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May 2024 – Volume 18 – Number 3

The First 100 Days

Emily Hurst
Emily Hurst, Associate Vice Provost and Dean, HSHSL

Greetings and congratulations to all of the May 2024 graduates! As I conclude my first 100 days in Baltimore and with the University of Maryland Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library, I want to thank all of you who have helped me navigate the system. From employees in university human resources who helped me get started on day one to deans and vice provosts who have been nice enough to meet with me to discuss the work they do and brainstorm how we can collaborate further. My first months and early decisions have been informed by listening to the diverse voices at UMB.

Working with my team at the library we were able to move forward to complete some of the major renovations on the third floor, where electricity was finally installed under the carpet to create a safter more technology forward environment for all. Charging stations will be coming to this area soon. Other updates have also begun to take shape around the library including touched up paint in some high use areas, new carpet and tables coming to study rooms and some more technology updates like monitors throughout the building to keep everyone informed about all the great library programs and services.

Students reaaaaaaly happy to have some mustard in a cup Emily Hurst handing out pretzles to staff

With graduation on the horizon for many I am happy that I will be able to attend some of the graduation ceremonies to support our graduating students. I am grateful to our students for filling the library with their presence throughout their time in their programs. I was fortunate to see some students and wish them well during our student breaks in the library. I hope to see some students continue to use the library as they pursue advanced degrees at UMB or begin clinical practice in the area. Summer is a great time to come in and use the library!

As we move into the fall, I look forward to meeting with more people and learning even more about the employees who work in the library and the students, faculty and staff who use the library year-round. As I continue to think about space revitalization, I hope to gain feedback from our users through the creation of advisory committees and by working closely with campus partners I hope to bring more and different services into the library space for users through pop-up offerings. Moving the library toward becoming more connected to student and employee needs so that the HSHSL is a beacon of campus vibrancy is important to me!

Library System to Undergo Major Upgrade May 23

Primo Interface

What is Happening?

UMB, along with the 17 other libraries in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), will be replacing our decades-old integrated library system this spring. On May 23, 2024, the new system will be available to the university community and you will notice some changes in your OneSearch experience. Features include:

  • Enhanced experience: Better integration of the library’s collections along with improved and expanded search capabilities.
  • Faster: Save time by searching almost all of the library’s collections and beyond in one simple search.
  • Personalization: Log in to save your search preferences and favorite items, and easily export records to citation management systems.
  • Mobile-friendly: Improved mobile user interface allows researchers to perform all functions using a mobile device. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will the new system affect OneSearch?

You will see a new interface when you conduct a search in the OneSearch box on the library website. You can use this system for the same types of searches you did in the old interface. If you currently have a My EBSCOhost account with saved searches, alerts, or citations, you will no longer be able to get to them through OneSearch. However, they can still be accessed in individual EBSCO databases such as CINAHL and PsycINFO. 

  • What will happen to library permalinks?

The old system goes away in June, so you will need to check any permalinks from the old system that are on your website, in your course syllabi, or in your Blackboard courses as soon as possible after May 23. Look out for links that contain in the middle. Library staff will share instructions for how to update permalinks in the new system after May 23rd.

  • What will happen to the Library Catalog?

The old Library Catalog will no longer be available after May 23rd. To manage any physical books that you have checked out from the library, you will log into your account in OneSearch. From 5:00pm on May 17th until May 23rd, you will not be able to request books from other Maryland libraries while the system migration takes place.

The HSHSL will keep you informed with updates as we progress.

Contact your School’s Librarian or the Information Services department.

HSHSL Summer Hours

Summer Hours

May 15 – Aug. 18, 2024

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

Exception to Regular Hours

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    Saturday, May 25 – May 27, CLOSED
  • Juneteenth
    Wednesday, June 19, CLOSED
  • Independence Day Weekend
    Thursday, July 4 – July 6, CLOSED

Advice for New Grads

Illustration of Graduates

The HSHSL sends its heartfelt congratulations to the graduating class of 2024! As you prepare to take on new challenges, we want to remind you of the support and resources available to you beyond graduation.

  • Journals and Databases: Alumni can access HSHSL’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.
DrugBank 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.

