New Exhibit – Michael Keyes: Stories & Seasons in Woodcut

"Sunny Morning" woodcut print by Michael Keyes

The Health Sciences Library will be hosting an exhibit of woodcut prints by Aurora artist Michael Keyes from July 1st – August 31st. Stories & Seasons in Woodcut will be on display in the 3rd floor Gallery.

Woodcut prints are a type of relief printing. The prints are created when an artist cuts a picture into a wood block, then puts ink on the block and presses it to paper.

Michael Keyes will be hosting an Opening Reception on August 7th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Stop by during that time to meet Michael and ask him about woodcutting.

The Gallery is accessible during the library’s public access hours.

Cochrane Review Matchmaking Through Social Media

[From the Cochrane blog]

Cochrane Review matchmaking through social media

Want to work on a Cochrane Review you have a passion for? What happens if you don’t know of any appropriate co-authors? Like many before her, Rawabi Aljadani faced this problem and has turned to social media to find a match. Below she tells us more about creating a Cochrane Review team with the help of social media.


A systematic review connects the dots and brings the understanding of different variables in an easy-to-digest format. Creating a systematic review that may assist decision makers in the healthcare field is a meaningful goal and is worth the effort it requires to see it through. Having a team that shares your same vision and determination to make the Cochrane Review happen is important to its success but finding that team may not be easy.

Your Cochrane Review team doesn’t need to sit in the same room, nor even in the same continent. A virtual team that works through social media and electronic communication can connect no matter the distance. Co-authors, statistician, and a consultant with experience on the review topic can work together to produce a Cochrane Review, one that may change practice and have an impact on care. Working with a virtual group can be challenging at times; there are language barriers and different time zones to navigate. The plus side is that you will be able to improve your teamwork, critical appraisal, and problem solving skills…and have a Cochrane Review as your finished product.

But how do you find a virtual team that shares your passion and drive? I have a few suggestions:

  • Post on Facebook; on your own page but also in relevant group pages.
  • Use Twitter to get the word out. Use hashtags that will connect you with people who are also interested in your topic. Make sure your tweet or at least your profile has your contact information.
  • Email your colleagues and contacts and ask them to share with their contacts.
  • Use relevant Listservs to post  messages and let people know.
  • Contact the Cochrane Review Group your idea would fall under. They may have someone they can connect with and they often have their own mailing lists and social media accounts they can help you advertise in.
  • Blog about it! If you don’t have a blog, ask to guest blog on relevant sites.

Since I posted my own review idea on Twitter and Facebook a number of people have contacted me. People from different countries and with different educational backgrounds, who all share the same passion and want to be a part of this team. Connecting with people who share my excitement for creating a Cochrane Review really motivates me to keep going and to do my best. I’ve successfully used social media to get ‘matched up’ with co-authors…now if there are any statisticians that want to work with a passionate team, please email me!

From my social media posts I’ve gotten many encouraging messages and have connected with others who have been struggling to create a perfect Cochrane Review team but hadn’t thought to post on social media. I encourage everyone looking to create a Cochrane Review team to look outside of their own contacts, consider other possibilities, and never keep their vision limited to a certain place. After all your perfect teammate may only be one social media post away!

Rawabi Aljadani


Pharmacist at NGHA-Jeddah

[Amanda Langdon via Lynne Fox]

New Staff at HSL – Kristen Desanto


Kristen Desanto grew up in New Orleans. She earned her MSLS (Master of Science in Library Science) at the University of North Texas in 2009 from a mostly online program. With family in the Longhorn State, she stayed in the region for 20 years. As a registered dietitian, Kristen had previously spent 10 years administering and overseeing enteral nutrition. This work sparked her love of health care, and gave her insight into the difficulties faced by clinicians and their need for evidence-based medical knowledge. That drove her to make the career change into library science. Just after obtaining her degree, she went to work at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, doing consumer assistance. Four years ago, she made the move to Colorado’s own Children’s Hospital. Here at the Health Sciences Library, Kristen is the new Clinical Librarian, a position created with the intent to reach out to the residents and other clinical staff at the hospital and discover how the library can best serve their needs. She’s excited to be a bit more on the front-line of patient care, doing hospital rounds with the physicians and directly interacting with the recipients of her knowledge and research.

