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.

Trial Access to PolicyMap

Strauss Library will have trial access to PolicyMap ( from February 1, 2020 through March 2, 2020.

PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level. The PolicyMap mapping tool is a single point of entry for data related to health, demographics and conditions of the communities you serve. Create maps, tables and reports to understand community needs, write compelling grant applications and locate health resources.

Policymap includes community health related data including: life expectancy, opioid use, as well as insured and uninsured populations. Here is complete list of our Health Data from multiple sources including CDC BRFSS, CDC 500 Cities, HRSA and the USDA.

Is it currently on the A-Z list, and you can follow the link here:

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

Installing APA 7th Edition into EndNote.

The APA 7th Edition style is now available for EndNote. These are the instructions to install the new style into EndNote. Alternatively, you can watch this video. Though, for Mac, it’s the same process for PC.

  1. To download the style and read about what’s new, go to the EndNote (Clarivate) download page
  2. After clicking on the download link, APA 7th should be listed first or near the top of styles to download. If you don’t see it in the list then search for it in the “Keyword” search box.
  3. Click the “download” link. If asked, make sure you are saving the file to your downloads.
  4. Double click on the downloaded file. It should open the style in EndNote.
  5. In the EndNote toolbar click File –> Save As. You can delete the “Copy” part of the name and click “Save.”
  6. In the EndNote style-selection dropdown menu (PC upper left in toolbar, Mac in the preview citation/view PDF window) choose “Select Another Style.”
  7. You can type “APA” in the “Quick Search” box and hit enter, or scroll down alphabetically to find the APA’s. 
  8. Select APA 7th and click “Choose”
  9. APA 7th will now be available in EndNote and Word.

Please feel free to contact AskUs with any questions.

CU OER Champion Award!

Do you know someone on the CU Anschutz campus who is a champion and advocate of OER?

Do you know someone on the CU Anschutz campus who has adopted OER into their course and lowered costs for students?

Are you that person?

If yes, please nominate that person (or yourself) for the University of Colorado OER Champion Award here. Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 5th.

Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

More information about the award:

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Open CU Steering Team are accepting nominations for the annual Open Educational Resources (OER) Champion Award, sponsored by the Office of Digital Education and Engagement. The award celebrates four University of Colorado educators, one from each campus, who contribute to the open education movement, increase campus and system awareness of OER, and/or galvanize interest in exploring, adopting, and creating OER to benefit the University of Colorado’s students. The award includes a one-time cash award of $500 added to the recipient’s monthly salary.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” (From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) OER include digital learning materials such as open textbooks, courses, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, lab activities, games, and simulations. Preference will be given to educators who emphasize the use of openly-licensed or public domain materials.

All members of the University of Colorado educational community are eligible for the award. Nominations will be reviewed by the Open CU Steering Team and the CU System Office of Academic Affairs. Selections will be based on criteria such as educational impact and innovation towards a culture of open knowledge sharing and access.

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

FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey Report

Thanks to all of you who participated in the FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey!  The survey ran from November 21 through December 12, 2019.  Here is our first post about the survey results.  Please watch for more posts addressing specific questions or issues we saw from the survey.


There were 630 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:

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. Every year our subscription costs rise approximately 5-7%.  In FY20, the library has a shortfall in our collections budget of $300,000 and needs to make some difficult decisions in cancellations.

Based on pricing, usage, and feedback received from this survey, the library renewed most of the subscriptions listed on the survey.  However, we made the following decisions:


Resources that received less than 4% of responses rating them “Essential” or “Important” were examined further.  After review, the following subscriptions were cancelled.

American Physical Society journals (3.6% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Knovel (1.5%of respondents rated it as essential or important)

VisualDx (3.8% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Package Adjustments:

In 2020, the library switched the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal subscription package to a smaller package, retaining the top 15 most used journals.  All ACS titles remain available via interlibrary loan at no cost to faculty, students and staff.

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

If you have any questions or comments about this survey and survey results, please contact Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management, at: 303-724-2137,

New Amesse Leisure Reading

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The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection, located in the library’s leisure hub area adjacent to the 1st floor north information commons:


-Coates, Ta-Nahesi/ The water dancer

-Patchett, Ann/ The Dutch house

-Powers, Richard/ The overstory

-Reid, Kiley/ Such a fun age

-Rothfuss, Patrick/ Name of the wind

-Sanderson, Brandon/ Way of kings

-Shemilt, Jane/ The playground



-Duckworth, Angela/ Grit: The power of passion & perseverance

-Gladwell, Malcom/ Talking to strangers

-Hennick, Calvin/ Once more to the rodeo

-Snowden, Edward/ Permanent record

-Theroux, Paul/ On the plain of snakes: A Mexican journey

Save the Date! Valentine’s Day Dog Activity Event

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Lucy: A golden girl who likes to take walks, swim, and roll in the grass.



