Art from CU 2019

Visit the Strauss Health Sciences Library Gallery on the 3rd floor to view the wonderful art created by our Faculty, Staff, and Students.

The Exhibit is on display November 2, 2018 to January 31, 2019

Art From CU 2019 Flyer

Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives

The exhibit is on the 1st floor of the Strauss Health Sciences Library and is on display November 19, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

Confronting Violence Poster

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. During the late 20th century, nurses took up the call. With passion and persistence, they worked to reform a medical profession that largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. This is their story.

Credit line: The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition.
Curated by Catherine Jacquet, PhD


Fulginiti: Showing Our Community Photography Competition

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities will be opening a multi-screen photography installation, Showing (work x family) on January 11th in the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  The show includes images from 135 American photographers focusing on the daily push and pull of work and family.


In connection with that exhibit, the Fulginiti is sponsoring a Community Photography Competition & Exhibition (flyers attached) that is open to everyone!  They will select 40 images, which will be framed and exhibited in the foyer of the Fulginiti, and open that exhibit in late January.


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Influenza Article Part Two

Please read this second installment in the Influenza article series, written by Paul Andrews, who works with the artifacts here at HSL.


One hundred years ago, the United States was in the grips of a modern plague.  The months of September and October, 1918 were the deadliest of the Influenza epidemic in the U.S.  Nearly 200,000 people died in those months, almost half of the total U.S. flu deaths of the epidemic.  Eight-hundred and fifty-one people died in New York City on October 23rd, 1918, still the largest single daily death toll in the city’s history.  In Philadelphia the death rate was 700 times higher in October then a normal month, with 11,000 verified flu fatalities.  The last week of October, 1918, from October 23rd to October 31st, has the largest recorded mortality rate in United States history, with 21,000 deaths.  The months of September and October, 1918, also marked the height of the flu panic.

Several cities and communities began to pass laws to try and stem the epidemic.  Laws were passed to keep large crowds from forming, and requiring masks be worn.  Unfortunately it was too little too late. In at least one case led to tragedy when a San Francisco policeman shot and killed a man for not wearing a mask.  There were civil triumphs, as well.  Louis Brownlou, the commissioner of Washington D.C. took the advice of his Public Health Officer Dr. W.C. Fowler, and took decisive action.  He closed schools, and businesses.  He cancelled sporting events, and banned all large public gatherings.  His dramatic action did have an effect.  Only 2,895 residents of Washington died between October, 1918 and February, 1919.

The Influenza epidemic was a full Federal health crisis.  The U.S. Congress allocated a million dollars to fight the flu, but the state of medicine was not able to fully identify the cause of the epidemic.  Microscopy had not advanced enough to identify that it was a virus.  None of the vaccines that were created worked.  The lack of a conclusive answer from science led many people to seek relief from any source.  That opened the door for a widespread trade in ultimately fraudulent cures.  The law that was meant to regulate drugs, The Pure Food and Drug Act, was only twelve years old at the time, and was not strong enough to curtail the sale of proprietary or patent medicines.  The more far reaching Food and Drug Administration was not formed until 1927.  Cure-alls were advertised throughout the country.  Pharmacies sold all manner of treatments, both of the ‘snake-oil’ variety and common medications, like aspirin and vapor rubs.  Many of the patent ‘medicines’ were nothing but alcohol and flavoring.  They may have offered some relief, but ultimately, they were ineffective.

Fortunately, the end of October 1918, also marked the end of the worst of the epidemic in the U.S.  Most historians believe that the flu had run its course, and the most vulnerable to the sickness had either built up immunity or died. The numbers of fatal cases in November 1918 plummet and when crowds gathered to celebrate Armistice Day on November 11th, they were also celebrating the end of the worst of the flu epidemic of 1918.

A typical Influenza ward

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The gauze masks required by many laws were ineffective against the flu virus

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An Influenza information pamphlet in English, Polish, Hebrew, and French

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An advertisement for Ka-Tar-No tonic, a typical proprietary medicine

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Images from: ATrain Education article on the Pandemic Influenza

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A large Armistice Day gathering, November 11th, 1918

Image from The First Armistice Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, in 1918 by Chris Wild

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference: Best Practices in Caring for LGBTQ Patients and Families

Members of the LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer – community often face health disparities linked to social stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. Data systems used to monitor LGBTQ populations and their health needs are sparse and healthcare environments have been slow to openly acknowledge this community.

