September 2007 – Volume 1 – Number 12

Hurry Up and Wait

M.J. Tooey

For the last six months library staff spent time planning for renovation, refining collections, shifting resources and furniture, and making sure library users knew where prime quiet study space was located. We were geared up for a June start to construction. However, as with most construction projects, there have been redesigns and delays.

What do we have to show for our delay? Well, we have some primo empty space on the second floor. We’ve been fantasizing about what to do with that space. Indoor Fall Fest? Movie night at the HS/HSL? Bowling? You really get an appreciation for how large the library is when confronted with an empty floor!

On a more positive note we gained additional time to refine our plans and designs for the renovations. We’ve continued to improve and enhance the library space and design the new offices so that they complement our beautiful library. Rest assured we are advocating a construction schedule that is cognizant of the rhythms of the academic year.

Indoor tennis anyone?

Changing the Face of Medicine Exhibit Opener

On September 4, over 75 friends of HS/HSL celebrated the official opening of Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America?s Women Physicians. Hosted by President and Mrs. Ramsay, this festive event focused on the achievements of America’s female physicians and honored four women featured in the exhibit – Drs. Marie Amos Dobyns, Pamela Peeke, Vivian Pinn, and Esther Sternberg.

Dr. Ramsay welcomed everyone and introduced Dr. Pamela Peeke, a nationally known expert on gender-based health and wellness. Dr. Peeke frequently appears on shows such as Discovery Health and The Today Show. She is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine here at the UMB School of Medicine. Dr. Peeke commented on what it meant to her to be part of this exhibit and stated she was honored to be in the company of such outstanding women as Dr. Vivian Pinn, (who unbeknownst to Peeke was in the room). Other honorees were introduced during the event by M.J. Tooey, Executive Director of the HS/HSL.

Learn more about these four outstanding women:

Dr. Marie Amos Dobyns Dr. Pamela Peeke Dr. Vivian Pinn Dr. Esther Sternberg
Dr. Marie Dobyns Dr. Pamela Peeke Dr. Vivian Pinn Dr. Esther Sternberg

Changing the Face of Medicine will be at the HS/HSL until September 28, 2007.

Is There a Place for Social Networking Tools at UMB?

Are you interested in using podcasts, wikis and other social networking tools in your outreach, research, or patient care projects? If so, we?d like to hear from you.

In April 2008 the library will host a campus-wide event focused on the applicability of social networking tools and skills in an academic environment. We are eager to consider the UMB community’s ideas as we develop program content.

Please join us for an informal discussion over lunch.?Come ready to share your thoughts on how this event could benefit you and your UMB colleagues. A tentative target date for the lunch is currently scheduled for late October 2007.

If you are interested in participating in the discussion group, contact Stefanie Warlick at or call her at 410.706.8865.


Net Anatomy

NetAnatomy is an educational tool designed to teach human anatomy to all health professional students. It also functions as a review tool for those who have already studied anatomy but would like to brush-up for board preparations or clinical rotations. From the three main categories (radiographic anatomy, gross anatomy, and cross-sectional anatomy) users can select the following body regions: head & neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, upper limb & lower limb.

The HS/HSL is offering NetAnatomy for a one-year trial period. Let us know what you think using Ask Us!.

Try it out today. NetAnatomy is linked from the HS/HSL Databases list.

Attend Library Workshops and Be Eligible for Prizes!


This semester we are awarding prizes to workshop attendees. To be eligible for these prizes all you have to do is attend a workshop and fill out an entry form.

Prizes include:

  • Library Mug
  • 1 GB USB Drive
  • Library Printing Card with a $10.00 value
  • Grand Prize – Reserved Study Room During Finals Week! Get your own quiet study space. HS/HSL will supply the room as well as coffee and bagels to help you get through your finals.

The library offers a wide range of workshops each semester covering a broad range of topics.

Upcoming Workshops include:

  • Lexis Nexis, Tuesday September 18th, 10:00 am-11:00 am
  • OVID Medline, Wednesday September 19th, 2:00 pm-3:00pm
  • Locating the Evidence, Tuesday September 25th, 10:00 am-11:00 am
  • PubMed Advanced, Tuesday October 2nd, 10:00 am-11:00 am
  • RefWorks Basics, Wednesday October 3rd, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Register now!

Lexi-Comp Online Available for UMB!