Oreo: A 100 lb St. Berdoodle (Saint Bernardd and Standard Poodle mix) who is truly a gentle giant.



Hamilton: A 5 year old who loves stuffed animals and will steal them at any opportunity!



Waldo: an 8-year old Cockapoo who loves treats and performing tricks.

On Friday, February 14th, plan on spending some time with a very special valentine at Strauss Library’s Dog Activity event! A variety of teams from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs will be visiting the library’s student lounge (adjacent to the library entrance) from  11:30 am- 1:30 pm.

Take a mid-day break, PAWS, & relax! For more details, please contact at 303-724-2145.

Need a book the library doesn’t have? Try Prospector!



Are you looking for a book, DVD, or CD that’s not available at Strauss Library? The Prospector borrowing system includes many libraries within Colorado, as well as the University of Wyoming. It allows users to request items from any participating library and have them sent via courier to their local library for pickup. This service is free for all cardholders of Prospector member libraries.

For students, staff and faculty on the CU Anschutz campus, ordering an item is as easy as going to, searching by title or keyword, and then entering your name and student/employee number after selecting ‘Request’. Material will be delivered to our library; we’ll send you an email when your item is ready for pickup. Most items take an average of 3-5 business days to arrive.

Prospector opens up a whole new world of borrowing choices- give it a try!

Learn About OER!

Learning Rocks!

Would you like help finding free, openly-licensed, flexible, and up-to-date educational materials? Would you like to learn about ways to positively impact students by lowering textbook costs and increasing the relevancy of learning materials? Have you heard the phrase “OER” and not fully understood what it meant?

Starting this January, the Strauss Health Sciences Library will be offering a bimonthly OER class that will cover the basics of what OER is, why it matters, and how where to look for it. We hope that you can join us!

Classes will be offered from 12:00-1:00 on:

Thursday, January 9th

Thursday, March 12th

Thursday, May 14th

Click on a date in order to register – we hope to see you there!

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

Reflections on MCMLA

In October 2019, Sam Kennefick and Ellie Svoboda, graduate assistants at the Strauss Health Sciences Library, were afforded the opportunity to attend the Midcontinental Medical Librarian Association’s (MCMLA) Annual Meeting in Omaha thanks to the generous LIS Student Professional Development Subaward from the NNLM. This award allowed us to travel to Omaha and participate in the three day conference as well as preconference professional development sessions. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn and network within the MCMLA community and would like to share our greatest takeaways.

The day before the Annual Meeting began, two professional development sessions were hosted at the Creighton University Health Science Library. In the morning, we attended “Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization”. During this class we learned how to create an informative and visually appealing data visualization using Tableau. This class offered many opportunities for hands on learning. We both left the class excited to apply our newfound knowledge of Tableau to projects we are working on at our home institution. 

The second session of the day was, “Data Management for Librarians: What Health Sciences Librarians Need to Know”. This session provided a crash course in data management 101. The importance of creating and following a data management plan was covered as well as practical tips for helping patrons at our home libraries create a successful data management plan. This session inspired us to share the importance of supporting data management practices with our colleagues once we returned home from the conference. 

The annual meeting itself kicked off with an inspiring keynote address by Kelly Gering, the founder of the conflict resolution firm, Shared Story. She broadened our understanding of the role of medical librarians by focusing on the importance of relationship building and learning to listen to understand. She shared the following quote by Margaret Wheatley, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our judgements about each other that do”. Beginning the conference with Kelly’s message of sharing our stories set a tone of embracing vulnerability for the duration of the conference.

Over the course of the conference we were able to listen to eleven different presentations and it was inspiring to see the variety of topics that were covered. In addition to providing tangible and applicable strategies for medical librarians, they also reinforced the larger role that libraries and librarians can take in their communities. One particularly resonant presentation was “Breaking the Silence: Hosting Awareness Events on Campus During Crisis” from the librarians at the University of Utah which documented the role that the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library played in bringing awareness to the problem of violence against women on their campus. Their powerful presentation addressed the national scale of this issue while also making it incredibly personal by sharing the stories of University of Utah students who had lost their lives to violence. The presentation was sobering while also signaling to us librarians in training that we can use our position to help the greater good. 

The meeting wrapped up with a fascinating talk by Jorge Zuniga about his creation of affordable 3D printed prosthetics for children. His story of innovation and passion for creating an option for children who cannot afford the costs of a traditional prosthesis reminded us all that choosing to be creative and think about how our work serves others can produce incredible results.

