Holiday Hours

Thursday, November 26, 2015 the OHSU Library at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB service desk will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.  The Graduate LRC will be closed on November 26th and 27th.

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge.

We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Eleni O’Neill, winner of the $50 Powell’s gift card.  Thank you to everyone who has provided us feedback for our Strategic Planning Campaign.  We look forward to sharing our plan soon.


Stephanie Kerns selected for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

The OHSU Library congratulates Stephanie Kerns, MLS, Associate University Librarian, who has been selected for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) / Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program. The Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries, and is jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

stephanie sollenberger

Ms. Kerns will be mentored by Julia Sollenberger, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, Associate VP & Director, Medical Center Libraries & Technologies, Associate Professor Community & Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

The official announcement follows:


Participants in Leadership Fellows Program Announced

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the National Library of Medicine are pleased to announce the members of the 2015-2016 class of NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the cohort of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. Mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year, and host their fellow’s visit to their library.

The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position. The cohort includes five fellows and their mentors.

Information about the program is available at:


Rick L. Fought, MLIS, AHIP
Assoc. Professor & Head | Electronic &Collection Services | Health Sciences Library
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN
Mentor: Andrea Twiss-Brooks, MS, MSLS
Co-Director, Science Libraries Division, Head of Collection Services, The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Stephanie Kerns, MLS
Assoc. University Librarian for Information & Research Services & Assoc. Professor
Oregon Health & Science University Library, Portland, OR
Mentor: Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. VP & Director, Medical Center Libraries & Technologies, Assoc. Professor Community & Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Edward G. Miner Library, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 

Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS, MS HAIL
Library Director, UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA
Mentor: Holly Shipp Buchanan, MLn, MBA, EdD, FMLA, AHIP
Executive Director, Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Professor, School of Medicine, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

Dale Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP
Executive Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Mentor: Anthony Frisby, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine & Director, Center for Teaching & Learning & the Scott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie J. Schulte, MLIS
Assoc. Professor & Head, Research & Education Services
Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Mentor: Patricia Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. Dean for Library Services & Archives, Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC



MINES for Libraries results

The “Measuring the Impact of Network Electronic Service” (MINES) survey, created by the Association of Research Libraries, was administered at the OHSU Library over a 12-month period during 2013-2014. This survey collected data about the demographics of users and their reasons for using electronic resources purchased and licensed by the OHSU Library. The survey consisted of four questions that were asked each time a randomly selected Library patron accessed a journal article, book, clinical tool, or other electronic resource.


A total of 4,115 responses were collected. Respondents reported using Library resources for coursework and teaching (37%), patient care (28%), research (24), and other purposes (11%). Respondents were faculty (26%), professional students (21%), graduate students (16%), undergraduate students (12%), residents and fellows (9%), other OHSU (3%), and non-OHSU (2%). They reported primary affiliations across the university, including the School of Medicine (42%), School of Nursing (20%), College of Pharmacy (12%), Hospitals and Clinics (10%), research centers or institutes (4%), School of Dentistry (2%), the Portland VA (2%), the Oregon National Primate Research Center (1%), and the remaining respondents from non-OHSU or other affiliations. The Library’s electronic resources are most frequently accessed off-campus (53%).


The primary patrons of the OHSU Library are faculty, students, residents, and fellows, who cite education as the top reason they use electronic books, journals, clinical tools and other resources. However, over half of the reported use of OHSU Library resources is in support of patient care and research. Thus, this report justifies financial support of the OHSU Library by the entire institution.


