Limited library building accessibility

Update November 9, 2020: In response to the recent Adams County Public Health order there will be changes to library building access. These changes will go into effect on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 and remain until further notice.

  • Library hours will be 7:00 am – 9:00 pm seven days a week.
  • Students should have their Anschutz campus ID badge to enter the library
  • Users must reserve a room or one of four computer seats allowed. There are 63 rooms and four specialized computers. Open tables and spaces in the building will not be available for use.
  • All rooms have a maximum occupancy of one person.
  • The library is working on creating a booking system for the computers on the first floor
  • Users must wear a mask at all times, including when in a room alone.
  • Community Advocates will be at the front doors to check for campus ID badge, answer questions, and connect users to rooms if they haven’t made a reservation
  • If no rooms are available users will not be able to enter the library building.

Students can request access to the library for testing or related reasons however faculty and staff do not have this option at this time.

Students who need to access the library building must submit a request to be on campus to Dr. Jan Gascoigne, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

As the campus continues the limited return to campus work for invited employees and students, the library would like to share updated information regarding the library building.

As a reminder, almost all library resources and services remain available 24/7 from the library webpage

  • The library building is currently closed and no services are being offered on-site.
  • Anyone coming to campus must complete the required, one-time SkillSoft training “CU COVID-19 Return to Campus – CU Denver | Anschutz”. 
  • To enter any building on campus including the library, everyone must pass through a daily check-in point and receive a wristband. At the check-in point everyone will complete a health questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and receive a wristband. To enter and use the library, students must have, show, and display their Anschutz campus ID badge
  • The Lounge@HSL, just outside the library’s entrance, will be one of the daily check-in points. Please note that it will only be staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 am and from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. If one arrives at the library outside of those time frames, please use one of the other check-in locations listed on the return to campus planning page.
    • On Saturdays and Sunday and when campus screening locations are not open, students entering the library are required to complete the health questionnaire and need to email your temperature to student services–look for a posted sign with QR code in the lobby with the student services email address
  • Once inside the library building, everyone must wear a mask at all times, their campus ID badge, and the daily wristband, and practice social distancing at 6ft apart.
  • If desired, students can make reservations online ahead of time for one of the 60+ identified group or individual study rooms. Study rooms are marked with Max Occupancy signs indicating how many students can be in the room, and masks must be worn at all times even if you are alone in the study room. Computer booking is now online too.
  • Cleaning kits will be provided to clean workspaces at the beginning and end of work.  It is the student’s responsibility to clean their own work stations.

If you have questions about library services or resources please e-mail the library at Thank you for doing your part to help keep each other safe!


Archive Internship but With a Twist

           Hello!  I’m Rachel Sedlacek.  I had the joy of being the Strauss Health Sciences Library archival intern for the past semester and a half.  This blog is a culmination of my musings on everything that happened during the project.

            As the world has moved through the greatest modern pandemic, numerous positions and careers have had to change entirely to meet safety requirements on multiple levels.  Archival internship work is no different in need and, likely, no different in challenges either.  But it has all proven to be a brand new and blatantly needed lesson on what archival practice looks like during world altering events like this.

            Things got off to an apprehensive start.  Ironically, I had begun to properly plan my internship back in March 2020 with the intention of doing it over the summer semester.  But like with many major life events and important decisions, the start just kept being pushed back.  Those early days were so difficult to see beyond.  The future was all just a “maybe”.

Rachel's Remote Workstation
Rachel’s Remote Workstation

           In reality, nothing could truly start until August and even then, the entire internship process had to be reworked so it could function remotely instead of in-person.  The first challenge was creating a workstation in my apartment.  Archive items must be kept in certain environments so that preservation standards are upheld.  I spent about an hour circling my apartment and investigating hopeful places to store materials as well as to process them.  In the end, it was the easiest solution that proved the best.  I had already had a crafting table set up in our living room, beside which was a massive wardrobe that was half rolling drawers and half open space.  The wardrobe would keep materials out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place and the table had enough space to accommodate a flatbed scanner and my laptop along with stacks of folders and papers.  One particular concern that I knew I had to address as well was the presence of glitter and possibly other crafting remnants though.  As other crafters very well know, glitter gets everywhere.  My table was black and I could dust and clean both at the start of and throughout my internship work.  But that nagging fear was still there.  Again, the solution was easy though.  I had a thin foam mat that had come with my laptop case.  This became my actual work surface.  It was solely for archive items and then, when I finished for the day, it was rolled up and stored in the wardrobe as well.  Having that additional layer meant that nothing transferred to the items.  And it honestly helped my focus as I worked.  Lifestyle bloggers and reporters have made multiple articles and comments about how it’s important to separate home life from work life while doing remote work.  This foam mate, which was a bright teal, was a perfect visual cue.  When it was out, I was working.  I was focused.  When I put it away, I could walk away that much easier and worry less about the pressure of having work so close at hand.

