Library Policies

Affiliates

The Library is open for service to the general public. Certain services, such as materials check out, off-campus journal access, and interlibrary loan, are limited to LSU Health Shreveport affiliates:

•  Full-time Faculty

•  Full-time Staff

•  Residents and Fellows

•  Students currently enrolled within the LSU Health Shreveport Schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, or Graduate Studies

•  Full-time Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport employees

Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources

The Health Sciences Library negotiates and agrees to licenses for our electronic resources. These licenses permit certain uses of the e-resources and prohibit other uses.  In general, you may download and share resources or full-text (such as PDF downloads of articles) with other LSU Health Shreveport personnel.

 

The following uses of our resources are usually prohibited:

•  Sharing downloads with colleagues not affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport

•  Systematically running web crawlers to download copyrighted full-text content or download excessive numbers of bibliographic citations

•  Posting full-text or copyrighted content from databases to e-mail lists or worldwide file-sharing utilities such as Sci-Hub

•  Sharing usernames and passwords with colleagues not affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport

 

Publishers patrol electronic resource usage for potential violations of licensing agreements. Such violations could result in the publisher discontinuing access to the electronic resource for all of LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.

 

We are happy to answer questions if you are unsure about using Library online resources properly. 

 

All of the Library's electronic resources are available at computers located on the LSU Health Shreveport network. Off-campus access is available through the LSU Health Shreveport VPN. To access the VPN software, the user must have a current LSUMC-MASTER email account.

Borrowing Materials from LOUIS Member Libraries

The Library participates in LOUIS, a partnership of Louisiana libraries cooperating to promote resource sharing among Louisiana libraries. Patrons in good standing with the LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library may utilize collections of participating Louisiana libraries by applying for a LOUIS card at the Library front desk. Any charges incurred through the program are reported to the home library and are charged directly to the patron.

Borrowing Requirements

To check items out, an individual must be an LSU Health Shreveport affiliate and present his/her own valid photo ID.

LSU Health Shreveport affiliates:

•  Full-time Faculty

•  Full-time Staff

•  Residents and Fellows

•  Students currently enrolled within the LSU Health Shreveport Schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, or Graduate Studies

•  Full-time Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport employees

Children

Per Administrative Directive 6.16, children may not be brought to the workplace (or the Library) on a repeated basis in lieu of childcare. Children under 18 may never be left unattended in the Library. If an unattended child is in the Library, staff will immediately contact University Police.

Circulating Items

Books and audiovisual items can be checked out for two weeks and renewed by telephone, provided there are no holds or recalls on the item. Journals and Reference items are not available for checkout except by Medical Communications for creating slides. Items in the Reserve collection may be checked out from the Reserve area for library use only and must be returned before closing on the same day. Exception: Most reserve items can be checked out at 10:00 p.m. for overnight use and will be due at 8:00 a.m. the next day.

Classes Offered by the Library

Class dates and times are advertised on the Library's classes page. Library staff are happy to customize class offerings for specific needs. These classes should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by contacting the Library Associate Director.

Collection Development

The collection of the LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library is developed to meet the present and future information needs of the students, faculty, researchers, health care providers, administrators, and staff of the University Health Shreveport, School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Allied Health Professions. Therefore, major emphasis is given to acquiring materials covering the subjects of biomedical research, medical practice, and associated issues. Funds for the purchase of materials are a designated item in the Library budget, which is assigned by the Budget Office. Book retention is guided by the Book Retention policy.

 

LSU Health Shreveport faculty, staff, and students are welcome to request a title be considered for purchase by contacting Montie' Dobbins.

Commemorative Books

Library patrons may choose to honor a family member, friend, or colleague by making a monetary contribution to the Library for the purchase of a book. The donor may designate a particular subject area for the book. The donor will receive a letter acknowledging the gift and identifying the amount of the gift. Notification of the gift (without identifying the amount) will be sent to the honoree or, in the case of a memorial, to the family of the deceased. If a print book is purchased, a bookplate will be placed on the inside front cover of the book to identify it as a commemorative gift. If an electronic book is purchased, the donor and the honoree will be acknowledged on the electronic books page at the Library's website.  Click here to download the commemorative gift form.

