Thursday, June 7, 2018

Anna Gieschen Recognized for 30 Years of Service

Sanford Health and the USD Sanford School of Medicine recognized Anna Gieschen, M.L.S., for 30 years of service as a health sciences librarian in 2017. During many of those 30 years of service, Anna has worked at the Wegner Health Science Information Center. She has served physicians, nurses, faculty, students, and others. Her expertise, professionalism, integrity, and collegiality are widely known and well respected among those associated with the Wegner Center’s partner organizations. Always ready to help, Anna is a trusted colleague for many. 

Congratulations Anna 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Hours

The library will be CLOSED: Saturday, May 26, Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28.  

The library will re-open at 8:00 am Tuesday, May 29th.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Emergency Medicine Modules Added to Board Vitals

Two modules, Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification have been added to our Board Vitals subscription. Board Vitals is a large question bank database of expert reviewed board questions to assist in preparation for USMLE steps 1-3, PANCE, and many specialty areas like cardiology, neurology, pediatrics, and internal medicine. Many shelf exams are also available for practice and study.

• To access Board Vitals from the library home page, go to click on databases, then B, and scroll to Board Vitals
• First time users can sign up for an account using the “Register” link in top right-hand corner
• Board Vitals is accessible from mobile devices

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Library Closure

For the safety of our patrons and staff, the Wegner Library will be closed on Saturday, April 14th due to the forecasted winter storm. We will resume our regular hours on Sunday, April 15th from 2:00-9:00pm. Thank you

Friday, March 9, 2018

Research Guides (LibGuides) Highlight Library Resources and Services

LibGuides, also called subject guides or research guides, are mini websites individually created and easily updated by USD/Wegner librarians to highlight specific library resources or services. USD/Wegner librarians can add visual content (pictures of the libraries’ environments, images of book jackets, library training podcasts, etc.), hypertext links to library e-books and online journals, and links to training materials used for instructional purposes.

Benefits of LibGuides (Research Guides) include:

  • • Professionally created by a health science librarian to focus on a particular health care topic and/or class. For example:
    • Medical education (
    • Medical Ethics ( 
    • Nursing (
    • EndNote (
    • eBooks in Health Sciences (
    • Scholarly Communication (
All the LibGuides can be viewed (best if using Chrome or Firefox) at

LibGuides provide a wealth of information for patrons and are not limited to just the library resources of USD. Our librarians encourage library exploration of our libraries’ LibGuides or Research Guides and welcome patron input on making these LibGuides even more useful.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Current subscription to Annual Reviews Cancelled

The publisher, Annual Reviews (AR), introduced a new pricing structure as of January 2018 which would increase our AR subscription cost by 19%. USD librarians/Wegner needed to seriously consider the continuation of our subscription to this resource because a typical increase for an ongoing subscriptions is 3-6 %. USD Libraries/Wegner made the decision to cancel AR.

Access to volumes published prior to 2018 will remain available. For content published after January 1, 2018, users can generally obtain articles via interlibrary loan. Much of the health and medicine related content becomes available in PubMed Central (PMC) after a 
6 – 12 month embargo.

Friday, February 16, 2018