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September 2016 – Volume 10 – Number 4

Chchchchanges! (With apologies to David Bowie)

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

Welcome and welcome back! For our returning friends, we are delighted to see you again. And for those new to the HS/HSL, it is nice to meet you. The HS/HSL is a vibrant, beautiful place, with library team members committed to your success in the classroom, in the lab, and in the clinic. Whether you are having a consultation with your school liaison, studying, or taking a nap on the couches (no snoring or drooling, please), we are happy to see you.

There’s always something happening in the HS/HSL – virtually and physically – so make sure you are connected either through this newsletter, The Elm, our newsfeed, Twitter or Facebook. There’s more detailed information throughout this issue, but here are some updates:

  1. When accessing HS/HSL resources off-campus, look for the login button in the upper right corner of the HS/HSL page. Login once for access to our resources.
  2. The next exhibit in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery is Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, which runs from Sept. 26 through Nov. 5, 2016.
  3. The Library Genie returns in October. Our annual poll of your wishes for the Library has led to some improvements you’ll be seeing over the course of this year: new chairs, new water fountains, and an all-gender restroom.
  4. On the 4th floor, you may notice some gaps on the shelves. Over 2500 volumes were removed over the summer because we now have access to online digital backfiles.
  5. Speaking of the 4th floor, the study space in the tower will be converted to support the Informatics Innovation Incubator (I3) program. The I3 initiative will bring new tenants with programming and informatics skills into the building. We are looking forward to potential partnerships. The study carrels will be moved to other areas in the building.
  6. Finally, if you haven’t stopped into the Innovation Space (or iSpace as we fondly refer to it), please do. In addition to 3D printing and button makers, we’ve added a poster printing service.
  7. Over the next year, the NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K) will be hosting a series of one-hour seminars on emerging issues and challenges in managing data, taught by leaders in the field. Here’s the current schedule and more information on the series: The sessions are held on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. and can be watched from your desktop. All sessions will be archived.

As I said, there is always something happening here at the HS/HSL. Let us know how we can help. Make sure you are connected to us in some way. We wouldn’t want you to miss anything. Have a great year!

Tips for Students


As the fall semester begins, the HS/HSL has some tips to help you out!

  • Want a quiet place to study? You can reserve select study rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Don’t worry if you forget to make a reservation: there are plenty of other study rooms and quiet spaces to study throughout the library.
  • Need help with a class assignment or research? Consider requesting a consultation with your school librarian.
  • Forgot your charger at home? Come use the charging station on the Library’s 1st floor. It includes chargers for multiple devices.
  • Need help while you’re at the Library? Come to the Information Services Desk on the 1st floor. Our staff can help you locate items, scan documents, search databases, and more! Or visit our Ask Us! page, where you can search a knowledge base of answers or chat with a staff member.
  • Love to study early in the morning or late at night? The HS/HSL is open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday for early study hours. You must enter the Library via the SMC Campus Center and show your UMB One Card. We also stay open until 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Click here for full library hours.

Poster Printing at the HS/HSL

Poster Printing Services Now Available

The HS/HSL recently launched a new poster printing service for all UMB faculty, staff and students, as well as staff at the UMMC.

  • Posters are printed on glossy photo paper and can be printed up to 42″ x 60″ in size.
  • Posters are printed within 1-2 business days, but usually take less time to complete.
  • The cost is $50 per poster.
  • All poster files should be submitted as a PDF.

For further information about poster printing click here. Want tips on designing and printing your poster? Click here.

Success Stories from the HS/HSL Innovation Space

The HS/HSL Innovation Space

The HS/HSL Innovation Space, which opened in April 2015, is one of the first pioneering makerspaces created at an academic health sciences library to support health sciences education and research. The goal of the Innovation Space is to promote and facilitate innovative and collaborative hands-on learning, teaching, and research activities centered around new maker technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning.

Almost a year and a half later, we are happy to report that all of those activities are now taking place. We see UMB graduate students and researchers create custom lab equipment, such as 3D-printed scaffolds for bone tissue engineering and chronic restraint stress tubes and stoppers for mice. Teaching faculty 3D-printed anatomical models, including a pelvis, skull, dentures, and stackable models from CT scan data, to improve students’ learning process.

Students are often seen designing and 3D-printing custom medical devices ranging from a prosthetic hand to a finger splint. Prototyping activities, such as designing a custom well plate or a 3D model for the prosthetic nose, are happening at the HS/HSL Innovation Space. Clinicians created a model of a wound, which they used not only to guide the surgery process but also to cover and protect the wound until the surgery was performed. The HS/HSL Innovation Space also provides invaluable support and resources for coursework on campus. UMB students enrolled in the DPTE 528 course visited the Innovation Space and took a workshop about the application of 3D printing and 3D scanning to physical therapy. Additionally, Imaging Informatics Fellows of the UMMC Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine used the Innovation Space to complete an assignment.

Since its opening, more than 120 reservations have been made for the use of the HS/HSL Innovation Space. More than ninety 3D models were successfully printed, and over 200 faculty, students, and staff have taken the workshops on 3D printing and 3D modeling. Through the Innovation Space, the HS/HSL also provides educational outreach events for youth, as shown in visits by the UMB CURE Scholars Program and the BCCC Refugee Youth Project this summer. We are excited to see the interest and excitement around the HS/HSL Innovation Space as it grows. If you would like to stay informed of the activities at the HS/HSL Innovation Space, please subscribe to our Innovation Space newsletter.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Discovery Workshops

NCBI Discovery Workshops

The HS/HSL will be hosting a series of training sessions conducted by Dr. Peter Cooper and Dr. Wayne Matten of NCBI. The sessions will be live-cast in the HS/HSL’s Distance Education Room on the Library’s Lower Level.

Registration is now open for 25 spots per session. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Click here for an overview of the workshops.

Library Genie Grants Wishes

What are your 3 Library Wishes?

