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September 2014 – Volume 8 – Number 4

Welcome and Welcome Back!

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey
Executive Director

How many times have I written those words? Every time I do, I can feel the energy of a new academic year. It is truly wonderful to see old friends and meet new friends.

If you are new to the university, I hope you find a second home (after your school, of course!) here at the HS/HSL. The three words we use to describe the HS/HSL experience are: Expertise, Resources, Place.

Expertise: The team here at the library offers a range of services to support the education, research, and care missions of the university. The Research and Education Faculty Librarians assigned to each school work with faculty and students both in the curriculum and on projects. Subject guides have been developed for each school and numerous special topics. Our Research Connection program offers help with systematic reviews, PubMed Central submissions, metadata management, and so much more.

Resources: We endeavor to provide our faculty, staff, and students with the resources they need to succeed. Our journals are almost 100% online, which means you can access them from anywhere. We license dozens of databases in all disciplines. If we don’t license the resource, there are a number of ways we can get you the information you need in a timely manner. As of the end of August, you can use your regular campus UMID and password to request articles. And it’s free!

Place: When we talk about "place," we actually mean two places. Increasingly, our website is the primary "place" to go to access our expertise and resources. Subscribe to Connective Issues. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Our physical "place" is pretty awesome as well, with 45 small group study rooms (some of which can be reserved, wireless throughout the building, a presentation practice studio, two video conferencing rooms, and plenty of outlets to recharge devices. And … the longest continuous staircase in Baltimore. We are food friendly! Teaser: Have you ever thought about 3D printing?

Anyway, we’re glad you’re here, however you use our expertise, resources, or place!

National Medical Librarian’s Month Student Break

Research Connection

Students: We invite you to join us for an afternoon snack break from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14. Come to the Weise Gallery on the Library’s 1st floor, where we will have tasty soft pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, and drinks.

Relax, mingle, and meet your friendly librarians and library staff!

Use Your UMID to Request Articles and Books (ILLiad)

UMB faculty, staff, and students can now use their UMID and password to access ILLiad, the system that allows you to place article and book requests. A separate password for ILLiad is no longer needed. One less password to deal with, and the service is still free!

UMMC employees with an appointment in one of the UMB schools (for example residents/fellows) can also access ILLiad using their UMID. UMMC employees without an appointment to one of the UMB schools will no longer be eligible for the article and book request service. Resources are still available by coming to the Library, or through a Loansome Doc membership.

If you have any questions, please email Resource Sharing or call 410.706.3239.

Helpful Hints for Students

Hints and Tips

As the new school year begins, here are some helpful tips from the HS/HSL.

  • Always bring your UMB One Card with you to the Library. You can use it to print, and the 14-digit barcode on the back of your card allows you to logon to library computers.
  • Want to learn about library resources? Check out our workshops and library tutorials.
  • Need help with research on a topic? Consider signing up for a research consultation with your school librarian. You’ll get expert assistance with searching library databases and learning the best way to approach a research topic.
  • When searching in our databases, click on a PDF iconPDF Icon to access full-text. If you don’t see a PDF icon, click on the Find It button Find It Button. Find It will search all of our journal holdings and let you know if we have access to an article.
  • Use the Library’s free Request Articles and Books Service if the we don’t have access to an article you need. We will get a PDF of the article from another library and make it freely available to you electronically.
  • Need a quiet place to study? The Library has study rooms on floors 2 through 5. Some rooms can be reserved for up to three hours a day. All other rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Writing a lot of papers? Consider using Refworks. RefWorks is a web-based citation management system that allows you to store and organize journal citations. You can also download Write-N-Cite, a utility of RefWorks that allows you to enter in-text citations into a paper and generate a bibliography in a style of your choosing.
  • If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Reference Department. You can send an email, look up a question in the Ask Us! database, or chat with a Reference staff member in real time.

Data Management Best Practices

Resource Guide
Major funding agencies are requiring aspiring award recipients to include plans for data management and data sharing in their proposals. Would you like guidance in preparing your plans? The HS/HSL has a guide, Data Management Best Practices, which can help you through the process. The guide provides links to curricula, data sharing policies, tips and templates, and other useful information designed to answer your questions about managing and sharing big data.

Data Infrastructure Workshop
This one-day workshop is for anyone involved in creating, managing, or using scientific data. The workshop will address the technical, financial, political, and social/cultural forces that must be explored when assessing the quality and integrity of data.

NIH’s Genomic Data Sharing Policy
The National Institutes of Health recently released a genomic data sharing policy that promotes sharing of large-scale human and non-human genomic data generated from NIH-funded research. You can find information about the policy here.

3 Library Wishes

If you could have 3 library wishes what would they be?

The Library Genie will be accepting your wishes from September 17 to October 31, 2014!

  • Are there resources or services you’d like to see the Library offer?
  • Has the Library implemented enhancements that you’d like to see more of?
  • How could the Library better assist you with your research, education, or clinical needs?

Now is your chance to let us know! Submit your three wishes to the Library Genie today! Your wishes will be anonymous, but if you’d like to talk more with us about your wishes you can include your name and e-mail address. Thank you for your input, and happy wishing!

