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On behalf of the inquiring nursing students: Thank you very much for the addition of NCLEX in the Exam Master.

Thanks for letting us know that nursing students are finding the NCLEX practice exams in ExamMaster to be useful!  We added this resource after receiving requests from students, so definitely let us know if there are other items that would assist you.


Melissa De Santis
Deputy Director


Thank you.
Library Safety    

There has been a steady increase of non-students who patronize the library.  My friends and I are concerned about the students' well being and the safety of our possessions.  Are we safe?  Thank you.

Thank you for your comment and we appreciate your concerns.

The amount of non-University users from the public who come into our library building ebbs and flows during the year and can vary.  Because our library was built with State funding, the facility is a public building and the general public are allowed to be in the library.  The Health Sciences Library is also open to the public as part of the University's mission and the library's role.

As theft is always a risk for any of us on this campus, personal belongings should never be left unattended and we discourage our library users from doing so.  Occasionally we have signs up about this and staff will sometimes leave little warning notes on personal belongings to alert users that thieves can be quick to grab anything left unattended.

We are all concerned about safety and so our library leadership team will follow up with campus police about this topic to get their assistance and advice.  Safety concerns can be taken to campus police because they provide security for the campus, and of course anytime you perceive imminent threat or crimes occuring you should call campus police at 303-724-4444.  The University provides crime statistics on the UCD website.  This is part of the Clery Act, see  Since moving into the library back in 2007 neither library users or staff have suffered from anything grave and the library has had little to no serious incidents.

Our library leadership is always available to speak with you and listen to your concerns.


Library Administration

Head of Access Services
Douglas Stehle  303-724-2139

Deputy Director
Melissa De Santis 303-724-1748

Thank you.
Electronic versions of audio/VHS materials    

I have noticed that you have cassettes and VHS in your collection.  Unfortunately, I no longer have the equipment to play these materials.  Is it possible to have either an electronic/CD/DVD version of these materials.  Materials in question: Cardiac Auscultations (WG 140-141).

Thank you in advance.

Thanks for this comment!  Knowing that cardiac auscultations in a current file format would be useful to our users, we will look for newer versions of these types of programs to add to the collection.  If there are other topics you'd like to see in different media formats, just let us know.

The library does have VCRs available at the desk too, if you wanted to watch one of the VHS items in the library.


Melissa De Santis
Deputy Director


Desk Experience    

There were two (out of three) individuals who were very short with me today at the circulation desk area, and arguing with me about the knowledge that they didn't know.  Their customer service skills were very poor and didn't convey professionalism.  One person at the circulation desk was more than helpful compared to the others.

Thanks for letting us know.  This is an issue I'd like to address.  I'd like to hear more about your experience if you'd be willing to talk with me.  Please contact me directly at or 303-724-2139 if you feel comfortable.

Douglas Stehle
Head of Access Services

Thank you.
Updated Textbooks    

Hi!  I am a P1 student and there are two books that I think would be helpful for the library to purchase the updated versions.  They are: An Introduction to Spanish for Health Care Workers. 4th Ed. (by Robert Chase and Medina Chase); Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 8th edition J.T. Dipiro, R.L. Talbert, G.C. Yee, G.R. Matzke, B.G. Wells, L.M. Posey eds, McGraw-Hill  Thank you!

Thank you for your comment.

We do have a procedure in place on requesting resources for the library's collection.  If you click on the link below  suggest an item to be added and complete the form as requested, the Collection Development will review the request.  They rely on the Health Sciences faculty, staff, and students for suggestions regarding their information needs.  I will forward your suggestions on to our Collection Development Technician, Paul Andrews.

In regards to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach and the latest edition, as a CU Anschutz student, you are able to access the 8th edition online.  Start at, click on All Databases and then under the letter A, "Access Pharmacy," you will see it listed in the center of the page under, "Textbooks."

Tami Hoegerl, Library Technician

Mobile Apps!    

Thank you for the links to the mobile apps!

Thank you for the feedback!

Jeff Kuntzman
Head Library, IT


Thank you.

Hi just fyi: I spotted (then killed) a nymph German cockroach in one of the study room walls on the third floor.  The room is clean and the garbage can has only small shreds of paper.  I am not sure what attracted it.  I had no food with me.  Hopefully it is a one-time occurrence.

Happy New Year.

