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September 2011 – Volume 5 – Number 8

Economic Downturn Finally Affects HS/HSL

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey
Executive Director

No library director likes to write this type of article.

Here in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library we have been very fortunate during the current recession. The last time we had to eliminate journals and databases due to budget issues was back in 2005. Since then we have been very prudent with our expenditures, and while we haven’t added resources, we’ve pretty much maintained the status quo. This was accomplished by carefully evaluating just what was needed: converting our journal collection to almost all electronic (we are at about 99%), decreasing our book purchases (although increasing e-books), and partnering with other campus units to provide resources such as RefWorks and AccessPharmacy.

The campus, in particular Administration and Finance, and Academic Affairs, has been very generous and supportive by helping us to eliminate a serious structural deficit and covering resource cost overages as they have occurred. However, this year the Library budget is flat, which with subscription cost increases and inflation, amounts to a 7% decrease or about $150,000 in resources. This is a very difficult step to take at a time when our campus is growing in stature and getting ready to launch a new strategic plan that encourages creative thinking and a goal of pre-eminence. But if there is no money, there is no money.

If I can indulge in a little self-reflection, I believe that quality information resources and knowledge systems underpin a great university, whether in the area of research, education, clinical care, or even competitive intelligence. I am comforted by the fact that the Library faculty and staff, who really ARE the Library, continue to find creative and effective ways to bridge the gaps with excellent services and support for your needs.

I invite you to read the following two articles regarding the journal elimination methodology and our plans to get information to you more quickly. Please contact me with your questions, concerns, and ideas regarding the journal cuts. It’s important to hear from you.

Cancellation Project Methodology

The Faculty Librarians at the HS/HSL know how important timely access to scholarly information is to our campus and deeply regret having to cancel journal subscriptions. Budget constraints, however, dictated that we cut around $150,000 from our expenditures this fiscal year. The process to decide which titles to cancel was thoughtful and based on the best evidence we could gather.

The first step was to examine usage metrics. Every time a researcher downloads a full-text article, the publisher makes a record of it. Collection Management Department staff gathered these counts then divided the cost of the journal by the number of full-text uses. This gives a figure we call cost-per-use. (Cost of journal /number of full-text downloads = cost-per-use). Using this information, we compiled a set of journals that had a cost-per-use of over $20 and with fewer than 100 full-text downloads in 2010. The price of the journals that met these criteria equaled around $170,000.

Liaison and Outreach Services Faculty Librarians who represent each school to the Library then examined the list to decide which titles to retain. Some of the criteria they used were the impact factor of the journal and its reputation in the discipline, the number of full-text downloads so far in 2011, and whether other USM institutions had a current subscription to the journal. Our goal during the entire process was to create the least negative impact on the campus while staying within our budgetary limits.

Resource Sharing – Working for You

In these difficult economic times, with cuts to our collections and shrinking budgets, where can you turn to obtain the articles and books you need? The answer is the HS/HSL Resource Sharing Department. We work diligently to find the most cost-effective way to obtain items not in HS/HSL collections. We work with University System of Maryland (USM) libraries to provide articles from their collections free of charge to our faculty, staff and students.

If we need to go outside the USM for an article or book, we look for the best value we can find. We may request these items from other libraries, the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), or directly from the publisher. We recently joined the CCC program which works with publishers to obtain reasonable pricing for articles. By controlling our costs, we can continue to provide free items to students while charging only $8 per item to faculty and staff for books and articles not in the USM system. The $8 fee covers about 1/4 to 1/3 the actual cost of obtaining an article or book.

When we receive a request for an item not owned by the HS/HSL, we process it and send it to a lending library or supplier, usually within 24 hours. Once the request is sent, we have no control over the time it takes for the item to arrive. Items from libraries take from two days to two weeks to arrive but cost less than items from the CCC and publishers, which take only 24 to 48 hours to arrive. The challenge is to get a quick turnaround time at a reasonable cost. We continue to monitor the situation, always looking for the best value.

Coming Soon: When the subscriptions to the 87 cancelled journals end in January, we will be piloting a new program aimed at getting articles from these titles in a fast, cost-effective way.

For more information about Interlibrary Loan, visit our website. If you have questions, please email us.

Publishing Ethics Event


The HS/HSL and Elsevier Publishing invite you to an event on Publishing Ethics. Join us on October 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the SMC Campus Center, Ballroom A & B, as we hear from researchers, publishers, editors, and others with an interest in publishing ethics. Dr. Steve Munger, Professor at the University’s School of Medicine, is a featured speaker. Other speakers include Dr. Ellen Silbergeld, Professor and Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Research, and Mark Seeley, Senior VP and General Counsel at Elsevier. For more information, check out the complete program.

The Publishing Ethics event is part of the Library’s Scholarly Communication Series.

Registration for this free event is required.

Are You Crazy for Harry Potter?

Historical and Special Collections

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

Excitement is building at the HS/HSL as Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine arrives. The exhibit uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s magical world and its roots in Renaissance science. The exhibit will be in the HS/HSL Weise Gallery from September 18 – November 5.

Don’t forget to complete the “Potter Puzzle” as you explore the panels! Answer the questions correctly to be included in gift card drawings during the exhibition and at the final Halloween event.

Join us for these events during the exhibition:

  • Exhibit Opening Reception
    Eat cake, browse the exhibit, and complete the Potter Puzzle
    Monday, September 26, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., HS/HSL Weise Gallery
  • Lecture: The Medicinal Magic of Modern Compounding: Potions Class for the 21st Century
    Richard Dalby, Professor & Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., HS/HSL Distance Ed, Lower Level LL02
  • Halloween with Harry
    Join us for food and the final Potter Puzzle drawing (costumes optional)
    Monday, October 31, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., HS/HSL Weise Gallery

The exhibition is organized by the National Library of Medicine and coordinated by the American Library Association Public Programs Office. For more information, visit the Weise Gallery website or call 410.706.7996.

Workshop Highlight: Workshops in 30

Can’t make one of the Library’s hour-long workshops? Consider attending a Workshop in 30. The HS/HSL offers a series of workshops that cover a topic in 30 minutes. Upcoming Workshops in 30 include:

  • Facebook Privacy in 30: We will explore various Facebook privacy issues and show you ways to change Facebook account settings so you can better control what you share and who is able to see your posts.
  • Medical Apps for Mobile Technology in 30: Want to learn more about medical apps for different devices such as Blackberries, iPhones, and iPads? This workshop will introduce you to a variety of medical apps including Calculate by QxMD and Micromedex Drug Interactions.

Workshops are free for all University of Maryland Faculty, Students, and Staff, and UMMC Staff. For full course descriptions and registration for these and other fall workshops, visit our Workshops web page.

Digital Archive Highlight

College of Medicine of Maryland

The History of the Campus Collection in the UM Digital Archive contains works that highlight the rich history of our schools. Here is the 1807 act passed by the Maryland State Legislature establishing the College of Medicine of Maryland, forerunner of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the first public medical school in the United States.

The Archive contains a wide variety of content – not only items from the distant past but current works as well, such as the latest dissertations. Join us in building the Archive by sending us your content. If you have questions about the Archive, email us.

New Content in the Digital Archive

College of Medicine of Maryland

Dissertations and theses written by students here at the University of Maryland are now being entered into the Digital Archive. The spring 2011 batch was loaded in June 2011. Full-text access is available for most; however, some will only have basic descriptive information due to the fact that the author has chosen to place an embargo on the full-text. These will become available once the embargo period has ended. We want to thank Erin Golembewski, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, who worked with us to make this possible.

