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May 2018 – Volume 12 – Number 3

The GDPR – Why Should We Care?

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

A few weeks back, I had an opportunity to attend the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in San Diego. I particularly like the meeting because there are real-life presentations from institutions working on interesting network, education, library, and information technology problems and projects. All in all, I probably attended around 10 presentations in a one day format. In light of recent Facebook data issues, the most compelling presentation by far was on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR is, simply put, an EU regulation on individual data protection and privacy that goes into effect on May 25. It aims to give control of personal data back to citizens. This will have a major effect on all European and foreign companies holding the data of EU citizens. Even England, with its Brexit status, has agreed to enforce and adhere to the new regulation. GDPR compliance will be strictly enforced, with penalties equaling 4 percent of worldwide revenue or 20 million euros, whichever is higher.

The presentation I attended was by a representative of a major European publisher, and it was obvious they were taking the new regulation very seriously. Although the GDPR contains more specifics on how companies will collect, protect, store, and destroy personal data than can be addressed in this column, here are a few key points: Companies that collect personal data must explain what data they intend to collect and why. All personal data a user provides must be available and portable to that user. There are extensive sections on the rights of the consumer. And because the law protects individuals in the EU even when their data is gathered and used elsewhere, the regulation will affect publishers, banks, search engines, universities, tech companies, etc., and will have broad implications for any entity doing business with the 28 EU countries.

If you want to learn more, you can visit the GDPR public portal, read Nitasha Tiku’s overview in WIRED magazine, “Europe’s New Policy Law Will Change the Web, and More“, or simply search the term “GDPR.” Facebook indicated recently that it plans to comply with the GDPR’s data privacy rules, and not just with GDPR “controls and settings.”

Virtual Reality Headset Available at HS/HSL Innovation Space

HTC Vive VR Headset

Explore immersive worlds of virtual reality at the HS/HSL Innovation Space! Our new HTC Vive VR headset puts you up close with human anatomy, molecular visualizations, underwater experiences, the physics of space, and more.

Stop by the iSpace during VR walk-in hours, weekdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Staff will be on hand to strap you in and guide you through this emerging technology.

See our VR guide for more information.

Fruit Ninja VR Study Break Contest – Game On

Fruit Ninja VR

Take a break from reality and slice up some virtual fruit salad! The HS/HSL’s Innovation Space is hosting a Fruit Ninja VR study break from May 7 through May 16.

The top score will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Second and third place winners will earn $25 gift cards. To enter, take a screenshot of your high score and post it on social media (Twitter/Facebook) with the hashtag #HSHSLSTUDYBREAK.

Drop by to get your game on between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

Discover and Share Data with the New UMB Data Catalog

UMB Data Catalog

The HS/HSL is proud to introduce the UMB Data Catalog, a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers. The UMB Data Catalog promotes research collaboration and data sharing by facilitating the discovery of datasets that may be otherwise hard to find or unavailable from data repositories. Rather than functioning as a repository to store data, the Data Catalog provides information about datasets, including a description of the dataset, keywords, file format and size, access rights, and links to associated articles. With the UMB Data Catalog, researchers can describe their data and make it discoverable, but they are not required to share their data. Instead, the Catalog allows users to request data access through an author, an administrator, or a repository. By allowing researchers to identify common research interests and by supporting the sharing and reuse of research data, the UMB Data Catalog has the capacity to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

The University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), is a member of the Data Catalog Collaboration Project (DCCP), along with New York University (NYU); the University of Pittsburgh; the University of Virginia; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Duke University. Members run their own installations of the Data Catalog, developed by NYU, but work together to share and improve system design, content curation, and outreach efforts.

The HS/HSL thanks the researchers who have contributed to the UMB Data Catalog during its initial development phase.

  • Sergei P. Atamas, MD, PhD, School of Medicine
  • Peter Doshi, PhD, School of Pharmacy
  • Corey Shdaimah, LLM, PhD, School of Social Work
  • Jay Unick, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work

Help us build the UMB Data Catalog! If you are interested in submitting a dataset, have a suggestion for additional datasets to add, or need more information about the project, please Contact Us.

The UMB Data Catalog was developed by the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Service Library.

Advice for Grads

As the academic year comes to a close, we would like our graduating students to know what resources they can use after graduation.

