March 2024 – Volume 18 – Number 2

Embarking on a New Chapter: A Message from Emily Hurst, Dean of HSHSL

Emily Hurst
Emily Hurst, Associate Vice Provost and Dean, HSHSL

Greetings! If we haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting, I’m Emily Hurst, dean of the HSHSL and associate vice provost of UMB. Over the course of my career, I have had opportunities to meet and collaborate with faculty librarians and staff from the HSHSL – and I have learned much from those experiences. Library leaders, like retired long-time dean, M.J. Tooey, helped broaden my understanding of how health sciences libraries can better serve their users – both those within their institutions, and those who live and work in the surrounding communities. Now, I am delighted and honored to be embarking on a new role leading the dynamic HSHSL team.

Since my February 1, 2024 start date, I have had the opportunity to discuss the Library with many students, faculty, and staff, and I look forward to more of these engaging sessions in the months ahead. When I look around the Library and think about the rich history of the building, and the people and projects that came before me, I am excited about my future here. The HSHSL is a hub of activity. I have observed the ebb and flow of library users and building staff enjoying the services, spaces, and collections that make this a high-impact library. I look forward to leading the HSHSL team and leveraging our UMB and community partnerships to improve the Library, to build upon our past accomplishments, and to advance our mission by cultivating transformational learning, research, and community engagement.  

The HSHSL needs your support as we make decisions about the services, programs, and resources you use. In the coming months, I plan to launch more formalized advisory committees that will allow me to incorporate your ideas and needs into a vision for the HSHSL in the next century. For now, you are welcome to submit ideas using this feedback form. No idea is too small or too big. I welcome all of your feedback as I chart the path forward.  

I am excited about many issues impacting health sciences libraries today. I want to create inviting and collaborative spaces for all types of users, while ensuring library staff have safe and well-equipped working environments. I am excited to explore open educational resources and their potential to reduce the cost of textbooks – and to expand support for open access publishing. I believe that, as a premier research institution, UMB deserves access to the type of resources needed to conduct high-quality research. I also believe that those of us in higher education settings have an obligation to work collaboratively and respectfully with our communities, seeking partnerships that will enhance our communities and maximize their benefit.

I look forward to working with senior leadership and everyday users to create the library of the future.

New Library Interface Arrives This Spring

Students looking at a computer screen

The HSHSL, along with the 17 other USMAI library consortium members, will transition to a new library discovery service on May 23, 2024. This system, Alma Primo, will streamline your searches and access to resources in the Library, across the consortium, and on the web. You will be able to manage your loans, requests, and citations – all from the same interface.

We will provide updates as we transition to the new service, particularly on any temporary service changes or suspensions. If you have any further questions, please contact Steven Douglas.

Expanding the UMB Data Catalog: Introducing New Data Sets

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The HSHSL is debuting the first in a new monthly series highlighting recent submissions to the UMB Data Catalog. The UMB Data Catalog facilitates discovery of data by providing a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers. Sharing a record of your data in the Catalog is also a great way to demonstrate compliance with data sharing policies!

The latest records showcase datasets focusing on the biodiversity of mosquito bacterial communities, the influence of high-performance media on extracellular vesicles, the role of the dorsal bed nucleus of the striatal terminalis in motivated behaviors, and a rapid, cost-effective protocol for single nucleus isolation. Congrats to our UMB researchers on these publications!

Title: An optimized protocol for single nuclei isolation from clinical biopsies for RNA-seq
Authors:  Thomas V. Rousselle, Jennifer M. McDaniels, Amol C. Shetty, Elissa Bardhi, Daniel G. Maluf, Valeria R. Mas

Title: Approaches to Potentiated Neuroprotective Treatment in the Rodent Model of Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Authors: Zara Mehrabian, Yan Guo, Neil R. Miller, Amanda D. Henderson, Steven Roth, Steven L. Bernstein

Title: Culture Condition of Bone Marrow Stromal cells Affects Quantity and Quality of the Extracellular Vesicles
Authors: Amanda L. Scheiber, Cierra A. Clark, Takashi Kaito, Masahiro Iwamoto, Edwin M Horwitz, Yuka Imamura Kawasawa, Satoru Otsuru

Title: Relative contributions of various endogenous and exogenous factors to the mosquito microbiota
Authors:  Haikel N. Bogale, Abdoulaye K. Kone, Matthew V. Cannon, Ogobara K. Doumbo, Kalil Keita, Mahamadou A. Thera, Denka Camara, Christopher V. Plowe, Yaya Barry, Mark Travassos, Moussa Keita, Seth Irish, Drissa Coulibaly, David Serre

Want to see your data listed in the UMB Data Catalog? Submit this form to get the process started.

Questions? Email us at


Book It Forward 2024

Book It Forward

Book It Forward is happening again this year! From April 1 through May 31, book donation containers will be placed throughout campus to collect gently used books for children aged birth through high school. Look for the containers at the HSHSL, the SMC Campus Center, the Biopark, and the Saratoga Building. The books will be donated to the Maryland Book Bank, a Baltimore nonprofit organization committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods.

Last year’s Book it Forward drive collected over 900 books for Baltimore youth!

Questions about the project? Contact

NNLM Region 1: Telehealth Kiosks Podcast Episode

Telehealth Kiosk

Since the onset of Covid, we have all grown accustomed to virtual meetings and remote services. But what if you don’t have a cell phone or a computer at home? What if you are experiencing homelessness and need to attend a job interview?

A recent episode of the NNLM Discovery podcast series, “Telehealth Kiosks”, is about bridging the economic and digital divide. In the episode, Faith Steele, NNLM Region 1 outreach and education librarian, shares an exciting project supported by the NNLM where Delaware libraries are installing telehealth services kiosks across the state. These kiosks provide a private space for anyone who needs access to a secure and reliable internet connection.

