Library building access changing June 1st

Beginning June 1 library hours will be extended to 24/7 for CU Anschutz students, faculty, and staff with a CU Anschutz campus badge. The library building remains closed to the public and others who do not have a CU Anschutz ID badge.

CU Anschutz badge holders may enter the library building for contactless pick up, to consult print materials, access printers, make photocopies, use computer workstations, and use study areas. All study rooms will be available and will remain on the library’s reservation system. Reservations are recommended but not required.  

During the summer months library staff will slowly return to the building. In-person staffing of the customer service desk will be gradually phased in starting in mid-July. As of June 1st, no onsite services will be available and users should use AskUs to seek assistance and make inquiries.

Until classroom space has been booked for the fall semester the library remains restricted in terms of events, meetings, and other large gatherings. The library will not review requests for meeting room space until July 2021.


  • Library badge-accessible hours for CU Anschutz badge holders will be 24/7 seven days a week.
  • Users are required to have their CU Anschutz badge to enter the library (*the front door badge reader only unlocks the door closest to the reader)
  • You must badge yourself in. Please do not trail in behind others or allow others to come in off your badge swipe.
  • Only CU Anschutz badge holders are allowed to be in the library building.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must complete the daily health questionnaire, wear a mask, and remain 6 feet from others.
  • Study room capacity limits will be removed however if there are more people in a room than the Covid capacity number everyone will need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
  • Students are encouraged, but not required, to reserve one of the 61 study rooms.
  • All open tables and open spaces in the building are available including walk and bike stations.
  • Cleaning supplies will continue to be provided in each room and in the front lobby for those who wish to wipe down work surfaces before/after use.

Full information about returning to campus and campus guidelines can be found on the CU Anschutz Covid-19 webpage.

As a reminder, almost all library resources and services remain available 24/7 from the library webpage.  CU Anschutz students, faculty, and staff can initiate book loan requests via AskUs and staff will prepare items for contactless pickup. Laptops are available only to students.

If you have questions about library, services and resources please e-mail the library at

OER Grant Opportunity for CU Anschutz Faculty – Apply by July 2

Are you seeking relevant and flexible materials for your courses? Would you like some help with that? Now, would you like some help with that and get paid?

We would like to introduce you to OER. Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital, openly licensed teaching and learning resources that are free of copyright concerns. OER includes everything from complete online courses and digital textbooks to images, videos, and assessment items…free to use as you see fit.    

Strauss Library is offering grants to incorporate OER into your class or create OER for your class!

How much are the grants?

  • $500 grants to incorporate OER into your class
  • up to $2,000 to create OER for your class

How do I apply?

  • First, attend or view the OER Workshop that introduces the basics of OER and provides all the information that you will need to apply for the grant:
  • Second, complete an application (deadline to apply is Friday, July 2):

What if I have questions?

Summer Classes at Strauss!

A computer on a beach.
Image by Manuel Ramirez from Pixabay.  

This summer, we hope you’ll join the Strauss Health Sciences Library for one of the thirty class sessions that we will be offering in June, July, and August. We are offering thirteen different types of classes including: 

We received feedback that by offering these classes online, people who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend are able to squeeze online classes into their schedules, therefore all our summer classes will continue to be offered in the Zoom format. So even if you’re lounging on the beach you can pop into a quick Zoom class on the basics of PubMed.  

Visit the library classes page to learn about all our offerings and register for that class you’ve always wanted to take! 

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

Congratulations Spring Class of 2021!

Welcome! Strauss Library presents the Spring Class of 2021 congratulations message. Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (SWAT) celebrates all CU Anschutz students graduating this Spring 2021. We applaud graduates on their hard work and dedication. We wish you all the best and happy graduation again!

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

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

Rare Book Profile: Joannes Jacobus de Manliis’ Luminare Maius

Joannes Jacobus de Manliis’ Luminare Maius (Venetiis: Bernardinus Stagninus, 1499), is one of the earliest printed works on pharmacology and medical botany. First published in Pavia in 1494, it soon became a standard text, reprinted (sometimes in conjunction with other works) in various places and languages for over a century.

