILL departments. I really enjoyed getting an additional perspective on the process of training employees. The main concept presented was goal based. The presenters spoke on the importance of not just the process or checklists that a trainer would go through, but to focus on the goals that you are trying to accomplish.


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