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September 2017 – Volume 11 – Number 4

Welcome and Welcome Back!

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

The team at the HS/HSL teases me that every fall I use the phrase “welcome and welcome back” as a key element in my Executive Director’s message. But I can’t think of a phrase that better captures the essence of how I feel every fall as academic year begins. So nice to see old friends and meet new ones.

Every year, I use this issue to focus on some of the new things we will be doing this year in addition to the many things we are already doing. So pay attention! You can read more about some of these activities in the Connective Issues articles that follow.

  • In October, we will be introducing an online Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toolkit to link future entrepreneurs and innovators to resources at UMB and beyond that will help them become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Cher Wang. Remember how the HS/HSL helped you on the road to becoming an entrepreneur and billionaire. You might want to make a big donations somewhere. Name a building someone?
  • We are launching a great speaker series called Meet the Makers to introduce our community to scientists and people who are pushing the edge in the “maker” community.
  • This coming spring, look for a number of symposia and special events, such as a Maker Expo and a Changing Face of Research Symposium. Not to forget the HS/HSL building’s 20th anniversary celebration.
  • And while we are on the topic of the building, we will be working on reconceiving our main floor and will be seeking your input on layouts, furniture, etc.
  • We will be launching a high-performance computing work station as a new service, along with some virtual reality programming.
  • We will be having some outstanding exhibits in our Weise Gallery, including one called “Healing Masks” that features an exhibit of masks made by soldiers and others to help them cope with PTSD.

I could go on and on, because this is going to be one busy year. Stay tuned through Connective Issues and other campus publications as we move through the year.

Welcome and welcome back!

Canvas Poster Printing Coming September 25

You ask, and we provide. Beginning next week, the Library’s Poster Printing service will offer a canvas printing option for fabric posters that have the same great resolution and quality you’ve come to expect in our glossy paper prints. Canvas is a great option if you need a poster you can fold up in a suitcase, or if you want a more durable poster that can stand up to multiple exhibits and frequent moving and packing.

Compared to our paper option, the lightweight canvas material has a slightly higher brightness rating, a non-shiny matte finish, and very subtle canvas texture. Samples are available for viewing in the first-floor display case at the HS/HSL.

The canvas printing option will be available on the print request form on September 25, at a cost of $60 per poster. Please see our poster printing guide for details, suggestions, and the submission form. The Library will also provide rigid cardboard carrying tubes upon request.

The Library Genie is Returning Oct. 1

The Library Genie is coming back! Last year he asked for your 3 library wishes, and you responded. We can happily say that 3 library wishes were granted.

  1. You asked for updated water bottle filling stations. We installed 6 new stations, one on each floor of the Library.
  2. You asked for a charging station for your devices. The bright red charging station is now located on the first floor and is in constant use.
  3. You asked for more comfortable furniture. We purchased 20 new comfy chairs that can be wheeled around to your favorite spot.
  4. Bonus Wish! You’ve asked for a gender neutral restroom for the past two years. We are happy to report that this project is moving along and will be on the first floor near the other restrooms.

The Library Genie will be accepting wishes from October 1 to 31.

  • How would you like to see the Library’s space designed so that it meets your needs?
  • What about resources and services the Library could provide?
  • How could the Library better assist you with your research, education, or clinical needs?
  • Are there any new technologies you would like the Library to offer?

Meet Your Librarian

Each school has a dedicated Research, Education and Outreach librarian, which ensures the best possible service for faculty, staff, and students.

What can your liaison librarian do?

  • Consult with you to assist with literature searching and research
  • Collaborate on comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews
  • Teach citation management using RefWorks, EndNote, and other systems
  • Gather data to measure your individual, group, or departmental research impact
  • …and much more! Visit the Research Connection page to see all the ways your librarian can help.

Who is my liaison librarian?

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS
Andrea Shipper, MSLIS
Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS
Emily Gorman, MLIS, AHIP
Social Work
Gail Betz, MSLIS

Meet the Makers: HS/HSL Speaker Series

Warren L. Grayson, PhD

Warren L. Grayson, PhD (Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering)

We kicked off Meet the Makers, an HS/HSL speaker series focused on emerging technology in the life sciences on Thursday, September 21st.

