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HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Sue Burke is working part-time for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Regional office (NN/LM MAR). In addition to her duties as document delivery specialist, Burke is providing administrative support for the NN/LM MAR staff. Burke began working at HSLS in 1989, first in the Circulation Department, and then transferred to the Document Delivery Department in 1998. She will continue to work in these departments on a part-time basis.

Barbara Epstein, HSLS director, has been re-appointed to a four-year term on the Joint Legislative Task Force of the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

Jeff Husted has been promoted to HSLS Head of Collections. In this position, he is responsible for collection development of electronic and print resources, including materials selection and acquisition, analysis of usage and trends, vendor relations, serials management, and oversight of the acquisition budget. As a member of Management Council, he participates in overall library planning and management. Jeff has been at HSLS since 1997, when he earned his BS degree in biology at Pitt. He worked in various positions in Technical Services, rising through a series of promotions.  In 2006, he was appointed acquisitions manager, and continued to steadily assume more responsibility in that area. He earned an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences in 2009, and was appointed acquisitions librarian and then collections librarian.

Tristan Lucchetti, formerly NN/LM MAR administrator, has moved into the HSLS director’s office to become HSLS Business Manager. In his new position, Lucchetti will oversee the financial operations of the NN/LM MAR, and will also assume responsibility for HSLS business operations and human resource functions, including budget monitoring and planning, employment/payroll records, and travel and reimbursement requests.

Nancy Tannery, senior associate director, has been appointed a member of the National Library of Medicine’s Literature Selection Technical Review Committee that recommends journals to be indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed.


Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, published “Disability studies: Disabilities abstracts” in The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 8(2):67-68, 2012, with co-author Megan Conway.


Ruth Deer, HSLS document delivery specialist, retired at the end of June after 12 years at Falk Library. Ruth was highly entertaining and always helpful and generous. Her festive outfits will be missed during the holidays and Steeler season. Deer looks forward to spending more time with her young grandson.

Mary Lou O’Shea, HSLS administrative secretary, retired from the University at the end of June. For a retrospective look at O’Shea’s 40-year career, please see “HSLS Administrative Secretary Retires after Four Decades of Service” in this issue.

We wish both Ruth and Mary Lou a wonderful, healthy retirement!

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Classes September-October

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.

Classes are held on the first floor of Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall) in Classroom 1 and Conference Room B, and on the second floor in Classroom 2. All classes are open to faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows.

No registration is required for any of these classes. Seating for classes is first-come, first-served, until the class is full. Classes marked with an asterisk (*) qualify for American Medical Association Category 2 continuing education credit.

Class schedules are subject to change. Please consult the online class calendar for the most current information.

Faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account to attend these classes. UPMC residents/fellows will need to show their UPMC IDs.



Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at Falk Library
(Meet inside entrance to Library)

Monday, September 10 9-10 a.m.

Also offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8866.


Painless PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Wednesday, September 5 11 a.m.-noon
Thursday, September 13 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18 noon-1 p.m.
Friday, September 28 10-11 a.m.
Friday, October 5 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10 9-10 a.m.
Monday, October 15 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 26 1-2 p.m.


Locating Gene/Protein Information* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 3 1-3 p.m.

Genome Browsers* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 10 1-3 p.m.

Microarray Data Analysis* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 17 1-3 p.m.

Gene Regulation Research* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 24 1-3 p.m.

Introduction to CLC Main Workbench* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 31 1-3 p.m.


EndNote Basics

Tuesday, September 11 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Falk Library Conference Room B)
Wednesday, October 24 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Falk Library Classroom 2)

PowerPoint for Beginners (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Wednesday, September 19 noon-2 p.m.

The WOW Factor: PowerPoint for Posters (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 16 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Adobe Photoshop

Tuesday, September 25 noon-2 p.m. (Falk Library Classroom 1)
Tuesday, October 30 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Falk Library Classroom 2)


Customized classes can be developed for your department, course, or other group.