December 2023 – Volume 18 – Number 1

Good Luck with Finals and Happy Holidays!

Welcoming New Leadership

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

I am pleased to welcome Emily Hurst, who will join us in 2024 as the new associate vice provost and dean of the HSHSL. In January 2023, I stepped in as interim AVP and dean. This year was an exciting time for me as I had opportunities to collaborate with new colleagues and partners. I especially value the relationships I developed throughout my tenure. I hope you will join me in welcoming Emily! I look forward to the HSHSL’s building on its current successes and strengths as we advance the vision of new leadership.

Taste: The 2024 HSHSL Calendar

Taste: The 2024 HSHSL Calendar

The HSHSL Calendar is back for 2024! Unlike last year’s Fatal Beauty calendar, the 2024 edition invites you to Taste each month’s botanical in savory or sweet dishes and drinks. The calendar features botanicals, flavors, and spices from around the world. Each month you will learn about the botanicals’ native region, the cuisine in which it is commonly found, and its traditional and modern medicinal uses.

As with past calendars, the botanicals in Taste were selected from three volumes in the HSHSL’s Historical Collections Pharmacy Collection: William Curtis and Sir William Jackson Hooker’s The Botanical Magazine, Franz Eugen Kohler’s Medicinal-Pflanzen…, and William Woodville’s Medicinal Botany. The Pharmacy Historical Collection contains influential pharmacy and medical texts, as well as dispensatories, pharmacopoeias, botanicals, and herbals from around the world dating from the 17th century.

The calendar features content written and provided by Tara Wink, Historical Collections librarian and archivist, with help from summer 2023 Youth Works intern Anisah Allen, and design by Thom Pinho, lead instructional technology specialist.

A limited number of calendars will be for sale on our website for $10 apiece. They make fantastic gifts!

Finals Extended Study Hours

The HSHSL will offer extended study hours December 11 through 14, 2023.

Monday, December 11 6:00 a.m. to Midnight
Tuesday, December 12 6:00 a.m. to Midnight
Wednesday, December 13 6:00 a.m. to Midnight
Thursday, December 14 6:00 a.m. to Midnight


New Physical Therapy Databases

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Two new physical therapy databases provided by the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science have been added to the HSHSL’s database list: AccessPhysiotherapy and the F.A. Davis PT Collection.

AccessPhysiotherapy is devoted to the study, instruction, and practice of physical therapy. Updated regularly, this comprehensive online physiotherapy resource integrates leading physical therapy textbooks, procedure and exercise videos, image galleries, self-assessment tools, and a unique cadaver dissection tool.

The F.A. Davis PT Collection on AccessPhysiotherapy brings you a comprehensive online PT resource that covers the entire spectrum of physical therapy. It includes 29 F.A. Davis physical therapy references; a wide range of cases designed to help physical therapy students learn in the context of real patients by applying PT principles to real-life situations; and a library of over 400+ videos from leaders in the PT field designed to teach exercise and rehabilitation techniques, kinetics, and physical therapy interventions.

William and Delores Kinnard

Dr. William J. Kinnard Jr.

Dr. William J. Kinnard Jr., PhD, former dean and professor of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, passed away in February 2023. Dr. Kinnard was a great advocate for the Library. Beginning in 2007, he and his wife Dolores donated funds annually to establish and support the HSHSL’s leisure reading collection. The Kinnards continue their support with a generous gift from the Kinnard Trust to fulfill the pledge to the William and Delores Kinnard Leisure Reading Endowment.

Native American Heritage in Historical Collections

Native American Heritage month in the US occurs every year in November. In recent years, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has made a concentrated effort “to recognize and honor the cultures, heritages and living practices of Native people who have stewarded”* the lands on which we currently work and learn. Uncovering the history of Native American graduates and “firsts” at UMB is complicated. There is no documentation of a first Native American graduate.

Early matriculation books documented the homes of students. In these volumes, entering students could list their home state, country, or region.  Unfortunately, these locations were not standardized; for example, a student could list their home as “Indian Territory,” as it was called in the 19th and early 20th centuries, or list their home as the tribal name, such as “Chickasaw Nation.”  The “Indian Territory” was an ever-changing area of land where Native Americans were forced by the U.S. Government to resettle through Indian removal policies of the 18th and 19th centuries. The territory was in the central part of the country, though most of the land was in the area where Oklahoma is today.

