Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library History: Part Six 2010's

Chapter 3, Innovative Service

On October 4, 1971 the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library was dedicated, bringing health sciences library services to a permanent home at the University of Utah. From the beginning, we have been known for pioneering new ideas, new technologies, and innovative partnerships. This exhibition series will showcase our history, from the first health sciences library collection in 1908 to the present-day.

2010’s Table of Contents:

  1. Evolution of Space
  2. Changing Access
  3. Innovative Service
  4. Discovering Technology
  5. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  6. Notable Events, Faculty, & Staff

Hope Fox Eccles Clinical Library

The Hope Fox Eccles Clinical Library opened April 4th,
as a 24-hour branch library of the Eccles Library.
Initially located on the fourth floor of the University
Hospital, the Hope Fox Eccles Clinical Library is now
adjacent to the University Hospital’s main lobby.

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
partnered with the University Hospital and the Eccles
Library to provide funding to launch the new
Hope Fox Eccles Health Library.

Today the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library continues
to offer patients and visitors a place to find health information
and research assistance in a welcoming and comfortable
The library offers online resources, and a
medical librarian to help patients and visitors better
understand health issues.

New Health Information Station at Sugar House Health Center

“The first interactive station went live at the Sugar House Health Center on
July 7, 2014. It consists of a carrel equipped with a computer and a Skype
phone. […] While having a “face-to-face” conversation with the user, the Eccles
Health Library staff can remotely access the clinic computer to share
websites, reading materials, videos, images, and tutorials…”

eSynapse Newsletter, Volume 29 #3, 2014

NN/LM NTO Reawarded

Reawarded MidContinental Regional Medical Library & NNLM Training OfficeNational Library of Medicine

On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) awarded five-year cooperative agreements to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Included in the announcement was the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) as the recipient for the MidContinental RML, and the NN/LM Training Office. This was the fourth time that the library submitted a winning proposal for the RML, and the second time it has submitted a winning proposal for the national coordinating office for training.

The NN/LM Training Office (NTO) will be a national resource for health information professionals, and provide leadership for the NN/LM education program. By working with NN/LM colleagues, the NTO:

  • Ensures broad access to high-quality training on National Library of Medicine resources, such as PubMed and TOXNET
  • Contributes to the professional development of health information professionals, who, in turn, contribute their expertise to the research, education and clinical missions of their institutions


Epic Integration

“In 2017, a team of librarians at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library began exploring the value of embedding Library services into Epic,the electronic health record (EHR) used at University of Utah Health. At that same time, the Library received multiple requests from University of Utah Health leadership for dedicated clinical information support, though they did not stipulate what that support should look like.

The team envisioned a service that would enable providers to conveniently place requests for clinical information support while in the patient’s chart, without breaking clinic workflow and with minimal effort. The service would complement existing knowledge-retriever applications and self-serve clinical knowledge resources, bringing a human element into the provision of context-aware, patient care decision making information.”

Erica Lake, Shawn Steidinger from Embedding Library Support into the Electronic Health Record: Key Considerations When Developing a New Service


Systematic Review Core

The Systematic Review Core was established within the Center for Clinical & Translational Science to enable high quality, objective evidence synthesis for improved health care decision making. Systematic Reviews include working with researchers across disciplines to develop workable research questions and protocols, creating and documenting expert literature searches, validating and peer reviewing information retrieval strategies, advising on systematic review standards and methods, supporting citation management throughout the process, and co-authoring manuscripts based upon completed systematic reviews.

My Research Assistant (MyRA)

My Research Assistant (MyRA) was developed in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Informatics. The MyRA lifecycle provided  information and guidance at every step of the research process; this lifecycle was later adopted and altered by the OSP. AskMyRA continues today to address specific research-related question

RISe – Research Information Services

The library’s Research Information Services help students, staff, and faculty with expert literature searching, identifying appropriate databases and search terms, developing effective search strategies, and finding evidence-based information for clinical queries and patient care.

  • Assisting with faculty, staff, and student projects
  • Expert searching | fees for non-affilates of the University of Utah
  • Set up saved searches and alerts
  • Data management assistance and data discovery
  • Citation management tools
  • Citation verification
  • Citation metrics and research impact
  • NCBI databases and tools
  • NIH Public Access Policy compliance
  • Copyright and scholarly publishing


LEAP Integration

Teaching librarians from the Eccles Library, with expertise in a range of topics, were and continue to be embedded in the University’s first year experience program LEAP.

