CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 22:54

I'm sure happy to post this because patrons always ask what our holiday hours are and I'm never-ever up on my holiday hour schedules. So here they are in black and white.

Alonzo LaMont

Welch Library building – holiday hours


Thursday, Dec 23rd – library closing at 12 noon (observed Christmas Eve ½ day holiday)

Friday, Dec 24th – library closed (observed Christmas holiday)

Saturday, Dec 25th – library closed (actual Christmas holiday)


Library will reopen on Sunday, Dec 26th with the regular Sunday schedule


Thursday, Dec 30th – library closing at 12 noon (observed New Year’s Eve ½ day holiday)

Friday, Dec 31st – library closed (observed New Year’s Day holiday)

Saturday, Jan 1st – library closed (actual New Year’s Day holiday)

Sunday, Jan 2nd – library closed (reflects the beginning of the new bldg. hours)


Library will reopen on Monday, Jan 3rd at 9am for patrons (staff report as scheduled)


And a special note to all Welch employees: Please check with your supervisor or department head if you have any questions.  Thanks!

CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 22:28

Here's a statement that the School of Nursing recently distributed regarding the changes to the Nursing Library. This is a follow-up provided by my hard-working buddy Christina Wissinger, who will be directly involved with the NIRC. Hopefully with this tidbit of clarity there will be peace in the valley, and everyone should have a fairly clear sense of the structure(s) in place for 2011.  Thanks, Christina.  


Many of you have already heard that the Welch Satellite Library located in the SON NIRC—the Nursing Information Resource Center—will soon become a “Welch Space” similar to the one now in operation at the School of Medicine and in the area currently being developed on the 9th floor of the School of Public Health. 

Beginning in January, the Welch Space will feature:

·         Welch librarians Stella Seal and Christina Wissinger onsite at SON from 12:30 to 1:30 Monday and Wednesday to help with searches and journal location.  Additional hours will be posted as needed, appointments can be made with the librarians, and both are available through e-mail ( and  The Space will not be staffed at other times.

·         The Reserve Collection intact where it is now located and operated under our Honor Code. 

·         Electronic reserves available through contact with Vivian McCall

·         More resources located at a new Welch Library Nursing Resources portal site, online soon to meet your needs.

As these changes occur, the SON is exploring how to better use the current NIRC space.  A recent focus group with students highlighted their increasing need for quiet study space with comfortable furniture, places for group meetings or study, and printers and copiers. 

We welcome more suggestions from students, faculty, and staff and have placed one of our suggestion boxes in the NIRC for this purpose.  Take a minute to share your thoughts and drop them in the box or e-mail directly to me. 

In the near future, we’ll be back to you with plans for how the NIRC space might be used to best meet our current and developing needs. 



Alonzo LaMont 

CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 21:58

This is a bit belated, but no less newsworthy. Consider this a Factoid to muse over: Over the summer Pubmed celebrated it's 20 Millionth Citation. 20 Million anything is a big achievement in my book. Coincidentally, PubMed Central added it's 2 Millionth full-text article the same day. Something tells me electronic access is here to stay. 

Alonzo LaMont

Stella Seal recently reported on the management of the transition of the NIRC into an Welch space.  Stella has plans to meet with the School of Nursing communication department regarding how to communicate the changes to the school’s faculty, staff and students; will be meeting with Christina Wissinger regarding development of a nursing portal; and will plan office hours to meet the needs of both faculty and students.

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 21:01

Sue Woodson can't sneak this one by us. Sue presented at the Charleston Conference. Her presentation was mentioned in an article in the Chronicle:

 Actually, I picked this little nugget up as I was "snooping around" the Department Head minutes. just call me Sherlock LaMont. Sue sends me so many different items of note, but I guess modesty becomes her because not a word does she send about her own accomplishment down in Charleston. Congratulations Sue. And thanks to the Welch Department Heads for inviting me to post some newsworthy activities.

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on December 7, 2010 20:33

I played Santa Claus and handed out goodies (a NOOK e-reader and 4 Barnes and Noble gift cards) to those lucky winners who participated in the Library Experience Survey a few weeks back. I wanted a group photo, but schedules's being what they are, I had to get them when I could. They were kind enough to meet me on my own turf. First up was Lisa Jacobson, who won the NOOK. Lisa took time out from her teaching and research to give me a smile. Seeing everyone be so joyful, I think I could give away presents for a living.


Olwande Ogunsanya was thrilled, and gave me his million dollar smile. I think he's going to keep filling out surveys from this point on.


I didn't have to tell Melissa Nastacio to smile and look happy----she was pretty photogenic to begin with----but she (along with the others) braved the cold and walked away doing the happy dance.

(Ok, it was too cold to do the happy dance)

Sallie Brovitz-Palmer trudged up from the other side of campus, and confessed that she'd never won any contests before. I think she was overjoyed to tell her husband of her newfound fortune.


Kyle Van Arendonk seemed to take it all in stride. He was tall, calm and collected but inside I know he was pickled tink, "hey, this medical life ain't so bad." Thanks to everyone who came and let me take a photo. There are 2 more gift card winners, but I haven't been able to track them down yet. There day will come.

