Financial Literacy Seminars: Building Credit New


Undergraduate seniors leave school with an average of $4,100 in credit card debt. Are you in control of the cards in your wallet?

The Health Sciences Library is teaming up with the Fitzsimons Credit Union for a FREE seminar about building credit.

13 Nov 2014 (Thu)
Location: Teaching Lab 1

In this 90 minute presentation you will learn:

  • Why you should care about credit.
  • What the credit CARD Act of 2009 means for you.
  • Tips for using credit wisely…for life.
  • How to build a solid credit history.
  • What to do if you lose your credit card.

Register Today!  Limited to 15 participants.

**Lunch will be provided.**

Exhibit: 20th Century Microscopes

003The Health Sciences Library is exhibiting a selection of our early 20th century microscopes.  The exhibit is on the second floor landing at the South side of the building.  The microscopes, made of brass, steel and glass, show the union of fine craftsmanship with precision research tools.  Included in the exhibit is an example of a Bausch & Lomb microscope and two Carl Zeiss microscopes.

Also included in the exhibit is an image from what is perhaps the best known early treatise on the microscope was Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses.  Hooke was the curator of experiments at the Royal Society of London when he was asked to give a series of lectures on his experiments with the microscope.   He gave his first lectures in 1663, and in 1665 presented his work in the Micrographia.  It is one of the earliest books devoted to microscopy, based on demonstrations Hooke arranged for the Royal Society The Health Sciences Library is honored to have a copy of this wonderful book in our rare books collection. All the artifacts and rare books in the Library’s collection are available for research with an appointment.



Information on using these resources can be found on our website at:

Additionally, information and images of the artifacts are available on the Health Sciences Library’s Digital Repository.

[Paul Andrews, Collection Development]

Take a “Paws Pause” at the Health Sciences Library!

Stressed out by finals, boards, or just life in general? Pause at the Health Sciences Library with someone with paws!  From April 24-May 15, registered Pet Partners© teams will be available by appointment only on varying days and times to help you relax and reduce stress.  Even if you’re just curious about the work these teams do, we encourage you to sign up for a visit.

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) has invited several Pet Partners teams (a sample are pictured below) to visit our library. All teams will be a human handler and their dog and all are trained to support your physical and emotional well-being through Animal Assisted Activity.  All visits with the Pet Partners will take place in an enclosed staff conference room on the first floor of the HSL.

Register now for your 20 minute visit with one of the Pet Partners Teams!

If the Register link above does not work, please copy and paste this URL into your internet browser:



The Health Sciences Library’s Open Access Fund Pilot Program

Current Application Period: Now- April 22 2013

The University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Library (HSL) is a keen supporter of innovation in the scholarly communication marketplace; our faculty believes that it is essential to support alternatives.  Therefore we are launching a pilot program which is provided as a service to those affiliated with the Anschutz Medical Campus and for authors who do NOT have grant or other financial support for open access publication fees.  As the program is designed to support new publications in Open Access journals, awards will not be granted to articles already published. The pilot program will be assessed after a year to determine whether or not this program is a part of the solution in the volatile and changing world of scholarly communications.

The AMC HSL Open Access Fund Pilot Program is designed to promote an understanding and interest in the Open Access movement Many eligible journals can be found at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  A fully Open Access journal is “…free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (Peter Suber, Open Access Overview ). PLoS or BMC journal submissions will automatically qualify for the OA Fund.  Other journals will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

In order to apply for Open Access Funding through the HSL, you must be able to answer “yes” to each of the following:

  1. Are you affiliated with the AMC?
  2. Are you applying for funds to help you underwrite article charges related to publishing your scholarly article in an open-access journal?  Note: The OA Fund is available only to applicants who do not have grant funding or financial support and must pay for publication charges out-of-pocket.
  3. Has your article been accepted for publication?

This Pilot Open Access fund is open to any member of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus however funding priorities are as follows:
1. Students
2. Residents, Post-doctoral fellows

3. Any other affiliated persons

Any application that meets the requirements will be considered for funding on a first-come first-served basis within the above categories and evaluated by an Open Access committee composed of library staff.

If you are selected to receive support from the OA Fund you must also, submit your article to the AMC HSL’s Institutional Repository for inclusion, complete a short evaluation and provide a copy of invoice or receipt for paid publication fee.

The maximum dollar amount that the Open Access Fund will reimburse for any single article during the pilot program phase is $1,000, there will also be a maximum of one article per author per calendar year.

To apply, just submit the application via this link: and email ( a copy of the letter of acceptance from the journal.

Please refer to the  Open Access FAQ’s, or contact,,, or

[Jennifer Hicks, Student Assistant]

FYI – RefScan App for iPhones

Thomson Reuters RefScan is  a free app powered by Web of Knowledge and EndNote. It allows you to scan and capture your references, gives you access to bibliographic information and times cited counts, and store references to your Endnote Web account to retrieve anytime, anywhere, with no subscriptions required.  The app makes it easier to access the content and tools you need wherever and whenever you need it. This free app is currently available for iPhones only.