Last Call! Book it Forward Book Drive for Kids

Book it Forward

The HSHSL has been collecting new and gently used books for children and youths since April 1. Our book drive ends on May 31, so there is still time for you to donate to a great cause. We are accepting books for age levels from birth to high school.  All genres and topics are welcomed and will be donated to The Maryland Book Bank.

Donation locations include the HSHSL, Campus Center, Saratoga Building, and BioPark.


Expounding on Nature: A Collaborative Showing of Baltimore Artists

The Second Before by Bridget Ciminio
The Second Before by Bridget Ciminio

The Weise Gallery presents artworks by four Baltimore-based artists: Bridget Cimino, James Eichelberger, Matt Muirhead, and Beth-Ann Wilson. With their distinct viewpoints, each artist invites viewers to engage with nature, fostering a deeper connection to our surroundings. Come and experience an exhibition that celebrates the natural world, as envisioned by these gifted local talents. The show will be on display April 3 – May 17, 2024.

Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, and Faith Steele, MLS, AHIP, collaborated with colleagues to present a poster titled "Teaching Telehealth to Libraries" at the April 2024 Health Literacy Collaborative Summit.

Chavis co-authored "Piloting Reparative Description and Metadata in SNAC via the Indigenous Description Group," featured in Descriptive Notes, a blog of the Society of American Archivists, on April 2, 2024.

Christine Nieman Hislop, MSLIS, co-authored the article "Exploring Freely Available Data Tools to Support Open Data and Open Science" in the April 9, 2024 Journal of Hospital Librarianship.

March 2024 – Volume 18 – Number 2

Embarking on a New Chapter: A Message from Emily Hurst, Dean of HSHSL

Emily Hurst
Emily Hurst, Associate Vice Provost and Dean, HSHSL

Greetings! If we haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting, I’m Emily Hurst, dean of the HSHSL and associate vice provost of UMB. Over the course of my career, I have had opportunities to meet and collaborate with faculty librarians and staff from the HSHSL – and I have learned much from those experiences. Library leaders, like retired long-time dean, M.J. Tooey, helped broaden my understanding of how health sciences libraries can better serve their users – both those within their institutions, and those who live and work in the surrounding communities. Now, I am delighted and honored to be embarking on a new role leading the dynamic HSHSL team.

Since my February 1, 2024 start date, I have had the opportunity to discuss the Library with many students, faculty, and staff, and I look forward to more of these engaging sessions in the months ahead. When I look around the Library and think about the rich history of the building, and the people and projects that came before me, I am excited about my future here. The HSHSL is a hub of activity. I have observed the ebb and flow of library users and building staff enjoying the services, spaces, and collections that make this a high-impact library. I look forward to leading the HSHSL team and leveraging our UMB and community partnerships to improve the Library, to build upon our past accomplishments, and to advance our mission by cultivating transformational learning, research, and community engagement.  

The HSHSL needs your support as we make decisions about the services, programs, and resources you use. In the coming months, I plan to launch more formalized advisory committees that will allow me to incorporate your ideas and needs into a vision for the HSHSL in the next century. For now, you are welcome to submit ideas using this feedback form. No idea is too small or too big. I welcome all of your feedback as I chart the path forward.  

I am excited about many issues impacting health sciences libraries today. I want to create inviting and collaborative spaces for all types of users, while ensuring library staff have safe and well-equipped working environments. I am excited to explore open educational resources and their potential to reduce the cost of textbooks – and to expand support for open access publishing. I believe that, as a premier research institution, UMB deserves access to the type of resources needed to conduct high-quality research. I also believe that those of us in higher education settings have an obligation to work collaboratively and respectfully with our communities, seeking partnerships that will enhance our communities and maximize their benefit.

I look forward to working with senior leadership and everyday users to create the library of the future.

New Library Interface Arrives This Spring

Students looking at a computer screen

The HSHSL, along with the 17 other USMAI library consortium members, will transition to a new library discovery service on May 23, 2024. This system, Alma Primo, will streamline your searches and access to resources in the Library, across the consortium, and on the web. You will be able to manage your loans, requests, and citations – all from the same interface.

We will provide updates as we transition to the new service, particularly on any temporary service changes or suspensions. If you have any further questions, please contact Steven Douglas.