Computer and Internet Use

The Library has two computer labs, housing 49 PCs. These labs are available to LSU Health Shreveport affiliates and visitors who are performing research within the scope of health and biomedical research. Computer use is on a first-come, first-served basis. Only preloaded software can be used; no personal software may be installed. The computer labs can be scheduled for classes & presentations. Users should contact Mararia Adams (x5-5448) or Katrina Bell (x5-5393). 

 

Wireless Internet connectivity is available for laptops used by LSU Health Shreveport affiliates and visitors.  However, laptop specifications and settings must comply with the institutional policy concerning wireless usage.

 

As stated in Chancellor's Memorandum 18, "All users are advised that they should have no expectation whatsoever of privacy as to any transmission/communication or image generated, received by, sent by, or stored in a computer." 

 

Library computers are not to be used for the following:

 

•  Seeking unauthorized access to library or network computer systems or files with the intent of violating computer security; altering system or network configurations; altering system or network access codes; sabotage; or causing damage through the placing of viruses, worms or embedded messages

•  Engaging in any illegal activity, including violation of copyright laws or licensing agreements

•  Misrepresenting oneself on the Internet or engaging in fraud

•  Viewing, downloading, or disseminating pornography

•  Issuing threats

•  Participating in chat rooms or forums that are non-work related

•  Playing games

•  Viewing or participating in sites such as YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook for purposes other than biomedical research, teaching or learning 

•  Downloading streaming audio or video for purposes other than biomedical research, teaching or learning 

 

Library response to inappropriate uses may include revoking computer access privileges or contacting the University Police.

Copyright

The Library adheres to federal copyright law, which is summarized by the following copyright notice: WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS THE COPYRIGHT LAW of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.   UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be 'used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.' If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of 'fair use,' that user may be liable for copyright infringement. THIS INSTITUTION reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. All patrons are expected to comply with federal copyright law.

Database Searches & Reference Services

Reference Services

The primary goal of the Reference Section is to anticipate, meet and exceed the information needs of the LSU Health Shreveport affiliates. The Reference Section librarians provide computerized mediated searches, in addition to answering ready reference questions from walk-in, telephone, or electronic mail clients. These services are provided as quickly as possible by accessing information housed in the library, as well as that available through outside sources. 

 

Systematic review searches and other large searches are processed in the order they arrive, and researchers should plan a longer response time for these searches. 

 

One-on-one or group instruction on using databases can be scheduled by contacting the Library Associate Director.  

 

Database Searches

Database searching by one of the Library faculty is reserved for LSU Health Shreveport Affiliates. If you are an Affiliate, email the faculty at shlibref@lsuhsc.edu to obtain a search. 

Disruptive Behavior

The Library maintains an environment conducive to quiet study and research. Individuals behaving in a disruptive manner will be reminded to maintain our quiet environment. If disruptive behavior persists, Library staff may ask the individual to leave and/or may notify University Police.

E-Cigarettes and Tobacco

In addition to the campus smoke-free policy (Chancellor’s Memoranda 10), usage of e-cigarettes or any form of tobacco is not allowed in the Library or its restrooms. Violators will be reported to the University Police Department or to the Dean of Student Affairs.

Emergency Policies

When the fire alarms sound, Library personnel will immediately contact the University Police (x5-6160) to determine whether a drill is in progress. If University Police cannot be reached, Library supervisory staff will make a decision as to whether or not to evacuate the Library. In the event of a fire, Library staff will notify patrons via the P.A. system. All occupants must exit the building immediately. Maps noting the location of exits are posted near the Library elevators. In the event of any other emergency or disaster, instructions will be given.

 

In accordance with campus policies, medical emergencies should be directed to local emergency services by dialing 9-911. Non-medical emergencies should be immediately reported to campus police by dialing x5-3UPD or x5-3873.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are permitted in the Library. Individuals should clean up after themselves.

