HSL Welcomes Brandon Kennedy to Access Services!

The Health Sciences Library is happy to welcome our new access services specialist, Brandon Kennedy. Brandon will be helping out at the service desk and facilitating our incoming and outgoing items with Prospector.

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To welcome him to the library, we asked Brandon a few questions:

What is your interest in libraries?

I’ve been volunteering and working in libraries ever since I was in middle school. I enjoy the calm/safe environment that libraries give. I always feel at home when I’m inside a library!

What do you like most about the HSL so far?

What I like the most about working here so far is that I’ve been learning almost non-stop. I enjoy the challenges being brought to me!

What is your educational background?

I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and was a photography major with a minor in art history. I was very into commercial photography: specifically fashion photography. I was also really big indo the history of marketing/commercial photography, which sparked my interest in archiving/digitizing film.

What is your previous work experience?

One of my first “official” jobs was actually working at one of my university’s branch libraries, the Teacher Development and Resources Library. I worked there from my first week of my undergrad up until graduation. I also had a huge interest in graphic design during the first half of my undergrad so I worked with UNLV’s Athletic Department designing billboards, flyers, posters, media guides, etc. Working there also gave me the experience and opportunity to land an internship at UFC where I worked with their U.S. creative team (can you believe there’s only 7 members).

What’s a fun/unique/interesting tidbit that you would like others to know about you?

I’m new to Colorado, I moved here from Las Vegas in May. I’ll be adopting a female poodle puppy in December, still iffy on names. (Welcome to a few suggestions.)

How do you spend your free time?

Aside from photography, I’m a huge MMO gamer, currently my favorite games to play are Fate/Grand Order and Final Fantasy 14. I also like watching a bunch of anime from the 90s.

Is there any additional information you’d like to share about yourself?

I’m currently looking into grad schools that offer a MLIS, archiving, special collections, and digitization are my biggest interests.

What do you hope to gain from working at HSL?

I hope to gain a more in depth work experience at HSL, I want to learn more on what happens behind the service desk. I would also like to gain knowledge on how my background in photography/graphic design could be integrated in a library setting and what I could do to help.


Be sure to welcome Brandon to the library when you see him around!

Connect Your Laptop Workstations

Working on something big? The Health Sciences Library is thrilled to offer full-size screens, keyboards, and mice at our brand new “Connect Your Laptop Workstations.” Connect your laptop using the cables provided and you’ll have a full 27” monitor to display your work in parallel or as an extended screen. Plus, whether you’re working with a brand new laptop or an older model, the HSL has a wide variety of adapters for checkout at the service desk to connect you to the workstations.

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Here’s how it works. The four Connect Your Laptop Workstations are located in the fourth pod of the north computer commons, next to the north printer station. Note the yellow placards on the table partitions. The four cables at the station are: USB3, connecting the keyboard and mouse to your laptop; VGA, connecting the monitor to an older laptop; HDMI, connecting high-definition video on newer laptops; and Mini Display Port, connecting video for a wide range of Apple products.

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Working with a brand new laptop and only have USB-C connections? Just check out an OMARS multi-port adapter from the service desk! This will allow you to use HDMI video, USB for keyboard/mouse, and still leave ports open for charging and connecting other devices.

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If you have any problems or need help getting started with a Connect Your Laptop Workstation, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance at the service desk during public access hours. If you have suggestions for this space or ideas on what technologies would be useful to you, let us know with a Tell Us comment!

What’s Happening in the Reading Room?

If you took a walk up to the third floor throughout the months of June and July, you probably noticed some big changes happening around the Reading Room and Art Gallery! The Health Sciences Library, in conjunction with University Facilities, have been making some big quality of life improvements to this popular space, from the addition of several new power outlets along the floors to the removal of the superficial pillars throughout the room, and we’re thrilled to present the new, multi-functional Reading Room!

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Along with the floor plan renovations, we also added brand new collapsible, modular tables and chairs, allowing for more possible room configurations than ever before. Without the bulky tables and chairs of years past, rearranging the whole room for your EMS reservation or an impromptu group meeting will be a snap!

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We have just a few more finishing touches for the room, but feel free to wander up to the third floor and check it out! The room’s daily schedule is posted on the outer door, and if it is not currently being reserved, you’re welcome to explore the space. We’ll be adding more pictures and posts to the HSL Blog as we start experimenting with different table layouts, including some brand new hex-shaped tables, great for small break-out groups.

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If you have any questions about making a room reservation through EMS—in the Reading Room or elsewhere—please reach out to Access Services by visiting the front desk or calling 303-724-2152 during regular business hours.

HSL Welcomes Rob Cincotta!

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On Tuesday, June 12th, the Health Sciences Library threw a party in the second floor staff lounge welcoming Rob Cincotta, and we had a chance to speak with him about his background and upcoming work. Rob, who resides in Aurora and spent most of his life in Las Vegas, joins us in the much-needed role of Desktop Support Specialist for the IT department. He got his start in computers shortly after leaving the Air Force, when he joined the staff of a newspaper working on mainframe computers. “I’ve gone from the newspaper, to retail, to my own business doing computer service for almost 20 years,” he says. “I just really enjoy computers.”

After building his computer skill set, he took a break from traditional service and worked as a field service engineer for a medical technology company, installing medical equipment across the country. He then spent the past five years working as an IT contractor for NIST, but after five years of commuting to Boulder, he was looking for something closer to home.

