Library & Knowledge Services

About the Library


National Jewish Health's Library & Knowledge Services Team, 2022

National Jewish’s first library space was housed in the Shoenberg Building (now Southside). A former tuberculosis patient, Ned Eig, became the institution’s first librarian in 1942 and remained at National Jewish until his retirement in 1975. A collection of reference books was kept in the Neustadt Building until 1977. At that point, Ken Tucker and his family and friends donated funds to remodel the medical library in memory of Ken’s brother, Gerald. The library was built in the Goodman building and renamed the Gerald Tucker Memorial Medical Library. In 2017, the library moved to its current location.

    

Location

1400 Jackson St.
May Bldg, Rm L110
Denver CO, 80206-2671
Library front desk: 303.398.1482
Fax: 303.270.2149
library@njhealth.org
M-F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Located in Smith side building, near the cafeteria entrance.

Liz Kellermeyer, MSLS, AHIP
Director
Phone: 303.398.1483
KellermeyerL@njhealth.org
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6115-4343

Liz has worked at National Jewish Health since 2010 and joined Library & Knowledge Services in April 2014. She believes strongly in the library as in integral part of the research process, as an ally to patients and caregivers in health literacy and patient self-advocacy, as a steward of NJH’s rich history, and an accomplice in the continued fight for diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. Liz’s professional research has touched on impostor syndrome, systematic review tools, and caregiver referral behaviors in relation to the medical library. She currently sits on the Editorial Board for JMLA: the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Ruby Nugent, MA LIS
Biomedical Research Librarian
Phone: 303.398.1343
NugentR@njhealth.org
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8426-4729


Ruby was previously at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she supported dental and medical students, staff, and faculty with instruction, research, and reference services. Ruby’s scholarly interests include integrating cultural humility into medical program curriculum, increasing Hispanic/Latinx representation in health sciences research and scholarship, and reinforcing the medical librarian’s role in providing tools and resources to increase health literacy and improve healthcare outcomes for underrepresented communities. She has worked in health science libraries for over ten years and is an active and contributing member of the Medical Library Association where she currently serves as Chair Elect of the Latinx Caucus.
Carole Durst, MLS, MSHS
Senior Library Technician
Phone: 303.398.1484
DurstC@njhealth.org

Carole was a Library Program Associate for the Denver Public Library system for three years, and worked for DPL off and on for a little over 12 years. In May 2022 she graduated from Texas Woman's University with a Dual Master's in Library Science and Health Studies. Carole has earned both levels of certification as a Consumer Health Information Specialist. She is also a certified pharmacy technician and has had a longtime interest in the medical field. 
  • Paid databases

  • The Library purchases over 300 core electronic journals.

  • The Library has 4,500 print books and over 200 electronic books.

  • The Library maintains some historical bound journal collections specific to National Jewish Health or the history of tuberculosis research.

  • Clinical reference books are available in print and online. Additionally, we maintain a non-circulating print reference collection, including almanacs, bibliographies, core health science textbooks, dictionaries, and drug and toxicology resources.

  • Our consumer health collection can be found in our patient library, in the Helen L. Rider Health Information Center. This collection contains print books on health-related issues and is available for use by patients and families visiting National Jewish Health.

  • Our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) collection includes nonfiction books that relate issues of diversity and inclusion to health and well-being, or nonfiction books that are considered fundamental for understanding constructs around diversity and bias. This collection is available to National Jewish Health employees only.

  • Our free lending library carts can be found near the library entrance and in the waiting area on the 4th floor of the COH. Books for the free lending library carts are acquired solely through donation and are available free-of-charge to all patrons. Donations of appropriate items are encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Vision & Mission

We support the clinical, research, and educational programs of National Jewish Health as a preeminent health  care institution. Our mission is to provide accurate and timely information, where and when it is needed, in the most useful format.

We pursue this mission by providing access to worldwide biomedical information networks and supplying an organized collection of electronic and print materials. We support informed patient care, provide current information for the conduct of novel, basic, translational, and clinical research, and provide educational resources for health care and research professionals.

Our Values

Integrity

  • We adhere to the highest standards of fairness, justice and equality in our work.
  • We relate to each other with honesty and candor.
  • We maintain a strong work ethic, taking responsibility for our work and actions, keeping our word, and following through on our commitments.

