On My Way 2 C B.J. : Planning for 100 Year Celebration of Homecoming

homecomingWith Homecoming 2014 just around the corner, a lot of planning has been underway at the library. This year is special for Palmer College of Chiropractic because we will be celebrating 100 Years of Homecoming. We decided to create a slideshow of images along with an exhibit on display to view during the August 7th- 9th Homecoming festivities.

We found some wonderful images of B.J. Palmer parading up and down Brady Street, images of Palmer students wearing lyceum ribbons, and some images of the large banquets and gatherings that have taken place during Homecoming. We decided to focus on 4 different eras, 1914-1930s, 1940s-1964, 1965-1970s, and 1980s-2014. With one of the eras we quickly ran into a problem. We just didn’t have many images, or documentation of Homecoming during the 1940s- 1950s. Surely, they had fancy luncheons, had parades, and shared knowledge? It turns out we didn’t have much documentation because not a lot happened for Palmer Homecoming during this time. With World War II, a lot of Palmer students were drafted and with funds low, we didn’t have a lot of social programing that happened during this time. Although this era took a bit more digging and a few idea changes, in the end we were able to find items that we feel represent it quite well.

We also had a bit of a setback when we decided to add recordings of B.J. and Dave Palmer to the slideshow. We very much liked the idea of adding their voices to the slideshow and thought that we could easily find a clip of both men talking at Homecoming. Finding a nice clip of Dr. David D. Palmer came quite easily, but finding one of Dr. B.J. Palmer proved more difficult. We have recordings of him introducing people or talking about the power of innate, but nothing specifically Homecoming. We listened to tapes for hours until we found just the right 30 second clip to add to the slideshow.

Now, we are drawing to a close and we have our display and slideshow ready to go. We have also planned to bring back our book sale, which will include green books for purchase. We also plan to sell bookmarks, posters of the original 1914 Lyceum handbill and historical replica buttons.

Come visit us to learn more about the 100 Years of Homecoming. Be sure to check out our booth in the Alumni Auditorium, Aug. 7th-9th. Also, Special Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm and for this week only, Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm. We are located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.

–Rosemary and Noelle

Anatomy.TV and a Suite of New Resources

AnatomyTV2The David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library acquired 4 great new resources from STAT!Ref, available online to our Library users:

  • Anatomy.TV – 3D Anatomy for Chiropractic: This interactive tool focuses on spinal anatomy. You can zoom, rotate, and see various layers through animation, MRI’s, X-rays, and videos.
  • AAFP Conditions A-Z:  From the American Academy of Family Physicians, this searchable index of conditions, medical diseases, treatments and health tips is geared toward patients but can also serve as a point-of-use tool for clinicians. Much of the content is also available in Spanish.
  • MedCalc 3000: This calculating tool provides unit and dose converters, medical equations, clinical criteria, decision trees, and more!
  • Stedman’s Medical Dictionary:  Stedman’s has long been a reliable source for medical terminology. This edition is updated, with over 100,000 terms.

To access Anatomy.TV – 3D Anatomy for Chiropractic, please see our tutorial page for instructions. All other sources can be accessed through your campus’s Database Access list:

– Roseann

Recently Researched: B.J. Palmer Clinic Ambulances

carSpecial Services recently received a call from an outside researcher interested in the license plate number of the B.J. Palmer ambulance. We looked at our photograph collection from the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic and found that there were multiple ambulances with different numbers!

The B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic was established in 1935. B.J. Palmer spared no expense when it came to his ambulances. The Hess & Eisenhart Co. who manufactured the ambulances wrote to B.J.  on February 3, 1947, “This car is without any question the most elaborate and completely equipped ambulance we have manufactured in many years producing the nation’s finest ambulances.”

The B.J. Palmer Research Clinic maintained private day and night ambulance services including meeting patients off trains or picking them up in airplane fields!

Come visit us to learn more about the B.J. Palmer Clinic ambulances. 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:

Introductory instructions : and general information about, intended for and directed to patients entering the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic

The B. J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic Booklet

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: http://ii.nlm.nih.gov/Interactive/MeSHonDemand.shtml

– 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

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