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March 2020 – Volume 14 – Number 2

COVID-19 and the HS/HSL

Libraries don’t like to close. We pride ourselves on being there for our communities during times of crisis. We know we are often seen as safe havens. At the HS/HSL, we know our physical space is beloved by our community; however, in this time of COVID-19, we know we have a critical role to play in slowing the spread of the disease by helping to “flatten the curve.” Two of the most effective ways to slow down the spread of the disease are “social distancing” and disinfecting – personally and in the workspace. We could not guarantee or enforce the required social distancing, nor could we ensure the proper cleanliness or disinfecting of our public spaces, our study rooms, restrooms, or public computers. Our excellent team here at the HS/HSL deserves to be protected as well, as do their families and communities where they live. Contrary to popular opinion, our library family does not live at the Library. Therefore, we have worked diligently to make sure our resources and the majority of our services are available virtually. Please visit our website and click on the COVID-19 banner to see the wide variety of services and resources we have available. Test us. Make sure we are providing the support we promise. And give us feedback – positive AND constructive.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the building when this is all over. Stay healthy.

Some odds and ends…

M.J. Tooey
M.J. Tooey, executive director

Recently, I read a couple of things I think are worth sharing with our 131 dedicated Connective Issues readers.

The Person You Mean to Be:  How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh
I was recently involved in an online book club discussing this. Lately, I have been weary, not of the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion, but with the constant focus without solutions. I learned from PYM2B (that’s how we abbreviated it) that it all starts with individual work and self-awareness and introspection. We are all works in progress. However, without our own personal commitment, we cannot hope to institutionalize this important work. Eminently readable, the book provides excellent examples of how people grow from believers to builders; and that diversity is the gateway, with inclusion being the pathway. Very thought-provoking for this work in progress.

Reforming Research Assessment: A Tough Nut to Crack by Alison Mudditt
For decades, the research community has relied on the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) as the publication standard for academic excellence. Over the past decade, this has eroded somewhat through the introduction of altmetrics and article-level impact. About a month ago, the Center for Open Science (COS) released the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Factor, a methodology relying on eight modular standards for assessing journal quality. There are a number of high profile signatories and supporters. Will it have a major impact? Hard to tell. However, it is an interesting read for any potential authors.

2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition
For years, I have read and enjoyed the Horizon Report because it looks at trends and impacts at the intersection of education and technology. While UMB is not a four-year educational institution, the trends affecting how we teach and learn are universal. Social forces, such as demographic changes. Technological forces, such as AI. Economic forces, like climate change. The impact of online education on higher ed, and political trends, such as decreases in higher education funding — all of these topics are discussed thoroughly and thoughtfully. An excellent read … annually.

Journal Backfiles

Most of our current subscriptions only allow online access to articles that were published from when journals began to offer online access—usually the mid-1990s. This means that researchers who want a copy of an article that was published before electronic publishing began have to find it in the library stacks or request it through document delivery or interlibrary loan.

Most publishers, however, have digitized earlier volumes of their journals and make these “backfiles” available for a one-time purchase. These journal backfiles provide easy access to older literature both on- and off-campus through the Library’s webpage and search tools such as OneSearch, PubMed, Scopus, and CINHAL.

The Library was given special funding to support the acquisition of journal backfiles. This year we will purchase the LWW Total Access Archive (about 280 titles), the SAGE Journals Clinical Medicine backfile (about 120 titles), the Journal of the American Dental Association 1913-1994, and three neuroscience titles from ScienceDirect. Over the next few years, we hope to add other backfile collections to make this important older literature easily accessible.

Library Genie 2019 Survey Results

Library Genie 2019 Survey Results

During the month of November, the Library Genie asked for your top three library wishes. We have received your requests and are looking at ways to grant your wishes.

The Genie heard your calls for disinfecting wipes, coffee & snacks, lighting, and more. Some of these ideas are being investigated, and others are on their way. Look for more of your favorite rolling chairs, new furniture on Floors 2 and 5, better quiet floor signage, and sanitation stations. We are evaluating what can be done to add more public computers and address bathroom sink issues. The Library Genie is creative and is always watching for opportunities to make visiting the HS/HSL a super experience for you.