  • Journals and Databases: Alumni retain access to HS/HSL’s electronic resources for 2 months after graduation. After that, you will need to visit the Library to use the onsite computers.
  • RefWorks: If you have saved references in RefWorks, consider migrating them to a freely available tool so you do not lose them when your access expires 2 months after graduation. Two free options, Mendeley and Zotero, are described on our Other Citation Managers page.
  • Free Databases: Once your electronic access expires, you will still have access to public databases for literature, drug information, and more. A few examples are highlighted below. Additionally, be sure to investigate what resources you have through your new workplace and any professional organizations of which you are a member.
Freely Available Databases Type of Information Can Be Used in Place of
PubMed Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.
Google Scholar Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.
NLM Drug Information Portal Drug Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, Natural Medicines
MedlinePlus Patient-Friendly Health Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, UpToDate, Natural Medicines
National Guideline Clearinghouse Clinical Practice Guidelines UpToDate
TRIP Database Literature Embase, CINAHL, Ovid MEDLINE
NCBI Databases Various – literature, chemical information, genetic/genomic information, etc. SciFinder, Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.

The HS/HSL wishes you all the best in your future endeavors!

Movable Monitors Roam the HS/HSL

portable monitors

Four portable monitors have been placed around the Library. Feel free to move them to any table, study carrel, or study room you desire. There are two additional monitors that have been fixed in place, one on the 3rd and one on the 4th floor on the Greene Street side of the building.

HS/HSL Historical Collection Open House Event

Historical Collections Open House

To honor the memory of John Crawford, whose book collection founded the Library, the HS/HSL Historical Collections is opening its doors on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hosted by the new historical librarian and archivist, Tara Wink, all are welcome and encouraged to join us to experience some of the treasures for yourself.

Stop in to see volumes from the Crawford Collection, materials documenting the exceptional history of the University of Maryland Baltimore, and letters from the Walter/Reed James Carroll Collection from the fourth U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission. Additionally, two exhibits showcasing the University’s influence in World War I and the 1918 influenza epidemic will be exhibited. Come and page through historical volumes, such as De Medicina, published in 1497.

Light refreshments will be served.  The Historical Collections is located on the 5th floor of the HS/HSL in Room 503. For additional information, questions, or to donate items to the collections, please contact Tara Wink, or 410-706-5048.

Dr. John Crawford and his Medical Library:

Dr. John Crawford

Dr. John Crawford passed away on May 9, 1813 after a short illness. After his death, the Faculty of Physic of the University of Maryland recognized the educational value of his collection and purchased his books from Eliza Godefroy, Crawford’s daughter, for $500.  This collection became the foundation of the school’s medical library, the first in America.

Dr. John Crawford was born in Ireland on May 3, 1746. He was educated at Trinity College of Dublin before starting his medical career as the surgeon on the Marquis of Rockingham of the East India Company. In 1779, Dr. Crawford was appointed surgeon to the naval hospital on Barbados, where he served until 1782, when a bout of ill health caused him to go to England. Once his health improved, he resumed his position in Barbados until accepting a new job as Surgeon-Major with the Dutch government at Demerara in 1790. Another health issue caused him to return to England in 1794.  While in Europe, he completed his MD degree from the University of Leyden. In 1796, Dr. Crawford moved to Baltimore, MD.

While in Baltimore, Dr. Crawford introduced the practice of vaccinating for smallpox in the summer of 1800 and was active in establishing the Baltimore Dispensary, which opened in 1801.  That same year, Dr. Crawford, a long standing Mason, was elected to the position of Grand Master of the Masonic Order in Maryland, a position he held until his death.

In 1807, Crawford published a series of works on the “Theory and Application to the Treatment of Disease.” In these publications, he outlined his theory that diseases were caused by animalculae (insects or worms). This theory was not well received by the medical community and was ultimately rejected by his colleagues.  Undeterred, Dr. Crawford continued to study this theory until his death.  In 1811, he commissioned a treatise entitled, “A Lecture Introductory to a Course of Lectures on the Cause, Seat and Cure of Diseases.  Proposed to be delivered in the City of Baltimore.” This treatise would become the foundation for the course of lectures he gave at his home in the fall of 1811. The following year, Crawford became Lecturer on Natural History at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Unfortunately, Crawford’s theories on contagion were never accepted during his lifetime and he died a poor man, with the exception of his extensive library, believed to be the biggest medical library in Baltimore. It is unclear exactly how large the collection was when purchased for the University of Maryland, but estimates range from 300 to 450 volumes.  Today the collection includes 569 volumes of influential medical works.