Little is known about Joannes Jacobus de Manliis de Bosco except that he was an Italian physician from Alessandria in southeastern Piedmont who wrote in the late 15th century.

More is known about the publisher of this edition, Bernardino Stagnino, a member of the Giolito de’ Ferrari family of printers, although he used the nickname Stagnino (tinsmith) instead of the family name. Born in the northern Piedmontese town of Trino, he established a publishing house in Padua and a second shop in Venice. He soon shifted his main operations to Venice, but kept an outlet in Padua to supply the university. In addition to local sales, Stagnino sent his publications to the annual book fair in Frankfurt. This arrangement continued until his death in 1540. between 1483 and 1538, Stagnino published 193 editions of legal, medical, philosophical, and literary works.  Most publications before 1500 were in folio format, with liberal use of woodcut initials and borders, many of which he purchased second-hand from other printers as far away as France.

A precursor to formularies and pharmacopeias published in the 16th century and later, Luminare Maius is a compilation of formulas for compounding herbal remedies from Greek, Latin, and Arabic medical sources, especially the works of Yūḥannā ibn Māsawayh, augmented by de Manliis’ commentary. Yūḥannā ibn Māsawayh (circa 777–857) was a Nestorian Christian from Assyria who taught at the academy in Gundeshapur, Iran, and served as physician to four caliphs. Manliis’ instructions for preparing medicines include quantities and detailed descriptions of ingredients, mainly plants.

Luminare Maius is an incunable, a book published in the formative years of printing, 1450-1501. It has some features of medieval manuscripts, such as the typeface resembling a manuscript hand and the page layout, and lacks features that became standard for printed books after 1501, such as a full title page. It has a title page, but it lists only the author and title, with all publication information still appearing in the colophon (tail—so called because it is usually at the end of the text.) Unlike many incunables, there are no known manuscript copies of Luminare Maius. It was probably written for print publication, rather than prepared as a print edition of an existing manuscript.

The Strauss Health Sciences Library’s copy of the 1499 Venetian edition of Luminare Maius is bound in what is probably a 20th-century attempt at a medieval-style binding, with brown-stained wooden boards, brown leather spine, vellum hinges, and decorative brass upholstery tacks. Rubrication (red highlights) was probably done by or for the book’s original owner, but the elaborate coloring of some initials seems much later, possibly done by the person who made the current binding. How it came to the library is unknown. It was cataloged, but the information from cards wasn’t transferred to the electronic catalog, so it was essentially lost until some years after the library’s move from Ninth Avenue to the Anschutz Campus, when its unique binding and call number were noticed. It’s the second-oldest item in the Rare Materials Collection.

Unfortunately, rare materials are not currently available. Rare materials will be available for use by individuals or groups by appointment when the library resumes normal operation.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

Content Freeze for our Institutional Repository, Mountain Scholar

The staff at the Strauss Health Sciences Library has made the decision to migrate our institutional repository, formerly Mountain Scholar, to a new platform during spring/summer 2021.  During this transition, we are in a content freeze meaning we cannot add new content or edit existing content. 

Mountain Scholar has been a partnership with multiple institutions in Colorado and Wyoming. It has been hosted and managed by staff at the Colorado State University – Fort Collins. It was formerly hosted on a DSpace platform. Mountain Scholar will migrate to CONTENTdm this summer and the Strauss Library staff has decided to leave this partnership.  

The institutional repository for CU Anschutz, as managed by the Strauss Library, will be moving to a Hyku platform hosted by Ubiquity Press. Pacific University’s institutional repository, CommonKnowledge, is currently being hosted by them.    During this period, while we are in a content freeze, please feel free to contact the library for new additions to the repository and we will work on these items after our migration is complete. We can’t wait to share your scholarly works in our new repository this fall. Please contact the library with any questions.

