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We are hiring U-Bar & Health Library Customer Service Associates!

PEAK is seeking enthusiastic students to staff the U-Bar located within the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library at University Hospital. The U-Bar is a technical support station where patients, family members, and health care professionals can learn about quality mobile health apps, wearables, and other wireless devices. Visitors can sample UUHC-curated mobile technologies on demo tablets, personal smart phones, and wearables. Trained students help visitors browse the vetted apps, assist in connecting patients to devices and apps prescribed by their providers, and provide instruction on how to use the apps or wearables to improve health.

If you are interested, apply for positions here:

Work Study positions also available:

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Read by QxMD – Available Now at the U!

Read by QxMD is a mobile and web app designed to bring personalized content to your device, making it easier to keep up to date with the latest medical research in your field.  It’s a “current awareness” tool that quickly discovers – and provides access to – new research.  Content personalization is enabled in two ways:  (1) Read communicates with PubMed and new research is filtered based on selected keywords or journal titles and then is “pushed” to your device in what looks like a personalized digital journal; (2) Featured articles identified by algorithms are brought to your attention.  Read strives to improve practice by connecting healthcare professionals to the latest relevant medical literature quickly while reducing information overload.

What Can I Do with Read?



Follow Journals – When following a journal, you are notified as soon as new content is added; your journal preferences can be edited at any time.

Follow Keywords – Add simple terms or build sophisticated queries. You are notified when new articles containing the search terms become available.

Follow Article Collections – For each collection, you can view authors, number of papers, and how many followers each collection has. Collections are curated selections of articles created by members of the QxMD community and cover topics such as “Surgical Knowledge” and “Medical Guidelines”.

Discover Featured Papers – These are suggested by QxMD, based on your interests and what other Read users with similar interests have been accessing.

Access full-text articles – Read presents article abstracts for quick perusal. With one tap, you can get full-text access to articles that are available via UU library subscriptions.

Download, Save, Annotate, and Share Articles – Underline, highlight, add notes to full-text articles. Save annotated articles to your device for offline reading.  Articles can be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

How Do I Start Using Read?



Download the app for your iOS or Android device.

Register for a personal account, identifying journal titles you want to follow and specialty areas of interest to you.

Login with your personal account credentials.

Tap on the settings icon at the top right of the screen (hint: it looks like a gear)

Under Account Settings, select Institutional Access. Find and select University of Utah from the list of available institutions.

Select your login preferences – most users will want to select Automatic Login Using uNID. Then, enter your university ID and password in the accompanying form.  This enables Read to retrieve full-text articles based on the university’s subscriptions.

That’s it! You’re done and ready to start using Read.  Questions?  Need help setting up your account?  Contact Eccles Library at or at 1-5534.

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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 (See statistics below).
  • The proposed new hours align with high campus activity times.
  • During the past summer, we closed regularly at 6pm on Fridays and all day Saturday with no expressed concerns.
  • Security is an issue with fewer users and staff on weekends and evenings; theft and vandalism has increased.
  • EHSL receives a lot of online use! It is open 24/7 at, which gets hundreds of thousands of clicks annually.
  • Concentrating hours of operation provides maximum library expertise during peak usage.

Our questions for you are:

  • If EHSL hours aligned with regular business hours, how does this impact you?
  • Students have 24/7 access to HSEB. Where do faculty or staff go after the EHSL closes?
  • What is the value of access to the EHSL building during evenings and weekends?
  • Do you use the EHSL evenings and weekends? If so, for what purposes?

Please send feedback to:


Background and Data

Daily, we count the number of physical library users. The statistics below show the three-year* average number of users.

*Data from 2014-2016.

Averages are lowest in the summer, and highest in February, April and September.



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

Around 2pm, the EHSL is packed with groups, people studying, and computer users.

Usage declines after 6pm. At 9pm, there are 5 or less people in the building.

Saturdays are also low usage.

Sundays are slightly busier than Saturdays.

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

The number of total questions drops quickly after 6pm. The largest category of questions in both graphs by far is “Services”.

  • 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?”
  • Services captures remaining questions.


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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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