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We are proposing new EHSL building hours

Monday-Friday, 7AM-6PM
Closed Saturday
Sunday, Noon-6PM

  • Building use is lowest on Saturdays and after 6pm M-F. More questions are asked on Saturdays than Sundays, but most of those are people checking out equipment or books.
  • The proposed new hours align with when the most work on campus gets done.
  • The EHSL used to be open until 7PM on Fridays and recently shifted to closing at 6PM. Did you notice? We also experimented with closing on Saturdays last summer. Did either matter to you? We heard no feedback. If you don’t tell us, we don’t know.
  • Security after 6PM and on the weekends is sometimes an issue. Fewer people are around to witness an event, if something were to happen.


Thoughts? Concerns? Feedback?


Background and Data

People use the EHSL all the time – online! EHSL is open 24/7 at, and gets hundreds of thousands of clicks every year. We want feedback about when the library building should be open. Every day, we count the number of patrons in the library – six times a day Monday-Thursday, five times on Friday, four times on Saturday and Sunday.

The graphs below show the three-year* average number of patrons studying or using the computers, from 8AM to 9PM for a year.

*Data from 2014, 2015 and almost all of 2016.

Averages are lowest in the summer, and highest in February, April and September.  On average, there were 18 people in the library on any given Friday at 8AM in February, and an average of 7 people on Fridays at 8AM in July.

Around 2pm, the library is packed with group meetings, studiers and sleepers, and computer usage.

Patrons decline after 6pm. 7PM looks a lot like 8AM. By 9pm, it’s pretty quiet. The highest patron counts at 9PM are in February and December, with 5 or less people in the building when we close.

Saturdays are also pretty quiet around the library. 1PM and 3PM are the busiest with a maximum of ~15 people here and a low of less than 5 people here.

Sundays are slightly busier than Saturdays. The highest averages of people in the building are in December at 4pm with 25 people in the EHSL building. Noon in January has the fewest people in the building with 3.5 people.

A note about patron counts: Each person counted may or may not be a unique instance of a single person in the EHSL. We suspect some people are counted several times during the day. Perhaps someone came in on a Saturday at 10:45AM, stayed for a few hours and then left around 3:15PM. They would be counted at 11AM, 1PM and 3PM. This could especially happen around finals or board exam times. That’s one reason these are multi-year averages.


We also track how many questions people ask and when they ask them! For the purposes of this post, we are only concerned with questions via phone, IM chat, or people walking up to the desk (we answer several thousand email questions in a typical year. Those are not reflected here).

These graphs show the total questions for every day of the week, by hour for Jan-Oct 2016. Not averages, totals.

There were 44 Saturdays and Sundays in January–October 2016, and we received a total of 157 questions on all Saturdays and 42 questions on all Sundays. This is an average of 3.5 questions each Saturday and <1 question each Sunday. Alternatively, on Fridays we received an average of 25 questions a day. The number of total questions drops quickly after 6PM.

The largest category of questions in both graphs by far is “Services”. Services captures all the questions not in the other categories. In our case, most of our services are checking out books and technology ( )

Directional are: “Where’s the book club meeting today?” “Where is the bathroom?”

Technology are: “Can you help me set up wifi on my iPad?” or “How do I use the printer?”

Reference are: “I can’t find the full text of this citation. Can you help?” “What do you have about Parkinson’s disease?”


So, here are some questions we’re thinking about at the EHSL:

  • What positives might come from changing the building hours?
  • How would aligning library hours with regular business hours affect those who physically visit after hours?
  • Is there a minimum threshold of how many people need to be physically in the library to justify opening the building?
  • Does reducing library building hours convey an impression that the library is not being used?
  • Students have 24/7 access to HSEB. What about faculty or community patrons who want a quiet place to read after hours?
  • What is the purpose of the library’s building? Should we be open for study hall?

What do you think?

Tell us at




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Pastor France Davis

Pastor France Davis is one of the featured activists in our Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah.

Pastor France Davis is a civil rights activist and minister of the Calvary Baptist Church, University of Utah graduate (Masters in Mass Communication) as well as recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the University of Utah (1993), has been a minister at the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City for over 40 years. His advocacy for justice, civil rights, and human rights is deeply respected in the Salt Lake community.

His collection of photographs documenting African American history in Georgia and in Salt Lake City will be featured in this exhibit.  Additionally, Davis’ collection includes two historical copies of Wallace Thurman’s book, The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life (1929).

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Herman Hooten

Herman Hooten, M.S.W, is one of the featured activists in our Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah.

Below is Hooten’s biography from the Celebrating Leadership in INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE Volume 1 by the University of Utah Health Sciences Office of Health Equity and Inclusion. Continue reading »

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Dr. Charles James Nabors

Charles James Nabors, Ph.D is one of the featured activists in our Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah.

Below is Nabors’ biography from the Celebrating Leadership in INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE Volume 1 by the University of Utah Health Sciences Office of Health Equity and Inclusion. Continue reading »

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Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah

In honor of African American History Month, the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library are pleased to present the Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah. This exhibit and its corresponding reception will be hosted on the Main Level from February 14-March 3, 2017.

