Student Finds: Game of Subluxation!

Do you need a break from your long classes and endless of hours studying for your exams?

gameCome to the archives for a game of “Subluxation: Your Spine is Out Of Line.” Found in the “memorabilia—games” collection, this chiropractic board game is sure to brighten your busy, academic filled days.

Bring in some friends and see who can align the spine first! While digging through the other memorabilia boxes, I found lots of cool things. Be sure to check them all out, too!


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.


Where did all of the books go?

Bwb2Students at the San Jose campus have undoubtedly noticed that our book collection was slimmed down this year. Where there were once giant metal shelves, we now have a wide-open study area, giving sunlight from the library windows an uninterrupted path to shine throughout the room.

Paring down a collection is a regular part of managing a library. We want to make sure that only the best, most recent books are available to students. So, we removed a lot of our older materials in order to make the more recent ones stand out. We, librarians, call this “weeding.” However, instead of just throwing them away, our “weeds” get to take on a whole new life!

Our first step was to have a book sale. I was unsure whether our students would be interested in buying more books, with all of the books they already need for their classes. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see students lined up at the library door on the day the sale began! All in all, it was a big success, and we sold hundreds of books. It warmed my heart to see our students excited about books, poring over the tables and rejoicing in our rock-bottom prices.

After the sale, there were still a few hundred books left over. Luckily, a nonprofit organization called Better World Books works especially with libraries to take discarded books off their hands. Here’s how it works: we send them our books, and they try to sell them through their online marketplace. If they sell, we get a percentage of the proceeds. Whatever they don’t sell is either recycled or donated to nonprofit literacy and education programs, both nationally and around the world. Every way around, it’s a win-win situation.

So, the books are gone but definitely not forgotten or tossed in a landfill! Instead, they will fill the minds, bookshelves, and offices of curious readers and future practitioners.

– Roseann

MeSH Searching in PubMed Made Easy

dynamedThe National Library of Medicine has rolled out a new tool for PubMed that can make subject heading searching much easier.  Rather than enter terms into the MeSH database to see if they are authorized subject headings, a hit-or-miss, and possibly time-consuming process, MeSH on Demand allows the user to paste up to 10,000 characters of text into a search box, and the program returns MeSH terms associated with the text entered.  Although these are machine-generated and not assigned through human review, it allows the user to search for pertinent subject headings in abstracts or grant summaries without needing to have prior knowledge of MeSH terms. Eventually MeSH on Demand will be linked through theMeSH Database on the PubMed home page.  For now you can access this tool through this URL:

– Karen

Newly Acquired: Early Chiropractic Journals

imageThis month, Special Services received a small selection of early chiropractic journals. We will be adding them to our unbound journal collection. We are currently working on a project to make these items more visible in the library catalog.

These chiropractic journals are a great resource as they document the different chiropractic schools that existed early on. Many of these schools were started by Palmer graduates. Some of these schools did not last very long, which is why they are important because they are the only source of information on the school’s existence.

These journals provide information on the school itself, i.e. alumni directories, information for prospective students, etc, but also touch on wider, national issues related to the chiropractic profession and its gaining ground within the legal sphere. For example, The Lincoln Bulletin has an interesting article titled “Lincoln Graduates Record Before Basic Science Boards,” which highlights the struggles faced by chiropractic students to obtain their licenses.

Come visit us to see our early chiropractic journals. 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.


Happy Father’s Day: the David D. Palmer’s Memoirs and photographs

PalmerFamilyDr. David D. Palmer’s memoirs and photographs are our featured resource of the month.

What better way to spend father’s day than to look at photographs and reflect on times spent with your father. D.D., B.J. and David D. Palmer had a close connection; they passed on the legacy of the Palmer School of Chiropractic to one another and in doing so, ensured the future of the chiropractic discipline.

In David D. Palmer’s memoirs, The Palmers, he reflects on fond memories of his father B.J. and how he taught him important life lessons.  “I remembered the many disciplines imposed on me by my father throughout my youth. Most of all he wanted to be certain his only son would not be spoiled by his prominent parents.” (p.16)

These lessons were taught by providing David with numerous pets of varying kinds, which included a pair of white rabbits, a sea turtle, South American macaws and alligators. David was responsible in the upkeep of these animals and learned how to manage and take care of them.

He was also put to work at the Palmer School of Chiropractic as a hand-operator of the cage-like elevator, where David became better acquainted with the employees and students.  In doing so, B.J. instilled “a very deep sense of accountability toward the PSC.” (p.25)

Come visit us to read more of Dr. David D. Palmer’s memoirs or to see his family photographs. 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:

Three Generations

The Palmers

Reflections: one year anniversary as the Senior Director of Library Services!

Chabha_officeLooking back with a smile, here are my reflections on my first year at Palmer College of Chiropractic:

This has been an amazing year for me!

