Creating New Learning Spaces: Part 2 – The Physical Space @ the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

2. Designing Physical Spaces: Port Orange, Fla., campus

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The David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library at the Port Orange, Fla., campus has more than 8,000 square feet of space and sits on a beautiful campus surrounded by palm trees. Beginning this March, the facility will undergo major renovation that will upgrade the space and provide several benefits such as:

  • Create an open flow between the north and south sides of the building to provide access to the main courtyard through the building instead of around it;
  • Improve space functionality and flow;
  • More study rooms: from one study room to seven rooms that accommodate different needs for quiet or group studying;
  • A more secured area for the collection;
  • A learning commons for socializing and student learning.


The Library renovation will begin March 30. The new and improved David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library will reopen its doors on the Port Orange campus prior to the summer 2015 quarter.

These are some of the exciting projects going on at the Library. This is an amazing time of change as we move this institution forward. I am both grateful and honored to be a part of this great community.


Creating New Learning Spaces: Part 1 – The Virtual Space @ the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

About a year-and-a-half ago, I joined Palmer College of Chiropractic as the Senior Director of Library Services, and with a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement, we started looking at ways to improve our students’ learning environments by improving the virtual and physical spaces, among other things.

1. Designing Virtual Spaces: Palmer Library

Last July, we launched our redesigned website. It was a fun and interesting project that took us about three months to complete.

imageThe Library website provides a virtual platform that serves Palmer’s three campuses effectively and efficiently. Its user-friendly interface provides information for current students, alumni and clinicians.

Visit our website and take advantage of the many resources available to you:

  • Browse the “Collections” section to find out about the Library collection and newly acquired materials.
  • Under “Research Tools,” users can access useful research guides by topics, tutorials and other useful resources.
  • Palmer provides an extensive list of open access resources, giving our users  a one-stop shop for staying current on topics in chiropractic.


Resource of the Month: Reminisces of B.J. and Mabel Palmer

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Valentine’s Day is the day of romance and a time dedicated for the ones we love. As we are celebrating Valentine’s Day, who else is better to reflect on during this time than the first couple of chiropractic, B.J. and Mabel Palmer? Our resource of the month is Dr. David D. Palmer’s memoir, The Palmers, which gives us an intimate insight into the courtship and marriage of his parents.

In his memoir, we learn of how B.J. and Mabel met. “She was a student at Augustana College in Rock Island and sang in the chorus”, David wrote:  “She met B.J. at the time he was an apprentice organist.” They courted for a year and then they were married on April 30, 1904.  They were young lovers and David Palmer reflects, “I’ve often wondered what attracted mother to B.J. At the age of 21 or 22 he must have been a very persistent suitor for he had nothing in the way of financial wealth.”  In fact, he was struggling with the problems of running the Palmer School of Chiropractic and carrying a new profession forward. David believed that it was B.J.’s charm and charisma that attracted Mabel and the fact he was “an extremely dynamic person.” It didn’t take long for Mabel to become invaluable to the running of the school.

B.J. was a grand giver; his gifts would range from a Pekinese puppy to an electric car!  They were grand gifts, which she accepted graciously, often saying “It’s just what I’ve been looking for!” She was patient, calm and composed in contrast to B.J. who was described as a real “roarin’ dynamo” and “hell fire on two feet.” They were opposites and together they guided the Chiropractic profession where it needed to go. Their story is fascinating, and The Palmers is worth a good read.

Come visit us and check out the memoirs of David Palmer and learn more about B.J. and Mabel Palmer.  We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Materials:

The Palmers : a pictorial life story : memoirs of David D. Palmer



Recently Researched: B.J. Palmer’s Black Tie Club

B J  Palmer tieRecently we had a couple of students stop by who were interested in B.J. Palmer’s “Black Tie Club” which existed from the late 1920s until the early 1940s. To be a member of this club you needed to be a loyal supporter of B.J. Palmer’s teachings, which at the time were viewed as controversial.  A lot of changes were introduced or underway in the chiropractic profession at this time including the Neurocalometer, X-ray and the Hole-in-One upper cervical adjustment.

 Members of the “Black Tie Club” were identified by the adoption of a black tie (the Windsor), one that B.J. Palmer was characteristically known to wear throughout the 1930s. Details of this club can be seen in early Palmer yearbooks. In the 1929 Yearbook you can find information about the some of the first members (The “Order of the Loyal Five”) who wore the Windsor tie as a symbol of their faith and loyalty to B.J. and adopted the motto, “Never faltered—never will.”


Come visit us to learn more about the “Black Tie Club” or to find out more about other Palmer clubs and organizations. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. Black Tie Club2


Related Materials:


Palmer Yearbooks

Victor Coxon, member, B.J.’s Black Tie Club at Palmer, 1936-1941

Student Finds: Mary and Her Lamb

MaryB.J. Palmer was an intelligent man. He wrote, read, researched, discovered and most importantly, developed more things than I can imagine. Now that he has passed away, no one will ever know all of the things that he knew. Any study of B.J. should include his writings, but another way to gain insight into his mind should be by studying the books that he read, including those that were not chiropractic in nature.