Last October, the Library Genie visited for a second time. He asked for your 3 library wishes, and you responded. A year later, we can happily say that 3 of your library wishes have been granted (with more to come):

  1. You asked for a charging station for your electronic devices. HS/HSL now has a charging station with 8 lockers to securely charge your phone or tablet.
  2. You asked for an off-campus log-in button. There is now a big blue log-in button on the HS/HSL’s homepage so that you can authenticate before starting your work.
  3. You asked for more comfy chairs and rolling white boards. More rolling white boards have been placed on each floor, and soon to arrive are 20 high-back comfort armchairs that can be wheeled around the 1st and 2nd floors for you to relax in.

The Library Genie will be accepting wishes from October 1 to 31. Look for our online form October 1.

  • What could the Library offer on the 1st floor that would enhance your learning experience?
  • Are there any new technologies you would like to see the Library offer?
  • What about other resources and services the Library could provide?

Library Presents Theodore E. Woodward Award

The Library presented its Theodore E. Woodward Award to Larry Pitrof, Executive Director of the Medical Alumni Association

Left to right: M.J. Tooey, Larry Pitrof, Rich Behles

At a luncheon held on August 9, the Library presented its Theodore E. Woodward Award to Larry Pitrof, Executive Director of the Medical Alumni Association. Established in 1995, the award acknowledges a significant contribution of resources or exemplary service in support of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s mission.

In the name of the Medical Alumni Association, Larry has directed substantial funds to the Library for a variety of projects. These include the restoration of our large Eugene Cordell oil portrait, as well as professional conservation treatment of the photograph of the University of Maryland’s World War I Base Hospital 42 Unit. In technology projects, Larry’s support has been equally noteworthy, as he also financed the digitization of our 19th Century School of Medicine theses, and of the books in our Crawford Historical Collection.

Most recently, Larry has spearheaded the emergence of UMB’s Council for the History of Health Sciences. From the very beginning of its planning, Larry has advocated that the Library is the most fitting and competent agency on campus to occupy the forefront of the program.

Larry’s efforts truly personify the spirit of the Woodward Award, and we are honored to acknowledge him as an outstanding, supportive colleague.

Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives

Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives

The exhibit will be on display in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery from September 26, 2016 – November 5, 2016.

Group of protesters holding protest signs

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. During the late 20th century, nurses took up the call. With passion and persistence, they worked to reform a medical profession that largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. This exhibit conveys their story.

The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition with support from the Office of Research on Women’s Health.

Copyright Fees and ILL

Journal articles and books not available in the HS/HSL collections can be requested by the UMB community through the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL). By participating in national and regional networks, and local consortia, the HS/HSL can fill many article and book requests at no charge. Sometimes it is necessary to purchase an item and pay a copyright fee.

Why a copyright fee? The HS/HSL adheres to the Copyright Act of 1976 and the guidelines established by the Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted works (CONTU), which established that libraries should pay publishers fees if more than 5 ILL requests are filled from within 5 years from a specific journal. Once the 6th article is requested, the library should pay copyright owners, usually a publisher, a royalty fee. These fees can range from $24 to over $100 per item.

In FY 2016, the HS/HSL delivered 8,517 items to UMB faculty, staff, and students through the ILL Service. Of those, 7,218 (85%) were delivered at no charge and 1,299 (15%) required a copyright fee. In the past, the HS/HSL absorbed the total cost of the ILL Service, but with a flat budget for many years, this is no longer possible. UMB Deans have agreed to support the Interlibrary Loan Service by paying the copyright fees.

Tooey Delivers Prestigious Doe Lecture

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, delivered the keynote Janet Doe Lecture

Photo credit: Chase Masters, Enabling Technologies Informationist of the University of Michigan Library

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, delivered the keynote Janet Doe Lecture titled “We Can be Heroes: MLA’s Leadership Journey(s)” at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) on May 16 in Toronto. The annual lecture honors Janet Doe, a past president of the association, and is given by MLA members who have made significant contributions to the organization in areas such as scholarship, leadership, and teaching and training.

Staff News

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, has been selected as a mentor for the National Library of Medicine/Association of Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. Tooey will partner with her Fellow, Elizabeth Ketterman of ECU, for this year-long program, which is structured to model and build health sciences library leadership capacity through webinars, site visits, and learning experiences. Tooey is one of five experienced directors selected as mentors for the 2016-2017 class.

Posters and Presentations

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, presented “IT Budgeting with Scarcity” and “Nuts and Bolts of Supervision” at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in June in Orlando and served as a panelist for the online ALA Annual Tech Wrap-up following the conference.

She presented “Building a Makerspace: Where to Start” in June for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeast/Atlantic Region (SE/A) webinar series, Beyond the SEA.

Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP, Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP, and Everly Brown, MLIS presented posters in May at the MLA annual meeting in Toronto.

M.J. Tooey, presented a poster at the Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources (AAMC/GIR) in June in Toronto.

Kimberly F. Yang, JD, MLS, and Katherine Downton, MSLIS, AHIP shared authorship on posters presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) annual meeting in May in Washington DC.

New Staff

Kathleen Hand, BS, joined the HS/HSL as a Library Specialist in August. She comes to us from UMBC where she was a Library Services Technician working in hard copy reserves. As a Library Specialist, she will contribute to reference, circulation, course reserves, and special projects.

Empty Shelves!

If you’ve been to the Library’s 4th floor recently, you may have noticed some gaps within the neat rows of print journals. The journals that were removed are all available online through digital backfiles. You can access them through the HS/HSL’s A-Z list of journals from your desktop or mobile device. Removing print titles that are also available electronically frees up space to provide additional study areas and allows opportunities for more creative uses of the building. We are continuing to review the journal collection and will keep you informed of changes.

May 2016 – Volume 10 – Number 3

Value and Waste in Biomedical Research – Are Librarians the Answer?

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

An April 16, 2016 commentary by Shona Kirtley in The Lancet entitled "Increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research: Librarians are listening and are part of the answer," posits that librarians should be considered as part of the value/waste solution in biomedical research. Although Kirtley examines the issue through a British lens, many of the ideas espoused in her commentary have already been embraced and even expanded by health sciences in the U.S. and here within the HS/HSL at UMB.