Librarian Consultation for Distance Students

Increasingly, many UMB students are taking courses at a distance, with some never setting foot on campus. Now it’s easier than ever to receive expert librarian assistance through web-based consultations. Using online meeting software, students can "meet" with librarians for assistance with locating research materials for class assignments and projects, using RefWorks, and navigating other library resources. When scheduling your consultation, be sure to select the "Online, at a distance" option found on the consultation request form.

Project SHARE Curriculum

Project SHARE Group Shot

Announcing the release of the HS/HSL’s Project SHARE Curriculum, which aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities.

The SHARE Project team developed the curriculum as part of a three-year Health Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities (G08LM0011079) from the National Library of Medicine. During the project’s first two years, we collaborated with a West Baltimore high school, Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, to deliver 154 hours of instruction to two cohorts of students. In the project’s third year, we fine-tuned the curriculum and developed downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts, and experiential learning activities.

The curriculum aligns with standards, such as the National Health Education Standards, and consists of six modules that can be used independently or as a whole:

  1. Overview of Health Disparities
  2. Quality Health Information
  3. Taking Charge of Your Health
  4. Smart Food Choices
  5. Crafting and Delivering the Message
  6. Promoting Health and Wellness in Your Community

Build a community around the curriculum by sharing ideas and suggestions through the project blog. Or contact the project team.

Leveraging Research Impact Workshop

Research Connection

On Tuesday, September 30th at 12:00 p.m., the HS/HSL will offer a workshop entitled "Leveraging Research Impact Data for Tenure and Promotion." The workshop covers using tools like Web of Science and Scopus to measure and evaluate the impact of your research to present to funding agencies and promotion and tenure committees. Topics include journal impact factor, h-index, alternative metrics, and methods for maximizing the impact of your research. This course is aimed at faculty who are seeking promotion or tenure or applying for grant funding. This workshop is also available upon request for departments and research groups and can be tailored to a group’s needs. This workshop is a feature of the HS/HSL Research Impact Assessment service, which is a part of Research Connection, a comprehensive suite of programs and services designed to advance the success of UMB faculty, staff, and students.

AccessPharmacy and Clinical Key No Longer Available at HS/HSL

We have had to cancel two resources this past summer:

For the past three years, the School of Pharmacy (SOP) and the HS/HSL piloted co-licensing campus-wide access to a collection of e-textbooks. Due to escalating costs, publisher unwillingness to "unbundle" core texts from the package, and budget constraints, the Library and SOP mutually agreed to discontinue this product. This cancellation was effective June 30, 2014.

Clinical Key
Access to Clinical Key was funded by the MPower Virtual Research Library, a project that supported co-licensing of several biosciences resources shared by users from UMB and College Park. For FY15 the funding was reduced by 40%, and Clinical Key was one of the resources cancelled. This was effective August 30.

Additionally, Essential Science Indicators will be cancelled effective August 30. The Global Health database will be unavailable after October 31, and several individual bioinformatics journals will be cancelled December 31.

SciVal is now UMB Experts!

Need to find a colleague to collaborate with?

Over the summer, HS/HSL faculty assumed support for the SciVal collaborative faculty research profiles tool. SciVal is now UMB Experts. Over the next few months, UMB Experts will be updated and edited, and usage policies will be developed. There is still a way to go until it is fully up to date, but UMB Experts is now available through the link on the Office of Research and Development website. Stay tuned for improvements, such as updates, training, and other opportunities to increase your knowledge of this collaboration resource. Questions? Email us.

Notable Tech Trends: The Maker Movement and 3D Printing

3-D Printer

Recently, 3D printing technology and the Maker Movement have gained much traction and transformed themselves from a novelty into a mainstream phenomenon. "Makerspace" refers to a community-operated workspace where people with common interests – often in computers, machining, technology, science, or digital or electronic art – meet, socialize, and collaborate. A makerspace encompasses a continuum of activity that includes "co-working," "hackerspace," and "fab lab." Hackerspace emphasizes computer programming activities while "fab lab" tends to offer more machinery equipment. All of them share the same focus on making rather than consuming. In order to support individuals in pursuing such making activities, makerspaces offer tools and equipment that are not readily available at home such as a 3D printer and laser cutter, provide a collaborative space where people can learn by hands-on activities, and organize events and workshops.

The goal of a makerspace is to foster and facilitate people’s creativity and innovation by providing a playful and informal learning environment for hands-on experimentation and learning-by-doing experience. While makerspaces provide many other tools and resource, the most prominently featured technology at makerspaces is 3D printing. Invented in the 1980s, 3D printing technology is not new, but the recent advent of affordable 3D printers on the market has made 3D printing more accessible to the public than ever before. Most 3D printers use ABS or PLA plastic as material and melt it at a high temperature to shape it into a three-dimensional object. It is also possible to use ceramic, metal, chocolate, sugar, and even concrete or organic materials for 3D printing. Scientists are already bio-printing human tissues and attempting to 3D print a human organ itself.

We need to pay attention to the Maker Movement and 3D printing because they have a significant impact on health sciences research and beyond. By bringing a new and affordable means of production to individuals, the maker movement and 3D printing catalyze innovation and promote entrepreneurship.

