Posted by: erinserb | April 3, 2019

Vietnam Coverage

At the School of Nursing here, I have posted a “50 years ago today” space.  I use Proquest’s News Stream to obtain a PDF of the St. Louis Post Dispatch from the year 1969, and fortunately I have been able to maintain it nearly every day.

I always print out the “masthead” of the paper and it is a service of the library to provide instruction into looking up historical documents.  Nearly every day, the front page contains a lead story on the Vietnam War.  It’s interesting to see that around this time – circa March/April 1969, there are stories of the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong constantly shelling military bases, particularly those close to Saigon.

Also, in the interior of the paper, there is a section totally dedicated to area troops, both in-country in  Vietnam and those serving in all branches of the Armed Forces.  Unfortunately, this section (all too frequently) reports on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Contrast this with our military situations in our current slice of the 21st century.  When a service member loses their life or becomes seriously wounded or maimed, the story usually makes the “film at 11” (or 5, 6, and whatever time the news comes on).   I am sensitive to Veterans of the Vietnam War, particularly for their treatment while in Vietnam, but what they have had to face at home, both initially and enduring through today’s modern culture.

When I see current members of the Armed Forces lauded at sporting events, in particular, my mind thinks back to the soldier, sailor, airman and marine who were fighting a war which meandered down a road to nowhere.   I have no problem with honoring our current service men and women, but I have noticed that there are very few Vietnam Vets who are ever honored.  Usually, the person is currently serving, has recently served, or is a WWII or Korean War Vet.

I believe that there should be a greater emphasis on the role of the Vietnam Era Veteran.  I think it would be cathartic if more events and gatherings, such as sporting events paid homage to any Vet who merely had a by-line in the local newspaper, published many years ago.  I am a post-Vietnam era Veteran, and I cannot imagine what it was like to be in Vietnam; all who so served there were affected in one way or another.


Posted by: erinserb | March 20, 2019

Missouri State Board of Nursing Site Visit

Today, we are having our first official visit by the Missouri State Board of Nursing since I started at Lutheran on 10 December 2018.

There hasn’t been too much of a rush on library requirements prior to this particular visit. I have incorporated a few sites which can help for this visit, however, I feel that these will help in cataloging and further the library pedagogy here. I have included WorldCat here for purposes of cataloging and of doing research and reference work.  Also, by serendipitous searching yesterday, I came across a powerful tool for teaching and reference:  WikiVisually!

The most exciting phase of this visit (from my perspective) is a visit with the staff today at 1500.  We will see how our administrative side has fared.

I will be in touch as to the juicy outcomes!



Posted by: erinserb | January 30, 2019

On vaccines!

I cannot at this time, think of any analogies to present my point regarding parents not get their children vaccinated.  I believe this is going to be a hot button issue, particularly as more states grant waivers to those whose personal beliefs are not in sync with vaccination required for school, activities, participation in social programs, etc.

Someone’s faith or personal beliefs are acknowledged and sacred, and there isn’t anyone who more firmly believes that these rights are foremost protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution than myself.  However, there are those who by opting for their children to not get vaccinated, are directly presenting a danger to the public at large.

Some of the anti-vaccine advocates point to the damage done to their children, who they believe have suffered life-changing disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities such as autism or Asperger’s Syndrome because of ingredients in the vaccine.   These people point to pseudo-scientific studies which have been long been debunked.

Going back in history, particularly the 1950’s when some of the most famous vaccines were developed, “what if” there was a large anti-vaccine campaign?  Can anyone estimate the harm this would have caused, particularly in the case of polio with its two delivery methods (injection and oral)?  Polio is perhaps the key illness that spurred on the vaccine movement, largely because of the fear and effects of the disease, but also the widespread media that pushed for vaccination.  If there were a group of say, 500 anti-vaccine advocates decrying the polio vaccine, one can only imagine the harm this would have caused, due to a ripple effect.

There is no vaccine which is perfectly 100% safe!  There will always be the minuscule exceptions which will promote fear or the inherent fear, anxiety, and disbelief of the few children who suffer, sometimes with grave results.

There really can be no balance between the anti-vacciner’s and those of the majority who want their children to be vaccinized; the analogy that escaped at the beginning is now clear to me (of course after I’ve had a night to sleep on it 🙂 ).  Would you want your children to grow up in a world without say, the police when someone commits a crime against you?  Something to think about it!


Posted by: erinserb | January 2, 2019

The Lutheran School of Nursing

This is my first post within a long time, perhaps years.  I know I did tests but that was to assure that I would still have an account, but then I realized that these words never go away in cyberspace – forever are they contained on some tiny, minuscule, tiny bubble in a far distant server.

The purpose of this post is to welcome the New Year 2019, and I do wish all of you have a Happy and prosperous New Year.

The second reason for posting is that I am hanging out my shingle as a regular contributor to my new job as Medical Librarian of Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.    My last digs were at Vatterott College in Saint Louis, MO, but they are no more since they lost their accreditation and the school closed down permanently.  I don’t really have words for what happened there, but I departed just merely two weeks prior to their demise.

The worst thing about the closure is all the goodwill, hard effort, and friendships that are totally lost.  Vatterott was a for-profit career college, which had been in business since 1969.  The closure happened in nearly a heartbeat, as the employees (my friends and workmates for 9 years) had been told at 1500 to pack up their personal items, and leave by 1600.  1 hour is barely enough time to process what is happening to you.  Thus, Vatterott closed its doors permanently at 1600 on Monday, 17 December 2018.   This dashed the hopes and the dreams of students who were working hard at gaining an education to make a mark on the world.  They were left with a skeleton website,  and not much else – here’s your hat, what’s your hurry!

Fast forward to my new position, an area of Library Science which I have always aspired to since my days at library school at The University of Alabama SLIS – 2006 to 2008.

Lutheran School of Nursing is a quality, diploma based RN program which has been in continuous operation since 1898.  The library (formally) is the Louise Krauss Ament Memorial library.  I take on a big responsibility to provide the best in LIS services for the fine and dedicated students who want to make a difference and have a higher calling in their lives – I’ve determined that Nursing is “awesome” and for 15 consecutive years,  has been the most trusted profession by the general public.

This blog will be a professional website, which will (hopefully) grow into a full-service repository of the current and best practices within health science librarianship, and the practice of Nursing education.  I have much to learn, but every journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and I hope that (at times), you will enjoy these chronicles of my journey with the Faculty, Staff, and foremost, the Students here.

Posted by: erinserb | May 2, 2018

A test of WordPress

This is a test!

Posted by: erinserb | August 28, 2017

This is a test of to FB!

Posted by: erinserb | August 28, 2017

Hello World! This is a test

Posted by: erinserb | August 1, 2017

This only a test!

This is only a test; hopefully a forerunner of more blog posts in the future.

Posted by: erinserb | May 19, 2017

a test

test of blog to FB

Posted by: erinserb | April 28, 2016

This is only a test

This is a test of my website.   This is only a test!

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