Summary of the Strauss Health Sciences Library for Grants purposes
The Strauss Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), a major resource for Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, is housed in a facility at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colorado.
Staff and computer resources
The Strauss Health Sciences Library boasts a staff of forty librarians and paraprofessionals, more than thirty collaborative meeting and study spaces, wireless "coffee house" style Internet access, and a computer commons with about forty computer workstations providing access to MS Office, SPSS, EndNote, and various instructional software, plus audio/visual resources in online streaming and more traditional formats.
In addition to an extensive print journal and book collection, affiliated students, faculty, and staff have on and off campus access to online course reserve readings, more than 30,000 online journals, hundreds of electronic books and databases, and resources such as MEDLINE, Web of Science, The Cochrane Library, and ClinicalKey.
A one-stop service desk provides assistance with questions about library services, research consultations, professional search services, book checkout and return, instructional software, computing, email, and technology troubleshooting. A chat and email Ask Us service provides remote assistance. Resources can be used by the general public within the Library. More information is available at the Library's website, https://library.cuanschutz.edu/, or by calling 303-724-2152.
Mission and vision
The mission of the Strauss Health Sciences Library at CU Anschutz is to link “people, reliable health sciences knowledge, and technology in support of effective learning, quality health care, vital research, and community service.” Further, according to the Library’s vision, “The staff of the library strives for the highest quality services as they enhance access to the knowledge base of the health sciences, instruct users in information retrieval and management techniques, and acquire and organize a specialized collection of electronic, print and other resources in a cost-effective manner.”
Serving the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Community
The library serves the clinical, research, educational and community outreach missions of the CU Anschutz's Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy, the College of Nursing, the Graduate School, and the Colorado School of Public Health, while working in partnership with University of Colorado Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Support for our constituencies includes the integration of library faculty into the overall governance of the institution with the Library Director reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning, and with library faculty serving on the campus Faculty Assembly and other campus and University-wide committees.
Remote storage facility
The Strauss Health Sciences Library staff oversaw the construction of PASCAL, a shared, remote storage building at the CU Anschutz, and have managed its operation since the spring of 2001. Both the library and the storage facility were featured at “The Library as Place: Symposium on Building and Revitalizing Health Sciences Libraries in the Digital Age,” which was held in November 2003 at the National Library of Medicine.