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Joan Gregory Receives 2017 Leadership in Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award

Congratulations Joan Gregory!

Joan Gregory received the 2017 Leadership in Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award. The award sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion recognizes leadership in inclusive excellence from a University of Utah Health Sciences Faculty member.

There were many deserving nominees who are working hard to create an environment of health equity and inclusion, but it was no surprise to us that she was honored with this award. Joan is a mentor and example to all she comes in contact with and inspires others to contribute their voices to the University of Utah’s diversity and inclusion efforts and goals. Continue reading »

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Honoring Elena Eyzaguirre

Elena Eyzaguirre passed away this past Friday, March 17, 2017.

Elena served as Deputy Director for both Priscilla Mayden and Wayne Peay.

She started at EHSL in 1967 as a Library Assistant. Elena retired in 1994 as a member of the library faculty and deputy director in 1994.

Elena was a dear friend and mentor to many of us. Her presence in this world will be deeply missed. EHSL is who we are today because of her influence and efforts in so many ways … especially in her care and stewardship of both the history of this Library and the health sciences campus.

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“Best in Category” Award

Our poster Shh! We’re Creating New Technologies in the Library and You Can Too! received the best in category – innovation on campus – award at the 21st Annual VentureWell Open.

VentureWell Open in an annual conference for innovation and entrepreneur educators.

The poster and award are currently displayed on the Garden Level of EHSL.

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Art Aloud: April 7, noon

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.

  • Friday, April 7, 2017, Noon-1:00pm
  • Garden Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

There will be food, friendly company, and the electric energy that comes from sharing original work. Continue reading »

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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.


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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