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September 2023 – Volume 17 – Number 4

Happy Fall!

Alexa Mayo
Alexa Mayo, Interim Associate Vice Provost and Interim Dean, HSHSL

September will forever be back-to-school time. It is such a pleasure to see so many new and returning students in the Library.

What’s new at the HSHSL? Several years ago, we began purchasing older journals that had been digitized and made available online. This has allowed us to remove the print volumes and open up space for the renovation of the third floor. The renovation is now complete. The furnishings and layout are intended to support students’ quiet study. If you haven’t visited already, please stop by to experience the furniture and open, light-filled space. On the Library’s exterior, the front plaza has been replaced. We look forward to enhancing it with planters, making it a more inviting outdoor area.

As we head into the new academic year, keep in mind the many services the Library has to offer: faculty librarians provide research support to faculty, staff, and students, including expertise on data management. Ask an in-person question at the HSHSL’s Information Services Desk or an online question by email or chat. Go to our website, to reserve study and meeting rooms, request poster printing, and access the Library’s collection of research databases and journals and e-books.

Wishing you all the best as you head into the fall semester at UMB. Let us know how the HSHSL faculty and staff can be collaborators and partners in your success!

New Study Space on Third Floor

The renovation of the third floor is complete, with new study pods, study room tables and chairs, diner-style banquettes, computer tables with second monitors, and new carpet. The new study area is light-filled and comfortable – a destination space. Previously, the third floor housed print journals. Over the past several years, the Library has purchased online access to some of these journals, which has allowed us to free up more study space by recycling the print volumes and removing unnecessary shelving.

Please stop by the third floor to see the beautiful light and views from the Library’s third floor.

Color Me Happy: Icons of Maryland and Baltimore Exhibit

Color Me Happy: Icons of Maryland and Baltimore Exhibit

A new "Color Me Happy" exhibit is back – now located in the Library’s first floor tower! This interactive coloring wall features drawings that recall cherished symbols and icons of Maryland and Baltimore. We invite everyone to pause and indulge in carefree coloring, whether it’s Black-Eyed Susans, Mr. Trash Wheel, a Baltimore Oriole, or many others.

Felting Art: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Photo of fiber art

The HSHSL Weise Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit of felting art, widely considered the oldest textile art. The artist, Dahven White, worked as an architect before discovering felt as an artistic medium. She now works primarily in felt, using sheep’s wool and recycled sweaters to create unpredictable three-dimensional organic shapes. Her art and wearables have been featured in many juried exhibitions and art shows.

"Greater Than the Sum of its Parts" opens in the Weise Gallery during the week of October 2.

Advice for New Students

Photo of Students

The HSHSL is here for you! Don’t hesitate to ask for help at the Information Services desk; we’re happy to assist. You can also reach us by email, telephone at 410-706-7995, or chat.

Here is a top ten list of common questions with links to guide you to the answer or service.

  1. How do I print?
    Follow these instructions.
  2. How do I order a book or article the Library does not own?
    Use our interlibrary loan service. It is free for students.
  3. How do I meet with a librarian about my assignment or research?
    Request a consultation.
  4. How do I reserve a study room?
    Follow the instructions on the reservations page.
  5. How do I get help with citation managers?
    You can request a consultation, attend a workshop or read the citation manager subject guide.
  6. How do I request a poster to be printed?
    Fill out this form.
  7. How do I correctly size my poster?
    Instructions are here.
  8. How do I find books and journals?
    You can search our Journals and E-Books list. And for print holdings, check the Library Catalog.
  9. How do I log in to the Library from off-campus?
    Click the blue “Off-Campus Access” button in the upper-right corner of our homepage then use your UMID and password to log in.
  10. How do I enter the Library before 8:00 a.m.?
    Enter the Library from the Campus Center from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Do you have a question that has not been addressed here? Contact us directly or check the Ask Us! database of questions – your answer may already be there!

Have Data Questions? CDABS Can Help!

How do I write a data management plan? Where should I share my research data? How can I make a graph like I saw in a journal article? To these and other questions, CDABS may have the answers.

The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the HSHSL’s hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication. We offer a comprehensive range of services for working with data at each stage of your research project, from do-it-yourself guides and tutorials to interactive workshops and personalized consultations.
CDABS offers:

  • Support for writing NIH-compliant Data Management and Sharing Plans, including expert feedback on plans
  • Instruction in R and Python programming
  • The UMB Data Catalog, which provides descriptions of datasets from UMB researchers
  • Facilitated access to special datasets, repositories, and data management tools, such as All of Us, ICPSR, and OSF
  • Free and individualized consultations on a wide range of topics, such as choosing a data repository, finding secondary datasets, developing file-naming schemes, and visualizing data

Visit the CDABS web portal to quickly and easily navigate the many data and bioinformation related resources and services we provide at the HSHSL, as well as those on campus and beyond.

For questions, contact your Data Services Librarians Amy Yarnell and Irmarie Fraticelli at

Health Literacy Month Workshops

Health Literacy is a Path to Health Equity

At the root of providing care that promotes health equity is the ability to communicate health information clearly, using plain language. Learn how incorporating health literacy practices can improve patients’ understanding and empower them to make better healthcare decisions. To help bridge the cultural aspects of health equity, there are also resources to help explain health information to non-English speaking patients.

The Library will offer the following two virtual workshops during Health Literacy Month this October:

  • Enhancing Patient Outcomes through Clear Health Communication
  • Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients

For more information and to register, visit the HSHSL Workshop Schedule.

Fall Hours

Fall Hours

September 5 – November 30, 2023

Between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Monday – Friday, UMB ID holders may enter the HSHSL through the Campus Center.

Library services and access to classrooms begin at 8:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday – Friday November 23 – 24 CLOSED

HSHSL Study Rooms

Student in Study Room

The HSHSL has 45 study rooms available for use on floors two through five. Study rooms on the HSHSL’s second and third floors may be reserved for group study. Those on the fourth and fifth floors are available without reservation on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to UMB students, faculty, and staff.

Study rooms are outfitted with tables and chairs, a white board, wireless and plug-in internet connection, and electrical outlets. Additionally, many study rooms are equipped with LCD panels to facilitate collaborative study. White board markers and erasers are available to check out at the Information Services Desk.

