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May 2019 – Volume 13 – Number 3

What’s Next?

M.J. Tooey
M.J. Tooey, executive director

Sometimes it is hard to write this column. At this time of the year, I am frequently tempted to write, “Congratulations graduates – good luck and everyone enjoy the summer!” However, that really wouldn’t be fair since the HS/HSL is involved in so many wonderful things and has opportunities to be involved in so many more. However, finite resources, infinite wants, or in this case, opportunities. So let’s focus on the three legs of our Library’s tagline – Expertise, Resources, Place to see where we may have opportunities.

Expertise: Discussions about our role in the UMB data management ecosystem are always front and center as we grow our expertise in developing data management plans and systematic reviews. Investigation of the concept of “data wrangling” and understanding R and Python programming languages is underway. Expertise and knowledge of national data trends and standards, such as the General Data Protections Regulations (GDPR), and the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) principles applied to data storage, access, and curation, make us valued. Our Innovation Space hums with activity supporting entrepreneurship and innovation. Virtual and augmented reality are on our radar, as are the impacts artificial intelligence and machine learning will have in our environment.

Resources: Data curation continues to be an issue as the national conversation around big data escalates. Our data catalog project has become part of that discussion as we try to find ways to efficiently locate data and datasets. We are also aggressively adding digital backfiles that make back runs of journals available digitally. Our licensing of the Covidence software will support the University’s systematic review process.

Place: Having just completed our very successful 21@601 programming and hosting of Yumi Hogan’s beautiful exhibit, we have an appreciation of how much our building means to so many. During the week of May 20, our new first floor furniture will arrive, transforming and updating our main floor. Next year we will be moving up to the second floor to improve the library experience there.

So much going on!
BTW – Congratulations graduates – good luck and everyone enjoy the summer!

Big Changes to First Floor

Renovation in Progress

Changes to the Library’s first floor are coming soon. Look for new tables and chairs, study pods, increased access to power, study banquettes, and pops of color on newly painted walls. The plans for this first floor refresh have been in the works for over a year – starting with a survey that gauged students’ preferences for functional furniture and optimal study spaces.

As the new furniture is installed, the first floor beyond the public computers will be closed from May 18 through May 23. Although we will do our best to minimize disruptions, you might notice a few preparations going on before the movers arrive on May 18.

  • Some study tables and chairs will be moved into the gallery temporarily.
  • Walls and pillars will be repainted.
  • New chairs (per your request!) are being added to the first floor. Older chairs are being removed.

Look for pics of our new first floor in the next issue of Connective Issues.

Free Coffee Break for Students! May 6 & 13

Free Coffee Break for Students! May 6 & 13
The Library has already hosted one successful coffee break on May 6th. We invite students to enjoy another round on us this coming Monday, May 13, starting at 7:00 p.m. Come and grab a cup while supplies last!

Evening Coffee Break
Monday, May 13
7:00 p.m., 1st floor Weise Gallery

Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

CiteNLM

When was the last time you used Wikipedia? With more than 7 billion views a year on over 155,000 health topic pages, Wikipedia may be the most popular online health information resource.

Building on the success of two past events, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine continued its efforts to improve consumer health information on Wikipedia with its third Edit-a-Thon, held on May 6, 2019. Using trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources like PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Genetics Home Reference, 54 editors from around the country worked to add citations to existing Wikipedia articles related to health equity. In total, 134 edits were made to 42 articles, with more than 6,000 words added to Wikipedia.

New for this edit-a-thon was an in-person editing session held at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Led by NNLM staff Aimee Gogan, Alicia Lillich, and Elaina Vitale, the immersion session described the importance of Wikipedia as a resource and led participants through identifying articles in need of improvement, selecting NLM resources, and adding valuable information and citations to health equity articles on Wikipedia.

To learn more about Wikipedia and stay up to date on future edit-a-thons, visit the NNLM Wikipedia project page.