New Staff

Lauren Wheeler, MLIS

Lauren Wheeler, MLIS

Lauren Wheeler, MLIS, joined the HS/HSL in March as the Information Services Librarian. She comes to us from Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan, where she worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. As the Information Services Librarian, Lauren will work to provide expert search services to students, faculty, and staff. She is excited to learn more about the UMB community.

April Wright, MLS

April Wright, MLS

April Wright, MLS, joined the HS/HSL in April as the All of Us National Program Community Engagement Coordinator. She is responsible for working with public libraries to build programs and awareness around the All of Us National Research Program and health information literacy. She has worked both in and on behalf of public libraries and is active in various community literacy initiatives.

Staff News

Publications & Presentations

Everly Brown, MLIS and Shanell Stephens, BA, co-presented “We Want to Hear from You!” at the USMAI Access Services Annual Meeting in Columbia, MD on April 12, 2018.

Emily F. Gorman, MLIS, AHIP, co-presented “Mortal or Moodle? A Comparison of In-Person vs. Online Information Literacy Instruction” at the Distance Library Services Conference in San Antonio on April 13, 2018.

March 2018 – Volume 12 – Number 2

A Little About the All of Us Research Program

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

Recently, due to its designation as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NNLM) Southeastern Atlantic (SEA) Region, the HS/HSL received one of eight three-year, $1.5 million All of Us Community Engagement through Public Libraries awards in support of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program.

Begun during the Obama administration in 2015, the All of Us Research Program endeavors to “gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health.” The Program aims to understand how a person’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle can help determine the best approach to preventing or treating disease. Of particular interest are underrepresented populations that are not often found in research cohorts.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), through its regional medical libraries and a national All of Us Coordination Center at the University of Iowa, will be reaching out to public libraries in targeted areas during the three years of the pilot funding. The NLM is the only NIH entity with a strong, experienced outreach arm, and NIH is leveraging the expertise and contacts found within the regional medical library system.

The HS/HSL has served as a regional medical library for over 30 years. As part of our work in the All of Us Research Program in Year 1, we reached out to the public library systems in Durham, NC and Memphis, TN. In Year 2, we will focus on Columbia, SC and Nashville, TN. This outreach consists of funding for each of the systems and educational and informational support. We have hired a Point of Contact, who is directly responsible for outreach to the library systems and for participation in national collaborations with the other regions and the All of Us national program.

The All of Us Research Program is still very much an evolving program. We are proud to be part of a national initiative that has the potential to make such a positive impact on our nation’s and our personal health. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

BrowZine Has Arrived

BrowZine is a convenient service that organizes articles found in Open Access and HS/HSL subscription databases. It can also deliver them to your mobile device in a consistent format.


What is BrowZine used for?

  • Find, read, save, email, and monitor the latest journal articles.
  • Browse by title or subject to find journals of interest.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Receive alerts when new issues are available.

Who has access to BrowZine?

  • BrowZine is free to all University of Maryland, Baltimore students, faculty, and staff.

How do I save articles I like?

  • Download PDFs to read offline.
  • Export to RefWorks and other citation management services.

Please Note:

  • HS/HSL’s print collection is not included in BrowZine.
  • A journal issue in BrowZine is not organized into sections like an issue formatted by the publisher. Sections such as “Letters to the Editor” are not labeled or separated. This is so that every journal appears in a consistent format determined by BrowZine.

Maker Expo Recap

HS/HSL Maker Expo

The HS/HSL Maker Expo took place on March 6, 2018 at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center. In attendance were health workers and researchers, educators, students, technologists, entrepreneurs, and librarians.

Exhibitors shared information about their services and provided hands-on demonstrations of 3D printers—including bio and resin printers—virtual and augmented reality systems, image analysis software, therapeutic robotics, and more. The following groups exhibited:

Local and national speakers presented on the use of prototyping tools and makerspaces in hospitals, 3D printing ear prostheses and patient-specific assistive devices, commercializing robotics therapy research, and supporting local medical device businesses. The following academic and industry experts presented:

  • Anna Young, CEO, MakerHealth (keynote)
  • Jeffrey Hirsch, MD, assistant professor, Department of Radiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Amy Hurst, PhD, associate professor, Human Centered Computing, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Bradley Hennessie, co-founder, NextStep Robotics
  • Jeff Quinn, co-president, Engineered Medical Systems, Inc.

