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Library Closed Jan 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Day of Service Logo

The Biomedical Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will reopen with regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday morning, January 20.

Please consider joining many other in the USA community and participating in the MLK Day of Service.


Website Down Time - Sunday, December 21, 2014

Due to a campus wide power outage, the Biomedical Library website will be unavailable Sunday, December 21, 2014. Users can still access our resources through the two following sites:

BL Emergency Access Site:
Marx Library Website:

Online access should be restored by Monday, December 22 and continue to be available throughout the holiday season.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Semester Break & Holiday Hours 2014

Santa on the beach

The USA Biomedical Library will be observing the following semester break and holiday break hours over the coming weeks.

Baugh Biomedical Library (Campus)

  • Semester Break Hours
  • Mon, Dec 15 - 7:15am-8pm
  • Tue, Dec 16-Thur, Dec 18 - 8am-8pm
  • Fri, Dec 19 - 8am-5pm
  • Sat, Dec 20-Sun, Dec 21 - Closed
  • Mon, Dec 22 - 8am-5pm
  • Holiday Break
  • Tue, Dec 23-Sun, Jan 4 - Closed

Health Information Resource Center (UMC)

  • Semester Break Hours
  • Mon, Dec 15-Fri, Dec 19 - 8am-5pm
  • Sat, Dec 20-Sun, Dec 21 - Closed
  • Mon, Dec 22 - 8am-5pm
  • Holiday Break Hours
  • Tue, Dec 23 - 8am-4pm
  • Wed, Dec 24-Sun, Dec 28 - Closed
  • Mon, Dec 29-Tue, Dec 30 - 8am-4pm
  • Wed, Dec 31-Sun, Jan 4 - Closed

All locations will re-open with regularly scheduled hours Monday, January 5, 2015.

Season's Greetings!

photo: Florida Memory

Extended Weekend Study Hours - Fall 2014

cat sleeping on study materialsThe Biomedical Library on campus will be hosting extended study hours this weekend Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Friday, 12/5 - 7:15am-9:45pm
Saturday, 12/6 - 9:00am-9:45pm

Good luck on your exams!



photo credit: Ladislav Benes

Library to Open Late Saturday, Nov 15

water by Kamina Kapow on Flickr

Baugh Biomedical Library will open at 1pm on Saturday, November 15 due to a lack of water service to the building during morning hours. The library will remain open until the usual time of 5:45 pm.





photo credit: Kamina Kapow

National Medical Libraries Month 2014

National Medical Librarians Month Poster

It's October once again, and that means National Medical Libraries Month! Check out our schedule of special events below and be sure to stop by for contests and treats!

Don’t Drown in Information Day: Friday, October 3rd is a day to remind our department chairs that the Biomedical Library is here to prevent them from “drowning” in information. Enjoy some hand-delivered goodies from us!

Stump the Librarian Contest: Submit your most difficult reference questions to our librarians throughout the month. The top three winners get a prize! Submit your questions to

Spot the Sickness Contest: Monday, October 6 - Sunday, October 12. Check out this Q&A slideshow during the first full week of October! Identify the conditions on the screen and submit your answers to for a chance to win!

Know Your Nurses Contest: Monday, October 13 - Sunday, October 19. Check out this Q & A slideshow of famous nurses during the second week of October. Submit your answers to for a chance to win!

What Hurts Now Contest: Monday, October 20 - Sunday, October 26. Check out this Q& A slideshow and guess what hurts during the third week of October. Submit your answers to for a chance to win!

Get to Know Your Biomedical Library Staff and Faculty Week: Monday, October 27 - Wednesday, October 29. Ever wonder who to go to for questions? Check out our fabulous faculty and staff slideshow to learn more about who we are and what we can do for you during the last week of October!

Movie Monsters and their Doctors Days: Thursday, October 30 - Friday, October 31. Check out your favorite movie monsters and their doctors on the flat screen in the Biomedical Library’s break room.

Halloween: Friday, October 31. Stop by and trick-or-treat in the Biomedical Library dressed in your best Halloween digs!

