Black History Month Children’s Book Drive

For Black History Month (February 1-28), the Black Employee Resource Group is collecting new and gently used books for the Kairos PDX. Kairos PDX’s mission is to eliminate the racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating confident, creative, compassionate, leaders who exceed expectations at each milestone ages 0-10. All books are welcome, but there is a need for books featuring positive, racially diverse characters. The focus is on books that are suitable for preschoolers through pre-teens. During the month of February, you can drop off books at the following times and locations:

OHSU Hospital, Café on 3rd, 24/7
Market Square Building, 9th Floor, Room 904 Lobby, 9 AM – 5 PM
Center for Health & Healing, 9th Floor, Family Medicine Lobby, 8 AM – 5 PM
MacHall Café, 1st Fl., Mackenzie Hall, 6 AM – 4 PM, M-F
Baird Hall, Room 2008, 9 AM – 5PM
School of Nursing, Room 351, 8 AM – 4:30 PM

You can also drop items off at the BERG Black History Month Lecture on February 28th from 11:30am – 1pm in the OHSU Auditorium.

If you don’t have time to drop the book off in person at any location, you can mail the book to Market Square Building (MSB) using or your favorite book seller.

BHM Book Drive
c/o ITG Admin Team
1515 SW 5th Ave
Suite 900
Portland, OR 97201

Human Rights Campaign | Portland Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The Human Rights Campaign | Portland is putting together an MLK Day event that will benefit homeless LGBTQ youth and are looking for donations. The OHSU Library has received a donation bin to be in place for next week with plans to pick it up on Friday, January 12th, 2018.  If you have any of the following items laying around, please bring them in to the Library next week:

·         Non-perishable Food items
·         Personal Care Items & Toiletries
·         Ethnic Hair Care Products
·         Sleeping Bags and Blankets
·         Tents/Tarps
·         Rain Gear
·         Backpack & Travel Bags
·         New/Gently Used Clothing (coats, hoodies, jeans, etc)
·         New/Gently Used Shoes & Long Crew Socks
·         Men & Women’s Underwear, Thermals, Leggings
·         Beanies, Mittens, Hats
·         Twin sheet sets
·         Bath Towels
·         Laundry Detergent

The donation bin is located just outside the Library main entrance doors (adjacent to the elevators).

Thank you for your contribution.

OHSU Library Annual Poetry Contest

The OHSU Library invites submissions for its annual Poetry Contest! OHSU students, staff, faculty, alumni and volunteers are invited to submit one or two original, unpublished poems. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018.

Poems will be judged by a group of OHSU staff, and the author of the winning poem will receive a $75 gift card, second place will receive a $50 gift card, and third place will receive a $25 gift card. Winners will be contacted in late March 2018.

The authors of all winning poems and those receiving honorable mentions will be invited to speak at OHSU’s poetry recognition event in April 2018 (National Poetry Month).

The winning poems will be framed and showcased in the OHSU Library (BICC 3rd floor).

OHSU Library is excited to support a forum for the OHSU community to express their creativity and share their insight and experience with others!

For more information, please go to:

2017 Journal Subscription Review

The OHSU Library has completed its annual review of journal subscriptions and has identified the journal titles listed below for cancellation.

The Library carefully reviews the journal collection each summer and fall. In this process we analyze the number of times OHSU authors have published in or cited the journal, interlibrary loan requests, full text electronic journal use statistics, program changes, price and OHSU faculty, staff and student requests to make renewal and cancellation decisions.

We welcome feedback from the OHSU community by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Below you will find the lists of journals the Library is planning to cancel beginning January 2018. As is always true, for titles to which we do not subscribe, you can request articles via our borrowing agreements with other academic libraries (Interlibrary Loan). Please contact us to learn more about this service.

If you have questions about the annual journal subscription evaluation process or comments on any of the specific titles noted, please contact Kristi DeShazo.

Titles identified for cancellation in 2018

Evidence-Based Midwifery

Psychological Reports

Ground Water


Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A

Future Microbiology

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

ACS Macro Letters

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Energy and Fuels

Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Solid-State Electronics

Theoretical Population Biology

Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology

Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

Limnology and Oceanography Methods

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

Journal of the Optical Society of America. B, Optical physics

Journal of the Optical Society of Korea

Optical Materials Express

Optics and Photonics News

Photonics Research

Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Journal of Nanophotonics

Journal of Photonics for Energy

ISBT science series

Yearbook of Medical Informatics

Reserving Graduate LRC Group Study Rooms

OHSU students can now reserve the Graduate Learning Resource Center group study rooms online. Groups needing a study room will be able to reserve one in advance to ensure it will be available for them. The Graduate LRC provides study rooms and spaces for OHSU students in departments and programs located at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the waterfront.


