Search the World with Interlibrary Loan!

Eye_ILL_blogWhether you’re faculty, staff, or a student on the Anschutz Medical Campus, you’re going to find yourself doing a lot of research. And while the library has access to thousands of journals and books, it certainly doesn’t have everything that you may require. But don’t let that limit you! The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department can help you obtain the materials that you need!

If you’re an affiliated member of the AMC, the services provided by Interlibrary Loan (ILL) are free! Simply sign up for an ILLiad account and begin placing requests immediately for articles, books, theses, and other research materials. While ILL isn’t a guarantee, we will do what we can to fill your requests.

If you have any questions about the ILL service provided to faculty, staff, and students, or your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact the ILL office at 303-724-2111 or at

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan Manager]

Welcome Night Owls and Early Birds: The Library is 24/7!



The library is open 24/7 to affiliated faculty, staff, and students of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. All you need is your official university ID to badge in and stay after hours. Members of the University of Colorado Denver downtown are welcome to stay in the building at close, but will not be able to badge back in after exiting the building. Individuals without an official badge, regardless of status, cannot remain in the library after close; there are no exceptions to this policy.

To keep you full and focused, the library offers the following:

  • Mini-fridges on all 3 floors
  • Microwaves on all 3 floors
  • Keurig machines on the 2nd and 3rd floors (BYO K-Cups and mugs!)
  • Soda and snack vending machines on 1st floor, north end
  • Coffee vending machine on 1st floor, south end
  • Water bottle filling stations on all 3 floors
  • White board markers and headphones, honor policy checkout at the front desk
  • Moveable white boards, found throughout the library
  • Walk station treadmill desks, first and third floors

Please be mindful when using the library by keeping your valuables safe; do not leave your items unattended. It may seem like a hassle to bring your laptop and phone with you to the restroom, but it only takes a moment for an item to be taken. Your safety is our priority, so help us keep you and campus safe by practicing vigilance!

If you ever feel unsafe, do not hesitate to contact campus police by calling 303-724-4444. You can also reach campus police by using one of the library’s red emergency phones, which are located near each restroom on all floors. You’ll also find emergency 9-1-1 red buttons throughout the library.

If you have any questions or comments about 24/7 please contact library staff by emailing, ask staff at the service desk, or call 303-724-2152. For more information, visit the library’s hours page regarding 24/7 Badge Access.

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan Manager]

Job Opening: Bioinformationist


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks a Bioinformationist to collaborate with and support research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists within the CU Anschutz community. With a demonstrated understanding of the work of laboratory scientists, the scientific process, and the impact and potential of data science methodologies to their research, the Bioinformationist develops and provides training and professional library services in the use of biomedical knowledge management, information and data resources, tools, and data science strategies.

For a Full Description of the Bioinformationist position, please visit:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at, search for job number: 06868.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 21, 2016.

To apply, please visit: and search for job number: 06868.  Your application must include: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) A current CV/resume 3) List of references

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Questions should be directed to John Jones at 

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.


4th Annual Anschutz Block Party!



Come visit the Library’s table this Wednesday, September 14th, at the 4th Annual Anschutz Block Party! We’ll be spinning the prize wheel, playing trivia, and slinging schwag! You won’t want to miss it!

The Block Party will be held at Bonfils Circle, directly south of Building 500, from 11AM to 2PM. Get ready to rock out to some fantastic music and stuff your belly with tasty bites from some of your favorite food trucks!

Click here for party details!

Welcome Wednesday is Back!

welcome wednesday_blogCome celebrate the new school year at Welcome Wednesday, to be held August 31, 2016! This is your opportunity to visit dozens of booths from departments and organizations on campus while rocking out to great music, noshing on BBQ, and scoring tons of schwag! The event will be held from 5PM-8PM at the Boetcher Commons, between the Ed1 and Ed2 buildings.

Be sure to stop at the Health Sciences Library’s table to learn about our awesome services, such as 24/7 access, laptop rentals, interlibrary loan, library classes, reference services, email and technology support, and much more! Come say hello, bring your questions, and snag some library schwag! We can’t wait to chat with you!

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan Manager]


Hey Students! Don’t forget about Interlibrary Loan!

As a student on the Anschutz Medical Campus, you’re going to be doing a lot of research. And while the library has access to thousands of journals and books, it certainly doesn’t have everything that you may require. But don’t let that limit you! The Interlibrary Loan Department can help you obtain the materials that you need!