Lactation Center Opens in HS/HSL

HS/HSL Lactation Center

The HS/HSL Lactation Center, located in Room 311, is now available. To register to use the room, please fill out the online form.

There are currently nine Lactation Centers on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Any nursing mother who is a UMB affiliate (faculty, staff, student, or their breastfeeding spouse/domestic partner) can use this service offered by the Wellness Hub. The Wellness Hub supports a mother’s choice to breastfeed her baby while pursuing her graduate or professional degree. Please contact for further information about the Maternal Support Services offered on campus.

The HS/HSL Celebrates Black History and Women’s History Months

February and March honor two groups whose history is commonly underappreciated: African-Americans and women. Through February and March, the HS/HSL celebrated our own African-American and women graduates and faculty through a series of blog posts.

Black History Month began with a post briefly outlining African American history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).  Sadly, UMB, like so many other institutions of higher education, has a harsh history with African-Americans.  They were denied admittance under federal segregation laws until the 1950s, when several African-Americans, like Esther E. McCready, UMSON, Class of 1953, and Donald W. Stewart, UMSOM, Class of 1955, filed lawsuits against school.  Today, African-American students represent 18 percent of the UMB student body.  African-Americans have also served as deans or become influential faculty at several UMB schools.

Similarly, Women’s History Month began with a post outlining women’s history at UMB, and included an exhibit in the Weise Gallery, The First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  The exhibit highlights some of the first women in UMB’s history, including the first graduates and deans. The blog focuses on other influential women at UMB and, together with the exhibit, celebrates the women’s successes and acknowledges how their accomplishments have opened doors for today’s students.

You can read the February and March posts at the HS/HSL Updates page.

Do You Haiku? Do You Love the HS/HSL?


A haiku is a short impressionistic form of Japanese poetry. In the West, haiku has come to mean a short 17-syllable form of poetry written in a 5-7-5 pattern. National Library Week is April 19 to 25. April is Poetry Month, so why not combine the two? The HS/HSL will be sponsoring a Love Your Library Haiku Contest, so sharpen your poetry brain and stay tuned for details in the Elm and Campus Weekly, and on the HS/HSL website and in social media. To inspire you –

Love your library
For whatever the reason
We love you – welcome!

In groups or alone
Standing desks – every floor
Study, and knowledge grows

HS/HSL Factoid: NLM Grant is UMB’s Longest Running Grant

Since 1983, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library has received $55.5 million to support the outreach and education efforts of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in the Southeastern and Atlantic regions. It is the longest running grant received at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

NNLM Staff Attend 2020 Summit

NNLM Staff Attend 2020 Summit

On February 4 and 5, HS/HSL librarians joined 86 colleagues from around the country in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2020 NNLM Summit.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is a network of eight health sciences libraries across the country that advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through funding, training, community outreach, and partnerships. As the headquarters for the Southeastern/Atlantic Region, HS/HSL is committed to providing regional and national leadership for core programs and initiatives of the NNLM.

To help develop a coordinated approach to national initiatives, attendees of the 2020 Summit participated in panels, workshops, and small breakout sessions that allowed for meaningful conversation between NNLM staff of similar interest areas. Discussions on citizen science, research data management, communication, public health, cultural humility, and partnerships with public libraries formed new connections between staff and helped direct the path of key NNLM initiatives.

Through panels, breakout sessions, and extended conversations, staff left Salt Lake City and the 2020 NNLM Summit with stronger relationships with colleagues from around the country and a focused vision for the future of NNLM.

NLM Associate Fellows Visit the HS/HSL

NLM Associate Fellows Visit the HS/HSL

Pictured (Left to Right): Louise To, Eden Kinzel, Sharon Han, Breanna Cox, and M.J. Tooey.

On December 18, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) associate fellows visited the HS/HSL. At the Library, the fellows learned more about the daily activities of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), and about the challenges and opportunities facing academic medical libraries. Each of the fellows had an opportunity to meet with HS/HSL faculty to learn more about library operations and see how their work aligns with the work of the academic medical library.

