May 2024 – Volume 18 – Number 3

The First 100 Days

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

Greetings and congratulations to all of the May 2024 graduates! As I conclude my first 100 days in Baltimore and with the University of Maryland Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library, I want to thank all of you who have helped me navigate the system. From employees in university human resources who helped me get started on day one to deans and vice provosts who have been nice enough to meet with me to discuss the work they do and brainstorm how we can collaborate further. My first months and early decisions have been informed by listening to the diverse voices at UMB.

Working with my team at the library we were able to move forward to complete some of the major renovations on the third floor, where electricity was finally installed under the carpet to create a safter more technology forward environment for all. Charging stations will be coming to this area soon. Other updates have also begun to take shape around the library including touched up paint in some high use areas, new carpet and tables coming to study rooms and some more technology updates like monitors throughout the building to keep everyone informed about all the great library programs and services.

Students reaaaaaaly happy to have some mustard in a cup Emily Hurst handing out pretzles to staff

With graduation on the horizon for many I am happy that I will be able to attend some of the graduation ceremonies to support our graduating students. I am grateful to our students for filling the library with their presence throughout their time in their programs. I was fortunate to see some students and wish them well during our student breaks in the library. I hope to see some students continue to use the library as they pursue advanced degrees at UMB or begin clinical practice in the area. Summer is a great time to come in and use the library!

As we move into the fall, I look forward to meeting with more people and learning even more about the employees who work in the library and the students, faculty and staff who use the library year-round. As I continue to think about space revitalization, I hope to gain feedback from our users through the creation of advisory committees and by working closely with campus partners I hope to bring more and different services into the library space for users through pop-up offerings. Moving the library toward becoming more connected to student and employee needs so that the HSHSL is a beacon of campus vibrancy is important to me!

Library System to Undergo Major Upgrade May 23

Primo Interface

What is Happening?

UMB, along with the 17 other libraries in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), will be replacing our decades-old integrated library system this spring. On May 23, 2024, the new system will be available to the university community and you will notice some changes in your OneSearch experience. Features include:

  • Enhanced experience: Better integration of the library’s collections along with improved and expanded search capabilities.
  • Faster: Save time by searching almost all of the library’s collections and beyond in one simple search.
  • Personalization: Log in to save your search preferences and favorite items, and easily export records to citation management systems.
  • Mobile-friendly: Improved mobile user interface allows researchers to perform all functions using a mobile device. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will the new system affect OneSearch?

You will see a new interface when you conduct a search in the OneSearch box on the library website. You can use this system for the same types of searches you did in the old interface. If you currently have a My EBSCOhost account with saved searches, alerts, or citations, you will no longer be able to get to them through OneSearch. However, they can still be accessed in individual EBSCO databases such as CINAHL and PsycINFO. 

  • What will happen to library permalinks?

The old system goes away in June, so you will need to check any permalinks from the old system that are on your website, in your course syllabi, or in your Blackboard courses as soon as possible after May 23. Look out for links that contain in the middle. Library staff will share instructions for how to update permalinks in the new system after May 23rd.

  • What will happen to the Library Catalog?

The old Library Catalog will no longer be available after May 23rd. To manage any physical books that you have checked out from the library, you will log into your account in OneSearch. From 5:00pm on May 17th until May 23rd, you will not be able to request books from other Maryland libraries while the system migration takes place.

The HSHSL will keep you informed with updates as we progress.

Contact your School’s Librarian or the Information Services department.

HSHSL Summer Hours

Summer Hours

May 15 – Aug. 18, 2024

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

Exception to Regular Hours

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    Saturday, May 25 – May 27, CLOSED
  • Juneteenth
    Wednesday, June 19, CLOSED
  • Independence Day Weekend
    Thursday, July 4 – July 6, CLOSED

Advice for New Grads

Illustration of Graduates

The HSHSL sends its heartfelt congratulations to the graduating class of 2024! As you prepare to take on new challenges, we want to remind you of the support and resources available to you beyond graduation.

  • Journals and Databases: Alumni can access HSHSL’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.
DrugBank 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.

Last Call! Book it Forward Book Drive for Kids

Book it Forward

The HSHSL has been collecting new and gently used books for children and youths since April 1. Our book drive ends on May 31, so there is still time for you to donate to a great cause. We are accepting books for age levels from birth to high school.  All genres and topics are welcomed and will be donated to The Maryland Book Bank.

Donation locations include the HSHSL, Campus Center, Saratoga Building, and BioPark.


Expounding on Nature: A Collaborative Showing of Baltimore Artists

The Second Before by Bridget Ciminio
The Second Before by Bridget Ciminio

The Weise Gallery presents artworks by four Baltimore-based artists: Bridget Cimino, James Eichelberger, Matt Muirhead, and Beth-Ann Wilson. With their distinct viewpoints, each artist invites viewers to engage with nature, fostering a deeper connection to our surroundings. Come and experience an exhibition that celebrates the natural world, as envisioned by these gifted local talents. The show will be on display April 3 – May 17, 2024.

Staff News

Presentations & Publications

Tiffany N. Chavis, MSW, MLIS, and Faith Steele, MLS, AHIP, collaborated with colleagues to present a poster titled "Teaching Telehealth to Libraries" at the April 2024 Health Literacy Collaborative Summit.

Chavis co-authored "Piloting Reparative Description and Metadata in SNAC via the Indigenous Description Group," featured in Descriptive Notes, a blog of the Society of American Archivists, on April 2, 2024.

Christine Nieman Hislop, MSLIS, co-authored the article "Exploring Freely Available Data Tools to Support Open Data and Open Science" in the April 9, 2024 Journal of Hospital Librarianship.

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