Embedding librarians in context (the informationist concept), participating in systematic reviews to provide rigor to research design and support for grant applications, and providing input regarding the quality of scholarly output are areas mentioned within Kirtley’s commentary. HS/HSL faculty librarians do all these things and more. They have been involved in assessing publication impact, serving on the IRBs, reviewing consent forms, and more. Soon they will begin assisting with data management planning and metadata assignment.

As resource dollars continue to shrink, the HS/HSL leadership has chosen to focus on growing expertise and building capacity in areas that add value to our community. As experts in these critical areas, clearly we can reduce waste as well. The addition of knowledge professionals with special skill sets to research and project teams, as experts and partners, is an idea whose time has more than come.

Innovation Space Launches Monthly Newsletter

HS/HSL Innovation Space Newsletter

This April the HS/HSL Innovation Space launched the first issue of its monthly newsletter. Each issue will tell a story about how library patrons are using the Innovation Space, and link to noteworthy news items at the nexus of emerging technology and the health sciences. The first newsletter highlighted a radiologist who 3D printed CAT scans of a human body as an inventive approach to medical education. To subscribe to the Innovation Space newsletter click here. To read the first newsletter click here.

The Innovation Space is designed for experimentation and collaborative hands-on learning experiences. It offers 3D printers, 3D scanners, over 3,500 video tutorials from (available on-site only), a large DNA model, two molecule kits, and a button maker. For more information, visit our webpage.

HS/HSL Chosen to Continue as Regional Medical Library

NN/LM Logo

We are pleased to announce that, for the 8th time, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library has been chosen to serve as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Regional Medical Library. The mission of the program is to ensure access to appropriate high quality health information for health care professionals and laypersons.

The project, spanning five years and $7,125,000, is different this period in that, instead of a contract, the award is a cooperative agreement, a kind of grant. Additionally, SE/A has been given a sub-award for the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) which functions on a national rather than regional level.

The SE/A region encompasses 10 southeastern states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, almost 25% of the US population. Through the cooperative agreement, SE/A achieves its mission by providing funding, exhibits, and training for health information outreach, not only to librarians and health care professionals, but to community-based organizations, emergency responders, faith-based groups, and others. Additionally, SE/A and NDCO support a regional and national resource-sharing network. SE/A is one of eight regional medical libraries across the US. The others are as follows:

  • New England Region: Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Middle Atlantic Region: Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  • Greater Midwest Region: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa
  • MidContinental Region: Spencer E. Eccles Library, University of Utah
  • South Central Region: Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Pacific Northwest Region: Health Sciences Library, University of Washington
  • Pacific Southwest Region: Louise M. Darling Library, UCLA

Summer Library Hours

Early Summer Library Hours

May 21 – May 30

Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30 CLOSED

Regular Summer Hours

May 31 – August 14

Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Independence Day Holiday Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4 CLOSED


A Blossoming Perspective from the University of Maryland School of Social Work

"A Blossoming Perspective from the University of Maryland School of Social Work"
The flower images in this exhibit were created by nine artists from UMB’s School of Social Work to celebrate the beauty of life. According to Julie Gilliam, Senior Instructional Technology Specialist at the School of Social Work, "There is a misperception that social workers do not embrace technology. This is simply untrue, social workers adopt technology when it is accessible, efficient, empowering and portable." The artists in this exhibit used technology to demonstrate their idea of blossoming. The artworks were predominately created with smartphones with some using visual textures produced by a mobile application. The exhibit will be displayed in the HS/HSL Weise Gallery from May 16 through June 17, 2016.

A Century of Study: 1916 – 2016

"A Century of Study: 1916 – 2016"
The Library’s exhibit, "A Century of Study: 1916-2016," was created in partnership with the School of Medicine Office of Development and the family of a 1916 School of Medicine graduate. It tells the story of University of Maryland medical students separated by 100 years of history and scholarship. After graduating in the Class of 1916, Dr. Frank C. Marino and other members of his class donned Army uniforms to go overseas during World War I. His "Soldier’s Diary" portrays a nascent medical career brimming with the promise he would fulfill as a surgeon who was known among colleagues for his "golden hands." Moving forward 100 years to 2016 in the exhibit, we see electronic devices instead of clipboards for rounds, and video lectures supplanting full days in the classroom. Dr. Marino’s daughter, Mrs. Marguerite VillaSanta, generously made his personal collection available for this exhibit.

The exhibit is located on 2nd Floor near the main staircase through May 20, 2016.

Tape: A Visual Dissection

Nickolai Walko, "Tape: A Visual Dissection"
Nickolai Walko was born in Perm, Russia in 1991. He was adopted from a Siberian orphanage two years later by an American couple and moved to the United States. He received his BFA in sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Nickolai started to use masking tape not for its usual purpose, to mask off certain areas for paint to cover, but instead to produce high contrast, intricate, and stylized works of art. He was introduced to the medium in high school and it "stuck to him" through college though his major was sculpture in which he produced street sign body armor and other metal creations. The Renaissance and Pop Art movements have served as core inspirations, as well as the medical field. He strives to capture the human form as well as animalistic forms through the non-traditional medium of masking tape. In a way, the tape acts as a skin, and the X-Acto knife is a scalpel. Producing these works, he feels like a surgeon and removing the skin (tape) provides access for the public to view the anatomy beneath in his stylized diagrams and scenes. The exhibit will be displayed in the Library’s Weise Gallery from June 24 through September 1, 2016.

New Historical Notebooks


The HS/HSL recently acquired a few interesting manuscript items dating from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. There are two volumes of class lecture notes transcribed by Dr. William D. Cawley, a 1902 graduate of our School of Medicine. The first volume comprises notes derived from lectures on Surgery, and the second is his collected transcriptions relating to various topics in Dermatology, including eczema, liver spots, psoriasis, scabies, shingles, and others. These notes afford a fascinating illustration of the scope of these branches of medicine as they were known and taught in our institution at that time in history.

Accompanying those two pieces are a manuscript volume of professor’s notes dated 1898, pertinent to the study of the female generative organs, and of embryology. These originated from Dr. Jose L. Hirsh, who taught Histology, Embryology, Pathology, and Bacteriology in our School of Medicine. His Preface states that Professor Hirsh compiled these study guide notes from various learned sources and reproduced them in mass quantity for the benefit of his students. As with the other two volumes, this item also was the property of William Cawley.