Library Genie Grants a Wish

Standing Desk

The Library Genie asks for your three library wishes every October and works hard to make as many as possible come true.

Tired of sitting for hours while you study? Irritated with having to stack up side tables to make an upright desk? At your request the Library purchased 10 standing desks that are now located throughout the building. The desks are height-adjustable and have wheels so that you can pull them to your favorite study spot.

Stay tuned for more wishes to be granted!

Historical Highlights: Blaustein Donations

In December, the HS/HSL’s Historical Collections received a remarkable donation from Dr. Mordecai Blaustein. Dr. Blaustein, a long-time professor of physiology and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been a strong supporter of the HS/HSL for many years.

The most recent additions are especially impressive and include a first edition of William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove, and Some of its Medical Uses, a volume with special meaning to Dr. Blaustein. In the volume, Withering describes the ways in which foxglove can be used to cure or help certain medical ailments, including congestive heart failure. Dr. Blaustein’s own research centers around heart disease and hypertension. The Withering volume includes a beautiful hand-painted engraving of a foxglove.

The donation also included a second edition of G.B. Duchenne’s De L’electrisation Localisee et de son application a la Pathologie et a la Therapeutique, originally published in 1855. Duchenne introduced a form of non-invasive electrotherapy in this volume. Duchenne is well-known for describing muscular dystrophy, a condition that now bears his name (Duchenne muscular dystrophy).

Finally, the gift included a three-volume set by Richard Bright titled Reports of Medical Cases. These volumes include beautiful hand-painted engravings depicting the effect of disease on various organs. Bright is known for his research and work involving the kidneys, and for his description of Bright’s disease, a form of kidney disease now known as acute or chronic nephritis.

Previous donations from Dr. and Mrs. Blaustein include volumes dedicated to the memory of Dr. Blaustein’s father, Norman Blaustein, who was an avid book collector. Dr. Blaustein credits his father with inspiring him to start his own book collection, which, in addition to the donated volumes, contained a copy of Johannes Kepler’s 1609 Astonomia Nova, and a number of herbals. Among the Blausteins’ previous donations to the HS/HSL are monographs on European travel, human muscle, and anatomy.

In 1992, Dr. Blaustein donated an 1824 Maryland dissertation on measles. The dissertation was discovered by his book dealer in a European book store and made its way back to UMB through Dr. Blaustein. The dissertation is now available through the Library’s UMB Digital Archive:.

Dr. Blaustein joined the faculty at the UMB School of Medicine in 1979 as chair of the Department of Physiology, a position he held until 2003. After stepping down from the chairman position, he remained a member of the Department of Physiology and also served as director of the Maryland Center for Heart, Hypertension and Kidney Disease, and as an affiliate professor in the Biotechnology Center of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.

Scarred for Life: Every Scar Tells a Story

Ted Meyer

Ted Meyer

A fascinating exhibit by artist Ted Meyer will be on display April 4 to June 22, 2018. Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator, and patient advocate who helps patients, students, and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises.

Ted seeks to improve patient-physician communications and speaks about living as an artist with illness. Telling stories about his own art and the stories behind his scar art collection, he offers insight into living with pain, illness, and disfigurement. Ted has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. His work has been displayed internationally in museums, hospitals, and galleries.

Ted’s rare niche mixes art, medicine, and stories of healing and survival, drawing from his experience as a lifelong patient with Gaucher Disease, an enzyme deficiency that affects bones and joints. Ted spent much of his childhood in severe pain. His work is influenced by his many hospital stays where he began mixing art and medical supplies. (How can you make something out of IV tubes, bandages, and pipe cleaners?) Contorted, graphic skeletal images appear in his early paintings, reflecting his belief that he would not reach his 30th birthday. He now considers himself normal and healthy, having outlived friends, family, and early expectations.

Exhibit: For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform

For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform

Health care reform has been a contentious political issue in the United States for more than a hundred years. From the beginning of the 20th century to today, citizens have made their voices heard in these debates. For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform tells the lesser-known story of how movements of ordinary people helped shape the changing American health care system.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It will be on display from February 12 to March 24, 2018 in the Library’s Weise Gallery.