There was a great turnout for our first guest speaker, Warren L. Grayson, PhD (Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering). Dr. Grayson’s talk, “Regeneration of Vascularized Skeletal Muscle,” discussed his tissue engineering work that combines biodegradable 3D printed models and stem cells for craniofacial and orthopaedic applications. Learn more about his work from Dr. Grayson’s TEDxBaltimore talk, “Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine.”

Please join us for the next event in our series. UMB’s Dr. Sarah Murthi, MD will give a presentation, “Augmented Reality in the Operating Room.” The event is October 17 at noon in the HSHSL’s 5th floor Gladhill Boardroom.

Tips for Students

With the fall semester in full swing, the HS/HSL would like to share some tips to help you get the most out of your time at UMB!

  • Need to study with a group, or just want to have a space to shut out distractions? You can reserve certain study rooms throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors. No reservations needed for the rest of the library study spaces!
  • Want to learn a new skill, or need a refresher on a resource you haven’t used in a while? Attend one of our free workshops on topics ranging from literature searching in PubMed to 3D printing to citation management using RefWorks. For more in-depth research help, you can request a consultation with your school’s librarian.
  • Need help? Our Information Services staff are here for you! Visit in person at the desk on the first floor, call 410-706-7995, or use the online chat to get assistance with searching databases, locating items, scanning documents, and more. Go to the Ask Us! page to use the online chat or view answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Forgot your charger and your electronic device is about to die? Use our first floor charging station, located near the restrooms. These secure lockers contain cords compatible with various devices.
  • Don’t want to lug a laptop around all day? Make use of the desktop computers available throughout all floors of the library. All you need to log in is the barcode from the back of your UMB OneCard!

Whiteboard Project Wins Votes

The HS/HSL, taking inspiration from the University of Central Arkansas’ 2017 article in College & Research Library News (vol. 78, no. 5), started a whiteboard project as a way to engage and communicate with our students in particular. We started off in the summer with light and fun questions, such as, “Who will win the NBA Championship? Cavaliers or Warriors?” This garnered a surprising number of votes during our “slow” period, so we kept going even though we actually do not yet have a whiteboard to use. A paper pad is working just fine!

Other questions we have tried out have been just as fun, some more successful than others.

OLD BAY – Just for Crabs?
Toilet Paper – Over or Under?
Which OS Does Your Phone Use?
Which Series Has the Best TV/Film Adaptation?

We are now beginning to mix in more “serious” questions. For example, our latest question about which of our chairs students prefer had an overwhelming response to their favorite. We plan to continue the project to see if we can collect more meaningful information to guide our choices in creating a successful library experience for our students.

Francine Brady Gallery Exhibit

Francine Brady on display through the end of September in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery

Francine Brady’s work is brightening up the walls of the gallery. Her vibrant art collections, such as “Other Worlds”, “Nike”, “Fauna”, “Primal Landscapes” and “Other Drawings,” contain a variety of distinctive imagery, both narrative and symbolic.

Brady highlights nature throughout her collection, in which fish and birds appear frequently, along with a sun or two. Many of the pieces in her Nike collection, inspired by Nike of Samothrace, capture the attention with commanding colors, mysterious themes, and wide range of emotional imagery.

During her recent exhibit opening at the Library, Francine Brady announced that all proceeds from the sale of her work would go to support Yumi CARES Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting art therapy for pediatric patients in Maryland area hospitals.

Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz
Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz
Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz
Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz

Scan With Ease

The new KIC Click scanner on the HS/HSL’s first floor is a high-speed touchscreen scanner that allows you to quickly scan books, chapters, and other documents. You can then save your PDF to a USB thumb drive or to your cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Box). The KIC’s user-friendly touchscreen allows you to crop your scanned images and to modify their contrast, color, and resolution. Let us know how you like it!

Staff News

Staff News

Colette Beaulieu was elected a member at large for the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) for 2017-2018.

María M. Pinkas, MLS, received special recognition for her work with the online learning and webinar programs of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) in June 2017 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP was a co-author for the paper “Measuring Mental Wellbeing Among Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Instruments” published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies 26(9), 2017.

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, was appointed to a 3-year term as technology column editor for the Medical Library Association’s MLA News in April 2017.

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA was a panelist at an Open Forum on “Activism in a Time of Turbulence,” at the annual meeting of MLA in May 2017.  She presented “From Idea to Impact: Holistic Support for the Research Scholar” in August 2017 at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) annual meeting in Wroclaw, Poland.  She also wrote the chapter “Supporting Institutional Strategic Directions and User Needs through Library Collaborative Spaces” in Information and Innovation: A Natural Combination for Health Science Libraries, published in July 2017 for the Medical Library Association Books Series.

