LIBRARY INSIDER: Take advantage of library instruction services


The staff of the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) welcomes Pitt faculty, staff and students to a new academic year.  HSLS offers a wide array of research and information services, educational opportunities and resources to support the health sciences at the University. Our in-house classes, workshops and events are open to the entire University community.  This semester, we are offering sessions on:

  • RNA-seq analysis
  • Instructional and visual design
  • PubMed for locating biomedical literature
  • Getting started with a systematic review
  • EndNote
  • Predatory journals
  • Finding grant opportunities
  • LabArchives
  • Basic Python through Jupyter
  • Data visualization
  • Creating a data management plan
  • Managing and storing research data
  • And more!


HSLS also offers opportunities to learn more about the Pitt Data Catalog, which provides searchable and browsable information about datasets generated by Pitt researchers.

Spotlight Series: Software Developed @ Pitt is a new series that focuses on software tools developed by Pitt health sciences researchers.  Sessions begin with a 30-minute presentation about the software’s  development and use, followed by instruction on access and installation, discussion of parameters and hands-on practice. 


From Oct. 15 through Nov. 20, HSLS is pleased to host Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. 

The exhibit’s description states: “Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.”

  • Oct. 26 (opening lecture): Dr. Margaret Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent professor in the history of medicine, professor of history and medicine from Duke University


Sign up to receive a weekly evite to our upcoming classes and events.  If you are faculty in the schools of the health sciences, HSLS liaison librarians are available to tailor these types of classes for your department or as part of your curriculum.  Not finding what you are looking for at HSLS?  Don’t forget that the University Library System also hosts a great line-up of educational opportunities and can support classroom instruction for faculty  outside the health sciences. 

Renae Barger is associate director of HSLS for Research, Instruction and Clinical Information Services.