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Welcome to the Lister Hill Library liaison page for the School of Public Health. As your liaison I am 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 me, stop by, email me, or even send an instant message to me using the box to the right. I look forward to working with you! (Please note: Brooke Becker is the Mervyn Sterne Library liaison to the School of Public Health. She can help you especially with ICPSR, the social science data sets database, as well as other social sciences resources.)

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!

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


Lister Hill Librarian Liaisons SoPH Office Hours Suspended for Summer

Lister Hill Librarian office hours (see below for schedule) are suspended for summer term. Kay will be back in Ryals 1st floor lounge  for office hours once Fall Semester 2015 begins. In the meantime, contact Kay directly for help with all your questions about UAB Libraries' resources, services, or help with literature reviewing or other library research! You may schedule in-person consultations at your convenience. Enjoy your summer!

Revised Office Hours:

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

Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

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

News You Can Use

Science Direct Collection of Online Journals and E-Books Added!

UAB Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of Elsevier's Science Direct Journal and E-Book Collection! This adds over 1800 new online titles to our collection for UAB users, a significant portion of which are relevant to public health. You can access the entire collection by navigating the alphabetical database list under "S" or via UAB Article Linker for specific articles indexed in other databases such as PubMed or PsycINFO. For more information, contact Kay or use the Ask a Librarian interface.


Try BrowZine to Read Journal Articles on Your Tablet or Phone!

Another new tool available to you through UAB Libraries is BrowZine, allowing easy access to online journals subscribed to on your behalf on your smartphone or tablet! With BrowZine, you can:

  • Read complete scholarly journals, optimized for your tablet or phone
  • Add your favorite journals to your "bookshelf"
  • Save articles for later reference and offline reading
  • Get alerts when new issues of your favorite journals are published

Download BrowZine for free for your phone or tablet at, select University of Alabama-Birmingham, and use your Blazer ID and password when prompted. Read more about using this new tool on our TechLister blog!


Construction Update - Lister Hill Library

Plans to renovate the first floor have been revisited, as student focus groups provide additional input into needs and expectations of the Library. Construction has been delayed, but once we've gathered and synthesized all the input from students, faculty and others, revised plans will be implemented. Yes, that definitely includes new carpet, regardless! Stay tuned....


What's New at Lister Hill Library?

Looking for new books (including e-books) and other resources at Lister Hill Library? Check out our new LHL Guide for New Resources at


Worth a Look

  • Dialogue4Health is providing free access to the recorded presentation, slides and other resources for the Expanding the Boundaries: Health Equity and Public Health Practice web forum and book of the same name. The purpose is to create discussion and facilitate change around the issues of health inequities and their consequences. You can even download the full text of the book!
  • Need help in communicating health data to the public? The National Cancer Institute has a freely available workbook for effective communication of health stats to consumers, Making Data Talk: A Workbook. Find great tips for avoiding confusion!
  • Looking for up-to-the-minute guidelines and information about emerging epidemics or natural disasters? DisasterLit, available from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center, is a database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, web sites, databases and similar materials selected from over 700 authoritative organizations for a professional audience. These materials supplement peer-reviewed journal article information that may be found in PubMed and other databases. 
  • Interested in finding out more about mHealth projects worldwide? Search the mHealth Evidence database (produced by K4Health) at to find literature on mHealth project effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and program efficiency. mHealth is the use of mobile information and communication technologies such as SMS texting to improve health, especially in underserved areas.
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, or CHEMM. CHEMM is a free Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows or Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet isn't accessible. CHEMM's content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is also Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM's content is also available in WISER's iOS and Android apps. New or updated content in CHEMM includes: 1) updated and enhanced content on decontamination procedures, discovering the event, and training and education; 2) a toxidromes outreach plan to raise awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community; 3) content to enable emergency responders to recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals; and more.
  • The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) has recently launched the Ebola Communication Network (ECN), an online collection of Ebola resources, materials and tools from and for the global health community. The ECN is populated with more than 120 resources, including not only social and behavior change communication materials such as posters, brochures and infographics, but also demographic and health surveys of affected regions, customized maps and peer-reviewed journal articles. The site is responsive to mobile devices and optimized for low-bandwidth situations. Its search feature allows users to find materials based on language, type (e.g., public service announcements, posters and fact sheets), topic (e.g., prevention, treatment, safe burial practices), audience (e.g., community health workers, governments, HCPs) and other facets. Users can also upload their own materials, which are posted after a brief review process.
  • Tulane University's Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences has created a LibGuide on Survey Metholodogy for an epidemiology course at their school of public health. There are some wonderful resources and search strategies for locating data collection tools and data sets for epidemiologic research here - Take a look!
  • Project Tycho is a 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.)
  • 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 Lister Hill Library Liaison

Kay Hogan Smith
Kay Hogan Smith, MLS, MPH, CHES
Community Services Librarian

(205) 934-2208



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