Reasons for using Library resources
Primary Affiliation and Percent of Total Use Coursework & teaching Patient care Research Other
School of Medicine (42%) 29% 32% 31% 8%
School of Nursing (20%) 77% 13% 6% 4%
College of Pharmacy (12%) 46% 37% 8% 9%
Hospitals & Clinics (10%) 16% 66% 11% 7%
Research Centers or Institutes (4%) 6% 2% 83% 9%
School of Dentistry (2%) 63% 3% 19% 15%
Oregon National Primate Research Center (1%) 10% 7% 83% 0%
Portland VA (2%) 21% 23% 50% 6%
Non-OHSU and Other (7%) 11% 21% 59% 8%
All Users (100%) 37% 28% 24% 11%

David Forero, MLIS, has joined OHSU as the new Technology Director

David recently graduated with a MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a specialization in Data Curation. He most recently served as a System Administrator for the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Previously he was Manager of Server Support for the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. He has also worked at the State University of New York at Geneseo and the University of Rochester. Additionally he has worked in Fortune 500 companies, startup companies, and in public schools.

David has a wide range of experiences supporting diverse communities with information and technology needs. David’s experience teaching and supporting educators and researchers has led him to the field of Library Science.

David has been appointed an ACRL representative to the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee.

Please join the OHSU Library in welcoming David Forero to OHSU and Portland.

Holiday Hours

Monday, September 7, 2015 the OHSU Library at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB service desk will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge. The Graduate LRC is accessible with OHSU badge for departments and programs located at CLSB 24 hours a day.

Library Closure-Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Due to an In-house Service Training Day the OHSU Library will be closed on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015.  The After-Hours Study Space on the 4th floor will be accessible after 6pm.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Library Wants to Hear From You!


The Library is currently engaged in a Strategic Planning Campaign that will guide programs and policies over the next 3-5 years. With your help we have an opportunity to re-define our services, spaces, and resources to help prepare you for the challenges of tomorrow. To get there, it is essential that we understand your current needs and anticipate your future ones. Please give us your feedback.

  • Students: We want to improve your training experience by aligning our services and resources with your learning needs, as well as, define spaces that support study, reflection, and collaboration.
  • Researchers: Use us to discover new ways to connect to the information most relevant for your work, share research outputs in impactful and creative ways, and manage your scholarly footprint and profile to broadcast your contributions and expertise.
  • Educators: Let us help you find and manage course material in innovative ways, integrate library services and resources into your curriculum, and share your educational expertise and products with the world.
  • Staff and Patrons: Explore our space and resources to learn and connect with others in new and creative ways.
  • Clinicians: We want to provide the most relevant and valuable resources to support your decisions, workflows, and patient needs.

Over the coming months, we will be reaching out in various ways to hear your voices and visions. Let us know what you appreciate, what you are frustrated by, and what you want from your Library. Please feel free to give us feedback at any time via this short survey, where you can enter to win a $50 Powell’s gift card. Voice your vision and help us to provide the tools you need to forge your future!

14 Days, You Had Your Say!

We asked and you responded! During our “14 Days to Have Your Say” campaign, students, faculty, researchers, clinicians, and others let us know how we can improve library services with comments posted on flip charts outside the Library located in the BICC and Learning Resource Center, as well as using an online survey and e-mail. We will use this feedback to shape future library services and to plan the use of library space.

The good news is that you won’t have to wait for some of your suggestions to be implemented. For example, ringing unstaffed desk phones have already been silenced during off hours!  We received many other constructive suggestions for making the library environment more conducive to study and collaborative projects, including requests for scanners, power strips to charge devices, improved internet access, and reduced noise levels in study spaces.  We also received insightful requests for new and improved services and resources that would better meet your needs.

The Library is currently planning what its services and spaces will look like in the future, so we’d like to thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can serve you better. You gave us exactly the type of feedback we needed, and you’ll soon reap the rewards of sharing your ideas.

New Service to Help Get Answers

The OHSU Library will introduce a new service on our website beginning July 6th to help make sure that you get fast and accurate answers from Library staff – always.  This service includes a searchable knowledgebase with answers to many commonly asked questions so that you can often find the answer you need 24/7. In addition, you can ask your question any number of ways, including text message, chat, email, or by simply clicking the “Ask Us” button–  no more figuring out where to direct your question, just ask us and we will get your question where it needs to go so you get the right answer.