Strauss Library Partners in $10 Million NLM Cooperative Agreement

The Strauss Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has entered into an agreement with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah to implement a $10 million cooperative agreement from the National Library of Medicine. The Strauss Library will serve as a subsite for the 5-year program, continuing its 20-year support of the program.

The award solidifies EHSL’s national distinction as a Regional Medical Library (RML), one of only seven in the nation. It also names EHSL as the continuing—and only—home of the Network of the National Library of Medicine Training Office (NTO), a designation it was first awarded in 2011.

Since 2001, EHSL’s role as the RML for Region 4—encompassing Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming—has been renewed every five years through a rigorously competitive grant process. The renewed cooperative agreement will focus on improving access to quality health, giving special attention to underserved communities. It will also allow EHSL to continue collaborations with other NLM RMLs, offices, and centers.

Network of the National Library of Medicine Regional Distribution (2021-2026)

Regional and national programs will be carried out to support researchers, health professionals, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. This includes training, funding, and engagement opportunities for member libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs.

Other activities will include promoting NLM products and services at national health professional meetings, pushing health information access news through blogs and newsletters, partnering with state and local public health departments and community-based health organizations, and facilitating increased access to resources and services from the NLM throughout the country. As a sub-site, the Strauss Library will assist with all of these initiatives with a special focus on Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Additional information about the cooperative agreement and the other institutions selected can be found on the National Library of Medicine website.

Old Blog Posts Now in Mountain Scholar

Strauss Library is in the process of making some changes to the Library News Blog.

The Library News Blog began in 2009 and is still being hosted on the library’s WordPress site. We are planning to move the blog to our Drupal website sometime in the future, and continue our library blogging!

As part of this process, we have completed archiving all the older blog posts. The blog posts from 2009 through 2019 have been archived and added to the institutional repository, Mountain Scholar:

Library News Blog

These archived posts have been compiled for each year into searchable PDFs. You can now search for any blog posts on Mountain Scholar!

In addition to archiving the old blog posts to Mountain Scholar, these posts have been deleted from the WordPress site to make any possible migration easier.

We will keep everyone updated about future changes. Thank you for following our blog!

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

Laptops, Noise-Cancelling Headphones, and more! Available again at Strauss Library

Laptops and gadgets are available again at the Strauss Health Sciences Library! The library is putting out their gadget collection for students to use; these can be located on the first floor of the library. You can view what gadgets are available on our website here. The gadgets are set up with an honor code! Please only use our gadgets while inside the library and respect your fellow students by sanitizing and putting them back after use.

Having technical issues or need a laptop for a quick quiz? We got you! Laptops are also available for checkout at Strauss Library via AskUs! During this period, we are allowing checkouts of up to 1 month. To find out how to check out laptops, please contact the library on AskUs by either filling out our form or using our chat service.

Noise Cancelling Headphones and projectors are also available for check out via AskUs! These items are available to students for a 1-week period. You can take these items out of the library. To find out how to check out these items, please contact the library on AskUs by either filling out our form or using our chat service.

Getting Books from Strauss Library. Try AskUs to Request and Arrange for Contactless Pickup!

Just because the Strauss Library’s service desk is closed due to COVID does not mean books are not available. We are providing contactless pickup of books for Anschutz students, faculty, and staff. You can request books and arrange for pickup easily. You will need your Anschutz campus ID in order to badge into the library and pick up items–please be aware of campus protocols for library access.  Request books over AskUs, the library’s online service point. You can chat over AskUs with library staff to identify the books in our local collection and staff will create a service ticket.

Library staff will pull the books, check them out on your library account, and prepare them for pickup for you. You will need to pick up the books during the badge-accessible hours of the library. You can identify books in the collection using our library catalog and staff can assist with searching as needed. We will verify that the titles you want are on the shelf and available. Please note that library staff are not working regularly onsite and the circulation desk is not staffed. It can take 24 to 48 hours to pull the material and prepare. We will notify you when the books are ready for pickup from behind our service desk. Please remember to bring your Anschutz campus badge.

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Coming Attraction: Art and Anatomy Exhibit at CU Boulder

Nine items from the Strauss Health Sciences Library’s Rare Materials Collection will be exhibited at the CU Art Museum in Boulder. The books, published between 1555 and 1867, will supplement materials from the museum’s collections the collections of Norlin Library in an exhibit examining the roles of art and anatomy in the development of medical science, The Art That Made Medicine.