These valuable pieces are welcome additions to our Historical Collections. They represent a unique glimpse into the nature of medical teaching concepts and methods in an era well before digital files in Blackboard content modules.

Staff News

Colette Beaulieu, Office Manager, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeast/Atlantic Region (SE/A), and President, UMB Staff Senate, testified at the Maryland House of Delegates Appropriations Committee Hearings regarding the UMB-UMCP Strategic Partnership Act of 2016. Beaulieu recently celebrated 30 years working with the NN/LM and UMB.

Michele Nance, MS, Library Associate, will graduate from Towson University’s Masters in Professional Writing program in May 2016.

Posters and Presentations

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, Associate Director, Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, gave an invited talk, “Strategically UX-Oriented with Personas" at the University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Unconference at Baltimore, MD, on March 25, 2016 and an e-learning workshop “Improving Your Library’s Mobile Services" for the American Library Association on April 27, 2016.

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, Research, Education and Outreach Librarian, had a poster, "Open Wide: An Inside Look Into Oral Health Books for Children by an Interprofessional Team" presented at Public Health Research@Maryland 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park, by her co-producer, Kathy Battani, RDH, MS of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition.

March 2016 – Volume 10 – Number 2


Cause and Effect

M.J. Tooey
M.J. Tooey Executive Director

In January, due to a flat resources budget, the HS/HSL was forced to cancel 1,600 journals. A flat budget translates into a 6-7 percent cut due to journal price inflation (illustration 1). This is the fourth year in a row that cuts have been made. Over the four years, the cuts have been in the obvious areas, such as print copies, duplicates, and little used journals and databases. Additionally, the purchase of books has been severely curtailed. Now we only purchase or license reference tools, reserve materials, or demand-driven acquisitions (e-books which after a certain number of uses “trigger” a purchase). For 2016, we cut well into the “bone” and broke one of our bundles, meaning that instead of getting a large number of journals in a package for one price, we had to license journals individually, resulting in substantially fewer subscriptions.

What will be the effect on our user community?

  1. Resources will not be available instantaneously on your desktop in support of research, education, or care.
  2. While we have improved our interlibrary loan service through new systems and consortial alliances, and our 24 hour or less turnaround time is excellent, there are still costs involved.
  3. These costs have escalated and can no longer be sustained without requiring the schools to support the service through cost recovery (illustration 2).
  4. No new resources will be acquired, and it will be hard to sustain others. An additional $50,000 reduction to the library budget is expected for FY 2017.

During this time, UMB’s peer institutions have increased library budgets in support of their programs (illustration 3), while the HS/HSL’s have continued to decline.

Within the next five to ten years, this may not be significant as the public and open-access movements continue to grow, new access models emerge, and we essentially move into a post-journal container era, where articles and research are reviewed and conveyed directly to users. However, we are not there yet, and the current reality is grim.

Project SHARE used in National AHEC Health Information Literacy Project

Project SHAREThe Project Share Curriculum, developed at the HS/HSL and funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is being used and tested by five Area Health Education Center (AHEC) members:  Boston AHEC, Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island AHEC, Centennial/Southwestern Colorado AHECs, Eastern Connecticut AHEC, and the state of Montana AHEC program.

This year-long health information literacy project, also funded by the NLM, focusses on teaching skills to diverse populations early in life when personal habits and life-long skills are being developed.  The project recognizes the ability to find, interpret, and use reliable sources of health information can have a direct impact on one’s health. By building skills early in life, health outcomes across the life-span are improved.

The Project SHARE curriculum will be used in the field in urban settings and frontier regions, with Native American tribes and in multi-center AHEC partnerships. The sites will share best practices and implementation experiences with each other, with future sites, and with HS/HSL’s Project SHARE Curriculum development team.

Nationally Recognized Experts Bookend Cybersecurity Conference on April 8th

CybersecurityCybersecurity is everyone’s concern whether at the research bench, in the classroom, or in your own personal email and social media accounts. Join us on April 8 for “Cybersecurity and You: Issues in Higher Education and Beyond.”

Our morning and afternoon keynote speakers, Joe St Sauver, Ph.D., and Alessandro Acquisti, Ph.D., will explore the subject from two different perspectives. For the morning keynote, Joe St Sauver, a scientist at a data driven security company, with previous work in higher education and Internet2/InCommon, will offer his keynote, “Cybersecurity and You: Successfully Operating in Denied Areas.” Our afternoon keynote, Alessandro Acquisti, a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Member, Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine will share his thoughts in his talk entitled, “Why Online Privacy Matters in the Face of Heightened Surveillance Measures.”

In between, panels will explore:

  • how UMB meets challenges in sharing and securing research data;
  • cybersecurity trends and their impacts on the legal industry;
  • collaborative efforts to safeguard the UMB community’s infrastructure, data and networks;
  • massive data collection practices by the government under the Fourth Amendment and their implications for libraries and current legislative efforts potentially detrimental to library users’ privacy; and
  • how your information on social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn is gathered and used

Organized by HS/HSL, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library and CITS, this conference is free and open to the public, however registration is required. It will take place on Fri. April 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center at UMB. A light lunch will be served. The keynotes and parts of the program will be live-streamed at the time of the event, and the video recording will also be available. Check out the conference program and RSVP online today!

The project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore. This program was made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant Program.

The Library Genie Responds…

Library GenieWhen the HS/HSL’s Library Genie asked for your top three library wishes last October, dozens of you let him know. We are happy to tell you that the Library has granted several of your wishes.

  1. You asked for water bottle fountains – The Library will be installing them on every floor.
  2. You asked for a charging station for your devices – A charging station will be arriving soon.
  3. You asked for more comfortable furniture – We will be ordering new comfy chairs that you can roll around to your favorite spot.
  4. Bonus wishes – Additional rolling white boards are being ordered, and Wi-Fi will be boosted throughout the building.

Thank you for all of your suggestions to the Library Genie. We appreciate your input and support.

Funding for the Library Genie wishes comes from one-time unexpended annual and fund-balance allocations.