            I ended up only spending a few hours actually in the library during this whole process.  It was just long enough to get my chosen collections, new archival grade housing in the form of better boxes and folders, the flatbed scanner, and general office supplies like a staple remover.  It was a bit of whirlwind day going in and out of the library and then in and out of my apartment.  But with my set up plans already made, in the end everything fit as I imagined.

Rachel's Processed Folders
Rachel’s Processed Folders

           The actual archival work of my internship was mostly straight forward.  I had already completed most of my graduate education so I had a lead on metadata, material processing, and organization. Yet, doing an internship, especially in a field like library sciences, really is a necessity.  I relished the opportunity to hear about actual decisions and workflow during meetings and to act as a functional part of the team, even if I wasn’t permanent.  It helped immensely to be able to check my own judgement or thoughts against those of an experienced archivist.  Thus, I got a good balance of strengthening what I had already learned and learning exactly how theoretical lessons such as repository management apply to an actual archive.

           The true challenge of my internship, and likely the challenge that millions of people have faced this year, was IT problems though.  Taking everything out of the library and into my apartment meant that there was quite a bit of IT set up involved.  VPN. Server access.  Scanning software.  Accessibility software.  It felt like as I went through every step, there was another one waiting right beyond it.  The roughest parts were when something would finally get set up and I’d start on the applicable part of my work only to have a new error message or problem pop up.  It was so frustrating!  Some times, I would be ahead of the game and on top of the world and other times, I feared I wouldn’t finish anything in time or have anything to actually contribute to the collection.  In terms of timing, I probably spent an equal amount on IT meetings and my own troubleshooting than I did on actually processing the collections and fulfilling my internship objectives.  That really was life in 2020 though.  The whole year was about changing and figuring out what could be done and what needed to be done overlapped successfully.

           Archives in the future may either continue remote work because of crises like this or may very well utilize remote work to create new opportunities for staffing.  I got a glimpse at what may be the future of archive work in some regards.  It was more of a loss than I realized to miss out on the ease of working in-person, of being able to pop my head into an office door to ask a quick question or to stand behind an IT staff member as they fix something directly.  But, in exchange, I got a crash course on adapting to major changes and on creating an archive workstation from scratch.  I feel ready to move into the workforce and even feel like I have an advantage because I’ve gone through a major learning opportunity during unusual times.  Now that everything is settled, all the challenges are behind me so things could only go up from here and I wish I could just continue working and progressing.  On the other hand, this ended up being the last piece of my graduate work and I am so excited to finally be done with school!

Rachel has completed processing two archival collections, the Frank B. Rogers History of Medicine Exhibits and the Dr. Lawrence Meskin and CREEDD documents. Please check out the digital exhibits on the library’s website!

This was written by Rachel, you can contact AskUs with questions.

ClinicalKey Updates for December 2020

eBooks Added

eBooks Removed

  • Atlas of Liver Pathology (Kanel, Gary) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9781437707656; Package/Collection: Flex Only.
  • Breast Imaging (Bassett, Lawrence) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416051992; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended.
  • Cartilage Surgery(Brittberg, Mats) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437708783; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended.
  • Griffith’s Instructions for Patients (Moore, Stephen) 8th ed; ISBN: 9781437709094; Package/Collection: Internal Medicine Essentials.
  • High-Risk Pregnancy (James, David) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781416059080; Package/Collection: Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Neurological Disorders and Pregnancy (Minagar, Alireza) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780123849113; Package/Collection: Neurology.
  • Orthopedic Physical Assessment: Atlas and Video (Magee, David) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437716030; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Essentials.
  • Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Treatment of Leg Veins (Alam, Murad) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9781437719222; Package/Collection: Dermatology.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

OUTAGES: Off campus access to library resources, Sat. Dec. 19 and Sun. Dec. 20

First outage:

Due to planned server maintenance, the Anschutz Medical Campus’ Strauss Library EZproxy service, along with it all library-licensed online resources including journals and databases will be unavailable from approximately 10 pm – 11 pm on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Outage duration may be less than a full hour. We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions about this outage, please email

Second outage:  

Due to planned maintenance, OIT’s Passport identity management service, including Anschutz VPN,  will be unavailable Sunday, December 20, 2020 from approximately 12 noon until 10 pm. Due to the Passport outage Anschutz’ Strauss Library EZproxy service, and as a result all library-licensed online resources including journals and databases will also be unavailable for the duration of the outage.  We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions about this outage, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 303-724-4357 or you may also email

Fall Class of 2020 Congratulations Video

Welcome! Strauss Library presents the Fall Class of 2020 congratulations video. Launched by the Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (SWAT), the video honors all graduates participating in this year’s CU Anschutz virtual commencement exercises occurring on December 12, 2020.