The items on loan include the first two great anatomy texts, the second edition of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1555) and Govard Bidloo’s, Anatomia Humani Corporis (1685), which are arguably the most beautiful items in the library’ collection. Hermann Boerhaave’s Opera Omnia Anatomica et Chirurgica (1725) is based on Vesalius’ works, and features copperplate reproductions of Vesalius’ woodcut illustrations. Charles Bell’s A System of Dissections (1798-1803) and John Bell’s Engravings of the Bones, Muscles, and Joints (1804) are notable because the Bells, both surgeons, not only did the dissections, but drew the images and engraved the plates themselves. Also included is the second American edition of Henry Gray’s Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1867), which is still in print in its forty-second edition, and works by American surgeons Samuel Gross and Joseph Pancoast, and British surgeon John Shaw.

Originally slated to open in February 2021, The Art That Made Medicine is now scheduled to run from September 13, 2021 through April 29, 2022.

Unfortunately, rare materials are not currently available. Rare materials will be available for use by individuals or groups by appointment when the library resumes normal operation.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

Open Ed Week 2021

Decorative Open Ed Week logo

Next week (March 1st-March 6th) is Open Ed Week, an annual celebration of all things related to the Open Education movement. Colorado and the CU Anschutz campus are very engaged with many aspects of open education, including funding the creation and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). 

There are many ways for you to participate in Open Ed Week 2021, all of which are virtual.  

  • On Monday, March 1st at 11:30, you can listen to Liliana Diaz, a policy analyst from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, as she shares updates on OER in the western region. Register here
  • On Tuesday, March 2nd at 12:30, you can join the Red Rocks Community College OER Committee as they share their progress with promoting OER. Register here. 
  • On Wednesday, March 3rd at 11:00, you can learn the ins and outs of finding OER materials with Dr. Dan Baker from CSU. Register here.  
  • On Wednesday, March 3rd at 1:00, you can hear from the CU OER Committee about the work that is ongoing on all four CU campuses regarding the adoption and creation of OER. Register here. 
  • On Thursday, March 4th at 11:00, Dr. Robin DeRosa from the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University will discuss the social justice aspects of open education and open pedagogy. Register here.  
  • On Thursday, March 4th at 12:00, the Strauss Health Sciences Library will be offering a workshop covering the basics of Open Educational Resources (OER) and how to find them for your class. Register here.
  • On Friday, March 5th at 12:30, Open Education advocates from across the state of Colorado will convene to discuss current opportunities for collaboration as well as hopes for the future. Register here.

If you can’t make it to any of these events but would still like to engage with and celebrate Open Ed Week, visit the Colorado Open Ed Week page to watch recordings of last year’s speakers and stay up to date with the library’s social media as well will be sharing additional fun activities.  

Happy Open Ed Week! 

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

Dr. Charles Blackwood (’47), the first African American graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Portrait of Dr. Charles Blackwood

Dr. Blackwood was born in Trinidad, Colorado in September 1921. His father, Charles J. Blackwood Sr., was one of the few black officers commissioned in the US Army prior to World War One. Dr. Blackwood graduated from Trinidad High School and Trinidad Junior College. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from CU Boulder in 1942, and then served in the Army during World War Two. After the war, Dr. Blackwood attended the School of Medicine at CU and graduated in 1947, the first African American to do so. He interned at Harlem Hospital in New York where he met his wife Vivian Eldridge, a nurse. He came back to Denver in 1950 to open a private practice, but joined the US Air Force in 1952. He attained the rank of Captain and opened the Radiology Department at Hamilton Air Force Base. He left the Air Force in 1955 and came back to Denver and reopened his practice. According to Vivian, he would treat every patient who came to see him, regardless of their ability to pay.

Composite of University of Colorado School of Medicine students from the Class of 1947. Dr. Blackwood is pictured in the fourth row, third from the left.

Dr. Blackwood is pictured in the fourth row, third from the left.

Dr. Blackwood also returned to the CU School of Medicine as a professor, and was the first black doctor on staff at St. Luke’s Hospital. When he retired he created the Blackwood Institute, which focused on medical research in AIDS. He died August 11, 1993. In his obituary, his wife Vivian referred to him as a ‘darned good doctor.’ Vivian Blackwood died in 2008.

Dr. Blackwood was honored by both the School of Medicine and the State of Colorado in 2005. The School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity hosted a reception that was attended by members of Dr. Blackwood’s family, students, staff, faculty, and alumni, including from the class of 1947. Elected officials of Colorado and many representatives of the Denver African American community were in attendance.

Certificate from the State of Colorado Senate and House of Representatives honoring the family of Charles James Blackwood, Jr, MD, dated February 25, 2005.

This was written by Paul; you can contact AskUs with questions.