New Staff

Aimee Gogan, MLIS

Aimee Gogan, MLIS

Aimee Gogan, MLIS, joined the HS/HSL in February as the health professionals and evaluation coordinator for the Regional Medical Library, where she is responsible for developing outreach projects and educational objects to improve information access for health professionals and those who work with health professionals. She previously worked at the HS/HSL as an intern from June through December 2018. She has experience working in public libraries and in a regulatory agency within the Maryland Department of Health. In her free time, she provides volunteer library support at a school serving students with special educational needs.

Tara Wink, MLS

Tara Wink, MLS

Tara Wink, MLS, is the HS/HSL’s new Historical Collections librarian. She comes to us from the F.H. Green Library at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she worked as the special collections librarian for over 7 years. She is excited to bring UMB’s archives to the people and is enjoying diving into the collections and learning about the history and traditions of our campus. She encourages those with UMB documents, such as letters, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and books to contact her about donating these items. Her aim is to improve the collections housed at the Library and to ensure that they encompass the history of all of the schools and the campus as a whole.

Staff News

Priscilla Anderson, BA

Priscilla Anderson, BA

Priscilla Anderson, BA, Information Services weekend supervisor, recently celebrated her 40th year (really 41st) at the HS/HSL. She was honored by the University at an award ceremony and luncheon on March 14. Priscilla worked for 20 years in the Cataloging department, one year in Interlibrary Loan, and has worked for the past 20 years as a supervisor in the Information Services department. She has been recognized repeatedly for her problem-solving skills and expertise. Her colleagues in Information Services recognized her milestone with a “champagne” break to celebrate her achievement.

Publications & Presentations

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, co-authored “Rising Stars Research Projects 2016-2017: Action Research to Improve MLA’s Communities,” published in Hypothesis: Journal of the Research Section of the Medical Library Association (MLA).

Brian Zelip, MS, MA, presented the Affinity Group talk, “Using for Collaboration and Learning,” at the December 2017 annual MD Tech Connect meeting in Rockville, MD.

December 2017 – Volume 12 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

Why All the Kerfuffle About ResearchGate and SciHub?

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

ResearchGate, SciHub, and other scholarly sharing networks (SSNs) have been in the news recently, as publishers push back against article sharing on these sites. The Coalition for Responsible Sharing, an alliance of publishers whose members include the American Chemical Society, Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Wiley, and Brill, recently issued “takedown notices” asking ResearchGate to remove copyright infringing articles. (See “ResearchGate: Publishers Take Formal Steps to Force Copyright Compliance.“) ResearchGate is a popular scholarly sharing network that many academics and researchers use as a platform for sharing articles. The heart of the matter is that many authors post articles on ResearchGate not realizing they have no right to do so because they assigned the copyright to the publisher. Legally speaking, these authors do not own the copyright.

A similar situation exists for SciHub and other SSNs. Many academics and researchers have the mistaken belief they can do what they wish with their published output. Certainly, in this era of public and open access, confusion can exist. Among academics, however, the issue may go beyond a simple lack of awareness or misunderstanding of copyright laws. A recent guest post in The Scholarly Kitchen blog entitled “Academics and Copyright Ownership: Ignorant, Confused, or Misled?” posits that many academics may also have a different understanding of what copyright means, feeling it is counter to scholarly culture.

Regardless of how academics understand copyright – or how any of us feel about open and public access – copyright ownership is a legal issue. Once an author signs away copyright, they have essentially signed away their rights to do with the article what they wish.

If you want to know more about the options for publishing and sharing your work, the Library can help. UMB authors who publish in journals that permit preprints or manuscripts to be entered into an institutional repository can submit their works to the UMB Digital Archive. For information about the Archive, contact the staff at

For more information about how you can share your scholarly output, Elsevier has published a helpful booklet delineating how articles published by Elsevier can be shared. There are also helpful sections on other issues related to article sharing.

Faculty librarians at the HS/HSL also have expertise in this area and can offer advice on retaining copyright, open and public access, and other issues related to scholarly communication. Visit our Publication Strategies guide for assistance.

HS/HSL Partners With the NIH All of Us Research Program

All of Us

The HS/HSL is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

The HS/HSL is one of eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). Through a cooperative agreement from the National Library of Medicine, the NNLM will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically working with public libraries. [Press Release]

This partnership is a three-year pilot program to support the All of Us Research Program. Activities in the pilot are designed to:

  • Help public libraries support the health information needs of their users;
  • Support community engagement through public libraries for All of Us; and
  • Operate the All of Us Training Center, the home for training and resources about and related to the program for consumers, health professionals, librarians, and researchers.

