This is so much fun. I should show up with a Grand Sweepstakes Winner check. But since I don't have one----I show up with the next best thing. Samata Kakkad was nice enough to put on our shirt. Of course, her friend provides all the moral support this august occasion deserves. And just like that it happens. A Photo Op is born. 

I know, I know----you're kicking yourselves for not getting one. But you still can! How?! Click on the FEEDBACK link on WelchWeb, and send us some FEEDBACK. We enter your name in our monthly raffle and you have a chance to win.

"But what if my FEEDBACK is all bad?"

Don't matter!

"But what if my FEEDBACK is not nice?"

Don't matter!

"But what if my FEEDBACK only talks about my big tabby cat named Cherokee Moon Kitty?"

You won't win.

So keep on the straight and narrow. Share some FEEDBACK, and you could be living the dream. We've got another winner this month (we always pick 2), we're just trying to track him down. Stay tuned.



And now I finally caught up with Andres Quintero. I cornered him outside of the School of Public Health. Andres has hit the medical school ground running and since time was of the essence, I brought T-shirt, he brought himself and away we go.



 And this is Andres after I told him to ditch the bag. There's only one star in this film and obviously it's that darling lil Welch T.

This could be you. "No it can't". Yes it can. Hit that FEEDBACK link. Tell us what you think about our new Website. We're listening, so what do you have to say?   

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on June 21, 2011 08:09

Ah yes, Summer has returned and with it come our new Interns from City College. I "stole" them away for a second to get a picture. So here they are on a mild day in June, looking calm and composed. But as Summer BURNS away in Baltimore, our Interns will bear the brunt of work/work/work. Here a task, there a task. They'll be in the stacks, they'll be schlepping books around, they'll be working keyboards inputting data----taking instructions left and right.


Our dynamic duo this year are Angel Smith (standing) and Deja Roundtree Gibbs. Angel worked in the MLK Early Head Start/JHH Summer program last year, and she likes poetry. Deja worked on the JHH campus last year, like Angel she too is a music lover.



Don't wait til their last week here to say hiya.


Alonzo LaMont


CommComm posted on February 5, 2011 01:22

Hopkins now subscribes to 7 American Economic Association titles



American Economic Review

Journal of Economic Literature

Journal of Economic Perspectives

American Economic Journal of Applied Economics

American Economic Journal of Economic Policy

American Economic Journal of Macroeconomics

American Economic Journal of Microeconomics


Platform: AEA


Licensed for: US Hopkins only


Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on February 2, 2011 22:17

When it rains, it pours. More availability comes our way:

"Wiley announces the launch of Wiley Open Access, a new publishing program of open access journals.  The first journals will launch shortly, publishing primary, peer-reviewed research in a range of broad-based subject disciplines in the life and biomedical sciences, including neuroscience, microbiology, ecology and evolution.


Wiley Open Access will provide authors wishing to publish their research outcomes in an open access journal with a range of new high quality publications which meet the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply.


"The development of Wiley Open Access is an example of our commitment to offer authors the widest possible choice in publishing with Wiley", said Steve Miron, Senior Vice President, Wiley-Blackwell.  He added, "Wiley has a strong history of innovation in journal publishing and we see this as a natural extension of our service to our learned society partners, authors, and the scholarly community in its broadest sense".


For more info:


Alonzo LaMont


Harry Marks, longtime Professor in the Institute of the History of Medicine passed away on January 25th, 2011. Anyone who's spent time at Welch remembers Dr. Marks moving about the library. On many occasions, he passed by the reference desk with a variety of books-in-tow.  He was always concerned about their destination. His presence will certainly be missed. Again, our sincerest condolences to Dr. and his family and friends.


A memorial lunch will be held at The Institute of the History of Medicine, 1900 E. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD on Saturday February 5 between 12-2pm. Services by: Sol Levinson & Bros.


Alonzo LaMont


CommComm posted on January 20, 2011 22:33

Need some "Welch Help" after hours? Someone is available to take your questions Monday through Friday from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, and on Sundays from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Here's the number you can call: 443-682-0205.

If you're working in some far-far away place, or maybe right at home, take advantage of the extended times to reach us---and by all means, don't wait till you reach this point.

 (Save that for our regular work hours :-)

 We'll treat you right because we handle calls from everybody and their brother (and sister) on a daily basis. So if you're in a pinch, have something you just HAVE to find out....feel free to give us a ringy-dingy. I'm not saying we take calls from the most unexpected places....

Ok, so maybe not from THAT unexpected place......all's I'm saying is: calls are our business. Unexpected, or otherwise.

Alonzo LaMont




CommComm posted on January 7, 2011 20:10

I received some impromtu face time with Kathy Danko who relayed that the Lilienfeld Library project finished ahead of schedule. Specifically she thanked the coordinated efforts of Digital Library Services, Facilities and the Public Health Informationists. As you know, Lilienfeld is being converted into a School of Public Health (in the Hampton House) study space.  Kathy added that along with the physical relocation of a a substantial portion of the collection to Welch, the books were also evaluated for their necessity (what Welch decided to keep) and placement (recycling). After the evaluation was done, students (and anyone else) were allowed to "adopt" some of the homeless books.  Sue Woodson was pleased that the relocation was finished two weeks ahead of schedule, and credited Gary Faulkner, who found a recycler for the project.  We'll hear more from Sue in a minute because she commented on the larger implications behind the transformation, not just with Lilienfeld and Welch, but medical libraries in general. More on that conversation is forthcoming.......

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 15, 2010 23:52

Here are all the juicy particulars in case you happened to miss it.

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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