  • A man in Massachusetts created a prosthetic hand for his son, who was born without fingers, using a 3D printer at only a fraction of the cost for a commercial prosthetic hand.
  • A Baltimore-based startup company, Verve, launched a Kickstarter campaign for their 3D printed device for posture and pain relief (called ARC) and raised over $7,000 in less than 24 hours. The company includes UMB School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Gene Shirokobrod.
  • A surgeon in Maryland performed a total knee replacement surgery using 3D printing technology to cast an implant and manufacture the jigs – plastic cutting guides – that direct incisions.
  • Pharmacists are exploring a way to use 3D printing to produce drugs that are more affordable and customizable to the needs of individual patients.
  • The National Institutes of Health recently launched the 3D Print Exchange so researchers can share 3D print files, acknowledging the important role of 3D modeling and printing technology in biomedical and scientific research.
  • The White House held its very first White House Maker Faire, stating that the rise of the maker movement represents a huge opportunity for the nation and that it would create the foundation for new products and processes, which can help to revitalize American manufacturing in the same way that the Internet and cloud computing had lowered the barriers to entry for digital startups.

These examples point to a not-so-distant future, in which familiarity with the maker movement and 3D printing technology will be a requisite for students, researchers, and entrepreneurs who wish to stay competitive and successful in health sciences. The HS/HSL is looking into the possibility of creating a makerspace on site to support the research, teaching, and study activities of the UMB faculty and students and is currently investigating potential funding sources. You can expect to hear more from us about this initiative in the near future.

Bohyun Kim, Associate Director, Library Applications and Knowledge Systems

New Historical Book Purchased

Tractatus Physico-Anatomico-Medicus de Respiratione Usuque Pulmonum

In conjunction with our 200th anniversary celebration, we have added a new item to our Historical Collections. The book is Tractatus Physico-Anatomico-Medicus de Respiratione Usuque Pulmonum, written by Jan Swammerdam, of Amsterdam (1637-1680).

Swammerdam was a leading comparative anatomist during the seventeenth century. Originally his inaugural dissertation at the University of Leipzig, this 1667 book was an early attempt to understand the mechanical operation of the lungs and their role in respiration. The work describes several complex experiments he undertook to explore those functions.

Swammerdam’s other major work on insects is already in our Crawford Collection. We know from our focus on John Crawford during the 200th anniversary that he studied Swammerdam and incorporated background details about insects into his theories concerning the cause of disease. Since Crawford knew Swammerdam’s work well, this new title certainly is a fitting addition, one which Crawford himself no doubt would approve wholeheartedly.

Upcoming Exhibit at the Library

Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

September 29, 2014 – November 8, 2014
Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

The National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition, Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture will be on display at the Library September 29 – November 8, 2014. The exhibition explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that "centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS." Surviving and Thriving presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. The six-banner traveling exhibition utilizes a variety of historic photographs as well as images of pamphlets and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded to, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS. This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Curated by Jennifer Brier, PhD, University of Illinois.

Staff News

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, was elected to the board of directors of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Na Lin, MLS, has been accepted into the National Library of Medicine (NLM) biomedical informatics course in September 2014 at the Georgia Regents University.

María Milagros Pinkas, MLS, has been appointed chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) of the ALA.

Nancy Patterson, MLS, was in Orlando in August to present “Health Literacy: Improving Outcomes for Patients” at the National Reproductive Health Conference.


Megan Del Baglivo, MLS, C. Steven Douglas, MA, MLS, AHIP, and Maria M. Pinkas, MLS, contributed the chapter "Technical Services in Health Sciences Libraries" to the book Health Sciences Librarianship, published in 2014.

Everly Brown, MLIS, Na Lin, MLS, and Megan Wolff, MS, contributed the chapter "Access Services: Circulation, Course Reserves, and Interlibrary Loan" to the book Health Sciences Librarianship, published in 2014.

C. Andrew Youngkin, MLIS, AHIP, published “Web-Based Technologies for Health Sciences Reference & Instruction” in Medical Reference Services Quarterly in July 2014.

May 2014 – Volume 8 – Number 3

A Focus on Expertise

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey
Executive Director

In the last issue of Connective Issues, I gave an update about the progress of the strategic listening tour that is the foundation for the HS/HSL’s new strategic plan. In that update I discussed how we are using Expertise, Resources, and Place as three concepts that provide a simple description of the entirety of the library experience. In this column I would like to focus on Expertise.

For centuries library professionals have been the experts responsible for acquiring, organizing, and disseminating knowledge resources. As the resources have evolved, the work of our library faculty has evolved, requiring new skills and competencies, and affording new opportunities for partnerships and support. Their traditional roles are translational in nature. Over the past few years a considerable amount of time and effort has been expended in this translational effort to grow expertise. Many HS/HSL librarians have attended the Woods Hole Bioinformatics Course. Several have also been trained in the intricacies of systematic reviews. Others have developed expertise in the molecular biology resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

We have brought this expertise together in our Research Connection program, which provides a single place for our research community to find the knowledge informatics support they need. This expertise ranges from systematic reviews to metadata analysis. A piece about the components of the service can be found in the article following this one. Since it was introduced on March 31, response has been extremely positive. Some examples of the work being done are:

  1. Library faculty have worked on about a dozen systematic reviews. One of the faculty has been written into a grant application requiring her systematic review expertise. One systematic review has been published and another submitted for publication.
  2. Two metadata management library faculty members consulted on a project to apply metadata to increase a website’s findability and usability.
  3. An analysis was done to assess the impact of the joint seed grants awarded to UMB and College Park researchers. Publications, presentations, and additional grants awarded were examined.
  4. Library faculty have worked with faculty authors on the PubMedCentral compliance mandate increasing UMB’s compliance rate from 77% to 88%. Compliance is extremely important as NIH will not award or renew grants if the investigators are out of compliance.