Reports from the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children have been entered. We want to thank the director Dr. Diane DePanfilis, School of Social Work for her contribution. These reports are now available via the web with a permanent URL and will be preserved for the future.

From the HS/HSL Historical and Special Collections we have added:

  • The Clinic (1907-1916) – Yearbook of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore (merged with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1915)
  • Hospital Bulletin (1905-1916) – Monthly journal of medicine and surgery edited by a committee of the hospital staff. Published for the alumni and friends of the University of Maryland
  • The Mirror (1901-1989) – Yearbook of the Dental School
  • Old Maryland continued as the University Gazette (1905-1917) – Devoted to the interests of the University of Maryland (Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Pharmacy)
  • P.R.N., continued as the Pledge (1932-1983) – Yearbook of the School of Nursing
  • University Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Bulletin continued as Bulletin Nurses’ Alumnae Association University of Maryland (1921-1980) – School of Nursing

If you have content that you would like to contribute or questions about the Digital Archive, please email us.

Welcome New HS/HSL Staff!

Trina Altman

Trina Altman, MLS, joins us from the University of Kentucky Medical Center Library as a Reference Technician. You can find Trina answering questions at the Reference Desk.
Kristie Thomas

Kristie Thomas joins us from the University of Maryland Law Library to work as a Library Associate in the HS/HSL Administrative Suite.

Abra Schnur

Abra Schnur is a welcome addition to the Circulation Department, where she works on Reserves and the Circulation Desk.
Sarah Hovde

Sarah Hovde is a Reference Technician working at the Reference Desk part time while continuing her studies in Library Science and History at the University of Maryland, College Park.

July/August 2011 – Volume 5 – Number 7

Busy, Busy, Busy…

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey
Executive Director

It’s only August, and I am already tired. We seemingly went from summer to the new academic year overnight. It is delightful to greet old friends and colleagues and to meet new ones. Whether you come to us physically or digitally, welcome! Library faculty and staff have been working on some really interesting things while you were away.

For example:

  • At the request of students we began fall hours earlier – on August 15 rather than after Labor Day. Additionally, we have extended hours throughout the week (see the "Late Night Study" article, also in this issue of CI).
  • The exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine opens in the Weise Gallery on September 18.  Stay tuned for announcements about special events associated with the exhibit.
  • On October 18, the HS/HSL will co-sponsor with Elsevier Publishing a half day event focused on "Publication Ethics" at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. Mark your calendars for this thought-provoking session!
  • The Library Advisory Committee will be reconstituted into separate committees for faculty and students.  We will be looking for ideas and members.
  • As we continue to evolve our teaching and learning spaces, we will begin a major project to re-imagine our teaching labs, and we will need your help.  We want to know how you like to learn.
  • The Presentation Practice Studio is spiffed up and ready for use.  At the end of last academic year we had a pretty regular cadre of students and faculty interested not only in practicing presentations but in recording classes.  Creative use of the Studio is only limited by your imagination.  For more information visit the Studio web page.
  • We are happy to introduce you to a number of new faces throughout the library – look for them in the schools, at the service desks, at the other end of email, and doing outreach.
  • Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Yani Yancey who has spent the last year at HS/HSL as a second-year National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow.  It is always nice to have fresh new perspectives and observations, and Yani has done so much with us and for us over this past year.  Her particular focus has been on outreach, and she has worked tirelessly on a number of projects—most specifically on the curriculum for our three-year health disparities grant.  What a great job she has done, and what a pleasure she has been to work with.  We wish her all the best.

There is a lot more to report. To keep up with all our projects and events, subscribe to our newsletter right on the main library web page, "friend" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or receive our breaking news via RSS feed.

We are ready for everyone, so let the 2011-2012 academic year begin!

Late Night Study Hall in the Library – Open Until 1:00 a.m.!

The HS/HSL is pleased to announce that we are now able to offer a late night study hall in the Library.

What you need to know:

  • Floors 1 and 2 will remain open until 1:00 a.m. as a study hall
  • Floors 3, 4, and 5 will close at 10:00 p.m.
  • Anyone studying on floors 3, 4, and 5 at 10:00 p.m. will be asked to relocate to floors 1 and 2.
  • Only those with a UMB One Card or UMMC ID badge may remain after 10:00 p.m.

The Library’s Circulation Desk will remain open until 10:00 p.m.; after this time we will not be able to provide services such as book checkouts, Microsoft purchases, etc.

Late Night Study Hall Hours
Began Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

HS/HSL Welcomes New Librarians

Andrea Goldstein, MSLIS

Andrea Goldstein

The HS/HSL is pleased to introduce Andrea Goldstein, MSLIS, our new library liaison to the School of Medicine. Andrea received her Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She has been working at the University of Pennsylvania Dental Library for the past two years. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in chemistry and psychology. Prior to becoming a librarian, Andrea worked at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, testing the efficacy of new drug treatments on alcohol dependence.

HS/HSL liaisons work closely with their individual schools, providing instruction as guest lecturers, teaching library workshops, and offering research consultations to faculty, staff, and students. They also participate in orientations, present at conferences, work with faculty on grants, create resource guides, develop the Library’s digital collection, and contribute to UMB outreach activities.

If there is any way Andrea can help you with your teaching, research, or outreach needs, please contact her by email or phone 410.706.8868.

David Midyette

David Midyette

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM/SE/A) welcomes David Midyette, formerly of the University Library, University of South Dakota, as our new Outreach Communications Coordinator.

Prior to serving as Reference Coordinator and Health Sciences Librarian at USD, David was a Corporate Librarian for Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a Library and Information Science Lecturer at San Jose State University. He also has experience as an Adult Services Public Librarian and a Clinical Medical Librarian. In a previous career, David worked as an adjunct professor of anthropology, with a specialty in both biological and cultural anthropology.

We are excited that David will be putting his experience to use furthering the goals of the NN/LM SE/A and working with medical health information professionals and the librarians who support them. David will be taking over exhibit coordination and will be the key coordinator behind marketing and publicizing the services and products of the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM within our region.

RefWorks 2.0 the best of Classic, with a streamlined design


RefWorks has now switched over to version 2.0. Users will notice a new look and feel and several major improvements. These include new navigation buttons and toolbars, lightbox technology to replace pop-up windows and the ability to create subfolders within your folders for better reference management.

This demo highlights all the new features.

If you have any questions, AskUs!

Hogwarts! Quidditch! Dementors! Harry Potter arrives at the HS/HSL

Historical and Special Collections

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

The long anticipated Harry Potter Exhibition arrives at the HS/HSL on September 18, 2011 and will remain on display until November 5, 2011. Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine was co-developed by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association. Exciting events have been planned around the exhibit. We hope you will join us for the opening reception, or at least stop by to find out which school the sorting hat will assign you to.

Visit the gallery webpage for more information.

Digital Archive Highlight

Historical and Special Collections

The Historical Arts Collection in the UM Digital Archive contains works from the Library’s Historical and Special Collections. This dental caricature/cartoon is a watercolor of unknown origin but is believed to be from the 18th century.

The Archive is a service of the Library that collects preserves and distributes via the Web the academic works of the University. It is a place that digitally captures the historical record of the campus. It contains many types of content, including grey literature (materials that cannot be found easily through conventional systems of publication), dissertations and theses, annual reports, oral histories and more.

