September 2023 – Volume 17 – Number 4

Happy Fall!

Alexa Mayo
Alexa Mayo, Interim Associate Vice Provost and Interim Dean, HSHSL

September will forever be back-to-school time. It is such a pleasure to see so many new and returning students in the Library.

What’s new at the HSHSL? Several years ago, we began purchasing older journals that had been digitized and made available online. This has allowed us to remove the print volumes and open up space for the renovation of the third floor. The renovation is now complete. The furnishings and layout are intended to support students’ quiet study. If you haven’t visited already, please stop by to experience the furniture and open, light-filled space. On the Library’s exterior, the front plaza has been replaced. We look forward to enhancing it with planters, making it a more inviting outdoor area.

As we head into the new academic year, keep in mind the many services the Library has to offer: faculty librarians provide research support to faculty, staff, and students, including expertise on data management. Ask an in-person question at the HSHSL’s Information Services Desk or an online question by email or chat. Go to our website, to reserve study and meeting rooms, request poster printing, and access the Library’s collection of research databases and journals and e-books.

Wishing you all the best as you head into the fall semester at UMB. Let us know how the HSHSL faculty and staff can be collaborators and partners in your success!

New Study Space on Third Floor

The renovation of the third floor is complete, with new study pods, study room tables and chairs, diner-style banquettes, computer tables with second monitors, and new carpet. The new study area is light-filled and comfortable – a destination space. Previously, the third floor housed print journals. Over the past several years, the Library has purchased online access to some of these journals, which has allowed us to free up more study space by recycling the print volumes and removing unnecessary shelving.

Please stop by the third floor to see the beautiful light and views from the Library’s third floor.

Color Me Happy: Icons of Maryland and Baltimore Exhibit

Color Me Happy: Icons of Maryland and Baltimore Exhibit

A new "Color Me Happy" exhibit is back – now located in the Library’s first floor tower! This interactive coloring wall features drawings that recall cherished symbols and icons of Maryland and Baltimore. We invite everyone to pause and indulge in carefree coloring, whether it’s Black-Eyed Susans, Mr. Trash Wheel, a Baltimore Oriole, or many others.

Felting Art: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

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The HSHSL Weise Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit of felting art, widely considered the oldest textile art. The artist, Dahven White, worked as an architect before discovering felt as an artistic medium. She now works primarily in felt, using sheep’s wool and recycled sweaters to create unpredictable three-dimensional organic shapes. Her art and wearables have been featured in many juried exhibitions and art shows.

"Greater Than the Sum of its Parts" opens in the Weise Gallery during the week of October 2.

Advice for New Students

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The HSHSL is here for you! Don’t hesitate to ask for help at the Information Services desk; we’re happy to assist. You can also reach us by email, telephone at 410-706-7995, or chat.

Here is a top ten list of common questions with links to guide you to the answer or service.

  1. How do I print?
    Follow these instructions.
  2. How do I order a book or article the Library does not own?
    Use our interlibrary loan service. It is free for students.
  3. How do I meet with a librarian about my assignment or research?
    Request a consultation.
  4. How do I reserve a study room?
    Follow the instructions on the reservations page.
  5. How do I get help with citation managers?
    You can request a consultation, attend a workshop or read the citation manager subject guide.
  6. How do I request a poster to be printed?
    Fill out this form.
  7. How do I correctly size my poster?
    Instructions are here.
  8. How do I find books and journals?
    You can search our Journals and E-Books list. And for print holdings, check the Library Catalog.
  9. How do I log in to the Library from off-campus?
    Click the blue “Off-Campus Access” button in the upper-right corner of our homepage then use your UMID and password to log in.
  10. How do I enter the Library before 8:00 a.m.?
    Enter the Library from the Campus Center from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Do you have a question that has not been addressed here? Contact us directly or check the Ask Us! database of questions – your answer may already be there!

Have Data Questions? CDABS Can Help!

How do I write a data management plan? Where should I share my research data? How can I make a graph like I saw in a journal article? To these and other questions, CDABS may have the answers.