“Libraries serve as vital community hubs, and this collaboration presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us,” said Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, director of NLM. “Working with our vast network of public libraries, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”

The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

3D Print Your Holiday Ornaments!

3D Print Your Holiday Ornaments!

3D print a holiday-themed model at the HS/HSL Innovation Space now through December 20! To help get you started, we’ve compiled a selection of models from diverse cultural and religious communities. Please note that standard charges for 3D printing do apply. See our blog post for more details.

HS/HSL Cancels Web of Science


Beginning January 2018, the HS/HSL will no longer license Web of Science, an abstract and citation database that includes Journal Citation Reports (JCR). A comparable database, Scopus, provides similar information to Web of Science. Since the Library can no longer afford to provide access to both resources, and because Web of Science was used much less often than Scopus, it was identified as a resource to discontinue. The rising cost of library resources combined with a flat resources budget resulted in this difficult decision.

Fortunately, the Library will continue to provide access to a comparable database, Scopus. It is the largest scholarly literature database available, offering researchers the ability to search across all disciplines, including basic sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and much more. Like Web of Science, Scopus allows searchers to discover documents that cite articles and view reference lists cited within articles. Scopus also offers tools for evaluating both individual and institutional scholarly output.

Alternatives to Journal Citation Reports (JCR), which allows researchers to determine the impact factor of a journal, are also available. Eigenfactor uses the same underlying data as Journal Citation Reports to rank journals within their disciplines. CiteScore uses Scopus data to provide journal rankings. Both metrics are freely available.

To learn more about Scopus and other options for evaluating the impact of research, please contact the Faculty Librarian for your School.

Graphic Medicine Collection

Graphic Medicine Collection

Ian Williams, a graphic artist, physician, and humanist, coined the term “graphic medicine” to describe “the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare.” Writing in BMJ (2010;340:c863), Michael J Green and Kimberly R Meyers argue that “graphic stories have an important role in patient care, medical education, and the social critique of the medical profession.” The juxtaposition of text and image, they claim, helps to lead to a “visceral understanding” that normal narratives cannot.

The HS/HSL has started a new collection of these innovative texts. Titles include Graphic Medicine Manifesto, Pain is Really Strange, and Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James. They are shelved on the first floor of the Library next to the Leisure Reading Collection. The collection is small, but will grow over time. We would be happy to hear any suggestions you might have for new content.

Collection Realignment Process

At the beginning of this fiscal year, the HS/HSL was faced with flat subscription funding and rising subscription costs, meaning the collection would have to be realigned to stay within budget. Since the majority of the Library’s journals are subscribed to through bundles—large collections of journals that are priced significantly less than the sum of their à la carte prices—the process was much more complex than just trimming the least effective subscriptions until the budget was met. Instead, we were faced with having to cancel at least one of our large journal bundles.

The primary metric we use to measure the effectiveness of our journal subscriptions is cost-per-use (CPU). This is the price of the journal subscription divided by the number of full-text downloads from the journal over the course of a year. This information was gathered for each of the journal bundles and all of the individual journal titles to help guide decision making. Then a committee of faculty librarians met with representatives from each of the schools in June to discuss the issues and constitute a Collection Advisory Task Force.

Using the CPU data and the issues raised during the discussion, we constructed 16 possible scenarios for keeping the Library’s journal subscriptions within budget. For the remainder of the summer, the library committee met weekly to review the scenarios, identifying the three most effective, which were presented to the Collection Advisory Task Force.

  • Scenario A was to cancel all journal bundles and subscribe to the most effective journals on an individual basis. This would leave a journal collection of around 1,230 titles.
  • Scenario B was to keep all of the journal bundles and cancel individual subscriptions until the budget was met. About 2,978 titles would be retained. While this scenario would have kept the most journal titles, it would have had a major impact on titles from Springer and Taylor & Francis, major publishers whose titles are subscribed to individually.
  • Scenario C was to cancel the Wiley bundle, retaining the most important titles as individual subscriptions. About 2,738 titles would be retained.

All involved agreed that Scenario C was the best way to move forward for this fiscal year, with the understanding that if journal subscription prices continue to rise and the Library’s subscription budget remains flat that in a very few years we will be forced to follow Scenario A.