If you’re a student of the AMC, the services provided by Interlibrary Loan (ILL) are at no direct cost to you! Simply sign up for an ILLiad account and begin placing requests immediately for articles, books, theses, and other research materials. While ILL isn’t a guarantee, we will do what we can to fill your requests.

If you have any questions about the ILL service provided to students or your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact the ILL office at 303-724-2111 or at

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan Manager]

ILL Winter


Exciting News for Anschutz Medical Campus Faculty and Staff! FREE INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)!


Beginning July 1, 2015, most CU-Anschutz Medical Campus Faculty and Staff will now receive FREE INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)! This includes paid University faculty and staff of CU Anschutz, faculty paid by affiliates, volunteer clinical/faculty, retired CU Anschutz faculty, CU Anschutz fellows, CU Anschutz visiting scholars and students, and UPI employees. CU Anschutz students and residents will continue to receive no-cost ILL as well.

Some affiliated users will still be charged services fees ($8/filled request, $18/rush). This includes CU Anschutz alumni who live in Colorado, CU Anschutz volunteer staff, UCH paid staff, UCH volunteers, other CU faculty, staff, and students, CCML members, and residents paid by other health organizations.

There will be no changes in current fees for all other users ($18/filled request, $48/rush). This includes Colorado public, non-university fellows, non-university visiting scholars, and all others not listed above.

Please be advised that this is a 2-year pilot program, 2015-2017.

Sign up for an ILLiad account today!

If you have any questions about your affiliation and eligibility, please contact the ILL office at 303-724-2111 or with any and all questions.

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II, Interlibrary Loan]

Crunched for Time? Enter Document Delivery!


Do you feel like you never have enough time to visit the library to copy those historical articles that are only available in print?  Document Delivery can help!

For only $8.00 per request for AMC faculty and staff, the Interlibrary Loan Department will take your request, pull, copy, scan, and send you a PDF of the material directly to your ILLiad account.  Let us do the leg work for you!

Students and residents, there is no direct cost for you!

Don’t have an ILLiad account?  You can sign up here.

Document Delivery is here to save you time!

And as always, if the library doesn’t have the materials that you need, we can request it from our world-wide network.

Questions?  Contact the ILL office at or 303-724-2111.

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II, Interlibrary Loan]

New from Interlibrary Loan: No-cost service for University Residents!



Beginning September 1, 2014, University Residents on payroll with GME are eligible for ILL services at no-direct cost.

To get started, register for an ILLiad account here and begin placing requests!

Already have an account?  You won’t need to do anything, you’re good to go!

Registered for an ILLiad account in the past but didn’t want to pay for requests?  Call the ILL office to reactivate your account, no need to reregister.

If you have any questions concerning this new service, please contact the ILL office at 303-724-2111 or

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II]

FYI: ILLiad Statuses

Have you ever wondered what ILLiad statuses actually mean as your request is being processed?  Here is a short list of the most common statuses that you may encounter:

  • Awaiting Copyright Clearance:  This is the first queue that your request moves to after you’ve placed it; the Interlibrary Loan staff must approve it according to copyright guidelines.
  • Awaiting Request Processing:  This is the most likely queue that your request will move to after being approved for copyright purposes; the ILL staff will review your request as soon as possible.
  • In DD Stacks Searching:  If the library has access to an electronic copy of the request, or it is available in print in the stacks, this queue is where your request will move to after being reviewed; the ILL staff will be pulling, copying, and delivering your request shortly.
  • Request Sent:  If the library does not have access to the material that you’ve requested, the ILL staff must request it from another institution; your request has been sent to be filled by a potential lender.

There are many other queues in which your request may find itself, but the four statuses above are the most common.  If you ever have any questions concerning ILLiad statuses and where your request may be, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 303-724-2111 or

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II]

Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics


“Well, I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”

Poignant Humorists:  An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics

Come relive the mythical carefree days of childhood through Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of Mark Twain’s classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, kindly donated to the University of Colorado by Dr. and Mrs. David R. Gillingham (M.D. – 1963) in memory of Dr. Robert W. Hendee (M.D. – 1961).  The illustrations will be on exhibit February 3 – 28, 2013 in the Gallery of the Health Sciences Library.