HS/HSL’s 21@601 Birthday Celebration Coming to an End

HS/HSL 21@601 Exhibit

HS/HSL 21@601 Exhibit

On April 15, architects Ed Kohls and Steve Foote joined M.J. Tooey, executive director of the HS/HSL on a trip down memory lane as they reminisced about the construction of the library building, completed in 1998.

Did you know?… The Information Services desk and the circular office next to it form a question mark. The Library has the longest continuous staircase in Baltimore City. The Library could only be 5 stories instead of 6 stories high because it is in the path of helicopters landing at Shock Trauma. The red wall at the entrance to the library is made of Venetian plaster. Two weeks after the building opened, a car spun out of control at the corner of Greene and Lombard and hit the tower…

HS/HSL staff members Charlene Matthews, Patrick Williams and Shanell Stephens view old photos of the HS/HSL

HS/HSL staff members Charlene Matthews, Patrick Williams and Shanell Stephens view old photos of the HS/HSL

These were some of the facts shared with the 34 people–including special guest Frieda O. Weise, former HS/HSL director–who attended the celebration luncheon. The overall conclusion: The building has stood the test of time as it has continuously evolved along with the needs of UMB’s faculty, students, and staff.

On April 23, the Library held a special tour and reception for HS/HSL staff. Members of the staff who were at the Library during the construction reminisced about… Singing loudly on the stairs when the building was still empty (interesting acoustics). A rat trapped between the walls who chewed through the inside wall to escape. Reveling in the space – lots of beautiful space and windows compared to the former building… M.J. made a toast celebrating the building but, more importantly, celebrating the staff who bring the Library to life.

The exhibit highlighting major changes to the building will be on display on the 5th floor of the Library until the end of May. If you are unable to make a visit, check out our 21@601 building timeline on the web.

Art Enriches the Library

Quiet Rising 1

Yumi Hogan’s “Quiet Rising 1”
Acrylic and Sumi Ink on Canvas

Throughout the past 21 years, the HS/HSL’s Frieda O. Weise Gallery has hosted numerous exhibits of paintings, sculpture, and photography, as well as various traveling exhibitions. The Library has featured works by local, regional, and national artists, including University faculty, staff, and students. After exhibiting in the Weise Gallery, many artists generously donate a piece of art to the Library’s permanent collection. The Library has over 20 pieces of donated art, which you will find displayed throughout the public spaces of the building. The most recent piece added to our collection, Yumi Hogan’s “Quiet Rising 1,” hangs on the first floor. Take a minute to appreciate art. It enriches our everyday experience.

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 are able to access HS/HSL’s electronic resources off campus for 2 months after graduation. After that, you will need to come to the Library to access online journals and databases.
  • 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. Remember, the HS/HSL’s subscription is ending June 30. Consider moving your references to a free option, like Mendeley or Zotero. To see how their features compare, visit 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! Please contact the Information Services Desk if you have any questions.

Citizen Science Online Course

A citizen scientist is a member of the public who works with a scientist to gather data to solve a problem collectively, or who is investigating a research question on his or her own. In our information and data rich society, it is important to equip citizen scientists with research skills that will enable them to conduct sound scientific investigations. Research outcomes from these investigations can be applied to solve an issue, raise awareness, or advocate for change.

To enable people to become effective citizen scientists, a team at the HS/HSL is planning an online citizen science course. The course will comprise a number of individual classes, each containing distinct topical units and employing a variety of instructional methodologies, such as short lecture, animation, and slides. An award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region is supporting development of the course. Stay tuned as we move from planning to course development. For more information, contact Alexa Mayo.

Goodbye, RefWorks

Goodbye, RefWorks

The HS/HSL’s subscription to RefWorks will end on June 30, 2019. If you use RefWorks, you will need to move your citations to a new citation manager. Some free citation manager alternatives are Mendeley and Zotero. EndNote, another popular option, is available for purchase from the UMB Software Licensing Office. Each of these options have different characteristics when it comes to storage space, collaboration capabilities, storing and importing PDFs, as well as other features. It is important to pick the citation manager that is best suited for the work you do. You can find out more about these options on our Citations Managers page.