Thank you for your comment.  We hate to hear about bug and cockroaches in our library.  We will note this and be on the lookout for similar reports.  It is most helpful for us to know the room number people are using when there is a concern.  When reporting concerns with study rooms, please let us know what room number specifically so we can address that specific room.  So far in the history of our library here at CU Anschutz, we rarely see or get reports of cockroaches, but do like to know when they are seen.  We would rather stamp them out sooner rather than later.
Thank you.

Douglas Stehle
Head, Access Services

Thank you.
Slow PCs, Word "freezing"    

The computers on the first floor are garbage.  I have had to restart computer number P4S three times already today.  The computers are extremely slow and freeze during the simplest tasks such as opening and closing word documents.  In order to close and re-open word I must log off the VMWare client each time.  I cannot get my work done in a timely manner and the amount of aggravation this causes is great.  IT staff at the library seem to think that slow computers running a large number of support programs can meet student needs.  They cannot.  Please exercise common sense and reduce the number of background programs so the computers can run reliably.


Thank you for this feedback, and we regret the difficulties you’ve been experiencing. We would like to work with you directly to assist with these issues. Please contact either myself   ( or our System Administrator, Michael Campbell ( ) to schedule time to look at what may be going on.

If you encounter computer problems in the library, the first step should be to contact the Service Desk. The desk will contact Library IT. From Monday – Friday, 8 am to 6 pm someone from IT should be available to come and help or at least begin troubleshooting.  We strive to resolve any computer problems that our users inform us about, and we frequently ask our computer users directly how things are going. In general we have been getting very positive feedback.

With regard to the computers being slow, what we have noticed is that after the computer boots up, it takes a few seconds before it is really ready. This is typical of all PCs. Once you have a Start menu, hover your mouse right over the “Start” Windows icon at the bottom left. Your mouse will turn into a rotating circle indicating the computer is not ready. Continue to hover your mouse over the Start icon for 10-20 seconds. When the PC is ready, your mouse will turn back into a mouse pointer. Start Word or a Web browser at this point, and performance should be good and remain so until you are ready to log off.

With regard to “freezing” in the Word application, we have tested on the workstations and have not been able to reproduce any problem. Large Word files can pose a problem on any PC. Also, when working with a USB drive, the process of opening and saving documents can take extra time especially with large files.

Jeff Kuntzman
Head Library, IT

Thank you.
Study Room Lights     Mon, 2012-12-10

I'm having trouble keeping lights on in many of the booths and rooms that have automatic sensors.  When I first enter the room they stay on awhile, but once they go off once, they tend to keep shutting off after about 3 minutes (I finally timed it, becuase I felt like it was unreasonably frequent).  I know that it thinks no one is in here if I'm just studying and not moving constantly, but it's really frustrating to have to flail about under the sensor every few minutes in order to keep the light on!

Is there any way to at least lengthen this interval?  I find it really frustrating to keep jumping about every few minutes and end up sitting in the dark. 

Thank you!

I am checking with the contractor to see if he can get me an estimate to have the sensors re-wired.  The last time I talked with him (a year ago almost to the day) he said that the wiring is backwards so that the sensors aren't 'learning' the way they should be.

Thank you

Debra Silva




Laptops     Tue, 2012-12-04

The laptop checkout is really convenient and I appreciate that the library provides this service! I would like to suggest that future laptop purchases include more MacBook Pros, as the majority of students are Mac users and there is often a shortage of Macs to be checked out. Another alternative would be to purchase PCs of comparable quality because the current dells are bulky/outdated. Thank you.

Thank you very much for this feedback!  We are glad you like our laptop checkout service. 

Earlier this year,we added two additional checkout devices in response to a request from the Academic Support Advisory Committee (which is composed of student representatives).  One was a Macbook Air and one was a recent Dell laptop.  ASAC funds were used to make the purchases.

We also extended the checkout period to two days for students, and we've been promoting the service a bit more.  Our data indicates that all the devices we have are circulating quite heavily, from Macbooks to iPads to Dell models.  In regards to what we buy, we go on the data we have.  In 2011, we surveyed students about library services in general,and we asked the Mac vs. PC question with regard to what students prefer:  52% said PC, 31% said Mac, 17% said "no preference." 

We will continue to track circulation data as well as student comments and feedback, making use of that data to purchase more devices if and when funds become available.  We'll also continue to consider weight and form factor in the devices we select. 

Thank you.

Jeff Kuntzman
Head, Library IT





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