EndNote 20 for Windows and macOS is here!

The Education & Research Department is excited to announce that our site-wide campus license for EndNote 20 is now available.

Downloading EN20

The process for downloading is the same as with previous versions; please visit the OIT EndNote Site License information page. You will be prompted to log in with your university ID and password. Once logged in, you’ll have access to the downloads for Windows and macOS as well as our serial number and product key, which may be required for installation.

Training Opportunities

Our next Basic Endnote training class will be on Wednesday, March 3, from 10 am – noon. Visit our teaching calendar to register for the March 3rd class, or to check for other available dates and times for training. We are also now offering Advanced EndNote classes once per month.

Please note that as of February 22nd, all Strauss Library EndNote training sessions will use EndNote 20, so plan to update your software, if necessary, prior to attending class.

Technical Support

Need help updating EN20 from X9 or an earlier version of EndNote? Use our consultation form to make an appointment with a member of the Education & Research Department.

Dr. Lawrence Meskin CREEDD Documents

A new document collection has recently been digitized and added to the Strauss Health Sciences Library digital repository featuring donations by Estelle Meskin of items collected and kept by her husband, Dr. Lawrence Meskin.  Dr. Meskin, who died in 2007, was the former Dean of the CU School of Dentistry and was a distinguished academic and advocate for public dentistry and dental education.  The new collection is made of materials from the Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (CREEDD), an early 21st century Massachusetts research group dedicated to dental health, especially in early childhood.  Dr. Meskin served on CREEDD’s scientific advisory board until around 2005 or 2006. 

CREEDD is inactive as of approximately 2015.

CREEDD focused mainly on early childhood dental health.  During Dr. Meskin’s time with them, four major pilot projects were created, funded, and managed by the center and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).  These pilot projects, the creation of which facilitated the creation of the scientific advisory board on which Dr. Meskin served, focused on quality of life in children regarding dental health and care and early childhood caries or most commonly called cavities.  The center attracted numerous professionals along the east coast and had the support of Boston institutions such as the Boston University School of Dentistry and Boston Medical Center.

The majority of the newly digitized collection features material from CREEDD’s scientific advisory board such as agendas and minutes.  There is also a mix of other items though including several brochures, patient education materials, grant paperwork, and more.  A digital exhibit has been created for quick viewing and the whole collection is now available in Mountain Scholar.  For more from Dr. Lawrence Meskin, there is also the Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin Collection, a special collection of works authored by Dr. Meskin and dentistry books, which one can find by searching the Strauss Health Sciences Library online catalog.

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

Dr. Frank Bradway Rogers History of Medicine Exhibits

New to the Strauss Health Sciences Library digital repository is a collection of exhibit materials from a historic series of CU library exhibits.  Dr. Frank Bradway Rogers was Director of the Denison Memorial Library from 1963 to 1975.  Before coming to Denison, Dr. Rogers already had a distinguished and expansive history.  As a young man, he served in the Army Medical Corps and found an intersection between army medicine and librarianship when an opening came at Walter Reed Army Hospital’s Army Medical Library.  Dr. Rogers subsequently earned his master’s in library sciences from Columbia University and cultivated a career of medical librarianship.  He contributed to the creation of the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS) and served the National Library of Medicine for decades before becoming Denison’s Director.  During the 1970s, Dr. Rogers cultivated an entire series of library exhibits on the history of medicine.

While the actual exhibits and final presentations were not preserved, the detailed work and construction behind them are evident in this new collection.  Dr. Rogers cultivated reading lists, layout designs, biographical passages, portraits, illustrations, and other materials into a monthly series that spanned almost five years.  He chose topics from eras such as Ancient Greece to medical movements such as inoculation and vaccination.  The commitment and passion shown through his exhibit materials is interesting to everyone from the general public to medical students to fellow librarians.

Dr. Roger’s mentee Lucretia W. McClure once said that Dr. Rogers “was not a physician who took on the library, but rather a librarian who had studied medicine”.  His work on these exhibits for Denison Memorial Library strengthens that observation.  A digital exhibit has been created for quick viewing and the whole collection is now available in Mountain Scholar.  We encourage you to take a tour through a blend of medicine and librarianship and to get a behind the scenes look at the creation of a library exhibit.

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

FY21 Library Subscriptions Survey Report

Thanks to all of you who participated in the FY21 Library Subscriptions Survey!  Here is a summary of the survey results. 


The survey ran from November 13 through December 14, 2020.  There were 512 total responses to the survey.  Responders represented all six Schools and College, campus administration & support units, UCHealth, and others. 