Students could also list a home as being “Indian Territory” in matriculation records and not necessarily be of Native American descent as many non-natives lived and worked in these regions. Essentially, it is hard to identify with certainty the first Native American graduate of UMB. We are relying on imperfect records and self-identification by students who may not have felt secure identifying as Native American because of many prejudices and stereotypes held by 19th and 20th century Americans.

However, it’s not impossible to identify some students who had some Native American decent or worked with indigenous groups following graduation. In looking for the first Native American graduate for this article, I uncovered the following graduates who identified as Native Americans or listed their home as “Indian Territory” in matriculation records. This list is not exhaustive but is meant as a foray into Native American connections to UMB.

  • Alfred Griffith, UMSOM 1866
  • Thomas Pitchlynn Howell, UMSOM 1872
  • Israel Wellington Folsom, Washington University School of Medicine** 1872
  • Samuel H. Moore, Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons** 1888
  • George Ewing Hartshorne, UMSOM 1893
  • Marshall Parker Shobe, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery** 1903

I discovered that most of the graduates listed above were connected to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. The Chickasaw people were the original inhabitants of the lands known today as Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky; whereas the Choctaw people were inhabitants of lands now located in Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama. In the 1830s both nations were removed by the U.S. Government to the “Indian Territory.” Among the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations in the “Indian Territory” were the Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole.

To learn more about any of these men, please contact Tara Wink, Historical Collections Librarian and Archivist.

*Quote from Berthoud, Diane Forbes. National Native American Heritage Month letter to the UMB Community, November 4, 2022.

**The Washington University School of Medicine and Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons were separate and competing Baltimore medical schools. Washington University merged with the Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1878. In 1915, the College of Physicians and Surgeons merged with the University of Maryland. The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery is the founding dental school in the world; in 1924 it merged with UMB’s School of Dentistry. Today Historical Collections collects the records and history of these schools because of their connection to UMB.


NNLM Announces the 2024 Virtual Symposium: A NNLM Showcase

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The 2024 NNLM Virtual Symposium, A NNLM Showcase, will be held online Wednesday, January 24 through Friday, January 26, 2024. This symposium will highlight projects and activities that NNLM regions and centers supported to engage with communities. Each of the projects supports the mission of the NNLM, the national initiatives, and/or the NLM Strategic Plan.

Sessions include:

  • Information on grant writing, including designing effective evaluation plans
  • Telehealth services and social innovation through public libraries
  • 2023 LGBTQIA+ Health Education and Advocacy Summit report
  • Panel presentation of funded projects: Health Connect of South Dakota, Moby Bookmobile at Arapaho Indian Health Services, and Mullerian Anomalies
  • Collection equity awards in public libraries
  • Multilingual health information resources
  • Building community partnerships to support awareness and screening for breast and cervical cancer
  • Health outreach and programming with the All of Us Research Program & public libraries
  • Digging in with Data: Experiences from a paid summer internship for BIPOC LIS students

Please save the date! Registration information will be forthcoming.

Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Jessica Bauer, Ivan Freeman, and colleagues presented a poster, “Strategic Alliance: Meeting the Needs of Your Library, University, and Community” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting.

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. Chavis also co-presented ”Culturally Responsive and Community-Driven Description Practices” at the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums in Oklahoma City, OK.

Faith Steele, MLS, and Tony Nguyen, MLIS, presented a poster, “Connecting LIS students with practical experience outside traditional internships,” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting.

Sarah Weirich, MLIS, presented "Updating permission workflows with institutional repository partners" at the NASIG Autumn Virtual Conference.

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

April Wright, MLS, Tiffany N. Chavis, and Faith Steele presented a lightening talk, “Choose Environmental Health and Justice as Your Next Adventure,” at the 88th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress.

Amy Yarnell, MLS, Irmarie Fraticelli-Rodriguez, MSI, and Christine Nieman Hislop, MSLIS, presented the short talk “From BeginnR to PractitionR: Building confidence in coding through an R Community of Practice" at the 2023 Southeast Data Librarian Symposium. 

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