September 2016 – Volume 10 – Number 4

Chchchchanges! (With apologies to David Bowie)

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

Welcome and welcome back! For our returning friends, we are delighted to see you again. And for those new to the HS/HSL, it is nice to meet you. The HS/HSL is a vibrant, beautiful place, with library team members committed to your success in the classroom, in the lab, and in the clinic. Whether you are having a consultation with your school liaison, studying, or taking a nap on the couches (no snoring or drooling, please), we are happy to see you.

There’s always something happening in the HS/HSL – virtually and physically – so make sure you are connected either through this newsletter, The Elm, our newsfeed, Twitter or Facebook. There’s more detailed information throughout this issue, but here are some updates:

  1. When accessing HS/HSL resources off-campus, look for the login button in the upper right corner of the HS/HSL page. Login once for access to our resources.
  2. The next exhibit in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery is Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, which runs from Sept. 26 through Nov. 5, 2016.
  3. The Library Genie returns in October. Our annual poll of your wishes for the Library has led to some improvements you’ll be seeing over the course of this year: new chairs, new water fountains, and an all-gender restroom.
  4. On the 4th floor, you may notice some gaps on the shelves. Over 2500 volumes were removed over the summer because we now have access to online digital backfiles.
  5. Speaking of the 4th floor, the study space in the tower will be converted to support the Informatics Innovation Incubator (I3) program. The I3 initiative will bring new tenants with programming and informatics skills into the building. We are looking forward to potential partnerships. The study carrels will be moved to other areas in the building.
  6. Finally, if you haven’t stopped into the Innovation Space (or iSpace as we fondly refer to it), please do. In addition to 3D printing and button makers, we’ve added a poster printing service.
  7. Over the next year, the NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K) will be hosting a series of one-hour seminars on emerging issues and challenges in managing data, taught by leaders in the field. Here’s the current schedule and more information on the series: The sessions are held on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. and can be watched from your desktop. All sessions will be archived.

As I said, there is always something happening here at the HS/HSL. Let us know how we can help. Make sure you are connected to us in some way. We wouldn’t want you to miss anything. Have a great year!

Tips for Students


As the fall semester begins, the HS/HSL has some tips to help you out!

  • Want a quiet place to study? You can reserve select study rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Don’t worry if you forget to make a reservation: there are plenty of other study rooms and quiet spaces to study throughout the library.
  • Need help with a class assignment or research? Consider requesting a consultation with your school librarian.
  • Forgot your charger at home? Come use the charging station on the Library’s 1st floor. It includes chargers for multiple devices.
  • Need help while you’re at the Library? Come to the Information Services Desk on the 1st floor. Our staff can help you locate items, scan documents, search databases, and more! Or visit our Ask Us! page, where you can search a knowledge base of answers or chat with a staff member.
  • Love to study early in the morning or late at night? The HS/HSL is open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday for early study hours. You must enter the Library via the SMC Campus Center and show your UMB One Card. We also stay open until 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Click here for full library hours.

Poster Printing at the HS/HSL

Poster Printing Services Now Available

The HS/HSL recently launched a new poster printing service for all UMB faculty, staff and students, as well as staff at the UMMC.

  • Posters are printed on glossy photo paper and can be printed up to 42″ x 60″ in size.
  • Posters are printed within 1-2 business days, but usually take less time to complete.
  • The cost is $50 per poster.
  • All poster files should be submitted as a PDF.

For further information about poster printing click here. Want tips on designing and printing your poster? Click here.

Success Stories from the HS/HSL Innovation Space

The HS/HSL Innovation Space

The HS/HSL Innovation Space, which opened in April 2015, is one of the first pioneering makerspaces created at an academic health sciences library to support health sciences education and research. The goal of the Innovation Space is to promote and facilitate innovative and collaborative hands-on learning, teaching, and research activities centered around new maker technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning.