Here is the distribution of survey respondents by their university status:

Primary Status Chart

Subscription Changes

The Strauss Health Sciences Library has an overall collections budget of nearly $3 million.  Less than 1% of the collection budget is spent on one-time purchases while 99% is spent on electronic annual subscriptions.  Since the majority of collection purchases are renewals, it is important for the library to continually review current subscriptions to ensure they are still meeting the needs of the campus.

Based on pricing, usage, and feedback received from this survey, the library renewed many of the subscriptions listed on the survey.  Resources that have higher cost per use and received less than 10% of responses rating them “Essential” or “Important” were examined further.  After review, the following subscriptions were cancelled in 2021:

  • Applied Biosafety
  • Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
  • Clinical Nephrology
  • Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
  • Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
  • Journal of Correctional Health Care
  • Nature Reviews Neurology
  • Nature Reviews Rheumatology

Please see more information about our collection budget and subscription changes here:

If you need to get articles in any of those cancelled journals, please use Strauss Library’s excellent interlibrary loan service (ILL).  The service is free to Anschutz Campus students, faculty, staff, university GME residents, and other primary users.  Turnaround for most articles is less than 48 hours, Monday through Friday.  More details can be found here:

If you have any questions or comments about Strauss Library’s collection, please contact Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management, at: 303-724-2137,

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

Archive Internship but With a Twist

           Hello!  I’m Rachel Sedlacek.  I had the joy of being the Strauss Health Sciences Library archival intern for the past semester and a half.  This blog is a culmination of my musings on everything that happened during the project.

            As the world has moved through the greatest modern pandemic, numerous positions and careers have had to change entirely to meet safety requirements on multiple levels.  Archival internship work is no different in need and, likely, no different in challenges either.  But it has all proven to be a brand new and blatantly needed lesson on what archival practice looks like during world altering events like this.

            Things got off to an apprehensive start.  Ironically, I had begun to properly plan my internship back in March 2020 with the intention of doing it over the summer semester.  But like with many major life events and important decisions, the start just kept being pushed back.  Those early days were so difficult to see beyond.  The future was all just a “maybe”.

Rachel's Remote Workstation
Rachel’s Remote Workstation

           In reality, nothing could truly start until August and even then, the entire internship process had to be reworked so it could function remotely instead of in-person.  The first challenge was creating a workstation in my apartment.  Archive items must be kept in certain environments so that preservation standards are upheld.  I spent about an hour circling my apartment and investigating hopeful places to store materials as well as to process them.  In the end, it was the easiest solution that proved the best.  I had already had a crafting table set up in our living room, beside which was a massive wardrobe that was half rolling drawers and half open space.  The wardrobe would keep materials out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place and the table had enough space to accommodate a flatbed scanner and my laptop along with stacks of folders and papers.  One particular concern that I knew I had to address as well was the presence of glitter and possibly other crafting remnants though.  As other crafters very well know, glitter gets everywhere.  My table was black and I could dust and clean both at the start of and throughout my internship work.  But that nagging fear was still there.  Again, the solution was easy though.  I had a thin foam mat that had come with my laptop case.  This became my actual work surface.  It was solely for archive items and then, when I finished for the day, it was rolled up and stored in the wardrobe as well.  Having that additional layer meant that nothing transferred to the items.  And it honestly helped my focus as I worked.  Lifestyle bloggers and reporters have made multiple articles and comments about how it’s important to separate home life from work life while doing remote work.  This foam mate, which was a bright teal, was a perfect visual cue.  When it was out, I was working.  I was focused.  When I put it away, I could walk away that much easier and worry less about the pressure of having work so close at hand.

            I ended up only spending a few hours actually in the library during this whole process.  It was just long enough to get my chosen collections, new archival grade housing in the form of better boxes and folders, the flatbed scanner, and general office supplies like a staple remover.  It was a bit of whirlwind day going in and out of the library and then in and out of my apartment.  But with my set up plans already made, in the end everything fit as I imagined.

Rachel's Processed Folders
Rachel’s Processed Folders

           The actual archival work of my internship was mostly straight forward.  I had already completed most of my graduate education so I had a lead on metadata, material processing, and organization. Yet, doing an internship, especially in a field like library sciences, really is a necessity.  I relished the opportunity to hear about actual decisions and workflow during meetings and to act as a functional part of the team, even if I wasn’t permanent.  It helped immensely to be able to check my own judgement or thoughts against those of an experienced archivist.  Thus, I got a good balance of strengthening what I had already learned and learning exactly how theoretical lessons such as repository management apply to an actual archive.