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

ClinicalKey Updates for April 2021

The April update has been added to the library’s catalog! Please check out the list of new eBooks available this month, there were not any deletions this month.

eBook Added

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

In Memoriam: Henry L. Strauss

Joan and Henry Strauss
Joan and Henry Strauss in February 2019.
Photo credit: Eric Stephenson Photography

Henry Leopold Strauss passed away on April 8, 2021 at the age of 93. The name Strauss is likely familiar to us at CU Anschutz because in 2018 the CU Regents renamed the library in Henry’s honor as the Strauss Health Sciences Library. However, Henry was much more than a name on a building.

Henry’s history with the library began in the mid-1990’s when his first wife, Florence G. Strauss, was receiving treatment in the hospital. Henry, who graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from CU Boulder in 1951, had long been interested in traditional Chinese medicine as well as other forms of indigenous medicine. He had collected about 20 books on these topics and believed it was important for healthcare professionals to know about the entire spectrum of healthcare treatments. After Florence passed away in 1995, Henry donated his small collection of books to the library and set up an endowment for the Florence G. Strauss Indigenous Medicine Collection. The purpose of the collection was to collect books on topics related to all forms of traditional and indigenous medicine. The collection, now holding close to 4,000 items, grew over the years through purchases made with the endowment and through purchases made during Henry’s extensive travels. The collection was renamed in 2010 as the Florence G. Strauss-Leonard A. Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection in recognition of a large donation of items from Len Wisneski, MD.

A small committee of practitioners from the campus and community has overseen the Strauss-Wisneski collection as it has grown. The committee has coordinated lectures that occur on a quarterly basis that focus on various topics and modalities in integrative medicine. Henry was a regular attendee at all committee meetings. His goal was to ensure that, in addition to Western approaches to medicine, people also were aware of complementary health practices and indigenous therapies from around the world that can be useful in addressing health and disease.

As Henry aged and experienced normal aging processes like decreased hearing and mobility difficulties, he still attended as many committee meetings and events as he could. He was always excited to learn something new. If he didn’t think something was right, he would tell you, but he would also listen to your explanation. He had a quick wit, a big smile, and he was a great storyteller. He will be missed. To learn more about Henry Strauss’s remarkable history, see his obituary and the recording of the service Henry’s family held for him on April 11, 2021.

Strauss Library Partners in $10 Million NLM Cooperative Agreement

The Strauss Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has entered into an agreement with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah to implement a $10 million cooperative agreement from the National Library of Medicine. The Strauss Library will serve as a subsite for the 5-year program, continuing its 20-year support of the program.

The award solidifies EHSL’s national distinction as a Regional Medical Library (RML), one of only seven in the nation. It also names EHSL as the continuing—and only—home of the Network of the National Library of Medicine Training Office (NTO), a designation it was first awarded in 2011.

Since 2001, EHSL’s role as the RML for Region 4—encompassing Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming—has been renewed every five years through a rigorously competitive grant process. The renewed cooperative agreement will focus on improving access to quality health, giving special attention to underserved communities. It will also allow EHSL to continue collaborations with other NLM RMLs, offices, and centers.

Network of the National Library of Medicine Regional Distribution (2021-2026)

Regional and national programs will be carried out to support researchers, health professionals, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. This includes training, funding, and engagement opportunities for member libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs.

Other activities will include promoting NLM products and services at national health professional meetings, pushing health information access news through blogs and newsletters, partnering with state and local public health departments and community-based health organizations, and facilitating increased access to resources and services from the NLM throughout the country. As a sub-site, the Strauss Library will assist with all of these initiatives with a special focus on Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Additional information about the cooperative agreement and the other institutions selected can be found on the National Library of Medicine website.

Old Blog Posts Now in Mountain Scholar

Strauss Library is in the process of making some changes to the Library News Blog.

The Library News Blog began in 2009 and is still being hosted on the library’s WordPress site. We are planning to move the blog to our Drupal website sometime in the future, and continue our library blogging!

As part of this process, we have completed archiving all the older blog posts. The blog posts from 2009 through 2019 have been archived and added to the institutional repository, Mountain Scholar:

Library News Blog

These archived posts have been compiled for each year into searchable PDFs. You can now search for any blog posts on Mountain Scholar!

