CommComm posted on January 6, 2011 00:36

I altered the title from this article just a tad. It asks questions I think many of us are sure to face. When should we opt for surgery? If you've 'reached a certain age," maybe you'll shy away from all things HOSPITAL-RELATED. (You know exactly what I mean). Maybe if you're younger, things aren't so daunting. Decisions, decisions, decisions........


If you're like me, major decisions seem to boil down this way?

Alonzo LaMont

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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

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 November 30, 2010 23:39

Don't I feel like Santa Claus---since I get to announce and distribute the Library Experience Survey winners who won a $25.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble, AND the person who won a NOOK e-reader. Hoopla! Hoopla! Hoopla!

The gift card winners are:

Olawande Ogunsanya, Health Science Informatics

Kyle Van Arendonk, Surgery Resident

Anastasia Rowland-Seymour, General Internal Medicine

Melissa Nastacio, Immunology

Emily Redding, Public Health

Sallie Brovitz-Palmer, Nursing

And our NOOK winner is:

Lisa Jacobson, Public Health

Congrats to all! Thanks for taking the time to fill out the Survey.   


CommComm posted on November 18, 2010 23:00

If you are a faculty researcher and would like to update your profile by adding publications or making changes, here is the link to use:


If you have questions, please contact your departmental Informationist by using this link: (use the scroll down menu)


Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on November 12, 2010 18:39

I posted this in on Facebook, and I don't like to repeat---but this one deserves some PR double duty. Here's the link, and I've enclosed a paragraph on the App that caught our eye (it Victoria Goode's eye who forwarded it to my eye)


"EVERNOTE (FREE) The company advertises this as a personal digital assistant, and it’s an apt description. Evernote is a traveling notepad that synchronizes with desktop and browser software (also free). Use your iPhone to copy an image, take a photo, record a voice memo or jot down a note, and it appears on your computer (and vice versa). It also recognizes your written text, within limits. The free version stores a fair amount of information, but for $45 a year, you needn’t sweat the data limits."


Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on November 12, 2010 17:59

Dashil Jhaveri and Teraneh Zarififar are quite the joyful couple, and why wouldn't they after being part of our runners-up Photo Contest winners. They made time out of their hectic schedule to mosey on over to Welch for me to snap a shot. Both expressed how much fun it was to submit their pictures, and wouldn't mind if we had the Contest AGAIN next year. Dashil mentioned how they and their friends sometimes get together and take pictures of everyone jumping---that's right---just jumping (no doubt for joy)! 



Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on November 12, 2010 17:51

Welch Photo Contest winner Emilee Flynn looking smart with her brand new backpack (and also nalgene bottle and a few other goodies). Emilee was a gem to meet me outside the Daily Grind in the BRB on a sunny afternoon. Excited to win the contest, she was all all-glow to receive her new stuff. I was going to keep the backpack for myself, but that wouldn't be nice.  


Alonzo LaMont

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