Tooey and Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, presented several papers, a poster, and led a leadership workshop in June 2017 at the International Congress of Medical Librarianship/European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) in Dublin, Ireland.

New Staff

Brandon Benjamin, HS/HSL’s new building projects coordinator, brings to the job over 15 years of project management experience. He previously worked at Temple University and studied civil and construction engineering technology.
Gail Betz, MSLIS, Research, Education and Outreach librarian for the School of Social Work, returns to us after two years as a clinical librarian at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Welcome back, Gail!
Shanell Stephens, BA, library services specialist, joined the Information Services department in September. Shanell comes to us from the Johns Hopkins Eisenhower Library, where she worked as a library assistant.
Joshua Wakefield, BS, IT support associate, joined the Computing and Technology Services department from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, where he built 8 years of IT support experience.

May 2017 – Volume 11 – Number 3

Congratulations Graduates!

Data Driven Library Decision Making – Looking at the Evidence

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

Data, data, data. A day does not go by without some aspect of data bombarding us. The UMB resource enterprise generates and thrives on data. Clinical care is based on evidence informed by data. Increasingly, education and training advances rely on assessment and the use of student and achievement data. Even community engagement activities are based on evaluation and data around community needs. The Health Sciences and Human Services Library is no different.

We collect a lot of data essential to our decision-making. We track usage of our e-resources and use that data to help determine how to maintain the best collection possible in a time of diminishing resources. We gauge user satisfaction with surveys of new students and our annual Library Genie survey. Recently we completed our biennial online survey of resource usage. This random survey gives us a snapshot of user behavior. Which school uses us the most? What percentage of our users are faculty, staff, or students? What is the purpose of their use – research, assignment, care, etc.? This helps us develop a fuller picture of usage and user needs. We count numbers of services, such as systematic reviews, consultations, and training sessions, and their attendees. We also look at interlibrary loan statistics for trends in resource use. Later this year we will be doing an internal survey of the library staff regarding their thoughts about how we work together within the library. And finally, for 39 years, the HS/HSL has contributed to the Annual Statistics of Medical School Libraries in the United States and Canada compiled by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). Through questions related to budget, staffing, training, salaries, and many other areas, we track our progress, monitor trends, and benchmark against peers and colleagues.

There are many other data touchpoints we examine here in the library in our quest to do the best we can in support of our community’s success. If you would like more information about any of the many things we count and analyze, please let me know.

P.S. Congratulations, 2017 Graduates!

Friends of National Library of Medicine Annual Conference, June 14-17

Dr. Peter Doshi, PhD

Dr. Peter Doshi, PhD

Working with the National Library of Medicine and Research!America, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine will host its annual conference, “Consequential and Reproducible Clinical Research: Charting the Course for Continuous Improvement,” June 14 to 17 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

The conference will discuss prevention of non-repeatable research and inconsequential studies and highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies.

The constructive and practical messages should benefit producers as well as users of clinical research discoveries. The conference will feature a variety of speakers, including the School of Pharmacy’s Peter Doshi, PhD.


Science not Silence – A March for Science in Washington, D.C.

UMB’s Student Organization for Advocacy and Policy at the March for Science

On Saturday April 22, 2017, we experienced an unprecedented historical event. Over 600 marches promoting science took place worldwide. Citizens and professionals alike came together in Washington D.C. to voice vehement support for science and scientific research funding, and to express concern about how the current political climate is affecting public perceptions of science. With temperatures ranging from a brisk 51 °F – 74 °F and spotty rain off and on throughout the day, the tenacity of the attendees of the March for Science was a testament to their unwavering dedication to their cause.

Amidst the energy of the moment and huddled within the crowd stood the proud members of the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) graduate student group SOAP (Student Organization for Advocacy and Policy).

Posters printed at HS/HSL’s Poster Printing Service

In the week leading up to the March for Science, SOAP members held a poster design-a-thon at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. During the design-a-thon, SOAP members created posters for the March and had them printed using the new HS/HSL Poster Printing service.