In addition to archiving the old blog posts to Mountain Scholar, these posts have been deleted from the WordPress site to make any possible migration easier.

We will keep everyone updated about future changes. Thank you for following our blog!

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

Laptops, Noise-Cancelling Headphones, and more! Available again at Strauss Library

Laptops and gadgets are available again at the Strauss Health Sciences Library! The library is putting out their gadget collection for students to use; these can be located on the first floor of the library. You can view what gadgets are available on our website here. The gadgets are set up with an honor code! Please only use our gadgets while inside the library and respect your fellow students by sanitizing and putting them back after use.

Having technical issues or need a laptop for a quick quiz? We got you! Laptops are also available for checkout at Strauss Library via AskUs! During this period, we are allowing checkouts of up to 1 month. To find out how to check out laptops, please contact the library on AskUs by either filling out our form or using our chat service.

Noise Cancelling Headphones and projectors are also available for check out via AskUs! These items are available to students for a 1-week period. You can take these items out of the library. To find out how to check out these items, please contact the library on AskUs by either filling out our form or using our chat service.

Getting Books from Strauss Library. Try AskUs to Request and Arrange for Contactless Pickup!

Just because the Strauss Library’s service desk is closed due to COVID does not mean books are not available. We are providing contactless pickup of books for Anschutz students, faculty, and staff. You can request books and arrange for pickup easily. You will need your Anschutz campus ID in order to badge into the library and pick up items–please be aware of campus protocols for library access.  Request books over AskUs, the library’s online service point. You can chat over AskUs with library staff to identify the books in our local collection and staff will create a service ticket.

Library staff will pull the books, check them out on your library account, and prepare them for pickup for you. You will need to pick up the books during the badge-accessible hours of the library. You can identify books in the collection using our library catalog and staff can assist with searching as needed. We will verify that the titles you want are on the shelf and available. Please note that library staff are not working regularly onsite and the circulation desk is not staffed. It can take 24 to 48 hours to pull the material and prepare. We will notify you when the books are ready for pickup from behind our service desk. Please remember to bring your Anschutz campus badge.

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Coming Attraction: Art and Anatomy Exhibit at CU Boulder

Nine items from the Strauss Health Sciences Library’s Rare Materials Collection will be exhibited at the CU Art Museum in Boulder. The books, published between 1555 and 1867, will supplement materials from the museum’s collections the collections of Norlin Library in an exhibit examining the roles of art and anatomy in the development of medical science, The Art That Made Medicine.

The items on loan include the first two great anatomy texts, the second edition of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1555) and Govard Bidloo’s, Anatomia Humani Corporis (1685), which are arguably the most beautiful items in the library’ collection. Hermann Boerhaave’s Opera Omnia Anatomica et Chirurgica (1725) is based on Vesalius’ works, and features copperplate reproductions of Vesalius’ woodcut illustrations. Charles Bell’s A System of Dissections (1798-1803) and John Bell’s Engravings of the Bones, Muscles, and Joints (1804) are notable because the Bells, both surgeons, not only did the dissections, but drew the images and engraved the plates themselves. Also included is the second American edition of Henry Gray’s Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1867), which is still in print in its forty-second edition, and works by American surgeons Samuel Gross and Joseph Pancoast, and British surgeon John Shaw.

Originally slated to open in February 2021, The Art That Made Medicine is now scheduled to run from September 13, 2021 through April 29, 2022.

Unfortunately, rare materials are not currently available. Rare materials will be available for use by individuals or groups by appointment when the library resumes normal operation.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

Open Ed Week 2021

Decorative Open Ed Week logo

Next week (March 1st-March 6th) is Open Ed Week, an annual celebration of all things related to the Open Education movement. Colorado and the CU Anschutz campus are very engaged with many aspects of open education, including funding the creation and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). 

There are many ways for you to participate in Open Ed Week 2021, all of which are virtual.  