Technology Brown Bag: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Health Care

Library GenieThe monthly lunchtime event, Technology Brown Bag, explores new and emerging technologies that support research and education. Recent events include the applications of 3D printing in the medical sciences, meeting research funding requirements for data management plans with the DMP Tool, and a look at the breadth of use for wearable computing across the health sciences. Our next brown bag will survey the innovative ways that virtual and augmented reality are being used in health care delivery and research. This event will take place on Thursday, March 31, in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library Distance Education Room from noon to 12:45 p.m. Each event is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors

'And there's the humor of it': Shakespeare and the Four HumorsAn exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library will be displayed in the HS/HSL Weise Gallery from April 4 through May 14, 2016.

“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors explores the role played by the four humors in several of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays through beautiful imagery and rare books from both the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and examines more modern interpretations of the four humors in contemporary medicine.

William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age, including the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors: blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were understood to define people’s physical and mental health, and to determine their personalities as well.

The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare’s plays, and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies. Curator Gail Kern Paster explains, “The four humors were an early typology for human personality. Shakespeare uses them, even as he transcends them, to create the vivid characters whose emotions continue to fascinate and delight us.”

For more information about this exhibition, visit the Weise Gallery web page.

New Additions to the Innovation Space

HS/HSL Innovation SpaceThe HS/HSL Innovation Space recently added two new tools to its suite of resources available to patrons. The NextEngine 3D scanner is a state-of-the-art laser scanner capable of producing high definition digital models of physical objects. The scanner can be used on the desktop to capture smaller objects or mounted onto a tripod for scanning larger objects. Our NextEngine guide provides step-by-step scanning instructions and links to further resources.

Lulzbot Taz 5
The NextEngine 3D scanner (left) sits next to the Lulzbot Taz 5 (right)

The Lulzbot Taz 5 is our most robust 3D printer yet. The Taz 5 offers the largest printing volume of our three printers. It’s also able to print various types of filament, from the conventional plastics (ABS and PLA) to hybrid filaments that contain wood, bamboo, bronze, and more. Our Taz 5 guide provides step-by-step printing instructions and links to further resources.

Stop by the Innovation Space on your next library visit to check out our new equipment!

Notable Tech Trends: Cybersecurity, Digital Privacy, and Online Surveillance

Cybersecurity, Digital Privacy, and Online SurveillanceCybersecurity is an interesting and important topic, one closely connected to those of digital privacy and online surveillance. Many of us know that it is difficult to keep things private on the Internet. The Internet was invented to share things with others quickly, and it excels at that job. Businesses that process transactions with customers and store the information online are responsible for keeping that information private. No one wants social security numbers, credit card information, medical history, or personal e-mails shared with the world. We expect and trust banks, online stores, and our doctor’s offices to keep our information secure and safe.

Keeping private information safe and secure is, however, a challenging task. We have all heard of security breaches at Target, Sony, the Office of Personnel Management of the U.S. federal government, and even University of Maryland at College Park. Sometimes, a data breach takes place when an institution fails to patch a hole in its network systems. Sometimes, people fall for a phishing scam, or a virus in a user’s computer infects the target system. Other times, online companies compile customer data into personal profiles. The profiles are then sold to data brokers and on into the hands of malicious hackers and criminals.

To prevent such a data breach, institutional IT staff are trained to protect their systems against vulnerabilities and intrusion attempts. Employees and end users are educated to be careful about dealing with institutional or customers’ data. There are systematic measures that organizations can implement such as two-factor authentication, stringent password requirements, and locking accounts after a certain number of failed login attempts.

While these measures strengthen an institution’s defense against cyberattacks, they may negatively affect the usability of the system, lowering users’ productivity. Security is important, but users also want to be able to do their job without being bogged down by unwieldy cybersecurity measures. The more user-friendly and the simpler the cybersecurity guidelines are to follow, the more users will observe them, thereby resulting in a secure system. Users who encounter cumbersome and complicated security measures, may ignore or try to bypass them, increasing security risks.

Usability and productivity may be a small issue, however, compared to the risk of mass surveillance resulting from aggressive security measures. In 2013, the Guardian reported that the communication records of millions of people were being collected by the National Security Agency (NSA) in bulk, regardless of suspicion of wrongdoing. A secret court order prohibited Verizon from disclosing the NSA’s information request. After a cyberattack against the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California system installed a device that is capable of capturing, analyzing, and storing all network traffic to and from the campus for over 30 days. This security monitoring was implemented secretly without consulting or notifying the faculty and those who would be subject to the monitoring. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the IT staff who installed the system were given strict instructions not to reveal it was taking place. Selected committee members on the campus were told to keep this information to themselves.

The invasion of privacy and the lack of transparency in these network monitoring programs has caused great controversy. Such wide and indiscriminate monitoring programs must have a very good justification and offer clear answers to vital questions regarding what exactly will be collected, who will have access to the information, when and how the information will be used, what controls will be put in place to prevent information from being used for unrelated purposes, and how the information will be disposed of.

Because security is essential to privacy, it is ironic that certain cybersecurity measures can be used to greatly invade privacy rather than protect it. Because we do not always fully understand how the technology actually works or how it can be exploited for both good and bad purposes, we need to be careful about giving blank permission to any party to access, collect, and use our private data without clear understanding, oversight, and consent. As we share more and more information online, cyberattacks will only increase, and organizations and the government will struggle even more to balance privacy concerns with security issues.

Bohyun Kim, Associate Director, Library Applications and Knowledge Systems

HS/HSL Holiday Giving Project

ReadboxThe combined efforts of HS/HSL staff and the UMB campus community have added more than 75 children’s books to the shelves of the UMB Community Engagement Center at the BioPark.

The HS/HSL asked the campus to convey which children’s books were most loved or were simply fun to read, inspirational, encouraging, influential, or memorable. The only guideline was that recommendations be appropriate for children from infancy through middle school.

The UMB campus responded enthusiastically, providing more than 400 suggestions of favorite children’s books! After a number of campus members inquired about donating books, the Library expanded the HS/HSL Holiday Giving Project to accept book donations. Library staff also purchased children’s books based upon the UMB community’s recommendations.