Expanding the UMB Data Catalog: Introducing New Data Sets

Cartoon of woman looking at a computer screen

The HSHSL is debuting the first in a new monthly series highlighting recent submissions to the UMB Data Catalog. The UMB Data Catalog facilitates discovery of data by providing a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers. Sharing a record of your data in the Catalog is also a great way to demonstrate compliance with data sharing policies!

The latest records showcase datasets focusing on the biodiversity of mosquito bacterial communities, the influence of high-performance media on extracellular vesicles, the role of the dorsal bed nucleus of the striatal terminalis in motivated behaviors, and a rapid, cost-effective protocol for single nucleus isolation. Congrats to our UMB researchers on these publications!

Title: An optimized protocol for single nuclei isolation from clinical biopsies for RNA-seq
Authors:  Thomas V. Rousselle, Jennifer M. McDaniels, Amol C. Shetty, Elissa Bardhi, Daniel G. Maluf, Valeria R. Mas

Title: Approaches to Potentiated Neuroprotective Treatment in the Rodent Model of Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Authors: Zara Mehrabian, Yan Guo, Neil R. Miller, Amanda D. Henderson, Steven Roth, Steven L. Bernstein

Title: Culture Condition of Bone Marrow Stromal cells Affects Quantity and Quality of the Extracellular Vesicles
Authors: Amanda L. Scheiber, Cierra A. Clark, Takashi Kaito, Masahiro Iwamoto, Edwin M Horwitz, Yuka Imamura Kawasawa, Satoru Otsuru

Title: Relative contributions of various endogenous and exogenous factors to the mosquito microbiota
Authors:  Haikel N. Bogale, Abdoulaye K. Kone, Matthew V. Cannon, Ogobara K. Doumbo, Kalil Keita, Mahamadou A. Thera, Denka Camara, Christopher V. Plowe, Yaya Barry, Mark Travassos, Moussa Keita, Seth Irish, Drissa Coulibaly, David Serre

Want to see your data listed in the UMB Data Catalog? Submit this form to get the process started.

Questions? Email us at


Book It Forward 2024

Book It Forward

Book It Forward is happening again this year! From April 1 through May 31, book donation containers will be placed throughout campus to collect gently used books for children aged birth through high school. Look for the containers at the HSHSL, the SMC Campus Center, the Biopark, and the Saratoga Building. The books will be donated to the Maryland Book Bank, a Baltimore nonprofit organization committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods.

Last year’s Book it Forward drive collected over 900 books for Baltimore youth!

Questions about the project? Contact

NNLM Region 1: Telehealth Kiosks Podcast Episode

Telehealth Kiosk

Since the onset of Covid, we have all grown accustomed to virtual meetings and remote services. But what if you don’t have a cell phone or a computer at home? What if you are experiencing homelessness and need to attend a job interview?

A recent episode of the NNLM Discovery podcast series, “Telehealth Kiosks”, is about bridging the economic and digital divide. In the episode, Faith Steele, NNLM Region 1 outreach and education librarian, shares an exciting project supported by the NNLM where Delaware libraries are installing telehealth services kiosks across the state. These kiosks provide a private space for anyone who needs access to a secure and reliable internet connection.

A short video about the story is available on the NLM YouTube Channel.

Collab Lab Student Exhibit + Silent Auction

Collab Lab Exhibit

The HSHSL’s current Collab Lab Exhibit showcases student artwork from Mother Mary Lange Catholic School in the Library’s Weise Gallery. This is our second partnership with the West Baltimore school, which serves students in grades Pre-K through 8th. For this latest exhibit of vivid and vibrant collaborative paintings, students worked in groups, focusing on cooperation rather than competition.

Using the circle as a central design element, the students aimed for radial symmetry in the finished works, producing a delightful mix of colors, shapes, and splashes. The project required them to work together as equals and pool ideas. The children learned to appreciate their similarities and differences in a supportive environment.

The HSHSL is holding a silent auction for this engaging student art from February 21 through March 21, 2024. If you see a piece you enjoy, write your email and bid on the bid sheet next to the artwork. Winning bidders will be notified at the close of the exhibit. All proceeds will benefit the Mother Mary Lange School.

Telling Baltimore Stories Through Data

On February 15, the HSHSL hosted an engaging virtual panel discussion to introduce the UMB community to diverse datasets about Baltimore. The event featured valuable insights into data science, analytics, and visualization. Panelists spoke about their projects and reflected on their experience working with data for social justice, offering suggestions to achieve a fair representation of diverse communities in Baltimore, and discussing tools that aided in resolving these challenges. We hope the discussion encourages university-community partnerships and data initiatives that positively impact the city. View the video.