Join us in building the Archive by sending us your content. Questions about the Archive? Email us at

Fall 2011 Workshops

The HS/HSL will be offering workshops on a broad range of topics throughout the Fall semester. Topics include RefWorks, Facebook Privacy, Medical Apps for Mobile Technology, Grant Proposal Writing, and Communicating with Patients. All workshops are free to UMB faculty, staff, and students and UMMC staff. Visit our Workshops web page for full course descriptions and registration. If you forget to register, walk-ins are welcome!

If you can’t attend one of our regularly scheduled workshops, consider requesting an On Demand Workshop. Library faculty will cover the same material as they would in the workshop but will meet with you based on your schedule. You can request a workshop for just yourself or for a group of your colleagues.

We Are Where You Are

The Health Sciences & Human Services Library uses the following social media outlets to keep you informed about current events, new resources, and other news:

iTunes U
iTunes U

HS/HSL Presentation Studio

Working on a presentation or preparing to teach a class? You might want to reserve the HS/HSL’s state-of-the-art Presentation Studio. The sound-proof Studio is a great place to prepare for any type of presentation.

The Studio allows you to display your presentation on our LCD display and record yourself while you practice. You can then review your performance on the LCD display or save it on your laptop or flash drive. The room can be configured in several different ways including a basic set-up with a podium or a more casual set-up with comfortable chairs for interviewing. The Studio also contains video/audio editing equipment including Adobe Full Productions Suite and Sony Suite.

The Studio is available for reservation:

Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. OR
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To view details about equipment and software or to make a reservation, visit the Studio web page.

May/June 2011 – Volume 5 – Number 6

Why the NLM Regional Medical Library Program is Important

Colette Becker

J. Dale Prince
Acting Executive Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern Atlantic Region

In the twenty-eight years HS/HSL has been home to NN/LM’s Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (RML) we have been a vital force in ensuring health information access for health practitioners and the general public. Through training and funding we work to guarantee that every person in our region who needs quality health information-from peer-reviewed research articles to "low-to-no" literacy materials-has access and the health literacy tools needed to make clinical or personal health decisions.

Our educational efforts, which include 34 themed workshops, short presentations, and exhibits, help our constituency find, evaluate, and access health information. Between 2006 and 2011, we taught more than 600 classes to physicians, nurses, librarians, consumers, etc.; we supported 248 exhibits at national, state, and local shows, including the American College of Cardiology, Native American pow wows, health fairs at public libraries, and street festivals. We reached thousands of people in this manner, teaching them how to find good health information and teaching others how to pass their new skills on to others.

Empowering our partners in the academic, hospital, and community-based worlds to do outreach and provide information where needed, we funded 450 projects in the 2006-2011 period. These projects ran the gamut from $500 to $50,000 and covered such things as training public librarians on consumer health information in Tennessee, training of health practitioners in the use of NLM services, providing a rural EMT service with mobile information technology, and installing computers in a beauty salon that serves as an information hub for its community. Each of these projects served, in some way, to train users on health information or to make health information more readily available.

Recently, a librarian at a national conference told me an RML staff member had changed her life. The courses on consumer health she had taken had a large effect on her work. It is always great to hear good things about the RML program and staff. More importantly, something we did had a real consequence in the life of an actual person. This confirmed that what the RML does is important at the personal level and that the work we do makes a difference.

The Pace of Summer at the HS/HSL

M.J. Tooey

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” ~Russell Baker

There’s something different about summer in the HS/HSL. Back in the old days, there was actually a lull in the life of the campus. Now, summer is just as busy, although in a different way, than the rest of the year.

We use the summer to gear up for the upcoming academic year. Some of our summer projects include:

  • Reconfiguring the building to support new late night library study hours
  • Planning activities for the exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
  • Working on the fall Scholarly Communication Series event.  The fall topic will be "Publication Ethics"
  • Designing a curriculum for our health disparities grant and getting ourselves ready for our 12 students
  • Assessing the condition of the building and furnishings, top to bottom
  • Renewing subscription and resource licenses
  • Evaluating, shifting, and weeding the physical collection

We enjoy the different types of things we do and the more casual, relaxed atmosphere as we plan for the next academic year. We certainly enjoy the air conditioning which keeps some of that “suffering” at bay!

We’re still here to help when you need us. And we hope you have a summer where you can “suffer and like it.” Eat blueberries for the antioxidants. Go out in the sun for 15 minutes daily to get your Vitamin D. Look at lightning bugs twinkling. Take deep breaths. Take a walk, swim, ride a bike, and be well. See you soon.

HS/HSL Receives $11.5 Million, 5-Year Contract to Repeat as Regional Medical Library


We are pleased to announce that the HS/HSL is the recipient of an $11.5 million, five-year contract from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at NIH. This marks the seventh time that the University of Maryland has been chosen to serve as National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (SE/A RML). The SE/A region encompasses 10 southeastern states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands and almost 25% of the US population. Through the contract, the SE/A staff provide funding, exhibits, and training for health information outreach, not only to librarians and health care professionals, but to community-based organizations, emergency responders, faith-based groups and others. In all, there are eight regional medical libraries across the US located at:

  • New England Region: Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Middle Atlantic Region: Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  • Greater Midwest Region: Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MidContinental Region: Spencer E. Eccles Library, University of Utah
  • South Central Region:  Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
  • Pacific Northwest Region: Health Sciences Library, University of Washington
  • Pacific Southwest Region: Louise M. Darling Library, UCLA

"We are delighted and honored that we can continue to fulfill this essential role in NLM’s outreach efforts, as we have done since 1983. We look forward to our ongoing work with our friends and colleagues within the region and across the national network," said M.J. Tooey, Executive Director of the HS/HSL and Principal Investigator for the contract.

SOP and HS/HSL Pilot Access Pharmacy

Access Pharmacy

In support of the Board of Regent’s Policy on Textbook affordability measures, the School of Pharmacy and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library are collaborating to provide McGraw Hill’s Access Pharmacy to the campus for a one year pilot. This collection of over thirty electronic books and other online tools contains such standard texts as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, and Dipiro’s Pharmacotherapy.

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

The faculty and staff of the HS/HSL are excited to be working with the School of Pharmacy to provide this resource and think that you will find it useful.

Join us for a Demonstration of Research in View from Thomson Reuters

Research in View

The HS/HSL will host a demonstration of Research in View, a research analytics product from Thomson Reuters on July 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Research in View allows users to:

  • Take advantage of an information management system that captures data for service, teaching, and research activities for the entire campus
  • Provide all of faculty with a one-stop resource for collecting and reporting on their scholarly activities, including an automated infrastructure to keep profiles up-to-date
  • Search for faculty, and faculty can search for each other
  • Support collaborative activities

For more information, or if you are interested in attending, please contact Steven Douglas

Library’s Becker Elected Chair of Staff Senate

Colette Becker

Colette Becker
Chair of Staff Senate, 2011-2012

Colette Becker, Web Developer for HS/HSL’s Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library office, has been elected Chair of Staff Senate for the 2011-2012 term year. Throughout over 25 years of service at the Baltimore Campus of the University of Maryland, Becker has devoted much time and effort to staff activities. As a member of the Staff Senate since 2001, she has served as webmaster, chair of the Communications Committee, and vice-chair. Colette has also served on the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) since 2003, working in the capacities of chair of the Community Development Committee, editor of the CUSS newsletter, and vice-chair of the Council itself. Congratulations Colette!