The Library offers free workshops on each of the citation manager alternatives, so if you are curious about one of them, consider registering. If you have any questions about citation managers, you can email us.

Staff News

Publications & Presentations

Everly Brown, MLIS, presented “Using Online Portals to Manage Library Services” at the April Council of Academic Library Directors (CALD) meeting in Columbia, MD.

Vickie Campbell and Lorraine Woods presented “Beyond ILL: Opportunities for ILL Staff to Develop New Expertise” at the OCLC Resource Sharing Conference in Jacksonville, FL in March.

Patricia Hinegardner, MLS, and Na Lin, MLS, presented “Promoting Research Data Discovery: Development of a Data Catalog at the University of Maryland, Baltimore” at the April CALD meeting in Columbia, MD.

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, presented the keynote address, “We Can All Be Leaders,” at the Leadership Institute of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.

M.J. Tooey participated on two panels at the April Association of College and Research Libraries meeting – “Research Futures: Librarians Perspective” and “Getting Ready for AI: A Library Journal Club.”

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, was acknowledged for her work on a systematic review in “Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Passive Lower Lingual Arch for Resolving Mandibular Incisor Crowding and Effects on Arch Dimension” Pediatric Dentistry 2019, Jan 15: 41 (1):9-22.

Wink, Tara, MLS, et al., presented “Making Waves Without Causing a Problem” at the April Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Morgantown, WV.

Howe, Cara and Tara Wink presented “Making Waves Without Capsizing Your Boat” at the April Archivists and Librarians in the History of Health Sciences and Medical Museums Association Joint Meeting in Columbus, OH.

April Wright, MLS presented “Libraries, Health Information and the All of Us Research Program” at the West Virginia Library Association’s April meeting in Morgantown, WV, and at the Maryland/Delaware Library Association’s May conference in Cambridge, MD.

Brian Zelip, MSLIS, MA, presented “Making Dreams Come True: Library-Led Design Thinking in the Health and Life Sciences” at the April CALD meeting in Columbia, MD.

March 2019 – Volume 13 – Number 2

The Annual Report is Here! The Annual Report is Here! Finally!

M.J. Tooey
M.J. Tooey, executive director

The staff at the HS/HSL took a ten-year break from publishing an annual report. It wasn’t that we had nothing to report. In fact, this has been an extremely productive time as we focused on transforming the HS/HSL into an organization of knowledge experts offering new and unique services and resources. However, the type of annual report we used to do was laborious to write, edit, and publish. We were fatigued by the process and bored by the content by the time it was eventually published.

Inspired by graphic, dashboard-oriented reports, we decided to try a short, focused annual report. We limited ourselves to two pages. It needed to be in color, contain images, be available online with live links, and able to be printed out as a promotional piece. While our inaugural short report didn’t take us any less time due to our need to make design and content decisions, we are pleased with the result. Now that we have the format, we vow to have next year’s completed before the 2019 holidays.

The report hones in on the many ways we support our user community and beyond through our expertise, our resources, and our place.

I am pleased to present to you the HS/HSL 2017-2018 Annual Report.

21@601: Celebrating HS/HSL’s 21 Years at 601 W. Lombard

21@601: Celebrating HS/HSL's 21 Years at 601 W. Lombard

Time flies! On April 3, 1998, the HS/HSL opened its doors for the first time at 601 West Lombard Street. The beautiful new building was the result of years of planning and fundraising; groundbreaking occurred in May 1996. When the building opened, it had 900 seats—760 more than the old library building, which was located across the street—40 group study rooms, and 55 computers. Floors one through five had stacks for books and journals, a much different environment from today’s Library. Over time, as collections have become digital, shelving has been removed to make way for new services, study space, and offices.

