Welcome from the Library Director

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_DSC7569-01-3On behalf of all of the staff of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, I would like to welcome all new students, faculty and staff to the Library. It is an exciting time for us when we see so many new faces in the Library and we love the opportunity to meet many of you through various orientation activities. Please avail yourselves of our newly refurbished study areas on the top floor of the Library. We have added a number of new features such as additional WiFi capacity, hot and cold filtered water, more electrical outlets, nicer seating and noise cancelling technology for quieter study. Most importantly, a significant part of the upstairs of the Library is available 24 hours for Health System affiliates. You need to have a HS identity badge to gain access anytime the Library is officially closed.

Throughout the academic year, several of our library liaisons will be working with faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing to provide tailored content relevant to your classes. In healthcare, there is an important emphasis on finding the BEST evidence to answer important questions that arise. Our job is to help you find this evidence and be able to critique its value to your need.

We like to think of ourselves as a full service Library and believe that knowledge comes in many forms. We have a partnership with the Department of Public Health Sciences called PHS@theLibrary that offers basic statistical consultations Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the library. We have a new presentation studio, equipped with a green screen that you can use to video a presentation or talk. Library staff members are available to consult with you about your needs and to help you get started.

Need a space where a group can come together and brainstorm some ideas? Think about reserving our BioConnector space. It is equipped with big screen monitors, comfortable seating and an entire wall with whiteboard paint that can be used to present and capture ideas.

We offer many classes and other educational activities throughout the year but if our class schedule is not convenient, we would be happy to work out a solution that works for you. We frequently provide one-on-one consultations or come to departments to do presentations.

No discussion of the Library would be complete without mentioning our extensive collection of resources. We have licensed approximately 7,000 health related online books and journals for your use. Combined with the large collection of resources available from the University Libraries, you have access to a vast collection of interdisciplinary materials to support your work here. And, if we don’t have something you need, we are connected to an international network of libraries that we can use to find what you need.

We are glad you are here!

Gretchen N. Arnold


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