SWAT Launch: Summer Wellness Insight Project

Hi Everyone! Strauss Library continues to find ways to help all of you enjoy the 2020 summer season. Beginning Friday July 10, 2020, members of the Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (S.W.A.T) has launched a project called “Summer Wellness Insight.” This project is to provide great suggestions of healthy eating habits, hiking trails and books that everyone can enjoy in Colorful Colorado! New suggestions will be posted weekly throughout the summer season. Stay tune for more great suggestions and lets us know via Tell Us Resource tab https://hslibrary.ucdenver.libanswers.com/tellus/index if this was helpful to all of you! Happy Summer!

*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 7/10/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Cherries, Peaches & Watermelon

Suggested Trails:

Bear Lake Nature Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Loop) | .7 Miles (easy Trail)

Four Lake Loop Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Loop) | 6.8 miles (Moderate Trail)

Six Lakes Boulder Loop – Rocky Mountain National Park (Loop) | 8.9 miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion (7/10/2020 post)

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

A Gentleman from Moscow – Amor Towles

Sincerely, Your Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (S.W.A.T)

This was written by Bryson, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Suggested Reading: Race and Healthcare

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

As thousands of citizens around the nation take to the streets to protest for racial justice, you may be wondering how racism and healthcare intersect. Even though our building is closed, the following eBooks that address this complicated issue are available for checkout:

Contact the library for additional resources!

This was written by Sam, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Prefilter search added to Library Search – find eBooks and articles even faster!

Prefilter search has been added to Library Search, which is the catalog/discovery system for the CU Anschutz Strauss Library. Prefilter allows you to (optionally) specify what type of resource you are searching for, before you search on any keywords. For example, if you are looking for an eBook (or electronic textbook) on Surgery you would select the eBooks prefilter and enter the term, “surgery”.

Screenshot 1 – Prefilter menu button in Library Search

Screenshot 2 – Prefilter menu selected

Similar prefilter options are available for Books, Articles and Journal Titles.

Will you use the new prefilter option? Let us know in this brief survey!

ClinicalKey Updates for April 2020

eBooks Added

eBooks Removed

  • Atlas of General Surgical Techniques (Townsend, Courtney) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780721603988; Package/Collection: Surgery Essentials. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Kirk’s General Surgical Operations.
  • Basic, Advanced, and Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery (Falcone, Tommaso) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416062646; Package/Collection: Obstetrics & Gynecology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Atlas of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery.
  • High-Yield Imaging: Gastrointestinal (Gore, Richard) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416055440; Package/Collection: Radiology Essentials. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Textbook of Gastrointestinal Radiology.
  • Medical Imaging of Normal and Pathologic Anatomy (Vilensky, Joel) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437706345; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Weir & Abrahams’ Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy.
  • Ocular Disease: Mechanisms and Management (Levin, Leonard) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780702029837; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology.
  • Urologic Surgery for the Gynecologist and Urogynecologist (Gebhart, John) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416062653; Package/Collection: Obstetrics & Gynecology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery.
  • Visual Guide to Musculoskeletal Tumors: A Clinical – Radiologic – Histologic Approach (Wodajo, Felasfa) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437703030; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Musculoskeletal Imaging.

eBooks Added – ClinicalKey for Nursing

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services during closure due to COVID-19

ILL staff are here to help you get information you need.  However, due to conditions on campus, processing may be slower than usual. 

Journal articles in print volumes at Strauss Library and PASCAL (Storage) are unavailable to be scanned.  We may be able to borrow from other libraries and have options beyond that if your need is critical.  Book loans from other libraries are unavailable at this time, and hold requests for books in the Strauss collection are not able to be processed either. 

However, we are online and are still providing ILL services M-F, 8am-5pm.  We feel confident we can provide most journal articles.  Other libraries, nationally, may have the article or book chapter you need available electronically.  As well, requests for articles held in our e-journal collections will be processed.

If you don’t have an ILLiad account and are affiliated with Anschutz, feel free to register though our ILLiad website:


If you have any questions email copydocs@ucdenver.edu or call 303-724-2111 to speak with Lynn Triefus, ILL Coordinator, about your need.

This was written by Lynn, you can contact AskUs with questions.

ClinicalKey Updates for March 2020

Books Added – CK Global

Books Removed – CK Global

  • Aesthetic Oculofacial Rejuvenation (Zilkha, Marian) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780702033650; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Video Atlas of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Atlas of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Kramer, Christopher) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416061359; Package/Collection: Cardiovascular Disease Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
  • Atlas of Surgical Techniques for the Upper GI Tract and Small Bowel (Ponsky, Jeffrey) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416052784; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease.
  • Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer: Prostate Cancer (Su, Li-Ming) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416045755; Package/Collection: Hematology-Oncology-Palliative. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Prostate Cancer.
  • Operative Techniques: Sports Medicine Surgery (Reider, Bruce) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416032779; Package/Collection: Sports Medicine. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – DeLee, Drez, & Miller’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
  • Signs in Ophthalmology: Causes and Differential Diagnosis (Kanski, Jack) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780723435488; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology.
  • Teaching Files: Gastrointestinal, The (Miller, Frank) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416059448; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Requisites.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Connect to full text articles easily using LibKey Nomad (Chrome browser extension)

LibKey Nomad, created by Third Iron (creators of BrowZine), is a Chrome browser extension that provides instant links to full text articles subscribed to by the Strauss Health Sciences Library as well as open access articles.

