Book it Forward: Book Drive for Kids

From April 1 – May 31, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL) is collecting new or gently used books for children and youths, age levels: birth to high school. Books of all genres and topics are appreciated and will be donated to The Maryland Book Bank.

Donation locations include the HSHSL, Campus Center, Saratoga Building, and BioPark.


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HSHSL Closed Sunday, March 31

photo of rabbit and daffodils

HSHSL will be closed on Sunday, March 31 for the Easter Holiday.

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March Connective Issues Newsletter

Connective Issues Newsletter

In this edition:

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Colorful Collections

Collection of Pez dispensers.

Stop by the first floor of the HSHSL for a visual treat. We have two delightful collections on display. First, a selection of wind-up toys representing a host of characters, beasts, and pop culture oddities. Second, a wild collection of vintage to modern Pez dispensers that are equally charming. Which one is your favorite?

Selection of wind-up toys.
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Do You Use Generative AI? Short Survey

Generative AI Survey

Please take a few moments to complete our survey, sharing your experiences, thoughts, and use cases related to generative AI.

As part of our efforts to understand the technological landscape within our university community, HSHSL librarians are conducting a survey to explore the prevalence and usage of generative AI, such as ChatGPT or Microsoft Copilot, on campus. We hope to use this information to better identify areas in which the library can support or collaborate with the campus community on AI-related issues.

Take the brief survey here.

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Collab Lab Student Exhibit + Silent Auction

Unknown artists for group project.

The HSHSL’s current Collab Lab Exhibit showcases student artwork from Mother Mary Lange Catholic School in the library’s Weise Gallery. This is our second partnership with the School, located in West Baltimore and serving grades PreK through 8th. In this latest exhibit of lively and vibrant collaborative paintings, students worked in groups, focusing on cooperation rather than competition.

Using the circle as a central design element, the students aimed for radial symmetry in the finished works, producing a delightful mix of colors, shapes, and splashes. The project required them to work together as equals and pool ideas. The children learned to appreciate their similarities and differences in a supportive environment.

The HSHSL is holding a silent auction for this engaging student art throughout its residence at the Library (February 21 – March 22, 2024). If you see a piece you enjoy, write your email and bid on the bid sheet next to the artwork. Winning bidders will be notified at the close of the exhibit. All proceeds will benefit the Mother Mary Lange school.

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Check Out the Graphic Medicine Collection

Graphic medicine describes the intersection of comics and health care. The combination can lead to a deeper understanding of the experience of conditions such as pain, motherhood, epilepsy, & anxiety to name but a few. Browse the HSHSL’s graphic medicine collection on the library’s 1st floor or even share a suggestion of your own.

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HSHSL Opening 9:45am Sat., February 17

Inclement Weather Announcement

Due to inclement weather, the HSHSL will have a delayed opening on Saturday, February 17. The Library will open at 9:45am.

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New Datasets added to UMB Data Catalog

Woman sits at computer monitor. The UMB Data Catalog is on the screen.

Happy Love Data Week! To kick things off, we are publishing the first in a new monthly series showcasing recent submissions to the UMB Data Catalog. The UMB Data Catalog facilitates discovery of data by providing a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers. Sharing a record of your data in the Catalog is also a great way to demonstrate compliance with data sharing policies!

The latest records showcase datasets focusing on the biodiversity of mosquito bacterial communities, the influence of high-performance media on extracellular vesicles, the role of the dorsal bed nucleus of the striatal terminalis in motivated behaviors, and a rapid, cost-effective protocol for single nucleus isolation. Congrats to our UMB researchers on these publications!

Title: An optimized protocol for single nuclei isolation from clinical biopsies for RNA-seq
Authors:  Thomas V. Rousselle, Jennifer M. McDaniels, Amol C. Shetty, Elissa Bardhi, Daniel G. Maluf, Valeria R. Mas

Title: Approaches to Potentiated Neuroprotective Treatment in the Rodent Model of Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Authors: Zara Mehrabian, Yan Guo, Neil R. Miller, Amanda D. Henderson, Steven Roth, Steven L. Bernstein

Title: Culture Condition of Bone Marrow Stromal cells Affects Quantity and Quality of the Extracellular Vesicles
Authors: Amanda L. Scheiber, Cierra A. Clark, Takashi Kaito, Masahiro Iwamoto, Edwin M Horwitz, Yuka Imamura Kawasawa, Satoru Otsuru

Title: Relative contributions of various endogenous and exogenous factors to the mosquito microbiota
Authors:  Haikel N. Bogale, Abdoulaye K. Kone, Matthew V. Cannon, Ogobara K. Doumbo, Kalil Keita, Mahamadou A. Thera, Denka Camara, Christopher V. Plowe, Yaya Barry, Mark Travassos, Moussa Keita, Seth Irish, Drissa Coulibaly, David Serre

Thanks to Metadata Librarian, Eva Greitzer for creating and compiling these records!

Want to see your data listed in the UMB Data Catalog? Submit this form to get the process started.

Questions? Email us at

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HSHSL Welcomes Dean Emily Hurst

On Feb 1, 2024, the Library enthusiastically welcomed Emily Hurst, MSLS, as the new dean of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL) and associate vice provost at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Emily has over 15 years of experience working for health science libraries. She comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU, where she oversaw the operations of a diverse group of liaison librarians and ensured that the library met the information needs of health sciences students, faculty, and staff. She is committed to improving library relationships with university groups and supporting community health information needs.

The HSHSL is proud to start a new and exciting chapter in partnership with the students, faculty, and staff at UMB and our neighbors in the Baltimore community.

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