  • Cheryl Knott, assistant director, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute
  • Ryan Little, data editor, The Baltimore Banner
  • James Sadler, director of research, Baltimore’s Promise


Recently Acquired Items in Historical Collections

Historical Collections

Thanks to available HSHSL endowment funds, Historical Collections recently purchased items that present new insights into the University of Maryland (UMB) and Baltimore history. The following highlights some of these items. For any questions or to access the materials contact Tara Wink, Historical Collections librarian.

Pattison vs. Chapman Pamphlets

In April 1823, Dr. Granville Sharp Pattison, former dean (1821-1822) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and General Thomas Caldwalader, brother-in-law of Dr. Nathaniel Chapman, dueled in Delaware. The duel was the culmination of years of public and private arguments between doctors Pattison and Chapman.

The animosity began in 1818, when Dr. Pattison immigrated to Philadelphia from Glasgow, Scotland to accept a position at the University of Pennsylvania – only to find that the position had been filled. Dr. Chapman was the main detractor in the faculty at Pennsylvania. What followed was years of published pamphlets between the doctors. Dr. Chapman accused Dr. Pattison of taking credit for another anatomist’s discoveries, and of carrying on an affair with a married woman that resulted in her divorce. Dr. Pattison accused Dr. Chapman of being a liar, coward, and scoundrel.

Historical Collections recently purchased a collection of these pamphlets dating from 1820 to 1919. The collection includes “Case of Divorce of Andrew Ure, M.D. v. Catharine Ure,” an account of Dr. Pattison’s alleged adultery published by Dr. Chapman; “Correspondence between Mr. Granville Sharpe Pattison, and Dr. N. Chapman;” as well as pamphlets containing directed arguments from Doctors Pattison and Chapman. While the collection provides evidence of an enduring feud between two medical professionals, it also illustrates how – long before the advent of social media – the printed pamphlet was a medium for airing private grievances, conducting public arguments, and attacking one’s adversaries.

W.H. Kunst Lecture Notes

William H. Kunst was born in 1866 in West Virginia. He attended UMSOM during the 1887-88 to 1889-90 academic years. Kunst did not graduate from UMSOM but completed his medical education at Starling Medical College in Columbus, Ohio. He returned to Fairmont, W.Va., where he practiced medicine until his death in 1948. The lecture notes reflect Kunst’s first year at UMSOM from Dr. Louis McLane Tiffany’s course in surgery.

History of the Graduating Class College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, MD 1879

The College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) existed as a competitor of UMSOM from 1872 until the two merged in 1915. Historical Collections continues to collect and tell the story of the P&S. The earliest yearbooks for the P&S begin with the class of 1907. The addition of the History of the Graduating Class College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1879, will serve as a de facto yearbook for that class as it includes photographs and biographical sketches for the doctors 32 years after their graduation.

The P&S Class of 1879 graduated 80 men from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, Texas, and Missouri. Although almost half of the graduates had died by the time this history was published in 1911, all 80 are profiled in the volume, based on research completed by the class secretary, Dr. George H.P. Cole.

The Collegian, 1912

Throughout its history, Baltimore has been the home to several medical schools of varying degrees of reputability. The Maryland Medical College of Baltimore (MMC), founded in 1898, was one such school. MMC graduated its first class in 1899, despite being a three-year program. A 1909 report on the status of medical education in American by Abraham Flexner and Herman Gates Weiskotten, accused MMC of recruiting students who had been dismissed from other medical schools. In 1913, the year the school closed, the American Medical Association gave the school a “C” rating and stated it needed “complete reorganization.”

Located in the 1100 block of West Baltimore Street, MMC was a close neighbor to UMSOM, but the two schools did not merge in 1913. The 1912 Collegian yearbook is perhaps the only one published by the MMC. Records of the school are sparse, and this yearbook is an important piece of Baltimore medical history.


Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Christine Nieman Hislop, MSLIS, presented the lightning talk “NLM Scrubber to De-Identify Clinical Text Data and Facilitate Data Sharing” at the Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries Symposium.