In addition to the structured learning opportunities at MCMLA, there were many opportunities to informally learn from the expertise of veteran medical librarians attending the conference. One conversation really stands out from the rest. We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Nancy Woelfl over lunch one day and learned so much listening to her tell tales of her long and enjoyable career. Now retired, Nancy is still an active member of MCMLA. She was director of the McGoogan Library at UNMC for 26 years and before that spent time working for NASA in Ohio. Nancy’s passion for medical librarianship is contagious! She encouraged us to become active in the MCMLA community and made us feel instantly welcomed into the network of medical librarians present at the conference.

The MCMLA Annual Meeting also provided an opportunity to feel a sense of community with other medical librarians. In addition to meeting veteran librarians we also got to meet early and mid-career librarians who were full of encouragement and enthusiasm for the profession. Both of us are switching from careers in K-12 education to librarianship and hearing from librarians who love their jobs was heartening and provided a bolster of confidence that we have made a good decision. 

 The MCMLA business meeting was the final item on the agenda and it was empowering to observe this process. The decisions that were made during the meeting were thoughtful and meaningful. Witnessing this self-governance and the earnest and principled attitudes of everyone involved made us hopeful for the future. We are already a part of MCMLA and can make our voices heard and in a few years, we could participate in the executive committee. 

We left Omaha feeling inspired and grateful to have learned from and connected with the librarians from the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association. 

Pedestrian bridge in sunshine.
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

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

Rare Book Profile: R.V. Pierce’s The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English, or, Medicine Simplified.

PierceTPcropR.V. Pierce’s The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser (Buffalo, N.Y.: World’s Dispensary-Printing Office and Bindery, 1875), is a household medicine and health guide, as well as an advertisement for its author and publisher’s products and services. First published in 1875, it remained in print through the 100th edition of 1935, sold millions of copies, and helped make its author one of the most successful manufacturer of home remedies in the late 19th century.

Ray Vaughn Pierce (1840-1914) was an American physician, pharmaceutical entrepreneur, author, publisher, and politician. Pierce was born and raised in Stark, New York. He was a school teacher briefly, then left to attend the Eclectic Medical College in Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving his medical degree in 1862, he established a medical practice in Titusville, Pennsylvania. In 1867, he moved to Buffalo, New York, where he began manufacturing patent medicines and selling them by mail-order. To house his thriving manufacturing and mail-order operations, Pierce built the World’s Dispensary Building. In 1878, Pierce built Pierce’s Palace Hotel nearby to accommodate his many mail-order customers who came to Buffalo seeking his services as a physician. Pierce’s Palace Hotel burned down in 1881 and Pierce replaced it with the Invalids Hotel and Surgical Institute. His enterprise continued to expand, and at one point had an office in London, England. In 1883 Pierce consolidated all of his business ventures as TheWorld’s Dispensary Medical Association, which was later renamed Pierce’s Proprietaries. Pierce’s son, Dr. Valentine Mott Pierce, succeeded his father as head of the business through the 1940s.

In 1877, Pierce launched his political career, serving in the New York State Senate from 1877-1879, and in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 32nd Congressional District of New York as a Republican from March 4, 1879 until his resignation on September 18, 1880, due to ill health. He never held an elected office again, although he was an active opponent of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. In the last year of his life, Pierce retired to his winter home in St. Vincent, Florida, where he died on February 4, 1914.

Pierce was a master of marketing, using print media and signs to spread advertisements and testimonials for his products and services throughout the country. Not all publications were complimentary, and some, such as Colliers and Ladies Home Journal were extremely critical of his products. Pierce won his lawsuit against Ladies Home Journal, but his suit against Colliers was dismissed due to varying definitions of the word “quack.”

The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser is arranged in four main parts. The first, Physiology, is laid out like a textbook, containing a general overview of basic biology, human and animal, and the various systems of the body, including current theories of race, intelligence, and the relationship between physiognomy and character, with chapters on marriage and reproduction. The second part, Hygiene, covers various aspects of daily life, with recommendations for clean living and criticism of practices and theories with which Pierce disagreed. It also includes a section on diet, with recipes. The third section, Rational Medicine, consists of brief summaries of the various systems of medicine in vogue at the time, such as homoeopathy and hydropathy, a list of individual herbal and compounded preparations available for sale from The World’s Dispensary, and a list of the therapeutic value of various types of bath. The final and largest section, Diseases and Their Remedial Treatment, comprises over half the book, consisting mainly of list of disorders, with a description of the disorder, various possible treatments, cases, and glowing testimonials for the products and services of The World’s Dispensary. It ends with a section describing The World’s Dispensary and its services, how to arrange a visit, and how to submit a specimen for diagnosis by mail.