Of the donation, Ashley Valis, Executive Director of Community Initiatives and Engagement, states, “We are absolutely thrilled with the generosity of the Health Sciences & Human Services Library staff and affiliates. We host a toddler playgroup at the UMB Community Engagement Center weekly and, until now, didn’t have nearly the selection of age-appropriate books to pique the children’s interest. With this donation to the UMB CEC, we will be able to offer our old books to the community free of charge for their home bookshelves, as well as offer our visitors a selection of amazing new children’s books for their enjoyment.”

The HS/HSL staff is delighted to help spark a love for reading while helping to increase the literacy skills of children visiting the new UMB Community Engagement Center.

To see the list of recommended and donated books, go here.

Anna-Marie Epps is UMB’s Employee of the Month

Anna-Marie Epps was named UMB Employee of the Month for November 2015. She was nominated by Aphrodite Bodycomb, Associate Director for Administration and Operations. Bodycomb explained, “Anna-Marie’s talent and her level of expertise, knowledge, and persistent effort to perform to the best of her abilities are reasons that make her shine. She has excellent project management skills that she applies to every project she touches. Her unbelievably positive spirit radiates and, I believe, encourages others. For this and many other reasons Anna-Marie was awarded Employee of the Month for UMB. We are lucky to have her here with us at the Library.”

Anna-Marie Epps

Anna-Marie Epps with Dr. Jay Perman

Staff News

Jean-Paul Courneya, MS, has been awarded an Association of Academic Health Science Libraries (AAHSL) Data Management Training Scholarship to support coursework leading to a certificate in data science specialization.

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Office for the Information Technology Policy of the American Library Association (ALA).

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, was selected by the Medical Library Association (MLA) as an MLA Rising Star for 2016/17. The program seeks to develop skills and knowledge to prepare future MLA leaders.

María M. Pinkas, MLS, has been accepted into the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Georgia Biomedical Informatics course.

Posters and Presentations

Bohyun Kim, co-authored “Report of the LITA User Experience Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter Meeting, Chicago, January 2015” in Technical Services Quarterly, presented “Turning the IT Dept. Outward” at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, and gave a lightning talk, “Visualizing Library Data,” at the Code4Lib Conference.

New Staff

Jean-Paul Courneya

Jean-Paul Coruneya

Jean-Paul Courneya joined the HS/HSL Services Division in January as our Bioinformationist. He graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, with a minor in Chemistry. He continued at Towson to graduate with a Masters in Biological Sciences with a molecular biology specialization. At the HS/HSL he will develop and grow the new Bioinformation Program. The Program’s mission is to assist researchers, clinicians, students, and staff at UMB to advance their scholarly goals by offering education, training, and consult services for biomedical research, clinical practice, and applied life science research related to cell and molecular bioscience.

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry also joined the HS/HSL in January. She says, “It was the day of our great blizzard, something I’ll never forget.” She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a MA in Library and Information Studies. She is Research, Education, and Outreach Librarian for the School of Social Work. As the REO for the School of Social Work, she will engage with faculty, students, and staff to assist with their research needs. She will offer information sessions, workshops, consultations, and any other assistance that my school asks of me.

Ashley Wallace

Ashley Wallace joined the Information Services Team in February. Ashley recently received a Masters in Religious Studies and is currently working on a Masters in Library Science. In her position as Library Services Specialist, Ashley will be working to help faculty, students, and staff at the Information Services desk with research and use of library resources.

Lorraine Woods

Lorraine (Lorrie) Woods recently joined the Resource Sharing team. Lorrie has worked in both academic and public libraries. In her current capacity of Library Services Specialist, Lorrie will perform tasks in both Interlibrary Loan and the Digital Archive.

December 2015 – Volume 10 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

‘Tis the Season…for Giving to the HS/HSL

M.J. Tooey
M.J. Tooey Executive Director

There’s a crispness in the air. Holiday music is on the radio. And solicitations of all sorts for charities and institutions are threatening to crowd out the glut of catalogs in my mailbox at home.

Flat library budgets, reductions in funding, reduced revenues, and increases in costs have placed the HS/HSL in the position of having to cut resources and reduce staffing. And while we haven’t begun to mail solicitations (yet), you may have noticed the HS/HSL has added a green “Donate” button to the navigation bar on the top of the library home page. The Donate button links to a number of opportunities for giving to the HS/HSL. These include the HS/HSL Fund for the Third Century, the Kinnard Leisure Reading Collection Fund, the Charlotte Ferencz Endowment, the HS/HSL Fund, and the HS/HSL Technology Endowment. A description is provided for each funding opportunity, and credit card donations are accepted. If you are interested in establishing a fund or in naming opportunities, please contact me at or call 410-706-7545.

Donations can also be made to the HS/HSL through the Maryland Charities Campaign (MCC), although it is a little less direct and requires a little more effort. If you would like to make a donation via the MCC, designate the UMB Foundation (select code 5384) as your pledge. The MCC Chair, Bill Crockett, will then get in touch with you regarding how to designate the HS/HSL as the recipient of your donation.

A strong HS/HSL benefits everyone at UMB. Knowledge underpins research and scholarship, teaching and learning, service and caring. A library is as vital as electricity and water for the progress of a major health sciences research university’s strategic goals and mission. If the traditional means of supporting the Library aren’t adequate and aren’t likely to increase, we have to seek alternative support.

The late Dr. Theodore Woodward, a great benefactor of the Library, compared it to an oil lamp that needs to have the oil replenished in order to continue shining.

Please consider supporting our expertise, our resources, and our place.

HS/HSL Flat Funded = 1600 Journals Cancelled

Continued increases in journal prices combined with a flat resources budget have resulted in difficult collection decisions. Faculty librarians spent several months evaluating the HS/HSL’s journal collection based on data (cost per use) and the need to ensure we provide a balanced collection addressing and supporting UMB’s mission.