The members felt moved to express their views and support of the various scientific topics to be promoted at the March for Science. Our student representatives were thrilled at the opportunity to have their posters printed at the HS/HSL and to be able to march on D.C. for the scientific cause. Inspired by his experience, SOAP member Ben Wolfson wrote an op-ed, “Why I marched for science,” for the Baltimore Sun.

We at the HS/HSL feel honored to have worked with SOAP as they prepared to represent UMB at the 2017 March for Science.

Poster Printing Bonanza!

What happens when the UMMC’s Pulmonary Department needs posters printed, it’s Nursing Research Day, and Certified Nursing Leader students are preparing for a poster session requirement for class all at the same time? A rush of over 102 requests in four days challenged the HS/HSL Poster Printing Service to deliver. The poster printing team handled the influx with professionalism, calming anxious patrons with approaching deadlines, hastily ordering more glossy paper as we ran out, and working all day and into the evening to make sure the posters were ready. Find out more about our service here.

SNU Medical Librarians Visit HS/HSL

On April 24, a group of medical librarians from Seoul National University (SNU) in Seoul, South Korea visited the HS/HSL. The SNU Medical Library is planning for a $260 million project to demolish and reconstruct their library building starting next year. The new library will be a 167,917 sq. ft. building with six stories. In preparation for this project, two teams of SNU librarians are visiting the U.S. and Europe to tour several model libraries. The HS/HSL was selected as the first stop for their U.S. tour group.

The HS/HSL director, M.J. Tooey, and associate directors, Aphrodite Bodycomb and Bohyun Kim, welcomed the librarians from SNU, discussed current trends in library space planning, and shared ideas about future directions relevant to academic health sciences libraries. The medical librarians from SNU were particularly interested in the innovative uses of the HS/HSL space and noted the importance of flexibility and versatility of library space that can accommodate quickly-changing user needs. Their U.S. trip includes visits to Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins University, Health Sciences Library at New York University, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, and Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University. We wish them all the best in their new library building project!

Explore VR with zSpace

You can now visualize and explore human anatomy and DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) files in 3D using the zSpace VR (virtual reality) station and its software. The zSpace VR station is located at the HS/HSL Innovation Space and available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

The zSpace VR station allows a user wearing a pair of the 3D glasses to manipulate a digital object with a stylus. Connected to the station is a large LCD screen that can display the 3D image of the object to other viewers who are not wearing the 3D glasses. The zSpace VR station is equipped with Visible Body, Studio, and zView.

Come explore VR at the HS/HSL Innovation Space today!

*Modernization projects such as the Innovation Space initiative are made possible by the generosity of donors through the UMB Foundation. If you would like to support projects such as these please visit or contact us at 410-706-7545.

Finding a Piece of Maryland in Rural North Carolina

On a recent site visit to North Carolina, one of the stops on the itinerary was The Country Doctor’s Museum in rural Bailey, NC. This charming museum features three buildings with exhibits related to the history of America’s rural health care. While touring the museum, we came across a physician’s diploma with the inscription from Terrae Mariae hanging on the wall. We took a picture and sent it to the HS/HSL’s historical super sleuth, Richard Behles, Historical and Special Collections Librarian.

Behles reports, “He is Cornelius H. Brantley, a native of North Carolina. This diploma is from our College of Physicians and Surgeons, his graduation in 1887. P & S was separate back then, later merged into University of Maryland in the nineteen-teens. According to the 1906 American Medical Directory, he was the one and only physician practicing in the town of Finch, NC. The town name also includes an R.F.D. designation. So indeed, I’d say this document is hanging in a most appropriate location.” How nice to see a reminder of Maryland in North Carolina!

Confessions of a Home Brewer

On April 12 the HS/HSL hosted a special event to accompany our latest gallery exhibit, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry. The event featured a talk by enthusiastic homebrewer Drew Morgan, who shared stories and insights about his brewing hobby and discussed some of the science behind making beer. A wide selection of local beers for sampling and delicious catering made this a particularly successful and savory evening.