Fortunately, Academic Affairs was able to provide additional funding. This, combined with consortial savings, DRIF funds, and a partnership on the Wiley bundle with the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, meant that we were able to maintain all of our subscriptions this year. However, we recognize that this is just a solution for 2018. The work we did this summer and fall—particularly the constitution of the Collection Advisory Task Force—will be of great help when we face this problem in the future.

Bioinformatics and Data Science Workstation

Bioinformatics + Data Science Workstation

The HS/HSL recently added a bioinformatics workstation to the research commons area on the Library’s first floor. The high performance computer is loaded with licensed and open-source software and is dedicated to high-throughput data analysis for faculty, staff, and students of UMB.

Licensed Software

  • Pathway Studio
  • DNAStar Lasergene 15

Open-Source Software

  • Galaxy
  • R & R-Studio
  • Anaconda / Python
  • Broad – Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV)
  • Cytoscape
  • UNIX/Linux Bioinformatics tools

For more information, contact HS/HSL’s bioinformationist, Jean-Paul Courneya, by email or phone 410-706-1784.

HS/HSL Maker Expo – March 6, 2018 – Save the Date!

UMB Maker Expo

Calling all makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs!

The HS/HSL Maker Expo is a networking and showcase event for anyone interested emerging technologies and health care. Join us at UMB’s Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center on March 6, 2018 for presentations on cutting-edge research and projects, relevant product and service vendors, networking, and more! Registration, speaker, and vendor information to be announced.

UMB Entrepreneur Toolkit

UMB Entrepreneur Toolkit

The HS/HSL has put together a toolkit of information for entrepreneurs and innovators interested in learning more about intellectual property, starting their own company, innovating, and other related topics.

Our guide was constructed with the help of innovative individuals at UMB and will be a “work in progress” to be updated with future suggestions from innovators in our community who would like to contribute to our toolkit.

If you know of a resource that would make a nice addition to our toolkit, please email us If you are including a webpage or website that you are directly responsible for, please include permission for us to link to it.

Library Genie 2017 Survey Results

The Library Genie!

During the month of October, the Library Genie asked for your top three library wishes. We have received your requests and are looking at ways to grant your library wishes!

The most persistent request we tallied this year was for more rolling blue chairs with arms (both task chairs and big comfy chairs). Your message has been heard on this one. Other top categories include new coffee vending options, better lighting, updated study rooms, and charging/electrical plugs on every tabletop. We thank you all for taking the time to help us make the HS/HSL a great place to be.

A first floor refresh committee is looking at ways to improve your experience, and the Genie is looking into possibilities for granting some of your wishes. We will keep you posted.

Collaborative Learning Room Now Available!

Collaborative Learning Room

After a recent renovation, the Distance Education Room on the Library’s lower level is now the Collaborative Learning Room. This flexible space can be used for collaborative hands-on learning, small group work, presentations, or meetings. The space seats up to 40 and contains chairs and tables on wheels to allow for a variety of setups. The room is equipped with five 75″ wall-mounted Samsung monitors. A computer connected to all five displays allows for simultaneous viewing, or users may bring their own devices to connect to individual displays, allowing for collaborative or group work. The displays connect using HDMI cables. Adaptors are available at the Information Services Desk.

To reserve the room, contact Library Administration at 410-706-7545.

Gender Neutral Bathroom

Gender neutral bathroom

The HS/HSL is proud to offer a gender neutral bathroom on our first floor. It is located in the same corridor as the other restrooms. It is equipped with a sink, mirror, and secure lock. We began this project with input from students who requested it through our Library Genie survey. We are pleased to have been able to grant this particular wish!

Unmasking the Trauma of War Luncheon and Guest Speaker

Unmasking the Trauma of War

The healing mask exhibit, “Unmasking the Trauma of War,” and guest speaker luncheon that took place on Monday, November 20, 2017 in the Gladhill Boardroom was a great success. Melissa Walker, MA, ATR, art therapist and healing arts program coordinator, shared the fascinating story of the art therapy program at the National Center of Excellence (NICoE). There, active service members explore the themes of patriotism, duality of self, and the physical and psychological pain so often experienced by our military servicemen and women.