Journal price increases made it necessary to take apart one of our large journal package this year. One way many libraries, including the HS/HSL, have extended their budgets is by participating in publishers’ offers of bundled packages or “big deals.” Under this model libraries commit to maintaining their current subscriptions with a publisher. In exchange, for a relatively modest fee, the publisher will allow the library access to many more of its titles. The HS/HSL currently participates in big deals with Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Sage, and Taylor & Francis, giving the UMB community access to considerably more journals than single subscriptions would allow. However, steady increases in journal prices while the Library’s resources budget remains flat have made our continued participation in all of these deals unsustainable.

The Springer package was identified as the least well-performing on a cost-per-use . Consequently, the package is being “unbundled.” High-use Springer journals were evaluated on an individual basis, and thirty-one were selected for retention. Journals were evaluated for both their cost effectiveness and their fit with UMB’s research and educational missions. All other individual (non-bundled) subscriptions were also evaluated, and nine of them were selected for cancellation.

The cancellation of the Springer package was a difficult decision to make. Without the favorable pricing that comes with participation in the publisher’s bundle, the UMB community will lose access to over 1,600 Springer journals, including 372 that had twenty or more uses last year. But the HS/HSL must remain within its resources budget.

Access to the cancelled journals will be lost on January 1, 2016. Individual articles from any journal not subscribed to by the HS/HSL are available through Interlibrary Loan.

If the HS/HSL resources budget remains flat and journal costs continue to rise, we will unfortunately need to make more cancellation decisions next year.

MPower Library Funding Ends After FY16

MPowerFunding for the MPower Virtual Research Library will cease on July 1. This collaborative effort among the libraries at UMB and College Park received $750,000 in the first year of its existence. This funding number has been decreased in the subsequent years to $440,000 and then $200,000. The $200,000 in funding for FY16 was then greatly reduced, resulting in only enough money to support Scopus®, which has become a major research support resource for both universities. At this time, It is not clear how Scopus will be retained for FY17.

JoVE and ProQuest Dissertation and Theses will be continued for another year due to collaborations with the University of Maryland College Park and USMAI. The remaining MPower resources (Wiley journals and Taylor & Francis journals, Embase and BioMed Central) became part of the HS/HSL’s resource evaluation process. With an already flat resources budget and MPower funding destined for elimination, cuts needed to be made (see HS/HSL Flat Funded = 1600 Journals Cancelled). Wiley, and Taylor and Francis journals were integrated into the HS/HSL collection as was Embase.

Expertise, Resources, Place – HS/HSL Strategic Plan, 2015-2020

Two years and 500 conversations later, the HS/HSL is proud to introduce its new strategic plan – Expertise, Resources, Place. Following a template similar to the one used to develop the University’s plan, the new library plan used an “outside-in” technique, gathering input via “strategic listening” tours, focus groups, and town hall and individual meetings. These sessions and meetings informed the development of four themes.

These four major themes – Research, Teaching and Learning, Community, and Place – expose how the HS/HSL will intersect with those areas and with users from within the university and beyond. The plan acknowledges the Library as a cultural institution with a unique place within the university. Additionally, the plan’s “Strategies for Success” provide a roadmap for building capacity to achieve our Vision:

“We will create a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative knowledge environment focused on excellence in expertise, service, and resource access and creation, relevant to and advancing university priorities. We will also advance the library as a vibrant intellectual and cultural hub for the university.”

Library faculty also vetted the plan in order to apply the plan to divisional operational objectives, measurable outcomes, and personal development plans.

“We see our plan providing a solid foundation for growth and change. The methodology we used to develop the plan can be applied to provide a framework for future modifications in response to changes in our environment and our community,” commented M.J. Tooey, Executive Director, HS/HSL and Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs.

Newly Expanded and Renovated Innovation Space Re-opens

The Innovation Space

After a complete renovation, the HS/HSL Innovation Space is now open! The Innovation Space has expanded to encompass the adjoining area where the Reference Desk used to be. This expansion gives users twice as much room for working with Innovation Space tools and equipment.

To accommodate 3D scanning of smaller items, we’ve added a NextEngine 3D scanner. Now you can use the handheld Sense 3D scanner to scan large objects and the NextEngine 3D scanner for small items, such as a piece of lab equipment or a tooth. Curious how? Our how-to guides will walk you through the steps with the Sense 3D scanner and the new NextEngine 3D scanner.

We have also added three height-adjustable work tables and a dozen stools to make the Innovation Space more comfortable for your work. Many more 3D-printed models are displayed on the shelves. You can also find the finishing tools for 3D printing in pouches conveniently placed on the wall. We have transformed the wall into a chalkboard to promote upcoming workshops on 3D printing and 3D scanning. The large LCD screen, which is perfect for reviewing human anatomy with Biodigital Human or viewing large 3D models from the NIH 3D Print Exchange, is now mounted on the wall, along with two wall cabinets.

Come visit our new and improved Innovation Space!

New Course Reserves System

Ares: The New HS/HSL Course Reserves SystemHS/HSL is pleased to announce that we are transitioning to a new, more advanced reserves systems – Atlas ARES – beginning January 4. A project that the Library and campus IT have been working on for the last nine months, the new system will allow students and faculty to view reserves in Blackboard, or by logging into the Course Reserves system through the link on the Library’s homepage. The system is much more streamlined and convenient to use, and we at HS/HSL are proud to provide the UMB community with an easier way to access their readings and research.

For any questions or for assistance in using the new system, please contact HS/HSL’s Course Reserves at 410-706-7995 or by email

Library Genie – What Did You Wish For?

The Library GenieOver the month of October, the Library Genie asked for your top three library wishes. The number one wish was for water bottle filling stations, followed by requests for better lighting, more of the popular “space pod” study seats, and a wider selection of cables/convertors and charging options. We get the feeling you like being here and just want to make your home away from home more comfortable and convenient! Also popular were requests for coffee vending, more comfortable chairs, and a gender-neutral bathroom.

The Genie is looking into possibilities for granting some of your wishes. We’ll keep you posted.

New Bibliometric Measure of Article Influence

iCite BetaIn an article posted to bioRxiv on October 22, 2015, four NIH scientists proposed a new bibliometric measure of article influence. This measure, called the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR), is presented as an alternative to using Journal Impact Factor to measure the influence of an individual article. RCR measures the citation rates of articles in a co-citation network, or the set of the articles that have been cited by articles that also cite the target article.

