August 2007 – Volume 1 – Number 11

Women in Medicine

M.J. Tooey

When I was a little girl, I wanted to become a doctor. Drs. Ben Casey, James Kildare, and even Marcus Welby inspired me. The term "subdural hematoma" rolled off my tongue. Unfortunately, the times and my family conspired against me and by the time I was in high school it became apparent that women didn’t become physicians.

From August 15 through September 28, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library will host the national exhibition, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians which tells the story of women who persevered in pursuit of their medical passion and made a difference. We are delighted to be hosting this significant exhibit during the 200th anniversary of our School of Medicine. The exhibit is open to the public and we hope that in addition to our campus community, we will be visited by many school groups, Girl Scout troops and others from across the state. If you know of a group that would enjoy a tour, please contact us at We have a cadre of eager tour guides who can lead groups through the exhibit and assist with educational programs.

Please also join us on September 11 in Davidge Hall for one woman play on the life of Elizabeth Blackwell entitled A Lady Alone: Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, First Woman Doctor in America.

Changing the Face of Medicine

Changing the Face of Medicine

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore invites you to discover how women are changing the face of medicine in the United States. A traveling exhibition beginning on August 15, 2007 at the Library tells the remarkable story of how women struggled for the right to study in medical schools and to practice medicine in the U.S. Changing the Face of Medicine begins with Elizabeth Blackwell, who became the first American woman physician in 1849, and ends with women doctors today, who have achieved success in work once considered "unsuitable" for a woman. Among them are Antonia Novello, the first female Surgeon General of the United States, and Lori Arviso Alvord, a Navajo physician who incorporates elements of traditional healing in her practice. Women are now represented in every area of medicine – as researchers, educators, surgeons, family practitioners, specialists, and government medical officials.

Changing the Face of Medicine will be on display in the Library for six weeks. The exhibition was organized by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association with support from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the American Medical Women’s Association.

The Library will host free events open to the public which will include a reception, guest speakers, special tours and a play.

For more information about the schedule of programs for the exhibition call 410.706.8853, e-mail or visit for details.

Drama Comes to UMB – Elizabeth Blackwell: A Lady Alone

Linda Gray Kelly as Elizabeth Blackwell, MD

Imagine a woman trying to break into the medical field back in the 1840’s. Join us at Davidge Hall on Tuesday, September 11 at 4:00 pm to find out how Elizabeth Blackwell overcame great opposition and odds to become America’s first woman doctor. Actress Linda Gray Kelly brings Blackwell to life in A Lady Alone: Elizabeth Blackwell, MD. This one woman show lasts about one hour and is open to the public at no charge. A reception will follow in the exhibit area at the HS/HSL Weise Gallery.

Now Available – Adjunct Faculty Access to HS/HSL Resources!

Effective August 20, adjunct faculty may now use HS/HSL resources with the same level of access as regular faculty. This access includes both on- and off-site login privileges. To adhere to the licensing requirements of our vendors, certain criteria must be met. "We are delighted to be able to extend access to these essential members of the UMB community," says M.J. Tooey, Executive Director of the library. "Library staff members devoted many hours to making this happen. A query to colleagues in academic health sciences libraries across the U.S. resulted in access to best practices which aided us in bringing this service up quickly." For more information about the requirements for adjunct faculty access, visit Adjunct Faculty Access Policy and Procedure.

STAT!REF – New E-Books Available from HS/HSL


HS/HSL is pleased to announce the addition of Stat!Ref to our electronic book collection. Stat!Ref provides 65 searchable e-books available both on- and off-campus. Titles include core texts in clinical medicine, pharmacology, nursing, and dentistry as well as the DSM-IV and access to ACP’s PIER, a highly regarded evidence-based point of care resource.

New Titles – Search Feature Added to Library Catalog


A new feature has been added to catalogusmai that allows users to see what new books and other materials have been added to the collection in the last 7, 14, 30, 60, 90, 120 or 180 days.

From the catalog; click on ‘NEW TITLES’ in the toolbar.


Here you will be able to browse or search by keyword and limit results to items added in the selected time frame. This is a great way to keep up with new books in your field. If you have any questions, just Ask Us!



The UMB Thurgood Marshall Law Library has recently subscribed to Westlaw Patron Access. This resource offers a substantial selection of Westlaw databases to walk-in visitors.

Patron Access includes the state and federal case law databases, state and federal administrative materials, analytical materials such as the American Law Reports and American Jurisprudence, and West’s KeyCite.

If you have extensive legal research needs, please visit the Law Library at 500 West Baltimore Street where Law Librarians are ready to assist.

Celebrating Medical Mysteries

Post Mortem

Post Mortem, a new book by the School of Medicine’s Dr. Philip Mackowiak, is a compilation of the case studies featured in the popular Historical Clinicopathological Conference held in Davidge Hall each year. Each conference considers the medical case of a famous historical figure whose illness or death has eluded diagnosis. More information about the book is available from the American College of Physicians, or by contacting Dr. Mackowiak at 410.605.7199, or

Post Mortem received editorial consultation from HS/HSL’s Historical Librarian Rich Behles. For more information about HS/HSL’s historical collections, contact Rich Behles at 410.706.5048, or

Fall 2007 Workshop Schedule

Each semester the HS/HSL offers a series of hands-on workshops to help UMB faculty, staff, and students improve their searching skills and better manage information. This fall, workshops are held Tuesdays from 10-11 am and Wednesdays from 2-3 pm.

Workshops are free and there is an easy online registration process. For more information, Ask Us!

Upcoming sessions include:

  • CINAHL: Embrace the Change!
  • RefWorks Basics

Please look for a full listing of workshops in the Connective Issues Back to School Supplement due out August 27th.

Library Softball Team: The Informers

The Informers, HS/HSL’s Summer Softball League team, wrapped up play on August 6 with a 10-4 loss to Yellow Fever. It was a season of dizzying highs and even dizzier lows for the librarians’ squad of softballers, but despite their 0-17 record, some impressive individual numbers were posted, and more importantly a good time was had by all.

The Informers

Among the stars were Head of Collection Management Eric Rector, who batted .766 for the year, Bindery Technician Shawn Brown who hit .650 before going down with a knee injury, and Reference Head Tierney Lyons who led the team with a .905 on base average. Executive Director M.J. Tooey led the team in strikeouts. For more on the Informers, visit the Informers Softball Blog.

The Informers would like to thank all the loyal fans who braved the staggering heat and humidity over the last two months to be in attendance and cheer them on. Congratulations also go out to all who participated in the league this year. At press time the league champion was still to be determined, but the Ball Fumblers, Psych-O-Relics, Molinators, and Peristaltic Rush were leading the field. Good luck to all the teams.

The Informers

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