May 2023 – Volume 17 – Number 3

HSHSL Open Access Publishing Fund to Continue in FY 24

Apply for Open Access Funding Support

For the past three years, the HSHSL has been able to reimburse early-career researchers for half of the publishing fees for articles accepted by entirely open access journals. The program has been very popular, with over 45 awards made.

Happily, funding has been secured to continue the program in FY 24, and applications will again be accepted beginning July 1, 2023. Awards are made to early-career researchers who are listed as the first author in the published article. Early career researchers are defined as students or faculty members with the rank of assistant professor or below. Applicants also agree to submit their article to the UMB Digital Archive.

As July 1 approaches, please visit the Publishing Fund webpage for more information and an application form.

Sherman Center Conference Room Open for Reservations

The Sherman Center for Health Care Innovation

The Sherman Center for Health Care Innovation is a beautiful destination video conference room available to reserve on the HSHSL’s fourth floor. The comfortable modern space accommodates 10 around the conference table, with additional seating around the perimeter of the room. To request this or any of our other conference rooms, please read the Library’s policies and guidelines and fill out the request form here.

HSHSL Summer Hours

Summer Hours

May 17 – August 20, 2023

Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exception to Regular Hours

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    Sunday, May 27 – Monday, May 29, CLOSED
  • Juneteenth
    Monday, June 19, CLOSED
  • July 4th Holiday
    Saturday, July 1, CLOSED
    Sunday, July 2, CLOSED
    Tuesday, July 4, CLOSED

Advice for New Grads

Illustration of Graduates

The HSHSL extends a hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2023! Before you go forth and conquer, we want to remind you of the resources available to you after graduation.

  • Journals and Databases: Alumni can access HS/HSL’s electronic resources off campus for 2 months after graduation.
  • Free Databases: Once your electronic access expires, you will still have access to public databases for literature, drug information, and more. Some examples are highlighted below. Additionally, be sure to investigate what resources you have through your new workplace and any professional organizations of which you are a member.
Freely Available Databases Type of Information Can Be Used in Place of
PubMed Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.
Google Scholar Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.
NLM Drug Information Portal Drug Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, Natural Medicines
MedlinePlus Patient-Friendly Health Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, UpToDate, Natural Medicines
ECRI Guidelines Trust Clinical Practice Guidelines UpToDate
TRIP Database Literature Embase, CINAHL, Ovid MEDLINE
NCBI Databases Various – literature, chemical information, genetic/genomic information, etc. SciFinder, Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycInfo, etc.

The HSHSL wishes you all the best in your future endeavors! Please contact the Information Services Desk if you have any questions.

Historical Collections Highlight: The Alumni Database

In 2015, the HSHSL introduced the public-facing UMB Alumni Database. The Database included graduates from 1840 to the 2000s and aimed to provide researchers, specifically genealogists, with quick access to information about a student’s graduation year, home state, and school. The initial database included graduates from UMB’s own dental, medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools, as well as six historical schools that had merged with the UMB schools: Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Baltimore Medical College Medical and Dental Departments, Maryland Dental College, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Maryland College of Pharmacy.

Since its inception in 2015, the database has grown to include graduates from as far back as 1811 and as recent as 2019.  Today, it also includes graduates from the School of Social Work and Graduate School as well as two additional historical schools: the College of Medicine of Maryland (the founding name of the School of Medicine) and the Washington Medical College. The database includes over 77,000 student records.  

It continues to be updated when commencements occur and additional information is discovered through historical research. Those interested in alumni of the schools of UMB are encouraged to utilize this resource and reach out to Tara Wink, the Historical Collections librarian and archivist, for additional information.

“Transcending Reality” – Carol Carpenter Exhibits in Weise Gallery

Carol Carpenter - Transcending Reality

After three years of planning, delayed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Carol Carpenter’s "Transcending Reality" exhibit finally graces the HSHSL’s Weise Gallery. The exhibit is a collaboration of HSHSL, the Medical Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, and the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture.

Carol Carpenter has exhibited her works in galleries and museums around the world. She is inspired by nature and enjoys using vivid colors in her pieces. Carpenter’s works are "meant to appeal to the senses and heighten the human experience." She believes art "encompasses passion, spontaneity, intellect, and self-discovery."

Carpenter’s pieces will remain on exhibit through June 2023. Pieces are for sale, and portions of the proceeds will be donated to the HSHSL and the Carpenter endowed professorship fund for Schizophrenia Research.

Learn more about the artist at her website.

Book It Forward 2023 Update

Rolls of Printed Posters

In the March Connective Issues we announced the Book It Forward 2023 children’s book drive. The book drive ends May 31, 2023.

As of May 2, we have collected 460 books in the following reading levels:

Babies: 100
Pre-K: 50
Elementary: 201
Middle/High: 109

We are in need especially of pre-K picture books. Books for babies and elementary school students are beneficial too, as many of our donation locations are day care centers.

You can find Book It Forward donation bins at the HSHSL, the SMC Campus Center, the School of Nursing, the Saratoga Building, and the BioPark. Thank you for your support!

NNLM 2022-2023 Annual Report Now Available

Winner! Best Research Event

The NNLM Region 1 Regional Medical Library, located at the HSHSL, produced its Annual Report for the 2022-2023 program year. This report highlights NLM’s strategic plan and the many accomplishments and programs that support NNLM’s mission, initiatives, and infrastructure. We are pleased with the past year’s collaborations and partnerships made and look forward to an exciting year ahead!

We encourage you to attend NNLM Day at MLA 2023 on May 11 to learn more about our upcoming projects supporting NNLM’s initiatives and NLM’s strategic plan.

Mother Mary Lange Art Show Video

The HSHSL had great fun hosting the children’s artwork from Mother Mary Lange Catholic School. Since the exhibit was up for a fairly short period of time, we were not able to host a reception for students, parents, and teachers. As a way to remember the show and to share it with the school, library specialist Patrick Waugh created a video to celebrate the students’ work. Check it out!

New Staff

Laura Youngborg has accepted the position of Resource Sharing supervisor in the Resource Development and Access Division. She will supervise support staff in the daily operations of the Resource Sharing unit. As the current interlibrary loan specialist here at the HSHSL, she is already very familiar with the Resource Sharing Service. Laura will now lead all aspects of the service.

Staff News

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, LCSW-C, was a co-panelist for the discussion “How archives in academic institutions can work to better serve underrepresented communities” at the Society of American Archivists: Student Archivists at Maryland Symposium on April 15, 2023 at University of Maryland, College Park.

Tiffany Chavis was appointed by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums as a member of the Tribal Library Council in April 2023.  

Tiffany Chavis presented a poster, “Misunderstood: an Analysis of the Homeless Population in Maryland and Their Information Needs,”at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 22nd Annual Health Literacy Conference in May 2023.

Christine Nieman, MLIS, co-presented “From policy to action: A resource toolkit to support libraries and researchers as they implement the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy” at the ACRL 2023 conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tara Wink, MLS, was selected as co-editor of The Watermark, the newsletter for LAMPHHS (Librarians, archivists, medical professionals in the history of health sciences).

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