A beta of version of the NIH’s online tool to calculate relative citation ratio for articles in PubMed published between 1995 and 2013 can be found at iCite.

HS/HSL’s Project SHARE Curriculum to be Used for National AHEC Study

Project SHARE

In mid-November the HS/HSL received some great news from the National Library of Medicine (NLM): The HS/HSL’s Project SHARE curriculum was unanimously selected by the National AHEC Organization for a study to test the replicability of teen health information literacy projects. Project SHARE was funded by an NLM information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities (G08LM011079).

Project SHARE team members worked with two cohorts of students from Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy with the goal of developing a replicable curriculum supporting the development of a cadre of teen community health advocates. The Project SHARE curriculum aims to build high school students’ skills to reduce health disparities at the personal, family, and community level. The curriculum aligns with national standards and can be used in diverse settings nationwide: schools, libraries, community-based organizations, and community-academic partnerships.

The curriculum consists of six modules, each with downloadable lesson plans, slides, activities, and references:

  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

With over 1000 downloads, the curriculum is the second most viewed area of the HS/HSL website. The Project SHARE curriculum is freely available for educational use and can be modified to meet local needs. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

The curriculum is available from the Library’s Project SHARE guide.

E-books Added Through AccessMedicine®

AccessMedicineMcGraw Hill’s AccessMedicine® will be added to the collection in support of our education mission. This collection of over 85 e-books and other online tools contains standard texts including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment. In addition to e-books the database also includes 250 examination and procedural videos, quick reference tools, and more.

This valuable resource allows an unlimited number of users and is available both on and off campus through the HS/HSL’s Databases list. Individual books will be added to the Library Catalog and the E-Book list. A mobile version optimized for use with handheld devices is also available.

AccessMedicine® will be available January 2016.

HS/HSL’s Historical/Special Collections Provides UMB Alumni Database

Alumni Database

In response to a multitude of genealogical requests from researchers, the Historical/Special Collections Department of the HS/HSL has developed a public, searchable database of University of Maryland, Baltimore alumni. By gathering data from college catalogs and other resources, the Department is able to provide basic verification of the name, year, and school of listed alumni.

The Alumni Database includes students from the year 1840 through current years. A student’s inclusion in the database depends largely upon the history of the school to which the student belonged. Deeper reference and research assistance may be obtained by contacting Rich Behles, the Historical Librarian/Preservation Officer at the HS/HSL. He can be reached at or 410-706-5048.

Access and search the Alumni Database.

Find out more about the origins of the Alumni Database.

Gallery Exhibit: The Human Figure, Anatomical Drawings by Joseph Sheppard

Joseph Sheppard’s exhibit The Human Figure, Anatomical Drawings is currently on display through March 31, 2016 in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery on the first floor of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. The exhibit features detailed drawings of anatomy found in several of Sheppard’s published books. His work, deeply rooted in realism, captures the detail and beauty in the human figure.

Sheppard is an artist and sculptor who has both studied and taught at Maryland Institute of Art (MICA). He has been creating works since before the 1950s, spending part of his year in Italy and the remainder here in Baltimore. While Sheppard’s works can be found all over the world, local highlights include the Brooks Robinson statue in the plaza at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Holocaust Memorial, and the statue of Pope John Paul II with Two Children at the Basilica of the Assumption. The Joseph Sheppard Vesalius painting, which depicts a public autopsy by the renowned 16th century anatomist, was donated to the HS/HSL by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rosenberg, Jr. The painting is available for viewing just outside the Administrative Offices on the Library’s fifth floor.

Additional information about Joseph Sheppard’s work can be found at his website.


HS/HSL Hosts Student Break in Honor of National Medical Librarians Month

The HS/HSL hosted an afternoon break on Tuesday October 27, 2015. The break was a celebration of National Medical Librarians Month, which takes place every year in October. The celebration gave students a chance to take a break from their studies, relax a little, and have a snack. Students also had the opportunity to meet their school librarians. The break was a great success!

Student Break

Student Break

Internet Explorer 8 Users Upgrade Now!

WarningAs of January 1, 2016 ScienceDirect – a major provider of the HS/HSL’s electronic journals – will no longer support Internet Explorer 8. If you use IE 8, please contact your school’s IT help desk for assistance with an upgrade.

Staff News

Katherine Downton, MSLIS, AHIP, received the award for Professional Excellence by a New Health Sciences Librarian at the 2015 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC/MLA).

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, was appointed to chair the Frederick G. Kilgour Award Committee sponsored jointly by the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) of the American Library Association (ALA). She has also been appointed to the Advisory Group for the ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.

Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS, Katherine Downton, and Andrea Goldstein Shipper, MSLIS, were awarded second place for their research presentation “Analyzing Local Systematic Review Output: An Environmental Scan” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) of the Medical Library Association (MLA) annual meeting.

J. Dale Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP, has been selected as a Fellow in the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Program for 2015-2016. This national program is designed to provide learning opportunities and a mentoring experience for emerging leaders in academic health sciences libraries. Dale is paired with mentor Anthony Frisby, PhD, at Thomas Jefferson University.

Posters and Presentations

Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP and Everly Brown, MLIS presented “Launching a Public Innovation Space from the Ground Up” at the MAC/MLA 2015 annual meeting in Asheville, NC

Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, Everly Brown, and Ryan Harris presented “Reinvigorating Services for an Improved User Experience” at the MAC/MLA 2015 annual meeting in Asheville, NC.

Alexa Mayo presented “Extending Our Reach through Research Connection” at the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) 2015 annual meeting in Baltimore.

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, co-presented a poster on LGBT Elder Population Health Awareness at the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association Annual Conference.

Andrea Goldstein Shipper and C. Andrew Youngkin, MLIS, AHIP, presented “Advancing Library Research: A Year in the Life of a Health Sciences Library Research Committee” at the MAC and Southern Chapter MLA 2015 annual meetings.

Bohyun Kim presented “Setting Up a Makerspace: Why & How” at the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) 2015 annual meeting in Baltimore.

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