Originally from his mansion house, some of B.J. Palmer’s leisure reading books can now be found in the archives. Recently, I discovered a little known book of B.J.’s collection showing that B.J. Palmer knew “The Entire Truth About a Very Celebrated Case.”  He knew why Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

Buried within the book collection, among books by notary chiropractic authors such as Stephenson and Vedder, is a tiny booklet called “The Life Story of Mary and her Lamb,” by May Stout (1914). Written by the infamous Mary’s niece, the booklet recounts the story of Mary saving a lamb that had been cast away by its mother. Mary nursed the lamb back to health and it followed her everywhere, including school. The story continues on to talk about a fellow who was visiting the town and wrote a poem, a poem that has stayed in our hearts forever. The story is a whirlwind, however, and despite its popularity, it ends with a surprising twist of fate.

If you’d like to see how this story ends, visit the Palmer Special Collections and Archives. We are open Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Materials:

The life story of “Mary and her lamb”

Newly Acquired: Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation Photographs

Parker SeminarWe recently acquired photographs of the Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation Seminars. James William Parker graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1946. In 1951, he started the Parker Seminar Program, which became very popular especially in the late 1970s to early 1980s, drawing large numbers of chiropractors, nationally and internationally. These recently acquired photographs are from this era and show just how many came to listen to top chiropractic speakers. It was also during this time that Dr. Jim Parker founded the Texas based Parker College of Chiropractic in 1978.

Come visit us to see our newly acquired materials or contact us if you are interested in making your own donation. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Links:

Blueprint for chiropractic advertising : Parker chiropractic sales seminar, 1951

The Parker chiropractic Q & A book

The Parker chiropractic research seminar : Alumni list

The Parker photobiography : the life and works of Dr. James William Parker

Parker system of professional service for the doctor of chiropractic : textbook of the Parker School for Professional Success/Sharing

Life Hacks to Increase Productivity: A Featured Article from The DO Magazine

blogpost1-20One of the new buzz words is “life hacks” which is a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. One of the latest issues of The DO Magazine has a new article for physicians giving them suggestions on how to increase their productivity in 2015.  Below is a list of their suggestions.  For access to the entire article from on campus, please go to the url:

From off-campus, please use your campus ejournals list and search for the journal “The DO Magazine” to get access to the article.  Good Luck on all of your New Year’s Goals and we hope these suggestions will help you be more productive in 2015!

  1. Get CME on the road
  2. Stay up to date on the go
  3. Wrangle your EHRs, Part 1: Macros
  4. Wrangle your EHRs, Part 2: Try dictation
  5. Wear wrinkle-free clothes
  6. Practice management: Set up standing orders
  7. Give ‘if-then’ instructions
  8. Optimize your sleep
  9. Reserve free time in your daily schedule …
  10. … And earmark time for long-term goals

— Phyllis

Recently Researched: Palmer Rugby Team

blog1-15Recently we had a student stop by who was interested in the history of the Palmer Rugby team. The Palmer Archives have archival papers from the Athletic Department, which contain newspaper clippings, programs, images, and statistics.

“Thirty Years of Spreading the Word of Chiropractic through Athletic Excellence,” edited by Andy Nelson (PCC/RFC, Oct. 1988 – Feb. 1992), contains photocopies of articles from The Beacon that span the 1960-1990 period. This gives a good overview to the history of the team and discusses how the Palmer Rugby team originated in 1960 and how Dr. Louw was one of the first team members and became one of the first coaches.

The championship programs are also a great resource for capturing a snapshot of the Palmer Rugby team at a particular time, with a full listing of the members of the Palmer team, participating teams and locations, pictures, local advertisements, and even cartoons! Go ruggers!

Come visit us to see our resources on the Palmer Rugby team or find out more about other sports played at Palmer. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.

— Rosemary

Related Materials:

Thirty years of spreading the word of chiropractic through athletic excellence : Palmer rugby 1960–1990

Palmer College of Chiropractic rugby matches [videorecording]

Palmer College of Chiropractic presents 1973 rugby national tournament


Student Finds: Legalizing Chiropractic

Governor Miller SaidLyndon Lee was a chiropractor who vehemently fought for chiropractic rights within the state of New York. He was a leader who brought our profession to the forefront by organizing our schools and helping design the first chiropractic research project on clinical effectiveness with the Foundation for Health Research.

While going through a box of Lyndon Lee’s correspondence, I found this flyer advocating the licensure of chiropractic in New York! It shows various legalities from the other 21 states that had chiropractic laws in 1922. A great history lesson for those who love chiropractic!

Chiropractic was first legalized in 1913 by Kansas and North Dakota. New York did not license Chiropractic until 1963. Louisiana was the last state to legalize chiropractic in 1974.

Come visit us to learn more about Lyndon Lee or to find out more about chiropractic licensure. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.



Resource of the Month: ‘Tis the Season

Christmas AdvertsChristmas is around the corner, and as I was feeling festive I wanted to see what we have in the archives that relates to the holidays. I soon found some fantastic chiropractic Christmas advertisements. These advertisements are dated from the 1920s to the 1960s and often promoted chiropractic offices and good health for the coming year. In addition, we have Christmas cards that show just how integral and festive the Palmer family was to the local and wider chiropractic community.

Come visit us and check out chiropractic Christmas ephemera. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


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