New Access to Historical Collections

The HS/HSL’s Historical Collections house not only rare books, which are discoverable through the library catalog, but also manuscript collections and archival records. In an effort to provide better access to these unique collections, finding aids are now available through the Digital Archive.

But what is a finding aid? The Society of American Archivists Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology defines a finding aid as follows:

“noun 1. A tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of records. – 2. A description of records that gives the repository physical and intellectual control over the materials and that assists users to gain access to and understand the materials.”

In other words, a finding aid is something that helps researchers understand what a collection contains, how it can be used, and its provenance.  Archives and special collections departments use finding aids to share what is held in the collection.  Finding aids are the archival equivalent of a library catalog book record.

To date, there are twelve finding aids available in the digital archive, with topics ranging from medical and dental history to Library and University history, as well as local Maryland history. The Finding Aids include the Dr. James Carroll, Yellow Fever Commission Letters, which follow Dr. Carroll’s time in Cuba as a researcher on the cause of Yellow Fever. Other useful collections with finding aids include The Barnett-Potter-Goldsborough Family Correspondence, which contain correspondence from Dr. Nathaniel Potter, a founder of the School of Medicine; The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Letters, with letters from influential faculty and deans of the school; and the Women’s Auxiliary Board of the University Hospital Records, which details the business of this influential fundraising organization.  Several additional finding aids relate to the history of the Library and include papers from a few of the Library’s directors.

Although some of these finding aids may include links to online collections, for the most part, the finding aids describe physical collections within the Historical Collections Department.  Finding aids do not take the place of using the physical collections; instead they help researchers use the collection.  To see or use the collections, please contact the Historical Collections librarian and archivist, Tara Wink, to schedule an appointment.

The twelve existing finding aids represent a small sample of the materials in Historical Collections.  Additional finding aids are forthcoming as more collections are processed and described.

Love Data Week

Love Data Week

From February 10 to 14, the HS/HSL celebrated Love Data Week, an in-person and social media event to raise awareness of issues related to data. Love Data Week takes place annually around Valentine’s Day and is celebrated by academic institutions, repositories, research centers, and others who work with data.

In fulfillment of this year’s theme – Get to Know the Data Professionals at Your Institution – representatives from the Library had info booths at each of the UMB schools and at the SMC Campus Center throughout the week to promote the data services offered at the HS/HSL. We finished our celebration on Friday with a “Byte of Data” doughnut and coffee break in the Library, and an afternoon of workshops on various data-related topics. In addition to our in-person events, we had an online data “scavenger hunt” that encouraged people to interact with us on social media, share their data re-use stories, and find UMB datasets in open repositories.

Overall, the week was a great success. Over 150 people came out to our events and participated in our scavenger hunt. Everyone who participated was entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards. The winners of the contest were Ronald Schoenberger (SON), Sanju Gurung (SON), and Lazokat Komilova (SOD). We hope to make Love Data Week an annual tradition!

Innovation Space Expands Tool Offering with Messy Cart

A new cart located in the HS/HSL Innovation Space, referred to as the “Messy Cart,” provides a range of tools to assist in your creative endeavors. The following items are currently available (with more on the way!):

  • Small hand tools
  • Virtual reality gear
  • Electronics gear
  • Craft supplies
  • Safety supplies

All resources are available for use on-premises, first-come, first-served.

Love Data Week

Library Plaza Upgrade

The HS/HSL Plaza upgrade construction is now complete, and spring plantings will soon be added. The scope of the project is an ADA upgrade to remove the stepped area and create a ramped path of travel to the HS/HSL building.

Staff News

Emily Gorman, MLIS, Cynthia Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA, and Patricia Ross, PharmD, BCACP, received the Laboratory and Teaching Excellence Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Laboratory Special Interest Group.

December 2019 – Volume 14 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

In the Bleak Midwinter…

M.J. Tooey
M.J. Tooey, executive director

Is there anything more depressing than darkness at 5:00 in the afternoon? Short cold days. Coats, scarves, mittens, boots. Hot cocoa. Yummy soups. Cookies. And of course, a warm welcome in the HS/HSL! As with almost everything in life, where there is a downside there is also an upside. And so it goes at the HS/HSL.