Please click this link below to view the video. We hope you enjoy the video and congratulations again to all CU Anschutz graduates, Fall Class of 2020!

Sincerely, Your Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (S.W.A.T)

This was written by Bryson, you can contact AskUs with questions.

ClinicalKey Updates for November 2020

eBooks Added

eBooks Removed

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease (Theroux, Pierre) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9781416049272; Package/Collection: Cardiovascular Disease Essentials.
  • Atlas of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (VATS) (McKenna, Robert) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416062639; Package/Collection: Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • Atlas of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS (Morse, Stephen) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780702040603; Package/Collection: Infectious Disease.
  • Cerebral Revascularization (Abdulrauf, Saleem) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437717853; Package/Collection: Neurosurgery.
  • Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine, The (Yue, James Joseph) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437703733; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended.
  • Endovascular Surgery (Moore, Wesley) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781416062080; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended.
  • Netter’s Correlative Imaging: Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Major, Nancy) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437700121; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended.
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Peri-Operative Pain Relief (Harmon, Dominic) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780702031489; Package/Collection: Anesthesiology.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New library e-resource: AMA Manual of Style, 11th edition

Book cover

Do I need to include a DOI when citing an online journal article? How many authors can I list before “et al”? How do I cite a government report?

Find the answers to these and all your AMA citation questions in the electronic version of the AMA Manual of Style, 11th edition, now available online from the Strauss Health Sciences Library!

If you are accessing the manual off campus, you will need to sign in to the library website first.

For questions about this or other library resources, AskUs!

FY21 Library Subscriptions Survey

The Strauss Health Sciences Library always strives to be fiscally responsible, and this is even more important during the financial restraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to gather updated input from users on selected library resources. Approximately 99% of the library’s collections budget is spent on annual renewals for online subscriptions. These ongoing expenses require the library to perform due diligence to ensure the library’s budget is allocated to resources that faculty, staff, and students find most helpful.

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is seeking feedback on the usefulness and importance of selected resources (journal packages, databases, etc.) via a survey:

This survey is password protected.  You may find the password in the Nov. 13 Academic Announcements email titled “FY21 Library Subscriptions Survey”, or you can email AskUs ( to get the password.

This survey should take about 7-15 minutes to complete. Please respond to the survey by Friday, December 4th. Questions or comments about this survey or any library resource can be sent to Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management. She can be reached at or (303) 724-2137.

This was written by Yumin, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Coming Soon: EndNote 20

When you open EndNote you may start seeing a pop-up that there’s a new EndNote version available, EndNote 20. And you may be thinking to yourself, “This seems interesting – how can I get this for myself? Maybe the library can help!“  

And you would be right, we can help! Just not quite yet.  

The site license deployment for new EndNote versions is always delayed from when individuals can purchase the software. As such we are anticipating having EndNote 20 available to the campus in early 2021. 

If you need EndNote 20 before the campus has access to it, you are welcome to purchase an individual license at this link.  (Mac folks, you’re out of luck for a bit – the Mac version of EndNote 20 is not set to release until late November/early December 2020.) 

If you want to read more about what’s new about EndNote 20, you can do so using this link. 

Don’t worry, once the site license is available, we will shout it from the rooftops. So keep an eye on the Academic Announce list serve and the Library homepage in early 2021 for more information.

This was written by Christi, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Celebrate Open Access Week by Submitting Your Work(s) to Mountain Scholar

As Open Access Week comes to an end, consider submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar. Mountain Scholar is the institutional repository of CU Anschutz and the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Making your works available via Mountain Scholar provides the following benefits:

  • Networking: Open the channels of communication in your field.
  • Visibility: Get online access to your own work and publications and that of your colleagues anytime, anywhere.
  • Open Access: Get unrestricted access to scientific and scholarly research in the repository.
  • Stability: Maintain your scholarly record with persistent URLs.
  • Impact: Descriptive information about your deposited work will be indexed by Google and other search engines. Research suggests that open access to online articles may increase citation impact by 50-250%

Submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar is easy. In five easy steps you can deposit your work submitted and made openly available in Mountain Scholar. A variety of resources can be submitted to Mountain Scholar. Here is a list of some items we accept:

  • Data sets
  • Journal articles (including published material, depending on copyright restrictions)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Poster and/or slide presentation
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

Learn more about Mountain Scholar on the Strauss Library’s website.

If you have questions that were not answered above, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs or reach out to Danielle Ostendorf (, Electronic Resources Librarian.