Drew Morgan and MJ Tooey at the presentation

ACRL #CritLib Unconference

The ACRL (Association for College and Research Libraries) #CritLib Unconference, sponsored by the HS/HSL, was held on March 22, 2017 at the SMC Campus Center. Following the distinctive unconference format, over 150 attendees from many different academic libraries across the country proposed discussion topics in advance, creating a list of potential topics from which the final three were chosen: critical theory; truth, neutrality, and information literacy; and culturally responsible pedagogy. The Unconference ran from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., providing an excellent lead-in to the 2017 ACRL Conference that opened later that day at the Baltimore Convention Center, just a few blocks from the UMB campus. The Unconference was a free event open to all. More information about the 2017 ACRL #CritLib Unconference can be found at

Staff News

Emily Gorman

Emily Gorman

Emily Gorman joined the HS/HSL in April. She comes to us from the Loyola/Notre Dame Library, where she worked as the Health & Natural Sciences Librarian. She received her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Research, Education and Outreach Librarian for the School of Pharmacy. As the REO for the School of Pharmacy, she will work with faculty, students, and staff to assist with their research needs. Emily is excited to join the UMB community!

Staff News

Colette Beaulieu, president of the Staff Senate, accepted the UMB Community Service Award on behalf of the Staff Senate in March 2017.

Persia Drummond, BS recently graduated from UMUC with a bachelor’s degree in management in December 2016.  She is currently enrolled in UMUC’s master’s program in project management.

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, was elected as the 2018-2019 president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of American Library Association (ALA). She will serve as vice-president and president-elect during 2017-18 and will assume the presidency in July 2018.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Everly Brown, MLIS and Persia Drummond, BS presented “Innovation Space & Poster Printing at HS/HSL” at USMAI’s Annual Access Services Conference in April 2017.

Bohyun Kim, contributed a book chapter “A Librarian’s Guide to 3D Printing” in the Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook, published by American Library Association. She also presented “Pricing, Staff Workflow, and Application Development for 3D Printing Service: Achieving the Best User Experience” at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in March 2017 in Baltimore.

Bohyun Kim and Brian Zelip, MS, MA, gave a TechConnect presentation at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in March 2017 in Baltimore, “Growing Makers in Medicine, Life Sciences, and Healthcare.”

Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, presented at a poster session at the annual meeting of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) in April 2017 in Savannah.  The poster, co-authored with M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, is entitled “Project SHARE:  Building Teenagers’ Skills to Advocate for Improved Health at the Personal, Family, and Community Level.”

Brian Zelip, presented a poster at the Triological Society 2017 Combined Sections Meeting in January in New Orleans. The poster, co-authored with students and faculty from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine, is entitled “A Novel Computer Algorithm for 3D Printing a Prosthetic Nose: A Pilot Study.”

March 2017 – Volume 11 – Number 2

Health Sciences Libraries – Part of Interprofessional Education Too!

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

As UMB’s IPE Day 2017 (April 5) fast approaches, there is some exciting news from the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). A January 2017 press release announced the inclusion of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) as an institutional member. This announcement acknowledges the potential contributions of librarians and their expertise to IPE teams.

Since the arrival of Dr. Jay Perman, with his passion for, and interest in, interprofessionalism, HS/HSL faculty librarians have become critical members of the IPE strategic planning initiative and, from the very start, members of the IPE Day and IPE Faculty Development planning committees. The only place we haven’t served is on an actual IPE team. As knowledge experts, what can librarians contribute? While each of the health professions brings their own expertise, not everyone can know everything; librarians bring the evidence to support enhanced clinical decision-making. We are also extremely knowledgeable about credible consumer health information that, when clearly and simply written, can support patients after they leave the healthcare setting. And we assist student learners to search the literature efficiently and effectively.

IPEC - Interprofessional Education Collaborative

If you are still a little skeptical about including a library faculty member on an IPE team, consider applying for an award or seed grant from UMB’s Center for Interprofessional Education and including a library faculty member as a member of the IPE team. It’s a great way to try an experiment and get some money to do it! Contact me if you are interested, and I will put you in touch with the right people at the HS/HSL.

HS/HSL Innovation Space Adds Walk-in Hours and a Multimedia Mac Workstation

Multimedia Mac Workstation in the HS/HSL Innovation Space

Make use of our Innovation Space with staff expertise on-demand during walk-in hours: Monday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. With no reservation required, Innovation Space staff will be on hand to answer your questions and show you how to use a variety of innovative tools, including our 3D printers, 3D scanners, button maker, and Google Cardboard viewers.

Have a project that requires graphic design software, video and audio editing, 3D modeling, or photography? We’ve got you covered! The Innovation Space just launched a Multimedia Mac Pro, equipped with a full Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, and much more. Some experience with the software is highly recommended, though we do provide a guide for support and have staff members that can answer questions. The multimedia Mac Pro is available on a first-come-first-served basis – no reservation required.