To celebrate this generous gift, on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at noon in the Reading Room, the Health Sciences Library will be hosting a lecture with Dr. Pamela Laird, chair of the CU Denver History Department, wherein she will examine these two geniuses.

Poignant Humorists: Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell

What a great combination! Norman Rockwell illustrating Mark Twain’s boy legends—Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Fun, mischief, danger, and good intentions that sometimes go awry. . . .

Yet, the countless pleasures and insights that these two American humorists have brought us for generations belie the tensions that too often lay behind their pictures and words. Both Twain and Rockwell struggled with defining their personal goals and professional identities in ways that their art sometimes reveals and sometimes hides.

Pamela Laird, Professor and Chair of CU Denver’s History Department, will explore both the pleasure and the poignancy that this wonderful print collection brings to us from two of America’s most beloved storytellers.

The event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.  For more information about the exhibit or programming please contact Brittany Heer ( or 303-724-2148).

Celebrating Five Years of Service, Success!

On October 15th, 2012, the Health Sciences Library celebrated its fifth anniversary of serving the Anschutz Medical Campus community.  Faculty, staff, students, and members of the public had a chance to meet with library staff and enjoy a cupcake and coffee.



Library IT staff were on hand to promote the availability of laptops and iPads for our faculty, staff, and students.  Students were asked to complete a technology survey in order for the library to better serve their needs.





Collection Management staff were present to introduce historical medical artifacts that are available for research purposes.




The Health Sciences Library’s fifth year celebration was indeed an enjoyable opportunity to highlight its services and wonderful staff!  If you didn’t have a chance to join us for the party, be sure to stop in and say hello!  We look forward to many more years of collaboration and service with the Anschutz Medical Campus community.

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan, and Tami Hoegerl, Library Technician]

The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean

The Violinist’s Thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code

By Sam Kean

HSL Amesse/1st Floor, 572.8 KEA  

The words deoxyribonucleic acid, or simply DNA, are familiar to the vast majority of people and most likely invoke images of a double helix, chromosomes, and Gregor Mendel and his pea plants.  But the story behind DNA and the men and women who uncovered its secrets is far more interesting than one might imagine.

Sam Kean brilliantly relays this fascinating history in The Violinist’s Thumb.  From Artic explorers discovering that their skin will fall off after indulging in polar bear liver to an unfortunate Japanese man who not only survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima but also of Nagasaki, Kean sheds light on the endlessly amazing journey of DNA.

The reader will meet:  Columbia’s “Fly Boys” who worked tirelessly with Drosophila during the day while one of whom worked tirelessly to chase women by night;  Paganini, the inspiration for the book’s title, the violinist who could play music like no other before or since because he suffered a genetic disease that allowed his ligaments to be looser than the average musician; Charles Darwin, not only was he the man that gave science the theory of evolution, but he was also a man who suffered an extraordinary amount of conditions, such as frequent vomiting and irritation of the bowels; the rival scientists and consortia working on the cut-throat business of the Human Genome Project through public and private endeavors; and many more amazing men and women in the pages of the history of DNA.

Genes and chromosomes may be enthralling by themselves, but discovering the people behind the missteps and discoveries of genetics is a continuously intriguing journey.  Kean’s writing brings this story to life in a charming and enjoyable manner that will make the reader crave more.

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II ]



Book Review: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

By Oliver Sacks

HSL Medical Humanities/3rd Floor, ML 3830 S122 2007

Enjoying music is often a daily activity for the vast majority of the world’s population.  Many of us are just one click away from our favorite pop song or classical piano concerto, whether it’s on the car radio, mp3 player, or computer.  Music constantly surrounds us and can express the entire range of human emotions.  In his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brian, Oliver Sacks examines the fascinating positive and negative effects of music on the brain.

Sacks, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, describes many different cases throughout the book.  The reader will meet people who, after suffering from severe concussions or other brain injuries, become consumed by music and can now compose symphonies, without any previous musical training.  Others who wake up one morning and cannot turn off the music that is continuously playing in their mind.  Many of us have experienced brainworms, but for some, the songs never stop, day or night.

From synesthesia, the mixing of senses, to the profound effect music therapy can have on patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Tourette’s syndrome, and Parkinson’s, Sacks explores such a range of remarkable cases of music and the brain that one cannot help but appreciate the amazing role music plays in our lives.  The reader will never listen to music the same way again.

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II]