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 The blog posts from 2009 through 2019 have been archived and added to the institutional repository, Mountain Scholar: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.

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.

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, yumin.jiang@cuanschutz.edu

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.

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

As Open Access Week comes to an end, consider submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar. Mountain Scholar is the institutional repository of CU Anschutz and the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Making your works available via Mountain Scholar provides the following benefits:

  • Networking: Open the channels of communication in your field.
  • Visibility: Get online access to your own work and publications and that of your colleagues anytime, anywhere.
  • Open Access: Get unrestricted access to scientific and scholarly research in the repository.
  • Stability: Maintain your scholarly record with persistent URLs.
  • Impact: Descriptive information about your deposited work will be indexed by Google and other search engines. Research suggests that open access to online articles may increase citation impact by 50-250%

Submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar is easy. In five easy steps you can deposit your work submitted and made openly 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
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Poster and/or slide presentation
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

Learn more about Mountain Scholar on the Strauss Library’s website.

If you have questions that were not answered above, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs or reach out to Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu), Electronic Resources Librarian.

National Coloring Book Day is August 2!

National Coloring Book Day is August 2 every year! National Coloring Book Day on August 2nd recognizes the joy children and adults alike derive from coloring in pages of designs.

If you would like some fun coloring to do at home, the library has a collection of coloring books available in Mountain Scholar:

The Color Our Collections community in Mountain Scholar has all the library’s coloring books available for open access to download for anyone to use. There are five different coloring books available, with images from the library’s rare and special collections, formatted for coloring.

Please enjoy any of the coloring books from 2016 through 2019!

In addition to the library’s coloring pages, you can download other library’s color our collections entries on this website.

Download the official #NationalColoringBookDay 2020 color page.

You can also check out the coloring pages in the National Day Calendar Classroom. Share your ideas for coloring books and post your pictures on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay to encourage others to find enjoyment in coloring.

This was written by Jessica, 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.

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.