On Display in the Gallery – Regina Tumasella

Regina Tumasella

Regina Tumasella is from the Catskill Mountains of New York where she spent most of her time observing the natural world around her. She resides in Baltimore and earned a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1999). Regina’s paintings were featured in the New York Times article “Art by the Rails in Baltimore”.

Regina’s paintings are currently on display in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery June 13 – July 29, 2011.

April 2011 – Volume 5 – Number 5

Digitally Preserving Our Scholarship and History

Patricia Hinegardner - Associate Director, Resources

Guest Columnist
Patricia Hinegardner, MLS, AHIP
Associate Director, Resources

The word “archive” brings to mind images of ancient buildings and fragile books stored in dark rooms. Humidity and temperature controlled rooms in modern facilities now house many of the old works. Print materials require this type of environment, but access to archival collections is often limited. In this day and age of “born digital,” with easy access anywhere, anytime, anyplace, what is the new model for preserving our work?

Librarians have always been concerned with preservation and understand the importance of being able to access the intellectual work of the past. A challenge of today is the enormous amount of information being produced and the concern that it could be lost if the format in which it resides is replaced with the next latest and greatest technical advance. Remember the eight track tape?

The HS/HSL is meeting the challenge with the development of the UMB Digital Archive. The goal of the Archive is to collect, preserve, and distribute via the web the academic works of UMB. We are inviting you to be partners in this new endeavor by providing content.

The UMB Digital Archive will contain grey literature (materials that cannot be found easily through conventional systems of publication) such as research reports, annual reports, newsletters, white papers, poster or meeting presentations, etc. In addition to text files, we are also interested in preserving historical images, oral histories, and promotional materials of the University.

The Library will ensure that content remains exactly the same over time and has a permanent URL.

If you have questions or content to contribute to the UMB Digital Archive, please email us.

UMB Digital Archive – Official Launch May 4th

UMB Digital Archive

The year is 2030. A social worker wants to review the final report of a research project completed in 2003 at UMB. Where can she find it? The answer: The UMB Digital Archive. Moving forward to the year 2107 and the 300th anniversary of UMB, an event planner wants to see publications used for the 200th anniversary. Where can he find them? The answer: The UMB Digital Archive.

The UMB Digital Archive, a service of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, collects, preserves, and distributes the academic works of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. It is a place to digitally record our historical record.

Please join us as we celebrate the official launch of the Archive. A reception and demonstration will be held on May 4th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the HS/HSL’s Gladhill Board Room.

Library Grant Empowers Local High School Students

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library is pleased to announce the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health funded project, Empowering Student Community Advocates to Reduce Health Disparities (Grant #1G08LM011079-01).

By building on the University of Maryland’s relationship with the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy (VTTMAA), a magnet high school in Baltimore City, HS/HSL will teach future health professionals the skills to advocate for better health at the personal, family, and community levels.

The HS/HSL has a long and successful history of collaborating with community members across the state of Maryland to improve health by providing quality health information. We are now expanding our role in improving health with an innovative program designed to help students develop lifelong skills in health advocacy.

The three primary aims of the project are (1) to empower high school students as community health advocates, (2) to promote improved health and reduce health disparities in Baltimore neighborhoods, and (3) to develop a replicable student health advocacy program.

To sustain the impact of this project, HS/HSL program staff will design a model curriculum that can be used by community-academic partnerships nationwide. The project is designed to engage multiple contributors with a diversity of experiences and perspectives to build upon the education the students already receive at VTTMAA.

Dr. Starletta Jackson, Principal of VTTMAA, has given her full support to the project, stating, “We look forward to developing a partnership with the HS/HSL that will benefit the educational goals of our students and provide the students with an opportunity to discover and highlight new areas of awareness as they learn skills that will enable them to become informed health care advocates.”

The Presentation Studio: It’s a Hit!

Presentation Practice Studio

The presentation studio rolled out a month ago, and already it’s a hit, with faculty, staff and students from around the University using the newly designed space and state-of-the-art technology. Ashley Willis, a graduate student in the School of Social Work, recently used the studio to create a video of an interview for her policy class, “It was an easy process, and the staff are so helpful. They were awesome to work with. I plan to use the studio again.” The studio is available by reservation only seven days a week.

Late Night Study in the Library!

Late Night Study

The HS/HSL is pleased to announce that we are now able to offer late night study in the Library during final exams.

You may be asked to show your UMB One Card badge while inside the Library. Only UMB faculty, staff, and students will be allowed to remain after 10:00 p.m. We hope this will promote a better study environment during finals. Any patron without a UMB One Card will be asked to leave at 10:00 p.m., including visitors, corporate and borrowing members, UMMC, UPI and University Specialty Hospital staff, VA residents, USMAI faculty, staff and students, and JHMI faculty and students.

The Library’s Circulation Desk will remain open until midnight. After this time, we will not be able to provide services such as book checkouts or help with photocopying and printing. The hallway leading to the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center will close at 10:00 p.m. Shuttles will be available every half hour beginning at midnight to take you safely to your destination.

Extended Study Hours
Monday, May 2, 2011 – Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

*Saturday extended hours represent a pilot during finals

Ijams Study Room Dedicated

Ijams Study Room Dedicated

On April 14, family and friends of Tracy Ijams gathered at the Library to dedicate Study Room 514 in her memory. Tracy, who worked at the School of Medicine as the MedScope Manager, Office of Medical Education (OME), passed away on August 9, 2009. Dr. David Mallott, Associate Dean for Medical Education, spoke first, followed by M.J. Tooey, Executive Director of the HS/HSL, who said, “Many of us worked closely with Tracy over the years on many projects in the School of Medicine. Most people didn’t know that Tracy was a librarian. We are touched that the OME and her family have honored her memory by dedicating this study room in her name.”

New Complementary and Alternative Medicine Resource from NIH


The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health has unveiled a new online resource specifically designed for easy access to evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The CAM web resource includes reliable information on the safety and efficacy of natural products, dietary supplements, herbs, and probiotics, as well as mind-body practices such as meditation, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.

This resource was developed based on information from a series of NCCAM-sponsored focus groups. The result is a one-stop site with objective information including relevant clinical practice guidelines, safety and effectiveness information, links to systematic reviews, summaries of research studies, scientific literature searches, continuing education opportunities, and patient handouts.

RefWorks Alumni Accounts


Are you graduating this spring? Would you like to keep the citations you saved in your current RefWorks account? You can create a RefWorks Alumni account then transfer all your citations from your current UMB RefWorks account. With the RefWorks alumni account, you will receive any new updates and features that become available in RefWorks, you will have up to 200 MB of space for file attachments, you can share your references with others via RefShare, and you will be able to obtain online training and technical support from RefWorks.

To learn more about the RefWorks Alumni Account and how you can create an account, visit our RefWorks guide. Please contact the Reference Department to obtain the Alumni Group Code.

April 13th Library Scholarly Communication Event a Huge Success

"Issues and Challenges in Faculty Research Evaluation: Creating an Environment for Research Excellence"

Over 40 faculty members came together on April 13 for lunch and a stimulating discussion of the challenges of research evaluation. The keynote speaker, Yvette Seger, Ph.D., from Thomson Reuters Scholarly Communication Group, gave an excellent overview. This was followed by a panel of UMB faculty: Curt Civin, MD, School of Medicine; Barbara Smith, RN, Ph.D, School of Nursing; and Donna Harrington, Ph.D., School of Social Work, who responded to the ideas presented and discussed the specific challenges faced by each of their disciplines.