  • Study rooms are for group use (more than one person) by OHSU students
  • Reservations can be made up to one week in advance
  • Rooms can be reserved up to two consecutive hours per day


Study rooms are available on a walk-in basis when not reserved. As always, groups take precedence over single users of these rooms at all times. To reserve a group study room in the Graduate LRC go to Contact the LRC service desk at (503) 346-4596 with any questions about reserving these rooms.

Equipping Search Committees


Maija Anderson and Melissa Haendel to lead the OHSU Library

maija Melissa_4The OHSU Library is happy to announce that Maija Anderson, M.A., has been appointed Interim Director of Library Operations and Melissa Haendel, Ph.D., has been appointed Interim Director of Library Data Science. Together with David Robinson, Executive Vice Provost, they will co-lead the Library as OHSU takes this opportunity to reflect on the Library’s role within OHSU and the community in a dynamic and open conversation. This will help shape new Library leadership, ultimately identified through a national search.

As Director of Curatorial Services and Associate Professor in the OHSU Library, Maija Anderson leads successful programs in historical collections and archives, which promotes diverse and engaging perspectives on the history of health sciences through exhibits, events, and the OHSU Oral History Program. She is also leading the development of a digital asset management repository, which will provide OHSU communities with a flexible academic, business, and preservation solution to manage diverse digital assets. Ms. Anderson’s scholarship centers on advancing the role of special collections and archives in the health sciences. She is a leader in the Society of American Archivists, where she revitalized the Women Archivists Roundtable and chairs the host committee for the association’s national meeting which will be held in Portland July 23-29, 2017.

Melissa Haendel is Director of the Ontology Development Group and Associate Professor in the Library and the School of Medicine Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Haendel leads research in diverse areas, such as research profiling and attribution informatics, connecting human diseases to model systems, scholarly communication and data citation, and clinical education. As principal investigator of the Monarch Initiative, she leads an international effort to deeply integrate biological information using ontologies, supporting rare disease diagnosis and mechanistic discovery. She also co-leads the NCATS Data Translator, which aims to create an large scale open science platform for navigation and inference across the diverse array of biomedical knowledge resources. She is committed to open science and addressing inequities in accessing data and knowledge as well as improving sustainability, attribution, and consistency of data across biomedicine.

From digitizing archival public health data to leading open science initiatives, Maija Anderson and Melissa Haendel are ideally positioned to lead the Library in a time of transition. “It makes me very happy to leave the OHSU Library in such good hands. I look forward to seeing them do great work with a fantastic team of people, whom I will miss very much” said Chris Shaffer, outgoing University Librarian.

Chris Shaffer to Join UCSF

chris-3943-3Please join us in congratulating Chris Shaffer, who has been appointed University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In this role, he will lead an integrated, multi-campus enterprise renowned for its contemporary approaches in cutting edge education, research, and clinical training, dedicated to community engagement and learning.

Mr. Shaffer joined OHSU as University Librarian in 2008. Over the past nine years, he has been involved in numerous campus initiatives, most recently leading a Provost Office task force that proposed a Vision for Academic Technology and Learning Support. He has served on NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) vision and strategic planning groups; the Board of Directors of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 39 academic libraries, which he chaired; the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association as Treasurer; and the New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Board. He is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). At the recent Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association, Mr. Shaffer was honored with the President’s Award.

Under Mr. Shaffer’s leadership, the OHSU Library launched the Ontology Development Group, developed library liaison programs, implemented new technologies to extend services beyond the physical library, and significantly expanded historical collections and archives programs. His last day at OHSU will be June 30, 2017.

OHSU Poetry Contest Results, 2017

OHSU Library and OHSU WRITEs would like to thank everyone who submitted a poem to this year’s contest!  Please enjoy the poetry of the 2017 OHSU Poetry Contest winners and honorable mentions listed below.

Winning Poems:

Before Each Curtain, I Must Repair Myself, I Must Adapt by Sonja Halvorson

Shiftwork—A Collection of ER Haikus by Rebecca Tuttle, MD

Honorable mentions:

Untitled by Jonathan Robbins

Wound by Sonja Halvorson

Promoting Diversity & Mitigating Bias