Library News

Weather Closure 4/18/19

Due to anticipated severe weather in the New Orleans area, the Chancellor has announced an emergency closure at noon today, April 18, 2019. The text of the email is included below:

Due to the hazardous weather conditions forecast for the metropolitan New Orleans area, LSU Health New Orleans academic downtown and dental campuses will close at 12:00 noon today. Classes, patient appointments and events scheduled on campus this afternoon and evening are cancelled.

At this time, this closure applies only to the academic campus of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and the LSU Healthcare Network’s Primary Care and Dental Clinic on the Dental School campus. Hospital and Healthcare Network personnel should follow hospital and HCN emergency procedures and check with their leadership for information and instructions. The LSU Healthcare Network plans to issue a separate communication regarding their other clinic locations.

Easter Hours

The Libraries will be closed  from Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st for the Easter Holiday. In addition, the Dental Library will close at 5pm on Thursday, April 18th and the Ische Library will close at 6pm that day. Both Libraries will reopen with regular hours, Monday, April 22nd.

Kids’ Teeth Website Nearing Completion




Kids’ Teeth is a new website in development that will help families of children with special needs find information on the connection between their child’s condition and their oral health.  It was created by LSU School of Dentistry Librarian Julie Schiavo and Pediatric Dentistry Associate Professor Dr. Priyanshi Ritwik after they observed a lack of readily available information on this topic to share with parents at the point of care.

The website can help families decide when special-needs children need to go to a dentist and what to do to make seeing the dentist easier.  As well, health care providers can use the information on this website to inform and educate patients and their families about oral problems that are caused by common diseases.  There are currently ten topics that will be regularly updated and expanded in the future.

The website debuted at the recent annual ADEA conference in Chicago where it was received positively, and it will go live in a matter of weeks after further testing.  Feedback is encouraged, so make sure to complete a survey through the handy links on the website:

This project was funded by a grant award from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

April Faculty Publications

A new selection of articles highlighting Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology (MIP) have been added to the Faculty Publications display in the Ische Library. These eight articles, as well as all of the articles in our Faculty Publications database, are authored by at least one member of our research community here at LSUHSC-New Orleans. Each month the Library is proud to present copies of eight of these publications in a rotating display of 16.

  1. Darville T, Albritton HL, Zhong W, Dong L, O’Connell CM, Poston TB, Quayle AJ, Goonetilleke N, Wiesenfeld HC, Hillier SL, Zheng X. Anti-chlamydia IgG and IgA are insufficient to prevent endometrial chlamydia infection in women and increased anti-chlamydia IgG is associated with enhanced risk for incident infection. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2019;e13103.
  2. Li L, Zhou J, Wang W, Huang L, Tu J, Baiamonte L, Stark M, Mills M, Hope TJ, Drobnis EZ, Quayle AJ, Schust DJ. Effects of three long-acting reversible contraceptive methods on HIV target cells in the human uterine cervix and peripheral blood. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2019;17(1):26-019-0469-8.
  3. Van Der Pol WJ, Kumar R, Morrow CD, Blanchard EE, Taylor CM, Martin DH, Lefkowitz EJ, Muzny CA. In silico and experimental evaluation of primer sets for species-level resolution of the vaginal microbiota using 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing. J Infect Dis. 2019;219(2):305-314.
  4. Xue J, Schmitz BW, Caton K, Zhang B, Zabaleta J, Garai J, Taylor CM, Romanchishina T, Gerba CP, Pepper IL, Sherchan SP. Assessing the spatial and temporal variability of bacterial communities in two bardenpho wastewater treatment systems via illumina MiSeq sequencing. Sci Total Environ. 2019;6571543-1552.
  5. Bruni GO, Zhong K, Lee SC, Wang P. CRISPR-Cas9 induces point mutation in the mucormycosis fungus rhizopus delemar. Fungal Genet Biol. 2018;1241-7.
  6. Ibana JA, Sherchand SP, Fontanilla FL, Nagamatsu T, Schust DJ, Quayle AJ, Aiyar A. Chlamydia trachomatis-infected cells and uninfected-bystander cells exhibit diametrically opposed responses to interferon gamma. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):8476-018-26765-y.
  7. Ikeh MAC, Fidel PL,Jr, Noverr MC. Identification of specific components of the eicosanoid biosynthetic and signaling pathway involved in pathological inflammation during intra-abdominal infection with candida albicans and staphylococcus aureus. Infect Immun. 2018;.
  8. Rhoads JM, Collins J, Fatheree NY, Hashmi SS, Taylor CM, Luo M, Hoang TK, Gleason WA, Van Arsdall MR, Navarro F, Liu Y. Infant colic represents gut inflammation and dysbiosis. J Pediatr. 2018;20355-61.

