Library Practicum Student: Teresa Wells

We are excited to have Teresa Wells, our newest intern from University of Denver’s Masters in Library & Information Science Program! We’re very grateful that Teresa has chosen the Health Sciences Library for her 100-hour practicum over Spring Quarter 2015.

Teresa’s project involves creating more visually-interesting Special Collections pages for the Health Sciences Library. The current special collections pages include the title and description of each collection. The library is interested in a more creative and visually-appealing display that includes images to highlight the various collections.

Teresa will be working with Vivienne Houghton, Web Services Librarian and Cathalina Fontenelle, Web Applications Developer. She will be using the Drupal content management system. Vivienne will be proctoring her project.

Teresa Wells’ Bio
Teresa Wells is a Master’s of Library and Information Science Candidate for spring of 2015 at the University of Denver. She is passionate about the organization of information and wants to provide users on all levels ways to organize, access, and understand information in order to improve our communities. Her specific interest in information architecture is user experience design. Currently, Teresa manages the Morgridge College of Education website as the Web Administrator Assistant with Joshua Davies, Web Administrator. Through her current and future career in Information Science and volunteering, she hopes to help people spread their messages to create a more unified community empowered by knowledge. To read more about Teresa’s experience, visit her LinkedIn site.

Check back in May for Teresa’s future blog post about her experience.

Questions, please contact:
Vivienne Houghton, MLIS
Web Services Librarian | Instructor
Health Sciences Library
303-724-2178  |

New exhibit combines research and fashion

NanoNephron dress from Descience Runway 2014

NanoNephron dress from Descience Runway 2014

The Health Sciences Library is hosting a new exhibit that features a runway dress that was created based on research being done at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Descience Runway 2014 was an event organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in September 2014. The event paired science researchers and fashion designers to collaborate and create garments based on the researchers area of study.

Georgia Charkoftaki, PhD is a researcher at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She and pharmacy faculty member Melanie Joy, PhD were paired with designer Lilian Kong. Dr. Charkoftaki’s research area is treatments for lupus nephritis, a disease of the kidneys. Ms. Kong learned about the work that Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy are performing and then she created a dress inspired by their research. The dress, named NanoNephron, represents the kidneys, aspects of lupus nephritis and the new treatment that Dr. Charkoftaki is investigating.

The NanoNephron dress and matching jewelry will be on display on the 3rd floor of the library through June 2015. There is also a poster describing the research and aspects of the dress in more detail.

Sixty-one teams participated in the runway fashion show. Even though NanoNephron did not win, Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy enjoyed the experience. Stop by the library to check out the dress and the process to create it!

Update: Access Problems with Embase and Informa Healthcare Journals resolved

UPDATE: Informa Healthcare Journals are accessible again. Please contact the library if you experience any problems. (4/10/15)

UPDATE: Embase is now fully accessible again.

We are experiencing access problems with Embase and Informa Healthcare journals.  We are working with the resource providers to get the problems resolved as quickly as possible. This post will be updated when access is restored.


The Fondest of Farewells

It is with no small measure of bittersweet emotion that I announce that I have resigned my position as Director of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library (CU HSL).  I have accepted the position of Associate Dean and Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.  I will be starting there on June 1st.  My last day with CU HSL will be April 30th.

Over the last 12 years, the members of our Library staff have done so much to connect our users with the right information, at the right time.  Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve done over the last decade:

  •  Built and moved into a new, stunning building here on the Anschutz Medical Campus;
  • Added a second bay to PASCAL, the high-density library materials storage facility for several CU libraries on campus just east of Ed 1 North;
  • Partnered with faculty in the academic programs to deeply integrate library instruction into their curricula;
  • Emerged as a national leader in the teaching of evidence-based practice;
  • Removed fee barriers for students, Residents and Fellows using our interlibrary lending and document delivery services;
  • Dramatically expanded the scope of our digital collections by going “all-electronic” in 2005 and rejoining the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries as an active member and leader, assuring our ability to collaboratively license access to digital information resources at the most optimal economies of scale working with the other research libraries in the state;
  • Launched a repository service where members of campus can deposit and provide perpetual access to their scholarship;
  • Expanded access to resources to all of our faculty; and,
  • Employed one of the most dynamic and customer-focused teams of library staff members anywhere.

We have transformed our services and facility always with a focus on the user in mind.   Our innovations have made the Library the most popular building on campus, and a treasure especially for our students.  Their pride in our facility shines when tours are given to prospective new students.

We have embraced new means for connecting with our faculty and with the clinical affiliates, and in the process have reinforced the need for evidence in the delivery of care and the generation of new knowledge.

We’ve settled in successfully to our new Aurora community and have made deep connections with leaders and groups in the neighborhood, and on campus, sharing a commitment to improve the quality of health for folks in Aurora and Colorado.

We have even managed to provide arts programing and a sense of community on the campus through our Gallery and in partnership with campus colleagues such as the outstanding team that leads the Program for Arts and Humanities in Healthcare.

Transitions of leadership always bring some degree of ambiguity but for CU HSL we are lucky to have a highly respected national leader in health sciences librarianship here on our team; Deputy Director Melissa De Santis has been asked to serve as Interim Director beginning May 1, and she will provide visionary leadership with stability and focus.   Melissa is a former National Library of Medicine/ Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow and has served the University of Colorado for 7 years, with more than 12 years of prior service to the Briscoe Library, UTHSC San Antonio.

I am deeply appreciative of the generous support that University and campus leadership have provided to the HSL, and of the encouragement and engagement we’ve experienced with our terrific users.  I believe that all the wonderful things we have done at the Library were really done together with our colleagues, friends and supporters.

Best wishes to all, and thank you for the opportunity to serve.

— Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, Library Director

SAS now available at the HSL


Statistical Workstations Now Available

SAS 9.4, the well-known statistics package is now available on five Health Sciences Library workstations. SAS joins the list of stats software now available in the library, which includes JMP, SPSS, R Studio, and Atlas.TI. SAS is available on four dedicated workstations in the library’s first floor Information Commons.

These four new workstations are located in the library’s North Information Commons, stations P27-P30. They are dedicated for either statistical or VH Dissector purposes (VH Dissector is an anatomy study program based on the Visible Human). The new workstations have Core™ i7 processors and solid state hard drives – performance is excellent! Please note, the workstations are designated for statistics or VH Dissector use, and individuals who are not using these applications may be bumped.

SAS is also available on a fifth “virtual” workstation, which can be accessed from multiple locations (which include all thin clients on the 1st floor as well as thin clients in the library’s 2nd floor Quiet Computing Lab).

Excited about SAS? Wish the library had other types of software? Are you an expert in using SPSS, R, or SAS, and willing to give us feedback on our software setup?
Please let us know!
Email: or call: 303-724-2140.

Article Linker problem from PubMed

Currently there is an intermittent problem with Article Linker on PubMed. Users may see the following message: “PubMed look up service is temporarily unavailable.” If you encounter the error please keep trying. You can try your search via Google Scholar.

You might also try the following:

1) open two browser windows, one on PubMed and the other on Find Journals single citation matcher or title search

2) flip back and forth between the windows or tabs, copy and paste the relevant info for the full text you wish to look up

If you have questions, please contact Ask a Librarian