I joined the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library as the Senior Director of Library Services, on June 10, 2013. The overall objective for this first year has been redefine the role of the library to align with Palmer’s mission and vision, which is centered on students’ learning.

I am proud to be a part of an institution that is truly committed to education, to lifelong learning, to highest quality of chiropractic education, and to excellence in library services and resources. I am very interested in understanding students’ needs and how technology is changing information access and retrieval. I have a keen interest in designing physical and virtual spaces that create a collaborative “physical/virtual” learning environment that supports evidence informed chiropractic education and practice.

It has been a year of challenges and accomplishments, of new friends and colleagues, and of becoming part of a dedicated and distinguished learning community. This has been a busy and productive year to say the least, with much more to come.

2013-14: a great year to say the least. Some of this first year’s projects include:

  1. A five-year project planning was presented to the Executive Administrative Team and the Board of Trustees
  2. A name change of the Libraries to the “David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library” to mirror the one college, three branches model
  3. A renovation project at the FL & IA branches
  4. New positions were created: Branch Manager Librarian positions at the CA & FL branches
  5. Task Forces to promote collaboration and team work among library faculty and staff were created, as they work together on numerous projects: website redesign, subject guides, events, and many more 
  6. A new library website that enhances information organization and retrieval
  7. A complete assessment of the collection to maintain an up-to-date and relevant collection that serves school curricula
  8. Site Licensing our ejournal subscriptions
  9. Reformatting the Media collection from VHS to DVD
  10. A preservation campaign was initiated by improving the environmental condition of the Palmer Archives, by digitizing historical document, images, and yearbooks, and by building an Archival Management System to facilitate information organization, access, and retrieval

I thank both my staff and my administration for the support, which made all this possible. I am honored and humbled to have had this opportunity and look forward to my future years at Palmer.


Recently Researched: Early Use of X-Ray

XRayOne of the reference questions that I received was about the use of X-rays in the chiropractic field:

Was there any indication that they were alert to the dangers of radiation in excessive amounts during the 1920s?

There are a couple of texts that answered this question. In Chiropractic Spinography by Lewis F. Downs (1920), he states, “The first machines were made that they were not only dangerous to the patient, but in time very dangerous to the operator” due to a history of “X-ray burns.”  E.A. Thompson, Professor of Spinography at Palmer during the 1920s wrote in detail of the dangerous effects of X-rays on tissues and how to protect both the patient and the operator. The B.J. Palmer Clinic booklet has images of these preventative procedures. The operators are behind a shielded X-ray booth and the technicians wear leaded clothing including goggles, apron and gloves.

Come visit us to see our early X-ray resources. 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:

Text on Chiropractic Spinography

The B. J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic

The value of Spinography

Check-out our monthly student finds with Nina McQuilkin on Class Doodles!


Nina McQuilkin is a student worker in Special Services at the David D. Health Sciences Library – Davenport campus. She is part of a digitization project and her role is to go through and organize our chiropractic subject collections. She often discovers interesting things buried deep within the archive boxes:

“While going through the collection of student notes today, I found this neat little book with some hilarious chiropractic doodles. Not only are they entertaining, but they would also make great additions to a presentation for one of your classes. Want to see more neat doodles or funny chiropractic cartoons? Check out the cartoons or our textbooks and class notes archival collection for lots of fun pictures!” –Nina

Class Doodles image

These class notes were created by the 1965 graduating class. David D. Palmer enjoyed them and sent them to a colleague stating, “It has occurred to me that you possibly will enjoy, as we have on campus, a sample of the student humor.”

Come visit us to enjoy the class notes Nina discovered or you can come and hunt for your own discovery. 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.


The Jail Issue of The Chiropractor, April-May 1906 is our featured resource of the month:


In 1906, D.D. Palmer is charged with practicing medicine without a license and serves 23 days in Scott County Jail. This special jail issue of The Chiropractor summarizes his experience and listing of all the various newspaper commentaries.

“Time passes very quickly in jail. I spend the time in reading, writing, and studying Chiropractic. I am living on the prison food and have requested my family and friends not to send me any delicacies. Prison food is not bad, I can stand it.” (D.D. Palmer, p. 52)

This is a great resource for anyone wishing to study D.D. Palmer’s time in jail, D.D. Palmer in general or the history of legislation and the struggles of chiropractors early on in the profession’s history.

Come visit us to see this resource. 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.


Photos of B.J. Palmer riding an elephant, a newly acquired collection @ your library – Davenport IA

Did you know that B.J. Palmer was a circus aficionado?


Yes, he loved collecting circus memorabilia and often adjusted circus performers. His retirement home in Sarasota, Florida was picked because of its close proximity to the Ringling Brothers Circus.

This month, we are adding to our Special Services collection a fun selection of photographs of B.J. Palmer riding an elephant on Brady St.

Visit us in Special Services and enjoy these original photographs, related resources, and many more hidden treasures.

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 – Davenport, IA.


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