Limited library building accessibility

Starting Saturday, June 13, 2020, The Strauss Library building will be badge accessible 7 days a week from 7 am – 7 pm, only for students who are given permission to be on campus.

  • Students can request access to the library building for testing or related reasons, however faculty and staff do NOT have this option at this time.
  • Students who need to access the library building must submit a request to be on campus to Dr. Jan Gascoigne, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

As the campus continues the limited return to campus work for invited employees and students, the library would like to share updated information regarding the library building.

As a reminder, almost all library resources and services remain available 24/7 from the library webpage

  • The library building is currently closed and no services are being offered on site.
  • Anyone coming to campus must complete the required, one-time SkillSoft training “CU COVID-19 Return to Campus – CU Denver | Anschutz”. 
  • To enter any building on campus including the library, everyone must pass through a daily check-in point and receive a wristband. At the check-in point everyone will complete a health questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and receive a wristband.
  • The Lounge@HSL, just outside the library’s entrance, will be one of the daily check-in points. Please note that it will only be staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 am and from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. If one arrives at the library outside of those time frames they will have to visit the check-in point at the west RC1N entrance. That daily check-in point is open from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    • On Saturdays and Sundays, students entering the library are required to complete the health questionnaire before entering.
  • Once inside the library building, everyone must wear a mask, their campus ID badge, and the daily wristband. Masks can be removed if one is alone in a room with a closed door.
  • Library users must be alone in one of 50 identified rooms with a closed door or on a computer workstation on the 1st floor of the building. If desired, users can make reservations online ahead of time for one of the 50 identified group or individual study rooms.
  • Cleaning kits will be provided to clean workspaces at the beginning and end of work.  It is the student’s responsibility to clean their own work stations.

If you have questions about library services or resources please e-mail the library at Thank you for doing your part to help keep each other safe!

Upcoming Conference on Integrative Pediatric Medicine

The Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection will be co-sponsoring an upcoming conference on pediatric integrative medicine.  Health for the Whole Child: An Integrative Approach will take place on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 in Mt. Oxford Auditorium at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  This conference will include lectures, interactive panels, and breakout sessions.

Pediatric integrative health focuses on the enhancement of well-being of the whole child and uses a collaborative approach to health promotion, disease prevention, healing, and rehabilitation. The model builds on the elements of positive lifestyle habits, and other tools, to support the health of both child and family unit.  Join us to learn more about integrative health, an approach that offers expanded treatment options and complements conventional therapies.  Integrative health has the potential to revitalize meaning in practice, support our young patients, and enhance practitioner satisfaction.

Early Bird registration of $40 is available through October 16, 2019 and will increase to $50 after that date.  An online-only option is also available for $25.00.  All providers are welcome to attend as well anyone with an interest in integrative medicine.  CME, CNE, and CPE credit will be available.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Bard Family Foundation.

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Witness to the Holocaust: Sculpture dedication and panel discussion

Two events that are part of this year’s Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program will take place in the Strauss Health Sciences Library.  The Program is an annual event that is organized by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.  The Program’s goal is to promote education, scholarship, and community engagement on the lessons of the Holocaust.  All Program events are free and open to the public.  This year the Program includes events at all four CU campuses and a session at UCHealth.

The events in the Strauss Library will be held on April 30th.  There will be a dedication event at Noon on the 3rd floor for the Devorah Sperber sculptures “Witness to the Holocaust”.  The dedication will be followed by a panel discussion at 1:00 pm in the Reading Room.  The topic for the discussion is “Health Professionals, Patients and the Public Trust”.  Reservations are requested, but not required.  We hope you can attend one, or more, the events!

Strauss librarians elected to professional associations


Melissa De Santis (left), Dana Abbey (center), and Lisa Traditi

A number of Strauss Health Sciences Librarians were recently elected to officer positions within their professional associations.

Lisa Traditi (Deputy Director) was elected President-Elect of the Medical Library Association (MLA).  MLA is an international association of information professionals focused on enhancing the quality of health care, education, and research throughout the world.  Ms. Traditi has been elected to a three year term that will begin in June 2019.  She will serve as President-Elect, President, and Past President.