Again, this year there was a budget shortfall for our journal collection. This year the deficit was around $300,000. While Academic Affairs and the HS/HSL were able to come up with $150,000, we still had to cut hundreds of journals. You can read more about it later in this issue; however, this ongoing erosion of our journal collection does not bode well for research and education at UMB.

On the positive side, we have had such a fun fall semester. Our new first floor layout is a hit and our gate count is through the roof! A remodel of the second floor will take place this spring. The 1807 Exhibit was outstanding. We had a very successful “I  the HS/HSL” contest in October, with a very clever video as our winner – see the article later in the issue. We always get great ideas for the Library from the Library Genie. And our Future of Research event on November 20 was a great success. You can read all about it in this issue.

And so 2019 draws to a close. Looking back on the year, I think the positives have outweighed the negatives. I hope your year has been the same, with good things outweighing bad. May 2020 bring you happiness and success, however you measure it. Wishing you only the best!

#iheartumbhshsl Contest

I Heart UMB HSHSLWe celebrated National Medical Librarians Month with a social media contest to award a $100 Visa gift card for the most creative entry.  We appreciate all of those who contributed to #iheartumbhshsl, but there could only be one winner, and that was School of Dentistry (SOD) student Greg Poku-Dankwah.  He submitted a snappy original song and dance video in homage to the Library.  We cannot stop singing it!  We asked Greg a few questions about his video.

What was your inspiration to make the video?  “The prize, of course, but I am in here almost every day. I love the library, I even have my own spot on the second floor.”

How long did it take you to make the video? “About 30 minutes.”

Did you have any help?  “Well, I procrastinated until the last day, none of my friends were around, so I had to ask random strangers. I disturbed a few people on the quiet floors, but a fellow SOD student was happy to help.”

Take a listen to our new theme song!


Greg receiving his prize

M.J. Tooey presented winner Greg Poku-Dankwah with his prize.

We also hosted a student snack break to cap off the month. Students enjoyed 150 soft pretzels with cheese or mustard, popcorn, and blazing hot apple cider.

Student snack break

HS/HSL Second Floor Renovations Coming Spring 2020

Coming SoonWe have exciting news to share about the Library’s second floor. Look for new carpet and paint on the north side of the second floor, new tables and chairs in the tower, large group tables and more banquettes in the open study area. All tables will have access to power. There will also be new carpet and different chairs in the second floor study rooms. Chairs are arriving in February!

Big Changes are Coming to PubMed

VisualDxIn spring 2020, the database will transform into a modern hub with a fast, reliable, and intuitive search that connects people to the world’s leading sources of biomedical information. The new interface will continue to provide the search features you rely on and integrate enhanced navigation and display tools, including a built-in citation button, the ability to share articles via social media, and a responsive mobile experience.

Once the new PubMed is the default, all links to PubMed will be redirected and run in the new system. This includes searches from the MeSH Database, the NLM Catalog, Clinical Queries, the Single Citation Matcher, and the Batch Citation Matcher. Following the launch, users will continue to have access to the old PubMed system for several months.

If you would like to test out the new PubMed in preparation for the spring 2020 launch, you can visit the PubMed Labs test site. The system is constantly being updated and improved, so your feedback and suggestions as you explore the site are greatly appreciated. To make sure you still see links to the full text of articles through the library’s subscriptions, you can install the LibKey Nomad browser extension. This browser extension for Chrome will display a PDF download button on any website where it can detect available journal articles, including journal websites and library databases.

Journal Cuts

While journal prices have increased on average 7 to 10 percent a year, the HS/HSL’s resources budget has remained essentially flat for the past decade. This means that every summer faculty librarians spend time 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. Each year we identify journal subscriptions that we will have to cut to keep our spending within budget. For the past few years, fortunately, we have received one-time funding that has allowed us to avoid cancellations.