Exhibit
To learn more about the HS/HSL’s 21@601, stop by the 5th floor of the Library to see our exhibit. It features a working 1998 computer and a model of the Library building. The exhibit will run from April 3 through May 24.

Luncheon and Panel Discussion
Join us on April 15 for a celebration luncheon and panel discussion, 21@601: Looking Back/Looking Forward. The panelists will discuss the history of the building, changes over the years, and the future.

Panelists

  • Steven Foote, FAIA, president emeritus, Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects.
    Design principal for HS/HSL project (1992-1998)
  • Edward C. Kohls, FAIA, LEED AP, vice president, Higher Education Design Studio Leader, JMT Architecture, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Principal, Design Collective/Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects, Joint Venture for the HS/HSL project (1992-1998)
  • MJ Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president, Academic Affairs, executive director, HS/HSL, UMB.
    HS/HSL building project manager (1992-1998)

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: HS/HSL Gladhill Ballroom, 5th Floor

To register for this event, please email events@hshsl.umaryland.edu with your name and contact information.

First Floor Re-imagined

Agati Study Pod

Example of an Agati study pod. Just one of the types of new furniture arriving soon.

It’s time for a furniture upgrade on the first floor. Coming soon, we’ll be replacing most of the first floor furniture. The assortment of new chairs, tables, study pods, café tables, and banquette seating we’ve chosen will accommodate both private, individual study and collaboration. Along with new furniture, we’ll be installing additional electrical outlets to make accessing power more convenient.

Through surveys and one-on-one discussions, the HS/HSL planning team listened to our users’ preferences, and made them the basis for the first floor plan. When will you see big changes on the first floor? Late spring or early summer.

Journal Backfiles

Most of our current subscriptions only allow online access to articles that were published from when journals began to offer online access—usually the mid-1990s. This means that researchers who want a copy of an article that was published before electronic publishing began have to find it in the library stacks or request it through document delivery or interlibrary loan.

Most publishers, however, have digitized earlier volumes of their journals and make these “backfiles” available for a one-time purchase. These journal backfiles provide easy access to older literature both on and off-campus through the Library’s webpage and search tools such as OneSearch, PubMed, Scopus, and CINAHL.

The Library was given special funding to support the acquisition of journal backfiles. This year we have purchased the ScienceDirect Medicine and Dentistry Collection (about 380 titles), the New England Journal of Medicine, and a collection of 26 Pharmacology and Toxicology titles from Wiley. Over the next few years we hope to add other backfile collections to make this important older literature easily accessible.

HS/HSL Usage Survey – One Month Only

Online Usage Survey

In order to get a better handle on resource usage – who? and why? – a survey will appear when users log in to library resources during the month of April. The survey, which will pop up randomly three times every day, at different times throughout the month, will ask the following questions:

  1. What is the user’s status: faculty, staff, or student?
  2. With what school or unit the user is affiliated?
  3. What is the purpose of the use (research, assignments)?

M.J. Tooey, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and executive director of the HS/HSL explained, “We are hoping this survey will not be too intrusive, but it is critical during these times of budget and resources cuts to get a good picture of who is using HS/HSL resources.”

Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan, “Nature’s Spring Sonata” Exhibition

First Lady Yumi Hogan: 'Nature's Spring Sonata'

March 18 – April 18, 2019

Stop by and view Maryland artist and First Lady Yumi Hogan’s exhibit “Nature’s Spring Sonata” in the Weise Gallery. Mrs. Hogan’s works, made with sumi ink and hanji paper, display interpretations of her life and memories, and visually reflect those connections with nature. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Weise Gallery web page. Additional information about Yumi Hogan is available at the artist’s website.

Meet the Makers: Brad Hennessie and NextStep Robotics

Brad Hennessie, CEO of NextStep Robotics
HS/HSL Gladhill Boardroom
Friday, April 19, 2019, noon to 1 p.m.