These are just a few examples of the work being done. At a recent meeting at the National Library of Medicine, there was a strong suggestion that in addition to requiring that data management plans be a component of any NIH grant application, the quality of the data management plans will now be considered as part of the review process. Assisting UMB faculty with data management plans will need to become part of the Research Connection program. We embrace these possibilities.

Next issue: Resources.

Research Connection

Research Connection

Add value to your research experience through Research Connection, a comprehensive suite of services and expertise designed to support your research. Contact us to arrange for one-on-one personalized research assistance, presentations to groups on special topics, expert online searching and more. We will collaborate with you in each step of the research process: idea exploration, review of the published literature, information management, authorship, assessing the impact of research, and more. Visit the Research Connection webpage to request these services:

  • Research Consultation – Meet one-on-one with a faculty librarian for personalized research assistance.
  • Systematic Reviews – We will design and manage complex, thorough searches in multiple databases.
  • Research Impact Assessment – We will work with you to quantify your research impact for promotion, tenure, or grant applications.
  • Assistance with NIH Public Access Compliance – We can check your NIH compliance status and assist you in taking the necessary steps for compliance.
  • IRB Research Consent Form Review – We will review your research consent form and make comments and suggested edits to help ensure that it is at an appropriate reading level for study participants.
  • Publication Strategies – Use our expertise in establishing a research profile such as ORCID, maintaining copyright or maximizing research impact before you publish.
  • Guest Lecturers – Help build students’ research and information literacy skills by including us as a guest lecturer in a class.
  • Explore Library Expertise – A faculty librarian with subject expertise is assigned to each school. We have additional expertise in health literacy, community engagement, knowledge management and more.

Through Research Connection, we have also developed online resources in areas such as publication strategies/ORCIDs, assessing research impact, NIH public access compliance and conducting systematic reviews.

Happy Sweet 16 – We Brought You More Than a Cake

cake replica of the HS/HSL building

We recently celebrated 16 years of the Library being in the 601 W. Lombard Street location with a replica cake of the building and a large group of Library friends. It is difficult to believe that we have been in this location for so long.

There are many things to recognize and celebrate after being in the building for 16 years. Some of these include: a wealth of study space available, expert faculty librarians and staff, and the availability of innovative resources. This list of creative offerings includes the Presentation Practice Studio. The Studio is a sound-proof private room that allows students, faculty, and staff to practice presentations, record videos, or capture other useful video and dialog. We provide expert assistance for your convenience.

Dr. Perman Cutting the Cake

Dr. Jay Perman
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Other notable resources are the two video-conferencing rooms. These allow faculty, staff, and students with university-related business to communicate with health professionals all over the world. Library staff provides user support to allow this collaborative tool to be accessible to everyone.

We would be remiss not to mention the various upgraded collaboration rooms that were created 6 years ago, thanks to funding from a very special donor. Large LCD monitors allow students to share electronic resources and information in the 2nd floor study rooms. In addition to this, students may also reserve rooms online for their study groups.

Finally, we most recently added study pods on the 1st floor, which are a hint of what future study furniture might be like. Large monitors allow students to plug in their laptops or other devices and display their information. These “study pods” are convenient and comfortable and add to the study space available. This is always a plus during finals.

Sixteen years have passed since we moved to this location. As we celebrate our innovations and continuous improvement we hope that you will agree that we really have brought you more than a cake!

Questions? Call Aphrodite Bodycomb, Associate Director for Administration and Operations, at 410.706.8853.

Library Access After Graduation

Graduation Cap

Students often wonder if they will be able to access HS/HSL resources after graduation. The answer is: yes, but only for a few months. After your library account expires, you are still welcome to come into the Library to access information. There are also a number of free resources that we make available through our website. Under the "Databases" heading, click on "unrestricted only" to search databases that offer free access.

HS/HSL Partners with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A)

HS/HSL is privileged to be home to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), an outreach arm of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This relationship with NLM affords HS/HSL the opportunity to partner with diverse groups throughout SE/A’s ten-state region, which also includes the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. These partnerships have, at heart, the goal of providing access to quality health information for both consumers and health professionals.

One component of SE/A’s activities is funding small projects conducted by network members. Over the years SE/A has funded hundreds of projects, many of which have grown to have national effect. The funding is competitive, and, unfortunately, SE/A had to turn away more than half of the applicants. This year SE/A has funded thirty-two projects that support health information outreach or help build capacity for such outreach. SE/A helped the New England Region (NER) extend its Public Health Information Access (PHIA) project to West Virginia’s public health workers. This five-year project, which includes fifteen other states, provides licensed access to electronic resources—databases and journals—for the state public health workforce. SE/A has committed to providing two years support for this project in West Virginia.

Similarly, SE/A has aided the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) in bringing its services to the Southeastern/Atlantic Region. Like PHIA, the GLI project has pre-negotiated deals with e-journal vendors to get the best bulk licenses for end-users, in this case, hospital libraries, which can save 15-60% on medical resources.