Following the symposium Debra Berlanstein, MLS, Head of Reference & Research Services, led a library workshop entitled “What’s the Impact?” that covered locating and understanding journal impact factors, Eigenfactors, and the H-index for calculating investigator impact. Everyone agreed that this was a very relevant topic, and the HS/HSL is committed to continuing this series. A video of the event is available on our website.

March 2011 – Volume 5 – Number 4

Collaboration: A Key to Success

Alexa Mayo - Associate Director, Services

Guest Columnist
Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP
Associate Director, Services

Collaboration, whether within the University, throughout the state, across the nation or around the world, is a key component to the success of academic work, research, and clinical care.

Libraries and librarians have had a long-standing role in facilitating collaboration. The Library is one of the few places where faculty, staff and students gather in one physical space. Our services and expertise extend throughout the University, into the community and beyond.

One opportunity for the Library to continue its commitment to advance collaboration was the design of the current Library building – five floors with natural light, a research commons, beautiful open spaces, and 45 study rooms, many enhanced with technology. Recently, we investigated how the Library could further enrich collaborative work with technology and expert support. The result was the design of the Presentation Practice Studio.

Technology-enhanced physical space within the Library encourages group work and is playing a greater role in moving the University beyond its physical boundaries. As we envision a global community, the Library will continue to be a partner in providing the tools and expertise needed for success.

HS/HSL’s Presentation Practice Studio

HS/HSL's Presentation Practice Studio

The HS/HSL is pleased to introduce our new Presentation Practice Studio, located on the second floor of the Library, above the Circulation Desk. The Studio provides faculty, staff, and students with the space and technology resources to practice, record, and develop presentations, and to refine public speaking skills.

We know you will enjoy working in the Studio, with its successful blend of technology and inviting, human-centered design.

Thanks go to the students who completed last year’s library survey on the uses of a collaboration space/studio. The response was very helpful in designing the studio and creating the space to fit your needs.

Questions about the Studio? Contact Us!

Interested in Publication Metrics? Citation Analysis? Research Rankings?


Join us on April 13, 2011, from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., when the HS/HSL hosts “Issues and Challenges in Faculty Research Evaluation: Creating an Environment for Research Excellence” in the SMC Campus Center. The keynote speaker will be Yvette Seger from the Thomson Reuters Scholarly and Scientific Research Group. Her remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with UMB faculty members Curt Civin, MD, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine, Donna Harrington, Ph.D., Director of the Ph.D. Program in the School of Social Work, and Barbara Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing. Topics to be discussed include recognizing research excellence through publication metrics and citation analysis and examining metrics for non-journal publications.

Lunch will be provided for faculty, but an RSVP is required.

HS/HSL Receives $200,000.00 Health Disparities Grant!

HS/HSL staff members were excited to learn that they have received a 3-year, $200,000.00 National Library of Medicine Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities. Their proposal, “Empowering Student Community Advocates to Reduce Health Disparities” has three main aims:

Aim 1: Empower high school students as community health advocates.

Aim 2: Promote improved health and reduce health disparities in Baltimore neighborhoods.

Aim 3: Develop a replicable student health advocacy program.

M.J. Tooey, Principal Investigator for the grant stated, “While doing research to prepare our grant we discovered that some of the most successful projects to reduce health disparities resulted from working with student mentors. We want to develop a cadre of students who will have the skills to be health advocates for their families, their friends, and their communities. Finally, we hope to develop a replicable program and toolkit that can be used across the city, the region, and even the country.”

Wireless Printing Now Available at HS/HSL!

Wireless Printing

If you have a Windows (XP, Vista, or Windows 7) laptop, you can now use wireless printing in the Library. You will need to download and install a software package while you are physically in the Library and connected to the Library’s network (wired or wireless). A printer called “HSHSL 1st Floor HP4515” will be installed on your computer. This Pharos software will appear in your Add/Remove Programs list should you decide to uninstall at a later time. Once the software is installed, you can send print jobs to the first floor printing station directly from your laptop.

We hope this will be a convenient addition to our printing options. A software option for Mac computers will be coming soon.

Welcome Emilie Ludeman, Library Liaison

Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS

Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS

We are pleased to introduce Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS, who, along with Katherine Downton, is a library liaison to the School of Nursing. The Library has such a wonderful working relationship with the School of Nursing that we need two full-time liaisons to provide excellent service to our Nursing faculty, students, and staff. Please feel free to contact either Emilie or Katherine.

Emilie received her Master’s of Science, Library and Information Science degree from Drexel University in 2009. Many of you may already know Emilie; she worked in the Library’s Reference and Research Department for over two years and often provided assistance at the Reference Desk. We’re happy that Emilie has chosen to remain at HS/HSL, and we value the expertise she brings to her new position.

HS/HSL liaisons work closely with their individual schools, providing instruction as guest lecturers, teaching library workshops, and offering research consultations to faculty, staff, and students. They also participate in orientations, present at conferences, work with faculty on grants, create resource guides, develop the Library’s digital collection, and contribute to UMB outreach activities.

If there is any way Emilie can help you with your teaching, information, or outreach needs, please contact her by email or phone 410.706.6852.

10 Great Things You Can Do on the HS/HSL Website

10 Great Things

10. Access the Library from off campus. UMB One Card holders can access most of the Library’s databases and electronic journals using the 14-digit barcode on the back of your ID. Start by selecting a database or searching for a journal.

9. AskUs! Use the AskUs! link on our home page to chat with a Reference librarian or send an email. We will get back to you quickly with assistance.

8. Contact your Library Liaison. Every school has librarians assigned to work with their students and faculty. You can consult with them on your research needs, request instruction for your classes, or get assistance with other research, clinical, or educational questions.

7. Connect to available full text articles from PubMed. By starting your PubMed search from our database list you will be assured of linking out to full text articles. Use the blue linkout button Linkout Button or the FindIt button Findit Button provided. These are not visible if you connect to PubMed through Google!

6. Search our online catalog. You can search for books and a variety of media at the HS/HSL and other University System of Maryland libraries. Connect to our catalog click on choose campus and select USMAI (all campuses) to search across all libraries in the system.

5. Request an Interlibrary Loan. If you need a book or journal article that we don’t have, check out our Interlibrary Loan option.

4. Register for an upcoming Library workshop. We offer a wide variety of workshops open to the UMB community to enhance your skills. Check out our current schedule. If you can’t make the date and time scheduled, you can even request another time!

3. Browse an E-Book. The HS/HSL provides access to hundreds of electronic books, including many of the major medical textbooks. Check out our collection.

2. Sign up for a RefWorks account. RefWorks, the web-based citation manager is free to UMB faculty and students. Our RefWorks guide gives you all the details and links to tutorials and help guides.

1. Download the HS/HSL toolbar. A quick download gives you easy access to link to our resources and services as well as updates from the Library.

April Workshop Highlights: Copyright for Instructors, Google Scholar and Alerts in 30

The Library is offering several workshops during the month of April. Copyright for Instructors addresses copyright issues faced by faculty. Topics covered in the workshop include basics of copyright law, when materials can be freely used for educational purposes, and when you are required to obtain copyright permission.

Want to make better use of applications in Google? Google Scholar and Alerts in 30 will show you when it is best to use Google Scholar for scholarly research and how to set up daily, weekly, or monthly alerts on the latest web or news pages.