This year, however, a budget shortfall makes it necessary to take apart one of our large journal packages. 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, and Sage, 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 Wiley package was identified as the least well-performing on a cost-per-use basis. Consequently, the package is being “unbundled,” as have the Springer and Taylor & Francis packages in the past. This means that Wiley titles were evaluated on a cost-per-use basis along with all of the other non-bundled titles. In order to keep within its budget, the HS/HSL is not renewing over 1,100 titles.

The cancellation of the Wiley 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 1,000 Wiley journals, including 376 that had 20 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, 2020. 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.

Crystal Balling the Future of Research

The Future of Research

Adrian Mulligan, Elsevier’s Research Director, Customer Insights introduced the Research Futures Report.

On November 20, more than 90 people came to the SMC Campus Center to hear researchers and research funders look into their crystal balls and envision the research landscape over the next decade. Co-sponsored by the HS/HSL, the Welch Library at JHU, the Institutes for Clinical and Translational Research at both UMB and JHU, and Elsevier, The Future of Research event was based on a report and survey conducted by Elsevier with Ipsos Mori entitled “Research Futures: Drivers and Scenarios for the Next Decade”. An overview of the report by Adrian Mulligan of Elsevier set the stage for the day’s discussions.

Panels of experienced researchers, early career researchers, and funders explored the report’s findings and speculated on alternative scenarios. The audience got involved through real-time polling using actual questions from the survey. Their reactions, questions, and responses were lively and thought provoking. At the end of the day, an interactive session at about the perfect research world, barriers to achieving it, and support needed to propel researchers towards success got everyone moving around.

The Future of Research

M.J. Tooey moderated an afternoon session at the event, “What Does Success Look Like for the Future of Research?

Over lunch, Dr. Jessie DeAro from the National Science Foundation gave a keynote address on the importance of diversity on research teams. Dr. DeAro gave a new slant to the idea of diversity in research by delving into the some of the challenges and rewards of having teams that are diverse in terms of not only culture, gender, or ethnicity, but also of individuals’ roles in the research process.

Following the event, panel members and attendees had the chance to mix, mingle, and continue their discussions at a reception in the HS/HSL’s Gladhill Board Room.

HS/HSL Flu Clinic 2019 Recap

In October, the HS/HSL partnered with the School of Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy for our second annual flu clinic. This year, the clinic inoculated 265 campus members over two days.

HS/HSL Flu Clinic 2019Like last year, attendees appreciated having a convenient place to receive the flu shot on campus. The clinic also gave pharmacy students an opportunity to practice inoculating patients with guidance from faculty and professional pharmacists.

Feedback from the campus community was overwhelmingly positive:

“What an amazing service to offer on campus! The clinic was run extremely well and was very organized.”

“It couldn’t have run more smoothly! It was excellent in every way.”

We look forward to running the clinic again in 2020!

Thank You, #citeNLM Editors!

#citeNLM Edit-a-thonBuilding on the success of three past events, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) continued its efforts to improve consumer health information on Wikipedia with its fourth #citeNLM Edit-a-thon, held on November 20, 2019. Using trusted National Library of Medicine resources, like PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Genetics Home Reference, editors from around the country worked to add citations to existing Wikipedia articles related to mental health, including gender dysphoria, compassion fatigue, aquaphobia, and Peter Pan syndrome. In total, the 108 editors at 9 unique events made 244 edits, edited 98 articles, created 4 new articles, and added 548 references for the #citeNLM campaign.

To learn more about Wikipedia and stay up to date on future edit-a-thons, visit the NNLM Wikipedia project page at You can also follow the campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, see photos and conversations from past events, and share your Wikipedia experience.