New Services in Research Data Management

The HS/HSL is debuting new services in research data management.

Consult with a member of the HS/HSL team for assistance with:

  • Developing a data management plan
  • Locating, describing, storing, and sharing data

Many funding agencies are requiring that data management plans be submitted with grant applications. An effective plan to collect, share, reproduce, and preserve data may increase the impact of your research.

The HS/HSL also offers workshops in data management including Data Management, 101 and Creating a Data Management Plan with the DMP Tool.

New Student Survey Collects Data from New Users

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At the start of each spring term, the HS/HSL staff take the opportunity to look through UMB’s ‘fresh eyes’ to see how well the Library is meeting users’ needs.

During the month of February, the HS/HSL emailed a brief survey to the new students in each school, soliciting opinions on such topics as the features they liked most and least in their previous academic libraries, what services and resources they have used so far at HS/HSL, how they would rate staff support and building facilities in the Library, and what communication methods they prefer to stay informed about Library programs, resources, and services.

This year, as last, almost 100 students offered feedback on their experience and observations during their first term. We appreciate that, despite the many demands competing for their attention, students took the time to respond so thoughtfully. The students’ opinions and suggestions will be valuable to us as we strive to continue providing a comfortable and safe study environment, along with the expertise and resources to support learning and research. After a careful analysis and review of the qualitative data from this year’s New Student Survey, Library leaders will use this data, along with data from other user feedback tools, to measure HS/HSL’s success and identify areas for new services and improvement.

The Library Genie Strikes Again!

School of Dentistry graduate student tests the new fountains

School of Dentistry graduate student tests the new fountains.

One consistent request the Library Genie received was for updated water fountains in the HS/HSL. Six new water bottle filling stations have been added, one on each floor, to replace the outdated models. The new water bottle filling fountains are fast and curtail waste by reducing the number of plastic water bottles we use. There is even a nifty counter on each fountain to calculate how many plastic bottles we’ve saved so far. Since the fountains were installed and as of March 22, 6,268 bottles have been saved.

We hope you enjoy these new fountains as much as we enjoyed acquiring them for you, making the HS/HSL a more pleasant and convenient place for all.

Gallery Exhibit: From DNA to BEER, Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry

From DNA to BEER, Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry

From DNA to BEER, Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry exhibition is on display in the HS/HSL Weise Gallery through April 22, 2017.

Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption. From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use life. This traveling exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

HS/HSL Special Event: “Confessions of a Homebrewer: the Science and the Passion”

Please join us on April 12 for a special event to accompany our latest gallery exhibit, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s fifth floor Gladhill Board Room with a talk featuring enthusiastic homebrewer Drew Morgan. Drew will share stories and insights about his brewing hobby and discuss some of the science behind making beer. Following the talk, there will be a reception in the Gladhill Hallway.

Although the event is free, seating is limited, and you must have a printed confirmation/ticket to attend. Attendees must be 21 and IDs will be checked the day of the event.

For additional information, contact Library Administration at 410-706-7545.

RSVP/register here for the event:

Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients

Between 1990 and 2013, the U.S. population identified as having limited English proficiency grew 80 percent, from nearly 14 million to 25.1 million. Cultural diversity within the U.S. continues to increase.

If you provide care for patients or clients with limited English proficiency, did you know the Library provides access to a range of quality multilingual, multicultural health information resources? If you’d like to know more about these resources, come to our Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients workshop on Tuesday, April 25th from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Learn where to locate patient education resources, including medication information, available in other languages as well as those written in easy-to-read English. Discussion will include the potential impact utilizing health literacy resources can have on patient adherence, safety, and satisfaction. Visit the Library’s Spring 2017 Workshop Schedule to register.

Usage Survey – One Month Only

HS/HSL Usage Survey

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

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

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

Staff News

Katherine Downton, MSLIS, was promoted in January to head of Research, Education & Outreach Services. She will supervise six faculty librarians who collaborate with and support the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Social Work. The Research, Education and Outreach (REO) department develops classes and web-based tutorials for students, faculty and, staff; provides expert searching for systematic reviews and other research; analyzes impact of research, provides consultations for students and researchers; and more. Katherine served seven years as a REO librarian to the School of Nursing before accepting her new position. Please contact her to learn more about REO services or discuss ideas for new services and collaboration.

