Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) Facilities and Resources:
For more than 200 years the HS/HSL has served as the only publicly-funded health sciences library in Maryland. It serves the University's schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, the Graduate School, and works in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall Law Library. The HS/HSL embraces the role of the campus' knowledge hub, focused on advancing UMB's missions of teaching and learning, discovery and service.
Faculty librarians use their expertise to partner with UMB faculty, staff and students. They consult, teach, and collaborate within the schools and also provide a comprehensive collection of knowledge services to the UMB community to assure success in teaching, research, service and scholarly communication. One program, "Research Connection," offers personalized research assistance, systematic review methodology consultation, assessment of research impact, review of NIH public access policy compliance, review of IRB research consent forms, and other services.
The HS/HSL offers a robust collection of digital resources (journals, databases, books) and counts 363,332 print volumes in its holdings. The Library continues to seek out new resources and emerging technologies to advance the campus' mission. In FY14, 115 databases, 13,000 e books, over 4900 electronic journals and more than 70 videos and online tutorials prepared by faculty librarians were accessible through the HS/HSL website, resulting in over 1.5 million hits to the site.
Within HS/HSL's physical setting, users have space, tools and technology support to study, discover and collaborate. The library offers 106 individual study carrels, 45 group study rooms (some can be reserved), and 56 computer workstations. There are three computer-equipped teaching labs where hundreds of classes are taught each year. A state of the art presentation practice studio providing recording and editing equipment is available by reservation. Expert assistance is offered if necessary. Two videoconferencing facilities are available for use. An Innovation Space with 3D printing capabilities designed to focus on the research, study and instruction needs of the UMB community is available on the main floor of the library. To encourage informal group study, there are flexible learning pods and rolling white boards throughout the library.
For over 30 years the HS/HSL has been home to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Southeastern Atlantic Region (NNLM/SEA). NNLM declares its mission "to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health." Coordinated by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. is organized into eight regions to manage NNLM programs. The SEA/RML region includes 10 southeastern states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia and contains 25% of the U.S. population.