CommComm posted on December 7, 2010 00:11

Update on Lilienfeld Library Services

Jane Schlegel and Claire Twose

We wanted to update everyone on the changes that are occurring on the ninth floor of Hampton House.  The physical presence of the Lilienfeld Library as we have known it is being closed as of December 20th , 2010 and the space will be renovated.  This move will both allow the library to concentrate staff time, money and resources where they are most used, and will allow the School of Public Health to create some much needed additional classroom, research space and various types of study space for students. 

Library services and resources used most by our faculty staff and students will continue uninterrupted:

·    Access to all electronic resources and services including high quality, relevant electronic journals, books and databases and electronic reserves remain available through WelchWeb and our specialized portals.


·    The core collection of books, almost 2000, that have been used or purchased within the last three years, are already available at Welch on the 5th floor of the stacks.


·    Public computers will continue to be available in the central area of the ninth floor.


·    Print reserve materials will continue to be available on the ninth floor or at Welch library, depending on the course.


·    Donna Hesson will continue to be the librarian assigned to the three departments in Hampton House and the MPH program.  She will have office hours Tuesday through Thursday 10 am - 2 pm and will be available by phone, email and by appointment at other times. 

SPH will try to minimize the disruptions with their renovations and there will be future updates.  We hope that you agree with us, that these are positive changes which keep us ahead of the curve in library services. 

CommComm posted on December 2, 2010 20:49

The Welch Library Building is officially Changing Hours!


Beginning January 1, 2011, the Welch Medical Library building will change its hours of operation. Part of the Welch Library’s mission is to provide you with a comprehensive electronic collection and over the past 4 years, use of our electronic collection has skyrocketed. We are committed to providing the resources and services demanded by you. These resources include access to over 6,000 eJournals and almost 7,000 eBooks. Our commitment to excellent service is unchanged – library staff are available in person, by phone and email to answer questions, book delivery services will be expanded, and by using our remote access options, you will be able to use our resources, wherever you are. We are confident these changes will enhance your library experiences and our focus remains to provide this campus with the resources and services needed for your research, education and clinical practice.


Our new hours will be:

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday: closed

Additional phone and email reference service available Mon-Fri 8 to 9 a.m., Mon-Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 12noon to 6 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Stella Seal, Associate Director, Welch Services Center at or 410-955-3392.

CommComm posted on December 1, 2010 05:03

Again, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the Welch Photo Contest. We had some very passionate picture-takers, who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience. I was quite touched by the response and the genuine enthusiasm folks expressed over their pictures. Here's a look-see at the runners-uppers photos, along with our winning snapshot.

Jacqueline Woodruff's "Reflection" and "Sunmaid Girls" cast a wonderful spell over us, and after meeting Jacqueline it's no wonder. She lives an adventuresome life that goes between her home in Florida and working full-time in Mt. Washington, and getting out and about taking pictures everywhere (she sent me one when she was out at Conowingo Dam). Jacqueline is an avid photographer, and is preparing to take a "serious" (this ain't no point n' click seminar) class in photography. In the short time we met, I discovered she loves country music (just came back from a Carrie Underwood soirree), traveling and Alonzo's personal favorite----bicycling! How bout that.  


Shelly Choo's "Most Exotic Locale" made everyone give a collective "awwwwwwwww"......and her "Happiest Shot" made me want to get out and jump into that sun-kissed early morning water. Well somebody had all that sunrise to themselves.  


Quynh Tran was a pure hoot with her "Best Shameless Self-Promotion," especially considering she was a bit shy about letting me take her picture for the blog. She didn't agree to have it taken, but we both laughed about it----that's how it goes. Her "Best Inside Welch" shot made a typical Welch carrel look like some digital hobbit's playground....


Thomas Hartung's "Best Baltimore" shot resembled an overdose in german expressionism (please don't ask how little---I mean how MUCH I know about german expressionism)....

And his "Best Inclusion of an Animal (in a humane manner)" ---titled "If I was real, this would taste sooooooo good"  was a riot. Thomas, an opening act in Vegas has your name on it.



 Teraneh Zarififar's "Most Extreme" shot looked like somebody was doing stunt work in Hollywood...



 And her "Best Laptop shot" had a mouthful of preciousness...till you realized she was playing some kinda video game---hey, who needs a cure for the common cold, I've got 15,000 points! Just kidding Teraneh, I know you and Dashil Jhaveri are hard at work in the lab. (They must be to get to travel so much, I think I'll contact them instead of tripadvisor)

Dashil's "Highest Elevation" and "Furthest Away" shots contrasted quite nicely with his other I'm-having-the-time-of-my-life contributions.


I don't know if anyone could have more fun taking pictures than Teraneh and Dashil. And it showed.

And here's Emilee Flynn's "Most Creative shot" ("Walk like an Egyptian") that ran off with the backpack and goodies.


I want to thank all our judges, for their patience. Also, let's give a great big hand to Victoria Goode who helped steer the Photo Contest ship, and threw in some extra special Informationist wisdom just for good measure. And finally to Nancy Roderer, who allowed us to have a little fun and go a little off-course from our daily routines here at Welch. 

Alonzo LaMont 



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