National Library of Medicine Exhibit on Display

Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) is pleased to present the latest traveling exhibit 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
July 26 – September 2, 2016, Upper Level, EHSL
four humors poster

Mark your calendar for a special Evening Ethics discussion:

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

Light refreshments will be served.  CME credit is offered.

Check out the Blog Post and Facebook Event. Download and post the flyer in your department.

And there’s even more … In addition to the exhibit and the evening ethics discussion, there will be self-directed scavenger hunts, coloring pages, crossword puzzles, personality quizzes, word searches, and a jigsaw puzzle here at the library for your enjoyment.  Come on over and check it out!

 About the Exhibition:

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors –blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were understood to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personality, as well.

The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare’s plays and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies. Curator Gail Kern Paster explains “The four humors were an early typology for human personality. Shakespeare uses them, even as he transcends them, to create the vivid characters whose emotions continue to fascinate and delight us.”

“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors explores the role played by the four humors in several of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays through beautiful imagery and rare books from both the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and examines more modern interpretations of the four humors in contemporary medicine.

For more information, please download the exhibition brochure and visit the website.

by: Joan Gregory, Associate Director for Information Resources and Facilities & Shelli King, Executive Secretary

Healthi4U Competition Kickoff

Healthi4U is an innovative competitive program for interdisciplinary student teams at the University of Utah. This competition is generously funded by the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation, and is coordinated by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and a team of university faculty.

The goal of this video competition is to create engaging and informative videos related to health! We are interested in the messaging of the videos for patients, their families, and the health care professionals who care for them. The competition is open to all full-time, matriculated University of Utah undergraduate and graduate students.

Hear more about Healthi4U on the Scope Radio podcast.

2016 Healthi4U Competition

The student leader for the 2016 Healthi4U competition is John Sanchez, a student in the School of Medicine. Please contact John ( if you are interested in becoming a Healthi4U Ambassador to your college and/or department.

Save these competition dates:

  • Thursday, September 8, 5pm – Healthi4U Kick-off
  • Tuesday, November 1 – Videos are due
  • Thursday, November 17, 5pm – Healthi4U Capstone

Monetary awards will be given for:

  • 1st Place – $3000
  • 2nd Place – $1000
  • 3rd Place – $500
  • People’s Choice – $500
  • Best Foreign Language Video – $1000

by: Tallie Casucci, Innovation Librarian

Tech Petting Zoo @ EHSL

ipadsThe Tech Petting Zoo is the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library’s first foray into the “petting zoo” scene that has sprung up in libraries across the United States. We are excited to have many different departments within the University of Utah volunteer their time and technology for this event!

The Library will set up a series of “stations” in the portrait gallery area where students, staff, and faulty can come and learn all about the latest devices in a hands-on environment. Want to learn how to install and use the Lexicomp app? Stop on by and we can walk you through it! The GApp Lab will be on hand to display their Oculus Rift virtual reality gear. Dean Jakob Jensen from the Department of Communication will showcase their Nokia OZO – a virtual reality camera!

Join us September 7 from 11:30-1:30 for this exciting event!

image credit: RaHuL Rodriguez

by: Noelle Cranmer, Public Services Supervisor

EHSL Now Offering Free Yoga!

Tallie Casucci, Innovation Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and creator of Yoga at the Eccles Library, discusses why she pursued this innovative library programming, and what it is all about.

What is “Yoga at the Eccles Library”?

Yoga at the Eccles Library is a free yoga series offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We had a trial series from May 25 – July 27 that was well received by our Health Sciences community.

Why host this event?

  1. While attending a conference, a yoga instructor led stretches between the sessions. I quickly realized that I was more alert, and could pay closer attention to the talks, even late in the afternoon.
  2. I’m recovering from knee surgery and still need a few more degrees before I can kneel sitting on my heels. I hoped that more stretching would help me get those last degrees (it did!).
  3. We are all stressed at work. Why not have some fun wellness activity at work?!
  4. There’s a growing collection of literature on yoga and its benefits!

Did people actually go to the trial series?

Yes! And many received WellU credit for attending six or more sessions. Cha-Ching! Because of the popularity of the trial series, we are not only continuing to offer Yoga at the Eccles Library, but expanding to include another day!

Did people enjoy it?

Yes, we received really positive feedback from our survey, in-person conversations, and emails. Here’s what people said:

  • Pros: wellness, conveniently located, work/life balance, free, being outside, instructor, small class, exercise, judgement-free participants, calming, relaxing, escape from office
  • Cons: uneven lawn, larger location for when weather is poor
  • Suggestions: offer another time outside of 9-5 work schedule

Who taught the sessions?

We partnered with Yoga Assets, a yoga teacher certification program to offer these sessions. Yoga Assets students are required to fulfill volunteer hours before attaining their certification. The student who taught for Yoga at the Eccles Library did a wonderful job and it was really neat to watch her improve throughout the ten week period!