Feel free to bring in snacks and drinks while you’re studying. To reserve a room, click here.

The Library Genie Returns October 1

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

The Library Genie will be accepting wishes throughout the month of October.

  • How can the HSHSL best help you with research or studies?
  • 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?

Submit your 3 wishes starting October 1.

We are looking forward to your ideas!

HSHSL Honors UMMC’s 200th Anniversary: Hospital Highlights from the Digital Archive and Historical Collections

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the construction and opening of the Baltimore Infirmary – today’s University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). The Baltimore Infirmary, shown in this engraving, was the first hospital built for use by a medical school in the United States. The foundation was laid on the southwest corner of Lombard and Greene Streets – the current location of the HSHSL – in June 1823; the 60-bed Infirmary was ready for patients by September 1823. Perhaps it is only fitting that the library sitting on the site of the first hospital building is now the home of unique historical documents that bring to light the importance of clinical experience in medical education. The following highlights a selection of hospital related items in the HSHSL.

By the 1860s, the Baltimore Infirmary had grown to become the biggest hospital in Baltimore and was known as “University Hospital,” though its name wasn’t officially changed until the 1870s. The University Hospital was integrated into the education of the students in the School of Medicine. The 1844-1845 Academic Catalog outlines the number and type of operations occurring in the hospital for the prior year. For a better understanding of the early costs associated with a hospital stay, Historical Collections holds an October 27, 1871 receipt for “board & attendance for one week @ 15$ per week” for a Capt. Summers G. Lady. This is the equivalent of receiving a bill for $375.85 today. In 1887, a small group of women formed what would become the Women’s Auxiliary of the University of Maryland Hospital. The first of its kind in Maryland – and perhaps in the country – this group aimed to raise funds to support the hospital as well as visit the sick and attend to the social needs of the patients. The records of this group have been digitized in the Digital Archive.

During the world wars, nurses and physicians from the University Hospital as well as pharmacists and dentists from the University of Maryland, served together in base and military hospitals. In June 1917, Base Hospital Number 42 was formed by University Hospital faculty, most notably Dr. Archibald C. Harrison. The Hospital was stationed in Bazoilles-sur-Meuse, France, and operated until 1919. Historical Collections houses a few photographs, like the one shown here, of the base from Dr. John Carey Taylor, who served as a corporal at Base Hospital No. 42.

During World War II, the 42nd Medical Hospital was reactivated by the Office of the Surgeon General. At first, the 42nd Medical Hospital was slated to be a single 1000-bed hospital, but within weeks of its deployment, the hospital was reallocated to two 500-bed hospitals: the 42nd and 142nd General Hospitals. The 42nd General Hospital trained in Fort Custer, Michigan until May 1942, when they headed to Melbourne, Australia, finally arriving in Stuartholme, overlooking Brisbane in July 1942. When peace was signed in 1945, the 42nd had just arrived in Yokohama and treated 550 prisoners of war. The 42nd treated over 50,000 patients and disbanded November 11, 1945. The HSHSL’s Digital Archive includes a published volume on the history of the 42nd General Hospital.

The 142nd General Hospital first trained at Fort Riley, Kansas in April 1942 and headed to New Zealand in May 1942. In 1943, the 142nd moved to Fiji before moving to Calcutta, India, in 1944. When it was deactivated in February 1946, the unit had handled nearly 18,000 casualties. Recently, a scrapbook celebrating the accomplishments of University Hospital staff was found in Historical Collections. The Scrapbook has been digitized and is available in our Digital Archive. The scrapbook contents – dated April 16, 1942 to April 1, 1946 – include newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and correspondence from the doctors, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists who served in the two General Hospitals in World War II. 

Between the world wars, a new University Hospital building was constructed directly across the street from the old building. The new building’s 1934 opening followed years of fundraising. Historical Collections holds two patient pamphlets from University Hospital that have recently been digitized and uploaded to the Digital Archive. One, dated 1955, includes information about entering the hospital, caregivers, billing information and charges, and discharge from the hospital. The other pamphlet, though undated, is signed by the hospital director, G. Bruce McFadden, who was active in the 1970s and 1980s. The information it contains is similar to that of the first pamphlet, but with the addition of maps, patient rights and responsibilities, and telephone directories.

Beginning in 1977, talks began to separate the Hospital from the UMSOM. The hospital, which was expensive to operate and maintain, was starting to become rundown. In 1984, the state passed legislation separating the University and Hospital. The result was UMMC, a private, nonprofit hospital. Today the UMMC and UMSOM are still closely connected, with students from the UMSOM receiving clinical experience in the UMMC.


New Staff

Kesha Blackmon joined the Resource Sharing (RS) department of the HSHSL as an interlibrary loan specialist in July. She is involved in all RS operations including ILL borrowing/lending, document delivery and digitization. Previously, she worked as a library assistant for Johns Hopkins University.

Eva Greitzer joined the Resource Development and Access Division as the new metadata librarian in August. She earned her MLIS degree from Kent State University, in her hometown, Kent, Ohio. She will be creating records for the UMB Digital Archive, UMB Data Catalog, Library Catalog and other resources.

LaTanya Robinson joined the HSHSL administration in August as the human resources specialist. She comes to us from Johns Hopkins University where she was the senior human resources coordinator. Originally from Massachusetts, Tanya has lived in Maryland for three years. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Mount Ida College and a master’s in human resources management from Lasell University.

Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, LCSW-C, co-presented a session titled Indigenize SNAC: Informing Discovery and Access of Indigenous Materials at the Society of American Archivists and Council of State Archivists conference ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2023, in Washington, DC.

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, co-authored “How health literacy is taught and evaluated in dentistry, medicine, nursing, law, pharmacy, public health, and social work: a narrative review,”  in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare, DOI: 10.1080/17538068.2023.2258315.

May 2023 – Volume 17 – Number 3

HSHSL Open Access Publishing Fund to Continue in FY 24

Apply for Open Access Funding Support

For the past three years, the HSHSL has been able to reimburse early-career researchers for half of the publishing fees for articles accepted by entirely open access journals. The program has been very popular, with over 45 awards made.

Happily, funding has been secured to continue the program in FY 24, and applications will again be accepted beginning July 1, 2023. Awards are made to early-career researchers who are listed as the first author in the published article. Early career researchers are defined as students or faculty members with the rank of assistant professor or below. Applicants also agree to submit their article to the UMB Digital Archive.

