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Workshop Offers Tools to Help Communicate With Patients

Are you aware of your patients’ ability to understand and act on the information you give them? There is evidence that health care providers overestimate what patients are able to understand. Low health literacy is associated with higher mortality, higher rates of hospitalization and readmission, and poor self-management skills for chronic disease.

To learn how to better communicate with patients, attend a Communicating with Patients Workshop on Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m., at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), Classroom LL03. The workshop will cover the basics of health literacy, provide suggestions for putting difficult medical jargon into plain language, and introduce tools that will assist you in creating easy-to-read materials.

For details and to register, visit the HS/HSL workshop scheduled website.

Everly Brown Clinical Care, Community Service, EducationJanuary 24, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Introduces ‘Graphic Medicine’ Collection

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has started a new collection of Graphic Medicine texts. Graphic Medicine refers to the use of graphic novels, comics, and visual storytelling in medical education, patient care, and other applications related to health care and the life sciences.

The titles of these innovative texts include Graphic Medicine Manifesto, Pain is Really Strange, and The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James. They are shelved on the first floor of the library, next to the Leisure Reading collection.

The Graphic Medicine collection is small but will grow over time. We would be happy to hear any suggestions you might have for new content at this link.


Everly Brown Clinical Care, Education, For B'more, People, ResearchDecember 11, 20170 comments
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Bioinformatics and Data Science Workstation Available at HS/HSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has added a bioinformatics workstation to the research commons area on the library’s first floor. The high-performance computer is loaded with licensed and open-source software and dedicated to high-throughput data analysis for faculty, staff, and students of University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Licensed software on the computer:

*Pathway Studio
*DNAStar Lasergene 15

Open-source software on the computer:

*R & R-Studio
*Anaconda / Python
*Broad – Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV)
*UNIX/Linux Bioinformatics tools

For more information, contact HS/HSL’s bioinformationist, Jean-Paul Courneya, or call 410-706-1784.

Everly Brown Education, Research, TechnologyDecember 6, 20170 comments
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Latest Issue of ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter is Online

The December 2017 issue of the Connective Issues newsletter from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is now available.

The topics in this issue include:

  • Why All the Kerfuffle About ResearchGate and SciHub?
  • HS/HSL Partners With the NIH All of Us Research Program
  • 3D-Print Your Holiday Ornaments!
  • HS/HSL Cancels Web of Science
  • Graphic Medicine Collection
  • Collection Realignment Process
  • Bioinformatics and Data Science Workstation
  • HS/HSL Maker Expo – March 6, 2018 – Save the Date!
  • UMB Entrepreneur Toolkit
  • Library Genie 2017 Survey Results
  • Collaborative Learning Room Now Available!
  • Gender Neutral Bathroom
  • “Unmasking the Trauma of War” Luncheon and Guest Speaker
Everly Brown Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeDecember 5, 20170 comments
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Weekend Work Wins Drummond Praise, Employee of Month Award

Persia Drummond says she’s the joker of the group among her co-workers at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), where she is the weekend supervisor. That was evident when she was honored as UMB’s November Employee of the Month on Nov. 20.

After surprising Drummond with the award, UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, shared a series of glowing comments about her work at the library, thanked her for her efforts, and said he had some things to give her.

“Ooooh, presents!” Drummond replied, eliciting laughter from the group of HS/HSL colleagues in the President’s Conference Room that included M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president, academic affairs, and executive director, HS/HSL; Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP, associate director for services; and Everly Brown, MLIS, head of information services.

The laughs continued after Perman told her there would be an extra $250 in her next paycheck. Drummond smiled, rubbed her hands together, and said, “Ooooh, I can buy more books! Thank you!”

“I am probably the ‘jokiest’ person at the library,” Drummond said later, “and I just like to make everything fun. I just have energy and bubbliness. I even make cleaning day fun, like, ‘Let’s have snacks and pizza, and let’s clean while we do it!’ ”

When it comes to getting her job done, though, Drummond is super serious, showing impressive work ethic, versatility, and dedication to the HS/HSL.

