The LSUHSC-NO Libraries is proud to announce that it has been awarded the first National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region’s (NN/LM SCR) Emerging Technologies Award. With the funds provided by this award, the Libraries will purchase two 3 dimensional printers and two 3 dimensional scanners to be placed in the libraries. This equipment will be available for free to everyone affiliated with LSUHSC-NO.
LSUHSC-NO Libraries’ goal of this project is to provide students with a friendly, welcoming, environment to innovate, create, collaborate, and discover. The library seeks to give students, staff, and faculty opportunities to explore 3D technology in an accessible location without exorbitant costs. These scanners and printers will offer the means to build prototypes, create models, improve equipment, and so on, limited only by one’s imagination.
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. This year, the South Central Region instituted the Emerging Technology Award to to assist libraries in the integration of new and emerging technologies in their institutions to promote health information services.
Further developments on this project will be announced as available.
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Winter Break is upon us…
The Isché and Dental Libraries will be open regular hours until Monday, December 22nd and Tuesday, December 23rd. On those days, the Isché Library will be open from 8 am to 6 pm and the Dental Library will be open from 8 am to 5 pm.
Both Libraries will be closed from December 24th until January 1st. They will reopen on January 2nd at 8 am and resume normal hours.
Teaching, clinic, committees, research, mentoring, continuing education, administrative duties: With all that on your plate, do you really have time for inefficient literature searches?
The November Library Lunchtime Learning presentation—PubMed Beyond the Basics—is designed to help you get the most out of the premier biomedical citation database. Join us and learn how to more effectively and efficiently search PubMed using advanced features such as Medical Subject Headings, filters, index terms, and the Related Citations and Clinical Queries functions to more easily find the research you need. In addition, we’ll show you how to personalize your PubMed experience via MyNCBI, which will allow you to create bibliographies, automated searches, and separate collections.
The session will be held once at the Dental Campus and once Downtown. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. But remember, we always welcome drop-in attendees. We hope to see you there!
PubMed Beyond the Basics
November 5, 12-1 p.m.
Copping Room (2309), LSU School of Dentistry
November 18, 12-1 p.m.
Computer Laboratory, 4th floor Library, Resource Center Building
In honor of International Open Access Week, October’s Library Lunchtime Learning will focus on this hot topic in scholarly communication by introducing attendees to the concept and looking at the latest news in OA mandates. The workshop will also discuss predatory publishers (some of who disguise themselves in the cloak of open access) and how to identify article and conference solicitations that may not be on the up and up.
We hope to see you at 12 p.m. on either Thursday, October 9, in the Wirth Room (2203) on the Dental Campus or Tuesday, October 21, in the Ische Library’s Computer Lab for this important and timely topic. Please RSVP at email@example.com if you can, but remember that drop-ins are always welcome.
Congratulations to Robert Barsley, D.D.S., J.D., Professor and Director of Oral Health Resources, Community and Hospital Dentistry.
Dr. Barsley was recently appointed to the Crime Scene / Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Crime Scene / Death Investigation Committee is one of five scientific committees that makes up NIST’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). These Committees, with the Forensic Science Standards Board and other discipline-specific committees establish new forensic science standards and guidelines.
Dr. Barsley is a 1977 graduate of LSUSD, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a member of the International College of Dentists, a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a member of the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has served as a consultant to a number of coroners’ offices in southern Louisiana and is currently on staff at the Orleans and Jefferson Parish Coroners’ Offices. He has also served as the Acting State Dental Director of the Louisiana Office of Public Health. Dr. Barsley is a Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Congratulations to LSUSD clinical faculty member Dr. Frank Martello. The United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans (UCPGNO) recently honored him for his 30 years of volunteer service at the organization’s Dental Clinic. Since 1984, Dr. Martello has treated the oral health needs of thousands of developmentally disabled children and adults with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and autism. Additionally, Dr. Martello has provided oral screenings at Louisiana Special Olympics events for the past 20 years and helped establish the Farhad Grotto Dentistry for the Handicapped facility in Harahan.
Evidence-Based Practice is a term that is often bandied about but rarely understood. During the Library Lunchtime Learning session in September, we hope to clear up some of the mystery by taking attendees step by step through the EBP process, from identifying the clinical question through evaluating the decision made. Other topics of conversation include the resources that are most helpful for answering EBP questions as well as barriers to implementing EBP.
We hope you can join us at either workshop. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 10, 12-1 p.m.
Wirth Room (2203), Dental Administration Building
September 16, 12-1 p.m.
Computer Laboratory, 4th floor Library, Resource Center Building
The Isché & Dental Libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday (August 31st and September 1st) in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The Isché Library will be open on Saturday, August 30th from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Both Libraries will re-open on Tuesday, September 2nd at 8 am.
Enjoy the holiday and stay cool!
In honor of everyone using their time this summer to study for their board exams, this month’s “It Came From the Stacks” post is about a board review text. However, you might not want to use it for your boards as it was published 107 years ago.
Underwood & Gabell’s Aids to Dental Surgery is one volume in their “Student’s aids series.” The book is small and as the author states in his preface, “condense(s) into a concise form that department of the science of dental surgery which is capable of such treatment.” Underwood states that the books concentrates on matters which are likely to be included on examinations. “If the book smooths the path of any of the large body of dental students, with whose education and welfare my daily work has been and is so largely concerned, I shall feel that its object has been accomplished.”