2019 Highlights of the NNLM SEA

Over the past year, the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) collaborated with other regional offices to develop national programs that support the initiatives of the National Library of Medicine. By enhancing our collaboration, we were able to launch a number of programs that benefit our network members:

  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thons – This provides an opportunity to engage communities in addressing societal needs and accelerate biomedical science, technology, and innovation. SEA staff collaborated with WebJunction to help public librarians plan and offer Wikipedia Edit-athons at their libraries as well.
  • Consumer Health Curriculum – In collaboration with the Public Libraries Association, the NNLM developed curriculum to enhance the skills of public librarians and help them provide consumer health information to their library’s users. Additionally, the staff increased the number of public libraries as network members by 152%.
  • All of Us Community Engagement – In support of the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, the NNLM fosters community engagement by offering reading club book kits, toolkits tied to national health observances, and the Game of Health—all of which help health consumers become more aware of health topics and their family health history.
  • Research Data Management – Through NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery NNLM SEA is collaborating with other regional medical libraries to train librarians in research data management.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – NNLM SEA promoted the launch of a webinar series to understand the various subordinated and marginalized intersectional identities and claim responsibility for our privilege.

Over the past year, the NNLM SEA staff exhibited at over 31 conferences and community events reaching over 10,000 attendees. Additionally, the NNLM SEA has supported over 300 educational sessions that reached almost 14,000 attendees over the past year. As we look forward to 2020, we hope to offer programming tied to the launch of the new PubMed, collaborations to offer Library Carpentry workshops, and outreach to community based organizations that support the HIV/AIDS populations.

Gallery Display – Visions of Nature from the Students of Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Art

Visions of NatureEarlier this year, students from Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Art and their art instructor, Martin Goggins, visited the Weise Gallery as one of the stops on a campus walking tour led by Brian Sturdivant, director of UMB Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships. At the time, the Gallery was showing Nature’s Spring Sonata, an exhibit of paintings by Maryland first lady, Yumi Hogan.

Hogan’s art inspired the students to create the collection of works in our current exhibit. The students’ artworks include both formal studies of nature, as well as abstract renderings—visions of the natural world in which observation becomes intuition.

As they were creating these works, the students were learning about the impasto process, a technique that involves applying thick layers of paint or pigment that stand out from the surface of the work. Some of the students have incorporated impasto elements in their art. Their colorful, imaginative works will be on display in the Library’s first floor Weise Gallery through January 24, 2020.

De-stress Puzzle Fest at HS/HSL

De-stress Puzzle FestFinal exams are a stressful time! HS/HSL offers students the opportunity to take a short study break by collectively working a on a 1000-piece puzzle. The puzzle is available in the Innovation Space on the Library’s first floor, near the main elevators.

Advice from Historical Collections to Survive Holiday Eating

The holidays are rapidly approaching, which means lots of parties and lots of food.  And for many of us, lots of overeating. To help you prepare for the ailments that can occur from attending these parties, Historical Collections is highlighting advice from a recent book donation.  The book, The Library of Health, published in 1920, was donated by Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, retired associate professor and chair of the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice at the School of Nursing. According to its extended title, the volume provides a “complete guide to prevention and cure of disease, containing practical information on anatomy, physiology and preventive medicine; curative medicine, first aid measures, diagnosis, nursing, sexology, simple home remedies, care of the teeth, occupational diseases, garden plant remedies, alcohol and narcotics, treatment by fifteen schools of medicine, beauty culture, physical culture the science of breathing and the dictionary of drugs.”  

Below are some helpful definitions and treatment suggestions for common food ailments from the 1920 volume.  We at the Historical Collections do not endorse trying any of these treatments:

Cramps in Stomach.—Make mustard poultice, with white of egg instead of water, and apply same to bowels, and give Squibbs’ Mixture. Hot water bags often afford relief. Paregoric and also laudanum relieve pain, but must be used with great caution.

Diarrhoea.—Take half ounce of blackberry root and boil in pint of water about fifteen minutes, strain and give teaspoonful every hour or two until relieved; or fluid extract, dose five to ten drops in a little water; one-half to one teaspoonful of paregoric in water.

