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Melissa Rethlefsen selected as an NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow

melissa-rethlefsen3Melissa Rethlefsen, Deputy Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, has been selected as a fellow in the 2015-2016 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.  The Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries through a year-long mentoring relationship with a director of another library and a curriculum focused on developing leadership knowledge critical to enhancing the value of libraries in their institutions. In this highly competitive program, Melissa will be one of five fellows and five mentors from academic health sciences libraries across the U.S. who will begin their work together in November.  Since the program began in 2002, 42% of all fellow graduates have assumed director positions.  Jean Shipman served as a mentor in this program for the 2011-2012 cohort.

More information about the program is available at

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EXPANDED Access to Web of Science – Available Now at the U!


Web of Science, a multidisciplinary database that indexes scholarly journals, is now available from anywhere and everywhere on campus – and you can even access this database remotely (after first connecting using the EZProxy or VPN).

Previously only available from within the confines of the Marriott Library building, the university’s access to Web of Science has now been made available to all faculty, staff, and students – regardless of physical location.

The Web of Science Core Collection provides access to:
• Science Citation Index Expanded (1900 – present)
• Social Sciences Citation Index (1900 – present)
• Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 – present)
• Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015 – present)

These ISI citation databases are multidisciplinary collections of bibliographic information indexed to be searched by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. They can also be searched for articles that cite a known author or work. Cited reference searching allows use of a given work as if it were a subject term, to identify more recent articles on the same topic.

Want to Learn More?  Check out these tutorials:

Web of Science Quick Tour

Quick Tour



Search Tips

More information and training is available here.  Or contact the Library for assistance.




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Special Events This Week at EHSL

Join us for a packed week of special events at Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL)!

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Free Yoga at Eccles Library – TWO times for Fall 2016

Join us for free yoga at the Eccles Health Sciences Library from August 31-December 15 on:

  • Wednesdays, 12-1pm, on the Garden Level
  • Thursdays, 7-8am, on the Garden Level

Drop by for one event or attend all of the free yoga events! This is a great opportunity to stretch and relax during the workday.

Please bring your own mat. If you forget your mat, we have 3 mats available for check-out at the Front Desk. Continue reading »

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Art Aloud: Sept 14, 12-1pm

art aloudJoin us for our second Art Aloud event on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 PM on the Garden Level of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. There will be food, friendly company, and the electric energy that comes from sharing original work.


Art Aloud is a spoken word art cafe where you can relax in a casual atmosphere among friends, enjoy refreshments, and sign up for a place at the mic. Art Aloud is open to anyone affiliated with University of Utah Health Sciences: students, faculty, staff, patients and families. Read your own piece or that of a favorite author. Just show up, sign in, and open your mouth! All forms of spoken art are welcome, five minutes or less in length (~ 750 words).

Co-sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the Office of Health Equity & Inclusion, and the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Department of Internal medicine, School of Medicine.

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EHSL is hiring a Sr. Web Designer!

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah invite applications for a Sr. Web Designer.

The successful candidate designs and constructs web pages/sites for the Eccles Health Sciences Library and its related projects including incorporating graphic user interface (GUI) features and other techniques. Maintains and provides ongoing design of the websites, promos, and ad banners. Works with a web development team to create and enhance websites and applications on informational and educational topics. Actively pursues opportunities to work with stakeholders to improve site usability and user experience.

This job requires:

  • Proficiency in modern HTML/CSS.
  • Working knowledge of the Linux development environment and associated tools.
  • Familiarity and experience with Apache, NGINX, PHP, Javascript, Python/Django, jQuery, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and GIT.
  • Working knowledge of common frameworks such as WordPress and Drupal.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite or similar.
  • A solid understanding of web application security, session management, and development best practices.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple tasks with timeline constraints.
  • Requires creative problem solving and presentation skills
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work closely with internal and external stakeholders to improve web presence

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Eccles Library Open House August 15th

Open House Flyer V2Save the date for the Eccles Library’s Open House on August 15th. Drop by between 11am – 1pm to discover the new spaces and services available at the Library!

Check out the Synapse on the Garden Level, the Ideation Studio on the Main Level, the National Library Of Medicine exhibit “And there’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors” on the Upper Level.

Reconnect with your colleagues, and learn about new opportunities for partnerships!

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And there’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors

Shakespeare Humors PosterSpencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) is pleased to present the latest traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library:

And there’s the Humor of it:
Shakespeare and the Four Humors
On display July 26 – September 2, 2016
Upper Level, EHSL

Please mark your calendars for two special exhibit-related events:

Visit the exhibit and tour the Library to discover the new spaces and services available! Light snacks will be served.

Open House
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11AM – 1PM
Meet at the Main Level, EHSL

Then join us for a special Evening Ethics discussion. Light refreshments will be served and CME credit is offered. Download the flyer for more information.

“Melancholia Revisited: Humoral Psychology in Shakespeare’s Plays”
with Mark Matheson, D. Phil
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 5:30PM – 7PM
History of Medicine Room, EHSL

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Ideation Studio Opens!

Ideation StudioThe first step of innovation is generating an idea or identifying a problem that needs solved – the ideation phase. While the University of Utah offers innovators spaces to fabricate prototypes and create sample devices, there are few spaces that support true design thinking or idea generation and sharing. To meet this gap, the EHSL just opened a new Ideation Studio, a brainstorming space that University personnel can reserve using the Synapse scheduling process.

This Ideation Studio is located on the south end of EHSL’s Main Level, and provides a mobile whiteboard walled space to invite groups or individuals to gather. Flow chart tools and other mind-expanding widgets may be borrowed from the Front Desk. Continue reading »

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Center for Open Science Workshops

COSWorkshopFollowing the discussions at the Research Reproducibility Conference, the Center for Open Science and The University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library are hosting free, practical, hands-on workshops to create more rigorous, open, impactful, and reproducible research. Join April Clyburne-Sherin, MS for a half-day on November 15, 2016 focusing on concrete steps to increase openness and reproducibility in health science and quantitative research. Continue reading »

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