The program is comprised of two-semester cohort learning community courses grounded in a variety of disciplines: engineering, health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and STEM. The primary partnerships in each learning community are a lead instructor, a fully collaborative librarian partner, and a peer mentor selected from the top students of the previous academic year.

CREd Team

CREd Team

After a health sciences wide strategy refresh, the three pillars of clinical, research, and education became the primary delineation of the health sciences community. The library, in order to better reflect this organizational structure, organized the Clinical, Research and Education Team (CREd.)

The team provides leadership in teaching information literacy, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking skills in education, research, and clinical settings across all health sciences disciplines.

The library faculty and staff of CREd teach life-long learning skills to students in all health sciences programs, while promoting technology integration that enhances learning opportunities and improves the discovery of information for research and clinical care.

Digital Publishing

Digital Publishing

In late 2018 and early 2019, the Eccles Health Sciences Library’s Digital Collections group rebranded to “Digital Publishing.”

Digital Publishing became the all-encompassing team responsible for the digital collections, open educational repositories, digital exhibitions and publications created, managed, and disseminated by the Eccles Library.

Working in tandem with the library’s Web Tech Team, Digital Publishing unified all of the various web properties under one umbrella at https://library.med.utah.edu/publishing in 2019.


Clinical Ophthalmology Resources for Education

The CORE website was developed by the Eccles Library and Moran Eye Center as a categorized repository of educational materials on ophthalmology practice and care. Beginning in 2015 and continuing today, content for the CORE website is selected from Moran’s 7,000+ yearly ophthalmic surgeries and more than 100,000 patient visits each year. More than 250 resident lectures, given during the first two years of residency will be available for CORE users, as well as many of our Grand Rounds presentations—as learning and reference tools.

MoranCORE by the Numbers:
8,200,000 YouTube Views
19,500 YouTube Subscribers
1,000,000 Website Page Views
452,000 Website Visitors
221 Countries

(Stats as of April 2020)


Dermatology Education Resources & Modules

UtahDERM, an open-source dermatology education resources for students, residents, fellows, healthcare workers, and clinicians began as a scanning project by the Eccles Library for the School of Medicine’s Dermatology Department at University of Utah.

A collection of 15,000 Kodachrome clinical slides, taken by Dr. Leonard J. Swinyer was digitized by the library’s Digital Publishing Group.

The project quickly evolved into developing an entire platform for hosting, searching, and viewing the entire slide collection based on diagnosis, and clinical features as described by Dermatology residents and faculty.

NOVEL Illustrated Curriculum & NANOS Examination Techniques (NExT)

Additional spin-off products published and licensed through StatRef! / Teton Data Systems were added to the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library. The Eccles Library developed and organized the product while managing the peer-review processes. The vendor publishes the outlines in their electronic platform and manages licenses and subscriptions. The Eccles Library receives portion of the proceeds to continue supporting the NOVEL project.

Web Tech Team


Summer 2019 marked the publication of the seventh print edition of Rubor, Reflections on Medicine from the Wasatch Front, and, notably, the first edition of the journal published online on a transformed website developed by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) Web Technology group.  Rubor student editors led by digital and media associate editor Serena Fang (MD ‘21), along with Dr. Vlasic, Boettcher, Phoebe Draper (MD ’21) and Dr. Sample, collaborated with the EHSL Web Technology Group on this endeavor.

Rubor, a literary and arts journal operated by University of Utah School of Medicine (UUSOM) students, shares stories, facilitates conversations, and explores social, cultural and ethical issues through imagery, writing, and other media, in the context of medicine and health. Originally created for UUSOM, it has since expanded to include the greater Utah community and beyond.

The Rubor platform developed by the Web Tech Team served as a template for numerous publications following, including:


Innovation Team

The Library Innovation Team is comprised of librarians from the three University of Utah Libraries: Eccles Health Sciences, Faust Law, and Marriott.

The team supports innovation efforts by providing informational resources, tools, and spaces for entrepreneurs.

Library Award for the Bench to Bedside Competition

The Library Award is sponsored by the Eccles and Marriott Libraries. It is granted to a Bench-2-Bedside team that demonstrates engagement with the faculty and staff of the three campus libraries.

The Library Award is judged by members of the Libraries Innovation Team on the competition night.