Other projects SE/A is funding have a more local effect. For instance in West Virginia, South Central Educational Development, Inc. has a project to help the Bluefield, WV community understand and access the site made available through the Affordable Care Act. In Georgetown, SC, MaFlo’s Health & Wellness Team located in MaFlo’s Beauty Salon, is providing consumer health information courses and drop-in MedlinePlus consultations. And, here at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, HS/HSL will be hosting a national symposium on health information to bring HS/HSL’s 200th Anniversary celebration to a close.

Space prevents a complete list and description of all our projects, but those may be found at the NN/LM SE/A website in the near future. University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty, staff, and students who think that they may have a fundable health information access project should consult the NN/LM SE/A blog "SEA Currents" in January and February of 2015 for the next round of funding opportunities.

Notable Tech Trends: Quantified Self, Learning Analytics, and Big Data

Charts and Graphs

One of the recent major technology trends to note is ‘Quantified Self.’ According to this year’s Horizon Report Higher Ed edition, "Quantified Self describes the phenomenon of consumers being able to closely track data that is relevant to their daily activities through the use of technology" (p.46). This trend is enabled by the wearable technology devices – such as Fitbit and Google Glass – and the Mobile Web. Wearable technology devices automatically collect personal data. Fitbit, for example, keeps track of one’s own sleep patterns, steps taken, and calories burned. The Mobile Web serves as the platform that stores and presents such personal data collected by those devices. Using these devices and the resulting personal data, we get to observe our own behavior in a much more extensive and detailed manner. Any meaningful pattern emerging from such observation can lead to a better way to improve ourselves.

Quantified Self is a notable trend not because it involves an unprecedented technology but because it gives us a glimpse of what our daily lives will be like in the near future, in which many of the emerging technologies — the mobile web, big data, wearable technology — will come together in full bloom.

Learning Analytics can be thought of as the application of ‘Quantified Self’ to education. It is being explored at various institutions, though it is at an early stage (see "How Learning Analytics Are Being Used in Education" by Katie Lepi in Edudemic for examples). By collecting and analyzing the data about student behavior in online courses and other learning environments, Learning Analytics aims at improving student engagement, providing more personalized learning experience, detecting learning issues, and determining the behavior variables that are the significant indicators of student performance.

The rise of "Big Data" raises a serious concern about privacy and security. Students, faculty, and researchers in higher education implicitly trust the systems developed by or in use at their institutions. But how the data kept and shared at those systems are used and accessed should be made as transparent as possible. In the area of clinical data, there is already a notable movement which aims at fostering the mutually beneficial collaboration between the patients who own their personal health data and the researchers who can analyze such data to generate new insights and knowledge in a more transparent manner. See “Citizens as Partners in the Use of Clinical Data” by John Wilbanks at O’Reilly Data Blog.

Bohyun Kim, Associate Director, Library Applications and Knowledge Systems

Research Impact Symposium a Success!

Research Impact Symposium

From left to right: Dr. Bruce Jarrell, Chief Academic and Research Officer, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Vice President and Chief Research Officer of the University of Maryland, College Park; Sean Fahey, Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The HS/HSL, in partnership with Elsevier, hosted Research Impact: A Discussion from Institutional, Economic, and Researcher Perspectives on March 31, 2014. The day was divided into three panels of three speakers each and included representation from UMB, other Maryland and US academic institutions, the State of Maryland and Federal governments, and scholarly publishers. The symposium attracted over 80 participants from UMB and other regional institutions.

The two morning panels addressed how academic institutions and grant-funding agencies support research, and the impact of that research on state and local economies. Over lunch, a representative from Elsevier showed various metrics which can be used to gauge the impact of research, and the HS/HSL rolled out its new Research Connection program. After lunch, the program continued with a panel that discussed how metrics—particularly altmetrics—are changing the way that the work of individual researchers is measured.

Staff News

Chris Hansen, Reference Technician, was recognized as Employee of the Month for December 2013. He received a framed certificate, a letter from President Perman, and an award of $250. He was nominated by Patrick Lyons, Reserves Coordinator, for his willingness to go "above and beyond what is required" to help the library provide "exponentially better service." Congratulations, Chris!

Andrew Youngkin, MLIS, AHIP, was an invited speaker at the Florida Health Sciences Library Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL. His presentation on April 4th was entitled, "Exploring mHealth Devices for Health Technology Instruction."

Nancy Patterson, MLS, presented "Health Literacy: Challenges & Solutions" and "Health Outreach: Funding & Resources" at the National Association of Social Workers (WV Chapter) Conference in Charleston, WV on May 2nd.


Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, published "Improving Medical Education in Kenya: an International Collaboration," in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, 102 (2), April 2014.

María M. Pinkas, MLS and Na Lin, MLS, published "ERM Ideas and Innovations: Digital Repository Management as ERM," in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 26 (1), March 2014.

María M. Pinkas, MLS, Megan Del Baglivo, MLS, Ilene Robin Klein, MSLS, Everly Brown, MLIS, Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP, and Brad Gerhart published " Selecting and Implementing a Discovery Tool: the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Experience” in the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 11 (1), January-March 2014.

Kimberly F. Yang, JD, MLS, published, "Centralizing Distributed Resources and Making Them Searchable," in 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries: Managing Evolving Resources: Strategies, Capabilities, and Alternatives, a publication by LexisNexis.