Lexi-Comp Online

On October 1, 2007, thanks to a joint project between the UMB School of Pharmacy and the HS/HSL, Lexi-Comp Online will be available to all UMB students, faculty, and staff. Lexi-Comp is a drug information database that provides ready access to drug summaries and identification indexes, drug interaction information, and tools to help you create multilingual patient care leaflets.

Whether your subject area is Pharmacy, Cardiology, Dentistry, Mental Health, Nursing, or Oncology, Lexi-Comp Online can help answer your drug information questions. It?s easy to use and the concise drug information makes it an ideal resource for clinical and research settings.

Lexi-Comp Online is available from the HS/HSL Databases list. For more information and assistance with Lexi-Comp, attend the free HS/HSL Workshop – "Finding Drug Information" on October 30 from 10:00 am to 11:00 a.m. in Room LL05.



You can enhance your course by integrating library resources and services with your Blackboard page. Links to websites, online journals, digital articles and electronic databases can easily be added to Blackboard. Adding links to the HS/HSL home page also allows students quick access to information resources and librarian assistance when research questions arise.

Scriver’s Online Metabolic & Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease


HS/HSL now offers access to the online version of this important textbook of genetics and genetic disorders from the e-books link on our homepage. OMMBID is completely searchable and interactive. Users can move about seamlessly with links to charts, tables, and references, as well as PubMed and OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man) entries.

This resource is updated quarterly with new chapters and references and also includes quarterly lectures from leading scholars on current topics of interest.

OMMBID features include:

  • Easy navigation for quick answers with scrolling menus and cross-referenced content
  • Full color figures and 3D representations
  • Linking to OMIM and PubMed and as well as a separate search box for each
  • Print PDFs of each chapter or individual pages

HS/HSL Reference Department

HS/HSL Reference Department

The Reference staff aims to help all patrons access library materials, navigate databases, complete research, and stay apprised of newly acquired resources. We?re also happy to assist students and faculty alike in the use of hardware, and software programs like Adobe Photoshop, Omni Page Pro, and Microsoft Office applications. Whatever your question, we seek to provide you with the best possible service. Please come see us in person, or contact us by phone or email. The Reference Desk is temporarily located on the second floor.

Phone: 410.706.7996
AskUs! via email and Virtual Chat

Reference Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am ? 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am ? 6 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am ? 5pm
Sunday: 11:00 am ? 8:00 pm

HS/HSL Historical Highlights: The Lady with the Lamp

Connective Issues is proud to include a new series focusing on some of the unique materials available for viewing in the Historical Collections department, located on the fifth floor of the HS/HSL. For more information, contact Rich Behles, the library’s Historical Librarian and author of our series, at 410.706.5048 or

The Lady With The Lamp

On a sunny morning in March 1854, the English navy set sail for the Black Sea. In an unprecedented alliance, it set off to join forces for the first time with Britain’s perennial enemy, France, against a Russia intent on destroying a world at peace. As the War in Crimea escalated and the tide of battle wreaked its vengeance on the allied soldiers, the military hospital at Scutari in the Bosporus region of Turkey rapidly filled with the sick, wounded, and dying, sent there to suffer under deplorable conditions. France dispatched her Sisters of Mercy to lend their nursing skills, and a young woman born in Florence to English parents organized and led the British delegation of thirty-eight nurses.

Florence Nightingale and her team arrived at Scutari on November 5, 1854, and immediately set to work improving the soldiers’ conditions. Dubbed "the lady with the lamp," Miss Nightingale introduced a new, tender solace into the fetid squalor of the hospital. At the same time, she aggressively reformed inefficient antiquated nursing methods into a practicable canon that elevated clinical care to a new standard. Out of this experience, and drawing on her observations of the many hospitals across Europe, Florence Nightingale singlehandedly authored the modern nursing profession.

Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, Notes on Hospitals, and Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hospital Administration of the British Army are among the holdings of our Nursing Historical Collection.? Also of particular interest on our shelf is a set of notes handwritten by Florence during her later years at Lea Hurst, the Nightingale family residence in Derbyshire, England. Although given over to a life of confinement, she unceasingly maintained her religious devotion and continued to serve humankind through her writing.

Thanks to her prolific output during those later years, our Nursing Historical Collection enjoys some of Florence Nightingale’s most illuminating insights, still teaching and still serving after so many years.

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