Exhibit Days: Stop by and visit us and ask about the great resources we have for you!

  • Monday, October 6th at the College of Medicine Lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8th at the HAHN Atrium from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 13th at the USA Medical Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 17th at the Children’s and Women’s Hospital from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 22nd at the Biomedical Library Breezeway from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stop by and visit us and ask about the great resources we have for you! Enjoy some popcorn and pink lemonade to support Breast Cancer Awareness with us!

TEDMED Live in the Library September 10-12

TEDMED Live 2014 logoThanks to an exciting partnership between TEDMED and the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library, the library will be hosting a live stream of this year’s TEDMED event, titled “Unlock Imagination in the Service of Health and Medicine.” The university community is encouraged to convene and share in free access to the innovative program, comprising more than 70 Talks from transformative thinkers in health and medicine.

Many people are probably familiar with TED, the global movement dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” TED Talks have been viewed online 2 billion times around the world. TEDMED, created by the same founder, is focused exclusively on health and medicine, and is dedicated to bringing together extraordinary people from all walks of life and blending our unique yet complementary ideas and perspectives.

The TEDMED conference will be broadcast live as it happens September 10-12 in the Baugh Biomedical Library Conference Room (222-A), with an encore performance of sessions five and seven to be shown at UMC in the 3rd floor south conference room on Monday, September 15 at 10am. As university employees those interested in watching from their offices can sign up individually at For more information about the event, contact biomedical librarian Andrea Wright at or (251) 461-1424.

Session 1 – "Turn it Upside Down"
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 8:00-9:40am
Topics: Telemedicine 3D imaging, placebo research, medical research history, heart disease prevention, medical education and the global physician shortage

Session 2 – “We Just Don’t Know”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 11:30-2:00pm
Topics: Predictive analytics in health care, neuroscience of sleep, gun violence policy, the limits of knowledge, patient decision making, autism

Session 3 – “Flat Out Amazing”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 3:45-5:15pm
Topics: Relieving the global physician shortage, high-tech diagnostics, pushing physical limits, biometrics, syringe innovation, medical catastrophe

Session 4 – “Stealing Smart”
Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 7:30-9:10am
Topics: media and health behavior, insights from animal health, conserving antibiotics, reducing injury with smart garments, obesity as addiction, medical surrogacy, impact of language on health, tissue engineering, clinical trials and patients

Session 5 – “Don’t You Dare Talk About This”
Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 11:45am-1:30pm
Topics: Easing pediatric pain, medical transparency, drug abuse, caregiver shortcomings, patient experience, organ transplant policy

Session 6 – “Play is Not a Waste of Time”
Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 3:30-5:05pm
Topics: Self-motivated mobility, power of play, fine tuning haptic skills, adventurous science writing, interactive 3D health games

Session 7 – “Human Nature Inside and Out”
Friday, September 12, 2014 – 7:15-8:40am
Topics: End-of-life ethics, the neuroscience of anesthesia, short film on the brain, health care facility design, light and health, psychological healing after disease and trauma, bio-inspiration in medicine, digital behavioral health, brain injury diagnostics

Session 8 – “Weird and Wonderful”
Friday, September 12, 2014 – 10:00-11:40am
Topics: Alternative prosthetics, humor and healing, Ig Nobel Prize stories, wearable medical devices, where thoughts and emotions come from, advanced patient adherence technology, synthetic voice technology, science research opportunity, handheld consumer medical devices

Session 9 – “I Was Just Thinking Too Small”
Friday, September 12, 2014 – 1:30-3:00pm
Topics: Nanoparticle drug delivery, health and environmental design, healthcare for indigenous peoples, physiologic impact of stress on children, a no typing required electronic health record system

For more information about speakers and topics, visit

Biomedical Library Closed for Labor Day 9/1/14

The Biomedical Library will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014 for the Labor Day holiday. We will remain open with regularly scheduled hours for the weekend preceding the holiday and will re-open at 7:15am on Tuesday.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!




photo credit: McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Men work to construct the interior of the Bankhead Tunnel, 1940

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