  • On Monday, March 1st at 11:30, you can listen to Liliana Diaz, a policy analyst from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, as she shares updates on OER in the western region. Register here
  • On Tuesday, March 2nd at 12:30, you can join the Red Rocks Community College OER Committee as they share their progress with promoting OER. Register here. 
  • On Wednesday, March 3rd at 11:00, you can learn the ins and outs of finding OER materials with Dr. Dan Baker from CSU. Register here.  
  • On Wednesday, March 3rd at 1:00, you can hear from the CU OER Committee about the work that is ongoing on all four CU campuses regarding the adoption and creation of OER. Register here. 
  • On Thursday, March 4th at 11:00, Dr. Robin DeRosa from the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University will discuss the social justice aspects of open education and open pedagogy. Register here.  
  • On Thursday, March 4th at 12:00, the Strauss Health Sciences Library will be offering a workshop covering the basics of Open Educational Resources (OER) and how to find them for your class. Register here.
  • On Friday, March 5th at 12:30, Open Education advocates from across the state of Colorado will convene to discuss current opportunities for collaboration as well as hopes for the future. Register here.

If you can’t make it to any of these events but would still like to engage with and celebrate Open Ed Week, visit the Colorado Open Ed Week page to watch recordings of last year’s speakers and stay up to date with the library’s social media as well will be sharing additional fun activities.  

Happy Open Ed Week! 

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

Dr. Charles Blackwood (’47), the first African American graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Portrait of Dr. Charles Blackwood

Dr. Blackwood was born in Trinidad, Colorado in September 1921. His father, Charles J. Blackwood Sr., was one of the few black officers commissioned in the US Army prior to World War One. Dr. Blackwood graduated from Trinidad High School and Trinidad Junior College. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from CU Boulder in 1942, and then served in the Army during World War Two. After the war, Dr. Blackwood attended the School of Medicine at CU and graduated in 1947, the first African American to do so. He interned at Harlem Hospital in New York where he met his wife Vivian Eldridge, a nurse. He came back to Denver in 1950 to open a private practice, but joined the US Air Force in 1952. He attained the rank of Captain and opened the Radiology Department at Hamilton Air Force Base. He left the Air Force in 1955 and came back to Denver and reopened his practice. According to Vivian, he would treat every patient who came to see him, regardless of their ability to pay.

Composite of University of Colorado School of Medicine students from the Class of 1947. Dr. Blackwood is pictured in the fourth row, third from the left.

Dr. Blackwood is pictured in the fourth row, third from the left.

Dr. Blackwood also returned to the CU School of Medicine as a professor, and was the first black doctor on staff at St. Luke’s Hospital. When he retired he created the Blackwood Institute, which focused on medical research in AIDS. He died August 11, 1993. In his obituary, his wife Vivian referred to him as a ‘darned good doctor.’ Vivian Blackwood died in 2008.

Dr. Blackwood was honored by both the School of Medicine and the State of Colorado in 2005. The School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity hosted a reception that was attended by members of Dr. Blackwood’s family, students, staff, faculty, and alumni, including from the class of 1947. Elected officials of Colorado and many representatives of the Denver African American community were in attendance.

Certificate from the State of Colorado Senate and House of Representatives honoring the family of Charles James Blackwood, Jr, MD, dated February 25, 2005.

This was written by Paul; you can contact AskUs with questions.

EndNote 20 for Windows and macOS is here!

The Education & Research Department is excited to announce that our site-wide campus license for EndNote 20 is now available.

Downloading EN20

The process for downloading is the same as with previous versions; please visit the OIT EndNote Site License information page. You will be prompted to log in with your university ID and password. Once logged in, you’ll have access to the downloads for Windows and macOS as well as our serial number and product key, which may be required for installation.

Training Opportunities

Our next Basic Endnote training class will be on Wednesday, March 3, from 10 am – noon. Visit our teaching calendar to register for the March 3rd class, or to check for other available dates and times for training. We are also now offering Advanced EndNote classes once per month.

Please note that as of February 22nd, all Strauss Library EndNote training sessions will use EndNote 20, so plan to update your software, if necessary, prior to attending class.

Technical Support

Need help updating EN20 from X9 or an earlier version of EndNote? Use our consultation form to make an appointment with a member of the Education & Research Department.