           The true challenge of my internship, and likely the challenge that millions of people have faced this year, was IT problems though.  Taking everything out of the library and into my apartment meant that there was quite a bit of IT set up involved.  VPN. Server access.  Scanning software.  Accessibility software.  It felt like as I went through every step, there was another one waiting right beyond it.  The roughest parts were when something would finally get set up and I’d start on the applicable part of my work only to have a new error message or problem pop up.  It was so frustrating!  Some times, I would be ahead of the game and on top of the world and other times, I feared I wouldn’t finish anything in time or have anything to actually contribute to the collection.  In terms of timing, I probably spent an equal amount on IT meetings and my own troubleshooting than I did on actually processing the collections and fulfilling my internship objectives.  That really was life in 2020 though.  The whole year was about changing and figuring out what could be done and what needed to be done overlapped successfully.

           Archives in the future may either continue remote work because of crises like this or may very well utilize remote work to create new opportunities for staffing.  I got a glimpse at what may be the future of archive work in some regards.  It was more of a loss than I realized to miss out on the ease of working in-person, of being able to pop my head into an office door to ask a quick question or to stand behind an IT staff member as they fix something directly.  But, in exchange, I got a crash course on adapting to major changes and on creating an archive workstation from scratch.  I feel ready to move into the workforce and even feel like I have an advantage because I’ve gone through a major learning opportunity during unusual times.  Now that everything is settled, all the challenges are behind me so things could only go up from here and I wish I could just continue working and progressing.  On the other hand, this ended up being the last piece of my graduate work and I am so excited to finally be done with school!

Rachel has completed processing two archival collections, the Frank B. Rogers History of Medicine Exhibits and the Dr. Lawrence Meskin and CREEDD documents. Please check out the digital exhibits on the library’s website!

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

Changes to NCBI Accounts

Do you have an NCBI account? Changes to the login process are coming. On June 1st, 2021, NCBI-managed credentials will end. Going forward, NCBI users will need to link a 3rd party account to their current NCBI-managed account. Follow the steps below to complete this process. 

  1. Starting at or any other NCBI-managed database, login to your NCBI account.
  2. Click on your username in the top right corner of the screen. Select “account settings” from the dropdown menu. 
  3. Under “account settings”, scroll down to “linked accounts” pictured below.
  4. Select “change” to add a linked account. 
  5. Use the search bar to find a 3rd party account you would like to link to your NCBI account. We recommend linking your institutional account. To do this, type “anschutz” into the “all available partner accounts” search bar.
  6. Enter your credentials on the login page that pops up.
  7. You may also wish to link your ORCiD account or your Google account to your NCBI account. To do this, repeat step five and six and search for the associated account name (ex: ORCiD). 
  8. You may have multiple login systems linked to the same NCBI account if you wish.

Take a look at the recent announcement by NCBI Insights and their FAQ page to learn more.

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

ClinicalKey Updates for December 2020

eBooks Added

eBooks Removed

  • Atlas of Liver Pathology (Kanel, Gary) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9781437707656; Package/Collection: Flex Only.
  • Breast Imaging (Bassett, Lawrence) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416051992; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended.
  • Cartilage Surgery(Brittberg, Mats) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437708783; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended.
  • Griffith’s Instructions for Patients (Moore, Stephen) 8th ed; ISBN: 9781437709094; Package/Collection: Internal Medicine Essentials.
  • High-Risk Pregnancy (James, David) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781416059080; Package/Collection: Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Neurological Disorders and Pregnancy (Minagar, Alireza) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780123849113; Package/Collection: Neurology.
  • Orthopedic Physical Assessment: Atlas and Video (Magee, David) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781437716030; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Essentials.
  • Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Treatment of Leg Veins (Alam, Murad) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9781437719222; Package/Collection: Dermatology.

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

OUTAGES: Off campus access to library resources, Sat. Dec. 19 and Sun. Dec. 20

First outage:

Due to planned server maintenance, the Anschutz Medical Campus’ Strauss Library EZproxy service, along with it all library-licensed online resources including journals and databases will be unavailable from approximately 10 pm – 11 pm on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Outage duration may be less than a full hour. We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions about this outage, please email

Second outage:  

Due to planned maintenance, OIT’s Passport identity management service, including Anschutz VPN,  will be unavailable Sunday, December 20, 2020 from approximately 12 noon until 10 pm. Due to the Passport outage Anschutz’ Strauss Library EZproxy service, and as a result all library-licensed online resources including journals and databases will also be unavailable for the duration of the outage.  We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions about this outage, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 303-724-4357 or you may also email