HS/HSL Website Changes Coming – UMB Students Tell Us What You Think!

Student usability testing library website for $10 Starbucks gift card


The HS/HSL website’s navigation and organization are being refreshed to improve the user experience, and we want to know what UMB students think about the proposed changes. It requires a one-hour time commitment and will be performed using WebEx. Participants will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card.
We’re asking volunteers to perform several tasks and share their thoughts as they locate information related to the tasks. Screen activity and the participant’s voice will be recorded. Afterward, volunteers will be asked to share their overall impressions of the website. The study runs from July 27th – August 14th.

To participate in the usability study, contact Patricia Hinegardner, Associate Director for Resources at phinegar@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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HS/HSL by the Numbers during Covid-19

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The HS/HSL has been busy during Covid-19. Take a look at some of the resources and services we have been providing on the statistics dashboard that is now on the HS/HSL homepage as well as the HS/HSL By the Numbers During COVID-19 page. These numbers will give you an insight into what the library is doing to support research, clinical care, access to critical resources, and much more. These statistics will be updated monthly so be sure to check back to see what we have been working on! If you have any questions about the services the library offers, please contact our reference e-mail: hshsl@umaryland.edu

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HS/HSL’s Virtual Hour of Service

Photograph of orange trash bucket and trash picker on porch step.

“I spent an hour on my busy street and filled up my bucket, only to meet a sweet neighbor, Charles, who spends his time keeping the other side of the street clean.” – Everly Brown, Head of Information Services, HS/HSL

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 the Health Sciences and Human Services Library staff participated in a virtual hour of service.  Library staff were encouraged to set aside an hour of their work day to serve the community.  Participants chose the charity, non-profit, or service of their interest and provided an hour of their time.  The idea was to do something as a group to come together virtually and spread kindness in a difficult time.

Happy Smiles Box photograph with canned goods and non-perishables for the community

“Happy Smiles Box created by kids in the neighborhood that has served as a “little library” at times and also has needed supplies, depending on what’s going on”. – Nancy Patterson, Network Engagement Librarian, Regional Medical Library

Twenty-three staff members participated in a variety of service avenues.  Several staff members took to the streets to pick up trash or weed in local parks and others donated food, blood, personal hygiene items, or money to local charity organizations.  Some staff members took on more personal service including preparing a home-cooked meal for essential worker-neighbors; or another spread words of kindness and encouragement through hand-painted rocks hidden in a park.  Some staff members took the virtual hour of service literally and volunteered their hours to transcription of archival resources, online poetry readings for incarcerated individuals, or participated in online email and text campaigns for social justice movements.

Headshot of library staff on bike with helmet

“On Fridays I bike fresh produce from a local CSA to neighbors who can’t go and pick it up due to COVID. It’s been a really cool experience- I get to bike to neighborhoods I probably wouldn’t see otherwise, I get to test how much produce I can fit in my backpack, and I’ve learned about farming in the city (like you can grow fig trees?!)” – Gail Betz, Research Education and Outreach Librarian, HS/HSL

The hour of service had unanticipated outcomes for participants as well.  For example, several staff members commented on connecting with new neighbors and making new friends while out collecting trash or weeding in the park.  Others learned more about the challenges and climate in their own communities through ongoing participation in food delivery and collection programs aimed at helping seniors and high-risk citizens.  Jarrod Irwin, Consumer Health Coordinator in the Regional Medical Library, participated in the Smithsonian’s online transcription project with the Freemans Bureau Papers; this experience provided Irwin with a better historical perspective on current issues.  He stated, “These letters suggest that even during Reconstruction, when U.S. leaders were actively trying to integrate formerly enslaved people and their families into society through education and other means, the need was so much greater than they apparently allowed for. A disappointing and distressingly familiar problem a century and a half later.”  The day provided a variety of avenues for the library to come together to make a better place. 

A list of organizations impacted by the HS/HSL’s Day of Service:

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HS/HSL Closed July 3-5, 2020

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The HS/HSL will be closed Friday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 5th for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Online resources will remain available during this time. Reference email and chat will not be available.

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Play Ball! The University of Maryland Nine vs. the Orioles, April 13, 1898

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library Historical Collections’ strives to provide broad access to our diverse collections both in person and digitally. Materials in our collections appear as they originally were published or created and may contain offensive or inappropriate language or images and may be offensive to users. The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not endorse the views expressed in these materials. Materials should be viewed in the context in which they were created.

Table of stats for the April 14, 1898 game. The final score was 15 to 0.

Final stats for the April 13, 1898 University of Maryland vs. Orioles Game. Clipping from the “Orioles and Students,” article in the Baltimore Sun, April 14, 1898,

Usually by July baseball is in full swing.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed that this season but Major League Baseball (MLB) players have finally reported to “spring” training and it looks like the 2020 baseball season will happen.  The Historical Collections department of the HS/HSL is celebrating this unusual beginning to the MLB season by throwing it back to 1898, when the University of Maryland had an athletic association.  The association supported teams in ice hockey, football, track, polo, and baseball.  The teams were made up of men from across the schools of dentistry, medicine, and law.

