The OHSU Library Wants to Send You to Brussels for OpenCon 2015!

As part of a year-long series of grant funded campus events focused on open science and scientific communication, the OHSU Library is sponsoring a full scholarship for one OHSU student or postdoc to attend OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, November 14 – 16.

OpenCon is a student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Through keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and hackathons, attendees will build knowledge, skills, and relationships that will transform how they think about scientific communication and their impact as researchers and practitioners.  OpenCon 2014 drew participants from 39 countries across five continents.  The 2015 conference promises to be even more diverse!

To apply to attend, please complete this short application by June 22 at 11:59 PM PDT.  Please note, OHSU applications must include “Oregon Health & Science University” as an affiliated organization.  The OpenCon Application Review Team will select the scholarship winner and acceptance decisions will be delivered on or before July 21, 2015.  The scholarship will cover the full cost of travel, lodging, and registration fees.  All OHSU students and postdocs are eligible.

Please contact Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian, with questions about the conference or application process.


14 Days to have your say!

Library Strategic Planning is underway, and we have a real  opportunity to re-define our services, spaces, and resources to help you prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.  The “14 Days” campaign gives you two weeks to share your needs and frustrations as you use the Library.  Simply jot down here anything that comes to mind – from small conveniences to grand visions of what the Library could be.  And look for questions on selected days of the campaign that will target specific topics of interest.

Please visit us at the OHSU Library in the BICC or the Graduate LRC at the CLSB to give us your feedback.

Please take our survey, email us feedback at, or learn more about our strategic planning process.

Poetry Contest 2015

OHSU Library and OHSU WRITEs are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Poetry Contest. Over 35 original poems were submitted by OHSU students, faculty, staff, and volunteers this year, the second year of the annual poetry contest.

Please join us in celebrating this year’s winners!


  • Gretchin Lair for the poem titled ‘Encounter

Honorable mentions:

The winning poems will be displayed within OHSU Library (BICC, 3rd floor).

Thanks to all those who participated in the contest!

Poetry Evaluation Committee 2015

For your information:

2015 Poetry Contest Guidelines

The Poetry Evaluation Committee is made up of OHSU WRITEs and OHSU Library Staff members.  Poems are judged based on their creativity, impact, unique expression and are often reflective of OHSU culture and experience.


Holiday Hours

Monday, May 25th, 2015 the OHSU Library at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB service desk will be closed in observance of Memorial 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.

Help Redesign the OHSU Library Website!

Printing now available in the Library’s 24-Hour Study Space!

The Library has installed a new printer in the 24-Hour Study Space on the 4th floor of the BICC making printing available anytime, including evenings and weekends. Users can print in black & white (.08 cents per page) or color (.25 cents per page) using their GoPrint account. Setting up a GoPrint account is easy and can be done whenever you are ready to print. The Library is working with the GoPrint vendor and plans to soon be able to offer printing options for laptop users and from mobile devices.

OHSU Library & OHSU WRITEs Annual Poetry Contest

Changes in Weekend Library Service at the BICC

Based on a proposal that analyzed usage data collected by library staff for several months, the OHSU Library is changing weekend library service at the BICC.

Beginning Saturday, March 21st, anyone with an OHSU badge will have access 24 hours a day to the library, specifically the 4th floor of the BICC. The Library Service Desk will be staffed and the General Public may use the library Monday to Friday, from 8:00AM to 6PM. Staffing in the LRC will not change. Additionally, reference support will be provided on Sundays so no one will have to wait longer than a day to get a reply to a question.

For context, since November 1st, 2014, Access Services staff has been gathering statistics on weekend library usage. Data indicates that the vast majority of our users, 70% or more, are already in the 24-Hour Study Space on the 4th floor of the BICC during weekend open hours. Additionally, 75% fewer reference questions are answered on the weekend.

Because of this change, reserves may be checked out after 4 pm on Fridays and may be kept over the weekend and returned on Mondays by 9 am. Library material can also be delivered via campus mail when requested. If you have questions about this service, please ask at any library service desk or ask your liaison librarian.

If anyone has questions or concerns, please contact Stephanie Kerns, Associate University Librarian, at 503-494-3478 or or Michael Mackin, Access Services Manager, at 503-418-4979 or

VisualDx @ OHSU

The library has recently purchased a subscription to the clinical diagnostic support tool, VisualDx.

VisualDX is available to all OHSU clinical faculty, students, and staff, and can be a useful tool for increasing diagnostic accuracy, creating patient engagement, and augmenting medical education,

VisuaDx includes 30,000 medical images and specialist-level knowledge to help diagnose, treat, and manage 1,300 diseases, drug reactions, and infections.

•        Begin by entering a single symptom and build a differential diagnosis as you enter additional patient findings
•        Visually confirm a patient’s diagnosis
•        Quickly access next steps for management and patient care
•        Provide on-the-spot patient education with real medical images a patient can relate to and hand-outs they can take home

iPad, iPhone, Android Access
•        Make sure you are on the OHSU network.
•        Click this link to set up your VisualDx Mobile account:

VisualDx in UpToDate
The VisualDx diagnostic clinical decision support system is also seamlessly integrated with UpToDate, providing high-quality images detailing disease variation in age, stage, and skin type, and allowing users to enter patient findings to build a visual differential diagnosis. When searching in UpToDate, all VisualDx results are highlighted with an orange “VDx” icon. 

RFI on the Future of the National Library of Medicine (and NCBI, PubMed)

You have a unique opportunity to affect the future of the National Library of Medicine. As Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retires after 30 years as director of NLM, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a “Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine.” Chris Shaffer, OHSU University Librarian, is a member of the working group, whose charge and members are at

Consider responding to this time-sensitive NIH Request for Information (RFI), soliciting input into the deliberations of the working group of the advisory committee to the NIH Director (ACD). This is a very important opportunity to contribute feedback of the value of the National Library of Medicine, and to directly influence the future of this organization.

Your response must be submitted electronically at, and will ONLY be accepted through March 13, 2015.

Please share this information with colleagues and friends who might wish to respond with thoughts about how the NLM, and especially the collections, programs, and resources, have contributed to their research, teaching, education and professional development.