Respect

  • We treat everyone with equal consideration and courtesy.
  • We encourage differences in perspective and maintain an openness to new ideas and adventures.
  • We engage others with compassion, empathy and tolerance.
  • To reach our full potential in intellectual vitality, innovation and flexibility, we are committed to an environment that is inclusive and diverse.

Excellence

  • We are committed to excellence.
  • We employ the best tools, people and resources to accomplish our work.
  • We are dedicated to ongoing learning for individual and organizational growth.
  • We continuously improve our processes, procedures, and services to exceed the expectations of those we serve.

Creativity and Flexibility

  • We meet the changing needs of the library and its users by developing innovative solutions, practices, and services in a creative work environment.
  • We support flexibility, collaboration, and openness to new ideas and practices.

Open Communication

  • We promote an environment where communication is encouraged, open, and two-way.
  • We share information that keeps stakeholders actively involved in decisions and actions that affect the success of the Library, because we recognize the importance of institution-wide participation.

Library Access

The Library is reserved for patients and their families, employees and affiliates. Employees have 24/7 access to the library with an ID badge. Due to our limited staff and resources, we are unable to support daily computer, copier, phone or fax use by guests who are not otherwise visiting campus for their daily appointments. To check out materials complete a Patron Data Sheet, located at the library front desk.

Computer & Printer Access

The library maintains computers for faculty and staff. Two PCs in the Health Information Center are reserved for patients. For all computers, a 45 minute limit will be imposed as needed. Printers are available for printing health and science-related information. Recreational or non-health research related use of the library's computers and printers is prohibited.

Remote Access

Remote access to subscription resources is available only to National Jewish Health employees and affiliates with an NJH email address and VPN access. To submit a request for VPN access, use the IST work form.

Access to University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library

Library Policies 

Access

The library is open to patients and their family members, faculty and staff, and affiliates of National Jewish Health. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Employees can request after-hours access to the library through Facilities or at the library's service desk. Due to our limited staff and resources, we are unable to support daily computer, copier, phone or fax use by guests who are not otherwise visiting campus for their daily appointments.

The Libraries and its staff will provide:

  • Space for users that is effective for research and study

  • Tools for users to find information quickly and efficiently

  • Courteous and respectful service

  • New services and changes to existing services, as needed, to fill users’ informational needs

  • Access, within specific guidelines, to the library collections and collections owned by other institutions

Library users are expected to treat staff and other users with courtesy and respect. In order to ensure a welcoming environment for all users, the following rules apply:

  • Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Language or action that is intimidating or disrespectful to library staff or users

    • Refusing to leave a library unit at closing time.

    • Behavior that is unreasonably distracting or impedes staff or users’ ability to use the library for its intended purposes

  • Spaces are designated as collaborative or varying levels of quiet; users are expected to respect those designations.

  • Solicitation, the selling or promoting of goods or services, is not allowed.

  • Adults who bring minors into the library are responsible for monitoring their conduct at all times.

  • The destruction of library material and property will not be tolerated.

Circulation

National Jewish Health faculty and staff may check out books and journals from the library. Patients and all employees may check out books from the Health Information Center in the patient library. Fill out a Patron Data Sheet, available at the library's front service desk.

  • Books are loaned for two weeks

  • Patrons may be billed for material after 2 overdue notices

Computer & Printer Use

The library maintains computers for faculty and staff to access work email and research medical and health topics. Two PCs are provided in the Health Information Center for patients and their families. Printers are available for printing health-related information. Recreational or non-health research related use of the library's computers and printers is prohibited.

Interlibrary Loan

All National Jewish Health employees may request books or articles we don't own through interlibrary loan. This is available at no cost. Learn more.

Remote Access

Remote access to subscription resources is available only to National Jewish Health employees and affiliates with an NJH email address and VPN access. To submit a request for VPN access, use the IST work form.

Access to University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library


Cell Phones

Library users wishing to use cell phones are asked to move into the hallway directly outside the front entrance.

Food and Drink

Due to masking regulations in place for all of NJH's patient-facing facilities, patrons are not currently allowed to eat or drink in the library. The cafeteria seating area next door is available to patients and their families wishing to eat or drink.

Collection and Donation policy

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