“She is professional, dedicated, a natural leader, and proud of her work, regularly receiving compliments from colleagues and patrons,” said Brown, her supervisor. “As our weekend supervisor, she is responsible for not only the service desk but also control of the building when there are often many students and visitors around but few other employees.”

Perman echoed Brown’s compliments, telling Drummond, “People say that when they encounter you in the library, you’re always so helpful. Dr. Philip Mackowiak, a professor emeritus at the School of Medicine whom I hold in very high regard, said in an email, ‘Just a short note of praise for Persia Drummond. I needed help in the library today and she went out of her way to see I got what I needed.’

“There are a lot of accolades for you, and you’re the kind of person we need a couple thousand of at UMB,” Perman said. “So I want to thank you. Keep up the good work.”

Drummond, who has worked at the library for 12 years, pulls 12-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, providing reference and circulation services among other tasks. “Anything I can do that’s within the scope of the library, I will do,” Drummond said. “And if any emergency arises, I’m in charge of the building.”

In addition, she’s as dependable and durable as can be, according to her supervisor. “She is exceptionally reliable and hasn’t called out sick or used annual leave on a weekend for years,” Brown said. “This is remarkable and shows a profound dedication to the library and respect for her colleagues.”

Drummond says she’s simply being conscientious, not wanting to disrupt a co-worker’s weekend plans by asking someone to fill in for her.

“By the time you get to the weekend, most of the people have already worked their 40 hours, so I just don’t get sick,” she said. “People are going to be doing their weekend events, so I make it my business to be there. I plan my activities during the weekdays.”

Drummond has a bachelor’s degree in management from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is aiming to complete her master’s degree in project management from UMUC by 2019. She says she might pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting, too, so she could do that part-time.

But library services are closest to her heart.

“I just love libraries, and I love helping people. That’s what it comes down to,” Drummond said, turning serious. “I work with a great group of people, and it’s an overall good campus. You run into interesting people, unique personalities.”

One of those unique personalities is Drummond, the humorous sort who also showed off her humility by saying her Employee of the Month honor was a group effort.

“It’s an honor, and I wish everyone at the library could win,” she said. “We’re a great bunch. It’s easier to do my job because it’s a great place to work.”

— Lou Cortina

Lou Cortina People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 27, 20170 comments
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Libraries Partner to Provide Access to ‘POLITICO Pro’

In collaboration with the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has extended access to POLITICO Pro to the entire campus.

This two-year pilot offers granular reporting and analysis across 16 policy coverage areas along with tools, trackers, and data to provide users with key policy intelligence. Areas covered include education, e-health, employment and immigration, and health care.

The resource can be accessed on- and off-campus through the database list located on the HS/HSL home page or here.

Steven Douglas Clinical Care, Education, People, Research, TechnologyOctober 30, 20170 comments
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Dr. Sarah Murthi to Discuss ‘Augmented Reality Surgery’ at HS/HSL

Sarah Murthi, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine will discuss the use of augmented reality in the operating room in the next “Meet the Makers” talk on emerging technology hosted by the Innovation Space at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).

The event will be held Oct. 17, noon to 1 p.m., in the Gladhill Board Room at the HS/HSL.

Brian Zelip Bulletin Board, TechnologyOctober 11, 20170 comments
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Check Out the New Connective Issues Newsletter

The Connective Issues newsletter for September is available here. Find out about how the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is supporting your work on the UMB campus and the expert resources and services it has to offer.

Included in this issue:

*Welcome and welcome back!
*Canvas poster printing available
*The “Library Genie” returns Oct. 1
*Meet your librarian
*HS/HSL Speaker Series
*Tips for students
*Whiteboard project wins votes
*Francine Brady gallery exhibit
*Scan with ease


Everly Brown Collaboration, Education, People, Research, TechnologySeptember 26, 20170 comments
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DACA Support

In response to the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was being rescinded, Campus Life Services organized listening sessions to solicit feedback regarding how to move forward as a University community to support individuals who are affected directly or indirectly by this announcement. The feedback, compassion, and support toward DACA students and their families expressed in those listening sessions was palpable.