Other remedies are:
1. An infusion of chamomile, prepared by steeping four to six heads of chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water for an hour, and giving a teaspoonful hourly. Avoid solid food until bowels are all right.
2. Tablets of chalk mixture, of subnitrate of bismuth, or of pepsin; paregoric, laudanum.
3. Give starch injection with half a teaspoonful of laudanum for adult; for child only a few drops, and one drop of the wine of ipecac every hour, especially if vomiting be present, or half a grain of gray powder (mercury and chalk) every hour or two.
 4. A good blackberry cordial, such as the following, is often found to be a preventive and specific for summer complaint, diarrhoea, etc.:

Ripe blackberries 2 quarts
Sugar, white 1 pound
Cloves and allspice 1/2 ounce of each

Boil all together.  When cold, press out and strain the juice and add a pint of good brandy. This makes a pleasant drink, and may be taken in quantities from a teaspoonful to a wineglassful every two to four hours. Be careful not to take too much astringent medicine and thereby check the diarrhoea too suddenly.

Heartburn.—Give five drops of the tincture of nux vomica half an hour before each meal.

Indigestion.—An exclusive diet of fruit for several days is found efficacious in most cases of indigestion. This diet is excellent in dyspepsia and constipation.

Indigestion, Acute.—Dyspepsia, heartburn, a functional derangement of the stomach with pain, a sense of distension and gas, regurgitation of food, headache, and frequently perspiration. Regulation of the diet is of great importance, and for the acute symptoms bismuth 10 to 20 grains, essence of peppermint, one-half teaspoonful in water, bicarbonate of soda, and if pain is severe one or two teaspoonfuls of paregoric in hot water. The after treatment consist in keeping the bowels open and you may take the following:

Subnitrate of bismuth 2 1/2 drachms
Fluid Extract cascara 4 drachms
Compound tincture cardamom 6 drachms
Glycerine 4 drachms
Peppermint water 4 ounces

Sour Stomach—Heartburn.—Symptoms.—This common and distressing complaint results simply from undue acidity of the stomach caused by errors in diet or by dyspepsia. It produces a burning sensation in the stomach and under the breast-bone, often accompanied by nausea.

Treatment.—Take the following mixture, after meals, when the trouble occurs:
Baking soda ½ teaspoonful
Water ½ cupful

Sick Stomach.—Tablets of lime water; tablets of subnitrate of bis- muth; aromatic spirits of ammonia.

To read more from the 1920 volume, see the Library of Congress’ digitized version.  Or stop into Historical Collections on the fifth floor of the HS/HSL to see the impressive volume for yourself! 

Historical Collections wishes everyone a healthy and safe Holiday Season!

Staff News

New Staff

Amy Yarnell, MLS, joined the HS/HSL in November as the data services librarian. She comes to us from Indiana University – Bloomington where she earned her MLS with a specialization in digital humanities. She is excited to join the Services team and looking forward to helping the campus community with their research data needs.


Publications & Presentations

Meg Del Baglivo, MLS, Patricia Hinegardner, MLS, and Na Lin, MLS, presented an ALCTS webinar entitled “Research Data Discovery: Developing a Data Catalog.”

Meg Del Baglivo, MLS, and Steve Douglas, MA, MLS, AHIP, presented their poster “Providing Access to Electronic Medical Journals: It’s Not Just Flipping a Switch” at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Durham, NC.

Emily Gorman, MLIS, AHIP, and Gail Betz, MSLIS, are among the co-authors of “A Comprehensive Review of Methods to Measure Oral Oncolytic Dose Intensity Using Retrospective Data,” published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, taught her CE course “Leadership Considered” at the annual meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Savannah, GA.

M.J. Tooey and Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP, presented “Building a Foundation for a Culture of Resilience” at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) in Phoenix, AZ.

Lauren Wheeler, MSLIS, and Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, presented their poster “Rising Up to Users’ Needs: Redesigning a Health Literacy Workshop for Health Professionals” at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Durham, NC.

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, was an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the Local Health Information Coalition of Harford County, MD. Mary Ann’s talk was entitled “Health Literacy: It Takes a Village.”

Tara Wink, MLS, was a presenter at the session “Accidental Partnerships: Making your Serendipitous Collaborations More Strategic” at the Library Marketing and Communications Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Interesting HS/HSL Fact…

Interesting HS/HSL FactAs of 2019, if you add up all the years of professional service of the 26 librarians currently on staff, the total comes to almost a half millennium of expertise—449 years, to be exact!
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