The HS/HSL is proud to feature Brad Hennessie, CEO of NextStep Robotics and former HS/HSL Innovation Space user. NextStep Robotics has developed a personalized robotic therapy to help recovering stroke patients overcome “foot drop” syndrome. The technology behind the therapy was created when Mr. Hennessie was a researcher with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Mr. Hennessie will talk about his entrepreneurial pathway from lab to market, investment and grant funding, and new areas of expansion for NextStep Robotics.

HS/HSL Hosts NNLM Summit

2019 NNLM Summit
On March 4 and 5, HS/HSL hosted 92 staff members from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the 2019 NNLM Summit.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, or NNLM, is a network of eight health sciences libraries across the country that advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through funding, training, community outreach, and partnerships. As headquarters of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region, HS/HSL is committed to providing regional and national leadership for core programs and initiatives of the NNLM.

Over the course of the two days, participants of the Summit focused on three main goals:

  1. Develop a shared understanding of key messages from the National Library of Medicine
  2. Strengthen relationships among NNLM staff
  3. Improve network operations

Key workshops of the Summit included a session on cultural humility lead by Dr. Isabel Rambob of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, a discussion of the barriers to effective communication within NNLM, and a conversation on the future of the National Library of Medicine with Director Dr. Patti Brennan. Additionally, smaller breakout sessions allowed for meaningful conversation between NNLM staff of similar interest areas. Discussions on outreach initiatives, research data management, membership engagement, and partnerships with public libraries formed new connections between staff and helped direct the path of key NNLM initiatives.

2019 NNLM Summit

Through workshops, breakout sessions, and extended conversations, staff left the Summit with stronger relationships with colleagues from around the country and a focused vision for the future of NNLM.

Libraries: Foundations of Strong, Healthy Communities

All of Us Research Program

Connection, education, participation, and empowerment—these are defining characteristics of strong and healthy communities.

A recent partnership between the National Network Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program seeks to build and strengthen these characteristics in communities across the U.S. The mission of the NNLM is to “to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.”

The All of Us Research Program aims to advance discovery in biomedical research and improve health by providing more precise, individualized treatments for disease. The All of Us Research Program is a clinical trial that seeks the participation of over one million individuals traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research—people of color, women, people of diverse sexual orientations and identities, and people from diverse environments and socioeconomic backgrounds—to make biomedical advancements possible.

The NNLM/All of Us partnership empowers public libraries to educate the public about the All of Us Research Program and connect participants with health information. Through the partnership, libraries are encouraging people to take an active role in their health, by asking questions, learning about data privacy and informed consent, and learning how to find reliable health information. Libraries are also encouraging the public to participate in discussions about research ethics and genetics, and to think critically about these issues when assessing the value of their own contributions, as individual participants, to clinical research, medical advancements, and health of their communities. Libraries empower their communities by listening to their health needs, convening discussions, offering health and wellness programs, and finding answers to their health related questions.

Libraries truly are the foundations of strong and healthy communities through connection, education, participation, and empowerment. The NNLM encourages you to celebrate National Library Week, April 7-13, and discover how libraries are building a strong community.

UMB Digital Archive Gets a New Look!

UMB Digital Archive

The UMB Digital Archive has a new look and feel. While its organization remains the same, information within individual records has been rearranged to provide a better user experience. New features include a download button and a thumbnail image for accessing the digital item from within a record, and a statistics link leads to usage data at the individual item or collection level.

Unfamiliar with the Archive? Its goal is to collect, preserve, and distribute via the web the academic works of UMB. Search the Archive for dissertations, faculty works, and grey literature (materials not easily found through conventional systems of publication), such as annual reports, newsletters, white papers, and posters. In addition to text files, it includes historical images, oral histories, and promotional materials of the University.

If you have questions or want to contribute content, please email us.

Staff News

Honors & Awards

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Marcia C. Noyes Award by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The Noyes award is MLA’s highest professional distinction and recognizes a career that has resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to medical librarianship. Tooey’s distinguished service and leadership in the field will be honored at the upcoming MLA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Gail Betz, MSLIS, has been accepted into the 2019 cohort for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. The Institute provides training in research methodology for librarians so that they can successfully complete a research project of their own design. The training will take place in June 2019, with a project completion estimate of July 2020. Gail’s research will focus on the hiring process for academic librarians with disabilities.