A short video about the story is available on the NLM YouTube Channel.

Collab Lab Student Exhibit + Silent Auction

Collab Lab Exhibit

The HSHSL’s current Collab Lab Exhibit showcases student artwork from Mother Mary Lange Catholic School in the Library’s Weise Gallery. This is our second partnership with the West Baltimore school, which serves students in grades Pre-K through 8th. For this latest exhibit of vivid and vibrant collaborative paintings, students worked in groups, focusing on cooperation rather than competition.

Using the circle as a central design element, the students aimed for radial symmetry in the finished works, producing a delightful mix of colors, shapes, and splashes. The project required them to work together as equals and pool ideas. The children learned to appreciate their similarities and differences in a supportive environment.

The HSHSL is holding a silent auction for this engaging student art from February 21 through March 21, 2024. If you see a piece you enjoy, write your email and bid on the bid sheet next to the artwork. Winning bidders will be notified at the close of the exhibit. All proceeds will benefit the Mother Mary Lange School.

Telling Baltimore Stories Through Data

On February 15, the HSHSL hosted an engaging virtual panel discussion to introduce the UMB community to diverse datasets about Baltimore. The event featured valuable insights into data science, analytics, and visualization. Panelists spoke about their projects and reflected on their experience working with data for social justice, offering suggestions to achieve a fair representation of diverse communities in Baltimore, and discussing tools that aided in resolving these challenges. We hope the discussion encourages university-community partnerships and data initiatives that positively impact the city. View the video.


  • Cheryl Knott, assistant director, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute
  • Ryan Little, data editor, The Baltimore Banner
  • James Sadler, director of research, Baltimore’s Promise


Recently Acquired Items in Historical Collections

Historical Collections

Thanks to available HSHSL endowment funds, Historical Collections recently purchased items that present new insights into the University of Maryland (UMB) and Baltimore history. The following highlights some of these items. For any questions or to access the materials contact Tara Wink, Historical Collections librarian.

Pattison vs. Chapman Pamphlets

In April 1823, Dr. Granville Sharp Pattison, former dean (1821-1822) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and General Thomas Caldwalader, brother-in-law of Dr. Nathaniel Chapman, dueled in Delaware. The duel was the culmination of years of public and private arguments between doctors Pattison and Chapman.

The animosity began in 1818, when Dr. Pattison immigrated to Philadelphia from Glasgow, Scotland to accept a position at the University of Pennsylvania – only to find that the position had been filled. Dr. Chapman was the main detractor in the faculty at Pennsylvania. What followed was years of published pamphlets between the doctors. Dr. Chapman accused Dr. Pattison of taking credit for another anatomist’s discoveries, and of carrying on an affair with a married woman that resulted in her divorce. Dr. Pattison accused Dr. Chapman of being a liar, coward, and scoundrel.

Historical Collections recently purchased a collection of these pamphlets dating from 1820 to 1919. The collection includes “Case of Divorce of Andrew Ure, M.D. v. Catharine Ure,” an account of Dr. Pattison’s alleged adultery published by Dr. Chapman; “Correspondence between Mr. Granville Sharpe Pattison, and Dr. N. Chapman;” as well as pamphlets containing directed arguments from Doctors Pattison and Chapman. While the collection provides evidence of an enduring feud between two medical professionals, it also illustrates how – long before the advent of social media – the printed pamphlet was a medium for airing private grievances, conducting public arguments, and attacking one’s adversaries.

W.H. Kunst Lecture Notes

William H. Kunst was born in 1866 in West Virginia. He attended UMSOM during the 1887-88 to 1889-90 academic years. Kunst did not graduate from UMSOM but completed his medical education at Starling Medical College in Columbus, Ohio. He returned to Fairmont, W.Va., where he practiced medicine until his death in 1948. The lecture notes reflect Kunst’s first year at UMSOM from Dr. Louis McLane Tiffany’s course in surgery.

History of the Graduating Class College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, MD 1879

The College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) existed as a competitor of UMSOM from 1872 until the two merged in 1915. Historical Collections continues to collect and tell the story of the P&S. The earliest yearbooks for the P&S begin with the class of 1907. The addition of the History of the Graduating Class College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1879, will serve as a de facto yearbook for that class as it includes photographs and biographical sketches for the doctors 32 years after their graduation.

The P&S Class of 1879 graduated 80 men from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, Texas, and Missouri. Although almost half of the graduates had died by the time this history was published in 1911, all 80 are profiled in the volume, based on research completed by the class secretary, Dr. George H.P. Cole.

The Collegian, 1912

Throughout its history, Baltimore has been the home to several medical schools of varying degrees of reputability. The Maryland Medical College of Baltimore (MMC), founded in 1898, was one such school. MMC graduated its first class in 1899, despite being a three-year program. A 1909 report on the status of medical education in American by Abraham Flexner and Herman Gates Weiskotten, accused MMC of recruiting students who had been dismissed from other medical schools. In 1913, the year the school closed, the American Medical Association gave the school a “C” rating and stated it needed “complete reorganization.”

Located in the 1100 block of West Baltimore Street, MMC was a close neighbor to UMSOM, but the two schools did not merge in 1913. The 1912 Collegian yearbook is perhaps the only one published by the MMC. Records of the school are sparse, and this yearbook is an important piece of Baltimore medical history.


Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Christine Nieman Hislop, MSLIS, presented the lightning talk “NLM Scrubber to De-Identify Clinical Text Data and Facilitate Data Sharing” at the Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries Symposium.

Hislop was also a co-author of “A Problem Shared Is a Community Created: Recommendations for Cross-Institutional Collaborations,” published in The Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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