In April 1898, a unique opportunity occurred allowing the University of Maryland Baseball Team to play the professional Orioles Baseball Team, at what was then Union Park.  The previously scheduled Orioles games against Montreal were cancelled for April 13 and 14 and the managers of the two teams met and agreed to play back-to-back nights.

In the first game, on April 13, 1898, the professional Orioles team beat the University of Maryland “nine” by a score of 15 to 0. The Baltimore Sun reported rather fairly on the one-sided game by praising the efforts and skill of the University team against the professionals.  The article praised the pitching of F. Talbott Brooks, School of Medicine Class of 1900 and cited a few errors in fielding as the reasons for the loss.  Unfortunately, the University of Maryland team was unable to redeem themselves the following evening, as the game was called off due to rain.  However, the University of Maryland team was given a shot at redemption the following April, playing the Orioles in an 18 to 0 defeat.

Photograph of 10 men from the 1899 baseball team.

1899 Baseball Team Photograph from the University of Maryland, Bones, Molars, and Briefs Yearbook, 1899. Some of these men played in the 15 to 0 loss to the Orioles in 1898.

The University of Maryland team played five collegiate games in the 1898 season with a respectable record of three wins, one loss, and one tie.  Members of the team included representation from each of the three schools.  Members were second baseman, Milton M. Whitehurst, School of Medicine Graduate of the class 1899; short stop, [Jesse] H. Whitehurst, School of Medicine graduate of the class of 1900; first baseman, George L. Hicks, School of Medicine graduate of the class of 1898; catcher and first baseman, T. Owings, School of Dentistry member of the class of 1901; third baseman, Frank O’Donnell, School of Medicine member of the class of 1898; left fielder, William H. Smith, School of Medicine graduate of the class of 1900; catcher, William R. Pond, School of Dentistry graduate of the class of 1899; center fielder, Frank M. Widner Jr., School of Law graduate of the class of 1899; right fielder, Neilson Poe, School of Law member of the class of 1900; and pitchers: M. Walters, School of Dentistry member of the class of 1900; F. Talbott Brooks, School of Medicine graduate of the class of 1900; and William Bullock, Maryland Athletic Club player.

References:

Bones, Molars, and Briefs. 1899. University of Maryland: Baltimore. Retrieved from: http://hdl.handle.net/10713/2450.

“Orioles and Students.” The Sun; Apr 14, 1898; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Baltimore Sun, pg. 8.

“Real Baseball.” The Sun; Apr 13, 1899; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Baltimore Sun, pg. 6.

“Unexpected Opponents.” The Sun; Apr 13, 1898; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Baltimore Sun, pg. 6.

 

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HS/HSL Website Changes Coming – Tell Us What You Think

The HS/HSL website’s navigation and organization are being refreshed to improve the user experience, and we want to know what you think about the proposed changes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to continue the in-person usability study so it has been moved to the web. We are now looking for volunteers (UMB faculty, staff, and students) to participate.  It requires a one-hour time commitment and will be performed using WebEx.

We’re asking volunteers to perform several tasks and share their thoughts as they locate information related to the tasks. Screen activity and the participant’s voice will be recorded. Afterward, volunteers will be asked to share their overall impressions of the website. The study runs from June 22 – July 17.

To participate in the remote usability study, contact Patricia Hinegardner, Associate Director for Resources at phinegar@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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HS/HSL seeks COVID-19 Stories and Experiences from UMB Community

In an effort to capture the UMB Community’s experiences during the current pandemic for future researchers Historical Collections in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library has launched a project: UnMasking a Pandemic: Stories from UMB during COVID-19.  The project aims to collect stories, photographs, blogs, videos, etc. from across the UMB Community about the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Members of the campus community at all levels (staff, faculty, students, etc.) are encouraged to participate in this project.  The HS/HSL is interested in receiving items of personal reflection, creative work, or anything that documents your thoughts, emotions, and experiences during this incredible time.

We are accepting:

  • journal entries
  • personal essays
  • poems, short stories, etc.
  • photographs (or other visual art pieces)
  • music or other audio recordings
  • videos
  • screenshots of personal websites, blogs, or social media post

To participate please see the Project’s Website and fill out the Survey to submit any items.  If you have any questions or would like to submit physical items to our collections please contact, Tara Wink, Historical Collections Librarian and Archivist. 

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NIH “All of Us” Research Program Begins Beta Testing of Data Platform: Researchers Invited to Give Feedback

National Institute's of Health All Of Us Research Program

In partnership with our participants—now nearly 350,000 and counting—we’re working to build one of the world’s largest and most diverse datasets to advance health research. Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve opened our research platform, the All of Us Researcher Workbench, for beta testing. Now, researchers can begin using our initial dataset and tools in studies and tell us what’s working and what we can improve. This moment is an important step in our effort to accelerate new discoveries. 

View the full NIH announcement here.

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Virtual Library Resources & Services Over the Summer

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Virtual HS/HSL services and resources will remain unchanged during the Library’s Summer Session, which runs from Tuesday, May 26 – Sunday, August 16.  The one exception is that there will be no Reference Service on Sundays beginning May 31.  

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Reference Service is Closed for the Memorial Day Holiday, May 23, 24, 25

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