The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the HSHSL’s hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication. We offer a comprehensive range of services for working with data at each stage of your research project, from do-it-yourself guides and tutorials to interactive workshops and personalized consultations.
CDABS offers:

  • Support for writing NIH-compliant Data Management and Sharing Plans, including expert feedback on plans
  • Instruction in R and Python programming
  • The UMB Data Catalog, which provides descriptions of datasets from UMB researchers
  • Facilitated access to special datasets, repositories, and data management tools, such as All of Us, ICPSR, and OSF
  • Free and individualized consultations on a wide range of topics, such as choosing a data repository, finding secondary datasets, developing file-naming schemes, and visualizing data

Visit the CDABS web portal to quickly and easily navigate the many data and bioinformation related resources and services we provide at the HSHSL, as well as those on campus and beyond.

For questions, contact your Data Services Librarians Amy Yarnell and Irmarie Fraticelli at

Health Literacy Month Workshops

Health Literacy is a Path to Health Equity

At the root of providing care that promotes health equity is the ability to communicate health information clearly, using plain language. Learn how incorporating health literacy practices can improve patients’ understanding and empower them to make better healthcare decisions. To help bridge the cultural aspects of health equity, there are also resources to help explain health information to non-English speaking patients.

The Library will offer the following two virtual workshops during Health Literacy Month this October:

  • Enhancing Patient Outcomes through Clear Health Communication
  • Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients

For more information and to register, visit the HSHSL Workshop Schedule.

Fall Hours

Fall Hours

September 5 – November 30, 2023

Between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Monday – Friday, UMB ID holders may enter the HSHSL through the Campus Center.

Library services and access to classrooms begin at 8:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday – Friday November 23 – 24 CLOSED

HSHSL Study Rooms

Student in Study Room

The HSHSL has 45 study rooms available for use on floors two through five. Study rooms on the HSHSL’s second and third floors may be reserved for group study. Those on the fourth and fifth floors are available without reservation on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to UMB students, faculty, and staff.

Study rooms are outfitted with tables and chairs, a white board, wireless and plug-in internet connection, and electrical outlets. Additionally, many study rooms are equipped with LCD panels to facilitate collaborative study. White board markers and erasers are available to check out at the Information Services Desk.

Feel free to bring in snacks and drinks while you’re studying. To reserve a room, click here.

The Library Genie Returns October 1

If you could have 3 library wishes, what would they be?

The Library Genie will be accepting wishes throughout the month of October.

  • How can the HSHSL best help you with research or studies?
  • 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?

Submit your 3 wishes starting October 1.

We are looking forward to your ideas!

HSHSL Honors UMMC’s 200th Anniversary: Hospital Highlights from the Digital Archive and Historical Collections

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the construction and opening of the Baltimore Infirmary – today’s University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). The Baltimore Infirmary, shown in this engraving, was the first hospital built for use by a medical school in the United States. The foundation was laid on the southwest corner of Lombard and Greene Streets – the current location of the HSHSL – in June 1823; the 60-bed Infirmary was ready for patients by September 1823. Perhaps it is only fitting that the library sitting on the site of the first hospital building is now the home of unique historical documents that bring to light the importance of clinical experience in medical education. The following highlights a selection of hospital related items in the HSHSL.

By the 1860s, the Baltimore Infirmary had grown to become the biggest hospital in Baltimore and was known as “University Hospital,” though its name wasn’t officially changed until the 1870s. The University Hospital was integrated into the education of the students in the School of Medicine. The 1844-1845 Academic Catalog outlines the number and type of operations occurring in the hospital for the prior year. For a better understanding of the early costs associated with a hospital stay, Historical Collections holds an October 27, 1871 receipt for “board & attendance for one week @ 15$ per week” for a Capt. Summers G. Lady. This is the equivalent of receiving a bill for $375.85 today. In 1887, a small group of women formed what would become the Women’s Auxiliary of the University of Maryland Hospital. The first of its kind in Maryland – and perhaps in the country – this group aimed to raise funds to support the hospital as well as visit the sick and attend to the social needs of the patients. The records of this group have been digitized in the Digital Archive.