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, and coauthors have been honored with the Ida and George Eliot Prize from the Medical Library Association (MLA) for their article “Advancing the Conversation: Next Steps for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) Health Sciences Librarianship,” published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). The Eliot Prize Is awarded annually for a published work that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. Nguyen and his colleagues will receive the award at the MLA Annual Meeting in May.

Publications & Presentations

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, delivered the keynote address at the Leadership Institute of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting held in Hot Springs, VA.

Brian Zelip, MSLIS, MA, presented “Making Saves Lives” at the January meeting of the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators in Silver Spring, MD. He also presented “Makerspace Use Cases in the Health and Life Sciences” at the Loyola Notre Dame Library in February.

December 2018 – Volume 13 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

A Celebration of 21 Years at the HS/HSL – “21@601”

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey, executive director

It is hard for me to believe, but in April of 2019, the HS/HSL will have been open for 21 years. Having served as client project manager during the original planning of the building, I find this 21st anniversary an occasion to reflect on the idea of library as “place.” If I had a dollar for every time I have heard, “Why do you need a library? Everything is online (and in some minds, free),” I would be very rich. It is true, however, that if we were building a library today, it would be a very different facility. Yet the library we built back in the 1990’s has proven remarkably flexible and adaptable to modern needs.

We designed this beautiful building as a symbol of UMB’s aspirations to be a premier public research institution and a major player in the health sciences and human services. And while I am not saying it is because of the Library that this has happened, I will say the buildings we build illustrate how we feel about ourselves. Library buildings are cultural icons. Even the most digitally attached person knows what a library is.

While we certainly don’t need the room for collections we once did, our library has met other needs through our Innovation Space, Presentation Practice Studio, Frieda O. Weise Gallery, and consultation and collaborative spaces as we have evolved with our users. Students are the biggest users of our physical space, and for them we are a refuge, a place of contemplation and collaboration. Even though we have more study rooms (45) and seating than most other health sciences libraries, it’s still not enough. While we have not seen any fistfights, things do get a little tense during midterms and finals when students can’t find places to study. We are FULL.

Over the next six months, we will be refurbishing our main floor as things have gotten a little threadbare, worn, and dated over 21 years. We have already started with the addition of our “pilot” of booths on the second floor and third floor tower. More to come. We are very thankful UMB Administration has approved funds for five years to do a little bit more modernization every year.

I am closing by thanking so many people who have supported our “place” over 21 years. Our tenants – CITS, the Counseling Center, Student Accounting, the Registrar and Bursar – all great building colleagues. University Administration. Facilities Management, who clean, maintain, and support our infrastructure, taking as much pride in our building as we do. And, finally, the many library team members who have passed through over the years. Their pride in the building and vision for change is always inspiring.

I hope you can join us for some of our events celebrating 21@601. As always, you can find previews of our upcoming events in Connective Issues.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday break and exciting 2019!

Celebrating 21 Years of Art at the HS/HSL

Art@601

Our upcoming exhibit, 21 Years of Art at the HS/HSL, will showcase selected art works from past exhibits. It runs from December 10, 2018 through February 22, 2019.

Throughout the past 21 years, art exhibits of paintings, sculpture, photography, and more have graced the walls and spaces of the HS/HSL, showcasing creativity and artistic expression. Works by University staff and students, as well as other artists, have been featured. Additionally, traveling exhibits from various organizations have informed us on a wide variety of health-related topics and social issues. The sponsoring organizations have ranged from medical institutions and groups to national museums and crisis centers. Former HS/HSL Executive Director Frieda Weise, for whom the Gallery is named, envisioned the Library as a community space – where people could gather surrounded by more than books and computers, a place that invites the diverse University community to come together. What better way to do so than through the arts?