As July 1 approaches, please visit the Publishing Fund webpage for more information and an application form.

Sherman Center Conference Room Open for Reservations

The Sherman Center for Health Care Innovation

The Sherman Center for Health Care Innovation is a beautiful destination video conference room available to reserve on the HSHSL’s fourth floor. The comfortable modern space accommodates 10 around the conference table, with additional seating around the perimeter of the room. To request this or any of our other conference rooms, please read the Library’s policies and guidelines and fill out the request form here.

HSHSL Summer Hours

Summer Hours

May 17 – August 20, 2023

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.

Exception to Regular Hours

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    Sunday, May 27 – Monday, May 29, CLOSED
  • Juneteenth
    Monday, June 19, CLOSED
  • July 4th Holiday
    Saturday, July 1, CLOSED
    Sunday, July 2, CLOSED
    Tuesday, July 4, CLOSED

Advice for New Grads

Illustration of Graduates

The HSHSL extends a hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2023! Before you go forth and conquer, we want to remind you of the resources available to you after graduation.

  • Journals and Databases: Alumni can access HS/HSL’s electronic resources off campus for 2 months after graduation.
  • Free Databases: Once your electronic access expires, you will still have access to public databases for literature, drug information, and more. Some examples are highlighted below. Additionally, be sure to investigate what resources you have through your new workplace and any professional organizations of which you are a member.
Freely Available Databases Type of Information Can Be Used in Place of
PubMed Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.
Google Scholar Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.
NLM Drug Information Portal Drug Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, Natural Medicines
MedlinePlus Patient-Friendly Health Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, UpToDate, Natural Medicines
ECRI Guidelines Trust Clinical Practice Guidelines UpToDate
TRIP Database Literature Embase, CINAHL, Ovid MEDLINE
NCBI Databases Various – literature, chemical information, genetic/genomic information, etc. SciFinder, Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.

The HSHSL wishes you all the best in your future endeavors! Please contact the Information Services Desk if you have any questions.

Historical Collections Highlight: The Alumni Database

In 2015, the HSHSL introduced the public-facing UMB Alumni Database. The Database included graduates from 1840 to the 2000s and aimed to provide researchers, specifically genealogists, with quick access to information about a student’s graduation year, home state, and school. The initial database included graduates from UMB’s own dental, medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools, as well as six historical schools that had merged with the UMB schools: Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Baltimore Medical College Medical and Dental Departments, Maryland Dental College, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Maryland College of Pharmacy.

Since its inception in 2015, the database has grown to include graduates from as far back as 1811 and as recent as 2019.  Today, it also includes graduates from the School of Social Work and Graduate School as well as two additional historical schools: the College of Medicine of Maryland (the founding name of the School of Medicine) and the Washington Medical College. The database includes over 77,000 student records.  

It continues to be updated when commencements occur and additional information is discovered through historical research. Those interested in alumni of the schools of UMB are encouraged to utilize this resource and reach out to Tara Wink, the Historical Collections librarian and archivist, for additional information.

“Transcending Reality” – Carol Carpenter Exhibits in Weise Gallery

Carol Carpenter - Transcending Reality

After three years of planning, delayed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Carol Carpenter’s "Transcending Reality" exhibit finally graces the HSHSL’s Weise Gallery. The exhibit is a collaboration of HSHSL, the Medical Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, and the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture.

Carol Carpenter has exhibited her works in galleries and museums around the world. She is inspired by nature and enjoys using vivid colors in her pieces. Carpenter’s works are "meant to appeal to the senses and heighten the human experience." She believes art "encompasses passion, spontaneity, intellect, and self-discovery."

Carpenter’s pieces will remain on exhibit through June 2023. Pieces are for sale, and portions of the proceeds will be donated to the HSHSL and the Carpenter endowed professorship fund for Schizophrenia Research.

Learn more about the artist at her website.

Book It Forward 2023 Update

Rolls of Printed Posters

In the March Connective Issues we announced the Book It Forward 2023 children’s book drive. The book drive ends May 31, 2023.

As of May 2, we have collected 460 books in the following reading levels:

Babies: 100
Pre-K: 50
Elementary: 201
Middle/High: 109

We are in need especially of pre-K picture books. Books for babies and elementary school students are beneficial too, as many of our donation locations are day care centers.

You can find Book It Forward donation bins at the HSHSL, the SMC Campus Center, the School of Nursing, the Saratoga Building, and the BioPark. Thank you for your support!

NNLM 2022-2023 Annual Report Now Available

Winner! Best Research Event

The NNLM Region 1 Regional Medical Library, located at the HSHSL, produced its Annual Report for the 2022-2023 program year. This report highlights NLM’s strategic plan and the many accomplishments and programs that support NNLM’s mission, initiatives, and infrastructure. We are pleased with the past year’s collaborations and partnerships made and look forward to an exciting year ahead!

We encourage you to attend NNLM Day at MLA 2023 on May 11 to learn more about our upcoming projects supporting NNLM’s initiatives and NLM’s strategic plan.

Mother Mary Lange Art Show Video

The HSHSL had great fun hosting the children’s artwork from Mother Mary Lange Catholic School. Since the exhibit was up for a fairly short period of time, we were not able to host a reception for students, parents, and teachers. As a way to remember the show and to share it with the school, library specialist Patrick Waugh created a video to celebrate the students’ work. Check it out!

New Staff

Laura Youngborg has accepted the position of Resource Sharing supervisor in the Resource Development and Access Division. She will supervise support staff in the daily operations of the Resource Sharing unit. As the current interlibrary loan specialist here at the HSHSL, she is already very familiar with the Resource Sharing Service. Laura will now lead all aspects of the service.

Staff News

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, LCSW-C, was a co-panelist for the discussion “How archives in academic institutions can work to better serve underrepresented communities” at the Society of American Archivists: Student Archivists at Maryland Symposium on April 15, 2023 at University of Maryland, College Park.

Tiffany Chavis was appointed by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums as a member of the Tribal Library Council in April 2023.  

Tiffany Chavis presented a poster, “Misunderstood: an Analysis of the Homeless Population in Maryland and Their Information Needs,”at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 22nd Annual Health Literacy Conference in May 2023.