Erin Latta recently became the NNLM DOCLINE coordinator for the United States and Canada. Erin previously served for 8 years as an electronic resources specialist in the HS/HSL’s Resources Division, where she managed and maintained electronic resources.

Posters, Presentations, and Publications

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, published "Academic Libraries and the 2017 Top Ten IT Issues in Higher Education," in EDUCAUSE Review 52(1), 2017. She also served as an invited panelist on the American Libraries Live episode "Makerspaces" on February 16, 2017.

M.J. Tooey’s 2016 Medical Library Association’s Janet Doe Lecture was published in the January edition of Journal of the Medical Library Association.

December 2016 – Volume 11 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

Dr. Charlotte Ferencz, 1921-2016: An Appreciation

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

I am going to forego my usual editorial to honor the memory of an amazing person who was so important, not only to the library, but to me personally.

I first met Dr. Charlotte Ferencz, or Sari (her Hungarian nickname), back in the ’90s, when then vice president for Academic Affairs, Joann Boughman, introduced us. Sari had just received the first UMB Life Sciences Achievement Award, a precursor to the Researcher of the Year Award. Jo had worked with her on the landmark Baltimore-Washington Infant Study, and somehow she knew we would all be fast friends. And we were.

Sari was born in Hungary in 1921. Her family moved to Germany and then onto Montreal, Canada, where she later received her medical degree from McGill University. She eventually ended up as a fellow under Dr. Helen Taussig at Johns Hopkins. I believe it was there she discovered her lifelong passion for pediatric cardiology. She shared great stories about the difficulties of being a woman in medicine, and of her great fondness for Dr. Taussig. In particular, she had a wonderful story about a Jamie Wyeth portrait of Dr. Taussig.

Dr. Charlotte Ferencz

Dr. Charlotte Ferencz

By the time we met her, she was finishing up her illustrious and influential career. In 2001 she established the Charlotte Ferencz Endowment supporting congenital heart disease resources at the HS/HSL. Later she broadened the intent of the endowment to include support of her collection, her website, and digitization projects.

Somehow, back in 2005, we convinced her to develop a web page on congenital heart disease. Basically, it became an online textbook at a time when there wasn’t much of anything online, let alone a textbook. Since it was revised in 2009, it has been viewed by over 13,000 users from all around the world. She was tickled by idea of the worldwide impact and loved working with library team members, Patricia Hinegardner and Brad Gerhart, on the project.

In 2008, Sari received the HS/HSL’s highest honor, the Theodore E. Woodward Award, awarded to someone who “enthusiastically and meaningfully advances and supports the work of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.” The Charlotte Ferencz Collection was established under the watchful eye of Rich Behles, Historical Librarian. (Historical Collection Pages) – (Digital Archive).

As time went on and her health began to fail, Sari’s world became smaller. Yet even then our relationship continued to grow in depth and richness. Over many cups of tea, as we visited at her apartment, she shared wonderful stories, pictures, and mementos of her family, her career, and her thoughts on the world in general. And she loved to hear about the outside world from us. She was so sharp, and could be wickedly funny.

About a year ago, I was deeply honored to have her ask me to deliver the eulogy at her funeral, which I did on October 25. How practical and courageous for her to plan ahead! And how Sari! I read somewhere that people come and go, and that everyone has been in your life for a reason – to teach you or to love you or to just experience life with you. I am thankful for all the ways Sari Ferencz taught me, loved me, and experienced life with me.

3D Printing at the HS/HSL Solves Your Holiday Gift Challenges

Photo of 3D printed holiday ornaments and other gift items.

Did you know that you can 3D print unique holiday ornaments and other gift items at the HS/HSL Innovation Space? The best way to learn about 3D printing is to actually use 3D printing. Have fun and solve your holiday gift problems at the same time! Take a look at some of our picks for a variety of gift and ornament ideas.

See here for more details about how to participate.

HS/HSL December Hours

Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.*
Friday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Exceptions to Regular Hours

Winter Holidays Friday, Dec. 23 – Monday, Jan. 2 CLOSED


*Floors 3, 4 & 5 and library services close at 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., floors 1 & 2 are open for those with a current UMB, UMMC, or USM campus ID. Visitors and those with library memberships may not enter the building after 8 p.m. and must leave the building by 10 p.m.