March 2014 – Volume 8 – Number 2

Expertise, Resources, Place: A Library Strategic Planning Update

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey
Executive Director

Over the past six weeks, the leadership team of the HS/HSL has journeyed out on our Strategic Listening Tour to prepare for the development of our new strategic plan. We are about halfway through meeting with university leadership. Next, we will be approaching important constituent groups and others who have been recommended to us during our conversations. The discussions have been wide-ranging, and we have learned so much already.

Words are powerful. The words we are using to define the Library are expertise, resources, and place. In these three words, we believe we have captured the essence of what the Library means.

Expertise – The faculty librarians and the rest of the library team bring expertise in the organization and dissemination of knowledge. Our traditional skills and abilities are translational in nature and have transformed to meet new needs. Institutional review boards, metadata, information integrity, creation and curation of digital and data-driven collections, systematic reviews, impact analysis, knowledge informatics, health literacy, and community engagement. These are just a few of the terms and phrases we use to describe our expertise.

Resources – We provide a seamless information infrastructure for access to the knowledge resources of the world. Our networks across libraries can provide almost instantaneous access. If we don’t have it, we will get it. And we will make our resources findable and usable.

Place – We cannot deny that we have bricks, mortar, shelves, and four walls in a beautiful package. When the library opened 16 years ago, it was seen as a building that made a statement about UMB’s aspirations. The concept of library has for centuries had meaning in so many cultures. At UMB, the library is a haven for dreamers, thinkers, and doers; it is a collaborative place, a cultural place, a teaching and learning place, a neutral place, and increasingly a place to try new and emerging technologies that support and advance our university mission and goals.

We think these three words capture us cleanly and elegantly. As we go forward in the development of our strategic plan, I will be sharing more of what we are learning as we listen.

Measuring the Impact of Research

Research Connect

How is research impact measured? How does an institution demonstrate the value of research? And what is the role of universities in facilitating research and economic development?

To address these questions, the HS/HSL and Elsevier Publishing are hosting a half-day symposium, Research Impact: A Discussion from Institutional, Economic, and Researcher Perspectives. The event will bring together stakeholders for a rich discussion about the impact of research. Representatives from UMB, other research institutions, funding agencies, economic development organizations, and Elsevier will examine the evolving expectations, solutions, and best practices in evaluating research impact.

The symposium will be held at the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom, on Monday, March 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To register and to see a complete list of speakers, view the program online.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race Opens at University of Maryland’s Health Sciences & Human Services Library

The Deadly Medicine exhibition opened on February 28, 2014 and will remain on display through April 30, 2014. Since opening, the exhibit has drawn visitors from both the local area and out of state, with several groups requesting guided tours. This provocative and moving exhibit is definitely worth viewing.

Kaiser Wilhelm Institute’s Department for Human Heredity

Dr. Otmar von Verschuer examines twins at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. As the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute’s Department for Human Heredity, Verschuer, a physician and geneticist, examined hundreds of pairs of twins to study whether criminality, feeble-mindedness, tuberculosis, and cancer were inheritable. In 1927, he recommended the forced sterilization of the "mentally and morally subnormal." Verschuer typified those academics whose interest in Germany’s "national regeneration" provided motivation for their research.–Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem

The Horizon Report and 12 European EdTech Trends

For many who are interested in the intersection of education and technology, there is no better time of the year than early February when the Horizon Report comes out. Published annually by the New Media Consortium, the report expands on Key Trends, Significant Challenges, and Important Developments in Educational Technology. As we consider how technology will enhance how our students learn and anticipate student expectations of their learning environment, this report can provide guideposts and ideas.

Our European colleagues at EdTech Europe have issued a similar report, "12 E-learning Predictions for 2014". While there is nothing earthshaking in the report, it does confirm some of the key trends from the Horizon Report, such as learning analytics and MOOCs.

Happy reading!

Welcome Bohyun Kim & Tony Nguyen!

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS

Bohyun Kim,  MA, MSLIS

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS

The HS/HSL team is delighted to welcome Bohyun Kim as our new Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems. Bohyun comes to us from Florida International University, where she was the inaugural Digital Access Librarian for their new medical school. Her accomplishments are many: she is a programmer, web developer, mobile tech maven, an author, and a highly regarded presenter and blogger. In 2011, she was named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association. As Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, Bohyun will lead the HS/HSL in the integration of expertise and resources with new and emerging collaborative and enabling information technologies, and in collaboration with campus partners.

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region welcomes Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, as the new Outreach/Communications Coordinator. In this role, Tony will coordinate and facilitate the exhibits and the SE/A communications program. He will also work with health care and information professionals in the region, performing outreach, training, and program management. He has worked on and contributed to projects that include developing a new consumer health library, establishing iTunes University as a platform to support Graduate Medical Education programs, and implementing and executing librarian support during clinical rounds with physicians and residents. He has worked previously as the Director of Marketing and Outreach for The Princeton Review, where he liaised with a diverse clientele in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, developed and wrote tailored instructional sessions, and implemented social media within the territory to support outreach initiatives.

HS/HSL Founding Collection on the Web

John Crawford

In the earliest years of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, there was no library available to the students. Dr. John Crawford, Professor of Natural History, had assembled his own private library – a collection of medical texts reputed to be unparalleled in Baltimore. Following his death in 1813, his colleagues on the Faculty pooled their resources to purchase the library from his daughter. The Crawford Collection is the founding collection of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. Through the generous support of the Medical Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, major portions of the collection have been digitized and are available in the UMB Digital Archive.