In her spare time, Kristen and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, bird watching, and other outdoor activities. In addition to enjoying the Colorado mountains, their current travel destination of choice is Utah. When indoors, she bakes and reads historical fiction.

Welcome, Kristen, to the Health Sciences Library!

PubVenn: Visualize your PubMed searches

In my research career, I have searched PubMed A LOT. I thought I was doing pretty well at it too, although if I would have asked a librarian, I would have known what I was missing.

One of the most confusing parts about constructing searches is the boolean logic, more commonly known as the AND/OR/NOT part of the search strategy. Have you ever wished that PubMed would just draw you a picture your search? Well, now it can with PubVenn.

Ed Sperr, MLIS, created the PubVenn tool to visualize and refine search strategies using the bibliographic data and E-UTILITIES provided by NCBI. Librarians commonly use Venn Diagrams to think through their searches, but this tool automates this process (and probably catches some syntax errors in the process).

Let’s try an example. In my PhD work, I studied how a Toxoplasma gondii protein protects this parasite from being killed by macrophages during infection. So I’m going to search PubVenn for “(Toxoplasma gondii) AND macrophage”.toxoANDmacs

The left hand panel shows a Venn diagram of how these concepts overlap. The upper right hand panel shows the search PubMed performs* when you type in “Toxoplasma gondii AND macrophage”. I color coded it to match the colors in the diagram to illustrate which parts of the search correspond to which parts of the Venn diagram. The number of search results (1005) is also listed after the search strategy. It also lists the references in the right sidebar under the search strategy.

Additionally, you can explore the citations for each individual concept by clicking on the corresponding part of the Venn diagram, which causes the search strategy and the citation on the right to change accordingly.

So why is this important? Well, if I click on the macrophage circle and i’m seeing citations that I would like to see in my search, then I have to rethink my search strategy. Also, I’m a sucker for Venn diagrams.

*If you don’t know what the terms inside the brackets in this search strategy are doing, you can set up a consultation with a librarian or take one of our PubMed classes.

“Chasing the Cure” – Colorado Springs and Tuberculosis

Pioneer Museum 1

‘From its founding in 1871, local boosters advertised Colorado Springs as a premier health destination for the treatment of consumption and “lung troubles,” among other maladies. Our region’s greatest asset-turned-industry was its stunning scenery, abundant sunshine, and mild climate. For decades, the local Chamber of Commerce published pamphlets extolling the health benefits of the region. Distributed across the country and around the world, the advertisements encouraged invalids to breathe our “100% aseptic air” and enjoy the healing powers of our over 300 days of sunshine a year in Colorado Springs.  And they came!’

This is the description for the exhibit, Chasing the Cure, that you can now visit at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.   The exhibit focuses on Colorado Springs’ role in fighting tuberculosis.

The Health Sciences Library is proud to have been able to lend several of the artifacts from our collection (many from the recent donation of Dr. Robert Shikes) to the Pioneer Museum for this exhibit.  Some of the items we were able to loan include: a large Spitting on Floors and Walls Prohibited sign, a Don’t Spit on the Sidewalk paving brick, sputum cups and flasks, and several pieces of ephemera from the campaigns to stem and cure TB.

Pioneer Museum 2Pioneer Museum 3

About the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum:  Ignite Your Curiosity.  Discover Your Story.  Located in the beautifully restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse in downtown Colorado Springs at 215 S. Tejon.  The mission of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is to build a connection to the Pikes Peak Region by preserving and sharing our culture history. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission to the Museum is FREE!  For more information, visit or call 719.385.5990.

–Paul Andrews