Want more apps to help manage your information? We also suggest reviewing Docphin or Docwise.

[Jennifer Hicks, Student Assistant]

FYI – New Travelling Whiteboards!

In addition to the three mobile whiteboards that were purchased last year, the Health Sciences Library now has three new whiteboards. Double sided easels, these “travelling” whiteboards are smaller and have rolling casters so they are easier to move around in tight spaces. They also have hooks for flip charts and a generous storage area underneath, making this a versatile tool for both collaborative studying or presentations for meetings. And as always, marker sets are available for check out at the Service Desk.











Come to the library and grab a whiteboard today!

[Ruby Nugent, Education & Reference Dept]

FYI: Art and Science from a Camera Lens

Have you ever wanted to see the blood-brain barrier in an organism?



Now that you have finished your finals, make time for some fun.  Check out‘s article and online gallery of the winners of Nikon’s Small World Microscope Photography contest.   This photo won first place in the competition.  It was taken by Jennifer Peters and Michael Taylor from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  The subject is “The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo.” Another image you might want to check out would be the third place entry submitted by Dylan Burnette from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland of the veiw of human bone cancer (osteosarcoma). Althought these particular pictures have a medical connection, all the photos are fascinating and a unique way to rediscover the world around us.

[Deidre Adams-Buckley, Access Services]


Medical Artifacts: Now Part of the Health Sciences Library Digital Repositiory

The Health Sciences Library has a small collection of medical artifacts that span the 19th and 20th centuries.  Amongst the most popular artifacts in the collection are a Civil War surgical kit, a brass microscope made by Bausch and Lomb from 1909, and several oddities like trephine kits and scarifiers.  The library also has several artifacts relating to some of the doctors who have made significant impact on the library throughout our history, such as Dr. Charles Dennison and Dr. Florence Sabin.  Currently a list of the artifacts is available on the library’s website and  are now part of our new digital repository. The collection is available for research, with an appointment.

You can make an appointment to study these artifacts at any time by contacting Paul Andrews at or 303-724-2113.

[Paul Andrews, Collection Development]

Crisis? What Crisis? The Future of Scholarly Communications and the Health Sciences Academy

By many accounts, scholarly communications are in a state of crisis, with some experts predicting end-times.  The advent of e-publishing and easy dissemination through the Internet have markedly improved access for readers of the academic journal, but at a cost – to academic libraries through ever-escalating subscription prices, their University sponsors who struggle to sustain collection budgets, and researcher authors who increasingly have to absorb escalating per-page fees for their articles.

Join us for Crisis? What Crisis? The Future of Scholarly Communications and the Health Sciences Academy, a conversation about the future of scholarly communications sponsored by the Health Sciences Library with a panel of experts, national and local, featuring:

  • John Corboy, MD, FAAN, Professor, Dept. of Neurology, CU School of Medicine and Editor of Neurology: Clinical Practice;
  • Roxie Foster, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and PhD Program Director and Interim Chair, Division of Adult and Senior Health, CU College of Nursing and Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing;
  • Tom Richardson, Director, Institutional Sales and Service, New England Journal of Medicine, and Society for Scholarly Publishing representative to the Chicago Collaborative;
  • Jean Shipman, Director, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, MidContinental Region and NLM Training Center, NN/LM, University of Utah, and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries co-convener of the Chicago Collaborative; and,
  • Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, Director, CU Health Sciences Library, Panel Moderator.

DATE:              October 18, 2012

LOCATION:     Shore Family Auditorium, Nighthorse-Campbell Building

TIME:               2:30-4:00 pm

A reception will follow Crisis? What Crisis? in recognition of the HSL’s 5 years of service on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and the 200th anniversary of the landmark New England Journal of Medicine.

For more information, please contact HSL Director Jerry Perry, 303-724-2133 or

Databib: Registry for Research Data

Databib,, is a registry that identifies and locates online repositories of research data. Over 200 data repositories have been cataloged in Databib, with more being added every week. Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that can be browsed and searched.

* What repositories are appropriate for a researcher to submit his or her data to?

* How do users find appropriate data repositories and discover datasets to meet their needs?

* How can librarians help patrons locate and integrate data into their research or learning?

Databib begins to address these needs for data users, data producers, publishers, librarians, funding agencies, and others engaged in data-driven research.

In addition to the website, Databib is made available using a variety of machine interfaces (RSS, RDF/XML, OpenSearch, RDFa/Linked Data) for easy integration with other tools and environments without restriction (CC0). Databib’s international advisory board represents global support for collaborating to develop such a global registry of research data repositories.

The development of Databib was initially supported by a Sparks! Innovation National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Purdue University Libraries, and Penn State University Libraries.


