Welcome to Nina Mchale

HSL is welcoming Nina Mchale as the new Head of Education and Reference.  Her first day was Monday, October 2, 2017 and her welcome party was October 5.  The position became available when Lisa Traditi left the position to become the new Deputy Director.  Here’s a great picture of Lisa passing the baton to Nina at Nina’s welcome party.


A short description of Nina’s experience and hobbies:

Nina is thrilled to return to the University of Colorado as Head of the Education and Reference Department! Prior to her most recent position as the director of library services at Red Rocks Community College, Nina was the Web Librarian at the Auraria Library from 2006-2011. She received her joint MA in English and MSLS in Library Science from the Catholic University of American in 2002. Nina looks forward to getting to know, and facilitating the talents of, the members of the Education and Reference team, as well as collaborating with the other library departments to provide great service to the campus community.

When she’s not hard at work librarian-ing, Nina enjoys spending time with her three kids, two dogs, and one husband. They enjoy spending time in the mountains, whether it’s skiing in the winter or off-roading in the summer. On the rare occasion that she gets some alone time, she likes to run and quilt, but understandably not simultaneously.

New Bartecchi Exhibit

Batecchi Display(4)

In the entryway to HSL, there is a new exhibit featuring the dust jackets from the Bartecchi Southeast Asia Conflict Medical Collection. Each volume in the collection has this bookplate:

Bartecchi Bookplate2

The dust jackets are collected from the volumes donated to HSL. Carl E. Bartecchi donated the volumes in the collection. The collection consists of books highlighting the experiences of doctors, nurses, and surgeons who worked during and around the Vietnam Conflict. The collection also includes a number of volumes analyzing the conflict and historical accounts.

Bartecchi Shelf(2)

The collection itself is located on the 3rd floor in the special collections room. Each of the special collections at HSL are in this room, and you can check out the volumes in each collection. Visit the special collections website for more information about the different special collections at HSL: https://www.hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/special-collections.

New Skeletons at HSL

HSL has two new skeletons for checkout at the circulation desk!

One is a full size skeleton, and the other is a smaller scale model.


Paul, one of the library employees in Collection Development, was working on attaching the skeletons to their stands this week.

Paul Working on Skeleton

One of the skeletons already in the collection is also under repair, and the repair should be completed soon.  You can see here that it needed some work on it’s jaw and skull.


With these two additions, HSL now has four skeletons total for students to checkout and use for their studies. The skeletons currently hang out in the circular entryway near the first floor elevator if you would like to visit them.

You can check these out by visiting the circulation desk and requesting the models for checkout from the employees who run the circulation desk, like Amanda posing here with the new skeleton!


New eBooks at HSL

HSL has four new ebooks added to the collection.

Assuring continuous compliance with Joint Commission standards

Assuring Continuous Compliance with Joint Commission Standards a Pharmacy Guide by John P. Uselton, Patricia C. Kienle, and Lee B. Murdaugh (8th edition)

  • Summary: Maintaining continuous compliance with Joint Commission standards fosters safe, high-quality care and assures readiness for a survey at any time. The 8th edition of Assuring Continuous Compliance with Joint Commission Standards: A Pharmacy Guide provides expert help in assuring that your pharmacy is compliant. The authors have helped hundreds of hospital pharmacies comply with Joint Commission standards and prepare for surveys. Benefit from their unique perspective in this latest edition of the indispensable guide to fostering high-quality patient care by incorporating Joint Commission standards into everyday practice.

Clinical Research For The Doctor Of Nursing Practice

Clinical Research for the Doctor of Nursing Practice by Allison Terry (2nd edition)

  • Summary: Clinical Research for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Second Edition offers a streamlined approached to application based clinical research and the development of the capstone project. The text allows for a hands-on approach through its inclusion of sample research studies that encourage analysis and an overall understanding of the nursing research process. The Second Edition features new research studies as well as instruction on motivational interviewing, conducting an organizational assessment as well as how to work with a committee to craft a research proposal. This text is appropriate for any DNP course focused on research including the Capstone course.

Financial Management For Nurse Managers

Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar edited by Janne Dunham-Taylor and Joseph Z. Pinczuk (3rd edition)

  • Summary: Financial Management for Nurse Managers, Third Edition is a completely revised and updated text addressing a myriad of financial concepts ranging from staffing and budgeting to measuring productivity and forecasting costs. Examples and explanations of terminology will help nurse managers successfully correspond with the financial department to implement change without negatively affecting patient care and outcomes.

Nursing Leadership & Management2

Nursing Leadership & Management by Patricia Kelly (3rd edition)

  • Summary: Develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead and manage nursing care delivery with Nursing Leadership & Management, 3rd Edition! This newly revised edition provides readers with the most current on relevant topics such as quality improvement, patient safety, legal aspects of nursing, delegation, and licensure that are relevant for anyone in the nursing field. Thorough coverage and real-world perspectives will give readers a solid foundation in nursing leadership and management and prepare future nurse leaders to function successfully in the modern healthcare system.


Check out the entire eBook collection at HSL by searching our online catalog, Search@HSL, or the you can see the list on the E-Books webpage!


Welcome to Christi Piper!

HSL is welcoming a new reference librarian to the Education and Reference department, Christi Piper.  Her first day was Monday, July 24, and her contact information is already on the Staff Directory web page.

Christi Piper

Here is a brief bio about her background and duties:

After a brief hiatus, Christi Piper has returned to the Health Sciences Library as a Reference Librarian in the Education and Reference Department. Christi received her Masters of Library and Information Science in 2013 from the University of Washington iSchool online program. After graduating, she volunteered for the Health Sciences Library for two years staffing the AskUs service and working on other projects in the department. She then went to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Kraemer Family Library and worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian who worked specifically with the Nursing and Health Sciences College for three years. But the commute from Denver to Colorado Springs was not so fun, so she returned to the Health Sciences Library in July. Christi will be working on making the AskUs service the best that it can be and helping teach some of the regular library classes, along with other new and exciting projects. If you have a research need or question for the library, don’t hesitate to ask!

When not answering research questions at the library, Christi and her husband enjoy traveling, hiking, and trying to keep up with their two hyperactive dogs. You can also find Christi rereading Harry Potter frequently and pondering the effectiveness of the Marauder’s Map and wondering just what is in the Restricted Section of the Library.

New Features for Search@HSL

The HSL online catalog, Search@HSL, has two new features.

The first new feature is the addition of the BrowZine button to the navigation menu.  You can access the additional options in the navigation menu by clicking on the ellipses […]:


The BrowZine option is now added for easy use:


If you click on the link, you will be redirected to the BrowZine main webpage that includes the content available from HSL:

Browzine Webpage

BrowZine is a content aggregator that allows patrons to browse the periodical collection. Users can browse the collection by subject, view the contents of journals, connect to the full text if available, export the citation information, create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals if you create an account, and share content through social media.  BrowZine also offers an app version, where you can select the HSL library and login with your credentials to use BrowZine on your devices.

Browzine on iTunes


The second new feature to Search@HSL is the option ‘Fetch Item’ in the navigation menu has been changed to ‘Citation Linker’.

Search@HSL Citation Linker

This option in Search@HSL allows users to find citations for articles, books, and journals.

Citation Linker

Users can search for the item and Search@HSL will find the item in the catalog.  To get the citation, click on the ‘Citation’ icon under the ‘Send to’ menu of the record, and select the citation type you need.  The options are APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, and MLA.  Copy the citation and insert into a document.

Citation example