MLA has regional chapters, and Colorado is part of the Midcontinental Chapter of MLA (MCMLA).  Dana Abbey (Community Engagement Coordinator) was elected Recording Secretary (a one year term) and Melissa De Santis (Director) was elected Chair-Elect (a three year term).  Ms. Abbey and Ms. De Santis will begin their positions November 2019.

Congratulations to these librarians for their service to the profession and for representing the Strauss Health Sciences Library!

Honorary naming of Health Sciences Library celebrated

On Monday, February 4, 2019, a celebration was held to recognize Henry L. Strauss and his many contributions to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  This past fall the library was named the Strauss Health Sciences Library in honor of Henry and his wife Joan’s longtime commitment to the campus.  In 1995 Henry Strauss established the Indigenous and Integrative Medicine collection at the library.  Almost 25 years later this collection continues to grow.  In addition to the collection, Strauss also established a quarterly lecture series that focuses on topics related to integrative medicine.

Over 100 people attended the luncheon on February 4th to celebrate Strauss and his many contributions.  Speakers at the event included Chancellor Elliman, Regent Sue Sharkey, and Governor Polis who is a long time friend of Strauss.  Strauss is a pharmacy alumnus and has strong connections to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  This was an exciting and important day for the Strauss Health Sciences Library.

Health Sciences Library librarians participate in regional librarian meeting

Librarians at the Health Sciences Library regularly participate in professional associations.  In October, a number of the librarians from the Health Sciences Library participated in the Annual Meeting of the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MCMLA).

The MCMLA Chapter includes the states of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.  This year the Annual Meeting was held virtually and the Health Sciences Library hosted a viewing that librarians throughout the state were welcome to attend.  Pictured below are some of the attendees from the second day of the meeting.  Many of these librarians are from the Health Sciences Library.

MCMLA 2018

Attendees on the second day of the MCMLA 2018 Annual Meeting. Many of these librarians are from the Health Sciences Library.

The virtual meeting is run just like an in person conference with keynote speakers, paper presentations, lightning talks, and a business meeting.  Research awards are given out during the meeting and two awards went to our librarians:

  • Best Lightning Talk: Hannah Craven (former intern), Kristina C. Palmer (intern) and Christi Piper for A Bibliographic Analysis of Librarian Assistance on Systematic Reviews.
  • Best Paper:  Dana Abbey for Information Needs of Community Health Center Staff.

The library is proud of the involvement of our librarians in professional associations.


Health Sciences Library continues partnership with other libraries in Colorado

The Health Sciences Library is a member of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, often referred to as The Alliance.  The Alliance is consortium of sixteen libraries located in Colorado and Wyoming that was founded in 1974 to consider ways of sharing resources. The driving force of the group is cooperation and the sharing of purchasing power, materials, and ideas.  The Alliance library directors gather six times a year for Member Council meetings.  The September Member Council meeting was held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO.  The Tomlinson Library hosted the meeting and showed off their recent building renovation, including this fantastic outdoor fire pit.

Fire pit at Tomlinson Library, Colorado Mesa Univ

Fire pit at Tomlinson Library, Colorado Mesa Univ

The Health Sciences Library receives numerous benefits from participating in the Alliance.  The biggest financial benefit is access to discounted subscription rates for journal packages and other electronic resources.  The Alliance also manages the Prospector Union Catalog which gives CU Anschutz faculty, staff and students free access to print materials from over forty academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming

Since Grand Junction is very close to the border with Utah, during the September Alliance Member Council meeting an additional meeting was arranged with a similar organization in Utah – the Utah Academic Library Consortium.  There are many similarities between these two organizations and members are currently discussing options for a joint programming effort around the topic of diversity and inclusion.

If you’d like to know more about the Alliance, contact Melissa De Santis, Director of the Health Sciences Library ( For additional information about Prospector, ask staff at the Service Desk or contact the library via AskUs.

De Santis selected as Mentor in leadership program

Melissa DeSantis-low resMelissa De Santis has been selected as a mentor in the 2018-2019 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.  The Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries through a year-long mentoring relationship with a director of another library and a curriculum focused on developing leadership knowledge critical to enhancing the value of libraries in their institutions. In this highly competitive program, Melissa will be one of ten fellows and mentors from academic health sciences libraries across the U.S. who will begin their work together in November.  Since the program began in 2002, 54% of all fellow graduates have assumed director positions.  Melissa participated as a fellow in the program in 2012-2013 and is looking forward to participating as a mentor later this year.