Christine Nieman, MLIS, co-presented “From policy to action: A resource toolkit to support libraries and researchers as they implement the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy” at the ACRL 2023 conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tara Wink, MLS, was selected as co-editor of The Watermark, the newsletter for LAMPHHS (Librarians, archivists, medical professionals in the history of health sciences).

March 2023 – Volume 17 – Number 2

Temporary HSHSL Entrance through Campus Center


On April 5, 2023, work will begin to remove and replace the plaza pavers in front of the Library. During this project, both the area in front of the Library and the library building’s main entrance will be closed. The new, temporary entrance to the Library will be through the Campus Center. The plaza renovation will take about four months to complete and will not affect library services or hours.

While the sidewalk will remain open during most of the project, it will close intermittently to allow trucks to remove debris and deliver construction supplies. Updates and signs will be posted inside and outside of the Library with information about foot traffic detours.

Once the project is complete, look for a renovated plaza with new planter boxes and attractive, landscaped beds.

New Study Space Coming to the Third Floor of HSHSL

Photo of Students

Exciting news on the upgrade to the third-floor space! Beginning in April, the journal collection on the fourth floor will be condensed, allowing journals from the third floor to be moved up one floor. This will create a smaller collection footprint and open up new space on the third floor.

Once the journals are shifted to their new location, the empty shelves will be removed, and space will be reconfigured as a quiet study area. The new study space will extend from the area in front of the elevators to the windows overlooking Greene St. and into the large rectangular area across from study rooms 312 to 317.

The collection shift will begin in early April. Expect some noise as books are shifted and shelves are dusted and vacuumed. Removal of the shelving units and new carpet installation will take place over the summer.

In late summer, new furniture will arrive, including individual study pods, diner-style banquettes, and computer tables with second monitors. Also as part of the third-floor renovation, new tables will be added to the study rooms. The new study tables will be identical to those on the second and fifth floors.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the third-floor space, send us an email.

Black History and Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Harriet P. Trader, DSW

February and March mark two important month celebrations: Black History and Women’s History Months. While equity and justice are among UMB’s core values today, the university did not always include diverse staff, faculty, or students. Therefore, it is important during these months to highlight and celebrate pioneering firsts like Dr. Harriet P. Trader, DSW, the first African American woman associate dean at the School of Social Work.

Harriet Peat Trader

Harriet Peat Trader was a Baltimore native. She attended and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morgan State College (today Morgan State University) in 1944. Trader continued her education at Columbia University, earning her master’s in social work (MSW) in 1946, and the University of Pennsylvania, earning her doctorate in social work (DSW) in 1962.

Before pursuing a career in academia, Dr. Trader worked as a social worker at Bronx Hospital (NY) and Crownsville State Hospital (MD). Dr. Trader taught social work at Howard University from 1963-65 before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 1968. In 1971, Dr. Trader and Dr. Paul Ephross developed the first course on human sexuality at UMB.

In 1975, Dr. Trader along with Dr. Ruth H. Young became the first women to serve as associate deans in the School of Social Work. As associate dean, Dr. Trader oversaw the clinical social work program and served on the campus’s Middle States Evaluation Committee. She remained with the school until 1979, when she became the vice president for Academic Affairs at Morgan State University, a position she held until 1989.


In addition to her teaching roles, Dr. Trader was instrumental in establishing the Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and served on the association’s national and local boards. She helped to establish the Black Family Resource Center for Baltimore Urban League in the 1990s. Dr. Trader’s research interest was focused on African American adolescents and families. She published a book in 1975 titled Black Adolescent Addicts: Their Struggles to Survive.

Among her many awards, Dr. Trader was named to the Outstanding Educator of America list in 1971, the Morgan State University Alumna of the Year in 1972, and the Maryland Social Worker of the Year in 1990. In addition to her teaching honors, Dr. Trader was the first woman elected to the Board of Trustees at Enoch Pratt Library in 1972.

Dr. Trader married Herbert W. Trader in 1952. The couple had a son, Herbert W. Trader III, who died in 1986. Dr. Trader died of lung failure on March 9, 1999.


Registration Open for the 2023 NNLM Health Misinformation Virtual Symposium

2023 NNLM Virtual Health Misinformation Symposium

We are inundated with health information. As professionals and as consumers of health information, it can be confusing or overwhelming for all of us. The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) will host the 2023 NNLM Virtual Health Misinformation Symposium. This event will equip attendees to do the following:

  • distinguish between the types of misinformation;
  • describe current research regarding health misinformation;
  • identify and implement resources and tools to combat health misinformation, resources, and tools; and
  • explore programs, projects, and practices related to health misinformation in communities.

This symposium is intended for librarians and information professionals, health professionals, public health professionals, researchers, and even students with an interest in research. The three-day symposium will take place April 4 through April 6, 2023. The agenda features three keynote presentations and a variety of sessions to choose from to meet your interests. Not only will you be able to gain knowledge on how to combat health misinformation, but you can also earn continuing education credits — all for free. If you have questions, visit our FAQs page or email us for further assistance.

Book It Forward 2023

Book It Forward 2023

Book It Forward is happening again this year! From April 3 through May 31, 2023, we will be collecting new and gently used children’s books, age levels birth through high school, for donation to local schools and daycare centers. Book donation bins will be distributed across campus — look for them at the HSHSL, the SMC Campus Center, BioPark, School of Nursing, and the Saratoga Building.

This year our donation recipients will include four individual daycares, a central daycare network serving 35 care centers, and a middle/high school. One school requested a visit to HSHSL, and a story time featuring health-related children’s books.

The sponsors for Book It Forward are the HSHSL Community Service Committee, the HSHSL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Office of Community Engagement.

Questions about the project? Send us an email.

The World of Color: An Exploration in Color Theory

The World of Color

A delightful new exhibit brings joy and bursts of color to the Weiss Gallery from March 10 to April 10. Mother Mary Lange Catholic School, a pre-K through eighth-grade school in West Baltimore, has covered the Gallery in their student’s captivating artwork, including pastels and paints, paper crafts, pen and ink, ceramics, and other media.

