September 2017 – Volume 11 – Number 4

Welcome and Welcome Back!

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey Executive Director

The team at the HS/HSL teases me that every fall I use the phrase “welcome and welcome back” as a key element in my Executive Director’s message. But I can’t think of a phrase that better captures the essence of how I feel every fall as academic year begins. So nice to see old friends and meet new ones.

Every year, I use this issue to focus on some of the new things we will be doing this year in addition to the many things we are already doing. So pay attention! You can read more about some of these activities in the Connective Issues articles that follow.

  • In October, we will be introducing an online Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toolkit to link future entrepreneurs and innovators to resources at UMB and beyond that will help them become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Cher Wang. Remember how the HS/HSL helped you on the road to becoming an entrepreneur and billionaire. You might want to make a big donations somewhere. Name a building someone?
  • We are launching a great speaker series called Meet the Makers to introduce our community to scientists and people who are pushing the edge in the “maker” community.
  • This coming spring, look for a number of symposia and special events, such as a Maker Expo and a Changing Face of Research Symposium. Not to forget the HS/HSL building’s 20th anniversary celebration.
  • And while we are on the topic of the building, we will be working on reconceiving our main floor and will be seeking your input on layouts, furniture, etc.
  • We will be launching a high-performance computing work station as a new service, along with some virtual reality programming.
  • We will be having some outstanding exhibits in our Weise Gallery, including one called “Healing Masks” that features an exhibit of masks made by soldiers and others to help them cope with PTSD.

I could go on and on, because this is going to be one busy year. Stay tuned through Connective Issues and other campus publications as we move through the year.

Welcome and welcome back!

Canvas Poster Printing Coming September 25

You ask, and we provide. Beginning next week, the Library’s Poster Printing service will offer a canvas printing option for fabric posters that have the same great resolution and quality you’ve come to expect in our glossy paper prints. Canvas is a great option if you need a poster you can fold up in a suitcase, or if you want a more durable poster that can stand up to multiple exhibits and frequent moving and packing.

Compared to our paper option, the lightweight canvas material has a slightly higher brightness rating, a non-shiny matte finish, and very subtle canvas texture. Samples are available for viewing in the first-floor display case at the HS/HSL.

The canvas printing option will be available on the print request form on September 25, at a cost of $60 per poster. Please see our poster printing guide for details, suggestions, and the submission form. The Library will also provide rigid cardboard carrying tubes upon request.

The Library Genie is Returning Oct. 1

The Library Genie is coming back! Last year he asked for your 3 library wishes, and you responded. We can happily say that 3 library wishes were granted.

  1. You asked for updated water bottle filling stations. We installed 6 new stations, one on each floor of the Library.
  2. You asked for a charging station for your devices. The bright red charging station is now located on the first floor and is in constant use.
  3. You asked for more comfortable furniture. We purchased 20 new comfy chairs that can be wheeled around to your favorite spot.
  4. Bonus Wish! You’ve asked for a gender neutral restroom for the past two years. We are happy to report that this project is moving along and will be on the first floor near the other restrooms.

The Library Genie will be accepting wishes from October 1 to 31.

  • How would you like to see the Library’s space designed so that it meets your needs?
  • What about resources and services the Library could provide?
  • How could the Library better assist you with your research, education, or clinical needs?
  • Are there any new technologies you would like the Library to offer?

Meet Your Librarian

Each school has a dedicated Research, Education and Outreach librarian, which ensures the best possible service for faculty, staff, and students.

What can your liaison librarian do?

  • Consult with you to assist with literature searching and research
  • Collaborate on comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews
  • Teach citation management using RefWorks, EndNote, and other systems
  • Gather data to measure your individual, group, or departmental research impact
  • …and much more! Visit the Research Connection page to see all the ways your librarian can help.

Who is my liaison librarian?

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS
Andrea Shipper, MSLIS
Emilie Ludeman, MSLIS
Emily Gorman, MLIS, AHIP
Social Work
Gail Betz, MSLIS

Meet the Makers: HS/HSL Speaker Series

Warren L. Grayson, PhD

Warren L. Grayson, PhD (Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering)

We kicked off Meet the Makers, an HS/HSL speaker series focused on emerging technology in the life sciences on Thursday, September 21st.

There was a great turnout for our first guest speaker, Warren L. Grayson, PhD (Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering). Dr. Grayson’s talk, “Regeneration of Vascularized Skeletal Muscle,” discussed his tissue engineering work that combines biodegradable 3D printed models and stem cells for craniofacial and orthopaedic applications. Learn more about his work from Dr. Grayson’s TEDxBaltimore talk, “Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine.”

Please join us for the next event in our series. UMB’s Dr. Sarah Murthi, MD will give a presentation, “Augmented Reality in the Operating Room.” The event is October 17 at noon in the HSHSL’s 5th floor Gladhill Boardroom.