The Strauss Health Sciences Library’s copy of the first edition of The people’s common sense medical adviser is bound in green publisher’s cloth with blind-stamped boards and gilt-stamped spine. The plates have unprinted tissue guards sheets. It was given to the Health Sciences Library by G. Murray Edwards, M.D. The library also has the second edition (1876), the twentieth edition (1889), and the fortieth edition (1895).

Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, or 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]






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

New History of Infant Feeding Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is always rotating its exhibits and displays. This is the second of three new exhibits on the history of medicine, all of which can be found in the 2nd Floor Rotunda. Stop by and see them in-person or read more about Medicine Trade Cards and Dissection on the Library News Blog!

For most of history, there was no real alternative to breast feeding. The main reasons were the stigma of not breast feeding, and the lack of research on the subject. There was also no equipment available to artificially feed infants.

For the rich, the ability to hire a wet nurse allowed mothers the freedom to continue their regular lives. For the poor, however, a new baby would tie a mother to the home for years. Industrialization, beginning in the mid-19th century, forced a change in the way infants were raised.

Once women began to enter the work force, breast feeding became harder for working women, and alternatives needed to be found.

Located in the Second Floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library.

This was written by Paul Andrews. You can contact AskUs with any questions.

Public Domain Day 2020

When discussing OER, we often devote a lot of time to Creative Commons licenses which are excellent tools for bestowing creative works with the 5R’s (Reuse, Remix, Revise, Retain, & Redistribute). However, in addition to Creative Commons, there is an even older designation that grants the privileges of the 5R’s with absolutely zero limits.

It is the public domain!

Public domain transfers all of the copyrights that were originally granted to an author (reproduction of the work, public performances of the work, translation of the work, adaptation of the work, etc…) to the public, in other words, works in the public domain are no longer copyrighted. Therefore anything in the public domain is perfectly poised to be utilized as an OER.

Due to the Sony Bono Copyright Extension Act of 1998, the United States public domain was frozen for a twenty year period. January 1st , 2019 was the first year that a large swath of creative works entered the public domain, specifically works from 1923 including Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” and Cecile B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. These works and anything else published before 1923 can be freely posted to the internet for public use and interpretation.

Which brings us to…Public Domain Day 2020!

On January 1st, 2020, works published in 1924 will finally enter the public domain, including:

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The Box-Car Children Book 1

Desire Under the Elms

It Had to Be You*

The Land that Time Forgot

The Navigator

A Passage to India

Peter Pan

Poirot Investigates

Rhapsody in Blue*

Tarzan and the Ant Man

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So this New Year’s Day, in addition to watching the Rose Bowl and eating black-eyed peas, you can enjoy the newly increased wealth of creative works that now belong to you, the public. You could film an adaptation of The Box-Car Children and score it with Rhapsody in Blue and have Poirot make an appearance. You could publicly recite a passage from A Passage to India. You get to decide because you have the power, the power of the public domain.

Piano, Music Score, Music Sheet, Keyboard, Piano Keys
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

*Note – for musical works it is only the composition that is entering the public domain, not recordings.

Works Cited

Douglas, N. (2019). These 1924 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2020. Retrieved from

Stanford University Libraries. (2019). Welcome to the Public Domain. Retrieved from

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

New Medicine Trade Cards Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is always rotating its exhibits and displays. This is the second of three new exhibits on the history of medicine, all of which can be found in the 2nd Floor Rotunda. Check back next week for more information on the third exhibit!

Before the Food and Drug Administration, which was created in 1906, was given the mandate to rigorously regulate drugs, and the wild claims of medicine makers, “patent,” better described as proprietary, medicines could be found in every pharmacy and medicine show in the United States.  

One of the major elements of proprietary medicine in the United States was the trademarks on labels, letter fonts, and imagery on their products.

Hand in hand with selling their “miracle cures” in drugstores and traveling medicine shows, patent medicine makers used advertising in any form they could. One of the methods were trade cards.

Trade cards were small print ads given out at pharmacies that were very colorful, and often used imagery of women, children, and domestic life.

This was written by Paul Andrews. You can contact AskUs with any questions.

New Dissection Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

The use of human cadaveric dissection became a tool for teaching anatomy at the University of Montpellier in 1350, and became a fully sanctioned and regular part of anatomy education at the University of Paris in 1407.

By the mid-1800s, dissection to teach anatomy was key to medical education. Although there are several other ways to study anatomy, from books to virtual reality, research shows that dissection is invaluable.

Besides the anatomical knowledge gained, it is important in training empathetic physicians.

Located in the Second Floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library.

This was written by Paul Andrews. You can contact AskUs with any questions.