Art teacher Joanne Terrell explained the lesson behind the show, “Color theory is a guide to mixing colors. Using the color wheel, designers can create color schemes that produce emotions and behaviors in audiences. Sir Isaac Newton created the color wheel theory to explain the nature of primary colors. The objective of this unit was for students to reinforce prior knowledge of color theory and apply that knowledge while creating and responding to artwork. I wanted the students to enhance their knowledge of color theory and master the skill of using it to intentionally express ideas.”

Poster Printing Service Update and Upgrade

Rolls of Printed Posters

Good news! Matte canvas is back in stock for your poster printing needs. Supply chain issues meant that we were temporarily unable to provide this popular choice, but now we are fully stocked. To have your poster printed, consult our guide.

Additionally, we heard your pleas for a rush poster printing option. We know that deadlines sneak up on you, as well as last minute requests. So we have added the option to submit a rush request for same-day poster printing. Please note that certain parameters must be met, and that the price is $110 for rush posters versus $55 for our regular service.

Rush requests submitted before noon, Monday through Friday, are guaranteed to be ready for pickup by 5 p.m. that day. Rush requests submitted after noon Monday through Thursday are guaranteed to be ready for pickup by noon the following business day.

2022 NNLM Symposium Selected as Eventeer Award Winner

Winner! Best Research Event

We’re an Eventeer Awards winner! The 2022 NNLM Virtual Symposium, Advancing Engagement through Research: New Trends and Opportunities, was recognized on February 7, 2023 as the Best Research Event (sciences category) at the Eventeer Awards, a program that recognizes excellence in virtual hybrid, and in-person events hosted by vFairs and aims to celebrate and generate public recognition of the amazing efforts of event organizers and hosts worldwide.

The 2022 NNLM Virtual Symposium, Advancing Engagement through Research: New Trends and Opportunities was designed to provide attendees opportunities to explore the current state and future directions of medical and scientific research and advance the use of practices proven to be effective. A wide range of topics were shared, including understanding scientific and biomedical research; concerns in the world of research; and the inclusion of diverse populations in research, both as a participants and as researchers.

The symposium was designed to:

  • Examine current and future trends in biomedical research
  • Evaluate practices from researchers and organizations to gain trust in medical research
  • Learn about library services that contribute to the research lifecycle
  • Investigate new service models to support a data-ready scientific and biomedical research focused workforce

A NNLM YouTube playlist is available for participants to watch recordings from this event.

Success of Love Data Week 2023!

Love Data Week

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library, as the Regional Medical Library for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 1, collaborated with other NNLM regions, offices, and centers to host several events to celebrate Love Data Week – February 13 to 17, 2023. Love Data Week is annual, international celebration of all things data! Organizations commemorate and participate in this by offering special events, classes, workshops, and presentations related to data. Topics for these events range from data management and sharing, to data storytelling, data reproducibility, and open data — as well as discussions around AI, geospatial data, data in the humanities and DEI, and so much more!

NNLM hosted five events that drew over 800 participants! Some of these events included webinars on data visualization and the DMPTool, were recorded and are available for viewing on the NNLM YouTube channel. You can learn more about the NNLM’s Love Data Week programming from the NNLM Center for Data Services’ website.

Hygiene Product Drive for Veterans in Need

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Ivan Freedman, library specialist, delivering the HSHSL’s hygiene drive donation to the Maryland Center for Veteran’s Education and Training (MCVET). MCVET has been serving veterans in the Baltimore area since 1993, with a mission to “provide homeless veterans and other veterans in need with comprehensive services.”

New Staff

DeAnn Brame joined us in January as the assistant director of NWSO (NNLM Web Services Office). She comes to us from the Medical University of South Carolina where she was the technology and innovation strategist for the Regional Medical Library for Region 2.

Irmarie (Irma) Fraticelli-Rodriguez joined the HSHSL as a data services librarian. Previously, she worked as a data curator for the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, where she also graduated with a master’s in science information.

Jordan Heustis moved from library assistant to library specialist in the Information Services department in February. She is already contributing at the front desk and will soon begin work on projects and committees around the HSHSL. Jordan has degrees in deaf studies and family science from Towson University.

Keisha Pearson joined the HSHSL’s Information Services department in February as an evening library assistant. Keisha also works full-time at Enoch Pratt’s Washington Village branch as the operations manager and is very skilled in providing excellent customer service.

Nicole Shelawala joined the HSHSL in January as a librarian for the School of Medicine. She is originally from Baltimore, but spent the past 11 years in England, where she received her master’s degree in library and information science from City University London. She also has a Master’s of Engineering degree from Cornell University.

Shanell Stephens recently became faculty librarian to the School of Dentistry. Shanell began her career at HSHSL in the Information Services department as a library services specialist. In 2021, she received her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland College Park.

Sarah Weirich has accepted the position of head of Resource Development. She will provide vision and leadership for the ongoing development and management of the UMB Digital Archive and the UMB Data Catalog. Having served previously as HSHSL’s metadata librarian, Sarah is already very familiar with both databases; she will now lead all aspects of their development.

Staff News

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, LCSW-C, co-curated a virtual exhibition, “Safety in Numbers: Portraits of East Baltimore’s ‘Reservation’,” featuring photographs sourced from archival collections of American Indian people who were part of Baltimore’s “reservation” in its heyday. Chavis and her co-curators are all members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Tiffany N. Chavis completed the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s Health Literacy Specialist Certificate Program in January.

Tiffany N. Chavis authored “Once upon a Time in the Academic Library: Storytelling Skills for Librarians,” published in Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.

Christine Nieman, MLIS, co-authored “Free, FAIR, & Fabulous: Five data tools to support open and reproducible research,” which was published in MLAConnect.

Christine Nieman was awarded an ACRL 2023 Conference Scholarship to attend and present at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

December 2022 – Volume 17 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

Time to Go…

M.J. Tooey
M.J. Tooey, Library Dean

In the last Connective Issues, I announced that I would be retiring on December 31. I am still retiring. I have been humbled by the avalanche of good wishes from across UMB and appreciate each and every one of them. As I’ve been attempting to clean out 36 years of files and office stuff, I am constantly reminded of what a wonderful career I have had here at UMB, taking more trips down Memory Lane than I care to admit. I wish I could count those trips toward my step goals!