Click here to add the LibKey Nomad Chrome browser extension.

After adding the extension to Chrome be sure to select our institution (“University of Colorado Health Sciences Library”) from the dropdown available on the extension set-up page:

Image of LibKey Nomad screen indicating to select your institution

After the extension has been added and you’ve selected our institution you’ll begin seeing “Download PDF” buttons when looking at article abstracts in PubMed:

Image of PubMed interface with LibKey "Download PDF" button

If the PDF of an article is not available through the Strauss Health Sciences Library subscriptions nor is open access, you will see a button called “Access Options…”:

Image of LibKey Nomad button "Access Options" within the PubMed interface

The “Access Options…” button will direct you to the Strauss Health Sciences Library catalog, Library Search, to confirm we do not have access and provide the option to request the article via InterLibrary Loan (ILL). 

Additionally, if you are a vendor’s site for an article and full text is available, you will see a “Download PDF” button in the lower left side of Chrome. 

Image of ScienceDirect page with "Download PDF" button

If you are off campus when using LibKey Nomad, and have not yet logged in to proxy, the first licensed content button that you access through LibKey during your browser session will redirect you through our EZProxy login page. As long as you do not close your browser you will not be asked to log in through proxy again during the current browser session.

If you encounter any issues please submit a help case and library staff will assist.

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Strauss Library is Closed! Most library services available online!

Starting March 16 at 6 p.m. and until further notice, the Strauss Health Sciences Library building is closed, No library services are available in the building. CU Anschutz Badge Access is still allowed. NOTE: Access will be monitored and limited to 7am-midnight, 7 days/week.

While in the library, for your safety, please maintain:

1.      One (1) person per study room

2.      Ten (10) foot distance between others at all times

More information on the CU Anschutz campus response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the building is closed, you can still get help and use the library’s resources online!

This was written by Lisa, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Strauss Library Collection: Subscription Cost

Welcome to the second blog post about the Strauss Health Sciences Library collection. In the first blog post, we reported on the FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey results. In the next few posts, we will discuss general issues about the library collection, including cost, collaborative licensing efforts, different user groups and sites served by the library, and other questions raised by survey respondents.

Collection Expenditure The Strauss Library spends over around $3 million on the collections every year. Over 99% of the collection budget goes towards annual subscriptions for electronic resources, such as databases (e.g., UpToDate, Dynamed), electronic journal packages (e.g., Elsevier ScienceDirect journals, JAMA package), electronic book packages (e.g., AccessPharmacy, StatRef), and other resources with annual costs (e.g., Sage backfile host fee, R2 Digital Library access fee).

Subscription Cost Increase

Every year, the cost of subscriptions increases by around 5%, sometimes more. 

According to the EBSCO 2020 Serials Price Projection Report, the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and medical libraries in 2020 is projected to be in the range of five to six percent for individual titles, and four to five percent for electronic journal packages. Over the 2015-2019 period, the cost of academic medical library journals increased between 5.47% – 5.98% annually.

There is no national survey on database pricing trends, but our local experience is a similar upward trend. As an example, we have seen some of our top clinical tools’ cost increase by 5-7% every year.

If the library’s collection budget stays flat, then the library must make cuts to the subscriptions or identify funds from other budgets, such as operating or gift funds.  Typically the library does a combination of these practices.  The library will look for less utilized resources to drop as well as review other budgets for available funds.

Cost per Use

The library considers several factors in deciding whether to renew or cancel a resource, including: renewal price, usage statistics over the last few years, cost per use (CPU), if the resource is used in teaching, if the content is available through other options (such as interlibrary loan, third-party database of journal articles), and whether there are similar products. Among these factors, usage trend and CPU are examined carefully. In calculating CPU, use is generally defined as full text article requested (view or download) for journals, or searches run for databases. Usage data is provided by vendors. The library usually calculates cost per use using last three year’s usage average. 

For example, if a journal package costs $10,000 in 2020, and full text article downloads for the last three years are 5000, 6000, 5500 respectively, then the three-year average is 5500, and the CPU is approximately $1.82 ($10,000 / 5500 = $1.82).

CPU is an important number for renewal decisions as it reflects both subscription cost and local usage. We typically compare CPU among similar journal packages or databases when reviewing renewal quotes. It can also be used as leverage in price negotiation with vendors.


2020 EBSCO Serials Price Projection Report

Five Year Journal Price Increase History (2015-2019)

If you have any questions about library collections, please contact Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management, at: 303-724-2137, yumin.jiang@cuanschutz.edu

Next Topic: Ways to Reduce Subscription Cost

This was written by Yumin, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Celebrate Open Education Week by Submitting Your Work(s) to Mountain Scholar

In honor of Open Education Week consider submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar. Mountain Scholar is the institutional repository of CU Anschutz and the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Learn more about Mountain Scholar on the Strauss Library’s website.

Submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar is easy. In five easy steps you can get your work submitted and made available in Mountain Scholar. A variety of resources can be submitted to Mountain Scholar. Here is a list of some items we accept:

  • Data sets
  • Journal articles (including published material, depending on copyright restrictions)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Pre-prints
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Technical reports
  • Poster and/or slide presentations
  • Professional activity materials
  • Projects and portfolios
  • Performances
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

If you still have questions, check out our Mountain Scholar FAQ or contact Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu).

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Open Education Week 2020

Every year, during the month of March, the Open Education Global organizes the international event Open Education Week. For one week we focus on the importance and need for Open Education (OE) and scholarship in order to improving education access, affordability, success and quality for all.

Start the week by attending Rajiv Jhangiani’s online workshop, “Beyond Free: Supporting Social Justice Through Open Educational Practices” on March 2nd at 2pm. The Strauss Library will be hosting a screening in Teach Lab 2 followed by a discussion (please register here) or you can attend the workshop virtually

Then, start finding OE resources for you to use and incorporate in the classroom: 

To find additional resources and learn more about OE resources visit the Strauss Library’s OER Guide.

If you have questions, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs to chat or email with a librarian or reach out to Ben Harnke (ben.harnke@cuanschutz.edu) or Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu). 

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New February 2020 ClinicalKey eBooks!

The new eBooks for February from ClinicalKey are here! Please check out the list of eBooks added.

Books Removed:

  • Atlas of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography: Imaging Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease (Taylor, Allen) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416061366; Package/Collection: Cardiovascular Disease Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Cardiovascular Imaging.
  • Atlas of Endocrine Surgical Techniques (Duh, Quan-Yang) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416048442; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Endocrine Surgery.
  • Augmentation Mammaplasty (Tebbetts, John) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323041126; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast.
  • Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer: Ovarian Cancer (Bristow, Robert) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416046851; Package/Collection: Hematology-Oncology-Palliative. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Cancer Treatment and the Ovary.
  • Principles and Practice of Wrist Surgery (Slutsky, David) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416056461; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Operative Techniques: Hand and Wrist Surgery.
  • Teaching Files: Musculoskeletal, The (Ouellette, Hugue) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416062615; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Musculoskeletal Imaging.
  • Tumors and Tumor-like Conditions of the Lung and Pleura (Moran, Cesar) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416036241; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Pathology of the Lungs.

ClinicalKey for Nursing (Global) eBooks

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Shikes Prescription Sheets

Strauss Library just added 98 newly digitized prescription sheets to our digital repository, Mountain Scholar! The dates for the prescription sheets range from 1821 through 1909.

The prescription sheets were part of the Shikes artifacts donation. You can learn more about the library’s artifacts collection here. Dr. Robert Shikes donated his collection of medical artifacts to the library in 2015. Dr. Shikes collected medical related artifacts for many years and his donation includes thousands of items, which are currently being cataloged.

Included in the collection are archival items, including medical lecture tickets, pamphlets, postcards, and medical advertising. Several of the items are being digitized and added to the CU Anschutz Archives and Special Collections community of Mountain Scholar.

While processing the donation, the staff found this collection of prescription sheets. Our staff member Paul works with artifacts, and found the collection, working with Debra to digitize the items.

We are still processing the Shikes donation, check back as we find more collections and items in the donation, and work to make them available for our patrons!

This was written by Jessica, you can contact jessica.gerber@ucdenver.edu or AskUs with questions.

Braddock Donation Exhibit

Dr. David Braddock Disabilities Studies Collection

There’s a new exhibit in the main entryway of the library! Debra and Jessica put together a new display of some of the titles and images from the recent Braddock donation.

The titles are part of the donation of the Dr. David Braddock Disabilities Studies Collection from The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.

The donation came to the library last summer, and the collection is being processed by the library staff. Books are added to the library’s collection, with the Braddock bookplate and a blue label.

The archival parts of the collection are also being processed, and digitized for the library’s digital repository, Mountain Scholar. You can see the items currently in the collection here, and check back as we add more!

Please take the brochures featured outside the exhibit for more information, and look forward as we continue to process this new collection about the history of disabilities and disabled persons.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Trial Access to PolicyMap

Strauss Library will have trial access to PolicyMap (https://hslibraryguides.ucdenver.edu/PolicyMap) from February 1, 2020 through March 2, 2020.

PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level. The PolicyMap mapping tool is a single point of entry for data related to health, demographics and conditions of the communities you serve. Create maps, tables and reports to understand community needs, write compelling grant applications and locate health resources.

Policymap includes community health related data including: life expectancy, opioid use, as well as insured and uninsured populations. Here is complete list of our Health Data from multiple sources including CDC BRFSS, CDC 500 Cities, HRSA and the USDA.

Is it currently on the A-Z list, and you can follow the link here:


This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.