A number of excellent suggestions were provided as a result through those listening sessions. A DACA resources page is available here. Please review the information there to learn how to find help and how to get involved. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. University President Jay A. Perman, MD, has expressed his support for DACA students and their families.

Also be aware of several events:
• The Carey School of Law’s Immigration Clinic will provide free, confidential legal services to UMB students, faculty, staff, and family members for DACA renewals on Monday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m. Register here. Individuals who currently have work authorization pursuant to the DACA program that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, may apply to renew their DACA work authorization. The deadline for filing the renewal application is Oct. 5, 2017.

Organizing for DREAMers will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center Green Room. It will include both bystander and know-your-rights information, presented by CASA.

• The UMB Student Counseling Center stands ready to assist any student who is experiencing distress. Counseling services are free, and information will not be shared with anyone without your written permission. Health Sciences and Human Services Library, 4th floor, Suite 440. 410-328-8404. Contact person: Emilia K. Petrillo

Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 21, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Fall Hours Begin Sept. 5

HS/HSL Fall Hours

Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Thursday, Nov. 30

Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m.* – 1 a.m.**

Friday: 6 a.m.* – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Hours

Labor Day Weekend Saturday, Sept. 2 – Monday, Sept. 4: CLOSED

Wednesday Nov. 22: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23 – Friday, Nov. 24: CLOSED

* Early Morning Study

  • Between 6 a.m. – 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, enter through the SMC Campus Center with your UMB ID or UMMC ID.
  • Library services and access to classrooms begin at 8 a.m.

**Late Night Study

  • Floors 1 & 2 will be open until 1 a.m. as a study hall
  • Library services and floors 3, 4 & 5 will close at 10 p.m.
  • Building entrance after 8 p.m. is limited to those with a current UMB One Card, UMMC ID or an ID badge from a University System of Maryland campus.
  • Visitors and borrowing members may not enter the building after 8 p.m.
  • Visitors and borrowing members entering the library for research purposes before 8 p.m. may remain until 10 p.m.
Emily Gorman Education, People, University LifeAugust 31, 20170 comments
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Brady Art Exhibit Has Gala Opening

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was honored to have Francine Brady’s art exhibit open on Aug. 14 at the Weise Gallery in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.

This captivating exhibit is sponsored by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture. Students, faculty, and staff attended the opening along with other artists and guests, including Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, honorary chair of UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture. She and UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, hosted the art exhibit opening.

Brady, a resident of Frederick, Md., since 1999, describes her artwork as contemporary, narrative, and symbolic. She prefers that each person who views her art interpret the pieces instead of her providing an interpretation for them.

Her artwork covers a wide range of subjects and textures. Her current work mostly focuses on drawings and acrylic paintings. Unique, vibrant, and expressive are just a few of the words used to describe Brady’s art.

Every visitor to her exhibit at the Weise Gallery is sure to find a piece of interest. Be sure to stop by before the exhibit closes on Oct. 1.

Read more about UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture. See more pictures from the event.

— By Sonya Evans

Sonya Evans Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 29, 20170 comments
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Free HS/HSL Workshops

Fall Workshops at HS/HSL

The HS/HSL offers a variety of free workshops to faculty, students, and staff.

This semester’s topics include:

  • Leveraging research impact data for tenure and promotion
  • Citation management with RefWorks
  • Research data management basics
  • Creating effective presentations using PowerPoint
  • Finding research literature using PubMed
  • Bioinformatics on the Cloud

See the full schedule and registration information.

Emily Gorman Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, TechnologyAugust 28, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Early Fall Hours Start 8/21

HS/HSL Early Fall Hours
Monday, Aug. 21 – Monday, Sept. 4

Monday – Thursday *6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday *6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Hours
Labor Day Weekend Saturday, Sept. 2 – Monday, Sept. 4 CLOSED

Regular Fall Hours Begin Tuesday, Sept. 5

* Early Morning Study for UMB Students!
Between 6 a.m. – 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, enter through the SMC Campus Center with your UMB ID or UMMC ID. Library services and access to classrooms begin at 8 a.m.

Emily Gorman Education, People, University LifeAugust 20, 20170 comments
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