One truth that has emerged is that what matters most is the people. I have had the joy of working with some amazing people across the university, and it warms my heart to remember them. Among those special people are the staff and faculty of the HSHSL, who have trusted me to lead them over the years. It is an easy thing to do when you are part of a creative and committed team dedicated to providing an information and knowledge infrastructure for any and every endeavor at UMB. Those people are the HSHSL – not the bricks and mortar, or the books and journals. If I have any regrets, it has been that I have not been able to stabilize and increase the HSHSL resources budget. There is an article further down about the next round of major cuts we will have to make based on a flat resources budget that has not increased in a decade. Maybe the next dean will have better luck with that.

To support the wonderful team at the HSHSL, my husband and I have established the Tooey/Huffman Professional Development Endowment for Library Faculty and Staff Professional Development. A long name for a simple concept. In order for the HSHSL faculty and staff to stay on top of our professional game, we need to grow skills and equip the team for the fast-evolving world of knowledge work. If you are interested in supporting the HSHSL, you can donate online at the university’s giving page. For information about each HSHSL fund, please visit our website.

I think it is going to take a long time for me to stop referring to the HSHSL in terms of “we” and “us.” Lots of people have asked about my plans. I don’t have plans, but I have lots of ideas and curiosity to accompany those ideas. Travel, our family (including our amazing granddaughter), gardening, learning, election work, sleeping in – I am only limited by my imagination!

Please take good care of the HSHSL. Embrace what it stands for and does − and support it! Thank you for the privilege of being here.


Fatal Beauty: The 2023 HSHSL Calendar

Fatal Beauty: The 2023 HSHSL Calendar

Back by popular demand, the HSHSL is pleased to announce that limited quantities of the 2023 HSHSL Calendar, Fatal Beauty, are available for purchase. Priced at only $12, the calendar will make a fantastic – and affordable – holiday gift.

This year’s calendar was inspired by the Fatal Beauty exhibit installed in the Weise Gallery this past summer. The calendar features a selection of stunning botanical plates from volumes in the HSHSL’s Historical Collections Pharmacy Collection.

For centuries, plants have been used to treat a variety of ailments. Fatal Beauty, showcases some botanicals that, if used improperly, can be deadly. Each month features a different fatal beauty with information on its toxicity and pharmaceutical uses.

The HSHSL appreciates the help of Dr. Mordecai “Mordy” Blaustein, Professor Emeritus and Past-Chair of the UMSOM Department of Physiology, in the planning and research for the calendar. Dr. Blaustein is a huge supporter of the Library and was initially responsible for suggesting the Fatal Beauty theme.

Calendars can be picked up at the HSHSL Information Services desk or shipped for an additional $6.25 per calendar.

Quantities are limited, so order yours today!

Flat Budget Leads to Journal Cancellations Effective January 2023

In January, a flat resources budget will force the HSHSL to cancel over 100 journal subscriptions. Many of these titles are heavily used by UMB researchers. They include

  • The American Journal of Medical Genetics, with over 1000 uses;
  • Pediatric Blood and Cancer, with over 800 uses;
  • European Radiology, with over 500 uses; and
  • Drug Safety, with over 400 uses.

While these journals are extensively used, they are also very expensive. A subscription to The American Journal of Medical Genetics, for example, costs over $26,000. This means the average cost of each full-text article UMB researchers download is over $25. This year the HSHSL will not be able to renew any journal with a cost-per-use of over $9.

These cancellations are the result of a long-running structural deficit funding issue. While journal prices have increased on average 7 to 10 percent a year, the HSHSL’s resources budget has remained essentially flat for over a decade. Every year faculty librarians spend time evaluating the HSHSL’s journal collection based on data (cost-per-use) and the need to ensure a balanced collection addressing and supporting UMB’s mission. Journal subscriptions are identified for cancellation in order to remain within budget. For the past few years, one-time funding has been received allowing the collection to be maintained. However, these budget constraints also mean that the HSHSL is unable to add any of the many new subscriptions requested each year. It has also impacted the HSHSL’s ability to support new UMB programs. These flat budgets and diminishing collections will also have an impact on accreditation reports and visits.

Access to articles from cancelled journals will be lost on January 1, 2023. Individual articles from any journal not subscribed to by the HSHSL are available through the Request Articles & Books service (interlibrary loan).

If the HSHSL resources budget remains flat and journal costs continue to rise, more journal cancellations will continue in the future.

New NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing Coming Next Month!

On January 25, 2023, the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy (NIH DMSP) will go into effect. Have no fear, the Center for Data and Bioinformation is here to help you prepare for this change!

This new policy will require 1) submission of a data management and sharing plan with all NIH grant applications for projects that generate scientific data, and 2) compliance with that plan. This expands on the current policy, in effect since 2003, which has this requirement only for projects requesting $500,000 or more in funds. While it is understood that a variety of reasons may limit data sharing, NIH expects that in drafting Plans, researchers will maximize the appropriate sharing of scientific data” − while also being mindful of ethical considerations.

How CDABS can help:

  1. We facilitate access for UMB researchers to several great resources for working with data.
    • DMPTool provides templates for writing plans and allows you to request feedback on your plan from the CDABS team. Use your UMID and password to authenticate.
    • OSF is a collaborative tool for keeping your project documents organized. Use your UMID and password to authenticate.
    • ICPSR and QDR are excellent repository options for sharing sensitive data.
    • The UMB Data Catalog can hold a record of your shared data, with metadata and access instructions.
  2. Schedule a consult with us to talk more in-depth about your personalized data management needs, finding an appropriate repository, and anything else data-related!
  3. Subscribe to CDABS updates for information on workshops and other resources we will be releasing over the next several months.
  4. Contact CDABS at to schedule a presentation about the policy and writing data management plans for your group, department, or program.

You can also check out our curated list of helpful NIH DMSP-related resources.

Partnering with the Maryland Pharmacists Association on a Journal Digitization Project

Maryland Pharmacist

Maryland Pharmacist, a journal of the Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA) is now available online, thanks to funding provided by the Maryland Pharmacist Association Foundation. The Association authorized the digitization of the journal from 1956 to 2021 and provided the print volumes. HSHSL staff prepared the journal volumes for shipping to an Internet Archive digitization center in Princeton, NJ. The preparation process included physically examining the volumes for suitability for digitization and creating a spreadsheet of metadata describing the volumes. The spreadsheet accompanied the journal to the digitization center. Once scanning was complete and the volumes returned to the HSHSL, a quality assurance review was conducted to ensure the scans and metadata were accurate on the Internet Archive.