Is yoga continuing?

Yes, join us August 31- December 14 on Wednesdays at 12-1pm and Thursdays at 7-8am. We’ll be on the Garden Level of the Eccles Library on most days. Check out the event announcement for more details.

Who can attend these yoga sessions? Do I have to attend all of them or RSVP?

Any University of Utah affiliate can attend the free yoga sessions. You do not need to RSVP, just stop by for one or all events.

yoga at ehsl flyerI’m new to yoga and don’t own a mat, can I still come?

Of course! Simply stop by the Eccles Library Front Desk and borrow a yoga mat.

So, when does free yoga start?

Free yoga starts on Wednesday, August 31.  Yoga ends this fall semester on December 14. Join us on Wednesdays at 12pm and Thursdays at 7am, on the Garden Level of the Eccles Library.

by: Tallie Casucci, Innovation Librarian

Upcoming Events @ EHSL

We are always busy in the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and this fall is no exception! Check out the list of upcoming events, and join us for as many as you can! For more information, check our blog regularly.

Ongoing Events

Wellness Wednesdays

  • Aug 31 – Dec 14, Chair Massages*, 10:00am-2:00pm – Main Level, $15 for 15 min
  • Aug 31 – Dec 14, Free Yoga, 12:00-1:00pm, EHSL Garden Level

*not available September 28

Upcoming Events


  • July 26 – Sept 2, Library Hours, Upper Level. Exhibit: “And there’s the humor of it” – Shakespeare and the Four Humors
  • Sept 7, 11:30AM-1:30pm, Portrait Gallery, Main Level. Hands-On:  Technology Petting Zoo
  • Sept 12 – Oct 31 Library Hours, Upper Level. Exhibit: Discover Utah Genomics exhibit on loan from the Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Sept 14, 12:00-1:00pm, Garden Level. Presentation:  Art Aloud! – Spoken word art café.  Relax in a casual atmosphere.  Enjoy refreshments. Sign up for a place at the mic.
  • Thursdays, Sept 15-Dec 15, 12:00pm, Garden Level. Community Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Sept 16, 11:00AM-1:00pm, All Levels. Open House: Discover the New Spaces and Services available at the Library
  • Sept 27, 12:00-1:00pm, Garden Level. Substance-Related and Addiction Disorder Therapy and Management eBook Launch and Celebration


  • Oct 3 – Mon, Oct 31, Library Hours, Art Gallery, Main Level. Art Gallery:  The Paintings of Dr. Virgil Parker
  • Oct 3 – Mon, Oct 31, Library Hours, All Levels. Exhibit: Eccles Library Faculty Posters and Projects


  • Nov 8 – Dec 15, Library Hours, Upper Level and Main Level. Art Exhibition: Layers of Medicine Student Artwork
  • Nov 14, 8:00am-5:00pm, S. J. Quinney College of Law. Conference: Research Reproducibility Conference.  Sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Vice President for Research. Explore the program here and click here to register.
  • Nov 15, 8:30am-12:00pm, HSEB 1730 (Health Sciences Focus); 1:30-5:00pm, EHSL Garden Level (Quantitative Focus). Workshop: Research Reproducibility Post-Conference Workshop.  Sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Vice President for Research. Explore the program here and click here to register.

by: Joan Gregory, Associate Director for Information Resources and Facilities

“Opening the Doors” for Health Libraries with ULA 2016 Conference

In May, the annual Utah Library Association (ULA) conference was held in Layton, Utah at the beautiful Davis Conference Center.  This conference is held to instruct, uplift, and connect librarians from the state of Utah, emphasizing the importance of the role libraries and librarians play in improving communities of the state of Utah. Librarians and staff from the Spencer S. Eccles Health Library (EHSL) contributed their expertise to the conference by providing programming sessions, posters, exhibits, and organizational leadership.

In their session, “’Where are the Books?’ The Transition of Resources from Print to Digital for Health Information,” John Bramble and Lisa Spencer presented on the transitions in health information as collections evolve from print to digital sources.  Lisa Spencer, the Library Specialist for the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library discussed how technology has transformed how the public access health information, making the role of librarians more important now than ever. She reviewed the process of conducting a health reference question, and shared health sources that provide, up to date, peer-reviewed health information that librarians can refer their patients to with confidence. In the same session, John Bramble, the Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), MidContinental Region (MCR), described how libraries can implement outreach events to inform the public that they can receive assistance with accessing health information from their local libraries.

John Bramble, Claire Hamasu, Associate Director of the NN/LM MCR, and Jessica Whetman, Training Coordinator for the Utah State Library, provided additional insight on how libraries are connecting with the community by providing information on planning and using engaging exhibits in the library in their session entitled “Exhibitions to Engage Your Community.”  This session focused on how the National Library of Medicine provides excellent exhibition programs that provide information on varying topics, allowing libraries to present information to the community with professional resources.

Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD) USA Utah was designed to help library staff across the state understand and respond to user needs through the application of technology. Erica Lake, the Consumer Health Librarian for the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library, and colleagues Casey Cox and Katie Larsen from the Tooele City Public Library and Liesl Seborg from the Salt Lake County Library System, presented on their collaboration as an ILEAD team to create an iPad-based resource for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the session “MS Buddy: Opening Doors for Utah Multiple Sclerosis Patients through a Personalized iPad Lending Program”.  The MS Buddy program, which provides customized iPads with various MS support group websites and other disease specific information to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) allows those with MS to find common ground with other MS patients, and facilitates a better understanding of their condition.

As the Program Board Chair for the Utah Library Association, Erin Wimmer, the Teaching and Learning Librarian for the EHSL, played a great part in the conference’s success. Erin and her colleagues on the ULA Program Board and Conference Board are to thank for all of their hard work with organizing the topics presented, getting a wonderful venue for the conference, and all of the other little details that made the ULA conference a great event to attend.


Most important, though, was the opportunity to celebrate the great work that one of the EHSL’s Emeritus Librarians has done through her work as a health librarian and library steward.  Jeanne LeBer was presented with the ULA Distinguished Service Award, given to librarians who have provided over 10 years of service to the Utah Library Association, received recognition of excellence in their field, and have a record of professional publications and presentations. Before retiring from the Associate Director for Education and Research at EHSL in June of 2015, Jeanne was a member of ULA for over 20 years, and served on many of the ULA committees.  Jeanne also developed professional tools for the health librarian field by creating continuing education courses for the Medical Library Association, serving on the Professional Development Committee for the Utah Academic Library Consortium, and providing other professional resources and opportunities for librarians in the state. The contributions she has made to the library field will benefit librarians for years to come, and the faculty and staff at EHSL are so proud of Jeanne and all of her work.

Creativity Transformed?


Please join us on Monday, February 22, 2016, from 2-3pm MT for the 2016 Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture featuring Dr. Iain Kerr from SPURSE and the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University. His lecture, titled “Do we need to Transform Creativity? (Why Psychology has it wrong, and how we can really harness creativity),” will change your opinion of what “creativity” is all about!

The lecture will be held in the Eccles Genetics Auditorium. It will also be live streamed and recorded. Visit the Mayden Lecture website for details on how to connect, and to see past lectures.

Do we Need to Transform Creativity?

iain pic 2Join the conversation on Monday, February 22, at the 2016 Pricilla M. Mayden Lecture, with invited speaker Iain Kerr.

Iain Kerr is the founder of the design firm SPURSE and the Director of Creative Practices at the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University. The title of Kerr’s lecture is “Do we need to Transform Creativity? (Why Psychology has it wrong, and how we can really harness creativity).”

The annual Mayden Lecture was established in honor of Priscilla Maltby Mayden (1918-2011), recognizing her service to the University of Utah as Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library from 1967 – 1984. This lectureship allows EHSL to invite knowledgeable and exciting speakers to explore the myriad ways technology and medicine interact to the benefit of the library and medical professions.

Schedule of events:

2:00-3:00pm – Welcome and Lecture, Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium

3:00-4:00pm – Refreshments, Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Atrium

This lecture will be live streamed, recorded, and archived. Visit the Mayden Lecture website for details.

Native Voices Exhibit Coming to EHSL


Native Voices Exhibit

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) traveling exhibit, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” is coming to the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah this fall.

Honoring the Native tradition of oral history, NLM gathered a multitude of healing voices from across the country so that you can hear people’s stories in their own words.  Healers, elders and other key figures describe how epidemics, loss of land, loss of lives, and the inhibition of culture in the 19th and 20th centuries affect the health of Native individuals and communities today.  “Native Voices” presents an inspiring story of endurance, resilience, and self-determination.

For more information on this, or other exhibits at the EHSL, please contact Joan Gregory or Shelli King.


Save the Dates!

Mark your calendars for several upcoming events sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library!

Tech Tuesday and InfoFair

  • The Clifford C. Snyder M.D. and Mary Snyder Lecture: “Crossing the Chasm: How to Successfully Bring New Disruptive Innovations to Mainstream Users and Customers”
  • Speaker: Michael Eckhardt, Managing Director at the Chasm Institute
  • Tuesday, October 13, 4-5:30pm
  • Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) Alumni Hall, Room 2100

The Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture

  • Lecture: “Do we need to Transform Creativity?”
  • Speaker: Iain Kerr
  • Monday, February 22, 2016,  2-3pm with refreshments to follow
  • Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium and Atrium