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eSynapse Fall Issue Available Online


The Fall 2014 issue of eSynapse, the newsletter of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, is available online.

The Fall issue highlights two special people:
Rachel Hess., Professor of Internal Medicine and director of the University of Utah’s Health System Innovation and Research Program, is this issue’s Library Champion
Lisa Spencer, Library Specialist, is highlighted in the Introducing column.

Don’t miss From the Director – Jean Shipman talks about the new garden level spaces and using information tools to demonstrate your impact.

Join us at InfoFair 2014: Women’s Health Sex & Gender Research Conference: September 3 from Noon-4:30 p.m. in the EIHG auditorium and atrium. Poster, panels and keynote speaker Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Interim Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs discusses evidence-based care for women veterans.

Tallie Casucci summarizes the highlights of the DiGRA 2014 conference held at Snowbird this past August. Both Tallie and Jean Shipman presented on the Library’s collaboration with the Center for Medicine Innovation and The GApp Lab.

Erica Lake reviews details about the recently installed interactive information station. Patients at the Sugar House Center can remotely connect to a librarian at the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library to get their health questions answered.

Other articles of note:
• Learn how to measure, articulate and expand your impact.
• Librarians attend three-day evidence-based workshop in Denver in July
• Two new online resources have been added to our list of databases: ClinicalKey and VisualDX
• AND MORE . . . .

Questions can be directed to the newsletter editor:
Jeanne Le Ber; 801-585-6744
Assistant editor:
Erin Wimmer; 801-587-9258


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InfoFair 2014: Women’s Health Sex & Gender Research Conference


The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health are co-sponsoring a half-day conference focused on sex and gender differences research and women’s health. The intent of the conference is to raise the visibility of University of Utah researchers who are considering sex and gender differences in their research. Join us Wednesday, September 3 from Noon until 4:30 p.m. in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG) Auditorium and Atrium.

As part of this event, the Clifford C. Snyder, M.D. and Mary Snyder Lecturer is Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Interim Under Secretary for Health Veterans Health Administration Department of Veterans Affairs.

There are two panels, one before and one after Dr. Clancy’s talk. The first panel addresses Resources Available to Researchers and features Kathleen Digre, Rachel Hess, John Langell, Tom Parks and Michael Varner. The second panel addresses Incorporating Sex & Gender into the Research Process and features David Perrin, Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, Janet Shaw, Sara Simonsen and Louisa Stark.

A poster session with light lunch takes place at Noon-1:00 in the Lobby. The 13 poster authors will be available to talk about their project and the process of considering sex and gender in the research process.

Visit the InfoFair 2014 website for details about presenters and the program schedule.

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Appy Hour Recap- August

August  Appy HourOn August 1 at Appy Hour, Angel Demirev, a University of Utah student and Apple Campus Rep, presented three productivity apps. The apps are Explain Everything, Notability, and iAnnotate. With all three apps, you can easily take notes and add text, visuals, and sound to pre-existing documents. Continue reading »

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Appy Hour- Friday, August 1, 4:00-5:30pm

Appy Hour LogoJoin Us. Drop In. Come on Over.

Friday, August 1, 2014, 4-5:30 PM
Main Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

Relax and chat with your colleagues before heading home for the weekend. Join us for refreshments and conversation. Share your favorite app.

The featured apps are Explain Everything, Notability, and iAnnotate.

At 4:15pm, Angel Demirev, a University of Utah student and Apple Campus Rep, will present these great apps, which are perfect for using in the classroom or with work groups.. The apps are designed for taking notes and adding text, visuals, and sound to pre-existing documents.

Special thanks to our partner, the Office of the Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Affairs, for funding refreshments.

BYOD – Bring your own Device!

Mark your calendar for this time every first Friday.

For more information, please visit

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Looking for a QUIET Place to Study?

HSEB outside

The HSEB 5700 Health Sciences Student Quiet Study Suite

60 Cubicles
5 Small Group Study Rooms
Even some Comfy Chairs and a Stand Up Counter
Open 24/7 from mid-July – mid-December 2014

For Use By: Health Sciences Students with HSEB UCard Access

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2014 Free Lecture Series: Virtual Health Care

monitor patient

The Future? Or Have We Arrived?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Noon – 1 p.m.
HSEB 4100B

Guest Speaker: Nate Gladwell, Director of the University of Utah Department of Telemedicine

Nate Gladwell will explain what telemedicine means, what technology is being used in health care today to engage with patients, and what will the future look like from the patient and the provider’s perspective.

FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library and WellnessNOW program for University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics employees.

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Newly Published Paper Details Rapid Transformation of Eccles Library Collection

In 2013, the Spencer S. Eccles Library massively downsized its collection of print books and journals, ultimately removing over 90% of these resources. HOW did they do it? WHY did they do it? Three Eccles librarians – Christy Jarvis, Joan Gregory, and Jean Shipman- published an article in the June 2014 issue of Collection Management explaining the rationale for the project as well as the details of how it was executed.

Curious about how the Library pulled it off? You can download and read a complimentary copy of the paper, titled “Books to Bytes at the Speed of Light: A Rapid Health Sciences Library Transformation” from the publisher’s website.

We’d love to get your feedback and hear what you think about the Library’s move away from maintaining seldom used print books in favor of expanding access to online content. Please contact Christy Jarvis at 801-581-3031 with comments or questions.

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We’re Hiring an Innovation Librarian!


The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah invite applications for an Innovation Librarian. Applications are encouraged from energetic, creative individuals interested in collaboration, teamwork and innovation, both entry level and those with experience.  The Innovation Librarian reports directly to the Associate Director for Education and Research and indirectly to the Library Director.  The Innovation Librarian will directly support students, faculty, and staff working on medical gaming, innovation, and medical entrepreneurism, and may directly supervise innovation fellows and other part-time employees. In addition to the specific innovation focus, the Innovation Librarian will be part of a team responsible for literature searching, general reference, education, and outreach. The Innovation Librarian shares responsibility for innovation and gaming-related event planning and social media promotion of the Library’s value. Other duties may be assigned. This position is a full-time, tenure track faculty position.  All librarians are expected to contribute to the profession through service, scholarship, outreach, and mentoring.

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Does your research consider sex and gender differences?


Last call for abstract submissions! Due Friday, July 11, 2014.

Have you discovered different health outcomes for men and women?

If so, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Center of Excellent in Women’s Health invites you to submit an abstract for InfoFair 2014: Women’s Health, Sex and Gender Research Conference.

Abstracts relating to any of the Seven Domains of Health can be submitted (see image below). All abstracts will be considered for both the panel discussion and poster session.

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NIH 3D Print Exchange Repository

The NIH announced it will create and maintain a 3D Print Exchange repository, a public website that enables users to share, download, and edit 3D print files related to health and science. In announcing this service, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., said:

“We hope that the 3D Print Exchange will expand interest and participation in this new and exciting field among scientists, educators, and students.”

The NIH “uses 3D printing, or the creation of a physical object from a digital model, to study viruses, repair and enhance lab apparatus, and help plan medical procedures. The 3D Print Exchange makes these types of files freely available, along with video tutorials for new users and a discussion forum to promote collaboration. The site also features tools that convert scientific and clinical data into ready-to-print 3D files.”

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