Nominations for an Editorial Board are being solicited to ensure the coverage and accuracy of Databib. Editors ideally will have expertise in a specific research domain or knowledge of research data repositories in a particular geographic region as well as experience with descriptive metadata. The primary role of an Editor is to review, edit, and approve submissions to Databib and contribute to the enhancement of the metadata and functionality of Databib for a voluntary, three-year term. The Editorial Board will meet (virtually) a minimum of twice a year and will correspond as needed by email.

 Please send nominations or questions to Michael Witt, Databib editor, Purdue University at, or visit for more information. 

Health Sciences Library Celebrates Donation of the Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin Collection

A distinctive collection of dental books and journals featuring the scholarly contributions of former Dean of the CU School of Dentistry Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin has been donated to the Health Sciences Library by Estelle Meskin.  Dr. Meskin, who died unexpectedly in 2007, served as Dean of the School from 1981 to 1987, after which he served as CU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, and led the Dental School’s continuing education program.

Dr. Meskin was a founding member of the Santa Fe Group, an organization of internationally recognized scholars and leaders with a common interest in improving oral health and which works to advocate for innovative solutions to problems in health care services and delivery.

Dr. Meskin earned his dental degree from the University of Detroit in 1961, and prior to coming to CU taught at the University of Minnesota for 20 years.  He served as Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association from 1990 through 2001, was Chair of the Editorial Board of Dental Abstracts, and across a highly distinguished career published over 200 scholarly articles.  Among the items in the collection are editorials, articles and monographs that Dr. Meskin authored.  Key interests during his academic career were public policy and dentistry, and dental education financing.

About the donation, Estelle Meskin has said, “Larry was one of the outstanding leaders and mentors within the dental profession, and he was a real visionary in dental education.  I’m thrilled the Library will provide a permanent place for and access to Larry’s scholarship.”

According to Library Director Jerry Perry, “On behalf of the Library’s community of users, we thank Estelle and the entire Meskin family, and are pleased and honored to accept Dr. Meskin’s collection.  He was a key figure in the University’s history, and was deeply loved and respected.  We are happy to provide a focal point on campus for our users to consult his work.”  The collection is located in the Library’s Special Collections Room, on the 3rd floor.

For additional information about the Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin Collection, please contact Jerry Perry, Director, at 303-724-2133 or

[Jerry Perry,  Health Sciences Library Director]

New Exhibit – The Carl E. Bartecchi Gift

On June 22, the Health Sciences Library named an area of the Special Collections room to honor the contributions that Dr. Carl E. Bartecchi and his wife Kay have made to the Library. One of these contributions consisted of several hundred books  published between the sixteenth and the twenty-first centuries from Dr. Bartecchi’s personal collection. Dr. Bartecchi donated these items to the library in 1998 and 1999. A selection of these books are on display in the exhibit case on the 3rd floor of the Health Sciences Library, just outside the room in which the Carl and Kay Bartecchi Special Collections Reading Area  is located.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

Rare Book Profile: A Number of German Drugs, Their American Equivalents, and Chemical Synonyms

Sometimes odd and interesting things can be found in old books.  A Number of German Drugs, Their American Equivalents, and Chemical Synonyms, published by the American League for Defense of Jewish Rights in 1933, came to the Health Sciences Library in an anatomy textbook.

The American League for Defense of Jewish Rights was founded in early 1933 by lawyer Samuel Untermeyer to support a boycott of German goods protesting anti-Jewish policies and violence in Nazi Germany.  At the time, pharmaceuticals were one of Germany‘s major exports. While the league ultimately failed in its efforts to stop Nazi anti-Jewish activities, it substantially reduced German imports to the United States.

The cheaply printed 16 page pamphlet lays out the reason for the boycott and lists German-made products to be avoided.  Products made in America by German-owned companies were also to be boycotted.  Beside each item listed is the brand name or chemical name of an equivalent American-made product. This is followed by a list of German-made chemicals sometimes used by American pharmaceutical companies, and readers are advised to request that their pharmacy sell them only products made from non-German ingredients.  The pamphlet also contains a list of health resorts in throughout Europe and the United States as alternatives to famous and fashionable German spas.

A Number of German Drugs came to the library in another book, Applied Anatomy by Gwilym G. Davis (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1924), as a gift from Michael J. Reiter.

Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, or 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Librarian]

The Health Sciences Library Welcomes Mike Campbell!

Mike Campbell is the new Assistant Systems Administrator in the IT department at the Health Sciences Library. Mike comes to us by way of several years’ experience of IT in libraries via the Douglas County Library system. As well as many years of IT experience as an IT consultant specializing in the Health Care business segment.

Mike, his family, and their two dogs live in Centennial, where Mike spends some of his spare time on carpentry and home improvement projects. Mike has experience in carpentry as well as in small business ownership.

Mike’s major area of focus will be desktop support for the HSL staff, as well as support of the over 100 laptops, PCs, and thin clients in the library’s Teaching Labs and Information Commons open computing area. Mike will also be involved in HSL server support, and in coordinating and conducting AV and IT support for events in the library. Mike brings an enthusiasm for customer service and for empowerment of both library customers and staff.