USM Releases Statement on Open Access

The University System of Maryland has released a statement, endorsed by USM Presidents, Provosts, Library Directors, CUSF, and the USM Student Council supporting and encouraging the use of open access publications. The press release can be read here. The entire statement can be found via a link to a PDF at the bottom of the press release.

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Whiteboard Project: What is Your Favorite Floor in the Library…and Why?

And the big winner is the 5th floor with 29 votes, followed by the 1st floor with 20 votes.  Our other floors garnered some nice comments but did not come close in the tally.  From the notes you left it looks like the 5th floor is considered your quiet comfy spot with great views, while the 1st floor is more convenient for those who need to use our public computers and don’t mind a little background noise.

We appreciate the feedback and will keep it in mind as we work to refresh the first floor and make those Library Genie wishes come true. Plus, you can always send us a suggestion.

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The HS/HSL Partners with TMLL for Access to POLITICO Pro

PoliticoPro

In collaboration with the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, the HS/HSL has extended access to POLITICO Pro to the entire campus. This two-year pilot offers granular reporting and analysis across 16 policy coverage areas along with tools, trackers, and data to provide users with key policy intelligence. Areas covered include Education, eHealth, Employment & Immigration, and Health Care. The resource can be accessed on- and off-campus through the database list located on the Library’s homepage or here.

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Request for Information: Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Research on Women¹s Health

Less than 4 weeks remain to submit your comments to the Request for

Information (RFI) on the next Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Research on

Women¹s Health! The strategic plan will be relevant to each NIH IC and

office, so we would appreciate feedback from your respective areas and

scientific communities.

The RFI can be found in the NIH Guide

(https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-108.html).

The ORWH seeks input on three cross-cutting themes:

Theme 1: Expand the Exploration of Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV)

in NIH Research.

Theme 2: A Multidimensional Approach to the Science of Women’s Health.

Theme 3: Quality of Life and Disease Burden over the Life Course.

 

These themes will stimulate new research areas, priorities, and

approaches to help put science to work for the health of women. ORWH

seeks your thoughts on the following:

 

A link within the RFI will take you to a form where you can submit your

ideas, and we encourage you to share the RFI with your colleagues and

stakeholders who have an interest in women¹s health research.

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Browzine Trial, A Simple Way to Explore Scholarly Journals, What Do You Think?

Try BrowZine, a simple way to discover, browse, and read the library’s scholarly journals. BrowZine makes it easy to view a journal’s table of contents and to create a personal bookshelf of your favorite journals. Apps are available for Android and Apple devices.

This is a 4-week pilot project to gauge interest in BrowZine.
Please let us know what you think!

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Meet YOUR Librarian


Social Work, Gail Betz, MSLIS

Each school has a dedicated Research, Education and Outreach librarian, which ensures the best possible service for faculty, staff, and students.

What can your liaison librarian do?

  • Consult with you to assist with literature searching and research
  • Collaborate on comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews
  • Teach citation management using RefWorks, EndNote, and other systems
  • Gather data to measure your individual, group, or departmental research impact
  • …and much more! Visit the Research Connection page to see all the ways your librarian can help.

Who is my liaison librarian?

 

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Whiteboard Project: What is Your Favorite Tool in the iSpace?

And the winner is 3D Printing with 24 votes, with a surprising number of votes for the dark-horse – button making. We are excited that you see the value in 3D printing and encourage you to subscribe to our iSpace newsletter to keep pace with how faculty and students are using the service.

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Tips For Students

 

With the fall semester in full swing, the HS/HSL would like to share some tips to help you get the most out of your time at UMB!

  • Need to study with a group, or just want to have a space to shut out distractions? You can reserve certain study rooms throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors. No reservations needed for the rest of the library study spaces!
  • Want to learn a new skill, or need a refresher on a resource you haven’t used in a while? Attend one of our free workshops on topics ranging from literature searching in PubMed to 3D printing to citation management using RefWorks. For more in-depth research help, you can request a consultation with your school’s librarian.
  • Need help? Our Information Services staff are here for you! Visit in person at the desk on the first floor, call 410-706-7995, or use the online chat to get assistance with searching databases, locating items, scanning documents, and more. Go to the Ask Us! page to use the online chat or view answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Forgot your charger and your electronic device is about to die? Use our first floor charging station, located near the restrooms. These secure lockers contain cords compatible with various devices.
  • Don’t want to lug a laptop around all day? Make use of the desktop computers available throughout all floors of the library. All you need to log in is the barcode from the back of your UMB OneCard!
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Library Database Access Restored

Access to the HS/HSL databases has been restored to the campus.

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Library Databases Temporarily Down

Access to the HS/HSL databases is temporarily down.  IT is actively looking into the situation.  We will update you when access is restored.

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