Access Maryland Pharmacist (1956-2021) through the Internet Archive and through the UMB Digital Archive collection, Maryland Pharmacist 1895-2021. This collection also includes the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association Proceedings from 1895 to 1955, an earlier joint project supported by MPhA.

Season’s Greenery: New HSHSL Exhibit

Maryland Pharmacist

In the United States, the holiday and winter seasons traditionally elicit a variety of spices and flavors, as well as traditional floral decorations. Join the HSHSL in celebrating the season with Season’s Greenery, a new exhibit featuring seasonal botanicals from the Historical Collections. The botanicals featured come from Julius Leo’s Taschenbuch der Arzeneipflanzen (1826-27), Robert Bentley and Henry Trimen’s Medicinal Plants (1880), and Botanical Magazine (1806).

While the botanicals featured in the exhibit are found in food and decorations today, some were once used for medicinal and health reasons.  The exhibit highlights these pharmaceutical uses alongside displays of beautiful pieces found in the historic pharmacy collection.

The exhibit will run from December through January in the Weise Gallery, on the first floor of the HSHSL.

Woven Stories: Share your personal culture and stories with us!

Woven Stories

Last fall the HSHSL launched Woven Stories: Out of many we are one to celebrate the diversity of UMB’s Campus. The stories were shared on the HSHSL’s Updates Blog. Through the project, people across campus have shared personal items and stories that inspire their personal culture.
We’ve discovered the influence of food on people’s lives and how much a simple recipe or cooking item can elicit an important memory or feeling. We’ve learned how significant places – including a family home – can be for people and their families. Others have shared the value of music and faith or the impact of holidays in their personal culture. In each post, the reader can find some connection to the story, something that speaks to their own culture and traditions.

The purpose of Woven Stories is just this – to provide glimpses into personal culture, reminding us that through individual stories we can connect to one another. Submissions can be long or short and can be anonymous.  Join the HSHSL today and weave your story into the larger UMB Campus’ culture.

Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Alumni Albums Added to the Digital Archive

Chapin A. Harris

Last summer, the Historical Collections department of the HSHSL installed an overhead scanner, which allows for the safe scanning of oversized books and historical volumes. The scans can then be uploaded to the UMB Digital Archive or Internet Archive for researchers to use. This summer, four Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (BCDS) Alumni Photo Albums were scanned and uploaded.

These volumes are part of a collection of record books, including meeting minutes, matriculation records, and grade books, held in Historical Collections. The BCDS Alumni Photo Albums are the result of a Dean’s Office initiative to compile the available photographs of BCDS graduates from 1883 to 1916. The albums add value to the collection because they predate the school’s yearbook collection – which begins in 1901 – and provide over 20 years’ worth of BCDS graduate photographs, as well as details about the classes.

The first volume, dated 1883, contains photographs of the BCDS faculty, including school founder Chapin A. Harris and dean Richard B. Winder. It also includes beautifully hand-drawn and colored botanicals decorating the pages. Later volumes feature artwork by graduates and identify valedictorians and class officers – information typically recorded in yearbooks. The Digital Archive records include a list of the names identified in each volume; unfortunately, many of the graduates remain unidentified.

The photo albums offer a rare glimpse into early dental students’ lives and provide a valuable resource for genealogists, or for anyone interested in the history of the BCDS, the UM School of Dentistry, or the history of dentistry in Baltimore.

To view the albums, check out the School of Dentistry Yearbooks Collection.

Library Genie 2022 Survey Results

Library Genie

During the month of October, the Library Genie asked for your top three library wishes. We received 26 responses and are looking at ways to grant your wishes. The Genie heard your call for more comfy chairs, extra charging stations, a reflection room, and temperature control. Some of these ideas have been addressed, and others are being considered or are on their way.

More standing desks have been ordered and will be located throughout the Library. You are free to wheel them around as needed. Temperature issues are addressed as they come in. We encourage you to let us know about temperature problems in person or through our suggestion box. Consider leaving your name and contact information so that we can pinpoint the location and resolve the problem more efficiently. In 2024, you will see a beautiful renovation of the third floor, with a variety of updated chairs, study pods, booths, and tables to enhance your comfort while in the Library. The Library Genie is creative and is always watching for opportunities to make visiting the HSHSL a super experience for you. Thank you for your feedback!

NNLM Hosts Book Spine Poetry

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Region 1, located at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, collaborated with other Regional Medical Libraries throughout the nation to celebrate October’s National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month with a Book Spine Poetry Contest.

Throughout the month of October, participants who submitted health-focused book spine poems were entered into a drawing to receive free copies of 10 books selected from the NNLM Reading Club. We received creative entries from across the network, including the examples below.

Photo of books

Come and see
Kindness and courageousness
Radical empathy
The future of healthcare

Wegner Health Sciences Library

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Upon a clay tablet
Between the lines
A cure within
Healing wounds
Health thyself
Let thy food by thy medicine
Live well live long

National University of the Health Sciences

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Fear and Trembling the sickness unto death
An enquiry concerning human understanding
The question concerning technology
The scalpel and the silver bear
Prolegomena to charity
Getting things done
The good Samaritan strikes again

Association of American Medical Colleges

Region 1 Funds Projects for 2022-2023 Awards Cycle

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 1, located at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, is excited to announce our awardees for the 2022-’23 funding cycle. Awards are given in several program categories: Data Management Projects, Health Information Outreach, Technology Improvement, and Professional Development.

Data Management Project Awards supports projects that stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge collection, organization and management or data science, information, or research

  • West Virginia University Research Corporation (WV): A Cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence Tool to Improve Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Care in West Virginia.