During the world wars, nurses and physicians from the University Hospital as well as pharmacists and dentists from the University of Maryland, served together in base and military hospitals. In June 1917, Base Hospital Number 42 was formed by University Hospital faculty, most notably Dr. Archibald C. Harrison. The Hospital was stationed in Bazoilles-sur-Meuse, France, and operated until 1919. Historical Collections houses a few photographs, like the one shown here, of the base from Dr. John Carey Taylor, who served as a corporal at Base Hospital No. 42.

During World War II, the 42nd Medical Hospital was reactivated by the Office of the Surgeon General. At first, the 42nd Medical Hospital was slated to be a single 1000-bed hospital, but within weeks of its deployment, the hospital was reallocated to two 500-bed hospitals: the 42nd and 142nd General Hospitals. The 42nd General Hospital trained in Fort Custer, Michigan until May 1942, when they headed to Melbourne, Australia, finally arriving in Stuartholme, overlooking Brisbane in July 1942. When peace was signed in 1945, the 42nd had just arrived in Yokohama and treated 550 prisoners of war. The 42nd treated over 50,000 patients and disbanded November 11, 1945. The HSHSL’s Digital Archive includes a published volume on the history of the 42nd General Hospital.

The 142nd General Hospital first trained at Fort Riley, Kansas in April 1942 and headed to New Zealand in May 1942. In 1943, the 142nd moved to Fiji before moving to Calcutta, India, in 1944. When it was deactivated in February 1946, the unit had handled nearly 18,000 casualties. Recently, a scrapbook celebrating the accomplishments of University Hospital staff was found in Historical Collections. The Scrapbook has been digitized and is available in our Digital Archive. The scrapbook contents – dated April 16, 1942 to April 1, 1946 – include newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and correspondence from the doctors, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists who served in the two General Hospitals in World War II. 

Between the world wars, a new University Hospital building was constructed directly across the street from the old building. The new building’s 1934 opening followed years of fundraising. Historical Collections holds two patient pamphlets from University Hospital that have recently been digitized and uploaded to the Digital Archive. One, dated 1955, includes information about entering the hospital, caregivers, billing information and charges, and discharge from the hospital. The other pamphlet, though undated, is signed by the hospital director, G. Bruce McFadden, who was active in the 1970s and 1980s. The information it contains is similar to that of the first pamphlet, but with the addition of maps, patient rights and responsibilities, and telephone directories.

Beginning in 1977, talks began to separate the Hospital from the UMSOM. The hospital, which was expensive to operate and maintain, was starting to become rundown. In 1984, the state passed legislation separating the University and Hospital. The result was UMMC, a private, nonprofit hospital. Today the UMMC and UMSOM are still closely connected, with students from the UMSOM receiving clinical experience in the UMMC.


New Staff

Kesha Blackmon joined the Resource Sharing (RS) department of the HSHSL as an interlibrary loan specialist in July. She is involved in all RS operations including ILL borrowing/lending, document delivery and digitization. Previously, she worked as a library assistant for Johns Hopkins University.

Eva Greitzer joined the Resource Development and Access Division as the new metadata librarian in August. She earned her MLIS degree from Kent State University, in her hometown, Kent, Ohio. She will be creating records for the UMB Digital Archive, UMB Data Catalog, Library Catalog and other resources.

LaTanya Robinson joined the HSHSL administration in August as the human resources specialist. She comes to us from Johns Hopkins University where she was the senior human resources coordinator. Originally from Massachusetts, Tanya has lived in Maryland for three years. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Mount Ida College and a master’s in human resources management from Lasell University.

Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, LCSW-C, co-presented a session titled Indigenize SNAC: Informing Discovery and Access of Indigenous Materials at the Society of American Archivists and Council of State Archivists conference ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2023, in Washington, DC.

Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, co-authored “How health literacy is taught and evaluated in dentistry, medicine, nursing, law, pharmacy, public health, and social work: a narrative review,”  in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare, DOI: 10.1080/17538068.2023.2258315.

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