Library usage survey is now live

For the first time ever in the history of the  Templeton Library, I am surveying the whole Department of Radiology community of the University of Washington for feedback on usage and suggestions for improvements.  My predecessor did a wonderfully detailed survey of journal usage, but it seems like time for a general ‘how are we doing’ checkin.

If you are a part of our radiology community here at UW, check your email box for a link to the survey!

Any significant results will be reported on this blog, stay tuned.


Join Templeton Library on YouTube!

The Templeton Library YouTube channel is now live.

More information about the library and talks on subjects relevant to radiologists are forthcoming.  For our first video feature, we are promoting  the upcoming 18th Annual International Symposium on Computed Tomography (ISCT)

New Book Roundup: March 2016

Here’s a rundown of all the new books added to the Templeton Library this past month:

A Case-Based Approach to PET/CT in Oncology (Gerbaudo 2012)

Cardiac Imaging: Case Review 2nd ed. (Reddy et al 2014)

Clinical Perfusion MRI (Baker et al 2013)

Nuclear Medicine Board Review 3rd ed. (Goldfarb et al 2012)

Nuclear Medicine: Requisites (Ziessman et al 2014)

Physics in Nuclear Medicine, 4th ed. (Cherry, Sorenson, & Phelps, 2012)

Review of Radiologic Physics 4th ed. (Huda 2016)

Topics in Transplantation Imaging (Rad Clinics North Am 54:2, Bhargava, & Heller, eds, 2016)


8 volumes in total, which makes a healthy contribution to a collection some 700 strong as of this writing.  Expect many more to come in April, watch this space.

Previously, a lot of our collection development (that is, “deciding what books we should buy” in non library-speak) has been done on a fairly ad-hoc and random basis, including materials that caught the eye of faculty at conferences or specific book requests from our users.  The books selected for March and April are in contrast books I personally selected in an effort to make our collection as up-to-date as is possible.  We are therefore adding new editions of older volumes which have circulated well, in addition to adding new titles in popular series such as The Requisites, The Essentials, and Case Review.

It is hoped that these additions will help our residents and other scholars get the best medical education possible here at the UW Radiology Department.



Featured History: Templeton Radiology Library

The Templeton Library was established by the Radiology Department based on the aspirations of Frances Templeton.  Frances was the widow of Dr. Frederic Templeton, first Executive Officer of the Department. Joan Valaas Ferguson completed the initial cataloging and organizing work, and wrote the library’s first operational manual on January 3, 1980.  The library featured a working collection of then-current Radiology books and journals, as well personal items from Dr. Templeton.  One prominent feature of the early library was the American College of Radiology learning file: an extensive collection of annotated films.  Major renovation of the library was completed in 1984, which included the addition of a portrait of Dr. Templeton and a collection of historic x-ray tubes, both of which are seen in the library today.

According to the original operational manual, it was anticipated that the library would be maintained by the departmental secretary.  In practice, staff shared responsibility for making checkout cards and pasting pockets in books on a rotating basis.  Various departmental personnel maintained the Library over the years.  Early administrators of the library included Dr. Charles Rohrmann and Radiology staffer Helen Wilson.  For years, the library functioned as a basic repository for departmentally purchased books.

In the library’s 31st year, Marie Moffitt, who graduated from what was then the UW School of Librarianship in 1975, instituted sponsorship of an intern to operate the library.  Sarah Barrett, the first intern, started in January of 2011. She conducted the first journal needs assessment survey and coordinated with Dr. Shuman to arrange library book purchases at the RSNA conference.  Sarah instigated the use of the library’s first OPAC, Koha.  She adopted the practice of cataloging via NLM call number.

Sarah’s internship was followed by an interregnum wherein library operations returned to staff members, such as Program Coordinator Shelley MacElveen and Program Operations Specialist Bill Freeberg.  During this period, library operations were kept simple: books were ordered upon request, and the old filing system with color coding and numbering by topic was utilized. This period lasted from approximately January 2012-May 2013.

The June 2013- August 2014 Library Intern, Kimberly Tate, continued her predecessor practices of offering the Radiology community with assistance using information resources.  She worked extensively on the library’s cataloging, adding NLM/LC/Cutter number/publication year call numbers to the books.

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Pictured: the original TRL Manual.

Kimberly’s successor, Rebecca Brothers, continued to build upon the existing foundation of library resources within the department.  She added books from the University of Washington e-book collection to Koha. She expanded upon the use of Piktochart to develop helpful infographics for library users, created a series of historical exhibits (of which this article is a continuation), and made regular posts on the library’s wordpress blog. She also conducted an extensive survey of journal usage preferences among the UW Radiology community and completed adding the book collection to the online database.  Her productive tenure lasted from September 2014 to June 2015.


As mentioned above, Rebecca Brothers developed a fantastic series of blog posts about significant figures in the history of radiology.  I decided early in my tenure that I was going to keep this tradition of historical review alive in some sense, and I have spent some time poring over primary historical documents and interviewing witnesses to develop this history of the Templeton Library.  I am proud to present the culmination of this work, which is quite probably most comprehensive history of the TRL extant.  It may be interesting to the reader to compare this history with that of other special and medical libraries, it may even offer some ideas for improvements to small libraries such as ours.


New This Week: 3/8/16

I am doing some ‘spring cleaning’ here in the library.  That means that some older editions of books are being deleted, and we are taking advantage of the additional space to add more titles popular with our residents, particularly in the Requisites, Essentials, and Case Review series.  This week’s new titles are:

  • A Case-Based Approach to PET/CT in Oncology (Gerbaudo 2012)
  • Nuclear Medicine Board Review 3rd ed  (Goldfarb et al 2012)
  • Clinical Perfusion MRI (Baker et al 2013)
  • Cardiac Imaging: Case Review 2nd ed. (Reddy et al 2014)
  • Nuclear Medicine: Requisites (Ziessman et al 2014)

Available on the New Books shelf

As always, send me an email if there are titles not included in our collection you would like to see. Search our online catalog to browse the whole Templeton collection!


Finding the right radiology app

Ever wanted to find a radiology app for a specific purpose?  If so, you might want to check out the radiology app catalog on appcrawlr.

The nice thing about appcrawlr is that it allows you to refine your search by a number of criteria such as topic, audience, and features.  Want to search for anatomy apps for students?  Try it.  Atlases with 3d images? That is also searchable!  There are currently 32 apps listed in all.

If you want for radiology apps in an attractive infographic format, you might want to check out these awesome posters created by my predecessor here at TRL.


Our bulletin board

I wanted to share a (far too low res) image of our library’s physical bulletin board outside the Templeton Library at RR 215-J, for our colleagues who may not spend a lot of time at the School of Medicine:


I like to keep the selections on the bulletin board fresh, so please come take a look when you are at the SOM!