Open Access Week 2020

Every year, during the month of October, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) organizes the international event Open Access Week. For one week we focus on the importance and need for Open Access scholarship and, as SPARC has said, it provides “an opportunity for open access advocates to engage their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

So, how does the Strauss Health Sciences Library support Open Access?

The Strauss Library supports Open Access in several ways. To start, Open Access is part of the Strauss Library’s Collection Development Policy and we regularly make Open Access content available through our library catalog.  Here are some examples of Open Access journals currently available in our catalog:

In addition to providing access to Open Access, the Strauss Library supports the CU Anschutz campus publishing in Open Access journals. If campus affiliates publish in an Open Access journal, depending on their author rights, they can preserve their article in our institutional repository, Mountain Scholar, as well. Learn more about Mountain Scholar.

How is Open Access relevant to the medical and health sciences field?

Open Access is beneficial to all subjects and fields. Allowing your research to be freely available will generally increase citations, support further advances in the field, and increase representation in the field.

Here are examples of Open Access in the medical and health sciences fields:

  • Open Access Research | Gail Rees
    • 3-minute YouTube video about the impact of Dr. Rees’s open access works
  • Open Source Malaria project
    • According to SPARC, it “invites scientists from around the around to freely share their research on anti-malaria drugs through a transparent, online platform. The hope is to accelerate discovery of new drug candidates to be entered into pre-clinical development. All data and ideas are shared openly. There are no patents.”
  • Open Medicine Foundation
    • According to their mission, OMF supports “collaborative medical research to find effective treatments and diagnostic markers for chronic complex diseases with initial focus on ME/CFS.”

This year’s Open Access Week theme is “Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”. What does that mean?

Every year Open Access Week has a theme. Last year’s theme was “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.” Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC, explains this year’s theme “Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”:

 “Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity.  

We need to examine who these spaces and systems are designed for, who is missing, who is excluded by the business models we use, and whose interests are prioritized. As we work together to rebuild these structures, we need to commit to moving from conversations to concrete commitments and to hold one another accountable for making real progress.”

How can I learn more about Open Access?

There are several resources available to learn more about Open Access. Here are a few:

If you have questions that were not answered above, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs service, or reach out to Danielle Ostendorf (, Electronic Resources Librarian.

October Virtual Fun Game Event!

Greetings CU Anschutz Students!

Strauss Health Sciences Library Student Wellness Activities Team is happy to announce & host “October Virtual Fun Game Event” happening on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:00pm MDT. This will take place via Zoom Platform. To sign-up, we encourage all students to do so through the QR code provided at the bottom of the event flyer. Upon signing up through the QR code, Strauss library will send you the zoom link to your school email address. You are also welcome to sign-up by clicking this link ( We hope to see you on October 28th via Zoom. (QR Code is also below too!)

*Please note that there is limited participation spots for this event. Maximum of 20 participation spot. If there is more sign-up(s) beyond that, we will do our best to plan for more future event similar to this.

This was written by Bryson, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Legacy PubMed Retirement

PubMed’s interface was updated in May 2020. 99% of PubMed users are using the new and improved PubMed site. Are you one of the 1% of users who are using the legacy site? If so, please note that the legacy site will officially retire on October 31st, 2020. For more information, please read the official NLM announcement.

This was written by Sam, you can contact AskUs with questions.

National Coloring Book Day is August 2!

National Coloring Book Day is August 2 every year! National Coloring Book Day on August 2nd recognizes the joy children and adults alike derive from coloring in pages of designs.

If you would like some fun coloring to do at home, the library has a collection of coloring books available in Mountain Scholar:

The Color Our Collections community in Mountain Scholar has all the library’s coloring books available for open access to download for anyone to use. There are five different coloring books available, with images from the library’s rare and special collections, formatted for coloring.

Please enjoy any of the coloring books from 2016 through 2019!

In addition to the library’s coloring pages, you can download other library’s color our collections entries on this website.

Download the official #NationalColoringBookDay 2020 color page.

You can also check out the coloring pages in the National Day Calendar Classroom. Share your ideas for coloring books and post your pictures on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay to encourage others to find enjoyment in coloring.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Have You Added LibKey Nomad to Chrome?

LibKey Nomad, created by Third Iron (creators of BrowZine), is a Chrome browser extension (also known as a browser plugin or browser add-on) that provides instant links to full-text articles subscribed to by the Strauss Health Sciences Library as well as open access articles.

Click here to add the LibKey Nomad Chrome browser extension.

For more information about installing the extension, please visit the library’s webpage explaining how to install:

LibKey Nomad works great with PubMed and the library’s other electronic subscriptions!

This was written by Danielle and Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.