Help for Disabled or Handicapped Individuals

Elevators serve all floors of the Library.

 

The distance between shelves in the public areas of the Library is 43".

 

The Library makes every effort to license electronic resources that can be used by people with disabilities. However, we cannot guarantee all publishers provide accessible online products. Please contact the Library if you are experiencing difficulty using an electronic resource, and we will relay the concern to the publisher.

 

Library staff provide reasonable assistance to disabled individuals. Please contact the Library in advance if you will require extensive assistance retrieving or using materials. These services cannot be provided when only 1 Library staff member is on duty.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery

ILL services are available for LSU Health Shreveport affiliates. Only items which are not available in the Library may be obtained through interlibrary loan. Any charges incurred in obtaining an item will be billed to the individual requesting the item.

 

Library staff are happy to answer questions about how to complete interlibrary loan requests, but Library staff cannot complete interlibrary loan forms for affiliates. The person requesting the item, or her/his authorized designee (such as an administrative assistant), must submit the requests.

 

For items owned by the Library, there is a fee for pulling and copying/scanning material. Please inquire at the circulation desk for pricing, or assistance downloading, copying or printing materials.

Leisure Reading Magazines

General interest magazines donated to the Library are available on the first floor for visitors to read.

Lost and Found

The Library does not have sufficient space or a secure location to retain lost items. Items left in the library will be turned in to University Police (x5-6160).

Public Access

Visitors may have access to the Library computers for educational or research purposes only. The Library is located on the first floor of the medical school C building. Night and weekend access is restricted to registered access card holders only. To obtain an access card, visitors who are not directly affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport need to visit the Library during the day (between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.), present a valid photo ID such as driver's license, and complete an application form. Once this form is completed and signed by a Library representative, the visitor presents the form to Auxiliary Services to have a Library access card issued.

Reference Services & Database Searches

Reference Services

The primary goal of the Reference Section is to anticipate, meet and exceed the information needs of the LSU Health Shreveport affiliates. The Reference Section librarians provide computerized mediated searches, in addition to answering ready reference questions from walk-in, telephone, or electronic mail clients. These services are provided as quickly as possible by accessing information housed in the library, as well as that available through outside sources. 

 

Systematic review searches and other large searches are processed in the order they arrive, and researchers should plan a longer response time for these searches. 

 

One-on-one or group instruction on using databases can be scheduled by contacting the Library Associate Director.  

 

Database Searches

Database searching by one of the Library faculty is reserved for LSU Health Shreveport Affiliates. If you are an Affiliate, email the faculty at shlibref@lsuhsc.edu to obtain a search.  

Telephone Use

A telephone for answering in-house pages is available at the Circulation desk. In addition, cell phone usage is permitted. All telephone users are encouraged to maintain a quiet atmosphere conducive to study.

Weather and Power Failures

Because the weather in northwest Louisiana is frequently stormy, and causes power blinks, Library visitors are advised to save electronic work frequently.

 

When the Chancellor or designee closes the campus because of inclement or dangerous weather, the Library is also closed.

 

Library administration may close the Library early on evenings and weekends if dangerous weather is imminent or ongoing. This is rarely done, but necessary for staff safety.

 

If a power loss persists until sunset, after which the Library would be completely dark, the Library will close for the safety of its staff and visitors. 

Writing Consultants

Starting in 2019, the Library outsources most of its e-mailed writing consultant requests to an experienced scientific editor. 

 

Documents to be reviewed should be e-mailed to ShvLibWriting@lsuhsc.edu. 

 

Please see all policies about the Writing Consultants at this link.

Contact Us:

Phone Number:

318-675-5445

 

Reference Assistance:

shlibref@lsuhsc.edu

 

Fax Number:

318-675-5442

 

Mailing Address:

LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library

PO Box 33932

Shreveport, LA 71130-3932

 

Physical Address:

LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library

1501 Kings Highway Shreveport, LA 71103

 

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