Join us on January 24, from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery for a reception and brief overview of the past 21 years of art at the HS/HSL.

The New Booths Are Here! The New Booths Are Here!

More New Booths

Stop in the second floor or third floor tower and see the latest addition to the HS/HSL’s furniture – booths (or banquettes, if you are being fancy). The HS/HSL purchased six of these in order to freshen up our seating. Let us know what you think.

New Booths

VisualDx is available at the HS/HSL

VisualDx

VisualDx is a visual diagnostic clinical support tool that includes over 2,800 adult and pediatric conditions and thousands of images. Search by a diagnosis, build patient- specific differentials, or review medication reactions and adverse events. This versatile tool delivers speed and diagnostic accuracy in your clinical work.

Find it in the Databases list on the HS/HSL website. Download the iOS or Android app from the Library’s VisualDx account for use off campus!

  • Access over 40,000 medical images. See the variations of disease presentation by age, skin type, etc.
  • Build a differential diagnosis in seconds.
  • Review succinct disease information.
  • Provide patients with images and information designed to improve follow-up.

To learn more, view these VisualDX video tutorials.

HSHSL Hosts DaSH 8 Hackathon

In October, the HS/HSL hosted a group of international researchers from the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) for their yearly Data Standards Hackathon – DaSH 8. The purpose of the hackathon is to encourage collaboration on coding and data standards.

At the DaSH 8, the 8th annual CIBMTR hackathon, researchers finalized the minimum information specifications for reporting next generation sequence genotyping (MIRING). They also worked on tools such as Histoimmunogenetics Markup Language (HML 1.0) for implementing MIRING, and prepared standards and code for expressing novel polymorphisms without human curation (Gene Feature Enumeration). HS/HSL’s Bioinformationist, Jean-Paul Courneya, collaborated with event organizers to provide logistics for the 2-day hackathon and to ensure technology was accessible and running smoothly.

Events like the hackathon highlight the HS/HSL’s continued involvement in Bioinformatics and Data Science initiatives on campus and abroad.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at HS/HSL

We Can Edit

On November 7, the HS/HSL hosted a drop-in session for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to help improve Wikipedia, one of the most accessed sources of online health information. Health professionals, students, and librarians from around the country participated in an all-day edit-a-thon.

Overall, participants in the nationwide edit-a-thon revised 162 articles, made 556 total edits, and created 8 new articles on women’s health using United States National Library of Medicine resources. Fifty editors contributed to the fall edit-a-thon. Participants learned how to edit articles, identify which articles were in need of imporvement, and how to use the National Library of Medicine resources to add valuable information when articles were lacking.

Interested in participating in the next edit-a-thon? Stay tuned for information on our spring event!

To learn more about Wikipedia and the impact it has had globally, you can watch the recording of last year’s Wikipedia training from Dr. James Heilman.

Library Genie 2018 Survey Results

Library Genie Responds!

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 wishes.

The Genie heard your calls for free printing, nap pods, more rolling/comfy chairs, coffee/snack options, and more standing desks. Some of these ideas are being investigated and others are on their way. Look for more of your favorite chairs, new padded seat cushions, and more mobile standing desks in the near future. We are evaluating what can be done to ease those coffee and snack cravings as you spend hours studying in the Library. Free printing is an understandable wish, but more difficult to tackle as we provide printing and copying paper on a cost-recovery basis to keep the equipment functioning. While we will not be investing in nap pods, we are committed to providing you with more comfortable furniture options such as the cushioned booths on the 2nd and 3rd floors with more to come. The Library Genie is creative and is always watching for opportunities to make visiting the HS/HSL a super experience for you.

Data Catalog Collaboration Project Receives CTSA Great Team Science Award

The UMB Data Catalog, implemented by the HS/HSL, is part of the Data Catalog Collaboration Project (DCCP). New York University (NYU) developed the software (open source) for the project and leads the collaboration. Through their Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), NYU submitted the DCCP to the CTSA Great Team Science Award Contest and won for the Top Importance Category in a field of 170 entries. Other institutions in the DCCP include University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke, and Wayne State.

