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Welcome to the Lister Hill Library liaison page for the School of Public Health. As liaisons we are here to make sure that you are getting the help you need with library resources, databases, searches, and training and instruction. Feel free to call us, stop by, email, us, or even send an instant message to us using the box to the right. We look forward to working with you!

Some of the things your library liaison can do for you:

  • group or classroom instruction
  • individual consultations
  • research support
  • database searching assistance and instruction
  • AND we want to serve as a point person and advocate for you!  If you have a need or concern, please let us know.  We will make sure that the right person receives your suggestions and input!

We look forward to meeting you and working with you (whether that meeting is in-person or only online)!

--Kay and Michael


Lister Hill Librarian Liaisons SoPH Office Hours Suspended During Summer

Lister Hill Library liaisons have suspended office hours in Ryals 1st floor lounge during the summer. We will resume regular office hours (posted below) in August 2014. Please contact us directly for questions about Lister Hill Library resources, services, or help with literature reviewing or other library research. Have a great summer!

Office hours:

Monday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Thursday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Kay Hogan Smith, UAB Lister Hill Library Liaison to School of Public Health

Michael S. Fitts, UAB Lister Hill Library Liaison to School of Public Health



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Reserve your Group Study Room Online

Try out our new system for reserving study rooms and let us know what you think!


WriteNow Summer Writing Sessions

Finish an article, jumpstart a grant or revise a proposal this summer at the Writing Sessions and Writers' Group Support offered on Wednesdays from 12 to 2 through July 23. Bring an active writing project and writing tools (and your lunch too, if you like) and dedicate two hours of writing time to your project in the company of other writers. Our writing coach, Dr. Jennifer L. Greer, will be present to answer questions if you get stuck on a problem, missed a previous instructional session, or want advice on how to start an effective writing group to help boost your productivity.

Most of the June sessions are scheduled for The Edge of Chaos, Lister Hill Library 4th floor except for June 25th which will be held in the Fletcher Room, Lister Hill Library 2nd floor. Registration is not required for the writing sessions.

In addition to the writing sessions, two more workshops are planned as part of the series (with some writing time scheduled at the end of the workshop). Registration is required for the workshops since lunch is provided. Register at the links below:

Do it. this summer. Write now! Attend 6 out of the 10 sessions offered through July 23rd to have your name entered into the drawing for an iPad. WriteNow is a joint project of the UAB Graduate School, The Edge of Chaos, and Lister Hill Library funded through the Women's Health Resources Project*. Need more information? Contact the instructor, Jennifer L. Greer, Ph.D., or the WHR project coordinator, Valerie Gordon.

*The WHR project includes UAB's Lister Hill Library, Sterne Library, and the Graduate School through a contract with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine. For more information about the WHR, see the Women's Health Resources Guide.


Construction Update - Lister Hill Library

Plans are under way to renovate the first floor with additional entrances and exits, a new Information Desk (HUB), and maybe even some new study rooms! Construction will begin in phases starting this summer. Sandella's Restaurant, which is currently closed, will reopen sometime in the summer.


Lister Hill Library Summer Hours - June 6 through August 18

  • Monday - Thursday:   7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday:                           7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday:                      9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday:                         2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 *Regular hours will resume in Fall semester.


Women's Health Resources and Research

Lister Hill Library was one of nine libraries in the nation to receive funding for the Women's Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project. The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) partnered to fund this pilot program to promote the NLM-ORWH Women's Health Resources Web Portal and to support the ORWH Strategic Goals. As part of this project, Lister Hill Library is promoting the NLM-ORWH Women's Health Resources Portal to the university and community and promoting "The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health" online curriculum to students and faculty. The Library has created a LibGuide with links to the portal and online curriculum as well as University resources that support women's health and research.  

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Worth a Look

Project Tycho is a new resource for health surveillance data from the University of Pittsburgh that provides historical statistics on contagious diseases in the U.S. from the past 125 years. The data are available in a range of levels reflecting the varying nature of reporting requirements at the time. This resource is freely available at

The UNC Health Sciences Library has created a search hedge for global health literature reviewers to add to searches that include a focus on developing countries. Unfortunately PubMed and other databases do not include articles indexed under individual developing countries in its "developing countries" MeSH heading. This search hedge addresses that shortfall. To copy and paste this search string into your searches, go to the UNC Global Health Toolkit and click on the link under "Developing Country Search Terms."

Have you ever wished for a tool that would incorporate the impact of your research beyond published journals? Take a look at ImpactStory, which describes the current research into "altmetrics," or alternative metrics of scholarly impact based on online use. Developed by Jason Priem, a doctoral student at UNC Chapel Hill (with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), this initiative has the potential to revolutionize scholarly communication - or, as Priem himself puts it, "bring scholarly communication out of the 17th century." Check it out at

The Measurement Learning & Evaluation Project (MLE) for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative has released its Measuring Success Toolkit. Are you planning a health program? Monitoring or evaluating a program? The Toolkit provides a framework to help you identify what kinds of questions research, monitoring and evaluation can answer to guide program design and implementation. It also provides links to resources to put ideas into action. (Users with limited or no Internet access can order the Toolkit on CD - email to inquire.)

In case you missed it, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its final report, For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future. The report assesses the funding of public health in the United States, and makes recommendations "to building a sustainable and sufficient public health presence going forward, while recognizing the importance of the other actors in the health system." The summary report and slides, as well as the prepublication PDF are freely available for downloading on the IOM site at

The WHO/AFRO Library has made available an index to African medical literature and resources called African Index Medicus. This resource addresses a notable gap in health and biomedical information sources focusing on the African continent. Approximately 156 journals are indexed in this database currently, and dissertations and grey literature are included as well. For more information about this important new global health resource go to

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guide Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User's Guide for free download at Effective risk communication is essential to the well-being of any organization, public or private, and those people who depend on it. Ineffective communication can cost lives, money and reputations. Communicating Risks and Benefits provides the scientific foundations for effective communications in an easy to use format. 


Your Liaisons

Kay Hogan Smith
Kay Hogan Smith
Community Services Librarian

(205) 934-2208


Michael S. Fitts
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director for Access and Document Delivery Services
(205) 934-5442

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