Thank you, Medical Alumni Association!

Workshop Highlight: New Drug Information Workshops

Free HSHSL Workshops

This semester, the HS/HSL will be offering two new workshops that cover drug information resources.

SciFinder Basics will provide an introduction to SciFinder, a database that includes chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, and related science information from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases. In this workshop, you will learn how to perform topic searches; locate references, substances, and chemical reactions; create search alerts; and access SciFinder Mobile.

In Power Searching for Drug Information, you will learn how to search effectively for drug information in PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts.

You can register for these and other workshops at our website.

New Connective Issues

Connective Issues is moving to a quarterly publication schedule. There are a variety of ways to keep up with current events at the HS/HSL and find out about new library resources. Like the HS/HSL on Facebook to get news and invitations to events, workshops, and exhibits at the Library. Follow the HS/HSL on Twitter @HSHSL for the latest news from the Library and on a variety of health topics. You can also keep up with us via HS/HSL Updates. These updates provide important news about library resources and current issues in scholarly communication and healthcare.

Staff News

HS/HSL librarians were selected to participate on several Medical Library Association (MLA) committees in 2014. Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS, and Gail Betz, MLIS, were appointed to the Research, Development and Dissemination Grant Jury. Katherine Downton, MSLIS, was appointed to the Membership Committee and Andrea Shipper, MSLIS, was appointed to the Beatty Volunteer Service Award Committee.


Paula Raimondo, MLS, AHIP, Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP, Michele Nance, BA, and Everly Brown, MLIS, published "Health Literacy and Consent Forms: Librarians Support Research on Human Subjects" in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, 102 (1), January 2014.

Andrew Youngkin, MLS, AHIP, published "My Experience with the Academy of Health Information Professionals" in MLA News, 54 (1), January 2014.

J. David Midyette, MA, MLIS, AHIP, Andrew Youngkin, MLS, AHIP and Sheila Snow-Croft, MLIS, MA, published "Social Media and Communications: Developing a Policy to Guide the Flow of Information" in the Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 33 (1), February 2014.

November/December 2013 – Volume 8 – Number 1

The End is Near… A Look at 2014!

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey
Executive Director

As 2013 races to a close, it is easy to reflect on all our accomplishments this year. The library faculty and staff have had an outstanding year – lots of articles, chapters, presentations, new services, new resources, new staff, new web site, and all sorts of behind-the-scenes activities that make everything we do so much better for us and for you.

If I were going to identify some top stories in the HS/HSL in 2013, I would probably cite:

  1. MPower Initiative – UMB and College Park Libraries partnered to develop the MPower Virtual Resarch Library in support of collaborative work between researchers at both campuses.  See Connective Issues Special Edition.
  2. Remodeled Website and OneSearch – We remodeled our web site using responsive design technology so the site would be legible and usable on any device.  We introduced OneSearch on the Library’s home page. OneSearch is a research tool modeled on the ease of searching with Google. With a single search, users can uncover multiple types of library resources. It’s a huge hit.
  3. 200th Anniversary begins – We began “Foundations for Discovery, Collaboration, and Innovation,” the celebration of our 200th anniversary on May 1 with a lecture by Dr. Phil Mackowiak on Dr. John Crawford.  It was Dr. Crawford’s collection that was purchased in 1813 to establish our library and found the University of Maryland’s libraries.  We’ve had a variety of programming, ranging from Dr. Mackowiak’s lecture, to a symposium on mobile health, to our 200th Anniversary Exhibit (held over until January 30th).  All members of our community have joined in the festivities.

2014 promises to hold all sorts of additional excitement!  We will be launching our research support service, holding a Sweet 16 Party to celebrate the 16th birthday of our lovely building (did anybody say Ace of Cakes?), offering a symposium on measuring research impact, re-envisioning Connective Issues, and beginning work on our new strategic plan (a personal favorite).  Our exhibits program will again be robust with the thought-provoking “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum running from February 28-April 30.  A highlight of the year is always the art exhibit with elementary and middle schoolers from our partner schools on the west side.  We will close out the year with “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture.”

We hope you will be with us for every event.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.  Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a restful break.  See you in 2014.

New! Free Article and Book Requests for UMB Faculty and Staff

interlibrary loan and document delivery requests free of charge

We are pleased to announce that effective Tuesday, January 21, 2014, UMB faculty and staff will receive interlibrary loan and document delivery requests free of charge. UMB students were the first to benefit from these free services, beginning in 2009. Interlibrary loans are items borrowed from other libraries while document delivery refers to items that are held in the HS/HSL print collection.

Faculty and staff will continue to request materials through the ILLiad system, but the request form will be streamlined. For information about registering and using ILLiad, please visit the Request Articles and Books page on the HS/HSL website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Resources Sharing department at 410.706.3239 or by email.

New Resource – Global Health Database

Global Health

The definitive international public health database Global Health is the only specialized, abstracted and indexed bibliographic database dedicated to public health research and practice. Derived from over 5,000 journals, as well as reports, books, and conferences, Global Health contains over 1.2 million scientific records from 1973 to the present. Over 100,000 records are added each year, and over 97% of these records include an abstract. Publications from 158 countries in 50 languages are abstracted, and all relevant non-English language papers are translated to give research access not available through any other database.