The NICoE art therapy program, which encourages service members to externalize and then process their feelings and experiences, identifies artistically with the psychotherapeutic guidance of a credentialed art therapist. Works in this exhibit were created by military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Melissa Walker, ATR

Melissa Walker, ATR

Melissa Walker moved to the National Capital Region to work for the Department of Defense after earning a master’s degree in art therapy from NYU. Melissa served as art therapist on Walter Reed’s inpatient psychiatric unit before transferring to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). Melissa also acts as lead art therapist for Creative Forces: NEA/Military Healing Arts Network, a collaboration that aims to expand arts access for the military population. Since its inception, the NICoE’s art therapy program has gained international recognition, including a National Geographic cover story and Melissa’s TEDMED talk featured as TED’s “talk of the day.”

UMB Employee of the Month

President Perman and Persia Drummond

Photo by Lou Cortina, Editor, UMB Communications and Public Affairs. UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD and Persia Drummond, HS/HSL Weekend Supervisor

Persia Drummond, BS, weekend supervisor, was honored by President Perman on November 20 with a certificate and check after winning UMB’s Employee of the Month award. Persia was recognized as an outstanding and dedicated employee, one who is a true professional and natural leader.

A few of the accolades she has received over the years were mentioned. For example, Dr. Philip Mackowiak, emeritus professor at the School of Medicine recently sent an email saying, “Just a short note of praise for Persia Drummond. I needed help in the library today and she went out of her way to see that I got what I needed.” Nancy Gordon, Executive Director, Protocol and Special Events, emailed in October 2015 to say, “I just wanted to let you know that Persia at the front desk was a huge help to me on Saturday for the CURE Launch Lunch! She was great!” Such service is in no way out of the ordinary for Persia. This is just a small collection of the compliments she has received over the years.

Congratulations, Persia!

New Staff

Yunting Fu, MLS

Yunting Fu, MLS

The HS/HSL is excited to “re-welcome” Yunting Fu, MLS, to our family of Research, Education and Outreach (REO) Librarians. She will be working with Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS, to serve the School of Nursing. She may be familiar to some as she previously worked at the HS/HSL from 2008 to 2013 as the REO librarian to the School of Pharmacy. She returns to us from the Laupus Library at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she served as liaison librarian to the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Staff News

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, received a three-year All of Us Community Engagement through Public Libraries grant supplement worth more than $1,500,000. The supplement will support educational outreach in the areas targeted by the All of Us Research Program in the SE/A region. This NIH program is designed to gather data from more than one million United States residents to accelerate research and improve health.

Everly Brown, MLIS; Sandra Galvez; and Erin Latta completed the inaugural cohort of the UMBrella Coaching Program on November 14, 2017. The program was designed to empower women at UMB to achieve their potential and to reach their professional and personal goals.

Posters and Presentations

Everly Brown presented a lightning talk, “Dreaming up a New Poster Printing Service: One Library’s Experience,” at the October 2017 annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC/MLA) in Staunton, VA.

Ashley Cuffia, MLS, AHIP, presented “Are You Afraid of the Future? A Tale of an MLS Student’s Exploration of Health Science Librarianship” at the MAC/MLA October 2017 annual meeting in Staunton, VA.

Patricia Hinegardner, MLS, AHIP; Na Lin, MLS; and Meg Del Baglivo, MLS, presented a poster, “The Data Jigsaw Puzzle: Will Usage Data from Multiple Sources Document the Importance of Older Literature?” at the MAC/MLA October 2017 annual meeting in Staunton, VA.

Patricia Hinegardner; Na Lin; Maria Pinkas, MLS; and Meg Del Baglivo presented a poster, “The Power of Collaboration: Digitization of State Medical Society Journals 1900-2000 – The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Experience,” at the MAC/MLA October 2017 annual meeting in Staunton, VA.

Na Lin; Angela D. Cochrane; and Patricia Hinegardner presented a poster, “Charting Unknown Territory: Digitizing Lab Notebooks,” at the MAC/MLA October 2017 annual meeting in Staunton, VA.

Na Lin; Patricia Hinegardner; Meg Del Baglivo; Jean-Paul Courneya, MS; and Brad Gerhart presented a poster, ” Promoting Discovery of Research Data: Implementing a Data Catalog at the University of Maryland, Baltimore,” at the MAC/MLA October 2017 annual meeting in Staunton, VA.

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, was a co-author of “Advancing the conversation: next steps for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) health sciences librarianship” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

M.J. Tooey delivered the keynote address, “Casting Ourselves Forward: Expertise, Resources, Place,” at the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association October 2017 annual meeting in Knoxville, TN.

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