AHEC Members to Use Project SHARE Curriculum in Health Literacy Project

AHEC Logo Students

In an innovative 2014 project, a team at the HS/HSL developed a web-based curriculum through a National Library of Medicine Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities (G08LM011079). This curriculum, called Project SHARE, aimed at empowering high school students with the health literacy and advocacy skills to advocate for improved health for themselves and for their communities. In 2016, the Area Health Education Centers’ (AHEC)’s national partners unanimously chose Project SHARE for a national health literacy project because of the curriculum’s high quality, “out-of-the-box,” flexible format for addressing health disparities. Recently, the National AHEC Organization announced that three of its member AHEC organizations will participate in the second year phase of the initiative, funded with $150,000 from the National Library of Medicine. Projects will address youth empowerment through health information skills and social action projects. The initiative is based on a growing recognition that the ability to find, interpret, and use reliable sources of health information has a direct impact on an individual’s health throughout their lifetime.

Innovation Space Provides Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Viewers

Explore Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard

The HS/HSL Innovation Space recently launched a fleet of Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets. Google Cardboard is a low-cost virtual reality platform that consists of a fold-out cardboard viewer and a number of smartphone apps. To use the viewer, simply insert a smartphone with a Google Cardboard app into the back of it and look through the lenses in the front.

The official Google Cardboard app is available for both Android and iOS devices. Various third party apps for Google Cardboard are also available, but these are often designed exclusively for either Android or iOS. Here are some fun examples you can try for free:

The Google Cardboard viewers in the HS/HSL Innovation Space are available for you to use in the Library on a first-come-first-serve basis. To get started, check out our Google Cardboard guide.

New Study Shows Quality of Systematic Reviews Leaves Room for Improvement

A May 2016 article in PLOS Medicine assessed the quality of systematic reviews indexed in MEDLINE. While the study noted an exponential increase in the number of systematic reviews published between 2004 and 2014, it found that the quality of reviews in 2014 was often not optimal.

For a systematic review to have value, it must be rigorously conducted and transparently reported. The PLOS study found that, in addition to poor methodological conduct (i.e. questionable statistical methods), many reviews failed to explicitly report how studies were identified for inclusion. The study’s findings suggest that authors are not consistently following guidelines, such as the PRISMA checklist, that are intended to improve the quality and completeness of systematic review reporting. Including a librarian or information professional on the systematic review team can also improve the quality of reporting. Librarians have the training and expertise to conduct comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews and can assist in writing the search methodology section of reviews.

The HS/HSL Systematic Review Service supports faculty investigators conducting systematic and other types of comprehensive reviews. Are you planning to conduct a systematic review? Contact the library’s systematic review team.

New Comfy Chairs Roll In

Dr. Charlotte Ferencz

1st Year SOM student tests out the new chairs

Check out the 20 new comfy chairs temporarily residing in the first floor Weise Gallery.

The Library Genie was able to fulfill a request from the 2015 survey for more comfortable seating. These beauties are soft and cushy and covered in solid blue leatherette. Each has a silver handle on the back and rear wheels to easily move them to your spot of choice. We’ve found that students are already using them for study and group chats.  We will soon be positioning them around the floors where needed.

What do you think?

Library Genie 2016 Survey Results

The Library Genie!

Over the month of October, the Library Genie asked for your top three library wishes. We have heard your requests and are looking at ways to grant your library wishes!

The most frequent request we received was for access to more journals and e-books, or to specific ones. We do our best to collect journals and e-books that meet your needs, but with a flat budget and rising prices, we cannot subscribe to everything we would like to. Try our fantastic and fast interlibrary loan service if we do not have what you are looking for. Other top requests were for a gender neutral bathroom (stay tuned), more late hours, licensing EndNote, more standing desks (look for them soon), and more workstations with extra monitors.

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

Staff News

Kathleen Hand, BS, joined the Services Division as library specialist in August. She comes to us from UMBC, where she was the hard copy reserves technician.

Posters and Presentations

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president, Academic Affairs and executive director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) presented “Expanding Library Contributions to University Success – Shifting the Paradigm: Expertise Rather Than Resources” to the Elsevier North American Library Advisory Board and “Who Was Marcia Crocker Noyes and Why Do I Care about Her?” to the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

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