Health Information Outreach Awards supports projects that improve health information literacy and increase the ability of patients, family members, students, and members of the public to find and use health information – or to improve health professionals’ access to, awareness of, and skills for locating high quality biomedical and health information

  • Lewes Public Library (DE): Public Library Partnerships to Improve Access, Understanding, and Use of Health Information
  • Northern Kentucky University (KY): Impact of COVID-19 on Overall Student Wellbeing – An Examination of Stress Causality on the Basis of Sex, Race, Income & Grade Level
  • Mother Goose on the Loose (MD): Making “Mother Goose on the Loose – Goslings” Program Accessible to More Parents of Medically Complex Infants in the NICU
  • Black Girls with Green Thumbs (PA): Green Thumbs in Your Community
  • South Central Educational Development, Inc. (SCED) (WV): CORDS – Community Outreach to Reduce health Disparities and Stigma – Making Health Happen
  • Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) (PA): Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and Shale Gas Development Health Outreach to Residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center (PA): Increasing the Understanding of the CDC’s Guidance on PrEP to Erase LGBTQ+ Health Disparities

Technology Improvement Award Support for projects that deliver technology improvement and health and digital equity to underserved community impacted by the digital divide via technology funding and online resource training

  • Every Library Institute (DE): Telehealth Services in Delaware Libraries

Professional Development Awards supports network members to strengthen professional knowledge and experience in data science or health information access/delivery, building professional capacity in support of NNLM goals.

  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA (Regional): Continuing education to the regional medical library community
  • Lewes Public Library (DE): Staff professional development training for library faculty and staff
  • Marymount University (VA): Provides travel support towards professional development

Congratulations to all the grantees!


Coded Bias Viewing and Discussion

Coded Bias Poster

The HSHSL’s Diversity Committee and Center for Data and Bioinformation Services hosted a virtual viewing and discussion of the film Coded Bias. This documentary, directed by Shalini Kantayya, explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and traces her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. 

Faculty, students, and staff from across UMB participated in lively discussions about the film and, more broadly, about the causes and effects of bias in artificial intelligence, concerns about privacy and technology, and potential paths forward. We greatly appreciate everyone who came out and made the event possible!

Open Access Week 2022 Challenge

Open Access Week

The HSHSL celebrated International Open Access Week 2022 with a 5-day challenge designed to help the UMB community improve discovery of their scholarly work. Each day, those who signed up for the event received an email with information about that day’s challenge. The activities included:

  • Creating an ORCiD and connecting it to your Scopus author profile
  • Locating OA journals in your research area
  • Learning about repositories and data sharing
  • Utilizing MyNCBI

Over 60 people registered for the challenge from across UMB, the majority of whom were faculty, PhD students, or postdocs. Participants reported improved knowledge about the tools and resources covered in the challenge and planned to continue using many of them. We hope to continue this challenge in future years, so please contact with any feedback or ideas for improvement!

2022 HSHSL/SOP Flu Clinic Changes Focus in a Changing World

M.J. Tooey receives vaccinations

When the first annual flu clinic took place in 2018, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the flu epidemic of 1918, we never imagined being in the midst of a pandemic just a few years later. The flu clinic continued despite the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, carefully adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines from UMB and the State of Maryland. This year, in response to ever-changing health needs and vaccination requirements, the clinic shifted focus to combat the still surging COVID-19 pandemic and to expand the vaccinations offered.

On October 20, 2022, the School of Pharmacy and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, in collaboration with Walgreens, provided a wider range of vaccinations − flu, COVID-19 boosters, and pneumonia − to over 200 UMB students, faculty, and staff. More than half of the attendees received both a flu shot and a COVID-19 booster. As in previous years, many vaccinations were administered by School of Pharmacy students, to help them learn and to encourage ongoing service in their communities and at future flu clinics.

Thank you to all who attended for helping to protect yourself and others.

For more information on the fifth annual HSHSL/SOP sponsored flu clinic, read Flu Shot? Booster? Both on Hand at This Year’s Clinic published by UMB News.

Coloring Wall Exhibit Draws Student Artists

Scrapbook photo

The “Color Me Happy” exhibit was a 45-foot-long, interactive coloring wall on display in the HSHSL’s Weise Gallery from October through November 2022.  Students were encouraged to get crafty with a selection of washable markers to color, decorate, and make the mural pop! We hope it helped to de-stress from studying and tests.  The HSHSL was delighted to see how creative students were with the images of skulls, teeth, stethoscopes, botanicals, books, and lab rats. Some even signed their work. The project was such a success that we already have plans for future coloring wall projects. What will be next?

New Staff

Cameron Bailey joined the NNLM Web Services Office as a web developer. Having served previously in a similar role at the UMB School of Medicine, he comes to us with a lot of enthusiasm for the work.

Michael Craven joined the HSHSL as a senior web developer in the CATS department and the NNLM Web Services Office as well. He brings with him 20 years of development experience in higher education and commercial organizations.

Jordan Heustis was welcomed to the HSHSL as a library assistant for the Information Services department in November. She also works for local bookstore − Charm City Books, in Pigtown − and has excellent customer service experience.

Staff News

Posters & Presentations

Jessie Bauer presented “Book It Forward: An Engaging Community Project” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference, Richmond, VA.

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, LCSW-C, presented the poster “Misunderstood: An Analysis of the Homeless Population in Maryland and their Information Needs” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference in Richmond, VA.

Tiffany N. Chavis, Ashley Minner, and Stanton Lewis (all Lumbee) presented a discussion hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library on of their virtual exhibition, “Safety in Numbers: Portraits of East Baltimore’s ‘Reservation’,” which features photographs, sourced from various archival collections, of American Indian people who were part of Baltimore’s “reservation” in its heyday.

Emily Gorman, MLIS, presented the poster “Online Escape Rooms: What Do the Students Think?” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference in Richmond, VA.

Christine Nieman, MLIS, presented the poster “Free, FAIR, and Fabulous: Five data tools to support open and reproducible research at your institution” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference in Richmond, VA.

Patrick Waugh, MLS, presented the poster “The Self-Taught Marketer’s Guide to Creating Annual Reports” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference, Richmond, VA.

Sarah Weirich, MLIS, presented a (virtual) lightning talk, “Managing Conference Posters: A Lifecycle Overview from Printing Service to Digital Repository Discovery,” at the Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries Symposium on November 17.

Tara Wink, MLS, co-presented “Leading in Challenging Times: MARAC and COVID-19” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, College Park, MD.

April Wright, MLS, Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, LCSW-C, Faith Steele, MLS, and Christine Nieman, MLIS,​ presented the lightening talk “Choose Environmental Health and Justice as Your Next Adventure” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association conference in Richmond, VA.

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