Bringing Health and Care Back to Healthcare Conference – January 18th

Safely view the solar eclipse!

Solar eclipse

Update August 17, 2017:   The solar shades that the Health Sciences Library made available were purchased from Amazon.  Today Amazon notified the Health Sciences Library that “Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer.  We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.”

If you have a pair of the solar shades that the library made available, please be aware of this information.  An additional source of information to evaluate the safety of solar shades is available from the American Astronomical Society.

Update August 16, 2017: All of the solar shades have been distributed! The library attempted to order more but was unsuccessful. A few public libraries will be passing out free solar shades:

  • Arapahoe Public Libraries – available at opening on Saturday, August 19th.
  • Anything Libraries – available at their viewing party event Monday, August 21st from 10 am – 1 pm at the York St location.
  • Douglas County Libraries – available at 10:00 am on Monday, August 21st.
  • Broomfield Public Library – available at their viewing event on Monday, August 21st.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences will have shades available at their viewing party on Monday, August 21st. Their gift shop had been selling solar shades but has now announced they are sold out and will not be receiving more.

On August 21, 2017 a solar eclipse will be visible in the continental United States.  In Denver, it will not be a total eclipse but it will be close!  Almost 93% of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon. Continue reading

Shannon Baker – speaking at CU Boulder

Shannon Baker

The Friends of the Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder, will sponsor their Just Desserts Event on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at The CU Boulder Law School, 2450 Kittredge Loop Drive in Boulder.

Shannon Baker, author of the Kate Fox Mysteries,  will speak about life in the Sandhills and her book Stripped Bare, which will be on sale at the event.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:00 p.m., followed by the presentation.  This event is free and open to the public.  Shannon Baker will sign copies of her books (available for sale at the event) immediately following her presentation.

For more information, please contact Lisa Kippur,, (303) 492-7512.


Presentation – Boulder County Latino History Project

latinosbouldercoThe Friends of the Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder, will be sponsoring their Spring Treasures Event.

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theatre, Linda Arroyo-Holmstrom and Marjorie K. McIntosh will speak about the Boulder County Latino History Project and what has been learned from the research.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and Marjorie McIntosh will sign copies of her book (which will be for sale at the event) immediately following his presentation.

For more information, please contact Lisa Kippur,, (303) 492-7512 and visit

Conference videos available: Future Trends in Healthcare – An integrative approach to health and wellness

img_1292-002 On November 16, 2016 a conference was held on the Anschutz Medical Campus that brought together national and regional experts to expose, educate and contemplate ways that health and wellness can be improved.  Through presentations and panel discussions, speakers shared their experiences and knowledge.

Videos of the presentations are now available on the conference website.

Check out the website and watch the great speakers that shared their knowledge and answered questions.

The conference was sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and the Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection and made possible by a grant from the Bard Family Foundation.

RJ Stewart – speaking at CU Boulder

The Friends of the Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder, are sponsoring their Fall Treasures Event on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin Library, Fifth Floor).

thencomeswindRonald J. Stewart, author of Then Comes a Wind, will speak about his book, which is a story about a family’s struggle to homestead in 1900’s Nebraska.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:00 p.m., and the author’s presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and the author will sign copies of his book (which will be for sale at the event) immediately following his presentation.

For more information, please contact Lisa Kippur,, (303) 492-7512 and visit

Staging Shakespeare in a War Zone: Values and Consequences

NightMake plans to attend an event on the CU Boulder campus that is being held in conjunction with their Shakespeare First Folio Tour.

On Monday, August 29, 2016 an event will be held called “Staging Shakespeare in a War Zone: Values and Consequences”.  The event will begin at 5:00 pm with a light reception.  A presentation will begin at 5:30 pm at the University Theatre located at 1595 Pleasant Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302.  Parking will be available in the Euclid Auto Park, located on the corner of Euclid and Broadway.

Learn about Author Qais Akbar Omar’s experience staging Love’s Labour’s Lost in Kabul in 2005.  This was the first production of the Bard in Afghanistan in 30 years.  The author will sign copies of his book, A Night in the Emperor’s Garden, immediately following the lecture.

This event is free and open to the public.Omar

For more information, contact Lisa Kippur,, (303) 492-7512 or visit to RSVP.