Almost a year and a half later, we are happy to report that all of those activities are now taking place. We see UMB graduate students and researchers create custom lab equipment, such as 3D-printed scaffolds for bone tissue engineering and chronic restraint stress tubes and stoppers for mice. Teaching faculty 3D-printed anatomical models, including a pelvis, skull, dentures, and stackable models from CT scan data, to improve students’ learning process.

Students are often seen designing and 3D-printing custom medical devices ranging from a prosthetic hand to a finger splint. Prototyping activities, such as designing a custom well plate or a 3D model for the prosthetic nose, are happening at the HS/HSL Innovation Space. Clinicians created a model of a wound, which they used not only to guide the surgery process but also to cover and protect the wound until the surgery was performed. The HS/HSL Innovation Space also provides invaluable support and resources for coursework on campus. UMB students enrolled in the DPTE 528 course visited the Innovation Space and took a workshop about the application of 3D printing and 3D scanning to physical therapy. Additionally, Imaging Informatics Fellows of the UMMC Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine used the Innovation Space to complete an assignment.

Since its opening, more than 120 reservations have been made for the use of the HS/HSL Innovation Space. More than ninety 3D models were successfully printed, and over 200 faculty, students, and staff have taken the workshops on 3D printing and 3D modeling. Through the Innovation Space, the HS/HSL also provides educational outreach events for youth, as shown in visits by the UMB CURE Scholars Program and the BCCC Refugee Youth Project this summer. We are excited to see the interest and excitement around the HS/HSL Innovation Space as it grows. If you would like to stay informed of the activities at the HS/HSL Innovation Space, please subscribe to our Innovation Space newsletter.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Discovery Workshops

NCBI Discovery Workshops

The HS/HSL will be hosting a series of training sessions conducted by Dr. Peter Cooper and Dr. Wayne Matten of NCBI. The sessions will be live-cast in the HS/HSL’s Distance Education Room on the Library’s Lower Level.

Registration is now open for 25 spots per session. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Click here for an overview of the workshops.

Library Genie Grants Wishes

What are your 3 Library Wishes?

Last October, the Library Genie visited for a second time. He asked for your 3 library wishes, and you responded. A year later, we can happily say that 3 of your library wishes have been granted (with more to come):

  1. You asked for a charging station for your electronic devices. HS/HSL now has a charging station with 8 lockers to securely charge your phone or tablet.
  2. You asked for an off-campus log-in button. There is now a big blue log-in button on the HS/HSL’s homepage so that you can authenticate before starting your work.
  3. You asked for more comfy chairs and rolling white boards. More rolling white boards have been placed on each floor, and soon to arrive are 20 high-back comfort armchairs that can be wheeled around the 1st and 2nd floors for you to relax in.

The Library Genie will be accepting wishes from October 1 to 31. Look for our online form October 1.

  • What could the Library offer on the 1st floor that would enhance your learning experience?
  • Are there any new technologies you would like to see the Library offer?
  • What about other resources and services the Library could provide?

Library Presents Theodore E. Woodward Award

The Library presented its Theodore E. Woodward Award to Larry Pitrof, Executive Director of the Medical Alumni Association

Left to right: M.J. Tooey, Larry Pitrof, Rich Behles

At a luncheon held on August 9, the Library presented its Theodore E. Woodward Award to Larry Pitrof, Executive Director of the Medical Alumni Association. Established in 1995, the award acknowledges a significant contribution of resources or exemplary service in support of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s mission.

In the name of the Medical Alumni Association, Larry has directed substantial funds to the Library for a variety of projects. These include the restoration of our large Eugene Cordell oil portrait, as well as professional conservation treatment of the photograph of the University of Maryland’s World War I Base Hospital 42 Unit. In technology projects, Larry’s support has been equally noteworthy, as he also financed the digitization of our 19th Century School of Medicine theses, and of the books in our Crawford Historical Collection.