The exhibit features three extremely influential men responsible for the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit includes the work of renowned Utah activists:

  • Pastor France Davis (1946-Present):  Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, an author, and a leading voice for justice in Utah.
    • Wallace Thurman (1902–1934): Major contributor to the Harlem Renaissance as a Salt Lake native Author, Editor, Literary Critic, Playwright. *On display as part of Davis’ collection is Thurman’s famous book, The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life.
  • Herman Hooten (1950-2012):  University of Utah’s Ethnic Minority Director for the Health Sciences Center, and Assistant Dean of Minority Affairs for the School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Charles James Nabors (1934 -1986): 1st African American Faculty member at the University of Utah, Utah’s DNC leader during Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, Utah’s NAACP leader. *Exhibit includes Kennedy’s original signature on his correspondence with Nabors.

Join us for the exhibit reception on Tuesday, February 21, at 4 – 5:30 pm. Pastor France Davis of the Calvary Baptist Church will contribute exclusive insight and background about his displayed collection. Attending this free reception allows a unique opportunity for U of U affiliates to witness accounts of personal stories and eye opening experiences straight from a man who actively fought for the Civil Rights Movement in Utah. RSVP at

The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion’s Charles James Nabors, Ph.D. Conference Series, recognizes and honors Dr. Charles James Nabors’ dedication to civil rights.  The series showcases patient voices from various communities and their thoughts on how to improve healthcare quality. The Wednesday, February 22, 2017, NOON panel presentation in the Public Health Classroom, located at 375 Chipeta Way Suite A, focuses on African American Health and Wellness. RSVP at

Special thanks to Pastor France Davis, Calvary Baptist Church, and J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collection Division for loaning their materials to this exhibit.

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NEW Health Sciences Journal Titles Available at the U!!

The Eccles Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the addition of the following journals to our collection as of January 1, 2017:

Noteworthy New Journals Titles

American Journal of Perinatology

Annals of Surgical Oncology

JAMA Cardiology

JAMA Oncology

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Pharmacogenetics and Genomics

Circulation Journals Package:

Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology

Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics

Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging

Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions

Circulation: Heart Failure

Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes


 Other New Journals, by Publisher

Wiley new titles:

Advanced Biosystems

AEM (Academic Emergency Medicine) Education and Training

Hepatology Communications

JBMR (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research) Plus

Small Methods



Sage new titles:

American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery

American Journal of Health Promotion

Applied Biosafety

Applied Spectroscopy

Autism & Developmental Language Impairments

Brain and Neuroscience Advances (OA)

Canadian Journal of Nursing Research

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

Chronic Stress (OA)

Dementia and Neurodegeneration

European Stroke Journal


Health Information Management Journal

Hispanic Health Care International

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

JDR (Journal of Dental Research) Clinical & Translational Research

Journal of Circulating Biomarkers

Journal of Concussion

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Journal of Patient Experience

Journal of Psychiatry & Law

Journal of Reproductive Biotechnology and Fertility

MDM (Medical Decision Making) Policy & Practice

Molecular Imaging

Molecular Pain


Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Pain News

Pediatric and Developmental Pathology

Perceptual and Motor Skills

Progress in Transplantation

Psychological Reports

Public Health Reports

Rheumatology Practice and Research

SAGE Open Nursing

Scars, Burns & Healing

Toxicology Research and Application

Women’s Health


Elsevier new titles:

Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging


Clinical Mass Spectrometry

Current Opinion in Systems Biology

Current Opinion in Toxicology

Enfermería Clínica (English Edition)

Meta Gene

Musculoskeletal Science and Practice


Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry

Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación (English Edition)

Revue Neurologique

Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Spanish Journal of Legal Medicine


Mary Ann Liebert new titles:

Clinical Omics

Gender and the Genome


These journals can all be accessed from the Library’s e-Journals list.  You’ll also find links to this new content from within the Library catalog and PubMed.  If you have questions or need help finding full-text articles from these new journals, please contact the Eccles Library at or 801-581-5534.


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The Medical Library Association Affirms Its Core Value

Please read the entire statement from the Medical Library Association.

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Save the Date: Mayden Lecture is April 25, 2017

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is sponsoring the 2017 Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture: “Scholarly Communications in Japan” with Special Guest Speaker Takashi Yamakawa, USACO Corporation, Ltd.

The lecture is on April 25, 2017 in the Eccles Human Genetics Auditorium with a reception from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and the program 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  More details will be posted on as they become available.

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Games4Health Wants Judges and Student Competitors

G4H Logo_Full_outlines.v2-01 Games4Health is in full-swing and wants your participation!

University of Utah employees can be judges.

Students, it’s time to develop a health game idea, make a video, and win a cash prize!

Continue reading »

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Research Reproducibility Conference Follow Up

The first Research Reproducibility Conference, sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Vice President for Research on November 14-15, 2016, brought together researchers, students, administrators, NIH representatives, and more to start a frank discussion on how institutions can help support research reproducibility and make more research true. Conference attendees furthered the dialog around open science, open data, transparency, and good research practices. Post-conference workshops from the Center for Open Science taught us how to use the Open Science Framework.

Speaker videos, posters, slides, and photos can be viewed here. If you would like to make your research more reproducible, here are some readings, tools, and ideas to help you get started. If you have ideas for future events or need assistance with reproducible efforts, please contact us. Thank you again for attending the first Research Reproducibility Conference. Your participation in this event contributed to a richer discussion of how we can all work together to make research true. Continue to follow the Twitter hashtag #MakeResearchTrue for more conversation and resources.

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