The Accelerating Excellence In Translational Science (AXIS)Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Health Sciences Library

Department Summary:

The CDU Health Science Library and Learning Resource Center strives to provide exemplary health information, resources and services to the faculty, students, staff, community and affiliates of CDU. The primary goal of the Library/LRC is to offer access to print and online resources that can be used in the library, on campus, or through remote access. The Library/LRC encourages an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, promotes life-long learning through relevant instruction and training, and develops partnerships with health science libraries throughout the state and the country. The library comprises 6600 square feet located on the 1st floor of the Cobb Building. In addition to physical collection (print, books, journals), there are study rooms, study carrels, quiet rooms, work stations, and wireless connectivity.

1.What kind of resources do you provide for researchers?
We have a number of resources that can be accessed 24 hours/7 days from anywhere. When off campus, please enter your CDU username and password in the EZ Proxy box located on the library’s home page.

Here are just some of the resources available from the library:

Over 10, 000 print books
Access to over 44,000 electronic books
Over 42,000 bound journal volumes
Access to over 8200 electronic journals
Access to over 1600 electronic films

Computer Access
17 workstations in the library
Laptops for same-day use
4 workstations for community patrons
32 workstations in the SESC used for instruction
31 workstations in LRC used for testing and instruction

Group Study Rooms
5 group study spaces (2 in library and 3 in SESC)
1 group study room (9 carrels)
19 study carrels in the library;
3 study cubicles

2. Describe a typical interaction with a researcher.
The library provides so many different services; there are no ‘typical’ interactions. Here are many of the services we provide for researchers. Be sure to stop by or call (x4869) to find out how we can help you!

Seek assistance with a literature search
Confer with a librarian on a reference consultation
Request database training
Assist with a bibliographic verification
Identify if the library subscribes to a specific journal or book
Request a loan of audiovisual equipment
Assist with an audiovisual setup
Print of a scientific poster (Please contact us before submission)
Install Endnote Bibliographic software
Reserve the Learning Resource Center for workshops
Request articles or books from other libraries

3. Tell us one thing researchers might not know about your office.
Researchers may not be aware that the library is actively involved in seeking funding opportunities. Currently, we are collaborating with UCLA/Harbor Medical Center, UCLA Neuroscience Archives, Healthy African American Families II (HAAF) and Queens Care Health and Faith Partnership on a 3-year National Library of Medicine (NLM) grant. In addition, we collaborated with community faculty on an outreach pilot project demonstrating the use of the NLM resources in community engagement.

In addition, the library has been and is currently involved in a number of activities including:

24/7 access to electronic health information resources
Creation of a quiet study room
Workstations upgrade in the LRC
Keck Classrooms and Keck Auditorium upgrades
Blackboard learning management systems upgrades
Continuous training on health-related databases
Assists students with research projects
Participates in the accreditation site visits (COM, COSH and SON)
Library web page redesign
Enhancing select educational program collections

4.What are your plans to improve research services in the future?
We will continue our efforts to meet with all the research centers and departments and the community to discuss the library resources that are available and methods of collaboration specifically working with researchers, faculty, administrative staff and students. We are interested in integrating Library services with AXIS, CTSAs, COM, COSH and SON promoting E-science initiatives and supporting the research enterprise at CDU. We have begun the dialogue with select groups and we look forward to expanding these collaborations.

5.What’s the best way for researchers to reach you?
We welcome the opportunity to meet face-to-face with researchers and support staff. Researchers can always reach us by email ( or by telephone (323-563-9340).

The Research Resource Spotlight series focuses on the offices and departments at CDU that are available to help researchers enhance their productivity and excel at translational research. It is produced by AXIS (Accelerating Excellence in Translational Science) which is funded by NIH Grant #U54 RR026138.

Health Sciences Library & Learning Resource Center

Cobb Building, First Floor





Thursday, March 01, 2012

      Darlene Parker-Kelly, MSLS
Library Director
(323) 563-9340

      David Ramos
Learning Resource Center
Computer Technician

(323) 563-9354

      Georgia Reneau
Library Assistant II
Access Services

(323) 563-9339

      Katherine Russell, Ph.D., M.L.S.
Medical Librarian
(323) 563-9308

      Felix Romero
Library Assistant I
Technical Services

(323) 563-3488

      Linda Towles
Student Services Education Manager (SESC)
(323) 563-9351

      Hayat Ali
Library Aide

      Timothy Ream, M.L.S.

Nursing students take a test in the Learning Resource Center.

David Ramos prints a poster for a researcher going to a conference on the library’s brand new poster printer.

Library Director Darlene Parker-Kelly and Assistant Provost Dr. William Shay look for a journal article together in the stacks.

The library staff are always here to help!