Most recently, Larry has spearheaded the emergence of UMB’s Council for the History of Health Sciences. From the very beginning of its planning, Larry has advocated that the Library is the most fitting and competent agency on campus to occupy the forefront of the program.

Larry’s efforts truly personify the spirit of the Woodward Award, and we are honored to acknowledge him as an outstanding, supportive colleague.

Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives

Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives

The exhibit will be on display in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery from September 26, 2016 – November 5, 2016.

Group of protesters holding protest signs

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. During the late 20th century, nurses took up the call. With passion and persistence, they worked to reform a medical profession that largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. This exhibit conveys their story.

The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition with support from the Office of Research on Women’s Health.

Copyright Fees and ILL

Journal articles and books not available in the HS/HSL collections can be requested by the UMB community through the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL). By participating in national and regional networks, and local consortia, the HS/HSL can fill many article and book requests at no charge. Sometimes it is necessary to purchase an item and pay a copyright fee.

Why a copyright fee? The HS/HSL adheres to the Copyright Act of 1976 and the guidelines established by the Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted works (CONTU), which established that libraries should pay publishers fees if more than 5 ILL requests are filled from within 5 years from a specific journal. Once the 6th article is requested, the library should pay copyright owners, usually a publisher, a royalty fee. These fees can range from $24 to over $100 per item.

In FY 2016, the HS/HSL delivered 8,517 items to UMB faculty, staff, and students through the ILL Service. Of those, 7,218 (85%) were delivered at no charge and 1,299 (15%) required a copyright fee. In the past, the HS/HSL absorbed the total cost of the ILL Service, but with a flat budget for many years, this is no longer possible. UMB Deans have agreed to support the Interlibrary Loan Service by paying the copyright fees.

Tooey Delivers Prestigious Doe Lecture

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, delivered the keynote Janet Doe Lecture

Photo credit: Chase Masters, Enabling Technologies Informationist of the University of Michigan Library

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, delivered the keynote Janet Doe Lecture titled “We Can be Heroes: MLA’s Leadership Journey(s)” at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) on May 16 in Toronto. The annual lecture honors Janet Doe, a past president of the association, and is given by MLA members who have made significant contributions to the organization in areas such as scholarship, leadership, and teaching and training.

Staff News

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, has been selected as a mentor for the National Library of Medicine/Association of Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. Tooey will partner with her Fellow, Elizabeth Ketterman of ECU, for this year-long program, which is structured to model and build health sciences library leadership capacity through webinars, site visits, and learning experiences. Tooey is one of five experienced directors selected as mentors for the 2016-2017 class.

Posters and Presentations

Bohyun Kim, MA, MSLIS, presented “IT Budgeting with Scarcity” and “Nuts and Bolts of Supervision” at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in June in Orlando and served as a panelist for the online ALA Annual Tech Wrap-up following the conference.

She presented “Building a Makerspace: Where to Start” in June for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeast/Atlantic Region (SE/A) webinar series, Beyond the SEA.

Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP, Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP, and Everly Brown, MLIS presented posters in May at the MLA annual meeting in Toronto.

M.J. Tooey, presented a poster at the Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources (AAMC/GIR) in June in Toronto.

Kimberly F. Yang, JD, MLS, and Katherine Downton, MSLIS, AHIP shared authorship on posters presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) annual meeting in May in Washington DC.

New Staff

Kathleen Hand, BS, joined the HS/HSL as a Library Specialist in August. She comes to us from UMBC where she was a Library Services Technician working in hard copy reserves. As a Library Specialist, she will contribute to reference, circulation, course reserves, and special projects.

Empty Shelves!

If you’ve been to the Library’s 4th floor recently, you may have noticed some gaps within the neat rows of print journals. The journals that were removed are all available online through digital backfiles. You can access them through the HS/HSL’s A-Z list of journals from your desktop or mobile device. Removing print titles that are also available electronically frees up space to provide additional study areas and allows opportunities for more creative uses of the building. We are continuing to review the journal collection and will keep you informed of changes.

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