Those who serve as health and staff educators have the power to drive effective changes to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients, families, and caregivers.

Tips for creating an inclusive clinical setting:

  • Identify as an ally: Offer an online directory of health care providers and administrative staff who have self-identified as LGBTQ trained, allies and/or “out.”
  • Host a workshop: Human Resources and/or hospital Diversity Committees may offer workshops for staff on how to provide LGBTQ-sensitive care. The Safe Zone Project is a free online resource that can be used to create curriculums on LGBTQ awareness.
  • Offer visual cues: In outward-facing materials, such as health education resources and marketing campaigns use imagery of same sex couples and families. Post signage near restrooms that welcome use based on gender identity.
  • Collect data: Integrate sexual orientation and gender identity demographic questions into the electronic health record. Patients have the right to opt in or out of self-identifying.
  • Get patient’s preferred name and pronouns: During the registration or medical history process, ask the patient for their preferred name/pronoun and document it in the electronic health record (note that the name may not match insurance and identification documents).
  • Be sensitive when discussing relationships. When asking about relationships, use terms such as “unmarried partner” and “spouse.” Ask the gender of sexual partners as well as gynecologic history (many transgender men retain a cervix, uterus, and breast tissue).


-Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator

HSL Welcomes Angélica Candelaria

We are happy to welcome our newest Education and Reference intern, Angélica Candelaria, to the Health Sciences Library. Be sure to say “hi!” next time you see her around the library or on AskUs.


We recently asked her a few questions:

What is your position title and what is your interest in libraries?

Education and Reference Assistant, my interest in libraries is the constant learning and helping others learn

What do you like most about it so far?

The enthusiasm of learning as well as offering opportunities to learn and participate in projects.

What is your educational background?

My background is in Biology and American Studies. I attended the University of New Mexico for both of my undergraduate degrees and currently at DU for my masters.

What are some other jobs you have had?

Server, Vet Tech, Student Employee for disability organizations, Administrative Assistant for a Dental Clinic and tutor

What’s an interesting tidbit that you would like others to know about you?

I am a certified archery instructor and have instructed children with Autism

How do you spend your free time?

I read A LOT. If I’m not reading I’m bothering my cat Yuki or baking.

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

I am a book reviewer, mainly for young adult novels, because I have an addiction to literature and it can get expensive. I am a long distance runner and have done 3 half marathons (2 in NM, 1 in FL).

What do you hope to gain from being working at HSL?

I hope to gain experience in teaching, which I have never done in a formal setting. Also get to know the inner workings of a Science Library and how collaboration is done with the rest of campus.

End of Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week 2018, an annual international event promoting the use and scholarship of open access resources, is coming to an end.

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Why is Open Access important?

The Right to Research Coalition says it best, “Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon.  Price barriers should not prevent students (or anyone) from getting access to research they need.  Open Access, and the open availability and searchability of scholarly research that it entails, will have a significant positive impact on everything from education to the practice of medicine to the ability of entrepreneurs to innovate.”


Currently, the Library is having a difficult time affording the many databases, journals, and other resources needed by our users. However, Open Access allows researchers, faculty, staff, and students to use content freely available on the web without a library subscription. The production of more Open Access content worldwide means libraries do not need to depend on costly subscriptions for our users to access quality research.


What is the Anschutz’s Health Sciences Library doing to support Open Access?

The Library helps promote the use and publication of open access content. One example of the Library supporting Open Access is our investment in Mountain Scholar: Digital Collection of Colorado & Wyoming, our open institutional repository. The primary objective of Mountain Scholar is for Anschutz researchers, faculty, staff, and students to make their research and publications openly available. Take a look at our Mountain Scholar Guide for more information.


Still want to learn more about the importance of Open Access?

Freely stream Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, an hour long documentary about open scholarship.

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