Workshop registration is free to all UMB faculty, staff, and students, and UMMC employees. For full course descriptions and registration and to see additional April workshops, visit our Workshop Schedule page.

Late Night Study in the Library!


The HS/HSL is pleased to announce that we are now able to offer late night study in the Library during final exams. We’ve added an extra security guard to patrol the building while another remains at the guard’s desk. You may be asked to show your campus ID badge while inside the Library as we are trying to ensure that only UMB faculty, staff, and students are inside during the late night hours. Visitors will be asked to leave at 10:00 p.m.

The Library’s Circulation Desk will remain open until midnight. After this time, we will not be able to provide services such as book checkouts or help with photocopiers, printing, etc. The hallway leading to the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center will close at 10:00 p.m. Shuttles will be available every half hour beginning at midnight to take you safely to your destination.

Extended Study Hours
Monday, May 2, 2011 – Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

*Saturday extended hours represent a pilot during finals

National Library of Medicine Activates Emergency Access Initiative

From the SEA Currents newsletter:
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.   The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 230 biomedical serial titles and over 65 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. 

The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users.  It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. 
Other relevant resources available from NLM:

Clinicians who need to learn more about assessing and managing radiation emergencies can turn to the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website.

For a general audience, see the MedlinePlus pages on Radiation Emergencies and Radiation Exposure.

For earthquake information for responders and health professionals, see the Earthquakes-Resources for Response and Recovery page.

MedlinePlus has topic pages on Earthquakes and Tsunamis.

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

Opening Doors

Our upcoming exhibit “Opening Doors” was created through a collaborative effort between the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore. The exhibit, which and highlights the achievements of African American academic surgeons, will be on display in the HS/HSL Frieda O. Weise Gallery April 11, 2011 – June 5, 2011.

We are very proud to showcase the accomplishments of two University of Maryland surgeons: Sharon M. Henry, M.D., a professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, trauma surgeon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and Dr. Patricia L. Turner, an accomplished general surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons is an exhibition celebrating the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of younger physicians and surgeons.

Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of these academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today.

Opening Doors is not intended to be an encyclopedic look at African American academic surgeons, but is intended to provide only a glimpse into the contributions that African American academic surgeons have made to medicine and medical education. An online web version of the exhibition is also available from the NLM web site.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Curated by Margaret A. Hutto and Jill L. Newmark.

February 2011 – Volume 5 – Number 3

It’s That Trendy Time of Year!

M.J. Tooey

Those who are regular readers of the Executive Director’s column in Connective Issues know I am a self-described trend geek. I love to read reports and articles that cause me to think in new ways and to find connections between disparate disciplines. For example, about three years ago, I started to read extensively in very different places (Fast Company, newspapers, and even the Smithsonian) about the penetration of mobile devices and wireless communication into all aspects of life – particularly, how this could solve information dissemination problems in developing countries. And at about the same time, articles about the potential impact of e-books and e-book readers started to appear in some small trade publications. Then the Kindle arrived, followed swiftly by all sorts of eReaders, and then the iPad. Mario Armstrong of the Digital Café feature on WYPR reported from the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show that we can expect a rush of new tablet computers from all the major manufacturers.

And, earlier this month, what is arguably my favorite annual trend report came out – The Horizon Report, 2011 Edition. This report, a collaboration between The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, investigates key trends at the intersection of education and technology. I encourage you to take a look at their key trends and technologies to watch and imagine what that might mean in our environment.

  • The key trends focus on the abundance of resources; the ability to work, learn, study wherever and whenever; collaboration; and technologies increasingly existing in “the cloud” with decentralized technology support.
  • The critical challenges focus on digital media literacy, evaluation metrics, economic pressures and new models for education, and keeping pace with rapidly increasing information, software, and devices.
  • The two technologies to watch on the near-term horizon include e-books and mobile devices.

When coupled together with other reports from projects like the Pew Internet and American Life Project, commonalities and directions can be seen that have implications for, and relevance to our university’s strategic plan and library support for teaching and learning, discovery, and service. The concept of skating to where the puck will be is a good one, and following and thinking about trends is a good way for us to navigate the ice ahead.

Hogwarts! Quidditch! Dementors! In the HS/HSL?


The wonderful world of Harry Potter arrives at the HS/HSL from September 18, 2011 through November 5, 2011 as the Library hosts Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. This exhibit, co-developed by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association, has been traveling all around the country. We would like to make the visit here as memorable as possible. Please take a few minutes to give us some suggestions for events by taking this short survey or by dashing off a quick email with your ideas. Unfortunately we are unable to accept an owl post. Hope to hear from you soon!

Late Night Study in the Library!


The HS/HSL is pleased to announce that we are now able to offer late night study in the Library during final exams. We’ve added an extra security guard to patrol the building while another remains at the guard’s desk. You may be asked to show your campus ID badge while inside the Library as we are trying to ensure that only UMB faculty, staff, students, and our affiliates are inside during the late night hours. Visitors will be asked to leave at 10:00 p.m.

The Library’s Circulation Desk will remain open until midnight. After this time, we will not be able to provide services such as book checkouts or help with photocopiers, printing, etc. The hallway leading to the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center will close at 10:00 p.m. Shuttles will be available every half hour to take you safely to your destination.

Extended Study Hours
Monday, May 2, 2011 – Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

*Saturday extended hours represent a pilot during finals

MeSH Database Updated


Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) controlled vocabulary for indexing articles for PubMed. A PubMed search using MeSH can yield more targeted results than a standard keyword search. The NLM recently redesigned the MeSH database with a more streamlined interface that makes searching easier. Updates include a new autocomplete feature and the ability to launch searches directly in PubMed once subject terms are selected. Complete details are available in the January – February 2011 NLM Technical Bulletin.

There are also newly updated tutorials to help you search with MeSH. If you need further assistance, you can always Ask Us!

New RefWorks Guide

RefWorks Guide

The HS/HSL has created a new Guide highlighting RefWorks. This guide will allow you to log in to your RefWorks account, create an account, and learn how to use features like Write-N-Cite and RefShare more effectively. The guide also provides new RefWorks tutorials showing how to export references into your RefWorks account from Ovid and EBSCO databases and Google Scholar. You can access the new guide directly from the Library’s homepage by clicking on the RefWorks link located under the Resources tab.

Library Director Named Pitt Distinguished Alumni

M.J. Tooey, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library

M.J. Tooey, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, has been selected by the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences as the recipient of its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. Pitt School of Information Sciences Dean Ronald L. Larsen, in the letter announcing the award stated, “As one of our most successful and distinguished graduates, we are incredibly excited to honor you and your exceptional professional accomplishments in the field of health sciences librarianship. From your prominent professional appointments, including Medical Library Association President (2005-2006) and Fellow (2009), to your outstanding publications and current research, your impact on the field is tremendous.”

Tooey, a 1982 graduate of the program, will receive the award on Friday, April 1, 2011 during a reception at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.

Workshop Highlight: Cool Tools Week March 22nd – March 24th

From March 22nd through March 24th, the HS/HSL will be offering a special series of workshops highlighting resources and tools you may find useful. Want to get quick and easy access to full-text PDFs from the HS/HSL? Then sign up for the PubGet in 30 workshop. Learn about 20 new technologies in our 20 in 30 workshop. Better organize and manage your citations online with our RefWorks workshop, and learn how to save and retrieve your searches in the Saved Searches in 30 workshop.