Within this slim, 126 page book, the authors cover the breadth of dental science including bacteriology, hygiene, injuries and illnesses of the pulp, periosteum, mucous membrane, and jaws, extraction of teeth, and diseases arising from diseases of the teeth and gums.
LSUHSC-NO Libraries is lucky enough to hold one of only 12 copies of this work in the world. If you’d like to come take a look at this book or any of our more recent board review materials, please contact us or stop in to see us.
On Thursday, July 3rd, the Isché Library will close at 6 pm and the Dental Library will close at 5 pm. Both the Dental & Isché Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4th and remain closed on Saturday, July 5th.
The Dental Library will reopen on Sunday, July 6th at 11:30 am and the Isché Library will reopen at 1:30 pm; they will resume their normal schedules.
This month we are highlighting a very interesting find from the Dental Library: Wit Love Frum Cousin Sylveste by Fred J. Wolfe D.D.S. This collection of original letters documents a small portion of the history of Louisiana dentistry, the Louisiana Dental Association, and Louisiana heritage.
Fred J. Wolfe D.D.S. was a New Orleans dentist who graduated from dental school in 1908 and established a practice on Canal Street. He served as President of the Louisiana Dental Association from 1927-1928. Beginning in the Summer of 1931, Dr. Wolfe authored letters published in Impressions, “A Journal of Friendly Relations published quarterly by the Louisiana State Dental Society”. The regular column, A Letter from Cousin Sylveste, detailed the state of Louisiana dentistry, the events that took place at Louisiana and national dental meetings, and daily life as a Louisiana dentist. Each letter was written in an irreverent Cajun dialect and pokes fun at the profession, meeting presenters, society leaders, and Louisiana culture. The last letter was published in the last issue of Impressions (1938 Summer: 7(3): 13-4) but Wit Love Frum Cousin Sylveste contains a special unpublished “Au Revoir frum Sylveste” letter dated May 18, 1939. The volume is signed by the author and many of the personalities who appear within the letters and was presented as a gift to the Louisiana State University School of Medicine Library in memory of Leo J. Schoeny, D.D.S.. an editor of the journal Impressions.
If you would like to take a look at this or any of the other special holdings in the Dental Library, please contact us. We are happy to show off our collection!
In the continuing series “It came from the stacks”, I present to you three books from the Dental Library that are just fun. They don’t have any great historical significance and certainly don’t have scientific value to a student of dentistry, but who can resist a tale of the “tooth gremlin”?
How a Tooth Moves, tells the story of “the orthodontist’s friend, the Tooth Gremlin”. Published in 1973, this picture book tells the story of a naked little gremlin who moves teeth during orthodontic treatment. He explains to children how the periodontal ligament is stretched on one side of the tooth and squeezed on the other causing the tooth to move and then bone is built up and the tooth stays in the new place. The book ends with the Tooth Gremlin reminding the reader that their headgear and elastics help move teeth too so “you do your part and I’ll do mine!” Curiously, a quick WorldCat query found that only two libraries have copies of this book: University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and LSUHSC-NO.
Another fun children’s book in the Dental Library is Hurray! I went to the Dentist Today by Mark Smoller, DDS. This picture book starts with this rhyme:
“HURRAY! I went to the dentist today
It was more fun than the games that I play.
We went to the dentist, my mother and me.
There were new things to do.
There were new things to see.”
It might not win any awards for poetry, but it does manage to describe several of the pieces of equipment a child will encounter in a dental office in rhyme.
The last of our historical picture books for children is Our Tooth Story; a tale of twenty teeth by Ethel and Leonard Kessler. This 1972 book tells of Mrs. Wood’s kindergarten class who start to lose their teeth. Prompted by this, they read a story, “Our Tooth Story” which describes the students’ dentists’ offices and how to take care of their teeth.
While these books are all older and probably not the books you’d give to a child anymore, they are an interesting look back at pediatric dentists attempt to alleviate children’s fear of visiting the dentist and dental procedures. If you’d like to come take a look at these books or some of our other children’s books, please contact us or stop in to see us.
The Libraries will closed for the Easter Holiday from Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th. Additionally, the Isché Library will close at 8 pm on Thursday, April 17th.
Both Libraries will re-open on Monday, April 21st at 8 am.
While moving the dental books and journals we came across several books we’d like to tell everyone about in a series of posts in the continuing saga of “It Came From The Stacks” (insert foreboding music here…)
Our first book is a classic of dentistry from the Dental Library’s Old and Rare Collection. This over sized book, published in 1844, is by Paul B Goddard and is titled The Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Human Teeth; with the most approved methods of treatment, including operations, and the method of making and setting artifical teeth; with thirty plates, also known as “Goddard on the Teeth”.
When “Goodard on the Teeth” was published, it was described in a review in American Journal of Medical Sciences as a “practical treatment on the subject of the teeth”. It is praised by the reviewer: “… the work is got up in the handsomest manner. The plates are indeed the best specimens of lithography we have seen executed in this country.” This book contains some remarkable images head and neck anatomy, microscopic structure of teeth. dental equipment, a four step pictorial description of extracting teeth using a key, and various forms of artificial teeth and plates, among others.
This is a very interesting book that is exemplary of the beginnings of modern dentistry. If you would like to take a look at it in person, please contact the Dental Library and make arrangements to come see it. We’d love to share our old and rare treasures with you.