HSL Welcomes Brandon Kennedy to Access Services!

The Health Sciences Library is happy to welcome our new access services specialist, Brandon Kennedy. Brandon will be helping out at the service desk and facilitating our incoming and outgoing items with Prospector.


To welcome him to the library, we asked Brandon a few questions:

What is your interest in libraries?

I’ve been volunteering and working in libraries ever since I was in middle school. I enjoy the calm/safe environment that libraries give. I always feel at home when I’m inside a library!

What do you like most about the HSL so far?

What I like the most about working here so far is that I’ve been learning almost non-stop. I enjoy the challenges being brought to me!

What is your educational background?

I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and was a photography major with a minor in art history. I was very into commercial photography: specifically fashion photography. I was also really big indo the history of marketing/commercial photography, which sparked my interest in archiving/digitizing film.

What is your previous work experience?

One of my first “official” jobs was actually working at one of my university’s branch libraries, the Teacher Development and Resources Library. I worked there from my first week of my undergrad up until graduation. I also had a huge interest in graphic design during the first half of my undergrad so I worked with UNLV’s Athletic Department designing billboards, flyers, posters, media guides, etc. Working there also gave me the experience and opportunity to land an internship at UFC where I worked with their U.S. creative team (can you believe there’s only 7 members).

What’s a fun/unique/interesting tidbit that you would like others to know about you?

I’m new to Colorado, I moved here from Las Vegas in May. I’ll be adopting a female poodle puppy in December, still iffy on names. (Welcome to a few suggestions.)

How do you spend your free time?

Aside from photography, I’m a huge MMO gamer, currently my favorite games to play are Fate/Grand Order and Final Fantasy 14. I also like watching a bunch of anime from the 90s.

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

I’m currently looking into grad schools that offer a MLIS, archiving, special collections, and digitization are my biggest interests.

What do you hope to gain from working at HSL?

I hope to gain a more in depth work experience at HSL, I want to learn more on what happens behind the service desk. I would also like to gain knowledge on how my background in photography/graphic design could be integrated in a library setting and what I could do to help.

Be sure to welcome Brandon to the library when you see him around!

Library Genie Returns

If you had 3 wishes for the library, what would they be?

The Library Genie is back and accepting wishes from Oct. 17-31. Submit your wishes today.  Your wishes will be anonymous, but, if you are be willing to tell us more about your wishes, you can include your name and email address.

  • What servTell me your wishices or resources do you suggest?
  • How could the library’s space be designed so it meets your needs?
  • Can we better assist you with your research, education, or clinical work?
  • The Writing Center and Inworks share space in our building, providing services that compliment library services. Are there other campus services you would like to see in the library building?

Wishes Granted

Last year, the library genie granted a few long-standing wishes.

  1. You asked for more study rooms.  We opened the Study Zone with 24 new study rooms.
  2. You asked for a place to take power naps. We included two Energy Pods in the new Study Zone.
  3. You wished for more vending and a lounge.  The new Lounge@HSL includes better vending and cafe seating.



Assessing Journal Legitimacy. Oct 23, Noon, Teaching Lab 3

Have you received email solicitations to publish in a journal you’ve never heard of?  Are you considering a journal for a paper you wrote but not sure if it’s legitimate?

Join us during Open Access Week Oct 22-28 for a presentation on predatory publishing. We’ll explain what it’s about and contrast this practice with legitimate open access publishing.  We’ll also provide you with a checklist that will help you assess the legitimacy of a journal or publisher.  Tuesday, October 23, noon, in the Health Sciences Library Teaching Lab 3.


Film Showing: Paywall

HSL has an upcoming film showing. Please come enjoy the film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship at the library during Open Access Week to learn more about the need for open scholarly research. The film will be shown on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5pm in Teaching Labs 1 & 2 at HSL. Check out the flyer below for more information.


Traditional Chinese Medicine Exhibit


An exhibit of a  box of items used in traditional Chinese medicine is now available for view in the Health Sciences Library’s Special Collections room, on the third floor.  All the individual boxes are from a single pharmacy.  The boxes contain dried items, used for a variety of ailments.  Inside the cover of the boxes is the Chinese name, spelled out in the Latin alphabet, with a description of what the item is and what it is for.  The majority of the remedies in this box are for minor injuries and discomfort.

The exhibit was curated by Paul Andrews, who works with the medical artifacts at HSL. He also wrote this information post about the exhibit.

Library Technology Experience Poll


Do you have an idea for ways the library could improve on its delivery of technologies like video & audio conferencing, scanning of print journal articles, & conversion of PDFs?  How are we doing on providing instructions and assistance for the use of our existing technologies?

During the week of October 15-19, HSL will be conducting a short poll on various library equipment & technology at https://ucdenver.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2nJaMFyROTnv4cB . If you’d prefer, you can drop by the library to fill out a paper copy of the form. Let us know what you think!