Registration is free to all UMB faculty, staff, and students, and UMMC employees. For full course descriptions and registration, visit our Spring 2011 Workshops page.

Reference Department Announces New Service – Consent Form Review for Investigators

Are you an investigator preparing a research protocol submission to the IRB? This new service may be of interest!

HS/HSL librarians serving on the UMB Institutional Review Board have noticed that many research consent forms are written above the recommended reading level for patients and are often confusing and difficult to understand. The Reference Department is now offering a pilot service to review your consent form before it is submitted with your protocol. We will offer suggestions for simplified language and note key sections that need revision or are likely to be confusing for patients. We will return the form to you with these suggestions within three business days. You can submit your consent forms on the HS/HSL website (in the Assistance section).

If you have any questions, please email Debra Berlanstein or phone 410.706.8862.



Interested in learning what grants your peers have received from NIH? These results can be easily found in Novoseek! Novoseek is a free search engine that indexes PubMed abstracts and U.S. Grants for over 75 institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Centers for Disease Control. NovoSeek features convenient filters that separate the results into categories such as signs and symptoms, organisms, chemical substances, and more. Users can identify their peers’ research in a single search. Search by keywords, author, title, journal, subject, and more.

Novoseek includes free full-text to open-access articles. However, it does not link to the HS/HSL, so you will miss full-text articles available via HS/HSL subscriptions.

January 2011 – Volume 5 – Number 2

Welcome to Spring 2011 Semester

Here at HS/HSL we are always looking for ways to improve our service to the campus community. Within the next few weeks, staff will be introducing a fax service at the Circulation Desk. We will also be extending evening hours during study week, May 2nd to May 18th (more details follow below on these two new services), and prompted by a suggestion made by students in the Dental School, we are aiming to extend our Saturday hours. In mid-February look for an announcement about the Library’s new presentation practice studio. This new space will allow any member of the campus community to capture a presentation in a sound proof studio and play back the audio and video.

As staff continues to design new services and make changes to the library, we are eager to hear from all of you. Please feel free to share your ideas!

Welcome, Spring 2011!

Fax Service at the Library


Beginning February 1, 2011, the UMB community can send and receive faxes at the HS/HSL Circulation Desk. The service will be available during the hours the Library is open (up to 20 minutes before closing during regular hours). The first page will cost $1.50 with each additional page costing 50 cents.

Spring 2011 Workshops

Each semester the HS/HSL offers a wide range of workshops to help you make better use of library resources and technology. Workshops are free to all UMB faculty, staff, and students, UMMC staff, and HS/HSL Corporate Members. Topics covered include RefWorks, PubMed, Basic and Advanced Searching for Nursing, and Grant Proposal Writing. This semester the HS/HSL is offering several new workshops including Social Policy, which will address researching statutes and regulations, and PubGet, a tool that allows quick access to full text PDFs from PubMed.

For the full schedule, course descriptions, and registration, please visit our Spring 2011 Workshop Schedule webpage.

Can’t make one of our regularly scheduled workshops? Sign up for an On Demand Workshop. On Demand Workshops are offered to individuals or small groups who cannot make one of our scheduled workshops or would like instruction on a topic that is not part of the regular schedule.

Save Money – Avoid Duplicating the HS/HSL Subscriptions and Paying for Articles

Money Pig!

Before you buy a subscription to a journal for you or your department, always check the HS/HSL Journals list or our Catalog to see a complete list of journals along with coverage dates. A large portion of our budget is used to provide electronic and print access to many journal titles for our users, so always remember to begin your searches from the Library’s Database list. Doing so will allow you to link out to the full text of many articles for free. If you have questions, please contact the Reference Department at 410.706.7996 or through the Ask Us! link.

Correlation Found Between Investment in University Libraries and Grant Awards

Independent International study, funded by Elsevier, finds university library collections and services lead to better research articles and grant proposals

This past summer, Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information announced the results of a new study that “demonstrates the value of the academic library to the institution in improving grant proposal and report writing and in helping researchers attract grant income. Of the eight institutions participating from around the globe, six demonstrated a greater than one-to-one (1:1) return in grant funding, with results ranging from 15.54:1 to 0.64:1. Equally significant is the result that two institutions showed a significant positive correlation between an increase in library investment over time and an increase in grant funding to the university.”

Dr. Carol Tenopir, Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, who led a team of investigators over a 16-month period stated, “our research shows that the collections and services of all university libraries help faculty write better grant proposals and articles and help them do better research.”

The results of the study are listed in the Elsevier Library Connect White Paper, University Investment in the Library: Part II.

Please consider including the HS/HSL when planning and writing your grant. When submitting a grant proposal to a federal agency like the NIH, consider including a request for support from the Library. Services we provide include expert searching of databases like MEDLINE, CINAHL and Web of Science, and assistance with constructing meta-analyses and systematic reviews.

Please contact Alexa Mayo at 410.706.1316, or by email, if you would like more information on including the Library in your grant proposals.

NIH Adds First Images to Database

More than 72,000 clinical photographs illustrate age-related eye disease progression


The National Institutes of Health has expanded a genetic and clinical research database to give researchers access to the first digital study images. The National Eye Institute (NEI), in collaboration with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), has made available more than 72,000 lens photographs and fundus photographs of the back of the eye, collected from the participants of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS).

These images are now accessible to scientists through NCBI’s online database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, known as dbGaP, which archives data from studies that explore the relationship between genetic variations (genotype) and observable traits (phenotype).

Complete information is available from NIH News.

3rd Annual President’s Outreach Council Art Exhibit & Auction


The President’s Outreach Council is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Art Exhibit & Silent Auction. The exhibit will run from Friday, February 4th, through Friday, February 25th, and will feature original artwork from students attending George Washington Elementary School and Southwest Baltimore Charter School.

All artwork will be available for auction, so visit the Weise Gallery inside the HS/HSL during the month of February and bid on your favorite pieces of art. You just might win! All proceeds go to support CLUB UMD, a youth leadership program supported by mentors from among the University of Maryland students, staff and faculty.

Extended Hours in the Library for Spring Finals

We are pleased to announce that the HS/HSL building will be open until 2:00 a.m. during the spring semester final exam period, Monday, May 2, 2011 through Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Library staff will leave at midnight on nights with extended hours; therefore, staff assisted services will not be available after that time. The building will remain secure with front door access restricted to those with campus ID badges and campus security at the front desk and patrolling the building.


Extended Hours
May 2, 2011 – May 18, 2011

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Missing an earring, your umbrella, sunglasses, a thumb drive, etc.? The HS/HSL Circulation Desk may have your lost item. Stop by any time or call 410.706.7995 with a description, and we will be happy to check to see if we have your property.

November 2010 – Volume 5 – Number 1

What do you value?

M.J. Tooey

In the words of the immortal Britney Spears, "Ooops, I did it again." October was National Medical Librarians Month and for yet another year, due to schedules chock full of everything we do, the HS/HSL faculty and staff managed to let the month slip by without any kind of acknowledgement. As I pondered just how busy the month was and how we had missed an opportunity to promote our value to our community, I started to wonder just what you value about the library? We can tell you how valuable we are. For example, in a recent preliminary Return on Investment (ROI) study done here at the HS/HSL we determined that for every dollar spent by the library, approximately $21 are returned. I could write a whole column about this study but will refer you to the white paper where you can see some of the methodology and other data in addition to some other interesting reports.

But more importantly, what do you value?