Publications cited in the Faculty Publications database are harvested weekly from a variety of sources, such as PubMed, SCOPUS, and CINAHL, to name a few. In addition to articles they include books, book chapters, papers, editorials, letters to the editor, and meeting abstracts, all authored by at least one member of the LSUHSC-NO community. The database is maintained by Reference Librarian Kathy Kerdolff and is available to the general public here or via the Library’s webpage. For a PDF of a bibliography of this month’s additions,click here. If you have an article you would like us to highlight or if you have any questions regarding the display or the database, you can contact Kathy Kerdolff.

Please come to the Library and view these recent publications by our research community.

LSUHSC-New Orleans Launches New Graphic Medicine Collection

Comics aren’t just for teens! Graphic medicine explores healthcare and medicine while using the comic format as a medium for learning.

Graphic novels can be helpful tools for practitioners and patients to further the discussion about healthcare in the United States.  These books are in fact tools that help bridge the health literacy gap.

To highlight this genre, we have a variety of titles available for check out that explore Alzheimer ’s disease, disabilities, abuse, and mental disorders.

So, come by and check out our new books on the 3rd Floor!

Mardi Gras Hours

Rex 2012 on Napoleon Avenue

The Libraries will have reduced hours Carnival Weekend and will be closed on Mardi Gras.

Both the Isché and Dental Libraries will close at 5pm on Friday, March 1st.

The Isché Library will be open from 9:30am to 6pm (regular hours) on Saturday, March 2nd; it will be open the same hours on Sunday, March 3rd. The Dental Library will be open its regular hours of 11:30am to 8pm on Sunday, March 3rd.

Both Libraries will close at 5pm on Monday, March 4th with the Isché Library opening at 7:30am and the Dental Library at 8am. Both Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, March 5th.

The Isché Library will return to normal hours on Wednesday, March 6th. But the Dental Library will continue to close at 5pm for the rest of the week.

INNOPAC Downtime 2/18/19 – Complete

An upgrade of the INNOPAC system will happen beginning at 9am on Monday, February 18th. The outage is expected to last 2 hours at the most. The library catalog and related services will not work during the upgrade.

Thanks for your patience.


*Edit 8:20am* The upgrade began early and is already complete.

Ische Library Closing @ 6pm 1/31/19

The Isché Library will close at 6pm on Thursday, January 31st. The Resource Center Building will be without running water from 6-10pm that day.

While the Library Commons will not close, we ask that patrons please use the restrooms in other buildings during this interval.

NLM exhibit “Physician Assistants” now at Isché Library!

The National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care” is now at the LSUHSC-NO Isché Library. The display will be set up in the Library Commons on the third floor of the Resource Center until February 28.

Physician Assistants are nationally certified professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and care for patients, with physician supervision. This exhibit covers the history of the PA profession, the profession’s emphasis on diversity, and the many ways in which PAs care for patients in the United States and across the globe.

Digitial signage display

Helpful links and educational resources provided by the National Library of Medicine in conjunction with the exhibit include lesson plans for upper elementary and high school classes, a higher education module with instructor resources, and a bibliography of additional readings.

This exhibition was created by the National Library of Medicine with assistance from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.  Additional information about this exhibit can be found online:

Libraries Closed for MLK, Jr Day

Both the Isché and Dental Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 21st in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday. The Libraries will be open regular hours on the Sunday before and the Tuesday after.

ProQuest/RefWorks Maintenance This Weekend

Attention Weekend Research Warriors! ProQuest will be taking down their site for product maintenance this weekend. This will affect our access of their databases Saturday night beginning at 9pm until Sunday morning at about 5am. Of course these times may vary slightly as with any database maintenance. Hopefully the upgrades will run smoothly and we will be up and running for our Sunday warriors.

The notice from ProQuest:

To maintain the currency and security of ProQuest products, we are performing maintenance on many ProQuest products beginning on January 19, 2019.

During the maintenance window, most ProQuest products will be temporarily unavailable, including RefWorks.


Ische Library Emergency Closure 1/15/19

The Isché Library will close at 5pm today, January 15th due to a water shut off by the Sewerage and Water Board. There will be no running water in the Resource Center, the Human Development Center and the Seton Building for at least 3 hours.

The Library Commons will probably remain open but please do not attempt to use the restrooms on the 3rd floor without verifying that the water has been restored.

Ische Library Copiers

*Update 2/4/19 3:30pm* Copiers are now scanning to either an email or a jumpdrive.

*Update 1/15/19 10:30am* Copiers are now charging the correct amount, 10¢  for black and white and 25¢ for color (3rd floor only). Scanning is still not working.

The Isché Library copiers on the 3rd and 5th floors were replaced on Friday with newer models. Unfortunately there was an error in programming so right now a single copy costs $10million dollars. Scanning has not been enabled. The 4th floor copier is still the older model so it is currently working. We hope this will be resolved soon and apologize for the inconvenience.

ILLiad Downtime for Upgrade – Restored

*Service Restored* 9:40am 1/7/19

The Libraries’ ILLiad ILL system will be down for an upgrade beginning at 9am on Monday, January 7th. The window for the outage is 2 hours.

Thanks for your patience during this time.

New Sunday Hours at Ische

The Isché Library will begin opening at 9:30am every Sunday, beginning on January 6, 2019.