The database’s open serials policy and coverage of international and grey literature means that 60% of the material contained in Global Health is unique to the database. Everything from proceedings, patents, theses, electronic-only publications, and other difficult-to-obtain sources is included.

New Research, Education, and Outreach Librarians

Gail Betz, MLIS

Gail Betz,  MLIS

Gail Betz, MLIS

Gail Betz, MLIS, joined us in August as Research, Education and Outreach Librarian. She is working with the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Social Work. Gail earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She has work experience in primary and secondary education and was a teaching assistant for several Nursing Informatics courses at Drexel. She enjoys running and participates in marathons.

Kimberly Yang, JD, MLS

Kimberly Yang, JD, MLS

Kimberly Yang, JD, MLS

Kimberly Yang, JD, MLS, joined us in November as Research, Education and Outreach Librarian. She is working with the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Pharmacy. Before earning her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, Kim was a grant writer and administrator at a nonprofit, and an attorney in a health law practice of a large firm in Los Angeles. She is a fan of book clubs, strenuous yoga, and hiking.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibition “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” is coming to the HS/HSL.

interlibrary loan and document delivery requests free of charge

Dr. Otmar von Verschuer examines twins at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. As the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute’s Department for Human Heredity, Verschuer, a physician and geneticist, examined hundreds of pairs of twins to study whether criminality, feeble-mindedness, tuberculosis, and cancer were inheritable. In 1927, he recommended the forced sterilization of the “mentally and morally subnormal.” Verschuer typified those academics whose interest in Germany’s “national regeneration” provided motivation for their research.–Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem


The exhibition examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder and, ultimately, genocide.

The exhibition will open at the Library on February 28, 2014 and will be on display through April 30, 2014.

"Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust’s roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought," explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. "At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community."

Eugenics theory sprang from turn-of-the-20th-century scientific beliefs asserting that Charles Darwin’s theories of "survival of the fittest" could be applied to humans. Supporters, spanning the globe and political spectrum, believed that through careful controls on marriage and reproduction, a nation’s genetic health could be improved.

The Nazi regime was founded on the conviction that "inferior" races, including the so-called Jewish race, and individuals had to be eliminated from German society so that the fittest "Aryans" could thrive. The Nazi state fully committed itself to implementing a uniquely racist and anti-Semitic variation of eugenics to "scientifically" build what it considered to be a "superior race." By the end of World War II, six million Jews had been murdered. Millions of others also became victims of persecution and murder through Nazi "racial hygiene" programs designed to cleanse Germany of "biological threats" to the nation’s "health," including "foreign-blooded" Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), persons diagnosed as "hereditarily ill," and homosexuals. In German-occupied territories, Poles and others belonging to ethnic groups deemed "inferior" were also murdered.

This exhibition is made possible through the support of The David Berg Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Temporary Exhibitions Fund established in 1990, and The Dorot Foundation.

If you are interested in developing programming in coordination with this exhibit, please contact Aphrodite Bodycomb at 410.706.8853 or by email.

Digital Archive Highlight – EA Archive

The Employee Assistance Archive (EA Archive)

The Employee Assistance Archive (EA Archive) collection is now available within the UM Digital Archive. The University of Maryland School of Social Work – the only social work program with a dedicated Employee Assistance (EA) curriculum as part of the larger MSW program – is working with staff at the HS/HSL to develop the collection. The intent of the EA Archive is to preserve important historical documents as well as provide a national depository for all significant articles in the field.

The EA Archive is a free, publicly accessible site where professionals can post original works, historical documents, or other related papers. The EA field is interdisciplinary, with experts from a myriad of fields such as social work, addiction, psychology, occupational health and wellness, work-life, peer counseling, human resources, risk management, benefits, and organizational development, among others. We hope professionals from these diverse backgrounds will contribute to the archive.

Visit the Employee Assistance Archive.

RefWorks Tutorials

The HS/HSL offers a variety of video tutorials that can show you how to use RefWorks bibliographic management software for more than storing citations. Learn how to search for journal citation styles and create bibliographies with RefWorks: Creating Bibliographies and Using the Output Style Manager. Want to share your references with a colleague? You can learn to do this with our RefWorks: Using RefShare tutorial. RefWorks’ latest version of Write-N-Cite now incorporates directly into Microsoft Word. You can learn how to download and use this new tool in our Setting up Write-N-Cite 4 and Using Write-N-Cite 4 tutorials. To view additional tutorials on a wide range of topics, please visit our Videos and Tutorials webpage.

Staff News

In October, librarians from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) attended the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC-MLA) in Pittsburgh. Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP, Reference Services Manager, was voted chair-elect of MAC, and Paula Raimondo, MLS, AHIP, Head of Research, Education and Outreach services, became the MAC representative to the MLA Nominating Committee.


Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP; Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP; J. Dale Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP; M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, published “Creating shared campus experiences: the library as culture club” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, 101(4), October 2013.


Multiple HS/HSL representatives presented posters at MAC-MLA: Everly Brown, MLIS; Steven Douglas, MA, MLS, AHIP; Katherine Downton, MSLIS; Yunting Fu, MLS; Andrea Goldstein, MSLIS; Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS; Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP; David Midyette, MA, MLIS, AHIP; María M. Pinkas, MLS; Sheila Snow-Croft, MA, MLIS; M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA; and Andrew Youngkin, MLS, AHIP.

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