  • Do you value the virtual library and resources we make available and findable, some so seamlessly you probably don’t even realize we have paid for and licensed them for you?
  • Do you value the collaborative spaces and comfort of our physical library?
  • Do you value the personal touch of the library faculty liaisons that support each of the schools?
  • Or maybe it is service on the campus IRBs?
  • Or do you value the community outreach and cultural engagement through our in-house gallery, our on-the-road exhibits, our focus on health literacy and our collaboration with your efforts when you need us?
  • Do you value our preservation, through our historical and special collections, of the history of this institution?
  • Finally, do you value us just because our core values provide institutional conscience and a moral compass through our support of intellectual freedom; copyright and fair use; advocacy for our users and their right to information; and privacy?

I hope one of these has resonated with you. Maybe there are others. Please let me know, and a belated Happy National Medical Librarians Month to one and all.

NEW access to IMAGES to highlight your lecture or presentation!

SciVerse ScienceDirect now offers a dedicated image search that provides links to over 8,000 images within the source articles so users can easily understand the context. Save time by not having to scan complete articles to find relevant images. This resource can be used to enrich lectures and presentations.

Image searching is available from the Quick, Advanced, and Expert search forms.

  • Locate images to enable better understanding of a particular concept or theory
  • Save time because you can find relevant images fast
  • Find related images easily as well (based on keywords)
  • Enrich presentations and course materials by "speaking" through images

This brief online guide provides image searching instructions for SciVerse ScienceDirect.

The Ebsco Image Collection provides you with instant access to more than 180,000 images relating to people, natural science, places, history, and flags from over 3,300 journals.

You can also focus your search using the Image Quick View Collection types available:

  • Black and White Photographs
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  • Diagrams
  • Illustrations
  • Charts
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The Pubmed Images database allows you to search millions of scientific images from NCBI full text resources, including images from PubMed Central. You can search the Images database with terms or detailed search parameters, such as image height, width, and caption. The complete list of search fields is available from the Images Advanced Search page.

Also, the PubMed Abstract display for PubMed Central® articles is enhanced to include an image strip. The image strip displays thumbnails of the article’s first several images.  The image strip also includes a See all images link to display all the article’s images in the Images databases, as well as a free text link to the article.

Frankenstein Lives at the HS/HSL

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Although Halloween has passed, Frankenstein and his monster are making their way to the Health Sciences & Human Services Library!  Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, a travelling exhibit developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office, will be on display in the Weise Gallery on the main floor of the HS/HSL from November 22, 2010 – January 22, 2011.  During the exhibit, the Library will host an exciting series of events, including a film and a brownbag lunch lecture series by local experts.

The exhibit explores the conception of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus (1818) in the early 19th century, the Frankenstein myth in popular culture and film, and the moral questions that arise as medical student Victor Frankenstein attempts to assume the role of god by creating a new life from human remains.  These ideas are taken a step further through exploration of present-day issues in biomedicine and bioethics.


Frank’s Big Movie Night: Young Frankenstein

Join us for the comedy classic, Young Frankenstein
Thursday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Ballroom 210B
Snacks will be provided.

Brownbag Lecture Series:

Raising the Dead: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the AICD
Philip Mackowiak, MD, MBA
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Chief of the Medical Care Clinical Center, VA Maryland Health Care System
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Davidge Hall

The Real Frankenstein’s Monster: The Creation of Social Alienation in the 19th Century
Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA
Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, University of Maryland School of Social Work
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
HS/HSL 5th Floor, Gladhill Boardroom

From Frankenstein to Face Transplants
Stephen Bartlett, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
HS/HSL 5th Floor, Gladhill Boardroom

For more information about the exhibit visit the National Library of Medicine website and the HS/HSL Weise Gallery website.

The HS/HSL has compiled a guide of resources to accompany the exhibit.

Questions? Contact the HS/HSL Reference Desk at 410.706.7996.

Retrieve full-text articles in PDF directly from PubMed? Yes, from PubGet!


PubGet is a search engine similar to PubMed that provides results in PDF when available from the HS/HSL. While PubMed displays the abstract and provides links to full-text, PubGet users save time with the PDF links provided on the results screen. Users can search by keywords, author, title, journal, subject, and more.

One caveat: PubGet does miss some full-text articles available via HS/HSL subscriptions. Always use the Find It button if you don’t see the PDF you want.

Try out PubGet.

Emergency Preparedness Event November 18

Connections: Emergency Preparedness for Librarians and Emergency Management Personnel

Connections: Emergency Preparedness for Librarians and Emergency Management Personnel, a free program sponsored by a grant from the Regional Medical Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region housed at the HS/HSL, will be held at the SMC Campus Center on Thursday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The conference will feature keynote speaker Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian of Louisiana, who will share her experiences leading the state libraries in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2008. Other speakers include Amy Major from the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, Richard Muth, Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Greta Marlatt and Jodi Stiles, managers of the Homeland Security Digital Library. Also included in the program are Cindy Love from the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center and Robert Rowan, the Associate Vice President, Facilities and Operations at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

During the morning program, library personnel from across the state and emergency management personnel will explore ways of working together to develop continuity of operations plans. The two groups will also have the opportunity to network and learn how to assist each other before, during, and after an unexpected regional or statewide disaster. The morning program will be followed by a continuing education program from the Medical Library Association entitled, “Emergency Preparedness Planning: Ten Steps to Continuity Planning”.

For more information about this event, please visit the conference website.

HS/HSL Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 24, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, November 25-26, 2010 CLOSED
Christmas &
New Years
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 – Sunday, January 2, 2011 CLOSED

Winter hours will begin on Monday, January 3, 2011

Patricia Hinegardner, New Associate Director for Resources

Patricia G. Hinegardner, MLS, AHIP

Patricia G. Hinegardner, MLS, AHIP, has been appointed Associate Director for Resources, Health Sciences & Human Services Library, effective November 1, 2010.

As Associate Director for Resources, she will lead the faculty and staff of the division, launching initiatives involving discovery tools, the next generation catalog, and a digital archive. She has worked at the HS/HSL for over twenty-five years, having served in a variety of roles including expert searcher, coordinator of online services, educator, liaison, and most recently as the web services librarian and project manager for Maryland Health -> Go Local. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has served on or chaired committees in the Medical Library Association, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) and the Maryland Association of Health Sciences Librarians (MAHSL). She has contributed to the profession through meeting presentations, book chapters, and journal articles as well as serving as co-editor of the MAHSL website. She received a master’s in library science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD. She succeeds Beverly Gresehover, who retired as Associate Director for Resources in August 2010.

NIH Class: Correlation of Disease Genes to Phenotypes

The Library is hosting the NIH hands-on virtual bioinformatics class, Correlation of Disease Genes to Phenotypes. This course focuses on the correlation of a disease gene to the phenotype and demonstrates how bioinformatics resources such as literature, expression and structure information can help provide potential functional information for disease genes. Learn how to determine what is known about a disease, the gene(s) associated with it, and its genetic testing.

DATE: December 7, 2010
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TO REGISTER: Contact Alexa Mayo.
Register early.  Class size is limited to 18.

UMCP Students Visit the HS/HSL

Students of LBSC 762 at the University of Maryland College Park's iSchool

Students of LBSC 762 at the University of Maryland College Park’s iSchool traveled to a class at the Library on November 1st and enjoyed dinner, a tour, and the opportunity to meet and chat with a panel of health sciences librarians who have a wide variety of roles and job descriptions. The course in health science librarianship is taught by a team of librarians from the HS/HSL.

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