The UMB Data Catalog facilitates the discovery of datasets created or used by UMB researchers. It promotes collaboration by assisting researchers in locating datasets for possible reuse. If you have questions or want more information about the UMB Data Catalog, please email us.

Innovation Space Adds Specialized 3D Printer for Research

3D Printer

The HS/HSL Innovation Space recently expanded its prototyping power with the addition of a new 3D printer. The Raise3D N2 printer provides a larger build volume than what was previously available. Additionally, the N2 can print down to a z-height resolution of 10 microns (0.01 mm), an order of magnitude finer than its counterparts.

“There have been times our printers couldn’t print a user’s design due to resolution constraints. The new N2 printer will help out in this area,” said Brian Zelip, Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Google Dataset Search (Beta)

Google Dataset Search

Google has launched a new search engine to facilitate identification and access to datasets. The new service captures metadata from thousands of data repositories and catalogs available on the web, making them searchable through a single discovery tool. UMB Data Catalog records are discoverable through Google Dataset Search. UMB researchers interested in submitting information about their datasets or finding out more about the UMB Data Catalog can email us.

The James Carroll, Yellow Fever Commission Letters

Yellow Fever Letters

In 2004, Dr. Theodore Woodward donated 37 letters written by Dr. James Carroll (University of Maryland School of Medicine, class of 1891) to his wife Jennie, as well as letters from Dr. Walter Reed to Carroll. The letters were written between August 1900 and October 1901, while Carroll was stationed in Cuba researching the cause of yellow fever for the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission.

The correspondence between Carroll and his wife provides a unique insight into the life of a physician doing lifesaving research in a foreign country, the day-to-day lives of his family at home, and the financial strain the posting placed on the Carrolls. The letters between Reed and Carroll provide an inside look at the difficulties the U.S. Yellow Fever Commission faced in trying to prove the cause of the disease, as well as the politics of the military’s medical community in the early 20th century.

In September and October of 2018, the letters were digitized and uploaded to the Library’s Digital Archive. The letters have been transcribed to allow for easy reading and searching. Check out the newly uploaded collection today!

Mark Coulbourne, HSHSL Intern

Staff News

Honors & Awards

Everly Brown, MLIS, and Shanell Stephens, were awarded the People’s Choice award for their poster “Strategic Surveying: We Want to Hear from You,” at the MAC/MLA annual meeting.

Emily Gorman, MLIS, AHIP, won first prize for her research poster, “Mortal or Moodle? In-Person vs. Online Information Literacy Instruction in the Health Sciences” at the MAC/MLA annual meeting.

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, and Lauren Wheeler, MSLIS, were recently highlighted in a National Medical Librarians Month feature discussing health literacy in Sea Currents, blog of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

 

Publications & Presentations

Jean-Paul Courneya, MS, and Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, co-authored “High-performance computing service for bioinformatics and data science,” published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Aimee Gogan, MLIS, and Erin Latta, presented a lightning talk, “Collaboration and innovation: NNLM’s nationwide online Wikipedia edit-a-thon” at the MAC/MLA annual meeting.

Patricia Hinegardner, MLS, AHIP, Na Lin, MLS, M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, Vickie Campbell, and Lorraine Woods, Katherine Downton, MSLIS, Aimee Gogan, MLIS, and Erin Latta presented posters at the MAC/MLA annual meeting.

Mary Ann Williams co-authored the systematic review “Immediate loading vs. early/conventional loading of immediately placed implants in partially edentulous patients from the patients’ perspective” in Clinical Oral Implant Research.

Tara Wink, MLS, and Sarah Minegar, PhD, presented, “Underrepresented archives” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Fall meeting in Wilmington, DE.

Brian Zelip, MSLIS, MA, presented, “Making for health and life sciences education and research” at the Construct3D 2018 Conference at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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