Fall 2007 – Back to School Supplement

Welcome and Welcome Back!

M.J. Tooey

After 21 years at UMB, I tend to think of the start of each new academic year as an opportunity to say "Welcome back," sometimes forgetting that many members of our community are joining us for the first time. Regardless of your status-whether new or old, faculty or staff or student-you are all welcome, both virtually and physically, to the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. Staff at the library strive to provide you with the best resources and services to meet your particular needs. Whether you are a researcher, an educator, a clinician, a student, or just need quality consumer health information to help you with your own health care decisions, we’re here to help because we know quality information underpins everything you do. Welcome!

Measuring Service to Achieve Excellence


The HS/HSL recognizes that we must continue to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and the state of Maryland by providing access to quality health information and services.

The Library recently participated in LibQUAL+ to solicit feedback from our library users. This web-based assessment tool allows respondents to rate the library’s performance in the following areas: library as place, information control, and affect of services.

Comments and rankings from the 2007 survey identified increased access to comprehensive electronic resources as the most desired service among the HS/HSL community. This finding is consistent with results among our peer institutions.

The LibQUAL+ final report is currently being drafted. Data analysis will identify additional services most valued by our users as well as areas for improvement.

The HS/HSL is always working to improve access. For example, a website redesign will debut this spring and we continue to transition our book and journal collections from print to electronic format.

Thank you to all those who participated!

Reference Desk and Public Computers on 2nd Floor of Library


The Reference Desk and public computers are temporarily located on the second floor of the Library in Room 201E, above the Circulation Desk. These computers will return to the first floor upon completion of ongoing renovations.

The Reference staff is always happy to help you with your information and computing needs. Please come up and see us, or contact us at hshsl@umaryland.edu or 410.706.7996.

Announcing the HS/HSL Fall 2007 Workshop Line-up!

Need to find current research, access full-text articles, or format your bibliographies more efficiently? Come to an HS/HSL Workshop. This Fall we’ve got a number of offerings covering a broad range of topics, from general to subject specific, introductory to advanced. Some of the sessions you’ll recognize as old favorites, but we’ve also spiced things up with new choices. As you look through the schedule you’ll notice that many of the sessions will be offered more than once throughout the semester.

Workshops are scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. HS/HSL workshops are offered free of charge to UMB faculty, staff, and students, UMMC staff, and HS/HSL Corporate Members. We appreciate advance registration, but walk-ins are also welcome!

September Workshops:

  • CINAHL: Embrace the Change!
    September 5, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Room LL03)

  • Electronic Journals
    September 12, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Room LL03)

  • Google: Finding Scholarly Information on the Web
    September 11, 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Room LL03)

  • Lexis Nexis
    September 18, 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Room LL03)

  • Locating the Evidence
    September 25, 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Room LL03)

  • Ovid MEDLINE: The Basics
    September 19, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Room LL03)

  • PubMed Basics
    September 4, 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Room LL03)

  • RefWorks Basics
    September 5, 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Room LL05)

Full course descriptions and the Fall Semester Workshop schedule

Copyright – Keeping it Straight for Teaching

It can be difficult to identify the differences between instructional resources which are covered by fair use and those that require permissions and/or fees. Did you know that there are different rules for using materials in the live classroom versus the online classroom? Also, you may be interested to know that government sources can be freely distributed to your students. Check out the following easy-to-use chart created by the Association of Research Libraries. This concise chart lays out guidelines on how different types of materials can be used in specific instruction situations.

Please don’t let the nuances of copyright law deter you from using valuable teaching materials in your classrooms.

For more information and guidance on copyright visit the HS/HSL Copyright Guide or Ask Us!

HS/HSL Web Toolbar

HS/HSL Web Toolbar

The HS/HSL Web Toolbar provides quick and easy access to library resources and services.

With one click, you can connect to databases, journals, the online catalog, and more. The toolbar is easy to install and is available for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Install Now!

On Sale @ HS/HSL

Shop UMB

Stop by the Circulation Desk and check out our selection of UMB merchandise. Items for sale include:

Bicentennial edition of the UMB cookbook






All items sport the UMB logo and make great gifts for any occasion. Proceeds benefit programs and services of the HS/HSL.

Shop UMB

For your convenience, we also currently stock thumb drives, re-writable CD-ROMs, and spill-proof mugs.? Other items, such as network cables, headphones, and dry-erase markers are also available for lending.

Fall Hours

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 ? Tuesday, January 1, 2008

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

Holiday Hours

Monday September 3, 2007 CLOSED
Wednesday November 21, 2007 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday-Friday November 22-23, 2007 CLOSED
Friday December 21, 2007 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Saturday?Tuesday December 22 – 25, 2007 CLOSED
Wednesday?Friday December 26 – 28, 2007 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Saturday-Tuesday December 29 – January 1, 2008 CLOSED

*Building entrance after 8:00pm is limited to current UMB faculty, staff, and students, UMB affiliated members; UMMC, UPI, and VA staff; USMAI faculty, staff and students; JHMI faculty and students. Valid ID required.

Reference & Research Services Librarian: Ryan Harris

HS/HSL’s new Reference Librarian, Ryan Harris, joined our staff in July 2007. Ryan received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from Louisiana State University. Previously he worked at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Library and at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Library.

Ryan is coordinator for the Auto Alert and Mediated Literature Search services, and is in charge of collection development for the Reference section. He offers consultations by appointment, during which he helps students, faculty, and staff develop and save search strategies that meet their specific research needs. Patrons can elect to have customized searches emailed automatically or performed by request.

Please email him at rharris@hshsl.umaryland.edu or call 410.706.1315 if you would like to discuss how he can help support your reference and research requirements.

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