Hislop was also a co-author of “A Problem Shared Is a Community Created: Recommendations for Cross-Institutional Collaborations,” published in The Journal of eScience Librarianship.

December 2023 – Volume 18 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

Welcoming New Leadership

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

I am pleased to welcome Emily Hurst, who will join us in 2024 as the new associate vice provost and dean of the HSHSL. In January 2023, I stepped in as interim AVP and dean. This year was an exciting time for me as I had opportunities to collaborate with new colleagues and partners. I especially value the relationships I developed throughout my tenure. I hope you will join me in welcoming Emily! I look forward to the HSHSL’s building on its current successes and strengths as we advance the vision of new leadership.

Taste: The 2024 HSHSL Calendar

Taste: The 2024 HSHSL Calendar

The HSHSL Calendar is back for 2024! Unlike last year’s Fatal Beauty calendar, the 2024 edition invites you to Taste each month’s botanical in savory or sweet dishes and drinks. The calendar features botanicals, flavors, and spices from around the world. Each month you will learn about the botanicals’ native region, the cuisine in which it is commonly found, and its traditional and modern medicinal uses.

As with past calendars, the botanicals in Taste were selected from three volumes in the HSHSL’s Historical Collections Pharmacy Collection: William Curtis and Sir William Jackson Hooker’s The Botanical Magazine, Franz Eugen Kohler’s Medicinal-Pflanzen…, and William Woodville’s Medicinal Botany. The Pharmacy Historical Collection contains influential pharmacy and medical texts, as well as dispensatories, pharmacopoeias, botanicals, and herbals from around the world dating from the 17th century.

The calendar features content written and provided by Tara Wink, Historical Collections librarian and archivist, with help from summer 2023 Youth Works intern Anisah Allen, and design by Thom Pinho, lead instructional technology specialist.

A limited number of calendars will be for sale on our website for $10 apiece. They make fantastic gifts!

Finals Extended Study Hours

The HSHSL will offer extended study hours December 11 through 14, 2023.

Monday, December 11 6:00 a.m. to Midnight
Tuesday, December 12 6:00 a.m. to Midnight
Wednesday, December 13 6:00 a.m. to Midnight
Thursday, December 14 6:00 a.m. to Midnight


New Physical Therapy Databases

Photo of fiber art

Two new physical therapy databases provided by the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science have been added to the HSHSL’s database list: AccessPhysiotherapy and the F.A. Davis PT Collection.

AccessPhysiotherapy is devoted to the study, instruction, and practice of physical therapy. Updated regularly, this comprehensive online physiotherapy resource integrates leading physical therapy textbooks, procedure and exercise videos, image galleries, self-assessment tools, and a unique cadaver dissection tool.

The F.A. Davis PT Collection on AccessPhysiotherapy brings you a comprehensive online PT resource that covers the entire spectrum of physical therapy. It includes 29 F.A. Davis physical therapy references; a wide range of cases designed to help physical therapy students learn in the context of real patients by applying PT principles to real-life situations; and a library of over 400+ videos from leaders in the PT field designed to teach exercise and rehabilitation techniques, kinetics, and physical therapy interventions.

William and Delores Kinnard

Dr. William J. Kinnard Jr.

Dr. William J. Kinnard Jr., PhD, former dean and professor of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, passed away in February 2023. Dr. Kinnard was a great advocate for the Library. Beginning in 2007, he and his wife Dolores donated funds annually to establish and support the HSHSL’s leisure reading collection. The Kinnards continue their support with a generous gift from the Kinnard Trust to fulfill the pledge to the William and Delores Kinnard Leisure Reading Endowment.

Native American Heritage in Historical Collections

Native American Heritage month in the US occurs every year in November. In recent years, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has made a concentrated effort “to recognize and honor the cultures, heritages and living practices of Native people who have stewarded”* the lands on which we currently work and learn. Uncovering the history of Native American graduates and “firsts” at UMB is complicated. There is no documentation of a first Native American graduate.

Early matriculation books documented the homes of students. In these volumes, entering students could list their home state, country, or region.  Unfortunately, these locations were not standardized; for example, a student could list their home as “Indian Territory,” as it was called in the 19th and early 20th centuries, or list their home as the tribal name, such as “Chickasaw Nation.”  The “Indian Territory” was an ever-changing area of land where Native Americans were forced by the U.S. Government to resettle through Indian removal policies of the 18th and 19th centuries. The territory was in the central part of the country, though most of the land was in the area where Oklahoma is today.