Tips for Students

With the fall semester in full swing, the HS/HSL would like to share some tips to help you get the most out of your time at UMB!

  • Need to study with a group, or just want to have a space to shut out distractions? You can reserve certain study rooms throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors. No reservations needed for the rest of the library study spaces!
  • Want to learn a new skill, or need a refresher on a resource you haven’t used in a while? Attend one of our free workshops on topics ranging from literature searching in PubMed to 3D printing to citation management using RefWorks. For more in-depth research help, you can request a consultation with your school’s librarian.
  • Need help? Our Information Services staff are here for you! Visit in person at the desk on the first floor, call 410-706-7995, or use the online chat to get assistance with searching databases, locating items, scanning documents, and more. Go to the Ask Us! page to use the online chat or view answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Forgot your charger and your electronic device is about to die? Use our first floor charging station, located near the restrooms. These secure lockers contain cords compatible with various devices.
  • Don’t want to lug a laptop around all day? Make use of the desktop computers available throughout all floors of the library. All you need to log in is the barcode from the back of your UMB OneCard!

Whiteboard Project Wins Votes

The HS/HSL, taking inspiration from the University of Central Arkansas’ 2017 article in College & Research Library News (vol. 78, no. 5), started a whiteboard project as a way to engage and communicate with our students in particular. We started off in the summer with light and fun questions, such as, “Who will win the NBA Championship? Cavaliers or Warriors?” This garnered a surprising number of votes during our “slow” period, so we kept going even though we actually do not yet have a whiteboard to use. A paper pad is working just fine!

Other questions we have tried out have been just as fun, some more successful than others.

OLD BAY – Just for Crabs?
Toilet Paper – Over or Under?
Which OS Does Your Phone Use?
Which Series Has the Best TV/Film Adaptation?

We are now beginning to mix in more “serious” questions. For example, our latest question about which of our chairs students prefer had an overwhelming response to their favorite. We plan to continue the project to see if we can collect more meaningful information to guide our choices in creating a successful library experience for our students.

Francine Brady Gallery Exhibit

Francine Brady on display through the end of September in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery

Francine Brady’s work is brightening up the walls of the gallery. Her vibrant art collections, such as “Other Worlds”, “Nike”, “Fauna”, “Primal Landscapes” and “Other Drawings,” contain a variety of distinctive imagery, both narrative and symbolic.

Brady highlights nature throughout her collection, in which fish and birds appear frequently, along with a sun or two. Many of the pieces in her Nike collection, inspired by Nike of Samothrace, capture the attention with commanding colors, mysterious themes, and wide range of emotional imagery.

During her recent exhibit opening at the Library, Francine Brady announced that all proceeds from the sale of her work would go to support Yumi CARES Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting art therapy for pediatric patients in Maryland area hospitals.

Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz
Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz
Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz
Photo Credit: Rick Lippenholz

Scan With Ease

The new KIC Click scanner on the HS/HSL’s first floor is a high-speed touchscreen scanner that allows you to quickly scan books, chapters, and other documents. You can then save your PDF to a USB thumb drive or to your cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Box). The KIC’s user-friendly touchscreen allows you to crop your scanned images and to modify their contrast, color, and resolution. Let us know how you like it!

Staff News

Staff News

Colette Beaulieu was elected a member at large for the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) for 2017-2018.

María M. Pinkas, MLS, received special recognition for her work with the online learning and webinar programs of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) in June 2017 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP was a co-author for the paper “Measuring Mental Wellbeing Among Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Instruments” published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies 26(9), 2017.

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, was appointed to a 3-year term as technology column editor for the Medical Library Association’s MLA News in April 2017.

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA was a panelist at an Open Forum on “Activism in a Time of Turbulence,” at the annual meeting of MLA in May 2017.  She presented “From Idea to Impact: Holistic Support for the Research Scholar” in August 2017 at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) annual meeting in Wroclaw, Poland.  She also wrote the chapter “Supporting Institutional Strategic Directions and User Needs through Library Collaborative Spaces” in Information and Innovation: A Natural Combination for Health Science Libraries, published in July 2017 for the Medical Library Association Books Series.

Tooey and Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, presented several papers, a poster, and led a leadership workshop in June 2017 at the International Congress of Medical Librarianship/European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) in Dublin, Ireland.

New Staff

Brandon Benjamin, HS/HSL’s new building projects coordinator, brings to the job over 15 years of project management experience. He previously worked at Temple University and studied civil and construction engineering technology.
Gail Betz, MSLIS, Research, Education and Outreach librarian for the School of Social Work, returns to us after two years as a clinical librarian at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Welcome back, Gail!
Shanell Stephens, BA, library services specialist, joined the Information Services department in September. Shanell comes to us from the Johns Hopkins Eisenhower Library, where she worked as a library assistant.
Joshua Wakefield, BS, IT support associate, joined the Computing and Technology Services department from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, where he built 8 years of IT support experience.

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