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When it comes to his current role, he says he’s most excited about our specialized clientele. “It’s a smaller client base than I serviced in my previous job,” he says, and that he’s looking forward to being able to offer more personalized service. “I get to know people better.”

Another aspect that drew him to the HSL is our variety of unique patron needs. “I don’t like doing the same old thing every day,” he says, “and that happens to work out well in this industry, because everything is ever-changing.”

When you see Rob around the library, be sure to give him a warm welcome, and if you ever find yourself in need of desktop assistance, he has some great advice to offer: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help!”

Connecting Papers to the Library Proxy

Since the recent change to the Health Sciences Library proxy server, we’ve received numerous connectivity error reports from users of the citation management software Papers. While we are more than happy to assist with issues related to the proxy link, please keep in mind that the library does not provide in-depth support or troubleshooting for Papers. If you would like to use a citation management program that the library does support and troubleshoot for, we recommend switching to EndNote. You can find more information about EndNote here: http://hslibraryguides.ucdenver.edu/endnote/cuanschutz


The Health Sciences Library proxy link has changed. To update your Papers library to remain connected to the Health Sciences Library, complete the following steps to update your Proxy settings.

  1. Access the settings box for Papers by following this path: Papers (main menu) – Preferences – Access
    Step 1
  2. In the “Use Library Proxy” menu, select: Other
    Step 2
  3. Enter the following Proxy details:
    1. Institution: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    2. EXProxy URL: http://proxy.hsl.ucdenver.edu/login?url=%@Step 3
  4. Click “Done” at the bottom.
  5. On the “Access” screen, your “Use Library Proxy” box should now say: Other: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
  6. Now fill in the Library Website URL: https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/
    Step 6
  7. You have now set up your Library Proxy access!  You can close the settings box.

If you have any questions about the Proxy link, you can contact AskUs at 303-255-2152 or askus@hsl.ucdenver.libanswers.com.

PubMed Filters: Adding Institutional Filters to your NCBI Account

In a previous blog, we described some new search filters that can be used while accessing PubMed from the HSL home page. However, we realize that many of our users—especially those working with the more advanced features of PubMed—likely have their own My NCBI accounts, and won’t often be starting their search from the library’s home page. This blog will explain how to import those new filters into your existing My NCBI account, so you can use them in conjunction with your existing settings and preferences. To begin, you’ll need to either log in or create an account, which can be done at the “Sign in to NCBI” link shown below.

Sign in to NCBI link

Once logged in, continue to the Settings page (titled “My NCBI” at the top of every page) and navigate to the “Filters” module, typically at the lower-right corner of the page. If you’ve never experimented with creating your own filters, you will see a message stating “You do not have any active filters for this database.” Click the link to “Add filters for the selected database” or “Manage Filters.”

Manage Filters

On this page, select “Create custom filter” and paste the following code into the “Query terms” text box. Be sure to select all text, as even leaving off an opening or closing parenthesis may break the filter.

((inprocess[sb]) OR publisher[sb] NOT (pubstatusnihms NOT pubstatuspmcsd NOT pmcbook) OR (pubstatusaheadofprint))

Adding New Filters

This is the filter to show all articles without MeSH terms assigned, and it’s a great way to ensure you’re performing as thorough a search as possible. If your search returns 0 results when using this filter, you are likely missing the most recent literature on your subject! A consultation with an HSL librarian will be a great help to troubleshoot your search strategy, and you can schedule one via Ask Us.

Once the filter has been added, be sure to “Activate” it. This will ensure every search result page displays the filter as an option for you to choose.

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The second filter is much longer, but the process is the same. This filter restricts results to authors with an affiliation to CU Anschutz Medical Campus and related institutions, going back to 2014. For more information on how this filter works and why it’s restricted to this timeframe, the original blog post goes into much greater detail.

To add it, create a new custom filter, then copy and paste this code into the query terms:

 ((80045[ad]) OR (80218[ad]) OR (80206[ad]) OR (80220[ad]) OR (80262[ad]) OR (ucdenver[ad] AND (Aurora or Anschutz)) OR (uchealth[ad] AND (Aurora or Anschutz)) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Health Sciences Center"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND (Medicine[ad] OR SOM[ad])) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND ("College of Nursing"[ad] OR "school of nursing"[ad] OR CON[ad] or SON[ad])) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND "Public Health"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND "Dental Medicine"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado"[ad] AND Pharmacy[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND AMC[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR (Colorado[ad] AND Denver[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado AMC"[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND Anschutz[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR (CU[ad] AND AMC[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Denver" AND Aurora[ad]) OR (Fitzsimons[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Denver"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Hospital"[ad]) OR ("University of Colorado Health"[ad]) OR ("UC Health"[ad]) OR ("Children's Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("Childrens Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("The Children's Hospital"[ad] AND Aurora[ad]) OR ("Veterans Affairs"[ad] AND (Denver[ad] OR Aurora[ad])) OR (VAMC[ad] AND (Denver[ad] OR Aurora[ad])) OR ("VA Eastern" AND Denver[ad]) OR ("National Jewish"[ad]) OR (NJH[ad] AND Denver[ad]) OR ("Denver Health"[ad])) AND (2014:2018[crdt])

When these filters are active, they’ll show up on the top right of every search results page, displaying the number of relevant hits in parentheses.

End Result

As mentioned last time, if you have comments, questions, problems, or suggestions for other filters, please let us know by leaving a comment below or submitting a ticket via AskUs. There are a lot of other options we can help you explore, both in and out of PubMed, and we’re always happy to help!

–Jason Wardell, Education & Reference Intern