Students could also list a home as being “Indian Territory” in matriculation records and not necessarily be of Native American descent as many non-natives lived and worked in these regions. Essentially, it is hard to identify with certainty the first Native American graduate of UMB. We are relying on imperfect records and self-identification by students who may not have felt secure identifying as Native American because of many prejudices and stereotypes held by 19th and 20th century Americans.

However, it’s not impossible to identify some students who had some Native American decent or worked with indigenous groups following graduation. In looking for the first Native American graduate for this article, I uncovered the following graduates who identified as Native Americans or listed their home as “Indian Territory” in matriculation records. This list is not exhaustive but is meant as a foray into Native American connections to UMB.

  • Alfred Griffith, UMSOM 1866
  • Thomas Pitchlynn Howell, UMSOM 1872
  • Israel Wellington Folsom, Washington University School of Medicine** 1872
  • Samuel H. Moore, Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons** 1888
  • George Ewing Hartshorne, UMSOM 1893
  • Marshall Parker Shobe, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery** 1903

I discovered that most of the graduates listed above were connected to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. The Chickasaw people were the original inhabitants of the lands known today as Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky; whereas the Choctaw people were inhabitants of lands now located in Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama. In the 1830s both nations were removed by the U.S. Government to the “Indian Territory.” Among the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations in the “Indian Territory” were the Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole.

To learn more about any of these men, please contact Tara Wink, Historical Collections Librarian and Archivist.

*Quote from Berthoud, Diane Forbes. National Native American Heritage Month letter to the UMB Community, November 4, 2022.

**The Washington University School of Medicine and Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons were separate and competing Baltimore medical schools. Washington University merged with the Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1878. In 1915, the College of Physicians and Surgeons merged with the University of Maryland. The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery is the founding dental school in the world; in 1924 it merged with UMB’s School of Dentistry. Today Historical Collections collects the records and history of these schools because of their connection to UMB.


NNLM Announces the 2024 Virtual Symposium: A NNLM Showcase

Illustration of a stage

The 2024 NNLM Virtual Symposium, A NNLM Showcase, will be held online Wednesday, January 24 through Friday, January 26, 2024. This symposium will highlight projects and activities that NNLM regions and centers supported to engage with communities. Each of the projects supports the mission of the NNLM, the national initiatives, and/or the NLM Strategic Plan.

Sessions include:

  • Information on grant writing, including designing effective evaluation plans
  • Telehealth services and social innovation through public libraries
  • 2023 LGBTQIA+ Health Education and Advocacy Summit report
  • Panel presentation of funded projects: Health Connect of South Dakota, Moby Bookmobile at Arapaho Indian Health Services, and Mullerian Anomalies
  • Collection equity awards in public libraries
  • Multilingual health information resources
  • Building community partnerships to support awareness and screening for breast and cervical cancer
  • Health outreach and programming with the All of Us Research Program & public libraries
  • Digging in with Data: Experiences from a paid summer internship for BIPOC LIS students

Please save the date! Registration information will be forthcoming.

Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Jessica Bauer, Ivan Freeman, and colleagues presented a poster, “Strategic Alliance: Meeting the Needs of Your Library, University, and Community” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting.

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. Chavis also co-presented ”Culturally Responsive and Community-Driven Description Practices” at the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums in Oklahoma City, OK.

Faith Steele, MLS, and Tony Nguyen, MLIS, presented a poster, “Connecting LIS students with practical experience outside traditional internships,” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting.

Sarah Weirich, MLIS, presented "Updating permission workflows with institutional repository partners" at the NASIG Autumn Virtual Conference.

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

April Wright, MLS, Tiffany N. Chavis, and Faith Steele presented a lightening talk, “Choose Environmental Health and Justice as Your Next Adventure,” at the 88th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress.

Amy Yarnell, MLS, Irmarie Fraticelli-Rodriguez, MSI, and Christine Nieman Hislop, MSLIS, presented the short talk “From BeginnR to PractitionR: Building confidence in coding through an R Community of Practice" at the 2023 Southeast Data Librarian Symposium. 

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